Giants tab rookie QB Tommy DeVito to start vs. Cowboys

League: NFL

Posted on: 08 Nov, 2023 at 09:58 PM

Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants undrafted rookie quarterback Tommy DeVito will start Sunday's road game against the Dallas Cowboys, coach Brian Daboll announced Wednesday.

Daboll also said outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari will be designated to return from injured reserve, thereby opening his 21-day practice window. Ojulari was placed on IR on Oct. 15 due to an ailing ankle.

DeVito, 25, is getting the nod after Daniel Jones tore the ACL in his right knee on the final play of the first quarter in Sunday's 30-6 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Jones is out for the rest of the season, and Daboll said a surgery date has not yet been determined.

DeVito replaced Jones but threw two interceptions in his first three pass attempts before finishing with 175 yards and a touchdown.

Matt Barkley will serve as the backup quarterback for the Giants (2-7) in their game against the Cowboys (5-3). Daboll was asked why he is going with DeVito rather than Barkley, a veteran who has appeared in 19 games since being drafted by Philadelphia in the fourth round in 2013.

"He has picked up our stuff so we're going to go with DeVito here," Daboll said. "Barks only been here for a week. There's obviously nuances and things that he's learning but he'll be ready to go to back him up."

The Giants have also signed veteran quarterback Jacob Eason to the practice squad.

Ojulari, 23, had two tackles in three games (all starts) this season.

He has totaled 65 tackles, 13.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in 27 career games (21 starts) since being selected by New York in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

--Field Level Media