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Giants' draft picks have quiet debut vs. Cowboys | Rookie report

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Posted September 12, 2017 at 04:13 PM | Updated September 12, 2017 at 04:20 PM

By Dan Duggan | NJ Advance Media for

With an experienced roster, the Giants don’t figure to count on their rookies much this season. The opener provided a glimpse of what could be to come, as the rookie class didn’t make much of an impact.

TE Evan Engram

NFL: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

The seam-busting speed that had been advertised was missing on Sunday night. Quarterback Eli Manning didn’t target Engram on a single deep ball, instead hitting the first-round pick on three dump-offs before finally connecting for a 31-yard gain on an out route in the fourth quarter. Engram finished with four catches for 44 yards and failed to make the big impact some expected with star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. sidelined by an ankle injury. 

Matthew Emmons | USA TODAY Sports

DT Dalvin Tomlinson

No one seems to be missing Johnathan Hankins after Tomlinson’s debut. The second-round pick got the start at defensive tackle and performed well. Tomlinson had four tackles and was part of a run defense that limited Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott to a respectable 4.3 yards per carry.

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