COMMENTARY | The New York Giants suffered two losses on Thursday, August 29.
They were defeated 28-20 by the New England Patriots in the final game of the preseason, and they lost co-starting running back Andre Brown to a broken leg. Brown, who rushed for 385 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns in 2012, could miss most or all of the upcoming season.
Understandably, Brown's injury overshadowed everything else that happened in the game, including a crisp touchdown drive engineered by Eli Manning in the first quarter. But there were a few individual performances worth noting from Thursday.
Here are five of them:
RB David Wilson -- With Brown out indefinitely, it looks like Wilson is going to carry the load. And that's not a bad thing. Against the Pats, Wilson toted the ball six times for 37 yards, most of them coming on New York's 91-yard touchdown drive in the first quarter. Best of all, he ran hard and decisively. By the way, if you haven't held your fantasy football draft yet, bump Wilson up a few notches.
LB Mark Herzlich -- Herzlich made a closing argument for the starting middle linebacker job with a team-leading four solo tackles, four assists and an interception off a deflected pass. Dan Connor may still get the nod at middle linebacker, but Herzlich had a strong preseason and showed that he's capable of handling the job, too. One way or another, Herzlich is going to be a key part of the defense.
DT Mike Patterson -- The Giants fired up their pass rush with five sacks against New England. Patterson had 1.5 sacks and a couple of quarterback hits for good measure, possibly locking up a spot for himself on the 53-man roster. It was important for Patterson to keep pace with Marvin Austin, who played well in the final two preseason games and is competing for a roster spot, too.
K Josh Brown -- Brown kicked a pair of field goals, his longest from 48 yards away, and finished the preseason 13-of-15 on field goal attempts. Furthermore, he booted four 3-pointers from a distance of more than 45 yards. Based on Brown's preseason performance, I have confidence in him going forward, and a game or two this season is bound to come down to a late field goal.
TE Brandon Myers -- Myers, who had a combined two catches for 25 yards in the team's first three exhibition games, had three grabs for 42 yards against the Pats. He didn't score a touchdown in the preseason, but Myers is going to be a key piece of the offense and a red-zone target in the regular season. The tight end had 79 catches for 806 yards and four TDs last season; all were career highs.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer with more than 15 years of experience covering amateur and professional sports for several print and online media outlets. He tracked the New York Giants for Yahoo Contributor Network during the team's Super Bowl run in 2011-12. Adam can be found on Twitter @Pegcitysports.
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