There’s little reason to believe Eli Manning won’t emerge as the starter come the beginning of the 2019 regular season. Head coach Pat Shurmur has already stated that it’s essentially Manning’s job to lose and that rookie passer Daniel Jones needs to be learning and soaking in every ounce of wisdom from the veteran quarterback.
There’s a simple fact, however — Jones is the penciled in backup for Manning. Both Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta represent little threat to Jones for the No. 2 spot, in fact, they’re battling for a single roster spot at the moment.
Preseason will likely give us a better indication of who will remain on the roster, but I assume Lauletta will continue with the team and Tanney will get cut. Why? Because the Giants aren’t going to win a Super Bowl this upcoming season — rebuilding and giving the second-year player ample time to adapt should be the priority, which is the only reason Lauletta makes the cut.
Also, Tanney’s 14 pass attempts in an actual game over a six-year span doesn’t necessarily scream efficient. It’s Lauletta’s backup job to lose, and if Shurmur has any faith in the Richmond passer, he will keep him around to continue learning behind the scenes. He could very well end up being Jones’ backup for the future, similar to Ryan Nassib throughout Manning’s career.
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