Next Gen Stats highlights Deonte Banks, Justin Pugh vs. Bills
While the Giants fell short against the Buffalo Bills in Week 6, the team saw several players step up in a big way.
Next Gen Stats highlighted the performance of a few players from the tough 14-9 loss, starting with Deonte Banks.
The rookie cornerback was targeted six times in coverage and allowed just two receptions for 12 yards. What made his outing even more impressive was his individual matchup against Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs. When lining up against Buffalo's All-Pro wideout, Banks did not surrender a single reception on four targets.
Banks has not had his name mentioned too often during games this season, which for a cornerback is a good thing. Through his first six NFL games, the 22-year-old is allowing 3.9 yards per target, which according to NGS is the third-lowest mark in the NFL (minimum of 20 targets).
His -3.6 receptions over expected is the lowest among all cornerbacks.
Banks, the second-youngest player on the team, was one of the players NGS brought attention to for his play against the Bills. The other player highlighted happens to be one of the oldest players on the team.
Justin Pugh was signed to the practice squad on October 3. Less than two weeks later, the veteran offensive lineman was elevated to the active roster for Week 6 and thrust into extensive action due to various injuries along the offensive line.
After starting the game at left guard, Pugh shifted over to left tackle following Joshua Ezeudu's toe injury. The 33-year-old went on to play 64 of his 73 snaps at left tackle and allowed just three pressures on 38 pass block snaps. His 7.9 percent pressure rate allowed was the lowest by a Giants' left tackle all season.
Pugh aligned most against Bills defensive end Leonard Floyd. While Floyd did pick up a sack just a few plays after the veteran lineman moved to left tackle, Pugh settled in nicely after that. The sack was the only pressure he allowed against Floyd on 14 pass block snaps.
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