Sun. Sep 27th, 2020

Grant Haley, Nick Gates were PFF’s highest-graded…

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Grant Haley, Nick Gates were PFF’s highest-graded...


The New York Giants defeated the Chicago Bears, 32-13, on Friday night at MetLife Stadium in a game that was equal parts impressive and sloppy. The ball seemed to be on the ground entirely too much, but many stood out in a positive light nonetheless.

In their immediate ReFocused look at the game, Pro Football Focus tipped their cap to both cornerback Grant Haley and offensive lineman Nick Gates.

Former Penn State cornerback Grant Haley picked up a forced incompletion and allowed very few yards on his way to a standout performance against the Bears Friday night.

Nick Gates, an undrafted free agent lineman from the 2018 class, had quite the night against the Bears’ defensive front. The former Nebraska Cornhusker recorded several positive grades as a run-blocker and limited mistakes in pass protection.

Upon watching the film, PFF didn’t change their initial assessment and had both Haley and Gates leading the way in terms of grades.

For players who saw fewer than 25 snaps, it was wide receiver Cody Latimer who led the Giants outright.

On the downside of the game, PFF took notice of cornerback Henre’ Toliver’s struggles, which we alluded to after the game, while also knocking both C.J. Conrad and Scott Simonson for drops.

Cornerback Henre’ Toliver, formerly of the AAF, was involved in making several plays on Friday night but ultimately looked like a liability in coverage. This was most evident on the Bears’ first drive of the second half, when Toliver was torched on a go route by Marvin Hall and showed no signs of being able to recover. Had the pass not been overthrown, it almost certainly would have been taken the house. The Bears targeted Toliver on the very next play, throwing another go route, though it too was uncatchable.

Giants tight ends CJ Conrad and Scott Simonson both logged drops in the contest, driving down their respective grades in limited action.


Grant Haley, Nick Gates were PFF's highest-graded Giants vs. Bears

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