Signs of growth for Giants’ QB

Davis Webb was hopped up a few weeks ago when he played his first game in almost a full year. Imagine how he’ll feel when he plays what might be his last game for another full year. Webb isn’t thinking about that (he says) as he and the Giants approach Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Patriots. Yes, it will likely give him his most extended playing time of the summer and, by default, the mostplaying time of his career. There’s a very strong chance he’ll start the game. But it’s also the annual“ifeverything goesaccording to plan” game for backup quarterbacks, particularly over the past decade and a half with the Giants, meaning that in an ideal world Eli Manning will take every snap of the upcoming season as he has done for the majority of his career. “I think I’ve taken a lot of steps each and every week,”Webbsaid, still shaking his head at the clunker against the Browns in Week 1 of the preseason. “Now it’s the fourth game, and I should play my best so far. I know I’m going to get a chance to play, and I’m looking forward to it.” He’s also likely entering the season as the No. 2 quarterback, which is a far different place than he was in last season as a rookie. He was inactive for all but the final game of the season in 2017, so not only did he never see the field, he knew when 15 of the 16 games started that he would not see the field. “I approached every game last year like I was going to play,” Webb said. “I’m sure it’ll be the same this year.” Not quite. This year, if something happens to the 37-year-old Manning in a game, he’ll be the one to grab his helmet and rush in to the rescue.