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NFL Preseason, Week 2: Giants vs. Browns Game Recap

The New York Giants had their ups and downs throughout this game. There were many inconsistencies on both sides of the ball, but I do have to say this receiving core is looking very promising.

1st Quarter

  • Giants struggled early on setting the edge.
  • Mike Glennon was slightly inconsistent during the first drive going 1 for 3, and incompleted the final two passes that set up a punt.
  • The Giants' defense struggled on the Browns' next drive. They allowed the Browns to get 6 first downs, and on a 4th & 7 in the red zone, the Browns scored the first touchdown of the game.
  • The Giants' defense played fairly well in the red zone with a pass in the end zone knocked away, and a sack from Oshane Ximines.
  • The Giants responded with an 11-play touchdown drive, tieing the game at 7. The offensive line did a nice job creating space for Booker to charge through for the score.

2nd Quarter

  • On a 3rd & 12, Carter Coughlin was called for pass interference against Browns' tight end J.Franks, setting up the first down.
  • Case Keenum throws an INT to Quincy Wilson in the NYG endzone, who returns it to the Giants' 15-yard line.
  • On the next drive, the Giants' gained 9 yards and were left with a 4th & 1. They elected to punt from their own 24, and there were very few signs that they considered going for it.
  • On a 3rd & 5, the Giants' Carter Coughlin sacked Case Keenum for a loss of 9 yards.
  • During the next series, the Giants converted a third-down only to be pulled back on the next play by a holding call. They couldn't convert and were then forced to punt.

3rd Quarter

  • On the Browns' opening drive, the Giants only allowed one 1st-down conversion, right after the first play, and then held them off for the rest of the series.
  • Giant's first drive in the third quarter was incredibly inconsistent. They only gained four yards before having to punt.
  • On the next drive, the Giants allow the Browns to march down the field for a touchdown. Excluding the one touchdown play of 5 yards, the average gain per play for the Browns was 17 yards (in the span of 3 plays).
  • Corey Clement had a nice rush of 13- yards, but due to a false start, the Giants were set back, and once again, couldn't convert.
  • Brown's QB, Kyle Lauletta, was sacked by defensive linemen Austin Johnson and John Johnson for a massive loss of 10 and set up 4th & 16.

4th Quarter

  • Wide Receiver, Matt Cole, was slotted in as a cornerback. It's always a good sign when coaches are noticing versatility in players, and trying them out in new positions.
  • C.J. Board, who has shown promise on special teams, fumbled the ball during a fair catch but recovered before anyone else could get to it.
  • A holding call against the Browns, and immediately followed by a neutral-zone infraction, once against from Cleveland, helps to set up the Giants' offense inside the 10.
  • David Sills V makes a highly contested catch for the touchdown.
  • Two penalties against the Browns give the Giants field position from the half-yard line. After a failed 2-point attempt, the Giants get a re-try, but cannot score.
  • During the final two minutes, the Giants started their drive with an offensive pass interference against Sills. This was the same way in which the lousy two-minute drill was started during practice.
  • The Giants failed to score a touchdown with Lewerke throwing an interception on the final play.

Final: Giants- 13   Browns- 17

Injuries

  • Tight End, Rysen John, carted off the field within the final two minutes with an apparent right ankle injury.

Standout Players

  • David Sills- Sills had another impressive game with 3 catches for 31 yards, and 1 touchdown.
  • Rysen John- Before getting injured, John had 3 targets with just as many receptions for 58 yards. He came in clutch with all of his receptions and had a long of 29-yards.
  • Rodarius Williams and Devante Downs- I put these two players together because they both stood out for very similar reasons. Both had 7 total tackles and had multiple solo tackles.
  • Oshane Ximines- Oshane started a little rocky when trying to set the edge, but he redeemed himself with constant pressure on the Quarterback throughout the rest of his playing time. He recorded 2 total tackles, but also had 1 sack and 3 QB hits.
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Sadie Frank is a high school writer from northern New Jersey. On top of writing for Jersey Sporting News, Sadie has her own football podcast, The Football Buzz. The Football Buzz podcast covers all teams and players in the league. You can find The Football Buzz on Spotify, Anchor, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Pocket Casts, and RadioPublic.