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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


  • 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.
Sadie Frank