Corridor of Famer Kurt Warner is broadly considered the best undrafted free agent in NFL historical past and, thus, is aware of a factor or two about what New York Giants rookie quarterback Tommy DeVito is experiencing this fall.
“There are plenty of guys who get right here [to the NFL] and don’t have the alternatives however they know the right way to play soccer,” Warner stated about DeVito whereas talking with Tom Rock of Newsday. “It’s cool while you see them get alternatives and stand up.”
Warner known as the “Monday Evening Soccer” recreation between the Giants and Inexperienced Bay Packers from the Westwood One Sports activities radio sales space and watched as DeVito completed 17-of-21 passes for 158 yards with one landing and no interceptions within the come-from-behind 24-22 victory over Inexperienced Bay.
“He battled and made performs,” Warner stated in regards to the 25-year-old who additionally rushed for 71 yards on 10 carries. “I feel what turns into such an enormous a part of this enterprise whilst you study to play the place is do guys rally round you and do you make performs within the second. That’s actually what it was [on Monday]. It wasn’t essentially stunning throughout the board in each side however after they wanted him to make performs, whether or not it was a scramble to arrange the landing or extra importantly the final drive, he stepped up and made performs for them.”
Michael Eisen of the Giants’ web site identified that DeVito linked on four-of-four passes for 53 yards on the sport’s last drive that ended with Randy Bullock changing a walk-off 37-yard subject aim. The undrafted first-year professional is now 3-1 as a starter and has notched three consecutive victories for the 5-8 Giants heading into this Sunday’s recreation on the 6-7 New Orleans Saints.
Some excited followers seemingly can not help however marvel if DeVito could possibly be a long-term substitute for Week 1 starter Daniel Jones after Jones suffered a season-ending torn ACL on Nov. 5. Warner prompt such people ought to pump the brakes earlier than they anoint DeVito as a franchise savior.
“For me, I feel you at all times should have no less than a full season,” Warner defined. “Something wanting a full season it’s going to be, ‘OK, we have to see just a little bit extra.’ That’s how I at all times gauge it.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, the ESPN Football Power Index gave the DeVito-led Giants solely a 0.4% probability to make the playoffs. A New York win at Caesars Superdome this Sunday might make the Christmas Day recreation between the Giants and a Philadelphia Eagles (10-3) aspect that is no longer atop the NFC East standings fairly the fascinating matchup for a number of causes.