Logan Ryan named to PFF Team of the Week and other takeaways from Week 12 win
The Giants traveled to Cincinnati in Week 12 and defeated the Bengals, 19-17. Here are some Pro Football Focus takeaways from Big Blue's third consecutive win.
* Logan Ryan put together a dominant performance Sunday, finishing with six tackles (two solo), two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. His play earned him a 91.6 overall grade, the highest on the team and Ryan's highest grade all season.
* Ryan's stellar performance earned him a spot on Pro Football Focus' Team of the Week for Week 12.
* Jabrill Peppers also had his strongest game of the season in Cincinnati, matching Ryan with a team-high six total tackles (three solo), one tackle for loss, and two passes defended. Peppers earned an 89.6 overall grade, his highest-graded game of the season.
* Sticking on the defensive side of the ball, one of the team's newer additions had a big impact on Sunday. Jabaal Sheard played just 24 defensive snaps, but was sure to make them count. Sheard finished the game with three tackles (two solo), one sack, two tackles for loss, one quarterback hit and a forced fumble, earning a 90.7 overall grade.
* Niko Lalos had a memorable NFL debut in Week 12. The undrafted rookie played just nine snaps on defense, but registered an interception to help him earn an 88.1 overall grade.
* B.J. Hill played 20 defensive snaps and earned a 78.1 overall grade, the highest among the team's interior defensive linemen. Dexter Lawrence (76.1) and Leonard Williams (75.8) finished right behind Hill. Hill has now earned a 72.9 overall grade on the season, good for the 30th-highest mark among all interior defensive linemen. Lawrence ranks 18th in the league with a 80.2 overall grade, while Williams ranks 19th with his 79.9.
* Daniel Jones was the highest-graded Giant on offense prior to leaving with a hamstring injury, receiving a 78.6 overall grade on 47 snaps. Jones completed 16 of 27 passes for 213 yards in just over two quarters, adding 19 rushing yards on six carries. Jones has now earned an 80.4 overall grade on the season, the 12th-highest mark among all quarterbacks.
* Will Hernandez led the team's offensive line in what was a strong overall performance by the unit. Hernandez did not start but played 26 snaps in rotation at guard and earned a 72.7 overall grade. He did not allow a single pressure on 11 pass-blocking snaps, earning himself a team-high 80.7 pass block grade.
* Andrew Thomas, Nick Gates and Cameron Fleming also did not allow a single pressure, while Kevin Zeitler surrendered just one. Fleming earned the highest pass blocking grade among the four with his 73.7, but Zeitler was right behind him with a 73.1. Fleming also received a 75.6 run blocking grade.
* Week 12 marked the first time all season that Hernandez, Thomas, Gates, Zeitler and Fleming all graded above 60 in the same game.
* Thomas' progress over the last month has been noticeable, and the analytics back it up. In his first seven games, Thomas allowed 36 total pressures on his way to earning a 45.3 pass blocking grade. In the four games since, the rookie tackle has surrendered just eight total pressures with a pass blocking grade of 69.6.
View photos from the Week 12 matchup between the Giants and Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
Daniel Jones has MRI on hamstring; still 'more question marks than answers'
Daniel Jones had an MRI on his injured right hamstring today, but it did not provide the Giants with a picture of his immediate future.
"There are actually more question marks than answers right now, to be honest with you," Giants coach Joe Judge said on a late afternoon Zoom call. "We got some of the information back from the doctors, but a lot of that is we have to wait and see how this guy responds in a couple of days. Can he move around the field and can he do anything?
"I couldn't get an answer on if it's one week or more than one week right now. I'm not qualified and, to be honest, the doctors I talked to today don't have a crystal ball to look through, either. I would say this, this is a tough dude. He is a tough guy. He is a very competitive guy and he wants to be out there. If we gave him the option today, he would jump out there, I'm sure, with duct tape on his leg and try to go at it. That being said, we have to give this guy a few days to get out there on the field and see if he can move around. See if he can do something."
Until that reveals itself, no definitive announcement will be made regarding Jones' availability for the Giants' game Sunday against the Seahawks in Seattle. But based on Judge's "one week" comment, it's likely Jones will miss at least the Seattle game.
"My approach on every injury is always the same," Judge said. "It's always, number one, can the player hurt it worse by playing? Is it pain tolerance or is there a risk for serious injury? That's number one. Number two, can the player defend himself on the field at a level necessary to do their job effectively? Until we can answer those two questions with absolute certainty, we won't have any answers on what we're going to do in terms of this week. I know Daniel is going to do everything he can to get on the field. But sometimes, as coaches, you have to make a decision to maybe protect the player from himself and kind of get through their competitiveness.
"With these types of injuries, we just have to give the player a few days to get out there and see what it really is. The day after, there's going to be some swelling. It's going to be tight, there's going to be issues that show up. We have to see how he reacts from a couple days of treatment and what we can do to get him going on the grass."
Closer Look: The formidable duo of Jabrill Peppers & Logan Ryan
Check out the video below to view Super Bowl champion Shaun O'Hara take a closer look at the Giants' impressive tandem in the secondary of Jabrill Peppers and Logan Ryan, and the pair's performance in the Giants' Week 12 win over the Bengals on this episode of Closer Look.