Dave Klein was the Giants' beat
writer for The Star-Ledger from 1961 to 1995.
He is the author of 26 books
and he was one of only three sportswriters to have covered all the Super Bowls
up until last year. Dave has allowed TEAM GIANTS to reprint some of his articles.
WHERE DOES DE VITO FIT IN THE GIANTS' NEAR FUTURE PLANS?
this current performance by young Tommy DeVito continues, the Giants may have
to make some heavy decisions in time for next season.
He is - or was - the third-string quarterback, who had a spot on the practice
squad but not much more. But first starter Daniel Jones got hurt, then veteran
backup Tyrod Taylor, and then after Jones came back he suffered a torn knee and
it out for the year.
And suddenly the
kid from Cedar Grove, N.J., undrafted and generally unwanted, was given a chance
because, frankly, there was no one else.
So now what? He played well two weeks ago against Las Vegas, but the Giants were
beaten by the Raiders. You know, it really wasn't because of him. Last week against
the Cowboys was a disaster, but not much of it could have been blamed on DeVito.
And then came yesterday in the nation's capital.
Tommy DeVito, who still lives at home, whose mom still cooks for him and does
his laundry and makes his bed, magically turned into a legitimate star. He completed
18 of 26 passes for 246 yards, three touchdowns, didn't throw a single interception
and, despite being sacked nine unacceptable times, led the Giants to a 31-19 victory.
Not bad for his first NFL start.
snapped the Giants' three-game losing streak. He showed poise and decorum unusual
for a kid who saw extended action the week before against the Raiders but didn't
play until Jones and his knee were carried off the field.
"It felt great," he said after carving up the Commanders, despite being sacked
nine times. "It was like real football, like when you're a kid [some might say
he still is]. When things are going right, it's a lot of fun because it feels
like you're just enjoying playing the game of football like when you were a kid,"
Well, Jones and his four-year, $160 million contract won't be back until next
season, but Taylor could be ready to play in a week or two. So what does head
coach Brian Daboll do? Chances are he won't say a thing, but next week at home
against New England it will almost certainly be DeVito who takes the opening snap.
The Giants didn't do their draft positioning any good with the victory. They came
into the game with the second overall choice in their vest pocket but now they
would draft fifth if it waws tomorrow. And this still doesn't even begin to answer
the question just starting to poke its head up through the mushrooms: Would the
Giants take a quarterback with a high choice or an offensive tackle?
The question is out there for fans to answer. Go right ahead.
EXTRA POINTS - Second-year edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux had two of the Giants'
four sacks (and six takeaways) Sunday and now has 10-1/2 for the season. ... The
team waived RB Deon Jackson and OT Joshua Miles and activated TE Tyree Jackson
and PK Randy Bullock.
The Giants are
now 2-0 against Washington this season and 1-8 against the rest of their schedule.
... Somewhat surprisingly, the visiting Patriots are favored by 3-1/2 points next
Sunday, despite their 2-8 record.
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