Malvern Prep Alum Ryan Nassib's Budding NFL Career with the Giants
The local boy settles in with that infamous Eagles rival just up the turnpike.
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As E.J. Manuel prepared to compete for the starting quarterback job in Buffalo, N.Y., and the Jets were leaning on Mark Sanchez, Ryan Nassib spent his off-season prepping to stand around. A lot.
That’s what happens when a team with Eli Manning under center drafts you. In fact, somewhere in America, there’s some poor toddler with a Nerf football who may just have the misfortune of being on the same team as one of Peyton’s or Eli’s sons. He, too, will be standing on the sidelines, ball cap turned around, waiting for his opportunities to play.
And waiting …
It’s hard to find any evidence that Nassib is anything but delighted to be part of the NFL experience—even if he is third on the New York Giants’ depth chart. (Hey, it’s better than fourth.) The Malvern Prep alum is past the disappointment of Draft Day, when his former coach at Syracuse University spurned him for Manuel. He had to wait until the third day to learn his pro destination. “I understand the decisions made, and I ended up in a great spot,” says Nassib. “Buffalo got themselves a good quarterback, and I wish them the best.”
A 2008 Malvern Prep graduate, Nassib is unlikely to see time unless Manning and 12-year vet Dave Brown get hurt. In other words, the fourth-round pick out of Syracuse will have a fairly normal NFL rookie arc—at least in historical terms. For decades, rookie QBs spent a few seasons on the bench, learning from the more experienced hands ahead of them. In today’s NFL, where almost a third of last year’s starters were first- or second-year players, the waiting game can be viewed as a slap. Nassib, however, is handling the situation well.
“I’m happy they’re bringing me in to develop me,” he says. “If Eli went down, I hope I could step in and perform and help the team win.”
Just six years ago, Nassib was named first-team all-city by the Daily News, capping a prep-school career that included two Inter-Ac titles and a pair of first-team all-league honors. After sitting out his freshman season and attempting only 68 passes in 2009, he became the starting QB at Syracuse. By the time he completed his career, he was the school leader in career passing yards and completions, and held the marks for most throwing yards and touchdowns in a season.
Nassib is second in career TDs (70) at Syracuse—seven behind some guy named Donovan McNabb. He led the Orange to a pair of bowl wins and an 8-5 record in 2012
that included victories in six of the last seven games, culminating in a 38-14 spanking of West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl’s wintry gloom. As a senior, Nassib threw for 3,749 yards and 26 TDs, and many considered him a first-round talent. Some mock drafts even had him as the first QB to be selected. Then came the real thing.