Jake Fromm has never played an NFL game.
The second-year quarterback from Georgia was fourth on the Buffalo Bills’ depth chart before signing with the Giants on Tuesday.
Why did he drop the Super Bowl contender in Week 13 of the 2021 season? The only explanation is that he knew he would have a chance to play, which bodes well for Daniel Jones’ long-term injury prognosis.
Froome, 23, admitted the Giants told him when he signed that they expected him to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. There is no doubt that he is here to go further than that.
“He told me this,” Fromm said on Friday. “And from then on, just, let’s be prepared and try and help as much as we can to learn. Let’s go.”
Quarterback coach Jerry Shuplinsky even said that Fromm is “drinking through a fire hose right now” as he prepares for sports action.
“Separate meetings will come with Jake,” Shuplinsky said. “I’m getting a little extra with him. [Offensive quality control coach] Nick Williams is getting a little extra with her to catch him. He’s the guy we’re trying to get hold of for a bit. ,
Mike Glennon, 31, will be adding another unexpected chapter to his unique story as Sunday begins, apparently. Glennon is on his sixth team in eight years, with a 6-21 career record as a starter, and has not won a game with the Chicago Bears since 2017.
“I don’t have a lot of opportunities to start in the NFL, so whenever you get one of those opportunities, it’s something that kind of panics,” Glennon said on Friday. “It’s encouraging to get out there and play again.”
Second-year receiver Colin Johnson gleaned on Thursday when asked about Glennon. He said he developed chemistry on Jacksonville’s scout team last season that translated into games for the Jaguars.
Glennon actually delivered a 46-yard strike to Johnson on a deep over root for a week 12 touchdown against the Cleveland Browns.
“He’s my boy,” said Johnson. “His talk is his anticipation. Before I brake or a receiver applies the brake, the ball will be in the air. His anticipation of knowing where a receiver is going to end up is insane. You can’t teach experience. It’s about time.” Comes along, and he has a lot of time in the NFL.”
The Giants (4-7) need Glennon to justify their off-season switch to backup quarterback. Their 2020 backups Colt McCoy and Cooper Rush hold a combined 3-1 record for the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys respectively as of the start of this season.
The Giants actually pursued an extension with McCoy in the middle of last season, a source said, when McCoy went 1-1 on Jones’ replacement as a starter, leaving the Giants on the road in Seattle over the years. Won his biggest victory.
But a deal didn’t work out, and when spring came, the Giants opted instead for the cheaper Glennon ($2.25 million to McCoy’s $1.375 million). He had cut Rush before.
Glennon said it’s not just about his personal drought of NFL wins, especially noting that his 0-5 Jaguars record in 2020 came on an all-time poor team.
“I really don’t take it that much personally,” he said. “I’ve only started five games since  Then and we 1-15 . Were [last season with the Jaguars], It was not all on me. I want to win because I want to help the Giants win this week. That’s what it really is.”
Last summer, it looked like Dave Gettleman and Joe Judge had landed a promising prospect for the unpublished development of Michigan State product Brian LaVerke in 2020. But now the Giants’ full-season third-stringer is getting a raw deal, with Froome signed him.
The logical explanation is that legendary scouts like Laverke as team QBs but don’t see a future for them in sports, while they see Froome as a player, they can grow into a real contributor.
Laverke told the Daily News earlier this season that he had been working to improve his accuracy since he dropped out of college. He said that when he played against Brown in the Giants’ preseason defeat he was “trying to aim” and used his arm to “dart it around” instead of “using my body” and turning into throws. were trying”.
Still, they were just honest self-criticism from a hardworking young player. Either way, Laverke was impressive in that game at Cleveland, despite signing a few days earlier, and he deserves the opportunity to be in uniform this Sunday.
LaVerke’s Precision Experience is really instructive about how the Giants are racing to get Froome ready yet.
The former Spartans starter signed with the Giants on Sunday in August after third-stringer Clayton Thorson suffered an injury. And by Saturday he was ready to play the full second half, completing 11-in-19 passes for 108 yards, one TD and one interception. He ran three times for a distance of 27 yards.
“I was only here for a week before I played my first game, and I was up every night until midnight to cram the playbook,” Laverke recalled in October. “I knew this might be my only shot, with Precision and last year wasn’t one, and you know how Precision games go. So I just tried to go out there and didn’t really think about it.” And kept on playing like it was my last game.”
Laverke said the Giants’ coaches prepared him for the game, which made him comfortable.
He is now Kenny Golladay’s pregame throwing partner, confident enough that the judge changed his policy of no practice squad players on the field before home games to let Laverke go.
“It was a pretty good amount [of the offense we ran],” he said. “He asked me which plays I was comfortable playing and I outlined them a little on the play call sheet. They didn’t want me to go there and play some plays that I didn’t know. So he asked me which plays I feel comfortable in and which I studied.”
That seems to be what Freddie Kitchen, Shuplinsky, and Williams are doing with Fromm now. He let Froome stay late after practice with quarterback developmental periods and practice squad skills players David Sills, Sandro Platzgummer, Alex Bachmann and Jake Hausmann.
“What you try to do with the quarterback is to break things down for them and to incorporate them into concepts and families and bring them together,” Judge said. “They’ve operated through our drills and done some good work. There’s some planning and systems carryover from other offenses, knowing what the action is. They’ve done a good job so far.”
The Judges and the Giants have significant ties to the Georgia football program, which includes six former Bulldogs on their active roster and a total of seven, including a practice squad. Many coaches know Froome from his high school recruits, and linebackers coach Kevin Sherer was Georgia’s assistant when Froome was a freshman.
Fromm has no idea how it would feel to be in uniform for the first time on Sunday, with former SEC and national championship foil Tua Tagovailoa on the other hand for the Dolphins, no less.
“We’ll find out,” said Fromm, smiling.
It doesn’t look like Fromm is here to just have a clipboard, though. It looks like he and the Giants join forces because the plan is that, at some point, they expect him to play.