Can the New York Giants use Kyle Lauletta as trade bait?

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) attempts a pass against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Beyond Eli Manning and Daniel Jones for the New York Giants, the quarterback position is unresolved and unnecessary. The Giants don’t need either Alex Tanney nor Kyle Lauletta, making one of the two expendable.

Could the New York Giants trade one of the two backup passers?

The more likely scenario would include Kyle, simply because his youth can be utilized in a potential trade. For example, the Philadelphia Eagles have little quarterback depth and what the second-year Giant showed against the New York Jets in the first preseason game, was that he can operate an offense at a decent level, despite facing off against lesser talent.

Cody Kessler and Clayton Thorson, two backup quarterbacks for the Eagles, looked horrendous in their preseason debut. Kessler went 3-of-6 for 12 yards and Thorson went 2-of-9 for 7 yards and an interception.

Both Tanney and Lauletta for the Giants looks fantastic against the Jets. Alex put up an impressive stat line of 14 completions over 19 attempts for 190 yards, one touchdown, and a 122.7 passer rating. Kyle completed nine of 12 passes for 116 yards and one touchdown, with a passer rating of 132.6.

The younger of the two represents a valuable trade resource given his youth and ability to mold to a different offense. However, the Giants brass handled the progression of Lauletta poorly. When the season was theoretically over in 2018, they had the opportunity to play Lauletta the last two games of the season to gauge how successful he could be. They elected to keep him on the bench.

At the very least, Kyle could have gathered essential game film to help boost his value. The Giants could likely trade him for a 4-6th round pick. The Eagles seem to be a decent suitor for the second-year passer but trading within the division is usually a rarity.


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