Sports is emotional, played with passion and sometimes teams need to look internally for inspiration. Micah McFadden and Jason Pinnock are the only two players on this Giants defense that have continued to open eyes with thier play through the 1st three weeks of the season. This Safety and Linebacker combination also share some additional connections off the the field.
McFadden who we interviewed on Giants Rush over the summer is a good football player who has a history of being overlooked and underappreciated at many levels. If you listen to the interview, McFadden tells a story about how he wasn’t heavily recruited coming out of High School in Florida. He had a total of six opportunities: Toledo, Boston College, Indiana, UMass, Southern Miss, and South Dakota. When he went for his official visit with Boston College, the coach told him not to come because they had 4 linebackers committed and he no longer had a spot for him.
Micah McFadden is currently starting for the New York Giants and is ranked 20th in the league in tackles. He is also tied for 2nd with tackles for loss (TFL) with five (After 3 games).
Pinnock is an East Coast kid who played WR & CB for his high school in Connecticut. He had good speed at 4.4 and a crazy 39.5 vertical. He de-committed from Boston College and committed to Pittsburgh with an opportunity to play on scholarship. He was drafted by the New York Jets in 2021 to play corner, however, he was forced to switch to safety with a rash of Jet injuries.
Pinnock is a hustler, and despite the fact he had only played safety for a few weeks he never let a position change get in his way. Over the last 3 weeks of the 2021 season, Pinnock finished as the fourth-highest-graded safety. Eight months later he was cut.
Jason Pinnock is currently starting for the New York Giants and is ranked right behind McFadden with 23 tackles and 3 tackles for a loss (TFL). He had 13 tackles against Arizona. (After 3 games).
|5th Round Pick||5th Round Pick|
|East Coast||East Coast|
|Recruited by Boston College||Committed to Boston College (de-committed) to Pitt|
|Played at Indiana||Dad played at Indiana|
|Replacing former NY Giants Captain||Replacing former NY Giants Captain|