New York Giants developing utility player to play multiple positions

The New York Giants have signed undrafted free agent, Eric Dungey.

The New York Giants drafted quarterback Daniel Jones with the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to ensure they addressed the most important position on the field for the future. As Eli Manning’s illustrious career comes to a potential end, Jones will wait in the wings and soak in as much information as possible.

However, drafting Jones didn’t stop the Giants from bringing in another quarterback – Syracuse passer, Eric Dungey, was signed as an undrafted free agent, but he will play a different role for Big Blue.

Dungey could be utilized in a similar fashion to New Orleans’ Taysom Hill. The utility player for the Saints has played quarterback, tight end, and running back so far in his young career, and the Giants could be looking to mimic his usage.

Who is Eric Dungey and what does he bring to the New York Giants?

The Syracuse star was an underrated player entering the NFL. A solid foundation of abilities helped him set 25 school records, including career passing yards, total offense and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. His offensive production was stellar with the Orange, a team that relied on him to operate at a high level.

The Giants view him more as an athlete than a quarterback, which attests to their idea of moving him around the field, similar to a baseball player featuring at different spots, showing diversity.

Dungey commented on the movement, via North Jersey:

“Obviously it’s a little bit of a learning curve for me, coming from having played quarterback all my life,” said Dungey, 22. “But I’ve played sports my whole life, and I love to compete, so whatever I have to do, I’ll do it.”

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At 6-3, 220-pounds, Dungey isn’t the biggest player on the field by any means but can churn out yards after contact, that’s his most enticing attribute other than his arm. I anticipate the Giants using his running ability and agility in space to extract the most value. His injury history is something to keep an eye on, given his aggressive style of play.

Hopefully, they can help him find a role that will provide the team with an effective playmaker in specific situations.

 

New York Giants: What Will The Giants Do With All Of The Quarterbacks On Their Roster?

New York Giants quarterback, Eli Manning.

The New York Giants currently have 5 quarterbacks on their roster. The team recently drafted quarterback Daniel Jones with the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He has not yet signed his rookie deal, but once he has, the Giants will have 6 quarterbacks on their roster.

The quarterback was a position of need for the Giants heading into this offseason. Because of this, the Giants made sure to improve their quarterback room. But now the Giants have too many quarterbacks on the roster. The question is, who will stay and who will go?

Who Will Definitely Be On The Roster?

The Giants will definitely hold at least two quarterbacks on their roster. The two quarterbacks locked into roster spots are Eli Manning and Daniel Jones.

The Giants have committed to Eli Manning as their starter for the 2019 season. Manning is a franchise legend heading into his 16th season. But in 2018, Eli posted a career-high completion percentage at 66%, showing that he still has the ability to start in the NFL.

Eli will also have an additional task in 2019. He will need to teach Daniel Jones what he can and help the rookie prepare for the day he becomes the next franchise quarterback. Daniel Jones is obviously a lock to make the roster in 2019.

Daniel Jones was the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants are committed to Daniel Jones being the team’s next franchise quarterback after Eli Manning retires or moves on from New York.

Daniel Jones threw for 2,674 yards, 22 touchdown passes, and only 9 interceptions in his final season at Duke. Jones is a quarterback the Giants need to develop, but they have the next 5 years on his rookie contract to turn him into a franchise quarterback.

Who Might Be On The Roster?

The Giants will definitely hold two quarterbacks on the roster in 2019, but it is possible they carry more than two. Alex Tanney recently signed a two-year contract extension with the New York Giants.

However, the contract is only worth $2,150,000, so the Giants do not necessarily need to commit to Tanney. They could end up cutting him this offseason.

The Giants typically do like to have a veteran backup quarterback so it would not be surprising if they kept Tanney. But the Giants do have younger options if they want to hold three or more quarterbacks on the roster.

Kyle Lauletta was drafted by the Giants in the round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The rookie received a lot of hype from Giants fans but underwhelmed when he got playing time in the regular season. Lauletta went 0 for 5 with 1 interception against the Redskins.

Despite this lackluster performance, the Giants could still see some potential in Lauletta based on his collegiate performance. But if the Giants are ready to move on from Lauletta, he could have a decent trade market.

The Giants also have a darkhorse player that could make the roster at quarterback. But this player could make the roster at another position, too. Eric Dungey is a versatile player who played quarterback in college but could play multiple positions in the NFL, similar to the Saints’ Taysom Hill.

If the Giants want to have a more progressive offense and try some innovative, multi-position players, Dungey would be the perfect option as the third quarterback on the roster.

New York Giants’ Pat Shurmur on Eric Dungey: Usually There’s A Place For Good Players

The New York Giants have signed undrafted free agent, Eric Dungey.

