In the NY Giants biggest game of the season, almost everyone on the roster showed up big time to help the team take down the Washington Commanders and almost guarantee a playoff berth for the first time since 2016.
We know about the big time performers like Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, and Kayvon Thibodeaux, who were all arguably the biggest reasons the Giants managed to win. However, there were some very underrated players who played a massive part in this game.
These players are both not only underrated in general, but despite a lack of crazy statistics, had a huge impact that cannot be overlooked. Without these five guys, there is a very good chance the Giants do not pull this win out.
4. WR Richie James and WR Isaiah Hodgins
After a very rough stretch in which it seemed like Richie James may end up getting cut, he finally showed up in a big way on Sunday, catching four passes for 42 yards. While this isn’t the most mind-boggling receiver stat line, James led the team in yards and was a key reason for the Giants first offensive touchdown drive.
In said drive, James caught two massive passes on third and fourth down to keep the offense alive, which eventually led to a Saquon Barkley TD to put the Giants up 11 early in the second quarter. It was very nice to see James finally perform well. When he manages to play consistently well, he is a very talented player, but we have not seen a consistent James in a very long time.
As for Isaiah Hodgins, he has been one of the best receivers on the Giants since making his way to town from Buffalo. While this isn’t necessarily saying much, Hodgins has provided a much needed spark for the Giants offense.
Against the Commanders, Hodgins caught four passes for 37 yards, including three catches on the aforementioned touchdown drive that gave the Giants a ton of momentum early in the game.
In Hodgins’ six games with the Giants, he’s caught 21 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns. Considering the expectations surrounding Hodgins, it is safe to say he more than likely has earned a spot on the roster next season.