Pat Shurmur
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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur speaks on his decision to keep backup quarterback Alex Tanney and not Kyle Lauletta.

On Saturday, the New York Giants, just like any other NFL team, had to cut down to 53 roster spots. The preseason is officially over and the regular season is upon us, as the opening game (Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears) is this Thursday.

One of the decisions the Giants made involved their backup quarterback spot. They’re obviously going to keep Eli Manning and Daniel Jones, so that left one spot for either Alex Tanney or Kyle Lauletta. Ultimately, head coach Pat Shurmur went with Tanney.

“I said it last week: It’s a credit to Kyle the way he came in here every day and worked to get better and competed after we drafted Daniel,” Shurmur said, per Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “Not every guy would respond that way, and Kyle improved as a result. So there was a lot to consider in that decision, but ultimately we decided to go with Tanney.”

The Giants drafted Lauletta in the fourth round (No. 108 overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft out of the University of Richmond. It wasn’t too long ago that fans were calling his name when the Giants started out 1-7 last season with Manning at the helm.

It’s unclear at this point what Lauletta’s next chapter will be. However, his stint with the Giants is over, as Tanney could retain his “emergency backup” role with the rookie Jones preparing for the future.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.