On Monday, Pro Football Focus ended their week-long release of the Top 101 Players of 2012. No. 1 overall? Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watts. However, three members of the New York Giants also made the list. Two of them you would suspect. The other? Probably not so much.
Quarterback, Eli Manning – #90
While Eli was unable to replicate his marvelous 2011, let’s not pretend he didn’t play extremely well for most of the season. While some performances disappointed (notably against Pittsburgh and Atlanta) Manning was able to almost carry his struggling Giants into the playoffs with his usual array of clutch throws.
Key Stat: Completion percentage under pressure dropped to 47.9 percent in 2012, after it was 55.6 percent a year earlier.
Tackle, Will Beatty – #85
Injury meant Beatty didn’t start the season as the Giants’ left tackle. Whether injuries handed him his starting job back, or it was the Giants’ plan all along, the former second-round pick didn’t take much time showing everyone what he was capable of. A fine pass protector, Beatty is one of those left tackles who can actually generate some movement in the run game as well.
Key Stat: Allowed just three sacks and zero quarterback hits all season long.
Defensive End, Jason Pierre-Paul – #46
The danger was always there with how people viewed "JPP". As good as his 2011 season was the emphasis placed on his sack numbers were always going to come back to bite him. And while it’s true he didn’t have quite the same impact as he did when the Giants won it all, it shouldn’t take away from a tremendously complete season he put forward. Excellent against the run, there’s no shame in the 55 QB disruptions he managed.
Key Stat: His 30 defensive stops in the run game were the third-most of any 4-3 defensive end.
What say you, Giants fans? Do you agree?
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