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Rookie Progress Report: First half of first year

engram-center-102417.jpg assesses the play of the rookies in the first half of the 2017 season:

Here's the bye week rookie report with a glance at how the Giants newcomers have done so far this season.

Evan Engram
Season: 53 targets, 30 receptions, 342 yards, 3 TDs
vs. Seahawks: 12 targets, 6 receptions, 60 yards, 1 TD

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For the second straight week, Evan Engram led the Giants in targets, receptions, receiving yards and he scored a touchdown. Of the six incompletions to Engram, none were catchable and a couple were throwaways while Eli Manning was being pressured. One incompletion came on a play Engram was called for illegal touching when he stepped out of bounds and came back in before catching a pass from Manning. It was a smart play by Kam Chancellor to know he could push Engram out of bounds legally once Manning rolled out of the pocket. Every one of Engram's catches were within five yards of the line of scrimmage; his 26 and 19-yard catches were generated by run-after-the-catch yards.  

On the season, Engram leads all rookies in receiving yards and is second in catches behind Christian McCaffrey, who is second in the entire NFL with 44. He is behind the pace set by franchise record holder for a rookie tight end, Jeremy Shockey, who notched 74 catches and 894 passes in his rookie season of 2002.  With nine games to go, Engram has a chance to top Shockey in both categories. Engram has already exceeded the two touchdowns that Shockey scored as a rookie.

Dalvin Tomlinson
Season: 9 tackles, 9 assisted tackles
vs. Seahawks: 35 snaps, 1 tackle

Against, Seattle, Dalvin Tomlinson continued to be solid in the middle of the Giants defense. His tackle numbers are modest, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been effective in doing his job or winning his battles in the middle of the line. He played a pivotal role in the Giants' 12-play red zone victory against the Seahawks on their second drive of the game. Pro Football Focus graded him as the Giants second-best run defender after Damon Harrison and tracked him for one hurry in 18 pass rushes.

For the season, Tomlinson continues to be a big part of the Giants defensive tackle rotation. Pro Football Focus has him with the 23rd best grade of any defensive tackle in the NFL. In terms of run defense, he has the 10th highest grade in the league. The gaudy numbers might not be there, but it is hard not to be impressed with the work Tomlinson has done this year.
Davis Webb

Davis Webb continues his apprenticeship under Eli Manning and Geno Smith and hasn't been active for a game so far this season.

Wayne Gallman
Season: 36 carries, 141 yards, 3.9 avg, 1 TD, 11 receptions, 52 receiving yards
vs. Seahawks: 5 carries, 15 rushing yards, 2 receptions 14 receiving yards

Even though Wayne Gallman had four fewer carries than Orleans Darkwa against the Seahawks, he actually played one more snap on offense (22 to 21). He also had 9 snaps on special teams. According to Pro Football Focus, 11 of his 15 rushing yards came after contact. For the season, Gallman has shown a nice combination of elusiveness and power. His best game came against the Chargers, when he ran 11 times for 57 yards and caught five passes for 25 yards.

Avery Moss
Season: 4 games, 3 tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass defended
vs. Seahawks: 34 defensive snaps, 2 special teams snaps, 2 tackles, 1 assisted, 1 assisted ST tackle, 1 QB hit, 1 forced fumble.

Avery Moss filled up the stat sheet against the Seahawks, playing the best game of his NFL career. He had the first hit on Thomas Rawls at the two-yard line on one play during the Giants' goal line stand in the first half. On a Thomas Rawls five-yard run in the second quarter when Moss was blocked out of the play, he hustled and hit Rawls from behind, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Landon Collins and set up the Giants' lone touchdown. According to Pro Football Focus, Moss also registered a hit, hurry, and a run stop. It is unknown how his role at defensive end will be affected once Olivier Vernon returns from injury.

Adam Bisnowaty

Bisnowaty has spent the year on the practice squad.

Calvin Munson
Season: 6 games, 2 starts, 9 tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 sack

Calvin Munson was inactive against the Seahawks with a quad injury. With B.J. Goodson suffering an ankle injury against Seattle, Munson might be needed to step in and play a bigger role after the bye. Munson has also been a core special teams contributor.

Photos of the 2017 rookie class from the first half of the season

Travis Rudolph
Season (and vs Seahawks): 3 receptions, 32 receiving yards

Travis Rudolph was signed to the practice squad at the start of the season and was promoted to the active roster after the Giants lost four wide receivers to injury against the Los Angeles Chargers. He had his first catch as a pro against the Seahawks and led Giants wide receivers in targets, receptions and receiving yards. He played 33 snaps, 32 of which came out of the slot (according to Pro Football Focus).

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