Entering their bye week, it was expected that Eli Manning’s reign as the New York Giants’ starting quarterback was destined to come to an end in short order.
However, after winning two consecutive games out of the break and narrowing the NFC East lead to just 2.5 games — a potential for it to be a flat two games after Week 12 — it would appear as if Manning is cemented under center for the time being.
That’s not to say things can’t or won’t change, though.
Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reports that the Giants still intend to get rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta some playing time this season, which the team failed to do with Davis Webb just a year ago.
Eli Manning’s recent run of success hasn’t changed the Giants’ plan to get a glimpse of their future. They still intend to play rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta at some point this season, according to a source.
Just not yet. Not while their long-shot playoff dream is still alive.
The slim possibility of winning the wide-open NFC East definitely has the potential of complicating their plans, but the Giants front office apparently hasn’t lost sight of the big picture. They know they need to see Lauletta, their fourth-round pick out of Richmond, on the field before they head into this crucial offseason, according to the source with knowledge of their plans. Ideally they’d even like to get journeyman backup Alex Tanney in for at least a few series too, so they can have a better evaluation of both before they begin their search for Manning’s heir.
The issue, of course, is when to get both Tanney and Lauletta some playing time. The team can’t afford to remove Manning so long as they are winning and their playoff hopes are alive, so the situation becomes a bit more complex as a result.
If the Giants do make good on Odell Beckham Jr.’s proclamation and win eight straight, keeping in the playoff hunt until Week 17, then that opportunity may never arise. Does the team then risk a chance at the playoffs in exchange for getting their backup quarterbacks some playing time?
It’s an interesting conundrum for the Giants and not one they expected to be facing after a 1-7 start to the season. It would be solved with a loss, but there’s no one rooting for that right now. So only time will tell how they handle this.