The New York Giants held their first of two joint practices with the Browns on Tuesday in Cleveland. Here were the standout players:
LB Lorenzo Carter
He was back at practice and participated in the competitive periods against the Browns offense. He lined up at a variety of spots and was very active throughout the day. Lining up as an edge rusher during 1-on-1's against the Browns offensive line, Carter beat talented second-year left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. on an inside rush.
In the Browns' last offensive session, which was a "move the ball" period, Carter probably would have had a sack before Baker Mayfield was able to throw a desperate jump ball that Rashard Higgins came down with while surrounded by a half dozen players in the middle of the end zone. Earlier on this drive, Carter also had a pressure on an inside rush.
LB Oshane Ximines
Ximines was removed from the physically-unable-to-perform list on Aug. 9, yet did not play in the Jets game and was still being ramped up by the coaching staff. But he was a full participant in the competitive parts of Thursday's practice and showed off his pass rush ability. He had a win during 1-on-1 drills and was visibly frustrated when the practice period ended, seeking another rep against talented right tackle Jack Conklin.
Ximines made the most of his opportunity during the Browns final "move the ball" period at the end of practice. On a 1st-and-10 snap, he won around the edge and forced the play to be blown dead since he would have sacked Mayfield if it was at full speed.
Ximines recently spoke about what he can bring to the defense.
"I just hope to come in every day and work as hard as I possibly can," he said. "That in itself is going help the defense take it to another level because you come in there, you're putting your head down, and working, and that's all you can really do."
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TE Evan Engram
Engram had the biggest play of practice for the offense during one of the first competitive team drills. Engram darted down the seam within a zone and caught a perfectly placed missile from Daniel Jones. He was quickly off to the races, and had a chance to turn the catch into a 60-yard touchdown.
Early in practice during 1-on-1 drills, Engram was a difficult cover for the Browns linebackers. He created separation one more than one route and made a catch that resulted in a big gain toward the sideline.
"I've had game-day vibes ever since we got to the hotel last night, and I know I'm not the only one," Engram said. "It's a great opportunity for [the] guys and for everybody that's trying to make the team, to get film out there, to get film for the coaches to evaluate. It definitely had a little game-day feel and I think that's good for us, too."