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Rookie Report: How Giants rookies fared in 2020


The regular season is in the books. Let's see what the Giants' rookie class did in 2020. All advanced statistics are courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

Andrew Thomas

After a slow start to the season, Thomas improved his play in the season's final 2 1/2 months. Thomas allowed at least four pressures in six of his first seven games. Over the final nine games, he only allowed four pressures in a game three times; 39 of the 60 pressures he allowed came in the first seven games. He allowed no pressures in three of his final six games.

Over the course of the season, Thomas allowed ten sacks, nine quarterback hits, and 41 quarterback hurries. He finished with a 94.3 pass block efficiency and a 9.8% pressure rate. In his final nine games, those numbers improve to a 96.2 pass blocking efficiency and a 6.1% pressure rate.

There was improvement from Thomas throughout the year in his technique, which limited the number of times he got beat inside. 

"For me," Thomas said, "the thing that stands out the most would probably be the inside move. Obviously, in the beginning, that was something I really struggled with. With oversetting, that's something I've been working on over the last few weeks trying to get better at. I think that's made the biggest difference."

Xavier McKinney

A foot injury kept McKinney off the field until Week 12, when the Giants visited Cincinnati. He only played 26 snaps (12 on defense) the first two weeks. He played 131 snaps from Week 14 through Week 16, with all but two snaps coming on defense. He finished the year playing a career-high 80 snaps (74 on defense) against the Cowboys.

The Giants were not afraid to line him up in different areas of the field. He had 82 snaps at free safety, and 84 as the nickel. He also played 47 snaps around the line of scrimmage and inside the tackle box. His versatility allowed him to act as a man-coverage player, deep zone player, short zone player, and helper against the run.

McKinney had an interception (and another that was called back) and a pass defended in coverage. In his six games, he allowed seven reception on 10 targets for only 47 yards. He finished the year with 24 tackles and two quarterback hurries.

On special teams, McKinney played on the kick return, kick coverage and punt return units.

Matt Peart

The third-round pick did not have any starts, but he played 169 snaps over 11 games, but missed some time due to being put on the COVID-19 list and a late-season ankle injury.

Peart played 104 of his snaps on the offensive line, mostly rotating in for Cam Fleming at right tackle. He also played 39 snaps at left tackle and 10 as an eligible receiver as a jumbo tight end. As a special teams player, he was used 16 times on field goal and extra-point snaps.

In Peart's 84 pass protection snaps, he allowed two sacks, two quarterback hits, and five hurries. He had a pass block efficiency rate of 93.5 and allowed a pass rush percentage of 10.7%. A full NFL off-season in which he can continue to get stronger and hone his technique could put him in position to complete for a full-time role in 2021.

View some of the best photos of the Giants' rookies throughout the 2020 season as the team enters the offseason.