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Giants’ LB Josiah Tauaefa PFF’s 7th-highest grades rookie

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NFL: Preseason-New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals
Josiah Tauaefa makes a tackle against the Bengals.
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When it comes to New York Giants rookies, quarterback Daniel Jones has justifiably been the one in the spotlight. Pro Football Focus tells us, though, that there is a much less-heralded rookie we should be paying attention to.

With a grade of 86.8, undrafted rookie linebacker Josiah Tauaefa is PFF’s seventh-highest graded rookie thus far.

PFF says:

Undrafted free agent Josiah Tauaefa has been a pleasant surprise for the New York Giants so far this preseason. Tauaefa has seen most of his preseason time in coverage where he has recorded four coverage stops, but he has also excelled in his limited action against the run and in the pass-rush. The former UTSA product was a legitimate threat as a blitzer in college, as he finished his three-year college career with 63 pressures and a 94.0 pass-rush grade his final season.

Tauaefa leads the Giants in tackles this preseason with 12. He also has a sack and a special teams tackle.