COMMENTARY | It wasn't easy finding silver linings in the New York Giants' 24-21 overtime loss to the New York Jets on Saturday, Aug. 24 at MetLife Stadium. Big Blue failed to score in the red zone -- what's new? -- and were a brutal 3-for-18 on third downs in a sloppy performance.
But there were a few players who stood out for the right reasons, and here they are:
CB Prince Amukamara -- Amukamara is having the best preseason of any defensive back on the team. In his latest highlight, the former first-round pick took a ball away from receiver Ryan Spadola for an interception late in the first quarter. Jayron Hosley went down with an ankle injury, so the Giants need Amukamara more than ever. Entering his third year, Amukamara is poised for a breakout season.
WR Jerrel Jernigan -- Jernigan played the role of Victor Cruz, who is nursing a heel injury. He was targeted 15 times and finished with a team-leading five catches for 66 yards. He won't see that type of playing time during the regular season, but the speedy Jernigan could be a valuable fourth receiver.
DT Marvin Austin -- There was an Austin sighting at MetLife on Saturday! After being nearly invisible for the first two games of the preseason, the 2011 second-round pick sacked Mark Sanchez and knocked him out of the game with another hit in the second half. Austin is on the roster bubble since the Giants have depth at defensive tackle, so he needs another strong game next week.
LB Mark Herzlich -- Herzlich is determined to start at middle linebacker. One week after his main competition for the job, Dan Connor, had a strong game, Herzlich responded with a team-high six tackles, one sack -- he pressured Geno Smith into stepping out of the back of the end zone -- and recovered a fumble. At the very least, Herzlich gives the Jints needed depth at the position.
CB Terrell Thomas -- Thomas, who missed the previous two seasons with ACL injuries, saw his first game action in two years and held his own. He played 22 snaps and was in on three tackles. With injuries mounting in the secondary, it's imperative for Thomas to make it through the preseason. Remember, he led the team in tackles and passes defended in 2010.
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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