Pro Football Focus takeaways from Week 14 loss
The Giants fell to 4-9 on the season with their 37-21 Week 14 loss against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Here are the PFF takeaways from the Week 14 loss to the Chargers:
Tight end Kyle Rudolph earned the highest grade on the team with his 89.8 overall grade, including an 87.5 grade in the passing game and a 73.0 pass block grade. The veteran caught two passes for 66 yards, including a 60-yard catch and run that led to the Giants' first touchdown.
Center Billy Price was second on the team with an elite 85.3 overall grade, the highest grade he's gotten in 55 career games. Price did not allow a single pressure on 43 pass blocking snaps and excelled in the run game, evidenced by his 87.4 run blocking grade. PFF named Price its Secret Superstar of the Week.
Fullback Eli Penny registered his first career touchdown reception in Week 14, which led to him receiving an 84.9 overall grade, including an 80.3 grade in the passing game, a 79.1 pass block grade and a 70.6 grade in the run game.
The two lead running backs also graded well, with Devontae Booker earning a 77.4 overall grade and Saquon Barkley a 75.5 overall grade. Booker finished with a run grade of 84.0, while Barkley stepped up in pass protection with his 78.2 pass block grade. The two combined for 24 rush attempts for 120 yards (5.0 avg.) and seven receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Guard Will Hernandez also had one of his strongest performances of the season, not allowing a pressure on 43 pass block snaps to finish with a 79.8 pass block grade and a 75.5 overall grade. He also had a solid 70.0 run block grade.
Other notable marks on offense include the pass block grades for several young offensive linemen, including Ben Bredeson (80.1), Andrew Thomas (73.1) and Matt Peart (73.7).
On the defensive side of the ball, defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence led the way with his 80.3 overall grade. Lawrence had a strong overall game, finishing with seven total tackles (four solo), one sack, one tackle for loss and three quarterback hits. This showed in the breakdown of his overall grade as he received a 74.4 pass rush grade, 71.8 run defense grade and 73.1 tackling grade.
Linebacker Tae Crowder was next on the defense with a 74.2 overall grade, and right behind him was lineman Leonard Williams, who received a 73.9 overall grade before leaving the game early with an elbow injury.
The Giants got solid performances from several players in the run game, with Reggie Ragland (75.3), Danny Shelton (71.8), Austin Johnson (71.0), Xavier McKinney (70.3) and Logan Ryan (70.2) all joining Lawrence with run defense grades above 70.0.
Several Giants defenders also earned good tackling grades, including Julian Love (83.3), Ryan (83.1), McKinney (82.8), Aaron Robinson (81.6), Jarren Williams (79.4) and Reggie Ragland (78.9).
Notebook: Latest on Daniel Jones, Leonard Williams
Joe Judge spoke to reporters Monday morning on a conference call from Los Angeles at the same time Daniel Jones was undergoing scans on his injured neck back home. By the time the team lands, they hope to have more information.
"I'd say in terms of Daniel, obviously we're still waiting on the information," Judge said before the Giants boarded their cross-country flight following Sunday's 37-21 loss to the Chargers. "I don't really have anything new for you at this moment. We have to wait for him to be cleared for contact."
Jones, who suffered a neck injury in a Week 12 home victory over Philadelphia, missed his second consecutive game as the Giants dropped back-to-back road outings on opposite coasts to the Dolphins and Chargers. In between, the Giants spent the week practicing at the University of Arizona to cut down on the wear and tear of long flights.
Jones has made plenty of those lately.
The third-year quarterback traveled with the team to Miami and Tucson. He then flew with Senior Vice President of Medical Services/Head Athletic Trainer Ronnie Barnes to Los Angeles to see a specialist for a second opinion. Jones rejoined the team in Arizona, where he was a limited participant in practice all week before being ruled out on Friday. Backup Mike Glennon, who cleared the concussion protocol on Friday, started at SoFi Stadium with Jones on the sideline.
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