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The Battle For Eli Manning’s Backup Job Is Intriguing

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The New York Giants will have the most intriguing quarterback battle through the offseason. It will be the race to be Eli Manning’s backup for the next two seasons. The two quarterbacks who will be showcased are unknown for most Giants fans and we may never see them play in the regular season until Manning decides to retire.

The Giants have had Davis Webb backup Manning last season. He didn’t see any time on the field during the regular season as he not only backed up Manning, but was the third string to Geno Smith. Webb didn’t even get to play when there was ample rumors about 2017 being Manning’s last season with the Giants. New York clearly didn’t utilize him correctly.

Furthering the loaded questions around the Giants’ quarterback future, the team drafted Kyle Lauletta with their fourth-round pick. Lauletta was drafted over the better-known Luke Falk. He is a 6-foot-3 quarterback who played in the FCS last season — formerly Division 1-AA. He now enters a quarterback competition that is so convoluted that you may wonder why New York just didn’t draft a quarterback at No. 2. Lauletta passed for 10,465 yards with 73 touchdowns in his career at Richmond.

The offseason is going to be interesting because of these two unknown quarterbacks. They both have no expectations and can go out on the field and sling the pill knowing that they won’t be starting anytime soon, but vying to stay on the team for the next couple of years. It would really behoove the Giants to play one of these quarterbacks regularly, should the season get out of hand.

The Giants might not have the best chance to make any dent in the NFC East this season, and if that’s the case, Webb and Lauletta should get some time during the regular season to see what they have.

Manning has been great for the Giants for a long time. He’s made the game fun to watch and brought the Giants two Super Bowls. But New York hasn’t quite addressed the future without him and if Webb and Lauletta don’t get a chance then we’ll never know what could be.

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