The game week 16 between the Giants and the Redskins could be called the rookie bowl. There will be more rookies starting in this game than any other game this weekend. The Giants have four rookie starters and the Redskins have five. Today I look at the rookie starters in the game.
New York Giants
QB Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones is one of only 13 rookie quarterbacks since 1950 that in their first 10 games had an 80+ passer rating, 2000+ passing yards, a 60% Completion percentage or better and a 6+ yards per pass attempt.
Daniel Jones is the only rookie quarterback since 1950 to have three games of 300+ passing yards, two passing touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 112+. He is also the only rookie quarterback to have two games of 300+ passing yards and four passing touchdowns. On the negative side Jones leads the league in fumbles with 15 for the season. However he is closely followed by Josh Allen and Carson Wentz who each have 14.
WR Darius Slayton
Darius Slayton is one of only 11 rookie wide receivers since 1992 who in their first 12 games had 6+ receiving touchdowns, 600+ receiving yards, a 60% or better catch percent and 6+ yards per target.
DT Dexter Lawrence
Dexter Lawrence is one of only 13 rookie interior defensive linemen since 2006 that had 2+ sacks, 20+ solo tackles, 2+ tackles for loss and 9+ quarterback hits in their first 14 games.
CB DeAndre Baker
Weeks 12-15 Baker has the 6th-best coverage grade among all qualified cornerbacks , while quarterbacks targeting Baker have completed just 26.3% of their passes, the lowest percentage targeting any corner. Baker has improved recently from a poor start to the year. For the season Baker has allowed a 111 passer rating when targeted.
QB Dwayne Haskins
Dwayne Haskins has just come off the best game of his rookie year. He passed for 261 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, a 9.32 yards per pass attempt and a 121.3 passer rating. Only 19 rookie quarterbacks since 1950 had a game like that and only one had two games that good in their rookie season. For the season Haskins 70.2 passer rating is last among quarterbacks that started six or more games.
WR Kelvin Harmon
Kelvin Harmon only advanced to 60% or more of the offensive snaps over the last five weeks. In that time-frame he is one of only five rookie receivers to have Receiving Yds >= 199, Yds/Target >= 8, Yds/Reception >= 14 and Catch Pct >= 58. Three of those five rookies will play in this game.