The New York Giants didn't submit the best performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 of the preseason. But it was good enough for a win and to see whose stock is rising and falling heading into the second preseason game.
We learned a lot in the G-Men's 18-13 win over the Steelers on Saturday night. That win, combined with reports from throughout training camp, helped determine whose stock is up and down so far.
Let's jump right in.
Known as the "Damonster," the New York Giants' third-round pick, Damontre Moore, proved why he should have been a higher draft pick in the G-Men's first preseason game.
In addition to a blocked punt, Moore was seemingly unblockable, racking up four tackles and a quarterback hit.
According to ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk, head coach Tom Coughlin was pleased with Moore's performance, saying, "Moore obviously was a problem for Pittsburgh. He keeps coming and he likes it."
With Osi Umenyiora now playing for the Atlanta Falcons and Jason Pierre-Paul questionable for Week 1, Moore could be an important piece to the Giants pass rush for the 2013 season.
Similar to David Wilson last season, Andre Brown finds himself being scolded by Coughlin after fumbling against the Steelers.
Although Brown's fumble came in the preseason and not the season opener (like Wilson's), New York's head coach still isn't happy with Brown's butter fingers on a pitch to the right against Pittsburgh on Saturday night, according to Youngmisuk.
It concerns me. It concerns Andre, too. I don't care how much and how long you play the game -- there are certain things that have to happen before you run the ball. You have to look the ball in if it is going to be a toss or pitch or pass. First, you got to catch the darn thing and cover it up before you can go on to the next objective.
Brown figures to see a decent number of carries behind Wilson at running back, but his stock is down heading into Week 2 of the preseason, especially after seeing TC's reaction.
Giants fans have been waiting for safety Tyler Sash to become more than an impact on special teams, and 2013 could be the season we see him take the next step in his career.
Sash was extremely active against the Steelers, recording four tackles (two for a loss), highlighted by a safety of Landry Jones in the third quarter of Saturday's win.
According Michael Eisen of Giants.com, Sash impressed the Giants coaching staff, and it wasn't because of his epic beard. New York is somewhat deep at safety, but if Sash continues this level of play, he could find himself in Perry Fewell's steady defensive rotation throughout the season.
Maybe it's not necessarily that David Carr's stock is falling, but rather that Curtis Painter's is rising.
According to the New York Post's Paul Schwartz, Painter has a real shot at winning the backup QB job behind Eli Manning due to his impressive play throughout the preseason. Here's what Schwartz had to say:
Painter, clearly an underdog as a newcomer to the system, picked things up fairly quickly. Then he started making a few plays in the spring. Then he made a few more plays as summer hit and training camp arrived. Then he looked pretty darn good in the preseason opener in Pittsburgh...And now, we have an honest-to-goodness battle for the right to be the No. 2 quarterback behind Eli Manning, with Painter a definite part of the discussion.
Carr also has competition in rookie Ryan Nassib and will have to battle it out with the two fellow quarterbacks through the next three preseason games to win the backup job.
Lost among Wilson and Brown, 2013 seventh-round pick Michael Cox made some noise against Pittsburgh when he rushed for a team-high 33 yards on nine carries.
The Star-Ledger's Dave Hutchinson writes that Cox fired the first shot in terms of the battle for the No. 3 running back spot behind Wilson and Brown.
Although Cox didn't receive many carries at Massachusetts, first indications against the Steelers were that he has the ability to run the ball effectively.