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Film breakdown: Differences between Tommy DeVito and Daniel Jones

Nick Falato breaks down the differences between Daniel Jones and Tommy DeVito before breaking down plays from the Packer game

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Tommy DeVito-mania continues to sweep the tri-state area, as the New YoGiants defeated the Green Bay Packers, 24-22, on Monday. New York is now on a three-game winning streak after starting the season 2-8. With less than two minutes left in the Packers’ game, DeVito drove the Giants into field goal range, and Randy Bullock kicked the 37-yarder through the uprights.

DeVito’s recent play and the Giants' corresponding winning streak have sparked conversations around Giants’ nation. How does an undrafted rookie successfully lead the offense to victory when a $160-million quarterback failed to do so when he was healthy?

For starters, the team is playing as a unit at this point in the season. The offensive line is much more secure, the defense is coming together, and the stars are - dare I say - aligning for the first time this season.

Judging a recent highly-paid quarterback against an undrafted rookie is not a great situation for the former, but it’s at least fair to say that DeVito is receiving better protection.

Still, there’s a discernible difference between the offensive approach with DeVito under center than there was with Jones.

Most importantly, perhaps, is DeVito’s penchant to throw the ball down the field, which is assisted by his proclivity to target outside the numbers from the pocket - something Jones is reluctant to consistently try.

Here is a brief overview of DeVito’s targets outside the number from the pocket in relation to Jones during the 2023 season:

2023 isn’t the only year where Jones did not throw outside the numbers from the pocket. On the season in 2022, Jones was 13-33 (39% completion rate) when throwing 10 yards or more outside the numbers from the pocket in 455 attempts. In just three games (62 attempts), DeVito is 9 of 14 (64%).

DeVito has successfully connected on three-level sail concepts like the Wan’Dale Robinson 32-yarder to set up game-winning field goal, smash concepts, and other outside breaking routes. He’s not scared to let the football rip vertically, and defenses don’t seam as eager to play top-down on routes as we saw earlier this season.

I’m not disparaging Jones, but I am pointing to a contrast in style since DeVito took over, and the obvious difference has coincided with winning football games.

Check the video below for more.