Daniel Jones shows off impressive speed on long run
Daniel Jones showed off his abilities as a rusher last season as he gained 279 yards on 45 carries, averaging 6.2 yards per carry, and scored two touchdowns. While we are only six games into the 2020 season, Jones has looked even more confident as a runner in his sophomore campaign.
Jones has registered 27 rush attempts so far this season and has gained 204 yards, good for an average of 7.6 yards per carry. Jones has rushed for at least 45 yards in three of the last four games, and recorded a career-high 74 yards on the ground against Washington last week.
Jones' rushing performance in Week 6 was topped off by an impressive 49-yard run. According to Next Gen Stats, Jones maxed out at 20.64 miles per hour on the run, the fastest of his career and one of the fastest among all quarterbacks this season. In fact, Jones has three of the seven fastest QB speeds recorded this season, with the other four belonging to Lamar Jackson.
"I knew he could run," Darius Slayton said after the game. "I thought it was Daniel Jackson there for a second. He stretched out a good bit. It's definitely huge having his ability to run to keep defenses off balance. It was a tremendous play by him."
Jones wasn't the only Giant with a strong performance against Washington. Left tackle Andrew Thomas did not start the game due to disciplinary reasons. As he said in a statement after the game, "I was late for our meeting last night. Coach Judge always talks about actions have consequences, and I take responsibility for my actions and the consequences. It won't happen again."
While he may not have started the game, Thomas made the most of his opportunities. He was on the field for 11 running plays in Week 6 and earned a 79.3 run blocking grade from Pro Football Focus. It was the second consecutive week Thomas graded at 70+ in run blocking.
Starting for Thomas was fellow rookie tackle Matt Peart, who put together a strong performance against Washington. Peart earned an overall grade of 89.7 from PFF, the highest grade given to any offensive player on the team in Week 6. He received a 93.4 grade in run blocking while surrendering just one pressure on 11 pass blocking snaps.
On the defensive side of the ball, Dalvin Tomlinson and Leonard Williams continued their strong play this season in Week 6. The two defensive linemen earned the two highest grades on the Giants defense, with Tomlinson receiving an 83.9 and Williams earning a 75.7
Notebook: OT Matt Peart earning spot in rotation
Andrew Thomas' tardiness created an opportunity for Matt Peart that might last a while.
Thomas, the Giants' first-round draft choice this year, did not start at left tackle for the first time this season in the Giants' victory yesterday against Washington. After the game, he admitted in a statement released by the Giants the action was taken because he was late for a Saturday night meeting.
Peart, the tackle selected in the third round, started the game. Thomas returned for the first series in the second quarter. For the rest of the game, the two rookies had a time share at tackle. Peart, who totaled 17 offensive snaps in the first five games, played 26 yesterday, while Thomas had 22.
"Marc (Colombo, the offensive line coach) had them on a rotation," coach Joe Judge said on a Zoom call today. "He kind of just stuck with the number of series that were going in and out at that point right there."
So, what happens when the Giants return to action Thursday night in Philadelphia? Judge hinted that Peart will continue to split time with Thomas and perhaps right tackle Cam Fleming.
"I think (Peart) did a good enough job," Judge said. "I have confidence to put him on the field. I have confidence in Andrew, I have confidence in Cam. I have confidence in all of our offensive linemen. Has he earned the right to be on the field and contribute? Absolutely. That's why he's going to be at the games for us. Everybody on our roster and practice squad has earned the right to be here. We have confidence we'll play any of them any time."
Judge was not about to make an announcement that might benefit the Eagles.
"We'll go through practice this week and kind of see where everything shakes out right now," Judge said. "But I was pleased with the way both (Thomas) and Matt played, along with Cam. We have multiple guys who can play the positions. Matt's a guy that's worked on the right and the left. We've practiced Andrew both on the right and the left as it is anyway, and Cam gets reps on the left as well, just to make sure we're all in position if we have to get our numbers called. We'll go through practice these next couple of days and kind of see how everything shakes out. But again, we expect all of them to be at the game and we expect all of them to play."
Behind the scenes of the Week 6 thriller
Check out the video below to take a sideline view of the Giants' 20-19 thrilling victory over Washington, presented by Oakley.