WR Austin Mack
Call him the Washington specialist. The only other game Mack had a reception this year was against Washington in Week 6. He caught one pass for one yard on one target.
Fast forward to Week 9. Mack led the Giants in reception yards with 72. He had four receptions on five targets, none bigger than the beautiful 50-yard bomb in the first quarter from Daniel Jones. He was third on the team in both targets and receptions, and I doubt he’ll become Jones’ new favorite. But in a week where the Giants were down one offensive weapon, Mack stepped up big.
What really earned his grade was his effort. At the end of the first quarter, Jones hit Mack for a 10-yard pass, which was at first ruled a touchdown but later overturned. The impressive thing on this play was Mack’s second effort. He could have been stopped before the first down, but he lowered his shoulder and kept trucking, like, well, a mack truck.
Effort is infectious. Gallman scored a touchdown on the next play. But Mack’s effort helped give the offense an edge.