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Jets vs. Giants Winners and Losers: Five Winners for the Jets

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Here are five Jets who had good nights in the 21-20 preseason loss to the Giants.

Muhammad Wilkerson: It is good to have the big guy back in the lineup. He made a splash from his first play, a tackle for no gain. He added three more tackles that either resulted in no gain or a loss as the total defensive effort improved markedly over the first two weeks of preseason.

Calvin Pryor: He led the Jets with 6 tackles and a sack on defense. I also think he deserves more credit for Darrelle Revis' interception than Revis. Pryor moved in on Odell Beckham Jr. and got Beckham to bail on his route rather than take a big hit. Eli Manning's pass, which might have hit Beckham in stride if the receiver was running at full speed, instead sailed to Revis. There was another instance later when Beckham seemed to shorten his route to avoid a big hit.

Rontez Miles: During the Mike Westhoff golden era of Jets special teams, there always seemed to be one standout in kick coverage whether it was Wallace Wright or Brad Smith. Miles is looking like he might be that type of impact guy with 4 special teams tackles and another play where he redirected a returner into a tackle. He also would have blocked a punt had Bruce Carter not gotten there first to block it. Heck, I think Miles can carve out a role on defense. You have to love how this guy plays.

Robby Anderson: As David mentioned, we might have seen Anderson play his way onto the team with a team-leading 4 catch night that included a touchdown. He also was open a few other times for potentially big plays where his quarterbacks missed him.

Julian Stanford: Stanford was around the ball a lot last night and had 5 tackles as a result. With David Harris' injury, the door might be open for an extra inside linebacker. Stanford made a case for himself in this game.