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Giants Now: Micah McFadden off to strong start

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PFF praises Micah McFadden's strong start

Micah McFadden had a solid performance against the Bengals on Sunday as he led the team with five total tackles (three solo) and added one pressure on his two pass rush snaps. This came one week after he tied for the team-lead with four tackles and had a pressure against the Patriots in the preseason opener.

Pro Football Focus' Michael Renner looked at the performances of the entire rookie class two weeks into the preseason and ranked the 15 highest-graded players among the group. McFadden came in at No. 9 with his 90.5 overall grade.

"It's always enjoyable to see college evaluations translate to the NFL level so quickly," wrote Renner. "McFadden was one heck of a blitzer at Indiana, where he earned the highest pass-rushing grade of any off-ball linebacker in the country last year. That's already been the case for the Giants this preseason, as well, with two pressures on nine blitzes for an 83.1 pass-rushing grade. In Wink Martindale's blitz-heavy defense, that'll get him playing time."

The Giants selected McFadden in the fifth round (No. 146 overall) of this year's draft after he enjoyed a strong collegiate career at Indiana. The linebacker played in 33 games over his final three seasons with the Hoosiers and racked up a total of 14 sacks, 35 tackles for loss and four interceptions. In 12 games last year, he registered highs of 6.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss and three pass breakups to go with 77 total tackles. His performance earned him a 92.0 pass rush grade from PFF, the highest among off-ball linebackers in the nation, and a selection as Second-Team All-Big Ten.

McFadden's success as a pass rusher actually dates to the 2019 campaign. Over the past three seasons, no Power Five off-ball linebacker earned a higher pass rush grade, while his 25.6 percent win rate and 74 pressures led the position. McFadden also saw his pass rush grade increase each season during that span.

Darrian Beavers to IR; Giants reduce roster to 80 players

The Giants did not cut ties with any players yesterday but still reduced their roster to the NFL maximum of 80 players by yesterday's 4 p.m. EDT deadline.

They did so by placing three players on the reserve/injured list and two on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

Rookie inside linebacker Darrian Beavers and tight ends Ricky Seals-Jones and Andre Miller were put on I.R.

Offensive linemen Nick Gates and Matt Peart will begin the season on PUP and must miss a minimum of four games.

View photos of the New York Giants' 2022 roster as it currently stands.

David Sills V looking for more than roster spot

It's one thing to sweat out a roster spot. It's another to be a factor when the regular season rolls around.

Coach Brian Daboll believes the Giants have a handful of receivers in the latter boat as clubs must reduce their roster to 53 players by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Speaking to reporters the day after he saw his offense complete nearly 80 percent of its passes on a whopping 54 attempts, Daboll was asked about filling out the receiver depth chart beyond the household names. He wouldn't call them the "next" players in line.

"I would just say [it's about finding] the five best or six best player or seven best, however many we're going to keep," Daboll said. "The guys that have been out there and producing, Collin Johnson, David Sills, they've stepped their game up. And they're right in the mix, not just to make a team but to play. So again, like I said, everybody's got to earn their job, earn their role, do a good job of the things they need to do, and make the most of their opportunities when they get them."

Sills, who had five catches for 56 yards in Sunday's preseason victory over the Bengals, appreciated the sentiment.

"That's definitely something that's awesome to hear, but there's constant competition in training camp," Sills said. "I think we've had good competition in our room this whole training camp. We've got another week of competing against the Jets and have a joint practice with them, so I'm just going to try to put my best foot forward this week and carry it into the game. Hopefully everything will work its way out from that. I'm just going to continue do the same thing that I've been doing this whole training camp and try to go out there and make plays and put my best foot forward."

View photos from the home preseason opener between the Giants and Bengals at MetLife Stadium.

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