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Jayron Hosley up, Larry Donnell down in Giants' loss

Jayron Hosley had one of the Giants' three interceptions on Monday. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

PHILADELPHIA -- A look at New York Giants players who were "up" and those who were "down" in Monday Night's 27-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles:

UP

Jayron Hosley: Pressed into starting cornerback duty due to the injury to Prince Amukamara, Hosley picked up one of the Giants' three interceptions and held up well in coverage. A player who was nearly cut in camp last year and was benched for the final month of 2014 for performance reasons, Hosley has blossomed a bit under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who identified him as better suited to play on the outside and has worked to develop his strengths.

Odell Beckham Jr.: Just for the fact that he was able to play after missing a week of practice with a hamstring injury. And he did catch the game's first touchdown, way back when the Giants were moving the ball at will and looked as though they might dominate the game. But no catches and just one target in the second half... kind of tough to explain since they were trailing.

DOWN

Larry Donnell: The Giants' tight end does seem to be a calamity with the ball in his hands, and this game turned when he had a completion ripped out of his hands by Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans while the Giants appeared to be marching toward a 14-0 first-quarter lead. It went into the books as an Eli Manning interception, since Donnell and Ryans caught the ball at the same time, but in the postgame news conference, Giants coach Tom Coughlin referred to it as "Larry's fumble," which tells you what he thought of it.

Damontre Moore: During the drive that resulted from "Larry's fumble," Moore handed the Eagles a free first down with a terrible roughing-the-passer penalty. It's the sort of mistake for which Moore has become known during his still-young NFL career, and it's the kind of thing that keeps him from seeing the field more. Moore owned up, as he always does, saying, "I've got to get my football IQ awareness up. There's no excuse. I take full responsibility." But eventually he's got to stop with the stupid mistakes.

Ereck Flowers: The Giants' offensive line had a miserable game in pass protection, as Manning was sacked three times in this game after being sacked only four times total in the first five. Left tackle Flowers and right tackle Marshall Newhouse especially struggled against the Eagles' tough front, which prevented the Giants' offense from taking advantage of Sam Bradford's interceptions.