Kyle Lauletta might be the forgotten man in the New York Giants’ quarterback room, but he plans to put his head down and keep working.
When the New York Giants drafted Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall, a new era began in the timeline of the organization. For the first time, Eli Manning will have his definite successor on the roster. Not to mention, this past week head coach Pat Shurmur opened the door to a possible position battle between Jones and Manning.
At the quarterback position there’s also Alex Tanney, who’s not going to start, but will act as an emergency backup in case all hell breaks loose. But then there’s Kyle Lauletta. Remember him?
Many fans called on the Giants to start Lauletta in 2018 when the team was struggling with Manning. Police then arrested Lauletta in October for eluding officers and resisting arrest, which hurt his reputation. He finally got time on the field against the Washington Redskins in a Week 14 win, in which he went 0-for-5 through the air with an interception.
Now a second-year quarterback, Lauletta is focusing on himself despite the possibility he won’t make final roster cuts.
“After the draft they just told me, ‘Don’t worry about that … just do your job,'” Lauletta said, per Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “The minute I start worrying about another guy, it’s just wasted energy for me. Look at last year, I got drafted and Davis Webb did the year previous. We’re all professionals, we’re all trying to play. I’m going to continue to be a pro and do everything I can to impress the coaches and play well on the field. I’ll just wait for my next shot.”
Lauletta realizes he’s still young and has a lot of learning to do as a professional quarterback. However, having someone like Manning as a teammate is a huge advantage in those regards.
“Obviously having ’10’ in the room, there’s always a lot to learn from,’” Lauletta said of Manning. “I feel like we’re all pretty high IQ guys and we’re all pretty smart football players.’”