Why the Giants Should Make a Move for Chiefs QB Thigpen


Tyler Thigpen, of the Chiefs, has been the subject of trade rumors, and we know Jacksonville has made an offer. With Matt Cassel on the roster, Kansas City can afford to make Thigpen available. And why not? He was very impressive last year, throwing for 2,608 yards, 18 TDs and a respectable 54.8 completion percentage. With many teams potentially interested, I think one team is perfect for him: The New York Giants

This is not a slight against Eli Manning. He’s the QB now and in the future. It’s more of a slight towards the backups. David Carr has struggled in training camp and in the preseason. Andre’ Woodson is an absolute disaster at QB. And Rhett Bomar has been given little chance to show what he can (or can’t) do. If Manning goes down, Carr is not a suitable replacement. That’s why they should go after Thigpen. If Manning is healthy, you can try to trade Thigpen for draft choices. If not, you have a QB who has produced, and can step in. Scout Daniel Jeremiah wrote on Twitter that Thigpen is worth a 4th round pick. That should be agreeable to the Giants.

Last year, the Giants risked it with Carr as the only backup, and got lucky. Manning didn’t get hurt, so Carr never had to play. I wouldn’t want to take that risk again. That’s why the Giants should trade for Tyler Thigpen


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6 Responses to “Why the Giants Should Make a Move for Chiefs QB Thigpen”

  1. Thiergow says:

    with all due respect that’s just stupid. Why would Reese lose a draft pick on a backup that proabably won’t be used during the year?
    David did not have the perfect camp but he was just incredible on the field againts Carolina. He played poorly against the Bears, yes but he wasn’t alone, the whole team sucked.
    Plus you can’t just bring a QB in a team like that and hope that everything will fit. He doesn’t know the system, he doesn’t know the players… if Manning goes down on the first game and Thigpen takes the snap it’s going to be a big mess (look at Favre for his first preseason game).
    So if I were Reese (and to me it’s likely to happen that way) I’d rather keep Carr as a backup since he knows the system and has already shown what he can do for the Giants.

  2. a12j02 says:

    You wrote: “Last year, the Giants risked it with Carr as the only backup, and got lucky. Manning didn’t get hurt, so Carr never had to play.”

    That is incorrect. Carr did get to play, and played very well. Read on . . .

    At Minnesota on 12-28-08 — Carr’s only real playing time: The Giants were safely in the playoffs, while MN had to win, or depend on the Bears to lose, to make it into the playoffs.

    Manning played the first half, went 11 for 19, 119 yards, no TDs, and left the game with MN leading 10-9.

    Carr started the second half, went 8 for 11, 110 yards, no turnovers, no sacks, one TD, playing with the B squad against MN’s first-string.

    When he left the game with 3 minutes on the clock, the Giants had a 19-17 lead. The defense couldn’t hold, and MN won on a last play FG.

    Not bad for a guy who had played only a few downs all year, playing against a team trying to make the playoffs for the first time in 4 years.

  3. Eric says:

    David Carr is one of the WORST football players i’ve laid eyes on.

    Great piece. Tyler Thigpen is capable of managing the game and making/forcing big plays when he has to.

  4. Thiergow says:

    mmm that was a statement you could make couple of years ago. Last year he passed for 367 yards during preseason with 3 TDs and almost 70% of completion. During the regular season he took few stats and ended the season with 75% of completion (9/12) for 115 yards and 2 TDs.
    I mean each Coughlin decided to have him under center he did not mess up, he scored.
    The guys know the offense, is capable making playing with his arm and legs. I’d rather have him taking snaps if Manning was down instead of a guy who didn’t spend the training camp with the team and is still learning the offense.

  5. Brandon Brown says:

    Why do you think Andre Woodson has been an absolute disaster?

  6. Thiergow says:

    I heard good things about him in practice but the guy seems lost on the field, he throws into double coverage and does not manage the pocket like Manning does or scrambles like Carr.

    Here is Andre Woodson record so far in the preseason: 12/27, 140 yards, 1 INT and 1 rush for 3 yards.

    And Carr has thrown 20/33, 263 yards, 3 TDs and ran 4 times for 37 yards (each time for a first down). Last night he had a huge game and came from behind scoring 2 TDs with 5 minutes left in the game, the were not able to convert for 2 points though.