Why Eric Dungey is the Most Interesting Man on the Giants Rookie Minicamp Roster

Dec 28, 2018; Orlando, FL, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Eric Dungey (2) runs the ball past West Virginia Mountaineers linebacker David Long Jr. (11) during the second quarter in the 2018 Camping World Bowl at Camping World Stadium.Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Forget a moment about the quest to find Eli 2.0; the Giants have their eye on potentially finding the next Taysom Hill.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ-- There are over 75 players listed on the Giants rookie minicamp roster sheet, a list that comprises of tryout players, nine of the 10 draft picks selected last weekend (sixth rounder Corey Ballentine was excused from this weekend’s camp) and undrafted free agent signings.

But with all due respect to the draft picks whom the Giants are looking to help turn the misfortunes of the team around starting this year—and in particular, to quarterback Daniel Jones, the heir apparent to Eli Manning—perhaps the most intriguing player in camp this weekend is former Syracuse standout Eric Dungey, 6-3, 220 pounds.

In four years at Syracuse, Dungey completed 786 out of 1,279 pass attempts for 9,340 yards, 58 touchdowns and 30 interceptions for a 133.1 rating.

If he sticks with the Giants, Dungey will not only be one of the backup quarterbacks, but could very well end up being a Swiss Army knife at quarterback who can potentially do more than just carry a clipboard on game day.

That concept, of course, was made famous last season by New Orleans head coach Sean Payton, who turned former Brigham Young signal caller Taysom Hill into a multidimensional threat on offense and special teams.

By taking advantage of Hill's skillset, the Saints were able to optimize their 46-man game-day roster, giving themselves another option at quarterback as well as a solid special teams player.

The plan was a success. Last season, his second in the NFL, Hill gained 196 yards on 37 carries, a respectable 5.3 per carry average with two touchdowns.

He also completed 3-of-7 pass attempts for 64 yards and one interception; caught three passes for four yards; returned 14 kicks (including one for 40 yards), fielded one punt and finished third on the Saints in special teams tackles with six (four solo) while also blocking a punt.

In Dungey, who is listed as a quarterback/tight end on the team’s minicamp roster, the Giants are no doubt hoping they have a player capable of becoming the next Hill, who last year in the Saints 33-18 win over the Giants recorded 28 yards on four carries (long of 19), completed one pass for 10 yards, and caught a pass against them.

"He is a very accomplished quarterback and made a lot of plays with his feet," Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said of Dungey.

"He made some good throws out there as well. He is one of those guys we had our eyes on at the draft. I think he is a good football player. Usually there is a place on the field for good football players."

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Patricia Traina
Patricia Traina


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I love what the Saints did with Hill, hoping that the Giants can do the same. But on another note, how many different places do you write for? It's hard to keep up, lol. Keep up the great work.