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Sideline View: Offense clicks; D gets pressure


The Giants held their second consecutive day of competitive practices with the Browns at their training facility. It was sunny and in the 80s as both teams increased the competitiveness and physicality in their second day facing one another.

* Practice started with 1-on-1 red zone drills where the Giants receivers had a lot of success. Sterling Shepard, Alex Bachman, and Matt Cole all had a pair of touchdowns. Slayton scored a touchdown and forced a defensive pass interference on another. David Sills and rookie Greg Newsome had a good battle, with Sills putting a nasty move on him for a touchdown on one play and forcing a defensive pass interference on another. Newsome has been the stickiest of the Browns cornerbacks in practice this week.

* The Giants' defense made big plays all afternoon long, and it started with the Browns' first set of plays in team drills. Leonard Williams had two tackles for loss against Nick Chubb. Good coverage deep downfield by the secondary forced a checkdown, Blake Martinez met Kareem Hunt in the hole for a negligible gain, and Trent Harris had a tackle for loss on Demetric Felton all within the first seven plays. A couple plays later, Jabrill Peppers blitzed off the edge and would have had a sack on Baker Mayfield.

* Darius Slayton made the big play for the Giants in their first team drills. Slayton ran a deep pattern heading across the field towards the sideline. He caught the pass and then made the defender miss for what would have been a massive gain. It was the Giants' biggest pass play of the day.

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* In the Browns' next team session, Williams and Harris met at the quarterback for a sack. Blake Martinez filled the hole for a tackle a couple of plays later. Rodarius Williams also had a pass break-up over the middle, knocking away a ball intended for Rashard Higgins on a crossing route.

* Then Devante Downs took over. First, he ran over Demetric Felton on an inside blitz, pancaking him on the way to the quarterback. Then he met Felton in the hole for a run stop on the next play. On the third consecutive play, he covered Felton (who played some wide receiver at North Carolina) at least 30 yards down the right sideline, and got his head around to deflect the pass from Case Keenum up in the air. It went right to Quincy Wilson for the easy interception. It was an unbelievable show of athleticism and coordination by Downs.

* Sterling Shepard had a sliding catch during the next team period. In red zone team drills later on in practice he caught a touchdown. He also caught a dump-off for a short gain and forced a defensive pass interference call on Greg Newsome that would have otherwise been a touchdown catch. At one point during those red-zone team drills, Browns cornerbacks had three straight defensive penalties called on them as practice became more and more physical and vocal. Alex Bachman also scored a touchdown in team red-zone drills.

* Giants receivers dominated red zone 7-on-7 drills. Rysen John caught two touchdowns. Evan Engram caught a touchdown by using his big body to box out cornerback Troy Hill. David Sills made a nice fake outside to create separation that went for a touchdown. Dante Pettis also had a touchdown running along the back-line. Darius Slayton made the toughest catch of the 7-on-7 period. Cornerback Troy Hill was