Giants rookie G Will Hernandez was named the Pro Football Focus Offensive Rookie of the Month after a great first month.
Hernandez was the highest-ranked rookie offensive lineman in the NFL, that includes 49ers Mike McGlinchey, Vikings Brian O'Neill, and Cowboys Connor Williams.
Giants GM Dave Gettleman said the team gave Hernandez a first-round grade, and it looks to be paying dividends. This week, his matchup will be DT Kawaan Short, who also happens to be a draft product of Gettleman during his in Carolina.
"He's a big, strong guy, he moves well laterally, he's very well aware of what's going on in the backfield," Hernandez told The Post's Paul Schwartz, "so we're going to have to come out and unleash."
Short and the rest of the Panthers' defensive line likes to shift around, and run stunts to get the opposing line off their guard. The Giants obviously had problems with stunts in Week 2 when the Cowboys waltzed their way to Eli Manning.
Hernandez knows that was a problem a couple weeks ago, but he will continue to trust his skills to counteract the attack.
"It's all about trusting your technique and trusting the guy next to you," he said. "Nate [Solder] has helped me out a lot since I've been here, and I feel like we've really been starting to click with that to where it's almost second nature. I know as soon as Nate sees it or I see it, we're going to get it communicated and get it executed."
Head coach Pat Shurmur has given his young lineman praise, but know there are still mistakes that need to be corrected. Hernandez was thrown into the fire, so to speak, as he was drafted a starter without any real competition.
More reps and continued practice will help eliminate those mistakes. But it has been more positive than negative for No. 71.
"Some people say you need 5,000 snaps before you get into it," Shurmur said. "He didn't have the benefit of that. He's getting better. I think [last week vs. the Saints] was his best game. Still has his mistakes, but I think all in all, it was his best game, which is good, so we hope it just continues to go like it is."