The New York Giants were blown out by the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 9 – and Murphy’s Law applied again as undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito was brought in to play quarterback for the second straight week.
The Raiders were 7-0 when Daniel Jones left the game with a serious knee injury. From that point on, the end result was complete 30-6.
That’s not all at DeVito. In fact, SNY’s Connor Hughes blames the Giants’ decision makers for this unfortunate turn of events.
“The idea that the Giants wouldn’t let Tommy DeVito throw [against the New York Jets] Just based on the game situation, it looks very silly at the moment.” Hughes commented on X. “The guy is not fit to play an NFL game right now.”
“This is not an attack on him,” the SNY reporter added. “[He] was on [practice squad] for [a] Reason. Wild [that] NYG has him at this point.”
Are the Giants negligent at the QB position?
Hughes is right here. Injuries are sometimes unavoidable, but preparing for a world without a particular player is not – especially if that player has been injured in the past.
DeVito looked like a deer in headlights compared to the Jets. So why stick with him as the backup QB in Week 9?
Was it purely a space problem on the roster with injuries to the tight end, the kickers and along the entire offensive line? Or does the coaching staff think Matt Barkley gives them a worse chance of winning than DeVito?
It should be noted that Hughes posted this before the teen’s touchdown drive where he completed all of his pass attempts, leading the Giants 84 yards downfield.
Maybe this version of DeVito is an upgrade from Barkley. The third-string signal-caller finished Week 9 with 175 passing yards and another 17 with his legs. He completed 15 of 20 passes with one touchdown, two interceptions and a passer rating of 78.1.
Assuming Jones is out for at least a week, it remains to be seen whether DeVito has the edge against a ferocious Dallas Cowboys defense. Remember, sophomore forward Tyrod Taylor is now on injured reserve for at least three more weeks 33-year-old Barkley hasn’t appeared in a game since 2020.
Giants team leaders praise Tommy DeVito for his performance compared to the Raiders
Different after the game The NYG team leaders spoke up for DeVito and his performance.
“It wasn’t the best situation,” left tackle Andrew Thomas said. “But I think he did a great job making some plays for us.”
Star running back Saquon Barkley also called DeVito a “born leader” and “real competitor” for whom he has great respect.
“I think he did great. I think he did great,” Barkley repeated twice. “I have nothing but love for Tommy.”
As for DeVito, the young man admitted that he “made some mistakes” on this outing, then added that he’s “looking forward to the cleanup.” [those] high.”
Daboll confirmed that the offense dictates the game plan for everyone under center and adapts the playbook to their strengths. The less experienced but more nimble DeVito would require a very different approach than Barkley – who would be more of an intellectual pocket passer.
According to Quarter4 projections, the Giants have a 12 percent chance of playing the Cowboys on the road in Week 10, with a projected spread of +14 points. The QB’s next decision will be kept an eye on as the week progresses.
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