Fromm fails on first start, benched in Giants’ loss to Eagles
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Jake Fromm had a pep talk ahead of his first NFL start from the ineffective New York Giants quarterback he replaced in roster.
Mike Glennon’s advice was simple: “I told him he’s here for a reason. He belongs. Have fun.”
It did not work.
Fromm got an early hook and gave coach Joe Judge little choice but to bench him in the third quarter with a start that seemed to get worse with every practice. Fromm scored 6 of 17 for 25 yards and an interception. Not for a single reader. Or a quarter. The game.
His play was a big help for the Philadelphia Eagles to send the Giants to their fourth straight loss, 34-10 on Sunday.
“Not ideal,” Fromm said.
Not at all.
“It’s not how I wanted to represent myself, my family or, of course, this organization,” Fromm said. “I will learn from it. I don’t think it’s any worse than that.
The judge said it was too early to decide whether Fromm would have another chance to start next week in Chicago and play the rope in another season of double-digit loss for the Giants.
The judge accepted most of the blame in a 4-11 season – after scoring 6-10 last year. The Giants are eliminated from the playoffs.
Fromm was benched for Glennon in a knockdown last week in Dallas when Glennon was benched after throwing three interceptions and Fromm looked solid with a throw from 82 yards. The judge went with Fromm, signed the Buffalo Bills practice squad after Jones was injured on Nov. 28, after Glennon lost three straight starts.
Fromm looked nervous from the start and the Giants failed to hit 100 yards of total attacking until the fourth quarter.
Still, Jalen Hurts and the Eagles got off to their own slow start and the game was tied 3-3 at halftime.
Fromm, 23, had his chance to rally the Giants in a traffic accident.
Fromm, instead, threw a pass down the middle to Kenny Golladay which was intercepted by Eagles safety Rodney McLeod. This led to Boston Scott’s 3-yard touchdown run, which started a 31-run streak for the Eagles.
“It can’t be a situation where it also seems insurmountable,” Judge said.
Fromm, a star in Georgia, was taken out for Glennon and that didn’t improve the offense. Glennon threw an interception as linebacker Alex Singleton returned 29 yards for a touchdown. Glennon will be a free agent after this season.
The numbers were ugly all over the stats sheet:
– The Giants had just 108 passing yards.
– Saquon Barkley rushed for just 32 yards.
– Total yards: 192.
Glennon, a 32-year-old companion, or Fromm? Does it matter at this point for the Giants?
“I would have loved to go out and run my own business and lead us to victory,” said Fromm.
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