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Tyrod Taylor will start at QB for Giants vs. Rams

Tommy DeVito back to the bench

New York Giants v Philadelphia Eagles
Tyrod Taylor
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Tyrod Taylor will replace Tommy DeVito as the starting quarterback for the New York Giants this Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. Head coach Brian Daboll made that announcement Wednesday morning.

Taylor, a 34-year-old 13-year veteran, replaced DeVito at the beginning of the third quarter in Sunday’s 33-25 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants trailed, 20-3, at the half.

Taylor completed 7 of 16 passes for 133 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown to Darius Slayton, and an interception. DeVito had completed 9 of 16 for just 55 yards.

Daboll said that Taylor “earned the right to start this game” with his play against the Eagles.

Starting Taylor is the choice I had lobbied for on Tuesday. On Wednesday, I summarized the case for Taylor this way:

“For me, it comes down to the simple fact that Taylor, a 13-year veteran, is a better quarterback right now than DeVito. Riding DeVito-mania for as long as possible was absolutely understandable, and I believe the locker room absolutely could support that.

“Now?

“Brian Daboll said Tuesday he has no plans to back off the reliance on star players like Saquon Barkley or Dexter Lawrence over the final couple of weeks, despite the Giants being eliminated from playoff contention. If you are going to ask Barkley, Lawrence, Andrew Thomas, Bobby Okereke, Xavier McKinney, Darren Waller and others to continue to carry heavy loads you owe it to them to put the best quarterback on field.

“In my view, if you don’t do that you risk losing locker room support from key players that you will need far beyond the next two games.”

Taylor took over as the Giants’ starting quarterback after Daniel Jones suffered a season-ending torn ACL against the Miami Dolphins. Taylor started three games, but broke four ribs Week 8 against the New York Jets and was placed on injured reserve.

That opened the door for DeVito-mania, and the undrafted free agent rookie remained the starter once Taylor returned from injured reserve for the Week 16 game against the New Orleans Saints.

Taylor has gone 66 of 107 (61.7%) for 725 yards, with three touchdown passes and an interception this season. His passer rating is 87.2.

DeVito started six consecutive games, and helped produce a three-game winning streak. The Giants, though, could manage only two field goals against the Saints and one field goal in the first half against the Eagles.

DeVito is 112 of 176 (63.4%) for 1,087 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. His passer rating is 88.9.

Here is how DeVito reacted:

Here is Taylor’s reaction: