East Rutherford, N.J. — New York Giants backup quarterback Ryan Nassib was on hand before Syracuse’s game against Notre Dame at MetLife Field to talk about his experiences in the NFL and his thoughts on the current team. Here’s what he had to say:
Q. What are the things like in your second year?
A: It’s fun and exciting. Second year around, it’s a little easier having the lay of the land already, having a year under my belt. It’s definitely helped a lot this year.
Q: You were the No. 2 guy in preseason, then you lost your job, and won it back again. Did losing your job initially motivate you?
A: Yeah, absolutely. For any player that happens to, that’s something that will definitely motivate you. I was fortunate enough to have a good preseason and learned a lot. I got a lot of reps and it was a great opportunity to learn and to grow.
Q: There are a lot of former Syracuse guys on the Giants. What’s that like?
A: It’s awesome, man. We have our own little mini-family on the team, which is great. We got guys I’ve played with, guys that came before me, it’s awesome having those guys around us.
Q: Do you still keep up with the team? What are your thoughts on this year’s team?
A: The team’s doing great. I know they had a tough one last week, but they definitely showed some flashes and some promise. I think Coach Shaf’s doing an amazing job. He’s in his second year, and I’m really excited for the team this year.
Q: If you were a recruit coming to watch Syracuse, would the team playing in MetLife Stadium have any impact on you?
A: If I knew I had a chance to play in an NFL stadium once a year, it would be amazing. I walk out of the tunnel, I play here on Sunday, and I get goosebumps because of the atmopshere. I can only imagine what a recruit would feel.
Q: What is it like being a backup?
A: It’s definitely a different position. You do want to play, but I prepare like I am going to start because you never know, at any given play, I could be the guy who has to go in at any situation in the game. So, I always have to be tuned in on the sidelines and always be just as prepared as he is.