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Instant Analysis: Browns 10, Giants 6

Posted Aug 21, 2017

 Get an instant postgame recap of the Giants' second preseason game vs. the Browns:


AT A GLANCE

The New York Giants fell to the Cleveland Browns, 10-6, on Monday night at FirstEnergy Stadium, but much of the attention shifted towards the health of Odell Beckham Jr., who left early with an ankle injury. The Giants are now 0-2 this preseason.

UP NEXT

In the middle of an 11-day stretch that includes three preseason games, the Giants return to MetLife Stadium to “host” the Jets on Saturday night. Big Blue then wraps up the preseason the following Thursday in New England. The 53-man roster will be set Sept. 2, eight days before the season opener in Dallas.

>> WATCH GIANTS VS. BROWNS HIGHLIGHTS

WHAT WE LEARNED ON OFFENSE


•             After not suiting up for the opener, quarterback Eli Manning started on Monday night in Cleveland and finished 10 of 14 for 80 yards. He was replaced just before halftime by Geno Smith, who was ahead of Josh Johnson this week in the competition to back up Manning (Johnson started the first preseason game). Smith went 11 of 17 for 79 yards tonight but threw an interception deep in Browns territory as the Giants were looking for the go-ahead touchdown late in the game.

•             Three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. left early in the second quarter with an ankle sprain after getting hit by Browns defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun. Beckham was also evaluated for a concussion but was cleared.

•             Rookie tight end Evan Engram, the Giants’ first-round pick, tied for a team-high three catches, including a 21-yarder early in the game.

•             Running back Paul Perkins finished with 10 yards on six carries, but that included a 16-yard run.

•             Rookie running back Wayne Gallman, the fourth-round pick, provided a late spark in the game, rushing for 22 yards on five carries in addition to catching two passes for another 20 yards. However, he fumbled with 7:47 left in the game, one play after the Giants recovered a fumble from the Browns, which was shortly after Smith’s interception.

WHAT WE LEARNED ON DEFENSE


•             Jason Pierre-Paul, who did not play last week against the Steelers, intercepted starting quarterback Brock Osweiler (rookie second-round draft choice DeShone Kizer relieved him after two drives) in the first quarter off a tipped pass by fellow defensive end Olivier Vernon. JPP has good memories of FirstEnergy Stadium. Last season, he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording three sacks, a forced fumble, and recovered another one for a 43-yard touchdown in a Week 12 victory in Cleveland. •             The Giants cranked up the pressure a bit vs. Cleveland, recording five quarterback hits and two sacks. Middle linebacker B.J. Goodson accounted for one of them as he finished with a team-high seven tackles.

•             It will go down as only a mere pass defense, but Vernon made one of the more athletic plays you’ll ever see from a 6-foot-2, 262-pound defensive end when he ran 30 yards in coverage and leaped to swat the ball away while falling out of bounds.

•             Cornerback Donte Deayon made a great catch for an interception on the sideline in the third quarter, but it was called back because of a defensive holding penalty.

•             Safety Duke Ihenacho recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter.

WHAT WE LEARNED ON SPECIAL TEAMS

•             The kick-off continued between Aldrick Rosas and Mike Nugent. Both were perfect again with Rosas making one from 47 yards and Nugent from 38.

•             The Giants also allowed a 31-yard punt return from rookie first-round pick Jabrill Peppers, a New Jersey native.

DID NOT PLAY

WR Dwayne Harris, RB Shaun Draughn, LB Mark Herzlich, LB J.T. Thomas, LB Keenan Robinson, WR Darius Powe, OT Michael Bowie, OL Adam Gettis

GAME CAPTAINS

QB Eli Manning, S Landon Collins, LB Jonathan Casillas, LS Zak DeOssie, P Brad Wing, G John Jerry

INJURY REPORT

WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle sprain, x-rays negative), CB Michael Hunter (concussion), WR Brandon Marshall (shoulder), WR Tavarres King (ankle)