Sunday’s blowout victory over the Washington Redskins allowed the New York Giants to get their first regular-season look at rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta. Things didn’t go well.
Lauletta entered the game at the beginning of the fourth quarter with the Giants leading 40-0. He went 0-for-5 and threw an interception on his second NFL pass, a play that ended his first NFL series. The Giants did not generate a single first down in Lauletta’s three series.
“There’s no excuses,” Lauletta said after the game. “Obviously I didn’t execute like I wanted to, but I’ll be better next time.”
The interception by Washington linebacker Mason Foster came on a third-and-10 pass intended for Russell Shepard.
“Guy (Foster) made a great play,” Lauletta said. “I think he just read my eyes and kinda got a jump on it.”
One quarter of play in a blowout without the Giants’ key playmakers on the field with him is hardly enough to show whether or not Lauletta can be a quality NFL quarterback and perhaps the eventual successor to Eli Manning. It was, simply a starting point, a “special” moment for a kid who started out as a third-string Pop Warner quarterback and then a high school backup who had to try out twice before getting an offer to play at Richmond.
Coach Pat Shurmur wasn’t forming any judgments.
“I don’t think he had enough there to evaluate how he did but he executed things pretty well,” Shurmur said. “Would have like to have seen him get a couple more completions and not throw that interception certainly.”