Do Pro Football Focus’ scores and snap photo numbers match the performances we thought we saw from the New York Giants players in Sunday night’s victory over the Washington Chiefs? Let’s find out.
- Daniel Jones (75.8) was the Giants’ most offensive player. The Giants passed the ball the way they wanted with Jones having a season-low average depth of goal (ADOT) of 3.9 yards.
- John Feliciano’s center didn’t allow pressure in 35 plays. Andrew Thomas and Mark Glowinski each allowed one. Ben Bredison allowed one in every 23 pass-blocking shots at left guard, as did Nick Gates. Bredeson played 42 snaps against Gates’ 21, with Gates earning an overall grade of 66.0 and a Bredeson A of 63.1.
- Right tackle Evan Neal struggled on pass protection. He has a Protection Score of 36.0, allowing five total pressures and finishing with a pass blocking efficiency score of 92.6. Neil earned a solid 65.5 while running blocking.
The full attack snap counts are listed below. Kenny Juladay noted with only one shot played.
- He played well in limited snaps, but I wasn’t expecting to see safety Tony Jefferson (91.4) as the best defensive player on the team.
- Dexter Lawrence hits a record of 90.2 with a half sack and five total quarterback pressures.
- Kayvon Thibodeaux (89.7) and Aziz Ojulari (79.4) were next.
- Lawrence wins on 28.0 percent of his quick pass attempts, Ogollari (five total pressures) on 19.2 percent, Leonard Williams on 15.4 percent and Thibodeau on 13.0 percent. This is an exceptional feat by the Big 4 for the Giants on the defensive front.
- Safety Jason Pinnock (78.2) and linebacker Micah McFadden (72.6) also checked in with scores above 70.0.
- Cornerback Darnay Holmes (46.0) was the lowest-ranked player among those who played at least half of the defensive snaps, but he broke up a pass at the end of the game to prevent a touchdown.
Pick up the charges
In defense, we’ll do more than just show quick numbers. Because the number of surprises says a lot about the development of the defense.
- Safety Julien Love and cornerback Fabien Moreau were the only defenders who played every moment.
- Williams played 53 snaps (84 percent) in his return to action.
- Ojulari played 51 snap and Thibodeaux 50, leaving only eight snaps for Tumon Fox and six for Ochan Zimens.
- The use of Jefferson and Landon Collins, who would have to be added to the 53-man roster if the Giants want to keep playing him since the practice squad’s three-time cap is raised, is particularly interesting. Collins played 27 snaps as a sub-pack linebacker, and assisted on defense. Sixteen of those shots ended up in the coverage. Jefferson played 19 takes in a similar role to Collins, 14 of them in coverage.
- Linebackers Jaylon Smith (49) and McFadden (31) saw reduced playing time because the Giants often selected smaller, more athletic players.
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