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Giants change quarterbacks - Tyrod Taylor starts the second half in Philly

Taylor takes over for DeVito in Philly

New York Giants v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images

The New York Giants made an unexpected move at the start of the second half Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, with Tyrod Taylor taking over the quarterbacking duties.

The Giants unexpectedly got the football on the 14-yard line after the Eagles fumbled the opening kick-off, and it was Taylor, not Tommy DeVito who ran out with the offense. The Giants’ offense didn’t get much done to start the game, averaging about 3.38 yards per play and scoring just 3 points in the first half.

The Giants were clearly concerned with the Eagles’ pass rush and were scheming their passing offense around getting the ball out of DeVito’s hand quickly. He completed 56.3 percent of his passes, averaging just 3.4 yards per attempt and 1.1 intended air yards (-0.3 converted) per NFL Next Gen Stats.

There had been calls for Taylor to take over at quarterback once he was healthy, but head coach Brian Daboll kept DeVito as the Giants’ starter against the New Orleans Saints and this week against the Eagles. Taylor had been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the NFL in his very limited play time before suffering a rib injury.

Here is what Daboll said in making the decision to start DeVito vs. the Eagles:

“He’s earned it. I’m not going to make a week-to-week change. He’s earned it. It’s not always going to be perfect, but he’s earned the opportunity to play.”

After the game Daboll said he made the switch at quarterback “to try to spark the team.”

The Giants trailed 20-3 at halftime.

“It’s tough. It’s just a constant reminder that it’s a business,” Devito said of being pulled. “They’re always going to try to find someone to replace you, wherever it is. At the same time, it is a business. It’s your job. I respect it. There’s no hard feelings one way or another. I was hoping [Giants QB Tyrod Taylor] was going to go out there and ball and we win the game. It’s nothing more than that. That’s all it is.”

DeVito finished the game 9 of 16 for 55 yards, with a long completion of 14 yards. Per the FOX broadcast, none of DeVito’s attempts were more than 9 yards down the field.

Taylor finished 7 of 16 for 133 yards and a 69-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton. He also threw an interception on the game’s final play.