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Tyrod Taylor is pretty plainly the better quarterback right now. The 13-year vet has seen it all in his time, has much more experience in the Giants’ offense than DeVito, and gives the Giants their best chance to win.
DeVito, on the other hand, is a rookie who could be a low-cost option as a backup quarterback for the next two years (or beyond). The Giants’ season is effectively over after being eliminated from the playoffs. They could look to use these final games as a chance to evaluate their young players. Should DeVito get the start despite not getting much done against the Eagles for the experience and so the Giants can see if he can be a piece going forward?
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A common refrain in recent seasons has been the Giants can’t throw deep because of their porous offensive line. Taylor continues to debunk that theory.
Playing with the same line, the same receivers and, in some games, against the same defenses, Taylor has proven far more willing to throw downfield than DeVito or Jones. For the season, 15.9 percent of Taylor’s attempts have traveled at least 20 yards in the air. That rate is 9.1 percent for DeVito and 8.1 percent for Jones.
Tyrod Taylor must be Giants’ starting QB for their final two games against the Rams & Eagles if the goal is to try to win.
He gives the team its best chance and always did. The move comes after Wink Martindale told FOX’s Pam Oliver that the Giants’ defensive players “need to embrace the challenge of the need to outplay the opponents’ offense AND their defense.”
If you are a fan who looked at the most recent loss and thought, “Good, the Giants didn’t embarrass themselves and they still lost — and that helps for the NFL Draft,’’ you need to have a talk with Dexter Lawrence and Saquon Barkley.
Tom DeVito Sr. found out about his son’s benching the same way as any other Giants fan watching at home on Christmas.
“I thought he was hurt, maybe,” said Tom Sr.. “Maybe something happened. He usually in the past would text me from halftime if he’s hurt or something, so I didn’t get any of that. Then I just heard it like you guys did from the sideline reporter, ‘Coach’s decision.’
"Yeah, I’m his dad, of course I wanted him to play, but I guess the offense wasn’t doing much so they tried something else. Then you just root for the team and see what happens.”
“The difference between these two teams, and between the Giants and the elite teams, is the quarterback position,” Morash said. “The Giants need a quarterback with an elite ceiling. Let’s stop the madness. The quarterback position is the great equalizer in the league.
“Until they figure out the quarterback position and bring in a potential franchise quarterback with a high ceiling…can we finally admit the right head coach is here, the right building blocks of a roster are here…getting an elite quarterback here, that was the Christmas message.”
CB Deonte Banks Overall Rookie Grade: 51.4 (Rank: 21/24) Week 16 Grade: 66.9
A trying rookie season has begun to look up for Banks, who surrendered three catches on four targets for only 17 yards against the Eagles. He has a 63.8 overall grade over the past five weeks after earning a 47.2 mark over the first 11 weeks.
Since he had his first and only 100-yard game in Week 12 against the Patriots, rookie wide receiver Jalin Hyatt has been targeted just six times in three games. None came in Philadelphia.
"Jalin is doing everything we've asked him to do. We got to do a good job with that, too. … I mean, look, there was three, four, five shots dialed up. Either they stayed high on it, they had a safety over it, but you're always trying to improve in that area."
"To me, I feel like I didn't help the team."— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) December 27, 2023
Jalin Hyatt talks about getting no targets against the Eagles: pic.twitter.com/oppRO58RlS
Perhaps lost amid the silly handwringing about the Giants’ Tyrod Taylor/Tommy DeVito quarterback situation for these final two meaningless games are some storylines that actually matter.
One of those questions: Will Darren Waller return to the Giants in 2024?
“Tell you what, I’d be jumping offsides every single play,” Carl Banks explained during the broadcast. “I’d go over the top of the center and intentionally hit the quarterback until the league out-rules it until you can no longer run it again because you’re taking free shots at the quarterback.”
Giants radio play-by-play announcer Bob Papa interjected, saying that teams have already tried that and credited Hurts for staying low. But Banks floated a caveat, saying, “They’re not jumping offsides to do it though.”
This week’s opponent
Last Sunday’s road map was eerily similar to L.A.’s victory over the Washington Commanders the week previous. The defense played strong, even smothering at times, until the opposition’s explosive pass plays threatened to take their toll late in the game. The Rams have now given up 55 pass plays of 20+ yards, 29th in the NFL.
Nacua had nine catches for 164 yards and a touchdown to help the Rams to a 30-22 win over the Saints. It was the fourth time that Nacua has had at least nine catches in a game this season and the sixth time he has gone over the 100-yard mark.
The Rams' pro scouts played a key role in finding several key contributors this season, including Ahkello Witherspoon and Kevin Dotson.
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