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Giants at Patriots, "Kudos & Wet Willies" review

Who deserves praise and who does not after Thursday's Giants-Patriots game.

Geremy Davis hauls in a 40-yard reception
Geremy Davis hauls in a 40-yard reception
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The preseason is now over for the New York Giants. Let's review Thursday's performance in a 12-9 victory over the New England Patriots in our traditional "Kudos & Wet Willies" style.

Kudos to ...

Tom Coughlin -- For having the good sense to give quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. the night off.

Landon Collins -- Pass defense. Run support. In the box. Playing the deep ball. Tackling at the line of scrimmage and in the open field. The rookie safety did it all Thursday night, showing why the Giants traded up to get him. And offering a glimmer of hope that maybe the Giants won't be terrible at safety after all.

George Selvie -- Selvie did what a veteran defensive lineman should do, coming up with a pair of sacks against reserve New England linemen. Selvie missed considerable preseason time with a knee injury, but showed Thursday he can still be a contributing player.

Nikita Whitlock -- Hard to do more than Whitlock did Thursday in an effort to make the roster. Some crunching blocks at fullback. A third-and-short run for a first down. Several nice plays on special teams. Whitlock, all 5-foot-10, 250 pounds of him, even played a little bit of defensive tackle. On defense, he made a tackle and came up with the game-saving fumble recovery after Damontre Moorse stripped the ball from Patriot QB Ryan Lindley. His only blip was one special teams penalty. Now, how do you find a spot for him on the roster?

Geremy Davis -- Davis did very little wrong throughout the preseason, and that continued Thursday. He caught three passes for 65 yards, including a 40-yarder. He is also useful on special teams. With Corey Washington (shoulder) watching from the sidelines, Davis might have sewn up a roster spot.

Chris Boswell -- Subbing for Josh Brown, Boswell went 4-for-4 kicking field goals. He won't be the Giants' placekicker, but Boswell might have put himself on the radar of another kicker-needy NFL team.

Uani Unga -- Led the Giants in tackles. The guys seems to have good insticts, good closing speed for a linebacker and the ability to be a sure tackler. He needs to make the roster.

Kerry Wynn -- Two tackles, both for loss. Also a pair of quarterback hits. The Giants need impact plays from their defensive ends, and Thursday night Wynn made a few of them.

Wet Willies to ...

Ereck Flowers -- Not the rookie left tackle's best night. A facemask penalty and some less-than-stellar blocking. Flowers did not play as well in the final two preseason games as he did in the first two. The Giants have to hope that trend does not continue.

Brandon Meriweather -- Missed a tackle in run support, had a penalty on special teams and didn't look great in pass coverage. Not a great night for the veteran. Now, do the Giants have better options at safety? Or, can they find them on the waiver wire?

Kwillies to ...

Damontre Moore -- The Giants have been waiting for three seasons now to see Moore mature and become a fixture as a full-time defensive player. He flashes incredible raw talent, and at the same time a complete lack of on-field discipline. Thursday night was Exhibit A. Moore had three 15-yard penalties, two for roughing the passer and one for unnecessary roughness. There is no question he deserved all three flags. Then, he made the game-saving strip sack of Ryan Lindley in the closing seconds. It's enough to make you crazy.

Jayron Hosley -- Whatever happens with Hosley in terms of making the roster, he can't say he didn't get an opportunity. Hosley played most of the game at corner, and also returned punts in the first half. He made a bad decision on a punt that nearly resulted in a turnover, and committed a penalty on defense. He gave up a few completions, but also made a number of nice plays.

Ryan Nassib -- Some good, some bad from Nassib. He went 16-of-32 for 193 yards and made some really good throws. He also had some off-target tosses, and too many plays where he bailed out of the pocket and started moving around before he needed to.