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When the Giants announced their 53-man roster on Saturday evening there was a conspicuous omission at the quarterback position. David Carr Manning's backup for four of the five previous seasons was among the cuts. Carr 34 had his contract terminated.

The Giants will keep three quarterbacks this season: Manning Curtis Painter and rookie fourth-round draft pick Ryan Nassib. Painter will be Manning's new primary backup.

"We simply based it on the preseason" coach Tom Coughlin said. "From the standpoint of all the evaluations it pointed to the fact that Painter had a better preseason."

Painter who was signed as a free agent this offseason passed for 289 yards in parts of three games this preseason while Carr accumulated just 163 passing yards. It's a small cost-cutting move too. Painter is set to make $630000 this season. Carr had been scheduled to earn $1.05 million.

The Giants don't plan to rely on their backup of course. Manning has long been one of the NFL's most durable quarterbacks over the last decade playing in all 16 games in each of the last eight seasons. His ability to dodge the rush and avoid big hits has routinely kept him from injury.

That ability may be tested behind an offensive line in flux. Two key members of that line - center David Baas (knee) and right tackle David Diehl (thumb) - could miss time early this season. A quality backup suddenly seems more important than ever. But Nassib who completed 7-of-19 passes in this preseason is far from ready. And Painter is the same QB who two seasons ago appeared in nine games for the Colts and didn't win a single one while completing just 54.3% of his passes.

Still he is now the Giants' backup. And Coughlin indicated that Nassib will often handle scout team work especially when the Giants prep for opponents that run the read option.