Giants vs. Redskins: Final Player Grades for New York

Steven GoldsteinContributor IAugust 28, 2016

Giants vs. Redskins: Final Player Grades for New York

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    The Washington Redskins ran for over 200 yards, Robert Griffin III threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to wideout Pierre Garcon, and the 'Skins knocked off the New York Giants 17-16 on Monday Night Football.

    Washington moves to 6-6, just a game behind the G-Men for the NFC East lead. "RGIII" and Co. owned FedEx Field, stretching the sidelines and touting a dominant ground game.

    New York falls to 7-5, losing its third game in four tries. Check here for a final report card for key Giants.


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    Eli Manning: A-

    Manning was on-point Monday, notching a 98.0 quarterback rating and tossing his fourth touchdown in two weeks.

    Eli tried the vertical pass early and often, and enjoyed a clean pocket for most of the night. He was able to split the middle with tight end Martellus Bennett and turned in a turnover-free game.

    Despite a paltry fourth-quarter effort from his defense and o-line, Manning still gets a good mark here.

Running Backs

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    Henry Hynoski: A

    Another standout night for Hynoski, who continues to enjoy a spectacular sophomore season. Hynoski paved the middle on a few Ahmad Bradshaw gut runs.

    Ahmad Bradshaw: A-

    Bradshaw displayed some shifty running Monday, taking 24 carries for over 100 yards. He also snagged two receptions, picked up the blitz when needed, and hit the second level a few times in the second half. He maxed out on a 14-yarder.

    David Wilson: D-

    Wilson continues to labor through his rookie season, averaging less than 3 yards a touch in this one. While his speed is still lethal, Wilson struggles to find holes as they open.

Wide Receivers

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    Victor Cruz: A-

    Despite a second-half drop, Cruz lead the Giants with 104 receiving yards, his first triple-digit outing since the G-Men last saw the Redskins in week 7. Cruz torched DeAngelo Hall on the outside, and saw 8 targets.

    Hakeem Nicks: C-

    Nicks still looks off, struggling to find space in Washington's under scheme. He caught 5 passes for just 43 yards, and wasn't the go-to third-down read in this one. He was targeted a team-high 10 times, but failed to create separation over the top.

    Rueben Randle: C-

    Randle's yet to emerge as New York's true third option, catching just one pass for 13 yards.

Tight Ends

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    Martellus Bennett: A+

    With his first touchdown grab since week 3, Bennett went off in this one, finishing with 82 yards and giving New York a great intermediate presence.

    Bennett looked physical in route-running and got open all night long. This was an inspiring performance from New York's vocal tight end.

    Bear Pascoe: A

    Pascoe squeezed every inch out of a 16-yard reception, and looked good in run blocking.

Offensive Line

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    David Baas: A

    Baas did a great job opening the middle all night, didn't allow a sack and wasn't flagged for a penalty. You can't ask for much more here. Baas is really putting it together at center in the past few weeks.

    Chris Snee: A

    Snee opened most of Bradshaw's inside runs, and continues to be Big Blue's strongest option up front.

    Kevin Boothe: B-

    Boothe failed to slide over on linebacker Rob Jackson's sack on Eli Manning, and still has trouble picking up the second-level blitz.

    Will Beatty: C-

    Beatty was also beat on the Jackson sack, and was flagged for a crucial holding penalty on New York's final offensive drive.

    Sean Locklear: D+

    Locklear struggled on the outside for much of the game, and was hit with multiple penalties. Locklear filled in for David Diehl, who was inactive with a shoulder injury, and later left himself with a knee injury.

Defensive Line

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    Linval Joseph: A+

    Joseph lead the d-line with seven solo stops. He clogged the middle all night and was a force in interior run defense.

    Chris Canty: B

    Canty didn't make much of an impact in run defense with only two tackles, but did register one of New York's two QB hits on "RGIII."

    Osi Umenyiora: C-

    Osi was responsible for the other quarterback hit, but didn't make much else of an impact.

    Jason Pierre-Paul: D

    "JPP" struggled with containing Griffin III on the edge, certainly no easy task. Still, he failed to really break the pocket and had just three tackles.

    Justin Tuck: D

    Tuck was beat on Griffin's rollout-turned-touchdown to Pierre Garcon in the fourth quarter, and made zero impact in pass rush.


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    Michael Boley: A-

    Boley came away with six tackles, and fared well when covering tight ends.

    Keith Rivers: B+

    Rivers stayed productive with four tackles, and stuck to containing the run in this one. He came away with Washington's only turnover of the night, an Alfred Morris fumble.

    Chase Blackburn: B

    Blackburn was caught over-pursuing on a handful of "RGIII" options, but did redeem himself with eight tackles in run defense.


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    Antrel Rolle: A+

    Rolle lead the Giants with 11 tackles and stayed put over the top. The Redskins' passing game did its damage down the sidelines, leaving Rolle to stay busy in run defense and double-teams.

    Stevie Brown: A

    Brown had four stops and fared well when lined up against slot receivers. Aside from Pierre Garcon, no Washingtonr receiver saw more than four targets.

    Prince Amukamara: C

    Prince fared well against Josh Morgan, but struggled when assigned to Garcon. It was 'Muk who was charged with Garcon's clutch reception over the middle at the two-minute warning.

    Corey Webster: D

    Webster looked lost against Garcon, and bit hard on a play-action fake that went for 25 yards in the first quarter.

Special Teams

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    Steve Weatherford: A

    Weatherford was reliable yet again Monday, booting a 49.3 yards-per-punt average and pinning Washington at its own 8-yard line in the second half. He maxed out at 54 yards.

    Rueben Randle: B-

    Randle didn't do much with his two punt returns, maxing out at 8 yards early in the game.

    David Wilson: C-

    Wilson took four returns for just over 20 yards a go. It's been a disappointing second half for the rookie tailback.

    Lawrence Tynes: C-

    Tynes' kickoffs looked short, and although he did drill three field goals Monday, he missed a 43-yarder wide left that could have changed the course of the game for the Giants.


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    Overall Game Grade: C-

    Tom Coughlin and Co. looked too conservative in the red-zone and couldn't adjust to the 'Skins' run option. The Giants were heavily penalized and failed to maintain their lead in prime-time.

    Coughlin wasted a second-half timeout early in the fourth quarter, while the Giants failed to get it together offensively when the game was on the line.