The New York Giants did not coddle sophomore quarterback Kyle Lauletta this offseason, letting him know that Daniel Jones was coming in as Eli Manning’s eventual heir, but encouraging him to keep working hard just the same.
Rather than closing the door on Lauletta’s future, the Giants told him to let his talent and on-field play do the talking, and from there, the chips will fall where they may.
“After the draft they just told me, ‘Don’t worry about that … just do your job,’” Lauletta said, via the New York Post. “The minute I start worrying about another guy, it’s just wasted energy for me. Look at last year, I got drafted and Davis Webb did the year previous. We’re all professionals, we’re all trying to play. I’m going to continue to be a pro and do everything I can to impress the coaches and play well on the field. I’ll just wait for my next shot.”
Lauletta may not get another shot at taking over for Manning, so his real focus should be on veteran teammate Alex Tanney, who is the true threat to Lauletta’s spot on the 53-man roster.
Carrying Manning and Jones in 2019 is a given, but what the team does after that remains to be seen.
The Giants could opt to keep four quarterbacks on the roster, but the more likely scenario is carrying just three — and the final spot likely going to the veteran Tanney. That’s the nut Lauletta needs to crack.
Lauletta appeared in two games for the Giants a season ago, failing to connect on any of his five pass attempts while also tossing an interception. At one point, he was also used as a wide receiver.