New York Giants countdown to camp: QB’s best and worse case scenarios

Eli Manning, Pat Shurmer, New York Giants. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Upstarts

Four other quarterbacks will be taking snaps for the New York Giants in camp.

Daniel Jones – Giants general manager Dave Gettleman shocked the football world by selecting the former Duke signal caller sixth overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. For the time being, let’s overlook where he was picked and concentrate on the fact that he is Big Blue’s quarterback of the future.

As mentioned above, the club wants him to learn from Manning this year and possibly longer. The hope is that Jones will develop at his own pace because Eli will be under center all season.

If a scientist built the prototype NFL quarterback, he/she would come up with something close to Daniel Jones. He has ideal size at a sturdy 6-5, 220 pounds. Jones also moves well both in the pocket and running with the ball. His arm strength while not ideal is still pretty good. After all, there is only one Patrick Mahomes who has a rocket launcher attached to his right shoulder.

Critics will question his poor record against good teams in college. Duke is far from an NCAA powerhouse and Jones didn’t move the needle very far during his three seasons leading the Blue Devils offense. He didn’t play in many pressure-packed games and his ability to succeed in crunch-time, with something to play for is a big unknown. Finally, he completed about 60% of his passes in college. Generally, franchise level QBs have a better pedigree.

Kyle Lauletta – 2018’s fourth-round pick out of Richmond surprised some people in training camp last year. So much so that he made the decision to cut Davis Webb much easier for head coach Pat Shurmer last September. A questionable move at the time because Webb also had a good camp.

Lauletta doesn’t have a very strong arm which hurt his draft stock. He does, however, possess good size and is a natural leader in the huddle. His patience to let routes develop combined with very good accuracy likely lands him a spot on this year’s team.

Alex Tanney – Look up journeyman quarterback in the dictionary and there is probably a picture of Alex Tanney. Now 31 years old, he has kicked around the NFL since 2012, playing in one regular season game over his career. Last year, Tanney was the “veteran” back up on the roster. It would be a mild shock if he stuck around for another season with the G-Men

Eric Dungey – The former Syracuse quarterback was signed pst draft by Big Blue as an undrafted free agent. As with the rest of the Giants QB’s he has ideal size at 6-4, 228 pounds. One of the reasons he went undrafted is his accuracy. On the other hand, Dungey shows great pocket presence and can make plays on the go, whether its buying time for a receiver to get open or running with the ball.

Dungey is a project, but not necessarily as a starting quarterback. The Giants see him as a hybrid type player that they can use at several positions, yet with a good ability to throw passes on trick plays or in the wildcat because he can run.