Per Star-Ledger beat writer Jenny Vrentas, the New York Giants worked out Brian Hoyer, Stephen McGee, and Josh McCown this morning. The Giants have Eli Manning and David Carr on the roster, but it would be nice to add another quarterback into the mix.
McCown is clearly the least talented of three quarterbacks, and I tend to think that the Giants best choice is a QB who played in the division in McGee. The former Dallas Cowboys signal-caller fell out of favor with the team this offseason and had a lackluster preseason before being cut. The Cowboys signed Kyle Orton to be the primary backup behind Tony Romo, and thus saw less of a need to keep an under-performing player.
Still, a few other teams around the league have shown interest in McGee, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has some upside to work with, despite the thoughts of the Cowboys organization after releasing him.
The Giants don’t run a scheme that is particularly good for a player like Brian Hoyer, because they are largely vertical with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Hoyer has poor arm strength but a high amount of accuracy, so it is best for a West Coast type offense to pick him up as a backup. He wouldn’t be a bad acquisition for the Giants, but McGee is a better fit for them due to his arm strength.
It is interesting to see that the Giants have worked out Hoyer, and he is a capable backup at this stage. However, I think the Giants would be better off picking up somebody who is a better fit for the offense, even if McGee will be their No. 3 QB at this point.
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