Although the Giants have started 0-3, they are only a couple of plays away from being 2-1 because some of their players are performing at a high level. So let's take a look at some of the pleasant surprises:
Andrew Thomas: Thomas has picked up where he left off the final six games of last season. According to Pro Football Focus, Thomas has not allowed sack and has only given up one quarterback hit and six hurries this year. He is tied for the 19th-best pass block efficiency rate among NFL tackles with at least 50 pass blocking snaps. He has a higher pass blocking grade than Tristan Wirfs and Jedrick Wills, who were also drafted in 2020.
Azeez Ojulari: Ojulari has a sack in each of his first three games this season to go along with three quarterback hits. Pro Football Focus has tracked him for eight total pressures on 70 rush attempts this season. He has a 17.1% pass rush win rate.
Daniel Jones: Despite the Giants averaging just under 19 points per game, Daniel Jones has played well. He has completed 65.4% of his passes at 7.5 yards per attempt with a QB rating of 94.3 – all career highs. He has PFF's 4th-highest passing grade this season: 84.1
His average depth of target is 8.9 yards, which ranks 18th in the league amongst quarterbacks with at least 25 dropbacks, and only a tenth of a yard behind Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford. Jones has not gotten a lot of help with yards after catch gained by his wide receivers - 66.8% of his passing yards have come through the air, which is the second-highest rate in the league. They have also tracked him for four big-time throws.
PFF has listed Jones for three turnover worthy plays this season, (a fumble and pass into traffic vs. Broncos and a strip/sack vs. Atlanta) which is tied with seven other quarterbacks (including Aaron Rodgers, Kyler Murray and Dak Prescott) in the middle of the league. Jones only has one turnover this season and has only thrown one interception over his last nine games, which came on a deflection off a dropped pass.
Sterling Shepard: Before injuring his hamstring, Sterling Shepard was having one of his best starts. Heading into Week 2 he was tied for the NFL lead in receptions (Cooper Kupp, Amari Cooper, TJ Hockenson) with 16 and third-down catches (Brandin Cooks) with 7. He has taken nearly 75% of his snaps in the slot this season and it has helped his production.
Graham Gano: Graham Gano has made seven consecutive field goals and three extra points this week. He has made two kicks of 50+ yards, including one from 55.