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Tommy DeVito named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Tommy DeVito, who has risen from the practice squad to starting quarterback and record-setter, was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his superb performance Monday night in the Giants' thrilling 24-22 victory against the Green Bay Packers in MetLife Stadium.

DeVito, who joined the Giants as a rookie free agent, started his fourth consecutive game and led the Giants to their third straight victory. He completed 17 of 21 passes (81%), including 10 of 11 (91%) in the second half, for 158 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. DeVito is the second undrafted rookie in the common-draft era (since 1967) with an 80+ completion percentage (minimum 15 attempts) in a game.

His 8-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Hodgins gave the Giants a 21-13 lead late in the third quarter. On third-and-7, DeVito caught a shotgun snap, saw no one open and ran to his right as he was mirrored by Hodgins. The throw to the back right corner of the end zone was perfect, enabling Hodgins to catch the ball while shielding cornerback Carrington Valentine.

DeVito was also the Giants' second-leading rusher with 10 carries for 71 yards after totaling 83 yards on the ground in his first five appearances. He did not commit a turnover – running his streak to 87 consecutive passes without an interception – and did not take a sack after absorbing 26 in the previous four games.

In the 74 seasons since the NFL began tracking starting quarterbacks in 1950, DeVito became the first starter in league history to complete at least 80% of his passes, rush for 70+ yards, commit no turnovers and take no sacks.

DeVito reacted with his now customary calm when asked today about winning the award.

"It's cool, I guess," he said. "I don't know. I didn't really think anything of it. It's kind of just outside stuff."

View photos from the Giants' Week 14 matchup against the Green Bay Packers.

DeVito is the first Giants rookie quarterback to win three consecutive starts since Phil Simms won four in a row in 1979.

Since the 1970 merger, he is just the third undrafted rookie quarterback to win three starts in a season, joining Ed Rubbert, who won three strike-replacement games for Washington in 1987, and Pittsburgh's Devlin Hodges in 2019.

DeVito's passer ratings the last three games are 137.7, 103.9 and 113.9. He is the first undrafted rookie since 1967 with a 100+ rating in three straight starts.

The only other rookie quarterback this season with three consecutive games with ratings of 103.9 or higher (minimum 20 attempts) is Houston's C.J. Stroud, who was the second overall choice in the 2023 NFL Draft and is the favorite to be named the league's offensive Rookie of the Year. The last Giants quarterback with three straight games with 20+ attempts and 100+ passer rating was Eli Manning from Sept. 21-Oct. 5, 2014. DeVito is the first Giants rookie quarterback to do it.

DeVito impressed Brian Daboll and the Giants' offensive coaching staff throughout OTAs, training camp and the preseason, when he completed 67.2% of his passes. But he was the clear third quarterback behind Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor and was released on Aug. 29. The next day, DeVito was signed to the practice squad and his development continued.

After Jones injured his neck in Miami on Oct. 8, Taylor became the starter and DeVito was elevated to the roster as his backup. Taylor fractured ribs on Oct. 29 vs. the Jets and DeVito made his NFL debut in the second quarter. DeVito threw just seven passes, completing two, but scored the Giants' only touchdown on a 6-yard run.

Taylor was placed on injured reserve, but Jones returned the following week against the Raiders. Jones left the game with what was later diagnosed as a torn ACL, ending his season. DeVito made his first start on Nov. 19 in Dallas, a 49-17 loss. He has since led the Giants to victories in Washington and at home vs. New England and Green Bay. In the three wins, DeVito completed 52 of 72 passes (72.2%) for 595 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.

DeVito is the Giants' first player of the week honoree this season and first since another rookie, Kayvon Thibodeaux, was the NFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 15 last season, after a Giants victory in Washington. Jones was the Giants' previous Offensive Player of the Week in Week 7 of 2022 in Jacksonville.

This is the 40th season the NFL has honored players of the week. DeVito's award is the 37th won by a Giants offensive player. DeVito is the seventh Giants quarterback selected Player of the Week and they have received a total of 16 awards: Manning and Kerry Collins (4 each), Jones (3), Phil Simms (2), and Jeff Hostetler, Kent Graham and DeVito (one each).

DeVito and the 5-8 Giants return to action Sunday against the 6-7 Saints in New Orleans.

*Tight end Darren Waller remains on injured reserve with a hamstring injury that has sidelined him for five games but is hopeful he will return soon.

"Definitely what I want to do, and what I've been used to doing, is like 70-80 snaps a game," Waller said when asked what kind of workload he feels he can handle. "Coming out the first week, probably not that, but as far as a number that's solid that can contribute in whatever ways he (coach Brian Daboll) needs me to contribute but also be fresh. Assuming that's realistic, I plan on contributing given the opportunity."

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