Don’t count out seeing New York Giants rookie backup quarterback Kyle Lauletta on the playing field this year.
According to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY on Wednesday, the Giants 2018 fourth-round selection out of Richmond still might see the field.
Although the conversation about benching Manning has kind of been swept under the rug for now, the reality is still imminent. Eli is 37 years old, and his successor still needs to be found. Whether that’s Lauletta or not, who knows. That’s why the chance of him playing this season is still up in the air.
However, it wouldn’t be this week or the following. Lauletta probably wouldn’t play at all until Big Blue is officially mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. And the way the Giants energy seems to be going, who knows if that may happen at all. The playoffs are a long-shot for the G-Men, but still possible nonetheless.
This doesn’t mean the Giants staff scouting college quarterbacks is off the table. The Giants front office is still looking closely at talent such as Oregon’s Justin Herbert along with West Virginia’s Will Grier.
In the Giants last game, Manning was 17-18 through the air with two touchdowns in the Giants 38-35 win. Now, people don’t like to talk about how the Giants “should” get rid of their long-time quarterback. Mostly because he’s playing like what he has been for years: a really good NFL quarterback.
However, if the Giants do end up mathematically eliminated at some point, it would make sense to see what Lauletta can bring to the table. He’s a young guy, who can hopefully keep his head on straight despite his arrest in late October. For all we know, he could be the next answer for the Giants at the quarterback position.