Giants GM Dave Gettleman, assistant GM Kevin Abrams, and scout Jeremy Breit were on hand Saturday to watch potential 2019 Draft target Justin Herbert and Oregon play Utah, noted Andrew G. Haubner of KEZI9Sports.
In what was the 20-year-old Herbert’s best start since Sept. 29, he completed 20 of 33 passes (60.6 percent) for 288 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in Oregon’s 32-25 loss.
Overall this season, the 6′ 6″ Herbert has completed 193 of 325 passes (59.4 percent) for 2,621 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions.
In addition to the Giants, the Dolphins, Bills, Cowboys, Seahawks, Packers, and Cardinals also had representatives in attendance Saturday to watch Herbert.
In October, it was reported that Herbert — a junior — was leaning toward staying in school for his senior year, but he quickly shot down that story.
“I haven’t thought three seconds about it,” he said about whether he’ll declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.
If Herbert does declare, he’ll likely be the top quarterback on most boards. And the Giants, who are tied with the Raiders for the worst record in the NFL, could be in perfect position to grab him if he declares.
Among the teams who watched Herbert on Saturday, the Bills (2-7) and Cardinals (2-6) are the likeliest to vault the Giants and be in better Draft position. But the Bills already have Josh Allen, while the Cardinals have Josh Rosen.
Meanwhile, the Giants have Eli Manning, who has struggled badly this season due to a number of issues — including his lack of mobility, poor offensive line play, and his tendency to check down too quickly.
The 37-year-old Manning could potentially be replaced as the starter by Kyle Lauletta before the season ends — perhaps as soon as Week 11 if the Manning-led Giants are unable to beat the 49ers on Monday night in San Francisco.