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'Kudos & Wet Willies' review of Giants-Bills preseason opener

Which Giants impressed, and which did not, during Sunday's first preseason game.

Ryan Nassib delivers a pass
Ryan Nassib delivers a pass
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Yes, it is that time. The first preseason game of 2014 is in the books, a 17-13 victory by the New York Giants over the Buffalo Bills. That means it is time for the first 'Kudos & Wet Willies' of the new season. So, let's get started.


Michael Strahan -- I would be remiss if I didn't start here. Strahan, of course, was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, when he also delivered a brilliant speech [Complete Coverage]. Sunday night, Strahan got to deliver a little pre-game on-field pep talk to the Giants. Congratulations again to one of the greatest Giants of all time.

Andre Williams -- What a terrific debut for the fourth-round pick from Boston College. He runs decisively and has more burst than anyone thought. Williams carried seven times for 48 yards, including five times for 37 yards during a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive.

Prince Amukamara -- Sunday night might have been a sign of things to come. With Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the opposite side, the Bills targeted Amukamara. Three times they went deep vs. Amukamara, and three times he was perfectly positioned and equal to the challenge. That is a good sign.

Henry Hynoski -- As impressive as Williams was during that 12-play scoring drive, Hynoski was just as impressive. He was the lead blocker on each of Williams' runs, and the Hynocerous went 5-for-5 in executing his blocks. John Conner also had his moments, including a 7-yard run, but Hynoski has clearly taken the lead in the fullback competition.

Damontre Moore -- 'Damonster' came up with a sack, something he never did last season. He also continued to impress by showing some maturity after the game.

Zack Bowman -- Had an interception and did not give up a reception in three targets. Was called for pass interference, but that was a phantom call on which the receiver simply fell down.

Jay Bromley -- The common perception with the third-round pick is that he is a raw project who might not offer the Giants much in the early going. Bromley was impressive Sunday, however, with two tackles, two quarterback pressures and a +2.2 Pro Football Focus grade in 20 snaps.

Unheralded Wide Receivers -- There are three who deserve 'Kudos,' and I am going to lump them together. 'Soup' was on as Marcus Harris had four catches for 49 yards. Preston Parker had his only catch nullified by penalty, but Parker was used on kickoff and punt returns. He averaged 11 yards on three punt returns, including a 15-yarder. The kick return duty is always an indicator with Tom Coughlin that a player has a serious chance of making the roster. Corey Washington had only one ball thrown to him and made the most of it. He used his 6-foot-4 frame to wrestle a deep ball away from a Buffalo cornerback and take it in for a 73-yard score. That is how you announce yourself.

Ryan Nassib -- The second-year quarterback ended his night 7-of-12 for 139 yards and the touchdown throw to Washington. He did have one interception erased by a roughing the passer penalty (thank you, John Jerry for getting completely run over in pass protection) but he looked comfortable and in control all night. Nassib appears on his way to securing the No. 2 quarterback job.

Brandon McManus -- Nailed a 47-yard field goal and drove at least one kickoff out of the back of the end zone. McManus continues to challenge Josh Brown for the placekicking job.

Wet Willies

Jayron Hosley -- This one was easy. Hosley was awful Sunday night. He surrendered a touchdown pass, had two pas interference penalties (only one accepted), gave up five completions in six targets and had a passer rating against of 125.0. Hosley, of course, will be suspended for the first four games of the season. The Giants appear to have a plethora of better options at corner, anyway.


Cooper Taylor -- Yikes! Taylor basically whiffed while 'protecting' the edge on a punt. That caused a punt block. He did have an interception off a deflection and made eight tackles (four solo), but you have to do better in punt protection.

Final Thoughts

Some good, some bad from the offensive line. Lots of blaming of Geoff Schwartz on the sack/fumble by Eli Manning, but that is misguided. Eli felt pressure from the outside on that play and more or less ran himself into the player Schwartz was trying to block. Brandon Mosley did OK in 27 snaps at right guard. Jerry did not impress, getting run over on the pass play mentioned previously and earning a -3.4 PFF grade in run-blocking.

On the defensive side, not much from Jason Pierre-Paul, who had only one pass defensed in 16 snaps. Undrafted free agent linebacker Dan Fox is a guy some think has a shot at the roster, but if he is going to make it he has to play the run better. Fox gets pushed around too easily in run support and ended up Sunday with a -1.9 PFF grade vs. the run.

Overall, a win, some positive signs and a place to begin building from.

Your thoughts, Giants fans?