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Giants Now: Rookies make their mark in Week 12


Giants rookies make their mark in Week 12

Giants rookies played a significant role in the team's Week 12 victory over the Patriots.

Since the win, the media has praised the team's first-year players for their contributions, starting with quarterback Tommy DeVito.

DeVito completed 17 of 25 passes (68 percent) for 191 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, which earned him a passer rating of 103.9.

Following the game, NFL Communications announced that DeVito became just the fifth undrafted rookie in the common draft era (since 1967) to win at least two of his first three starts. He also became the first undrafted rookie in the common draft era to record a passer rating of 100 or more in consecutive starts.

In the three games he has started under center, DeVito has thrown six touchdown passes to just one interception.

DeVito's 6.7 touchdown percentage is the highest in the NFL among quarterbacks with at least 100 pass attempts, as NFL on CBS pointed out Monday morning.

Wide receiver Jalin Hyatt is another Giants rookie earning recognition from the media for his Week 12 performance.

The rookie wide receiver caught five passes for 109 yards against the Patriots, both of which set new season-highs for the first-year wideout.

His performance earned him a spot on the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week, and also earned him PFF's Rookie of the Week award.

"The Giants' third-round rookie saw a career-high six targets, turning them into career highs in receptions (five) and yards (109)," wrote PFF's Gordon McGuinness. "On the field for 23 snaps as a receiver, he finished the game having averaged 4.74 yards per route run."

Hyatt was also nominated for the Pepsi Rookie of the Week award.

NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger also touched on the budding chemistry between Hyatt and DeVito as he highlighted several plays from the Week 12 win.

Additionally, cornerback Deonte Banks registered the second interception of his young NFL career Sunday when he jumped in front of a Mac Jones pass in the first half.

Banks was targeted in coverage seven times by New England and allowed just three receptions for 29 yards.

The rookie cornerback earned a passer rating against of just 15.5, his best mark of the season.

Meanwhile, center John Michael Schmitz was on the field for 33 pass blocking snaps and surrendered just one total pressure. This was the lowest of all Giants offensive linemen in Week 12.

View photos from the Giants' Week 12 matchup against the New England Patriots.


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