PHILADELPHIA -- Jake Fromm's first NFL start with the New York Giants was "not ideal." It was as bad as the second-year quarterback could have imagined, with just 25 yards passing and being benched in the third quarter of a 34-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
Instead of a dream, it was a midnight green nightmare for the former University of Georgia star.
"I would say it's not ideal," Fromm said. "I wish I would have played better. It's frustrating for myself. It's not the way I wanted to have represented myself, my family, or, of course, this organization. It's tough, but I'm going to learn from it. I don't think it gets much worse than that. ... I'm going to grind. I'm going to work my tail off to get better and play better like I know I can. I'm going to give everything I can to the guys on offense, to this team, and be the best me I can be from here on out."
Fromm, signed off the Buffalo Bills practice squad just over three weeks ago, went 6 of 17 passing with an interception. It could have been worse had Eagles cornerback Darius Slay not dropped a popup that landed in his arms.
Fromm was benched in the third quarter in favor of Mike Glennon.
"I just got told by the quarterbacks coach that they were going to switch it up and put [Giants QB] Mike [Glennon] in there," Fromm said. "I wish nobody -- any of the coaches -- would have been put in that situation. I wish I would have gone out and handled my business, led us to victory, and we'd be having a nice ride home."
It puts into question the starter for next Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS) when the Giants (4-11) play in Chicago (5-10). Coach Joe Judge said afterwards that he would see how the two performed at practice this week.
Maybe it was just too much for Fromm to handle. Just last month he was the fourth-string quarterback on the practice squad in Buffalo. He was nowhere near seeing the field there, even after being a fifth-round pick last year.
But the Giants were desperate with Daniel Jones (neck) out for the season and Glennon having struggled in recent weeks. Fromm, who looked competent late in a Week 15 loss to Dallas, clearly wasn't the answer Sunday.
The Giants offense was incompetent for three-plus quarters. Running back Saquon Barkley had 15 carries for 32 yards. Rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney led the Giants with four catches on nine targets for 28 yards.
It took until just under 10 minutes were remaining in the fourth quarter for New York to top 100 yards of total offense.
"We couldn't get anything going offensively [Sunday]," Judge said. "We obviously have to have some kind of production in that phase to complement the defense and the special teams when they are making plays for us. But ultimately it wasn't good enough."
They didn't get any production. In fact, they could hardly complete a pass in a first half, which ended with the score 3-3.
They knew it, too.
"You don’t want to play with some of the limitations we had," Judge said.
So they tried Glennon. He finished 17-of-27 passing for 93 yards with a touchdown and an interception that was returned for a score.
The veteran understands the difficulty that Fromm was experiencing.
"It just felt like it was tough to get something going," Glennon said. "Tough to get in rhythm. First start, it's not an easy job, a player in the NFL. Obviously there's some things that I'm sure he'll want back, but all-in-all he handled himself really well this week. He prepared really well. I felt his maturity and presence.
"It’s been great working with him so far. Unfortunately it didn't go as we wanted."