Tommy DeVito will do it gets his first NFL start for the New York Giants in Week 10 when they face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Giants head coach Brian Daboll made a number of announcements on Wednesday, including linebacker Azeez Ojulari being designated for return from injured reserve, Matt Barkley being signed from the practice squad to replace DeVito, cornerback Adoree’ Jackson being placed in the protocol for a concussion and right tackle Evan Neal is out “week-to-week” with an ankle injury.
Brian Daboll says the Giants will start undrafted rookie quarterback Tommy DeVito on Sunday against the Cowboys. Matt Barkley, who was named to the active roster, will assist him pic.twitter.com/TwLOPcHG1C
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DeVito gets the call to start for the 2-7 Giants after Daniel Jones suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. The 25-year-old Illinois alum went 15 of 20 for 175 yards passing with one touchdown and two interceptions after entering the game.
“I made some mistakes that I’m happy to clean up,” DeVito said after the loss in Las Vegas. “I had two turnovers that led to points and that didn’t help our defense. “Every time I step on the field I want to prove that I belong there.”
DeVito previously filled in for the Giants’ Week 8 loss to the New York Jets after Tyrod Taylor suffered a rib injury. Taylor has since been placed on injured reserve.
This will be DeVito’s first NFL start and as Josh Dubow of the Associated Press pointed this out, means 10 rookie quarterbacks have started games this season, a single-season record without reserve players. Since recording quarterback starts began in 1950, the previous high was nine in 2019.