Giants Eyeing Kyle Lauletta Game Work

Last season became somewhat of a missed opportunity for the Giants. Davis Webb did not see any action, and the team moved no closer to a post-Eli Manning future. With Webb now off the team, and the Giants bypassing the 2018 first-round quarterback contingent, the focus may be shifting to the next mid-round backup.

The Giants are planning to give Kyle Lauletta game work at points down the stretch, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv reports. They don’t want to make a similar mistake like they did in 2017, especially with Manning possibly in his final games as a Giant.

This plan, however, will be contingent on the Giants’ standing in an increasingly muddied NFC East. After two straight wins, the Giants are 3-7 and three games behind the now-Colt McCoy-led Redskins. The Giants do not plan to bench Manning until the playoffs are out of the question, Vacchiano adds. The 37-year-old quarterback has played well against the 49ers and Buccaneers and will face a battered Eagles secondary this week.

But the team would like to see what it has in Lauletta, a fourth-round rookie out of Division I-FCS Richmond, despite his legal issues. The Giants would, if possible, like to see third-stringer Alex Tanney on the field as well, per Vacchiano, though that might be a tough ask. One plan for Lauletta would hinge on the Giants either leading by a big margin or losing by one — similar to how an MLB team would use a mop-up reliever — to allow for a second-half switch, Vacchiano notes.

Last year, New York benched Manning for Geno Smith, snapping his historic start streak to cost both Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo their jobs. Pat Shurmur, however, seems to like Lauletta’s prospects, per Vacchiano. So, if/when the Giants fall out of remote contention, some potentially awkward Lauletta substitution sequences may occur as the franchise explores how it will go about replacing Manning.

Manning is under contract through 2019 and has a no-trade clause in his deal, but with the Giants looking readier to rebuild, he may well be off the roster next year.

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6 comments on “Giants Eyeing Kyle Lauletta Game Work

  1. Bill Jasper

    I’m not sure how playing Lauletta when either you’re up big or down big is going to tell you anything about his viability as a long term solution at the QB position?

    If they’re ready to move on from Manning, then they need to get Lauletta out there and see if he has anything.

  2. Michael Chaney

    Benching Manning last season wasn’t at all a bad idea, and I think the only reason people had a problem with him being benched was because it ended his streak.

    But the fact that they started Geno Smith instead of Davis Webb was baffling, to say the least.

    • tylerall5

      It wouldn’t have been a bad idea if it was Webb who was playing; but of course, that didn’t happen.

  3. crosseyedlemon

    I think 8-8 could be enough to claim the NFC East but that would still require the Giants to accomplish an amazing turn around. Management has to find some way to get Manning to accept early retirement and create some extra cap room.

    • tropicoflungcancer
      tropicoflungcancer

      The Giants can’t even play a competent half of football, let alone many halves that would necessitate a 5-1 finish.

  4. jimbo22

    It’s a real shame that Webb was not given a shot to show whether he could be the heir to Manning. Now the Giants face a similar situation with Lauletta. Hopefully they will give him a fair opportunity to lead the team. Everyone in the NFL knew that Geno Smith was not the answer last year, except McAdoo! Shurmur seems to have a better feel for the game, but then again the game plan in the Sunday’s second half leaves me wondering!

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