QB Kyle Lauletta
May 11, 2018
Q: Coach Shurmur was saying, for as much (pressure) as there is on the rookies, there is even more on the quarterback, so welcome.
A: Absolutely. I think thatís the nature of the position. The quarterback has to be the leader of the group and he has to be intelligent, he has to know the offense and be able to help guys get lined up and that sort of thing. So just going through the playbook and trying to learn it as best I can right now.
Q: How do you turn that chaos into something that looks right on the field?
A: The coaches do a great job. We install it slowly, they donít give us too much so we just focus on what they give us at first and just take good notes. Iíve done that throughout college and just continue to do that here and just listen to the coaches and what they have to say and just try to execute it on the field.
Q: What are your expectations?
A:†I donít think there are any expectations. I mean all I can do is come in here and learn and develop as best I can. Everybody is in the same position, trying to pick up a new offense. So like I said, just learn as best I can and just try to help that quarterback room out however I can.
Q: Have you had a chance to talk to Eli (Manning) yet?
A: I have, just briefly. Just touched base with him and he just congratulated me and welcomed me to the Giants. I havenít really talked to him more than that, but Iím definitely looking forward to getting in a room with him and getting to rack his brain.
Q: Does it make it easier knowing that Eli has been known for being good to young quarterbacks throughout his career?
A: Absolutely. Iíve heard nothing but great things about him. Iíll definitely lean on him. Obviously he has a lot on his plate, he has to learn a new offense too, but I just want to communicate to him that Iím here to help however I can and I think thatís the important part of having a good quarterback room. You kind of help each other out, whether thatís watching film together or asking each other questions or whatever it is. Just try to add value to that group and help those guys out as theyíll help me out too.
Q: What do you think is going to be the biggest difference in the playbook from Richmond to here?
A: Well Iíve done a lot of different things at Richmond, Iíve had experience in a lot of different offenses so just being able to thumb through it. I donít want to look ahead and stuff, but I have just gone through it and nothing seems too much or overwhelming to me. Iíve kind of experienced the whole gamut of offenses. I just want to stay with the here and now and just take it one day at a time. You donít want to get ahead of yourself and look ahead. Just master what we have going on now and all of the concepts and stuff, they build on each other. The coaches are smart, they put it in the right order and if you learn it in the right order, youíll develop and be on pace.
Q: Is there anything majorly different like footwork or reads?
A:†Not at all. I just think itís a little bit more advanced, a little bit more complex, but nothing I havenít really seen at this point.
Q: Do you view yourself as the quarterback of the future?
A: I donít know. Itís Eli Manningís team. His success and his resume speaks for itself and I do think he has some years left. How many years? Weíll just have to wait and see, but like I said, Iím just going to do everything I can. Obviously I have high aspirations and confidence in myself and my abilities. Iím just going to perform and be the best teammate, the best player I can be and however the coaches see fit where I am on the depth chart or whatever, thatís up to them. So Iím looking forward to continuing to develop relationships with these guys and learn the playbook and just developing as a player the best I can.
Q: Is it gratifying to you that the team didnít take a quarterback in the first round and they took you in the fourth round because they think youíre the guy?
A: I mean yeah, the guy that they took number two is pretty good. Saquon (Barkley) is going to add a ton of value to this team as well. So Iím happy they picked him, heís a great guy. Iíve gotten to know him so far and Iím just looking forward to working with him. Sure, when I met with the Giants, in one of the private workouts I had, I felt really good about it and I connected well with the coach I was with. I had a feeling I didnít know who was going to take me, but when I got the call I was definitely excited. Itís a great situation, a great organization and I think they have a bright future ahead.
Q: How do you put the situation with Davis Webb in perspective? Do you view it as competing with him for the back-up spot?
A: Yeah, I mean Iím always going to try to compete and try to perform as best I can. I donít really see it like that and I donít think Davis does either. Like I said, weíre all in this together, weíre all in the same boat learning a new offense so weíll definitely be close and be friends and help each other out as best as we can. Just try to help each other grow and try to develop so as far as whoís the back-up and stuff of course both of us are going to compete and both of us are going to try to earn that spot, but thatís so far ahead in the future I just donít think itís worth even thinking about right now.
Q: Does it bother you when people say you lack arm strength?
A:†I donít know, a little bit. If thatís the worst thing that people say about me, then so be it. It is what it is. I think Coach Shurmur had some nice things to say about that and I donít think itís an issue. I think there are a lot of other attributes that a quarterback has to have and I think I have those pretty well. I think I have enough arm strength, weíll just have to wait and see, but Iíll continue to develop that as well.
Q: How have you been able to slow things down and anticipate throughout your career?
A: I think just having a good understanding of the concepts and where guys are going to be and not being afraid of just letting that ball go before that receiver comes into the window and just having confidence. Iíve done this so long and I think thatís one of those natural characteristics that you have as a quarterback and that you have to have especially at this level. The windows get tighter and you have to throw the ball even earlier than you did in college. But I think Iím pretty good in that area and Iím going to continue to develop and Iím just looking forward to seeing when we start going full speed and getting some throws with some live reps. Iím looking forward to that.†
Q: Did you feel like you had something to overcome during the draft process?
A: I donít know. Obviously out of high school I didnít get offers to a lot of those big schools, but I saw that Richmond was a great opportunity for me and I donít think theyíve had a lot of quarterback that have gotten drafted, but theyíve had a number of players who have been successful in the NFL. So I saw it as a good opportunity for me to get a good education and play high-level football. Richmond was great. We played big teams and Iíve experienced some pretty big environments and stuff. So Richmond was great and Iím just looking forward to the next chapter.
Q: Russell Wilson was a third-round pick, Tom Brady was a sixth-round pick, do those success stories motivate you?
A: I donít look at it like that. Of course, there has been a lot of late round picks that have been successful in all positions. Thatís the thing, you just donít know how guys are going to pan out at the next level. For me, I just put all of that college stuff behind me and just open the next chapter. Itís just hitting the reset button and getting back to work and just got to come in every day, put your head down and do everything you can to be the best player that you can be and thatís what Iím going to do.
Q: What do you want to take away from Eli Manning?
A:†I donít know if there is one specific thing, just everything about him. Just the way he interacts with his teammates, the way he commands the team, the way he plays the position. There is just so much you can learn and I think thatís something that you have to do once you get in front of him and once you start to observe the way he goes about his business and Iím looking forward to that. Heís been a champion, heís been a really successful player and Iím looking forward to learning from him.
Q: Did the Patriots show any interest in you in the draft?
A: They did, as did a number of teams. It was hard for me to gauge who was more interested than others. They were definitely in the mix, but I heard there was a lot of media hype around them, but I think that was all it was. But Iím glad Iím here and Iím glad Iím a Giant.