Buster Skrine: D+
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning knew he was going to have a big day when looking at his matchup. He chose to not just pick on Buster Skrine but the entire Cleveland Browns secondary in this one.
Skrine had a rough go of it in this one but did show continued heart and determination. That counts for something.
He nearly picked off an Eli Manning fade for Reuben Randle in the near-corner of the end zone. Randle had to take on the role of defensive back because of Skrine’s excellent position on the play.
Dimitri Patterson: D-
Dimitri Patterson was getting beat like he stole something by Victor Cruz prior to leaving the game with an ankle injury. On one New York Giants touchdown, he was lined up covering Cruz in the slot when Cruz leaked towards the back-corner of the end zone.
Patterson didn’t think it’d be a good idea to cover him and bit on the play-fake. Cruz scored uncontested.
It was another rough game for Patterson and now that he’s slowed by an ankle injury things could get even worse for the Browns secondary.
Sheldon Brown: C-
Sheldon Brown was benefit by Eli Manning’s choice to assault Buster Skrine and Dimitri Patterson. If and when he chose to go at Brown he didn’t have much of a hard-time executing.
Brown pass interfered with a Manning pass for Victor Cruz and then stripped the ball out. It popped up and landed in Usama Young’s hands for a Browns’ interception.
Trevin Wade: F
Like Dimitri Patterson, Trevin Wade—who replaced him in the fourth quarter, was beat deep for a Victor Cruz touchdown. It’s hard to blame the rookie Wade more than Patterson but he’s got to be better than that when employed into action.
Usama Young: B
Cleveland Browns’ safety Usama Young tied a career high with 10 tackles and also returned an interception to the New York Giants
It was Young’s first interception since September 18, 2011 against the Indianapolis Colts.
Overall he played a good game and was clearly the most aggressive player on the Browns’ defense. When your free safety is making all of the plays, there’s something wrong with your front seven, though.
T.J. Ward: C
For a second consecutive game T.J. Ward was limited to a sub-par performance.
In the first quarter, he stepped up to take on Ahmad Bradshaw and whiffed bad as Bradshaw sidestepped him and took the ball inside the Browns’ 10-yard line.