BEREA, Ohio – Defensive lineman Leonard Williams stood in a corner of a field at the Cleveland Browns' practice facility late this afternoon and put his voice to what many of his Giants were certainly thinking: he liked the teams' second joint practice much more than the first.
"Yeah, definitely," Williams said. "I think yesterday, speaking for myself personally, but also just the feel of practice, it felt like people were kind of feeling each other out, feeling out the scheme. It felt like it was almost like the first day of pads in camp, just because it was our first time going against different competition. Today, I felt like I was flying around a little bit more. I was a little more sure of what type of reads I'm going to get, what type of looks I'm getting, and it allowed me to play a little bit faster."
And louder. And with more emotion. And superior execution, both offensively and defensively. The Giants may not have been hitting on all cylinders in their second workout with the Browns, but they clearly fired on more of them than they did on day one. Daniel Jones and the offense completed more passes and were particularly proficient in the red zone. Sacks aren't officially counted, since no one tackles to the ground, but Williams and his defensive cohorts constantly pressured Cleveland's quarterbacks up front and provided close coverage of the receivers in the back.
"Kind of got a feel for it yesterday, but we really didn't have that juice that we had today," wide receiver Sterling Shepard said. "That's what it's all about. That's the reason why we came out here, to get good work. I feel like that's what we got today."
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