Lauletta underwent a "minor" procedure on his knee this offseason, Ryan Dunleavy of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Selected in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, Lauletta's rookie season was notable for all the wrong reasons. Along with an inability to get on the field in the midst of continued struggles by Eli Manning, Lauletta was arrested in October and eventually plead guilty to a disorderly persons offense and two other charges. If he avoids legal issues through January 2020, Lauletta will have all three charges expunged from his record. Where he stands on the Giants' quarterback depth chart will be notable as the team proceeds with offseason maneuvering. Manning remains on the roster, Alex Tanney re-signed Monday and another signal-caller could join the fray via free agency or the draft over the next two months.
Lauletta plead guilty Tuesday to a disorderly persons offense and two other charges stemming from his Oct. 30 arrest in Weehawken, N.J., Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
There's no telling if Lauletta would have seen the field more as a rookie with Eli Manning going through the motions, but this brush with the law likely didn't help his case. Per Raanan, Lauletta will have all three charges dropped if he avoids any additional legal issues over the next 12 months. From a football standpoint, if Manning is retained and another QB is brought in via free agency or the draft, Lauletta's roster spot for the 2019 campaign could be in jeopardy as the Giants work their way through the offseason program, training camp and the preseason slate.
Inactive for the previous two games, Lauletta dressed as a third quarterback in Week 17, taking the field for one play, where he acted as a blocker. A 2018 fourth-round pick, Lauletta's lone other action as a rookie came in relief of Eli Manning in a Week 14 blowout win over the Redskins, during which he failed to complete any of his five passes and tossed an interception. It's unclear as of yet whether the Giants will bring Manning back in 2019, but even if they don't, Lauletta looks like a long shot for a major role after the team refused to audition him long after it was out of playoff contention.
Lauletta (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Titans.
Lauletta dressed as the top backup to Eli Manning over journeyman Alex Tanney during the previous two games and saw his first NFL action in relief last week in the Giants' 40-16 victory over the Redskins. Even while playing in garbage time, the rookie out of Richmond didn't look NFL-ready, completing none of his five throws and tossing an interception. Though coach Pat Shurmur said a few days ago that Lauletta would retain the No. 2 gig in Week 15, he evidently had a change of heart as gameday approached. The move back to the inactive list can't be seen as anything other than a negative development for Lauletta, who may not be viewed within the organization as a potential long-term successor to Manning.
A healthy inactive through the Giants' first 12 games, Lauletta moved ahead of Alex Tanney on the depth chart and dressed as the backup to Eli Manning the past two weeks. With the Week 14 win over the Redskins turning into a lopsided affair by halftime, Lauletta came on in relief and failed to complete any of his five attempts while also tossing an interception. The poor showing didn't inspire much confidence about Lauletta's ability to direct the offense, though the rookie may get some more in-game reps over the final three weeks of the season if the Giants want to get a glimpse of what post-Manning life might look like.
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