When the NY Giants claimed Isaiah Hodgins off of waivers, many people liked his size and potential, but no one expected Hodgins to become a top weapon on the team. This move by general manager Joe Schoen has proven to be far better than anyone could have imagined. This kid is the real deal.
Leading up to the trade deadlin, many experts and fans knocked the Giants for not acquiring a big-time wide receiver for Daniel Jones to throw to. Schoen and Co. passed on names like Chase Claypool and Jerry Jeudy. Claypool went to the Bears and had little impact, while Jeudy remained with the Broncos and is a possible target in the offseason.
Schoen decided to take a chance with Hodgins and it has paid off in a major way. In the Wild Card Round win alone, the 6-4 wideout posted eight receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. Those are WR1 numbers there, folks.
NY Giants wideout Isaiah Hodgins has been a brilliant addition for this team
In the first matchup with the Vikings on Christmas Eve, Hodgins had eight catches for 89 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets. In his playoff debut he was even better with his 105 yards and another score at U.S. Bank Stadium. In the 31-24 win over the Vikings, Hodgins put up better numbers than Justin Jefferson. Who saw that coming?
The NY Giants won their first playoff game since winning the Super Bowl in 2012. The offense was dynamic, scoring 31 points. The three biggest stars in the win on offense were Jones, Hodgins and Saquon Barkley. Hodgins and Barkley amounted for three total touchdowns, as No. 26 rushed in for two TDs.
This weekend, the Giants will need more of the same from the offensive trio who helped them move past the 13-win Vikings. It will be a big rematch with the hated rival Philadelphia Eagles and countless people and analysts out there aren’t giving the G-Men much of a chance. Hodgins, Jones, Barkley and others will look to silence even more haters.