When it comes to the grades Pro Football Focus assigns players following each NFL game, the unquestioned star for the New York Giants in their 20-12 preseason loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night was defensive end Adewale Ojomo.
Ojomo, playing 23 second-half snaps mostly against third- and fourth-team Colts' linemen, was dominant. He posted a +3.7 with four tackles (all stops, meaning failed offensive plays) and one quarterback hurry.
Ojomo has become a preseason superstar as this is the second straight stellar preseason for him. He made the Giants last season as an undrafted free agent out of Miami, but appeared in only one regular-season game. Ojomo's path to the 53-man roster appears to be a difficult one this season. Games like he had Sunday, however, have to increase his chances.
Now let's look at some of the other PFF numbers.
Valentine's View: The PFF numbers for Cox confirm what is obvious simply using your eyes -- the seventh-round pick is impressive and is making a strong bid for the roster. Brewer took two penalties and surrendered a hurry in 17 snaps. He has clearly fallen behind Brandon Mosley in the pecking order among the backup guards. As for Diehl, the PFF numbers again confirm what he knew -- he was awful Sunday night. He surrendered a sack, two hurries and totally whiffed on one run block that turned into a loss of yardage.
Valentine's View: If he can stay healthy Patterson is going to be an excellent pickup for the Giants. The overall score in run defense was a very welcome +8.7, with 21 players in the plus (+) scoring category. Ojomo (+3.9), Kiwanuka (+2.0), Shaun Rogers (+1.9) and Jacquian Williams (+1.7) were the best.
Linebacker Aaron Curry, who has to be a run-stopper to make the roster, had the worst run grade, a -1.6. In case you are wondering, Marvin Austin was a middling -0.1 overall, including -0.8 vs. the run.