The NFL has announced that New York Giants‘ cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been named the NFC Defensive Player of The Week.
The award comes for a dominant performance by DRC against a talented Washington Redskins offense, notching 3 tackles, 1 sack, 2 passes defensed, and 2 interceptions (on 5 targets). Per Pro Football Focus, Kirk Cousins had a 0.0 quarterback rating when targeting DRC in coverage.
The cherry on top of his performance, the first interception triggered a $500,000 escalator in his contract, and the second essentially won the game.
Amazingly, this is the eighth week in which a Giant has been named a player of the week. Odell Beckham for offense, Janoris Jenkins and Brad Wing (twice) for special teams, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins (twice), and now DRC have been named defensive players of the week.
This is the first time since 1990 in which Giants have been named defensive player of the week four times. That season Lawrence Taylor was named twice, while Everson Walls and Greg Jackson were each named once.