Former Rutgers quarterback, Gary Nova, will not be joining the New York Giants in training camp this summer, despite an impressive showing at rookie minicamp.
The New Jersey native was a projected late round draft pick, who chose to sign as an undrafted free agent with his hometown team after his draft day disappointment. Although Nova’s time with the Giants will end for now, the 6’1″ and 222 lbs signal caller made a strong push during his tryout to land a contract.
He threw with good power and decent accuracy, far and away outperforming fellow rookie minicamp quarterbacks, Taylor Graham (6’4″) and Pete Thomas (6’5″).
Nova started 41 out of his 46 collegiate games with the Scarlet Knights and won the Homer Hazel Award as team most valuable player last season. His 2014 senior year saw him throw for 2,851 yards (fourth in school history) with 187 completions (ninth in school history) and 22 touchdowns (tied second in school history). Nova finished his college career ranked first in school history in touchdowns (73), second in passing yards (9,258) and second in completions (689).
The Giants chose not to sign Nova, only keeping three quarterbacks on their roster going into training camp, starter Eli Manning, 2013 fourth-round pick Ryan Nassib, and reserve/future contract signee Ricky Stanzi. Nova’s ultimate goal was to unseat the 27-year-old Stanzi, a fifth-round pick of Kansas City in 2011 who has yet to throw a pass in an NFL regular season game
. It is a bit of head scratcher that the Giants chose not to roll the dice on Nova over Stanzi, however, New York must have ultimately decided to take the safer route in the more experienced NFL veteran.
Yet, do not rule out a return to the Giants for Nova. If Stanzi is particularly underwhelming in training camp or an injury strikes one of the Giants’ three quarterbacks, expect New York to bring offer Nova a contract, if he has not signed elsewhere by then. If the Giants get really lucky, Nova will come out of the summer without a team, allowing them to sign him to their practice squad, giving the New York coaching staff a full year to evaluate his potential future with the organization.