3. Deonte Banks continues to be a star
Rookie cornerback Deonte Banks was one of the major talking points on Wink Martindale's defense entering this season. The first-rounder out of Maryland has yet to have his name mentioned too much over the last few weeks; however, he is quietly impressing against some of the league's toughest wide receivers.
Through his first six professional games, Banks is allowing 3.9 yards per target, which, according to Next Gen Stats, is the third-lowest mark in the league. The 22-year-old CB has allowed -3.6 receptions over expected, the lowest among all NFL cornerbacks. It hasn't been easy for Banks over the last few games matching up against elite talent, which includes Marquise Brown, Deebo Samuel, and most recently, former Maryland Terrapin Stefon Diggs.
This is rewarding for NY Giants fans, as the rookie is still inexperienced, yet has proven that any matchup does not faze him. He is beginning to look more comfortable in his role. The expectation is that Banks will cover Commanders' wideout Terry Mclaurin, averaging 11 yards per reception; however, the confidence level is high for the first-year cornerback.