Let’s take a look at the Pro Football Focus ratings and snap counts for the New York Giants in Sunday’s 19-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals and see what we can learn.
Quarterback Daniel Jones was the highest-ranked Giants offensive player before going out with the hoarding injury. PFF gave Jones an overall rating of 78.6 in 47 snaps.
Now let’s talk about the offensive. To be honest, I think this is not only an area of intense interest, but an area where Pro Football Focus characters can be most helpful in assessing how well someone played. I wrote after the game that I thought Sunday̵
Will Hernandez did not start, but played 26 snaps in a rotation with Shane Lemieux and emerged as the Giants’ highest-ranked offensive lineman (72.7). He gave up zero pressure in 11 pass-blocking snaps (team-best 80.7 class in that division) and had a 68.1 run-blocking grade.
Lemieux? I do not understand why PFF rates him so badly week after week. Lemieux played 57 snaps and did not allow a single tap in 33 pass-blocking snaps, but still had a poor 31.0 class in that department. A 47.7 run-blocking grade left him with a total of 42.9, worst in offense.
Andrew Thomas (64.8 total, 67.2 pass block, 59.5 drive block) did not allow any pressure in 44 pass blocking snaps. Kevin Zeitler (64.8, one pressure) and center Nick Gates (64.5, zero pressure) played well.
Cam Fleming had three penalties that knocked his character down to a total of 63.7. However, he did not allow a single pressure, but finished with a 73.7 in passing block and a 75.6 in driving block. Penalties or no, maybe it was too early to urge Fleming to go on the bench.
Logan Ryan continued his stellar play with a team-best 91.6 class.
The Giants had another player rank in the 90s, and it’s one that no one would have seen coming. Edge defender Jabaal Sheard, who forced the game to fumble, scored a 90.7. Sheard was credited with a sack, a forced fumble and 3 stops in 24 snaps.
Jabrill Peppers, who had 4 tackles, all to stop, received an 89.6.
Niko Lalos played only 9 snaps, but got 88.1 in his NFL debut.
The worst defensive class belongs to linebacker Devante Downs, a 44.8, while playing only 8 defensive snaps.
A few snap count notes.
Safety Julian Love played 34 out of 49 defensive snaps, more than I might have expected.
Safety Xavier McKinney played only 5 defensive snaps in his NFL debut, but was on the field for 9 special team snaps.
With Kaden Smith on the sidelines, Levine Toilolo played 39 snaps as No. 2, and Elijhaa Penny played 14 snaps in season high at the back.
The wide receiver Darius Slayton played only 56 out of 81 offensive snaps and was really a non-factor.
Carter Coughlin played 19 snaps, Tae Crowder 13 and Cam Brown 10 in defense.