Going into week 5 with a 1-3 record surely wasn’t how the New York Giants expected their season to start off, but there has been several silver linings.
It seems as if nearly every draft pick from 2018 has paid off dividends – Saquon Barkley has been an absolute stud, defensive lineman B.J. Hill has been the Giants’ best pass-rusher, quarterback Kyle Lauletta has shown poise in limited action, but the most impressive has been offensive lineman Will Hernandez.
The UTEP product has steadily improved every week thus far in the season, earning the best grades out of any guard with at least 25 snaps in week 4.
#Giants offensive line pass blocking grades from week 4:
LT Solder- 72.1
LG Hernandez- 88.8
C Greco- 69.4
RG Omameh- 52.3
RT Wheeler- 64.4#GiantsPride
— PFF NY Giants (@PFF_Giants) October 2, 2018
— PFF NY Giants (@PFF_Giants) October 1, 2018
There are 32 teams that have 64 starting guards in the NFL…Hernandez was ranked the top one in just four games (for the week). Despite the Giants’ struggles on the field, the new regime surely started off with a bang in their very first draft.
“Giants rookie guard Will Hernandez had himself another strong game yesterday despite the loss,” Ruggiero of PFF wrote. “Hernandez finished with a 79.2 overall grade which was the highest on the Giants offense and the highest overall among guards with a minimum of 25 snaps in week 4. On top of this, Hernandez finished with the 2nd best pass blocking grade among guards in week 4 with a 88.8. On top of this, he finished with a 100% pass blocking efficiency which was tied for 1st along with allowing 0 QB pressures in 45 pass blocking snaps.”