CBS Sports selects Isaiah Hodgins as Giants' 2023 breakout player
After joining the team midway through the 2022 campaign, wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins put together a strong finish to his first season with the Giants.
The 24-year-old is now heading into his first full year with the team, and some members of the media believe big things could be in store for the fourth-year wideout.
CBS Sports' Jared Dubin selected one breakout player from every team in 2023, where Hodgins was the choice for the Giants.
"He brought in 33 receptions for 351 yards and four scores in just eight games with the Giants last season," wrote Dubin. "Extrapolate that to 17 games and it's a 70-746-8.5 receiving line. For a former sixth-round pick who was waived in the middle of last season after mostly being on the practice squad prior to that, it would be a heck of a come-up."
The Giants claimed Hodgins off waivers on November 2, and it didn't take long for the young wideout to make an impact.
Hodgins played in eight games (five starts) with the Giants. His four receiving touchdowns, all of which came in his final five contests of the regular season, were tied for the most on the team. Hodgins then erupted for eight receptions for 105 yards and another touchdown against the Vikings during Wild Card Weekend.
"I feel very comfortable in the offense and the scheme," Hodgins said Monday. "Just being able to take a different approach to my game and knowing that I'm not just thrown into the fire like I was last year. (I) kind of get to work on some mental stuff for me. Kind of like looking at coverages and disguising stuff and seeing stuff that I give away and stuff that I can work on in my game. So, I'm trying to take that next step myself."
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.
"I think he made the most of his opportunity," head coach Brian Daboll said about Hodgins earlier this week. "He's out there, he'll compete right now. He plays multiple spots as well, not just one spot. But, obviously, having a relationship with him and him understanding some of the things we did offensively, not exactly the same, but I think it allowed him to pick it up a little bit quicker. He made the most of his chances.
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