Shane Vereen looks like a helpful player for the Giants

Shane Vereen rushed for 9 yards, but he made a solid impact in the Giants' passing game. Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Here are some highs and lows in terms of individual performances from the New York Giants' 28-18 preseason loss to the New York Jets on Saturday night:


RB Shane Vereen: Three catches for 30 yards and three carries for 9 yards from the Giants' newest running back, who figures to be a regular on third downs. If the Giants are having issues in pass protection, the ability to get the ball into Vereen's hands almost instantly after the snap will be a huge help to Eli Manning.

DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa: The rookie third-rounder entered the game for the second defensive series and made a big difference, especially against the run. Odighizuwa seems to be picking up the defense quickly and carving out a role for himself in the defensive line rotation.

TE Jerome Cunningham: Caught a fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Ryan Nassib as he continues to make his case to make the team as the third tight end over 2012 fourth-round pick Adrien Robinson


G Justin Pugh: Roughest night so far for the former right tackle in his transition to left guard. Pugh was beaten for a sack by Leger Douzable on the second offensive series and was later called for two penalties -- a false start and an illegal hands to the face.

DE Damontre Moore: It's not fair to pick on Moore, but he was the most obviously example of the extent to which the Giants' defensive ends couldn't set the edge against the run. Chris Ivory ran for 38 yards on six carries in the first half against a defensive line that didn't have injured ends Robert Ayers, George Selvie or, of course, Jason Pierre-Paul.

S Jeromy Miles: Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets went right after Miles, who was the Giants' starter Saturday night at free safety, for an 11-yard completion to Brandon Marshall and an 18-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker on consecutive plays for the first score of the game. The Giants will have Stevie Brown in for a visit Sunday as they continue to try to figure out safety.