EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants don’t have to worry about finding a backup for quarterback Eli Manning.
On Thursday, they announced they have re-signed David Carr, who was a free agent. The 2002 No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft has been Manning’s backup in four of the last five seasons.
The backup role is somewhat ceremonial for the Giants. Manning has started 135 consecutive regular-season games, a run that started in the second half of the 2004 season.
Carr, who played in San Francisco in 2010, has played in 11 games for the Giants. He has completed 32 of 48 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns.
“David Carr can run, he’s fast, he’s athletic,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “No matter who we’re going to play, he can be the opposition’s quarterback and do it very well. He does a good job of it. He runs the option.”
The signing leaves the Giants with three quarterbacks on the roster. New York signed former Indianapolis Colt Curtis Painter after last season.
Coughlin has only kept two quarterbacks on the regular-season roster since 2008.