The COVID-19-stricken Cleveland Browns are adding quarterback reinforcements.
Cleveland is signing quarterback Kyle Lauletta off the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad, the signal-caller's agent announced Friday. The team officially announced the news later Friday.
Lauletta is in line to back up Nick Mullens against the Las Vegas Raiders in a matchup the NFL postponed from Saturday to Monday in response to the COVID surge. Mullens, the No. 3 QB, is set to start with both Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum on the reserve/COVID-19 list. If neither veteran gets off the list, it will be Mullens' show.
Lauletta entered the NFL as a fourth-round pick by the New York Giants in 2018. He appeared in five games as a rookie, completing zero passes with one INT.
After one year in New York, the 26-year-old bounced around practice squads in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cleveland and Jacksonville. Lauletta spent the bulk of 2020 on the Browns practice squad and was with the team this offseason before being waived during final cuts. The familiarity with the offense makes him the best available backup to the backup's backup option, given the dire need in Cleveland on a short week.