Pro Football Focus takeaways from Week 16
The Giants fell to the Philadelphia Eagles 34-10 on Sunday, resulting in a split of the season series with their division rival.
Here are the Pro Football Focus takeaways from the Week 16 loss.
Let's start on the defense, where safety Logan Ryan finished with the highest overall grade on the team with his 80.5. Ryan finished with six total tackles (five solo) along with two pass breakups, resulting in a 78.3 run defense grade and 73.1 coverage grade.
Right behind the veteran safety were two other members of the starting secondary. Cornerback James Bradberry earned a 75.1 overall grade, aided by a solid 75.5 coverage grade, while cornerback Jarren Williams received a 74.4 overall grade and 71.5 coverage grade.
Linebacker Lorenzo Carter put together yet another strong performance, finishing with three tackles (two solo), a sack, a forced fumble and a pass breakup. He was given a 66.5 overall grade, including a solid 69.3 pass rush grade and 76.2 coverage grade.
Other notable marks include defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence and his 72.9 pass rush grade, linebacker Jaylon Smith and his 71.0 pass rush and 66.0 coverage grades, and safety Xavier McKinney and his strong 81.7 tackling grade.
Moving over to the offense, running back Devontae Booker led the way with a 70.4 overall grade, including a 76.5 grade in the passing game and 70.2 pass block grade. Booker rushed the ball six times for 27 yards (4.5 avg.) and added four receptions for 19 yards.
Wide receiver Kadarius Toney was second on the offense with his 69.0 overall grade after catching four passes for 28 yards, while fullback Eli Penny earned an elite 84.5 grade in the passing game following his four-catch performance.
Right guard Will Hernandez earned the highest overall grade along the offensive line with his mark of 66.3, aided by an impressive 83.0 pass block grade on 53 passing snaps.
Left tackle Andrew Thomas finished with very similar grades as Hernandez, earning a 66.0 overall grade and an 80.0 pass block grade. Thomas has now raised his season-long pass block grade to a dominant 82.8, which comes in at No. 10 among all offensive tackles.
Matt Peart tears ACL; Julian Love on COVID list
Tests today revealed that offensive tackle Matt Peart suffered a torn ACL yesterday in the Giants' loss in Philadelphia, the team announced Monday.
The second-year pro made his fifth start of the season and second at right tackle in place of Nate Solder, who did not play after he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list along with nose tackle Danny Shelton on Saturday. Peart suffered the injury with 4:31 remaining in the first quarter and did not return.
"You talk about Matt's year this year, trying to build in that second year, I think one thing is he's dealt with a number of setbacks from injury," coach Joe Judge said. "He showed up to training camp, had to go on PUP, had an issue with his back that set him back a good bit. That was something that kind of snowballed and kind of rolled into early in the season as far as him being able to go out there and really play at a top-level. There's been a number of other things that kind of crept up on him this year in terms of bumps and bruises that have kind of carried over. To see his season end the way it is with the ACL and how he was really plugging forward – one thing about Matt is he's a really, really good team player and the guys really like him and respect the way he works and goes out there every day and prepares and challenges and competes.
"You hate seeing any player get hurt, you hate seeing guys who truly love the game and love their team being injured. One thing that we're certain of is we know he's going to get great medical attention and he's going to get great attention to the rehab process and get him back on the field. He's still a young player, he's got a bright future ahead of him."
Peart was replaced by Korey Cunningham, but Judge said they will look at a number of options heading into the Week 17 road game against the Chicago Bears.
The news was among a series of roster moves made by the Giants on Monday. Julian Love, a versatile defensive back and key special teamer was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list before the team travels to his hometown of Chicago. Defensive back Ka'dar Hollman was placed on the practice squad/COVID-19 list, and center Evan Boehm was released from the practice squad.
View all the action from the Week 16 NFC East matchup between the Giants and Eagles in Philadelphia.