This John Michael Schmitz stat makes his NY Giants debut even better

The second-round pick was sensational against the Lions on Friday

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The rookies for the NY Giants were given a chance to record their first taste of NFL action on Friday night, with some impressing, and others looking shaky. For second-round pick John Michael Schmitz, he was by far the best of the bunch vs. Detroit.

Schmitz got the start at center and he was making plays throughout the contest. While the G-Men suffered a 21-16 loss, don't let that take away from the fact that Schmitz was a monster in the trenches and he didn't look like a first-year player at all.

According to Pro Football Focus, Schmitz allowed zero pressures in 19 pass-blocking snaps. Yeah, that's something that's going to please both Brian Daboll and offensive line coach Bobby Johnson.

John Michael Schmitz was stellar for the Giants on Friday night

Schmitz is living up to the hype for the G-Men, which is fantastic to see. For the offensive line as a whole, Friday's showing was a nightmare. Offensive tackles Wyatt Davis and Korey Cunningham had games to forget, as they were constantly letting Lions pass-rushers put pressure on Tommy DeVito.

In the middle, though, Schmitz was rock solid and did his best in keeping DeVito on his feet. Things are obviously going to get tougher for the young hoss once the regular season gets here, but the preseason will be invaluable for his development.

Come Friday night against the Carolina Panthers, the expectation is that Schmitz will be snapping the ball to Daniel Jones, who sat out the preseason opener at Ford Field. The rest of the starting offensive line should be out on the field as well.

There will surely be plenty of ups and down for Schmitz moving forward in his first pro campaign, but what he was able to show everyone vs. the Lions has plenty of people talking. He plays with a mean, nasty side to him too. Expectations are going to be high for him in '23.

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