Two weeks ago at this time, New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was not ready to commit to Kyle Lauletta as the team’s backup quarterback, suggesting people were overlooking Alex Tanney and pushing to move on from him entirely too fast.
Just a few short days later, Lauletta was elevated to backup and activated for the first time. Then, in a dominating Week 14 victory over the Washington Redskins, Lauletta spelled Eli Manning in the fourth quarter, going 0-for-5 with an interception in his NFL debut.
Despite the poor outing, Shurmur intends to stick with Lauletta as the team’s No. 2. At least for now, anyway.
“Kyle went in and certainly there’s plays he’d like to have back,” Shurmur told reporters on Wednesday. “There’s a lot of guys that go in, especially at the quarterback position, and don’t do well in their first outing, so we’re just going to keep working with him and keep him going. As I’ve mentioned all along, I do feel confident in both guys that could potentially back up.
“At this point , but we could always change our mind.”
Shurmur does tend to change his mind quite often, but at least in this instance, that seems unlikely. Lauletta is the young gun on the roster and is a Dave Gettleman, not Jerry Reese, pick. Whether or not he sees anymore game action is the real question, however.
The Giants remain in the playoff hunt despite very long odds, and until they are mathematically eliminated, Shurmur plans to stick with Manning. Should that change after Week 15, we’ll see if Shurmur changes direction and, perhaps, gives both Lauletta and Tanney some playing time.