New York Giants: Week five stock report, ups and downs

Jeevan Kirkland
New York Giants, Joe Judge
Aug 28, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Joe Judge (left) talks with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett during the first half of the Blue-White Scrimmage at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants lost to the Dallas Cowboys in a shootout on Sunday.

It was a game that was clouded by the tragic ankle injury the Dak Prescott suffered in the third quarter. However, even through this, Dallas was able to rally behind their fallen ally and still come out with the win.

Here’s how this defeat affected the stock of various people in the Giants organization.

Stock up

Jason Garrett, Offensive Coordinator

After being featured on the stock down list last week, Jason Garrett had a strong bounce back as he helped the Giants score 27 points offensively. He finally got the Giants to score some touchdowns after going two straight games without reaching the endzone. Garrett did this with elaborate run schemes that allowed the Giants to run for 89 yards and eventually open up the passing attack.

Darius Slayton, WR

The pain recipient in the passing attack was Darius Slayton. He had his best overall game of the season as he went for 129 yards on eight catches, both season highs. He needed to get himself going after three straight weeks without five catches and more than 55 yards. Hopefully, for Daniel Jones, Slayton can continue to do this going forward.

Devonte Freeman, RB

The main guy in the rushing attack for the Giants was Devonte Freeman. Freeman carried the work on the ground for the Giants as he rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown for 17 attempts. It was a big day for the former Falcon as he rushed for more yards in this game than his last two combined.

Graham Gano, K

Gano was the recipient at the end of most of these yards from Slayton and Freeman. 

He kicked four field goals, three of them over 50 yards. This was his third straight game with 3+ field goals made. Here he also had his tenth straight field goal and fourth straight extra point made this season.

Dalvin Tomlinson, DT

Tomlinson continued his dominance this season as he posted six tackles, two tackles for loss, and one sack. The predominant run-stuffer has expanded his game this year as he has become a much more active pass rusher already recorded six pressures and three QB hits.

Kyler Fackrell, EDGE

Kyler Fackrell had arguably his best game with the Giants on Sunday. He had one tackle for a loss, one interception, and a touchdown. This type of performance, minus the touchdown, is going to be expected going forward from Fackrell as he will become the starter after Lorenzo Carter’s injury.

James Bradberry, CB

James Bradberry put together another roadblock performance on Sunday afternoon in Jerry’s World. Bradberry locked star wide receiver Amari Cooper to one catch for eight yards when targeted against him. The numbers Bradberry is putting together this year have been some that put him as an early favorite for First-Team All-Pro.

Stock Down

Daniel Jones, QB

Daniel Jones has shown up on this list for the fourth straight week now. He continues to disappoint as he commits turnover after turnover. Jones has yet to go a game this season without allowing one takeaway and has put together nine total so far.

He did not even take advantage of an awful Dallas secondary on Sunday as he only threw for 222 yards and no touchdowns.

Andrew Thomas, OT

Andrew Thomas was one of the reasons that Daniel Jones could not get going on Sunday. Thomas was beaten badly on one play where Demarcus Lawrence forced a strip-sack fumble that resulted in a touchdown return. Even without that play, Thomas’ blocking still lacked all game as he allowed constant pressure.

The only positive for Thomas is that he caught a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter.

Cam Fleming, OT

Fleming was also another reason that Daniel Jones did not play well as he let Demarcus Lawrence and co. get the best of him in Dallas. He was not great in the run game, and his pass blocking was subpar. 

Sadly, the worst part about his performance on Sunday was not even his blocking. Fleming committed an illegal shift to negate an Evan Engrams special team touchdown, which would have put the Giants in the lead going into the half.

Adrian Colbert, S

Colbert came in to replace a banged-up Jabrill Peppers, who was not healthy enough to be out on the field all the time. As a replacement, Colbert was awful as he committed two personal fouls in week five. This contributed to a total of 30 yards in penalties and allowed Dallas to score on both drives where these penalties occurred.

Patrick Graham, Defensive Coordinator

Now to the coaches.

After having a week where his stock increased, Patrick Graham came back with his worst coaching performance with New York. He did not will his defense to stop Dallas and ended up allowing the Cowboys, a divisional rival, to win due to his lack of preparedness.

The main details of his awful coaching outing were his awful two-minute drill defensive schemes. The Cowboys scored 10 points in the final two minutes of each half, and three of those points came in the last minute of the game for a Dallas victory. If Graham could have gotten his defense to stop the Cowboys on either occasion, this would be a totally different ball game.

The other major shortcoming from was letting the Cowboys score six points with their backup quarterback who was thrown in there after the gruesome Dak Prescott injury. While Andy Dalton is better than most backups, this was a new system, and the Giants should not have let him throw for 111 yards in one quarter.

Joe Judge, Head Coach

Any loss is going to fall on the head coach inevitably.

Joe Judge has avoided much of the blame over the past few weeks, but things have to start circulating back to him now. This was a very winnable game in Jerry’s World, and the Giants blew it. They had a 14 point second-quarter lead and a three-point fourth-quarter lead but could not hang on to either.

The blowing of deficits comes back to Judge as he has to make sure his team can hold onto games and not lose the close ones as Big Blue has done all season (three one-score losses).