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Giants-Patriots “Kudos & Wet Willies” review

It’s time for our traditional post-game review

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Alright, New York Giants fans. Let’s hand out our final “Kudos & Wet Willies” of the preseason following Thursday’s 17-12 loss by the Giants to the New England Patriots.

Kudos to ...

Donte Deayon — Two interceptions, four passes defensed, three tackles. Yeah, he earned himself a roster spot.

Chris Lewis-Harris — Same with Lewis-Harris. If he wasn’t secure in making the roster before Thursday, he should be now. No splash plays, but he was solid all night. His coverage was good, his open-field tackling was solid. That’s what you want from a reserve cornerback.

Jhurell Pressley — Signed by the Giants mostly just to help get them through the final two preseason games when injuries hit the running back position, Pressley has seized the opportunity. He had 7 carries for 40 yards (5.7 yards per carry) Thursday and caught all 3 passes thrown to him. Could he emerge with a surprising spot on the practice squad?

Robert Thomas — Had a sack, a quarterback hit and 3 tackles. Thomas polished off a nice season that should see him make the 53-man roster by having a nice game.

James Bettcher — Just because it was fun to see the defensive coordinator go all sorts of ballistic after New England quarterback Danny Etling ran 86 yards for a touchdown on a bootleg.

Amba Etta-Tawo — After an excellent spring and solid beginning to training camp, the young wide receiver had been quiet in the preseason. Thursday, he took a short pass from Kyle Lauletta 41 yards for a touchdown. Perhaps that secured him a spot on the practice squad.

Wet Willies to ...

Marshall Koehn — Missed another extra point Thursday. That was his second miss of the preseason. He won’t make the team, and kicking like that won’t find much interest from the other 31 teams.

Preseason replay challenges — Pat Shurmur and Bill Belichick each challenged calls during the game. Booooooooooooooooo!!! C’mon, guys. The idea was to get the game over with, not stretch it out.

Helmet rule — The Giants were penalized three times, at least two on calls that looked completely ridiculous. A flummoxed Shurmur said after the game “Some of the plays now, we’re getting flags that if those aren’t part of the game, I don’t know if we have a game.”

Kwillies to ...

Kyle Lauletta — Thursday was a great opportunity for Lauletta to get some much-needed extended playing time. Unfortunately, he didn’t do a lot with it. While Shurmur believed his night was better than his 8-of-19, 1 touchdown, 2 interception stat line indicated there were some missed opportunities.