The kids have been getting increasing playing time for the New York Giants in recent weeks. We know already that fact both pleases many Giants fans and drives them crazy at the same time wondering why some of the young players didn't see the field sooner.
Regardless, the Giants have won three straight -- fueled largely by Odell Beckham and the rest of the Kiddie Corps. Let's look at Sunday's snap counts from the Giants' 37-27 victory over the St. Louis Rams.
Let's try this just a little differently. I will drop a number, then tell you who it is attached to and why it may be significant.
20 -- That's how many snaps running back Orleans Darkwa played Sunday. The rookie signed off the Miami Dolphins' practice squad carried four times for 21 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown run. The Giants showed enough confidence to use Darkwa instead of Henry Hynoski or Andre Williams as the third-down pass protector. Darkwa impressed Tom Coughlin, and looks like a keeper.
64 -- The number of snaps played by Rueben Randle in the best game of his three-year career. Randle finally looked like the play-maker the Giants have always thought he could be. Hopefully, that is a harbinger of things to come from the mystifyingly inconsistent Randle.
6 -- So much for the increasing role for Adrien Robinson. Larry Donnell played 47 snaps and Daniel Fells 43. There was no room at the inn for Robinson.
3 -- How many snaps Corey Washington played. When Preston Parker (23 snaps) got ejected for his role in the first-half melee, many of you probably hoped Washington would get a full look in the second half. Not to be. Kevin Ogletree picked up for Parker, playing 19 snaps. I can hear the complaining already about how Coughlin hates young players. Look at what is going on and that just doesn't hold water. Washington may be a decent NFL player one day, but the fact is the Giants just don't yet believe he is ready. That's all there is to it.
63 -- That is how many defensive snaps there were Sunday for the Giants. Jason Pierre-Paul, Antrel Rolle and Jameel McClain played every single one. I wonder if people really understand how impressive it is for a defensive end like Pierre-Paul to play every snap.
61 -- Who knew Chykie Brown would become this important to the Giants when the Baltimore Ravens tossed him on the NFL scrap heap and the Giants picked him up? He was on the field for all but two snaps.
53 -- Who guessed that the young defensive lineman who would emerge for the Giants and play that many snaps would be undrafted free agent Kerry Wynn? If your hand is raised and you aren't Wynn's mother, you're lying.
44 -- Snaps played by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who continues to fight his way through all sorts of injuries to get on the field as much as he can.
11 -- Snaps for Jay Bromley, who played most of those as a pass-rushing defensive tackle.
5 -- That's the number of snaps for both Damontre Moore and Nat Berhe. Moore got himself ejected. Berhe's biggest contribution was a fumble recovery in kickoff coverage.