On Wednesday, New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll revealed that rookie quarterback Tommy DeVito, who has stepped in for injured quarterbacks in the past two games, will be making his inaugural start against the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday. Veteran quarterback Matt Barkley, signed to the practice squad, is set to be the backup for DeVito.
This marks a significant moment as DeVito becomes the 10th rookie quarterback to start in the NFL this season, breaking a single-season record. While some rookies like Bryce Young of the Carolina Panthers and C.J. Stroud of the Houston Texans were expected to start immediately after being drafted, injuries to seasoned players have led to opportunities for others.
Injuries have played a notable role this season, with rookies like Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Tyson Bagent, and Will Levis stepping in for injured veterans on teams like the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, and Tennessee Titans, respectively.
Other rookies who have had starting roles this season include Aidan O’Connell of the Las Vegas Raiders, Clayton Tune of the Arizona Cardinals, and Jaren Hall of the Minnesota Vikings.
DeVito, a New Jersey native who played high school football at Don Bosco Prep near MetLife Stadium, is taking the reins from the injured Daniel Jones. In his recent appearance against the Raiders, DeVito showcased his skills with a 15-of-20 completion rate, 175 yards, and a touchdown pass to Wan’Dale Robinson.
Facing the Dallas Cowboys on the road presents DeVito with his most challenging task to date, and all eyes will be on the rookie quarterback as he leads the Giants into this crucial matchup.