How have Giant Players Performed in the Latter Part Of the Season

There is a lot to be said for how a team and a player finishes the season. Did they improve as the season went on or regress. This also reflects on the coaching staff if their team has improved with more experience and practice. Here is a look at the Giants starters and how they performed from the start of the season compared to the end in key statistics. This is not a reflection of how they performed for the year but only the difference in play from the early games to the later games. I have color coded the players showing improvement in Giant blue and those showing regression in red. They also have a + (improved) and a – (regressed) in front of their names.

Offense

+ Daniel Jones (Week 3-7 to 8-13)

+ Increased his passer rating from 74.9 to 92
+ Increased his passing touchdowns from 6 to 12
+ Decreased his interceptions from 7 to 4
– Increased his fumbles from 5 to 9
– Decreased his rushing touchdowns from 2 to 0

+ Darius Slayton (Week 3-8 to 9-15)
Targets 27 to 45

+ Increased receiving yards from 267 to 423
+ Increased receiving touchdowns from 3 to 5
– Decreased yards per reception from 16.7 to 15.1

+ Rhett Ellison (Week 1-5 to 6-10)
Targets from 9 to 19

+ Increased receptions from 7 to 11
+ Increased receiving yards from 46 to 121
+ Increased yards per reception from 6.6 to 11
+ Increased touchdowns from 0 to 1
+ Increased yards per target from 5.11 to 6.37
– Decreased Catch percentage from 77.8 to 57.9

+ Golden Tate (Week 5-8 to 9-15)
Targets from 36 to 30

– Decreased receptions from 23 to 15
– Decreased yards from 280 to 232
– Decreased Catch percentage from 64% to 50%
+ Increased Yards per reception from 12.2 to 15.5
+ Increased touchdowns from 1 to 4

+ Cody Latimer (Week 1-7 to 6-15)
Targets from 19 to 13

– Decreased Reception from 10 to 7
– Decreased Receiving yards from 137 to 107
+ Increased yards per reception from 13.7 to 15.3
+ Increased touchdowns from 0 to 1
+ Increased yards per target from 7.2 to 8.2
+ Increased Catch Percentage from 52.6% to 53.8%

– Saquon Barkley (Week 1-9 to 10-15)
Rushing attempts from 88 to 90
Receiving targets from 41 to 24

– Decreased yards per attempt from 4.56 to 3.57
– Decreased rushing yards from 401 to 321
– Decreased yards per reception from 8.14 to 5.59
– Decreased yards per target from 5.56 to 3.96

– Sterling Shepard (Week 1-5 to 12-15)
Targets from 34 to 33

– Decreased Receptions from 25 to 21
– Decreased receiving yards from 267 to 194
– Decreased yards per reception from 10.7 to 9.2
– Decreased Catch % from 73.5 to 63.6
– Decreased yards per target from 7.85 to 5.88

Defense

+ Markus Golden (Weeks 1-7 to 8-15)
Defensive Snaps from 369 to 427

– Decreased Sacks from 5 to 4
+ Increased Solo Tackles from 12 to 20
+ Increased tackles for loss from 3 to 8
+ Increased Quarterback hits from 11 to 13

+ Dalvin Tomlinson (Week 1-7 to 8-15)
Defensive Snap from 252 to 254

+ Increased solo tackles from 9 to 12
+ Increased tackles for loss from 1 to 4
+ Increase Quarterback hits from 3 to 6
+ Increased sacks from 0.5 to 3.0
+ Increased Forced Fumbles from 0 to 1

+ DeAndre Baker (Week 1-7 to 8-15)
Defensive Snaps from 428 to 407

+ Increased Passes Defended from 1 to 6
+ Increased solo tackles from 19 to 21
+ Increased tackles for loss from 0 to 1
+ week 1-10 allowed 149.9 passer rating when targeted, week 12-15 Baker has the 6th-best coverage grade among all qualified CBs , while QBs targeting Baker have completed just 26.3% of their passes, the lowest percentage targeting any corner

+ Jabrill Peppers (Week 1-5 to 6-12)
Defensive Snaps from 327 to 378

+ Increased Solo Tackles 21 to 30
+ Increased Total Tackles 30 to 46
+ Increased Tackles for Loss 1 to 4
+ Increased Forced Fumbles 1 to 2
– Decreased Interceptions 1 to 0
– Decreased Passes Defended 3 to 2

+ Antoine Bethea (Week 1-7 to 8-15)
Defensive Snaps from 471 to 492

– Decreased Solo Tackles from 37 to 35
– Decreased Total tackles from 55 to 43
+ Increased tackles for loss from 0 to 2
+ Increased Interceptions from 0 to 1
+ Increased Passes Defended from 1 to 4
+ Antoine Bethea has the 4th highest grade defending the run for a safety

+- Lorenzo Carter (Week 1-7 to 8-15)
Defensive Snaps 297 to 329

+ Increased sacks from 1.5 to 2
+ Increased tackles for loss from 0 to 4
– Decreased quarterback hits from 6 to 3
– Decreased forced fumbles from 1 to 0

– Alec Ogletree (week 1-8 to 9-15)
Defensive Snaps from 373 to 430

– Decreased Solo tackles from 24 to 22
– Decreased tackles for Loss from 3 to 1
– Decreased Quarterback hits from 2 to 1
– Decreased total tackles from 39 to 36
+ Increased Interceptions from 0 to 1

Dexter Lawrence (Week 1-7 to 8-15)
Defensive Snaps from 279 to 340

+ Increased Solo tackles from 9 to 12
+ Increased Quarterback hits from 3 to 6
– Decreased sacks from 2 to 0.5
– Decreased tackles for loss from 2 to 0
– Decreased total tackles from 19 to 16
– Decreased forced fumbles from 1 to 0

 – David Mayo (Week 3-8 to 9-15)
Defensive Snaps 230 to 258

– Decreased sacks from 1.5 to 0
+ Increased tackles for loss from 1 to 3
– Decreased quarterback hits from 1 to 0
– Decreased total tackles from 34 to 30

Special Teams

+ Aldrick Rosas (Week 1-7 to 8-15)

– Decreased Extra Point % from 100% to 75%
+ Increased Field Goal % from 66.7% to 77.8%
+ Increased points from 28 to 33

+ Riley Dixon (Week 1-7 to 8-15)

+ Increased yards per punt from 44.96 to 47.72
+ Decreased Blocked punts from 1 to 0

In Conclusion

This is not an exact science.  Some players were hard to classify as improved or regressed. In the case of Golden Tate his significant increase in touchdowns was the deciding factor. Lorenzo carter was tough to judge. I put him as the same, neither improved or regressed. Antoine Bethea has significant issues in coverage. As reported on Pro Football Reference he has a 143.8 passer rating allowed when targeted for the season. But from a half season to half season comparison he has improved when looking at all aspects of his play.  Dexter Lawrence is a great player but he has regressed in the latter half of the season.

Overall my opinion is that the majority of starting players have improved in the latter half of the season. With two games remaining that can change either way. Hopefully the improvements continue and translate into wins to finish out the year. Enjoy the Week 16 games. Go Giants!

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