Kyle Lauletta
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Lauletta with the Cleveland Browns in 2021
No. 11 – New Jersey Generals
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1995-03-17) March 17, 1995 (age 27)
Exton, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school:Downingtown East
(Lionville, Pennsylvania)
College:Richmond (2013–2017)
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 4 / Pick: 108
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Passing completions:0
Passing attempts:5
Passing yards:0
TDINT:0–1
Player stats at NFL.com

Kyle Jeffrey Lauletta (born March 17, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League (USFL). He played college football at Richmond and was drafted by the New York Giants in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Pittsburgh Maulers.

Early life

Lauletta attended the East campus of Downingtown High School in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, and was the starting quarterback for the Cougars football team for his last two years. He came from a family of football players; his father Joe and uncle Lex played quarterback and punter for Navy, respectively, and two of his brothers have also been quarterbacks for Downingtown East. In his first start, he threw for 400 yards and ran for two touchdowns against the defending state champions. He also played lacrosse. Despite his accolades in high school, an off-season injury and bad luck largely prevented any premium FBS schools from recruiting Lauletta, and he eventually chose to attend Richmond.[1][2]

College career

Lauletta played at Richmond from 2013 to 2017.[3] He tore his ACL in 2016 on a quarterback scramble after leading Richmond to an 8–2 record at the time, but recovered and played all games in 2017, his best statistical season.[1] During his collegiate career, he threw for a school-record 10,465 yards and 73 touchdowns.[4] Lauletta was invited to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl, in which he threw for 198 yards and three touchdowns and was named the game's MVP.[5]

College statistics

Season Team GP Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg Lng TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2013 Richmond 3 16 21 76.2 108 5.1 17 2 0 150.8 3 8 2.7 0
2015 Richmond 14 241 391 61.6 3,598 9.2 79 19 15 147.3 78 116 1.5 7
2016 Richmond 11 220 349 63.0 3,022 8.7 66 24 8 153.9 49 −28 −0.6 1
2017 Richmond 11 281 433 64.9 3,737 8.6 93 28 12 153.2 68 90 1.3 4
Career[6] 39 758 1,194 63.5 10,465 8.8 93 73 35 151.4 198 186 0.9 12

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Wonderlic
6 ft 2+58 in
(1.90 m)
222 lb
(101 kg)
30+58 in
(0.78 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.81 s 1.67 s 2.78 s 4.07 s 6.95 s 31 in
(0.79 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
29
All values from NFL Draft[7][8]

New York Giants

Lauletta was selected by the New York Giants in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. The pick used to acquire him was traded from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for Jason Pierre-Paul.[9]

On October 30, 2018, Lauletta was arrested in Weehawken, New Jersey, after being pulled over in his Jaguar on the way to Giants team practice. He was charged with eluding police, a third-degree crime; obstructing administration of law and resisting arrest, motor vehicle charges for reckless driving, disregarding an officer's directions, an improper turn in a marked traffic lane and failure to remain in a marked lane. Lauletta had previously been charged with reckless driving in Fairfax County, Virginia, in 2017 and found guilty of failure to obey a highway sign.[10][11]

Lauletta made his first NFL appearance on December 9 in relief of Eli Manning in a 40–16 victory against the Washington Redskins. He threw five incompletions and an interception to Mason Foster in the fourth quarter, for a passer rating of 0.0.[12] He appeared in one other game, Week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys as a blocker, in the 2018 season.[13]

Lauletta was waived during final roster cuts on August 31, 2019.[14]

Philadelphia Eagles

Lauletta signed with the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad on September 1, 2019.[15] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Eagles on January 6, 2020.[16] He was waived on August 17, 2020.[17]

Lauletta had a tryout with the New York Jets on August 19, 2020.[18]

Atlanta Falcons

Lauletta was signed by the Atlanta Falcons on September 2, 2020.[19] Three days later on September 5, 2020, Lauletta was waived by the Falcons and re-signed to the practice squad.[20][21] He was released on September 22, 2020.[22]

Cleveland Browns

On October 16, 2020, Lauletta was signed to the Cleveland Browns' practice squad.[23]

Lauletta was signed to a reserve/futures contract by the Browns on January 18, 2021.[24] Lauletta was waived by the Browns on August 31, 2021.[25]

Jacksonville Jaguars

On September 2, 2021, Lauletta was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice squad.[26]

Cleveland Browns (second stint)

On December 17, 2021, Lauletta was signed off the Jaguars' practice squad to the Cleveland Browns' active roster.[27] He was waived by the Browns on January 4, 2022.[28]

Pittsburgh Maulers

On February 22, 2022, Lauletta was drafted in the 1st round with the seventh pick of the 2022 USFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Maulers.[29] He was released on May 25, 2022.[30]

New Jersey Generals

On May 25, 2022, Lauletta was claimed off waivers by the New Jersey Generals.[31]

Statistics

Year Team League Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2018 NYG NFL 2 0 0 5 0.0 0 0.0 0 1 0.0 1 -2 -2.0 0
2022 PIT USFL 4 2 31 63 49.2 270 4.3 0 0 60.9 3 18 6.0 0

References

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  2. ^ Kyed, Doug (March 3, 2018). "How Kyle Lauletta Became Bill Belichick's Perfect Quarterback Prospect". NESN. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  3. ^ Barber, Mike (January 26, 2018). "'Student of the game' Kyle Lauletta plans to make the leap from UR to NFL". Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  4. ^ "Richmond's Lauletta getting NFL look at Senior Bowl". FOX Sports. January 24, 2018.
  5. ^ McGuire, Kevin (January 27, 2018). "Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta steals show in Senior Bowl; Baker Mayfield leaves early". NBC Sports.
  6. ^ "Kyle Lauletta NCAA FB Stats – Season & Career Statistics". FOX Sports. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile – Kyle Lauletta". nfl.com. March 2, 2018. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta : 2018 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  9. ^ Salomone, Dan (April 28, 2018). "Giants draft QB Kyle Lauletta in Round 4". Giants.com. Archived from the original on May 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "Kyle Lauletta of the New York Giants May Have Been Charged with Reckless Driving by Speed in 2017". October 30, 2018.
  11. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/amp/1819761002
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  26. ^ "Roster Moves: Jaguars sign 2, place WR Tavon Austin on IR". Jaguars.com. September 2, 2021.
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  29. ^ Mueller, Jared (February 22, 2022). "Former Browns QB selected 7th overall in USFL draft". Browns Wire. Retrieved February 26, 2022.
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