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Pat Shurmur — Eli Manning will continue as Giants’ quarterback

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Coach says he expects that to continue past the trade deadline

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Those of you calling for rookie Kyle Lauletta to take over as starting quarterback for the New York Giants immediately are going to be disappointed, but it looks like Eli Manning is keeping that job for the time being.

Giants coach Pat Shurmur was asked Tuesday if he thought the 15-year veteran would be the quarterback of his 1-6 team “on the other side of the trade deadline.”

“Yes, I do,” Shurmur said. “I think Eli will be our quarterback. He has been, and he’ll continue to be here.”

The calls for Lauletta are understandable with the Giants at 1-6 for a second straight season, and having gone 4-19 over their last 23 games.

Still, Lauletta is a fourth-round pick from an FCS school who has done little if anything since the season began other than run the scout team each week — mimicking the opposing team’s offense.

The Giants would likely be throwing him into a situation he isn’t prepared for by simply handing him the keys to the offense and telling him “go play.”

The likely path for Lauletta would be to elevated to the No. 2 spot on the quarterback depth chart, ahead of Alex Tanney. That would make him active on game days, perhaps get him some practice reps, and maybe even some late-game snaps should the score or situation allow it. That could happen as soon as Sunday against the Washington Redskins. There was some speculation the Giants were prepared to activate Lauletta on Monday night, so it would seem that step is coming.

For now, though, Manning will remain at the helm.