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Giants LB B.J. Goodson is ironman in 1st career start | Snap count analysis

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Giants linebacker B.J. Goodson played 13 defensive snaps last season as a rookie. He topped that total by the midpoint of the first quarter of Sunday night’s 19-3 loss to the Cowboys.

Making his first career start, Goodson was over the field – and rarely came off of it. The 2016 fourth-round pick played 73-of-74 defensive snaps and finished with 18 tackles (14 solo). Goodson also played 9-of-24 special teams snaps.

Goodson’s playing time could dip when linebacker Keenan Robinson returns from a concussion. But Goodson was such a play-making presence on Sunday that he may maintain a role in sub packages even when Robinson is back in the lineup.

Here are some additional takeaways from Sunday’s snap counts:

*The Giants didn’t ease first-round pick Evan Engram into his debut. Engram played 48-of-56 snaps. Rhett Ellison logged 19 snaps, while third tight end Jerell Adams played just two snaps.

After playing almost exclusively in three-receiver sets last season, the Giants mixed up their personnel groupings on Sunday. Three-receiver sets still dominated (72 percent), but the Giants mixed in two-tight end groupings on the rest of the snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.

Engram’s playing time didn’t yield big results, as he finished with four catches for 44 yards. He broke free for a 31-yard gain in the fourth quarter, but was otherwise held in check.

Studs and duds

*Shane Vereen led the running backs with 31 snaps, but that total is inflated by the nine plays on the Giants’ final desperation drive. Paul Perkins started and played 17 snaps, managing just 16 yards on seven carries. Orleans Darkwa had three carries for 14 yards, but his playing time was typically limited (eight snaps) despite production. Fullback Shane Smith played eight snaps.

*Second-round pick Dalvin Tomlinson started at defensive

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