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Jaguars 32, Giants 31: Preseason Game 1 Reaction

Aug 10, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin takes notes on the sideline during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 10, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin takes notes on the sideline during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Here at Big Blue View a 'Kudos & Wet Willies' summary normally follows New York Giants' games, detailing who played well and who did not.Our 'K&WW' feature will, however, have to wait at least one more week.

Truth is, very few players for the Giants fit into the 'Kudos' or the 'Wet Willies' categories. An argument can be made that a great majority of the Giants should get 'Kwillies' for their work in Friday's 32-31 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Rather than hand out about 20 'Kwillies,' for players who actually helped both teams, we will review the game in a different fashion.

[SB Nation New York: First Impressions]


-- First-round pick David Wilson is one of those guys from whom there was good and bad. A 26-yard run and a 48-yard kickoff return on the positive side. A handful of negative runs, a blown play where he went the wrong way and a missed blocking assignment that ended with quarterback David Carr taking a big hit on the negative side.

-- Reuben Randle made a beautiful leaping catch for a touchdown on a fade from Ryan Perrilloux.

-- Jayron Hosley had a nice punt return and a sack off a blitz from the slot. He also, however, muffed a punt and had a silly offsides penalty on a kickoff.

-- Adrien Robinson really didn't do much. The rookie tight end is a work in progress.

-- Linemen Brandon Mosley and Matt McCants struggled, typical of backup linemen in preseason games. Mosley is playing all over the place, everywhere but center it seems. Personally, I would like to see the Giants let the young man settle into one position.

-- Markus Kuhn batted down a pass, showing his strength by pushing his way into the backfield.

-- Undrafted safety Will Hill made four tackles, showing the ability to be a downhill force from the 'in the box' safety position the Giants like to utilize rather than a third linebacker.


-- Good night for Mark Herzlich, who continued his solid play from training camp into the preseason game. Herzlich is an excellent run stopper from the middle linebacker spot, and showed the ability to get into pass coverage.

-- Adrian Tracy was outstanding as a pass rusher. He had two tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. It makes me wonder why the Giants ever tried to convert him from defensive end to linebacker in the first place.

-- Dwayne Hendricks might not really be an afterthought following his three-tackle, two-sack effort on Friday. He was a force in the middle.

-- Isaiah Stanback made a one-handed grab for a touchdown on a fade from David Carr. That's the kind of play that will earn him more opportunities in the next three preseason games.

-- The punt return job is there for Jerrel Jernigan to win. All he has to do is catch the ball. Friday night he couldn't do that.

-- Prince Amukamara got burned early in the game, but forced a fumble later. Not a good start, but let's remember that this is really Amukamara's first training camp. He is a work in progress, but he has talent and he should get better.


-- Impressive work from both Carr and Perrilloux. Carr went 6-for-10 for 48 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 13-yard scramble. Mostly, he looked comfortable. Perrilloux, who can be scatter-armed, was on target Friday night. He went 6-for-7 with a touchdown. Despite some horrific blocking and blown assignments around him Perrilloux looked confident and composed.


-- Some good signs from the running game. The Giants weren't perfect with it, but they averaged 4.8 yards per carry on the night and they pounded in one touchdown on the ground.

-- Speaking of the running game, DJ Ware's hard running (5 carries, 30 yards, 1 touchdown) and pass protection is why he will be important to this team.

-- Good debut from tight end Martellus Bennett. He had 3 catches for 27 yards and a touchdown, and also appeared to do a good job blocking in the run game.

-- Yes, the replacement officials were not good. Was I the only one, however, who was annoyed by play-by-play man Paul Dottino and analyst Carl Banks constantly picking on them, even laughing at them at times? Dottino should have remembered that he too was a substitute on Friday, filling in for Bab Papa, and he was far from perfect. There were plenty of miscues by Dottino -- starting a promo at the wrong time, missing a fumble, assuming a first down when the Giants came up short. Dottino and Banks were right that the officials were confused at times, but they were unnecessarily vicious from my vantage point.