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Giants Now: Cynthia Frelund selects Isaiah Hodgins as Giants' 2023 sleeper pick


Cynthia Frelund selects Isaiah Hodgins as Giants' 2023 sleeper pick

After being claimed off waivers in the middle of the 2022 campaign, wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins came on strong for the Giants towards the end of the season.

Hodgins caught a touchdown pass in four of his last five regular season games before adding another in the Wild Card win over the Vikings. Some in the media believe the young receiver could carry this momentum into the 2023 season.

NFL Network analytics expert Cynthia Frelund selected one player from each team who she believes is being overlooked around the league. When it came to the Giants, Hodgins was the pick.

"Full disclosure: I have a soft spot for Hodgins after spending two preseasons with the Bills and watching him work his tail off only to endure a series of injuries and spend the majority of his time with the organization as a member of the practice squad. When he finally landed a spot on the Giants' active roster -- reuniting with coach Brian Daboll -- I was thrilled for the kind young man who just wanted a real opportunity.

"He got one in the Big Apple and ran with it, establishing himself as a go-to target for Daniel Jones in the second half of last season and then catching eight passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in New York's playoff win at Minnesota. Per NGS, his 15.3 percent catch rate over expected when aligned wide ranked second-best in the NFL last season, while his 12.5 percent catch rate over expected when targeted down the seam ranked third."

In eight games (five starts) with the Giants last regular season, Hodgins reeled in 33 passes for 351 yards and the four scores. He then erupted for eight receptions for 105 yards and another touchdown against the Vikings during Wild Card Weekend.

Prior to joining the Giants, the 6-foot-3, 201-pound receiver totaled just four receptions for 41 yards in three games with the Buffalo Bills.

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