Kyle Lauletta doesn’t sound concerned about his future, even if it was swiped from under him.
The Giants’ fourth-round pick a year ago, who some thought could be Eli Manning’s heir apparent before the team took Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick, seems ready to prove himself.
“In this league there are always going to be guys behind you, and guys are always going to be competing for jobs,” Lauletta said Tuesday night at the Gridiron Gala, according to NJ.com. “We just bring another piece into it. Another great quarterback in the room. We’ll grow together, and do the best we can to compete and put a winning team out on the field.”
Lauletta has yet to take the field during the team’s offseason program, as he recovers from knee surgery. That has been what’s frustrated him, he said, not the Giants adding Jones to the roster.
“All I can do right now is control me and get my knee back and work hard,” Lauletta said. “I know the player I can be. I’ve just got to get to work and reach my full potential, and when I get an opportunity on the field, show them what I can do.”
The first season of proving himself to the Giants did not go well. The former Richmond quarterback was arrested in October for allegedly nearly hitting a cop and driving in a “dangerous manner,” cops said, on his way to the team facility. He then took the field Dec. 9, in a blowout win over the Redskins, and went 0-for-5 with an interception.
Lauletta is expected to compete with veteran Alex Tanney for a roster spot behind Manning and Jones this offseason.