The legend of the Passing Paisano continues. New York Giants quarterback Tommy DeVito has earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after helping the Giants defeat the red-hot Green Bay Packers, 24-22.
DeVito was an efficient 17-of-21 (81%), including 10-of-11 in the second half, for 158 yards and a touchdown. He led a game-winning drive that consisted of a 32-yard strike to Wan’Dale Robinson with under a minute to go in the game. DeVito added 71 yards on the ground with 10 carries, and his 26-yard run set up Saquon Barkley’s second short-yardage touchdown at the one-yard line.
The local undrafted Don Bosco product was a feel-good story during the preseason, but the young signal caller from Cedar Grove is quickly turning heads. His passer ratings through the three-game winning streak are 137.7, 103.9, and 113.9, and he’s the first undrafted rookie since 1967 with a 100+ rating in three consecutive games.
Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud is the only rookie quarterback with three consecutive ratings higher than 103.9, and he was the second overall pick in the draft.
New York was 2-7 when he became the starter, and they’re now 5-8. DeVito has double the number of touchdown passes than Tyrod Taylor and Daniel Jones, with significantly fewer attempts. He also has higher yards per attempt than both quarterbacks and has more explosive plays in the last three games than Daniel Jones had on the season.
Here’s an interesting stat courtesy of the Giants’ PR Dept. In the 74 seasons since the NFL began tracking starting quarterbacks in 1950, DeVito became the first starter in league history to complete at least 80% of his passes, rush for 70+ yards, commit no turnovers, and take no sacks in a single game.
Phil Simms is the last Giants’ rookie quarterback to win three consecutive starts, and that was in 1979. There are only two undrafted rookie quarterbacks since the 1970 merger to win three starts in a season: Ed Rubbert for Washington in 1987 and Devlin “Duck” Hodges for the Steelers in 2019. Interestingly for Rubbert, those three games were the only ones he ever played in the NFL.
The last Giants’ player to earn Player of the Week was Kayvon Thibodeaux in Week 15 last season. Daniel Jones is the last offensive player to earn the honor, and that was against Jacksonville last year.
The 2023 season seemed lost. Discussion about a fractured locker room and a possible parting of ways with the 2022 Coach of the Year started to ensue. The season was a catastrophic failure, but the recent efforts from DeVito and Co. have somewhat salvaged what seemed to be a disaster of monumental proportions.
In a weak NFC with two Wildcard-competing teams on the Giants’ schedule (Saints and Rams) - somehow - the Giants still have an outside shot at the playoffs as they enter Week 15. They’ll have to take care of business in a hostile environment against the Saints for this magical DeVito run to continue.