Kyle Lauletta has a chance now to make his new boss look really, really smart. If Giants general manager Dave Gettleman drafted his gold-jacket guy with the No. 2 overall pick and still managed to get his next franchise quarterback — and get him in the fourth round?
We’ll be talking about this draft forever.
He handled it well.
It’s Eli Manning’s team, he said. His success and his resume speaks for itself and I do think he has some years left. How many years?
For most of the latter part of quarterback Eli Manning’s career, the Giants have had established receivers in threes: Beckham-Stephard-Brandon Marshall in 2017, Beckham-Shepard-Victor Cruz in 2016 and Cruz-Hakeem Nicks-Rueben Randle in the aftermath of Super Bowl XLVI.
But the Giants cut the injury-plagued Marshall and didn’t pursue Dez Bryant, leaving the job to Davis, Etta-Tawo, Marquis Bundy, Cody Lattimer, Keeon Johnson, Roger Lewis, Kalif Raymond, Travis Rudolph and Hunter Sharp.
From that group of nine, seven have eight or fewer receptions in seven or fewer career games, including four still waiting on their first catch and three waiting on their NFL debut.
There are guys on our roster that we’re going to develop a trust in and put them out there, Shurmur said, and we expect them to produce.
Lewis — 43 catches and four touchdowns in 28 games — and Latimer — 35 catches and three touchdowns in 45 games — are the most accomplished of the bunch. Latimer, a former second-round pick of the Broncos, primarily was signed because of his special teams ability.