Lauletta was a healthy scratch against the Titans, but had recently been promoted to the backup just a few weeks ago. Instead, it was Tanney who was Manning's backup this week. It seemed like a good bet the Giants might see what they had in Lauletta, but that doesn't appear to be the case - at least for Week 16.
Pat Shurmur moved Kyle Lauletta up to the No. 2 spot on the depth chart and activated him Sunday ahead of 31-year-old veteran Alex Tanney, which seems like an indication the fourth-round pick is closer to being ready to go into a game and the Giants are getting more comfortable with the idea.
The story speculated the Giants could use the Patrick Mahomes approach, and at least start Lauletta in Week 17 like the Chiefs did with Mahomes last year in Week 17. They eventually traded Alex Smith. The Giants are mathematically alive in the NFC East, so until they are eliminated the team is expected to stick with Manning at QB, according to the story. But the move to QB2 does seem to indicate the Giants may want to get a look at Lauletta before the season is over - much like the Chiefs did with Mahomes.
Before the team's bye, Shurmur had said "we'll see" when asked if Manning would keep his starting job. The Giants are 1-7 and average 18.8 points per game, which is 27th in the NFL. Manning has been sacked a league-high 31 times.
Shurmur also said Tuesday that he will not suspend backup quarterback Lauletta for his arrest last week.
The Jersey Journal reports that Kyle Lauletta was arrested Tuesday morning while driving to the team’s practice facility after he failed to obey a police officer’s directions and came close to striking the officer with his vehicle.
Although Lauletta has been the third-string quarterback behind both Manning and Alex Tanney, the Giants liked him enough coming out of Richmond that they chose him in the fourth round of the draft, and there’s increasing talk that he should be given a shot to show what he can do before the season is over.