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'Kudos & Wet Willies:' Giants' 2012 Season In Review

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A look back at the New York Giants' 2012 season. We grade each player who finished the season on the roster or on injured reserve in our traditional 'Kudos & Wet Willies' style.

The sun has set on the Giants' season. How would you grade each player?
The sun has set on the Giants' season. How would you grade each player?
Al Bello

I did season-ending roster power rankings earlier in the week, but our signature post around these parts is 'Kudos & Wet Willies.' Pretty much every outlet covering the New York Giants is putting together end-of-season grades, report cards and the like.

The only way to do that around here and stand out from all the other season-ending standards is to review the season, 'Kudos & Wet Willies' style. What I thought I would do is use the roster power rankings established earlier this week, go through each player and assign him the appropriate 'K&WW' designation for his work in 2012.

Some of these I will comment on. Others will just get the 2012 designation. largely, that depends on whether or not I think there is anything really worth saying.

Let's see how much of the end result you agree with.

1. Eli Manning -- This is simple. By any measure you want to apply, Manning wasn't as good in 2012 as he was in 2011, and he wasn't good enough to get the Giants back into the postseason tournament. His passing yardage dropped by almost 1,000 yards, from 4,933 to 3,948. His passer went from 92.9 to 87.2. His passing yardage per game went from 308.3 to 246.8. In 2011 he completed 85 passes of 20 yards or more, 18 of those for more than 40 yards. In 2012, only 60 completions of at least 20 yards, and only 10 for more than 40. Not all of that decline is his fault, but some of it most certainly is on him. He wasn't good enough. Wet Willie

2. Jason Pierre-Paul -- Only 6.5 sacks, but still will start in the Pro Bowl. Tremendous work against the run, but not enough impact against the pass. Kwillie

3. Victor Cruz -- His production dropped from his record-setting 1,536-yard 2011 season, but what did you expect. With no Mario Manningham and a wounded Hakeem Nicks defenses mauled him. He still caught 86 passes. Kudos

4. Ahmad Bradshaw -- 'Kudos' to his heart and productivity when he can play. A 'Wet Willie' to his feet. The end result? Kwillie

5. Antrel Rolle -- For me, he has emerged as the leader of the defense. Kudos

6. Will Beatty -- Pay the man. Kudos

7. Chris Snee -- Still a good player. Kudos

8. Chase Blackburn -- Did the best he could. Really, though, the need a middle linebacker upgrade. Kwillie

9. Linval Joseph -- Hopefully he continues to improve. Kudos

10. Hakeem Nicks -- He tried, but his knee wouldn't cooperate. Kwillie

11. Stevie Brown -- Eight interceptions in 11 starts. Kudos

12. Martellus Bennett -- Does anyone really care about losing Jake Ballard anymore? Kudos

13. Henry Hynoski -- The man can dance. And block. Kudos

14. Osi Umenyiora -- Thanks for the memories. Kwillie

15. Kevin Boothe -- I hope the Giants keep him. Kudos

16. Prince Amukamara -- Memo to Perry Fewell. THIS is your No. 1 corner. Kudos

17. David Wilson -- Ups and downs, and maybe not enough opportunities. Check out the great Wilson highlight video posted by 'Nfpdawg.' Kwillie

18. David Baas -- A much better second season with the Giants. Kudos

19. Domenik Hixon -- Nice to see him put in a mostly healthy year. Kudos

20. Justin Tuck -- You know this one already. Wet Willie

21. Lawrence Tynes -- Too many easy misses at the end. Kwillie

22. Steve Weatherford -- Kudos

23. Andre Brown -- Bummer that he got hurt. Kudos

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24. Kenny Phillips -- Good player, just not a healthy one. Kwillie

25. Michael Boley -- I don't care about the tackle numbers or any of that. Boley is not an impact player. Wet Willie

26. Chris Canty -- Kwillie

27. David Diehl -- The Giants seem likely to have a new right tackle next season. Kwillie

28. Reuben Randle -- He will be a good one. Kwillie

29. Jacquian Williams -- Is he the only real building block the Giants have at linebacker. Kwillie

30. Mathias Kiwanuka -- Invisible most of the season. Wet Willie

31. Will Hill -- Flashed a lot of promise and played well on special teams. Kudos

32. Rocky Bernard -- Played well early, got hurt, didn't do much once he returned. Kwillie

33. Corey Webster -- Do I have to explain? Wet Willie

34. Jayron Hosley -- Showed promise, but had some rookie struggles. Kwillie

35. Sean Locklear -- Did a good job at both tackle spots before being hurt. Kudos

36. Spencer Paysinger -- Good special teamer, I'm not sure what to think of him at linebacker. Kwillie

37. Keith Rivers -- Another linebacker I'm not really sure about. Kwillie

38. Bear Pascoe -- Kwillie

39. Mark Herzlich -- Thought he would take the middle linebacker job away from Blackburn, and that didn't happen. He's fine on special teams. Kwillie

40. Zak DeOssie -- Solid snapper, terrific on punt coverage. Kudos

41. Markus Kuhn -- Flashed some promise as a run-stuffer. Kudos

42. Adrian Tracy -- Never really got a full-fledged opportunity. Kwillie

43. Jerrel Jernigan -- Lost the punt return job the Giants tried to hand to him. Made little impact. Wet Willie

44. Marvin Austin -- Another wasted year. Wet Willie

45. Jim Cordle -- Kwillie

46. Justin Tryon -- Good special teams player, but didn't look so good at corner. Kwillie

47. James Brewer -- Could he be the right tackle next season? Kwillie

48. Tyler Sash -- Suspended for four games, injured part of the season and watched Will Hill and Stevie Brown pass him by. Wet Willie

49. Kregg Lumpkin -- Kwillie

50. David Carr -- No real evidence. Incomplete

51. Da'Rel Scott -- Held onto a roster spot, but that's about all. Kwillie

52. Ramses Barden -- The Giants wasted four years waiting for him. Wet Willie

53. Travis Beckum -- Ditto. Wet Willie

54. Ryan Torain -- No real evidence. Incomplete

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55. Adrien Robinson -- A red-shirt season. Incomplete

56. Selvish Capers -- Worked his way onto the 53-man roster. Kwillie

57. Adewale Ojomo -- A red-shirt season, like Robinson. Incomplete

58. Terrence Frederick -- No real evidence. Incomplete