Bomar, who took the snaps at practice Wednesday, spent all of last season on the Giants’ practice squad before being activated for the final game as the third quarterback. The one-time Oklahoma quarterback has not played a complete game since his senior year at Sam Houston State.
“I feel I have had a pretty good camp,” Bomar said. “I’ve tried to be more consistent. I made a lot more plays this year than last year. I had more reps. There are things I can still improve on. I am learning with every game in this offense.”
Gilbride said this is the first time he has gone into a preseason game with basically one quarterback. He wants Bomar to be efficient, effective and produce lots of touchdowns, adding he played terrific against the Jets.
“There’s a lot of pressure on him because I’m sure he feels the weight of the world,” Gilbride said. “Instead of looking at guys who he has been on the scout team with, he’s looking at the starters in the eye and they’re expecting him to lead and do the things that Eli would do, and it’s not fair to expect that from him.”
Gilbride said not having Manning and Sorgi will limit what the team can do on offense for the second straight game. Injuries to the tight ends and offensive line limited the game plan against the Jets.
“We’re not concerned. We’re not worried,” center Shaun O’Hara said. “I think it is exciting. I am excited for Rhett. I don’t think coming into training camp he ever thought he would get an opportunity to start a game, let along play an entire game. This is great for him.”
Randolph was in an airport in Richmond, Va., awaiting a flight to a vacation in Nantucket, Mass., when he got a call from his agent. The flight had a stop in Newark, N.J., and five hours later he was in Albany.
“It’s an unbelievable opportunity,” said Randolph, who threw for 13,455 yards and 117 touchdowns in four seasons at Holy Cross. “I mean this is what I’ve been playing for in college and this is what everyone plays for _ to get to the next level. It’s a great experience. I’m trying to learn a lot, learn as much as I can for this weekend.”