After Sunday's 20-19 win over Washington at MetLife Stadium, 'Mr. Irrelevant' of the 2020 NFL Draft is not so irrelevant anymore.
Giants rookie linebacker Tae Crowder, the 255th and final pick in this year's draft, has been nominated for the Pepsi Rookie of the Week award for his performance in Week 6 against Washington.
Crowder registered 10 tackles (six solo), the second-most on the team behind Blake Martinez, as well as a fumble recovery, which he returned 43 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
"I have to say big ups to my teammate Kyler Fackrell for making a big play, a strip-sack on the quarterback and I was in the right place at the right time," Crowder said after the game. "Just trying to make a play for my team."
The rookie has slowly seen his playing time increase over the last few weeks. Crowder started alongside Martinez against Washington and played 85 percent of the team's defensive snaps. This was an increase from Week 5, when Crowder got his first career start and was on the field for 74 percent of the defensive snaps against the Cowboys.
In five games this season, Crowder has recorded 18 tackles (nine solo), one pass breakup, and one quarterback hit, along with the fumble recovery and touchdown.
The other nominees for this week's award are:
- Vikings WR Justin Jefferson (9 receptions for 166 yards, 2 touchdowns)
- Lions RB D'Andre Swift (116 total yards, 2 touchdowns)
- Falcons CB A.J. Terrell (7 tackles, tackle for loss, interception)
- Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (26 carries for 161 yards)
The Pepsi Rookie of the Week award is decided by a fan vote each week. Make sure to show your support to Big Blue by submitting a vote for Tae Crowder for this week's honor.