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Sideline View: Takeaways from Giants' scrimmage


The Giants played their first scrimmage under the lights of MetLife Stadium on Friday night. It featured four 12-minute quarters with the offense taking on the defense using a unique scoring system. Each side of the ball acquired points in different ways to determine the winner.

The scoring for the offense was basic: 6 points for a touchdown, 3 points for a field goal, 1 point for an extra point, 2 points for a two-point conversion, 6 points for a return touchdown.

The scoring for the defense was creative: 12 points for a defensive touchdown, 3 points for a three-and-out, 3 points for a takeaway, 2 points for a turnover on downs, 1 point for a forced punt, 2 points for a two-point conversion stop, 12 points for a field goal block return for a touchdown.

* Sixth-round draft pick Cameron Brown was excellent on special teams throughout the scrimmage and started with a solo tackle on Corey Coleman near the sideline on the opening kickoff.

* Lorenzo Carter lived in the offense's backfield. On the first play from scrimmage, Carter tried a speed rush outside and was pushed around the quarterback by rookie Andrew Thomas. Carter was not credited for a sack, though Dexter Lawrence knocked down Daniel Jones' pass at the line of scrimmage.

* Veteran Dion Lewis showed the versatility and burst to be an offensive weapon. He created separation against a linebacker and found space on running plays early in the game. He also made a defender miss in space on a short catch and ran for a first down. Lewis could be a big weapon in the passing game on third downs.

* After Lewis helped the Colt McCoy-led second team offense get downfield, Wayne Gallman finished a drive with a 42-yard touchdown. On 3rd-and-1, Gallman ran untouched behind rookies Matt Peart and Shane Lemieux for the score.

* On the next drive, Carter used his length to push the offensive tackle into the quarterback and get credit for the sack. On the very next play, Jones hit Darius Slayton for a 41-yard gain. It was probably Jones' best throw of the game, hitting Slayton in stride and allowing him to run after the catch.

* On the next play, Leonard Williams got into the backfield to force a 1-yard loss. Jones converted a 2nd-and-11 with an accurate pass to C.J. Board. Then, Carter beat the tight end around the edge to sack Jones. After two more snaps, Graham Gano finished the drive with a 47-yard field goal shortly after it began raining.

* Colt McCoy completed two passes to Alex Bachman and David Sills for a first down on the next drive, but Kyler Fackrell stopped a pass play for a loss of six yards. Tae Crowder broke up a short pass over the middle to Lewis to force a third-and-long and an eventual punt.

* On the next drive, Gallman ran for a first down. On 3rd-and-3, Jabrill Peppers forced an incompletion with close coverage on the tight end.

* Saquon Barkley had his biggest play of the night on the next drive, catching a pass and using his quickness to get past the first-down marker. Joe Judge initiated a challenge, contending Barkley stepped out of bounds, but the ruling on the field remained. Judge said he wanted to work on all the mechanics of every situation in the game, including a coach's challenge.

* Jones tried a throw downfield to start the next drive, but James Bradberry was step for step in perfect coverage. On third-and-3, Darnay Holmes got his hand on a pass to force a punt.

* A Markus Golden sack and Grant Haley pass break-up foiled the next drive and forced a three-and-out to give the defense three points. The subsequent punt was muffed, but the receiving team maintained possession when it was recovered by Austin Mack.

* A completion to Sterling Shepard gave the offense a 2nd-and-5 at the 2-minute warning. On the next play, however, Carter won outside and knocked the ball out of the quarterback's hand. On 3rd-and-14, the pass rush collapsed the pocket and Leonard Williams was credited with the sack.

* McCoy drove the offense down on their final drive of the half. The biggest play of the drive was a back-shoulder throw to Corey Coleman for 23 yards. Gano capped the possession with a 40-yard field goal to pull the offense closer at 15-13. 

* Javon Leake showed his explosiveness, returning the second-half kickoff to the 34-yard line. Later in the third, Leake had a big gain on an outside run.

* Linebacker Kyler Fackrell got penetration on a running play and registered a second-down pressure to create a 3rd-and-12. Cooper Rush made his best throw of the game, completing a perfectly thrown deep ball to Board. A Grant Haley pass break-up appeared to end the drive, but a defensive holding penalty kept the offense on the field. 

* Gallman earned a first down, catching a short pass that he turned upfield. Board earned another first down on the drive by dropping his shoulder into the defender to power just past the marker. Gallman finished the drive with his second touchdown on a short pass from Rush after he beat the defending safety to the sideline.

* The offense did not score again until their final drive, receiving the ball at their own 8, trailing by two with 3:10 left. The defense forced the offense into a 4th-and-10 after Christian Angulo knocked away a deep pass. Carter Coughlin sacked Alex Tanney on an inside rush that could have ended the game, but a defensive holding penalty extended the drive, which gave Joe Judge's offense another chance to execute a 2-minute drill.

* Tanney took advantage of the second life with consecutive first-down passes to Bachman. The offense used their last timeout with the ball on the defense's 46 with 45 seconds to play. Tanney hit Coleman with a perfect strike for 23 yards to put Gano in field goal range. After an incompletion, Gano connected on his third field goal of the night -- a 41-yard kick to seal a 23-22 win for the offense.

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