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Giants vs. Browns: 5 storylines to follow


Following two days of joint practices in Cleveland, the Giants will take on the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Here are five storylines to follow in the Giants' second preseason game.

Continued development for O-line

While many Giants starters did not play in the preseason opener last weekend, the starting offensive line was one unit which did see some action against the Jets. Andrew Thomas, Nick Gates, Will Hernandez, and Matt Peart each played 18 snaps in the first game action of 2021.

Thomas led the way on offense with a 76.0 overall grade from Pro Football Focus, allowing zero pressures on 11 pass-blocking snaps. Peart also played well, earning a 73.2 overall grade, while Hernandez had the highest pass-blocking grade at 81.2.

"There's definitely some positives out there to build on," coach Joe Judge said about the O-line's performance against the Jets. "First time action is always enough to get a clean up and focus on the meetings today and going through, starting with fundamentals, going through the assignments, communication to make sure we're all on the same page. There were enough positives right there to really get a look in terms of what we can do to keep helping these guys and put them in the right position, and maybe some things you want to stay away from in the future in terms of play calling or snaps. But this is the time of year you really find out about that."

It remains to be seen which defensive starters will see the field for the Browns on Sunday. Between Myles Garrett, Malik Jackson, Andrew Billings, and Jadeveon Clowney, the Browns have one of the most talented defensive lines in the league. If any of those four get snaps this weekend, it would provide the Giants O-line with a great opportunity to test its growth.

Check out must-see photos from the joint practices between the Giants and Browns in Cleveland.