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Giants Now: Breaking down Deonte Banks' NFL debut


Breaking down Deonte Banks' NFL debut

The Giants' season opener on Sunday night did not go how anyone would have hoped.

However, a couple of first-year players did put together promising performances in their NFL debuts. Yesterday, it was noted how rookie defensive lineman Jordon Riley made Pro Football Focus' list of the top 15 rookies from Week 1. But Riley wasn't the only Giants rookie to garner positive reviews.

Cornerback Deonte Banks was praised by several outlets for his performance against the Cowboys.

"The No. 24 overall pick played really well before his debut was cut short because of cramps," wrote ESPN's Jordan Raanan. "In 13 coverage snaps, he was targeted twice for no completions with two passes defended, according to NFL Next Gen Stats."

PFF's Dalton Wasserman also recognized the rookie cornerback, stating Banks' "athletic talent jumped off the tape."

"He didn't allow a catch on two targets and recovered nicely to force Brandin Cooks out of bounds after Cooks had a step on him down the field," Wasserman said. "Banks was used in press coverage on more than 70% of his snaps and generally was in an excellent position against Dallas' receivers."

As noted above, Banks departed the game early due to cramps, but coach Brian Daboll told the media Monday that the 22-year-old is "trending in the right direction" for Sunday's game in Arizona.

"I think they did a great job executing, being poised, playing the game comfortably," veteran cornerback Adoree' Jackson said Monday about Banks and fellow starting rookie corner Tre Hawkins III. "I think they did a great job."

The No. 24 overall pick in this year's draft looked strong over the summer. Banks played in each of the first two preseason games and was on the field for a total of 33 coverage snaps without allowing a single reception. This was the most coverage snaps without surrendering a catch among all rookie corners through the first two preseason contests. Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale highlighted the rookie's skillset, maturity and confidence when talking to the media last week.

"I think he has been and reacted in different situations just like we thought he would," Martindale said. "I think that he is a very competitive person. I like his attitude. I've used the Ted Lasso quote to nauseam now, but that's just who he is. He loves to compete, he loves this defense, he loves the system, and you can tell the way his teammates have grown close to him already that he's an all-around good guy that's going to have a lot of success in this league."

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