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What can we learn from Giants’ PFF grades, snap counts vs. Commanders?

Let’s see who graded well and who did not for the Giants vs. Washington

New York Giants v Washington Commanders Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images

Do the Pro Football Focus grades and snap counts match the performances we thought we saw from New York Giants players in Sunday night’s victory over the Washington Commanders? Let’s find out.


PFF grades

  • Daniel Jones (75.8) was the highest-graded offensive player for the Giants. The Giants passed the ball the way they wanted to with Jones having an Average Depth of Target (ADOT) of a season-low 3.9 yards.
  • Center Jon Feliciano did not allow a pressure in 35 pass blocking snaps. Andrew Thomas and Mark Glowinski each allowed one. Ben Bredeson allowed one in 23 pass-blocking snaps at left guard, as did Nick Gates. Bredeson played 42 snaps to Gates’ 21, with Gates earning a 66.0 overall grade and Bredeson a 63.1.
  • Right tackle Evan Neal struggled in pass protection. He had a 36.0 pass protection score, allowing five total pressures and finishing with a 92.6 pass-blocking efficiency score. Neal did have a solid 65.5 grade while run blocking.

— Complete snap counts on offense are below. Notice Kenny Golladay with just one snap played.


PFF grades

  • He played well in limited snaps, but I would not have expected to see safety Tony Jefferson (91.4) as the team’s highest-graded defensive player.
  • Dexter Lawrence checked in at 90.2 with a half-sack and five total quarterback pressures.
  • Kayvon Thibodeaux (89.7) and Azeez Ojulari (79.4) were next in line.
  • Lawrence won on 28.0 percent of his pass rush attempts, Ojulari (five total pressures) on 19.2 percent, Leonard Williams on 15.4 percent and Thibodeaux on 13.0 percent. That’s extraordinary work by the Giants’ Big 4 on the defensive front.
  • Safety Jason Pinnock (78.2) and linebacker Micah McFadden (72.6) also checked in with grades above 70.0.
  • Cornerback Darnay Holmes (46.0) was the lowest-graded player among those playing at least half the defensive snaps, but he did make the pass breakup at the end of the game to prevent a touchdown.

Snap counts

On defense, we’re going to do more than just offer the cursory numbers. Because the snap counts tell us a lot about the evolving defense.

  • Safety Julian Love and cornerback Fabian Moreau were the only defenders to play every snap.
  • Williams played 53 snaps (84 percent) in his return to action.
  • Ojulari played 51 snaps and Thibodeaux 50, leaving only eight snaps for Tomon Fox and six for Oshane Ximines.
  • The usage of Jefferson and Landon Collins, who will have to be added to the 53-man roster if the Giants want to continue playing him since he has been elevated the maximum three times from the practice squad, is particularly interesting. Collins played 27 snaps as a sub package linebacker, and did help the run defense. Sixteen of those snaps, though, ended up being in coverage. Jefferson played 19 snaps in a similar role to Collins, 14 of them in coverage.
  • Linebackers Jaylon Smith (49 snaps) and McFadden (31) saw their playing time reduced as the Giants often opted smaller, more athletic players.