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Youth is served: Young players key Giants' victory over Tennessee

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Odell Beckham isn't the only talented young player the Giants have.

Andre Williams runs Sunday vs. Tennessee
Andre Williams runs Sunday vs. Tennessee
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Maybe the best thing about Sunday wasn't that the New York Giants ended their seven-game losing streak by defeating the Tennessee Titans, 36-7. Maybe it was the number of young players who had an awful lot to do with the victory.

  • Rookie Odell Beckham starred once again, catching 11 passes for 117 yards to become the first rookie in NFL history to have six straight games of 90 or more receiving yards. Beckham added nine yards rushing, 49 yards on punt returns and threw an incomplete pass 65 yards in the air, maybe farther than Eli Manning can throw the ball. "He makes it look pretty easy," Manning said.
  • Rookie Andre Williams had 131 yards rushing on 24 carries, his first 100-yard rushing game. Williams' 50-yard run was the Giants' longest of the season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the first time in Giants history the team had rookies with 100 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in the same game.
  • Rookie linebacker Devon Kennard had two sacks for the second straight week. He also had six tackles, two for loss, and two hits on Tennessee quarterbacks. Kennard's sack/fumble led to Markus Kuhn's 26-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.
  • Damontre Moore played extensively. He had two sacks, but also a foolish unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for a hit on Tennessee quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
  • Rookie guard Weston Richburg and second-year tackle Justin Pugh helped Williams to his career day, and kept Eli Manning from being sacked on Sunday.
  • Tight end Larry Donnell caught four passes and managed not to fumble, which is progress.
  • As the second half unfolded, players like Jay Bromley, Nat Berhe and Corey Washington all got at least a few snaps.

The rest of the season really is about the future for the Giants. The contributions Sunday of many of the young players had to offer some hope that the future may indeed by a bright one.