Sep 18, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants tight end Daniel Bellinger (82) celebrates his touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Absolutely no one could have predicted that the NY Giants would be 5-1 through their first six games. This team is different than any Giants team we’ve seen in the last five to six years. With the 24-20 win vs. Baltimore, Big Blue has matched or passed their win totals from 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021.
With the Cowboys loss to the Eagles on Sunday Night Football, the Giants took sole possession of second place in the NFC East. Certain big-name players like Saquon Barkley, Dexter Lawrence, and Andrew Thomas are leaders on the team who let their play speak for them. They’re critical pieces to the NY Giants success through six weeks.
You can’t forget about the players whose names may not be as familiar like Barkley, but the team wouldn’t be the same without them. With that being said, here are four underrated NY Giants who continue to help the team wins games from behind.
4. TE Daniel Bellinger
Rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger has been a breath of fresh air for Giants fans after having to watch Evan Engram for five seasons. Bellinger is a dual-threat TE who can run block and catch passes at a high level. He’s played in all six games this season and started five of those six. On Sunday, Bellinger played in 94 percent of the Giants offensive snaps due to backup Tanner Hudson coming back from an illness.
Through six games the rookie has two receiving scores and one rushing touchdown. Late in the fourth quarter, Bellinger caught an eight-yard pass from Daniel Jones for a touchdown. This cut Baltimore’s lead to three and the Giants would get their first interception of the year on the very next drive. Bellinger has been one of Jones’ top targets so far this season. He’s third in receptions and fourth in receiving yards on the team.
The Giants have been using a lot of two TE sets as they are thin at receiver. Luckily, the team did get back rookie WR Wan’Dale Robinson who caught his first NFL touchdown in the team’s win vs the Ravens.
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