Eric Dungey is one of the more interesting acquisitions that the New York Giants made recently following the NFL Draft. The Syracuse quarterback was picked up after going undrafted and joins number six overall pick Daniel Jones on the team, as another possible competitor for last season’s backup quarterback Kyle Lauletta.

It looks like Lauletta could very well be out of the plans of the Giants and Dungey could be the one brought in to replace him and take up the role as the potential third string quarterback for the Giants this year. After all, while Dungey went undrafted, he has a unique status as one of the more popular unselected quarterbacks. About five teams were interested at the time that Dungey chose the Giants, but at the end of the day, it was New York that came away with the player.

But Dungey’s role might not be the same as that of the other quarterbacks on the roster at this point, namely Eli Manning and Daniel Jones. Many have said that Jones was picked because of sharing some traits with Manning, but Dungey on the other hand has a fairly different play style and that could be a strength.

It’s something that head coach Pat Shurmur has remarked on.

“He was a key guy, a guy that we targeted. He is a very accomplished quarterback and made a lot of plays with his feet. He made some good throws out there as well. He is one of those guys we had our eyes on at the draft. We will see. I think he is a good football player. Usually there is a place on the field for good football players. We will see what happens,” Shurmur said about Dungey.

Out of the quarterbacks on the roster, the undrafted Dungey isn’t expected to see much time on the field but could end up getting game action before Daniel Jones just because of the difference in their roles. Dungey does something different for the Giants and could be useful as a situational quarterback while Jones is essentially expected to become a copy of Eli Manning in the best of future scenarios.

It will be something to keep an eye on during the offseason. Just about everyone has accepted that Daniel Jones is being set up as the successor to Eli Manning. But what will happen with Kyle Lauletta, Eric Dungey, and any other quarterbacks on the roster at the start of the preseason? That’s still very much up for debate.

New York Giants: The Book Is Closed On The Kyle Lauletta Experiment

It’s a far cry from how things were when the New York Giants first drafted Kyle Lauletta. At first there was a bit of an optimistic feeling as the Giants took a player that looked pretty good and appeared to be undervalued because of playing for a school that few would have followed, one that plays in the FCS Division of NCAA football. It looked like Lauletta had some potential and had been undervalued, and with Eli Manning struggling, a lot of fans were quite willing to see Lauletta hit the field quickly.

That, however, didn’t go as planned. Lauletta did manage to get on the field during his rookie season but the outcome wasn’t what anyone expected. Not everyone thought Lauletta would be good, but most didn’t think it would be as bad as it was. Five incompletions, one interception, and a passer rating of zero. It doesn’t help that roughly a month or so earlier, Lauletta severely hurt his reputation with the team by being involved in a dangerous driving incident.

But a lot of quarterbacks have bad rookie seasons and rookies usually get another season or more to prove themselves, right?

Well, it doesn’t look like the Giants are going to be that patient with Lauletta, who wasn’t drafted with a high enough pick to justify that patience.

The most obvious sign of this is that the team spent the number six overall pick on Daniel Jones, meaning they want to try again with finding Eli Manning’s successor. And after that pick, Lauletta seems somewhat forgotten.

No one is talking about a quarterback competition between Daniel Jones and Kyle Lauletta. But everyone is talking about Jones sitting behind Manning and eventually starting. In some ways, that’s just how these things work. The player drafted in the top ten is always going to be expected to become the starter eventually.

However, that’s not the only sign. Depending on how things go, Lauletta might not even end up the third string quarterback. The Giants didn’t just draft a quarterback, they’ve also signed a relatively notable one as an undrafted free agent. That’s Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey, who recently helped lead Syracuse to a 10-3 season and a win in the Camping World Bowl.

Dungey was highly rated after the draft and according to Syracuse.com had offers from five teams at the time that he finally agreed to join the Giants.

It looks like Dungey will be in the mix to be the one behind Daniel Jones and Eli Manning in the order of quarterbacks, and if that’s the case, it’s hard to see Lauletta remaining a legitimate option. Is giving up on Lauletta completely the right move? Maybe, maybe not. There’s not really much chance for Lauletta to compete when Jones was drafted with the sixth pick and is expected to start at some point, to prevent the pick from being wasted.

And if the Giants go into the season with three quarterbacks, Dungey looks like the more likely option to be the third one than Lauletta does.

It’s mildly frustrating to see the Giants spend a pick on a quarterback who received a small amount of hype and then see that quarterback drop out of the standings completely the next season, essentially meaning the pick was a complete waste, but in the NFL Draft, no team is perfect. Busts happen. And after one season, it looks like Kyle Lauletta will go down as one of the early draft busts in the Gettleman era.