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Let’s tell it like it is — the New York Giants are performing like a team averse to winning… moments of prosperity must seemingly be followed by large-scale disastrous sequences of football. The Giants are sitting among the dregs of the NFL right now, and they have no one to blame but themselves. Whether you want to describe it as a choke, an implosion or pathetic execution on all three levels, their performance versus the backup quarterback-led Cardinals in the home opener was hard to swallow, and even harder to watch. Nevertheless… without further ado, the Pro Football Focus player grades for the New York Giants offensive unit following loss number two.
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Eli Manning, QB | +1.4 passer rating | For the second consecutive week, the PFF evaluators smiled on Eli’s work behind center and his 83.0 NFL Quarterback Rating. Like most weeks, a clean pocket told the story: when under no pressure, Manning completed 23/29 throws for 255 yards, two touchdowns and an interception (111.9 QBR). When facing “pressure” though, Manning completed 3/10 balls for 30 yards at 2.2 yards per attempt. His average time to throw on the afternoon was 2.52 seconds.
Rashad Jennings, RB | -2.1 overall rating | Jennings was on the field for 54 of 73 potential snaps — 18 rushes, 22 pass routes and 13 pass block assignments. Jennings averaged 3.6 yards per carry (an upgrade from 2.9 in week one), and 36 of his 64 yards came after being contacted. He fumbled as a receiver at the most inopportune time and came up short in pass protection (-0.7, one hurry).
Andre Williams, RB | -2.2 overall rating | Williams’ negative grade came in relatively limited duty. He played 18 snaps en route to -1.1 rush and -1.2 pass receiver ratings. On the afternoon, Williams finished with 12 yards on eight carries (11 after contact) and dropped one of his three targets. On a positive note, his pass block grade was in the black, but barely.
Victor Cruz, WR | -1.8 pass receiver rating | Cruz played 71 of 73 snaps and was targeted a team-high ten times. Two of those targets had big play promise but slipped right through his fingers. A third target resulted in an interception. Cruz finally found some separation on Sunday, but his hands were MIA. Bad timing. He has just 17 YAC yards through two weeks. Where is the explosion?
Larry Donnell, TE | 3.8 pass receiver rating | Donnell now sports a 6.8 overall PFF grade through two games. He played 59 snaps versus Arizona, grabbing seven of nine targets for 81 yards including 29 YAC. Donnell has been one of few bright spots in the early going and he has the heavy majority of TE reps all but locked up.
Will Beatty, LT | 3.4 overall rating | Beatty’s overall grade, buttressed by a 2.3 pass block rating, was his highest since week 16 of 2012. Pro Football Focus shows no bias… they speak (see) the truth.
Weston Richburg, LG | -2.1 overall rating | The rookie continues to struggle in both phases, -1.2 run block and -1.1 pass block. Richburg allowed the Giants only sack and was directly responsible for a pair of QB hurries on Manning. He now holds a less than stellar -6.1 grade through two weeks, the 4th lowest among all eligible guards. Growing pains are very real… patience.
John Jerry, RG | +1.4 overall rating | Jerry once again struggled with run game physicality (-0.7), but he earned a 1.9 pass protection grade on 46 pass block snaps. Will Jerry continue to stave off the challenge of the youthful Brandon Mosley?
What say you, Giants Nation — who’s getting the gentle treatment, and who’s getting raked over the coals by PFF? Stay tuned for New York Giants grades from the defensive side of the ball tomorrow evening.