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Rookie Progress Report: Engram makes presence felt


A look at how the Giants rookies performed in the team's Preseason matchup vs. the Browns:

Preseason in the NFL means different things to different players. 

For the young guys, it's about getting an opportunity to prove the stage is not too big and that your team's assessment of you was justified. And the New York Giants got another good look at their youth on Monday night in Cleveland.

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Here is a recap of how the six draft picks fared on their first road trip of the year:

TE Evan Engram

Depth chart: TE2
Preseason Week 1: 2 TGTS, 1 REC, 11 YDS
Preseason Week 2: 4 TGTS, 3 REC, 32 YDS

You never know where the first-round pick is going to line up on any given play, and that's just how the Giants like it. Engram tied for a team-high with three catches for 32 yards, including a 21-yard catch-and-run when he came out of the backfield. It was the longest offensive play of the game from either sideline, run or pass.

DT Dalvin Tomlinson

Depth chart: RDT2
Preseason Week 1: 4 TCKLS (2 SOLO)
Preseason Week 2: 3 TCKLS (2 SOLO)

While Jay Bromley has been a "steady Eddie" on the top line next to All-Pro Damon Harrison, Steve Spagnuolo thought Tomlinson took a major step between the first and second weeks of the preseason. He's playing more violent, the defensive coordinator said, as the second-round pick gets more comfortable with the players around him. Those three will make up the bulk of the interior rotation while veteran Corbin Bryant was placed on injured reserve last week with an elbow injury.

QB Davis Webb

Depth chart: QB4
Preseason Week 1: 8/16, 67 YDS, 61.2 RTG        
Preseason Week 2: DNP

Ideally, McAdoo would have liked to play all four quarterbacks in Cleveland, but with the way the game unfolded, that didn't turn out to be the case. Eli Manning, after sitting the opener, started the game before Geno Smith came in just before halftime. Josh Johnson, who started the first game vs. Pittsburgh, was third and played only the final two minutes of the game after Smith threw an interception deep in Browns territory. The assumption was Webb would take a developmental role this year behind Manning the backup, whoever that may be, but McAdoo opened the door for the rookie – even if it's just a crack.

"I think we all have to be careful making assumptions," he said last week before the second preseason game. "Josh and Geno are competing right now for the number two spot, and if that doesn't look the way we want it to look, Davis will get a crack."

RB Wayne Gallman

Depth chart: RB5
Preseason Week 1: 5 CAR, 11 YDS; 1 REC, 4 YDS
Preseason Week 2: 5 CAR, 22 YDS, LOST FUM; 2 REC, 20 YDS

Gallman, who finished his college career third in Clemson history in rushing touchdowns and fifth in rushing yards, provided a spark when he came in at the beginning of the fourth quarter. His first run was an 11-yard gain, followed by a pair of 10-yard receptions. However, the bad came with the good for the rookie. Gallman dropped a pass and lost a fumble at the Browns 10-yard line. It was one of three turnovers for the Giants on the night. 

DE Avery Moss

Depth chart: RDE4
Preseason Week 1: 2 TCKL (1 SOLO)
Preseason Week 2: 1 SOLO TCKL

Ahead of him, Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon played for the first time together since Dec. 4 of last season and absolutely dominated when they were in. That's a lot to aspire to for the rest of the unit, including the rookie Moss. He's trying to make the most of every rep as the Giants look to find a healthy rotation of defensive ends. There's a crowd behind JPP and OV, though. Romeo Okwara and Kerry Wynn lead the next wave.

OT Adam Bisnowaty

Depth chart: RT2
Preseason Weeks 1 & 2: Relieved starter Bobby Hart

Like he has since he arrived at the facility, Bisnowaty has been on the second team at right tackle. He's playing behind Bobby Hart, who is part of the five returning starters from a year ago on the offensive line. As a whole, the Giants managed 65 yards on 20 carries against the Browns in addition to 147 passing yards.

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