Giants 2nd-year LB showed promise in Week 1 defeat

New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) and linebacker Micah McFadden (41) on the field during practice in East Rutherford on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023.
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The New York Giants suffered a humiliating 40–0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1. While very few standouts emerged from this game, second-year linebacker Micah McFadden managed to showcase his potential as a key asset for the Giants’ future success.

Micah McFadden shows promise in Week 1 loss

Despite the overwhelming loss, McFadden displayed his talents and resilience on the field. Leading the team with an impressive 11 tackles, including four solo tackles, he showcased his ability to make impactful plays. One notable moment came when he tackled Cowboys running back Deuce Vaughn for a loss of five yards.

Not only did McFadden excel on the field, but he also received recognition from Pro Football Focus. With a grade of 76.2, he ranked second-highest on the defense behind Dexter Lawrence.

Over the summer, McFadden managed to earn his starting role at the Will linebacker position. As a rookie, he showed his potential by playing in all 17 games (seven starts) and accumulating 59 combined tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble. This impressive debut season laid the foundation for high expectations in his second year.

McFadden is one of the few Giants who managed to stand out in Week 1

While Big Blue’s defeat against the Cowboys was disheartening, it’s important to acknowledge the very few standout performances that emerged from this challenging game.

McFadden, with his impressive stat line, proved why he deserves recognition as a promising young linebacker. As he continues to grow and display his talent, fans have every reason to be excited about his future contributions to the Giants’ success.

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