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Jets, 28, Giants 18: Giants' players react to Saturday's defeat

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We know what the fans thought of Saturday's effort by the Giants. What did the players think?

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Let's look at what some key members of the New York Giants were saying after Saturday's 28-18 preseason loss to the New York Jets.

Eli Manning did not have much to say about the Pick 6 he threw to Antonio Cromartie ...

"Cromartie made a play and we will learn from it."

Manning on the 85-yard scoring drive ...

"We just made some plays. Thought we got it in third and manageable situations. Had a couple of nice third-down conversions, some short passes that went a long way. When it came on a little live route, worked some tackles, had a good run with Rashad. Had completions and so that's just the way it's supposed to be done."

Manning on other missed opportunities ...

"I thought we were close on a couple other series. Obviously we had some sacks, had some penalties that hurt us. We overcame some of them but it's just in that world. I thought we were close to hitting Odell down on that right sideline there before half. Just missed him on that one. We've just got to find ways to hit those big plays. Instead of being close, we've got to connect on them."

Odell Beckham Jr. on finally catching some passes this preseason ...

"It's still preseason. None of those catches count for anything really, so it doesn't really matter as much, but it's still great to be able to come out here and run routes and get open in the game and be able to catch passes. But like I said, there's still so much we need to improve on that it's kind of irrelevant."

Beckham's assessment of the 1-2 Giants ...

"I think we're on the right path— there's just a lot of corrections that need to be made. And they're small things. We'll be able to go in and watch the film and see how guys played, and the unfortunate side of this is that it's all a business. After today, there's only going to be 75 [players], and after next week, there's going to be 53. The reality of it is that not everybody who's here [now] is going to be here [for the regular season]— that's hard to deal with, but at the same time, once you find those guys who are the 53, I think you can really see who comes together and how you come together. It's kind of all hard to tell right now."

Prince Amukamara after his return from a groin injury ...

"The positive for the first half, for me, I felt good. I felt loose running around, the first time I've been out here since Week 8 of last year, with the biceps injury. Just being able to tackle and play man-to-man, I felt pretty good. A couple negatives, I missed one with Brandon Marshall and he caught a slant. I still have to work a little on my press technique. Overall, as a defense, I felt the first drive we stopped them and when you stop any team on their first drive, that's huge momentum for your team. After that, we struggled and I felt like we kept beating ourselves with leverages; when you have to stay inside, stay inside; when you have outside contain for the run, you stay outside, and we just hurt ourselves. We just have to go back to the film room and always get better and fix those things."