New York Giants First Quarter Report Cards

Richard ReschCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2009

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27:  Receiver Sinorice Moss #83 of the New York Giants catches a touchdown over defender Aqib Talib #25 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

The Giants have finished the the first quarter of the season at a perfect 4-0. But while the record is spotless, there have been both good and bad things to talk about so far. I will now examine the best and worst performances of the season thus far.

Steve Smith

Remember Jerry Rice before he was on Dancing With The Stars and before he was with the Oakland Raiders? He was the greatest receiver of all time. Well Steve Smith is not the greatest receiver of all time, but his projected pace has him at a Jerry Rice-like 136 receptions, 1664 yards and 16 touchdowns. Who here thought he'd catch six touchdowns this season? Not me.

Grade: A-Plus

Eli Manning

You can argue that Manning always gets off to a fast start. But I will argue that he has never looked this good, except maybe in the 2007 playoffs. If he misses this Sunday's game, it'll hurt his final stats, but his current pace has his projection at 4156 yards, 32 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. It's hard to find a problem with him right now.

Grade: A

Ahmad Bradshaw

Whereas Brandon Jacobs is averaging only 3.6 yards per carry, his slippery backfield-mate has a smile-inducing 5.6 yards per carry. He's only carried the ball 47 times, and he has yet to reach the end zone, but he is on pace to rack up 1060 rushing yards.

Grade: A-minus

Mario Manningham

His last game against the Chiefs was an ugly, drop-riddled performance. But I think it's just a hiccup in the road (I am aware that I combined metaphors), not a sign of things to come. If I told you that, after four games, he'd be on pace for 72 receptions, 1224 yards and 8 touchdowns, would you be satisfied? I think your answer is "yes."

Grade: A-minus

Michael Boley

In the three games he did play, Boley racked up 14 tackles, one sack and two passes defensed. A full season at this pace would have given him 75 tackles, five sacks and 11 passes defensed. Unfortunately, he is set to miss another four games with a knee that he does not even remember injuring.

Grade: B

Bruce Johnson

With the injuries to the secondary, especially cornerback, the Giants needed someone to step up, which is exactly what this undrafted free agent did. Johnson saw a lot of time at nickel back, and didn't have his name called often, which is a good thing.

When he was mentioned, it was always something positive, such as his huge interception returned for a touchdown against the Cowboys. With Kevin Dockery returning, Johnson may not be needed as much. But with the lingering injury to Aaron Ross, Johnson will surely see the field on certain passing situations.

Grade: B

Sinorice Moss

I've been hard on him, so I'll make this one short. He showed his value with a touchdown catch against the Bucs, and I still think there's a chance he can be part of a WR rotation, but he should not be returning punts or kicks.

Grade: C-plus

Lawrence Tynes

Missing three of 13 field goal attempts is not good. The fact that all of them were under 40 yards is very bad. The fact that two of them were under 30 yards is unacceptable.

Grade: D-plus

Whoever Is Responsible For Injuries

Andre Brown, Kenny Phillips, Michael Boley, Chris Canty, Aaron Ross, Stoney Woodson, Bryan Kehl, Clint Sintim, Domenik Hixon, Danny Ware, Justin Tuck, Rocky Bernard, Eli Manning, Kevin Boss, Hakeem Nicks, Kareem McKenzie, Rich Seubert.

It's like a "We Didn't Start The Fire" of Giants players, but its actually a list of Giants players who have missed time or are at risk of missing time this week. At this pace, everyone on the team will miss some time.

I can't take it anymore!

Grade: F-minus-minus