After Friday's preseason victory in Detroit, the New York Giants returned to the practice field on Sunday to gear up for the all-important third preseason game and beyond. Here are the players who stood out:
LB RAY-RAY ARMSTRONG: In Friday's game, Armstrong grabbed an interception off a tipped pass that led to quarterback Kyle Lauletta's touchdown run for the ages. Armstrong also added two tackles against the Lions, leading to a promotion to the first-team nickel defense next to Alec Ogletree in their first practice back at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Whether or not it is a permanent gig remains to be seen, but coach Pat Shurmur likes what he has seen lately from the 6-foot-3, 220-pound veteran.
"As a linebacker, he's long and he can cover," Shurmur said after Sunday's practice. "He's what linebackers should look like and he's made progress. We feel like he's done some really good things as we work through training camp, so it was good to see him have some success. We felt like he had a winning performance in the game the other night, and every once in a while everybody has a bad play, but in total we felt like it was winning performance and that was a game-changing play. We were able to intercept the ball, get it close and then offensively, we then punched it in, so it was good."
TE GARRETT DICKERSON: Local player made good today. Dickerson, who set high school tight end records just 13 miles from MetLife Stadium at Bergen Catholic, flashed throughout Sunday's practice, including a juggling touchdown catch from Lauletta in the red zone. Dickerson missed some time earlier in training camp with a hamstring injury and has yet to record a catch in two preseason games. Days like today will help his case. The 6-foot-3, 248-pound tight end played in 49 games at Northwestern. As a senior in 2017, he was selected honorable mention All-Big Ten.
DB LEONARD JOHNSON: Signed at the beginning of the month, Johnson had the lone interception of practice during a red zone drill. Johnson has played in 77 regular-season games with 27 starts for the Buccaneers (2012-14), Patriots (2015), Panthers (2016) and Bills (2017). Last season in Buffalo, Johnson played in 15 games with seven starts and recorded 52 tackles and seven passes defensed. He also had four tackles, including a strip-sack of Blake Bortles in their wild card meeting with the Jaguars this past January.
"As we talked about, we're going to do everything we can to improve every group on our team," Shurmur said at the time of his signing. "He's a veteran player, we liked the way he moved around, we like how he played a year ago, and we felt like he was a good guy to add to our group."
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