The offense wore blue and took the Giants' normal home bench. The defense, in white, took the sideline closest to the pressbox at MetLife Stadium.
When Joe Judge said he wanted to treat Friday night's intrasquad scrimmage like the real thing, he meant it. With no preseason games to tune up for the Sept. 14 opener, the Giants simulated live action the best they could on Aug. 28, from full pregame routines to coach's challenges and a halftime when the team went back to the locker room.
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Here are standouts from the scrimmage, which Blue won, 23-22:
RB Wayne Gallman
Gallman opened the scoring with a 43-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but his night didn't end there. He sliced through the defense a few times in the second half before catching a 5-yard touchdown pass from Cooper Rush on the opening drive of the third quarter.
"He's a guy who's really flashed over the course of the entire training camp. He's a guy that we've challenged and told him we want to see how he responds in competitive situations. Obviously tonight, he had a good night. But he's a guy that's shown a lot of potential throughout his career. He's shown a lot of improvement for us, and we're happy with the night he had tonight."
LB Lorenzo Carter
Recording four sacks is impressive on any stat line, even in a scrimmage. The development of the young edge rushers was one of the biggest story lines heading into the summer, and Carter put himself at the forefront with his performance. It came after he spent the off-season refining his game, including work on his hands and angles. The third-year pro also added more power. They were all on display.
"Yeah, I think we talk all the time about versatility, and Zo's definitely a guy that has a lot of position flex with his skillset," Judge said. "He has that outside linebacker, that kind of defensive end range for coming off the edge. He's also a guy that if we want to can play in a stack. He has a history of doing that as well. He's made improvement in the pass game in terms of coverage wise, and he's shown improvement on a daily basis in the pass rush. The night he had tonight was no surprise to us. He's a guy that we're expecting a lot out of and we're putting a lot of responsibility on him."
RB Dion Lewis
The running back depth had been on full display during practice, and it showed up again in the scrimmage. Lewis was elusive as both a runner and pass-catcher. He set up Gallman's touchdown run with back-to-back big plays for two first downs. Meanwhile, undrafted rookie Javon Leake also flashed as a kickoff returner and running back.
QB Colt McCoy
Like Lewis, McCoy was a veteran addition to the team this off-season at a position led by a promising up-and-comer. They both showed that they can be more than an experienced presence. McCoy was on the throwing end of Lewis' aforementioned receptions. He also made some big passes to wide receivers David Sills, Austin Mack, and Corey Coleman.
"I think [Lewis and McCoy] both had good camps," Judge said. 'Dion's a guy, you give him the ball in space, he has an ability to make plays and make guys miss. You get him between the tackles, sometimes he's hard to find. He does a really good job of reading the blocks in front of him and finding the hole and getting vertical in it. Colt does a nice job of managing the game. He has a lot of savvy out there to really find the open receiver, he has a lot of poise in the pocket to sit back there when the pass rush is coming. He has that clock in his head from being so experienced in his career that he knows when to get the ball out. He's been productive for us along the way and we're happy with his progress."
QB Daniel Jones hit a couple big completions to WR Darius Slayton and WR C.J. Board earlier in the scrimmage. In between, DL Leonard Williams stuffed a running back. Williams was also close to the quarterback on Carter's sack and perhaps would have been credited with one. … WR David Sills moved the chains on a hookup with McCoy to end the first quarter. … Rookie LB Tae Crowder made a nice pass breakup. … LS Casey Kreiter got down the field for a special teams tackle on a punt. … Leake started the second half with a nifty kickoff return to the 34-yard line. … After a snap hit the ground, QB Cooper Rush didn't panic, picked up the ball, and still delivered a nice pass to Board for a big gain. … DL B.J. Hill had a tackle for loss. … Rookie CB Darnay Holmes got on the board with a PD but suffered a lower body injury and was listed as questionable to return in the second half. … QB Alex Tanney delivered a strike to Coleman in the closing seconds before K Graham Gano kicked a 41-yard FG as time expired to give Blue a 23-22 victory. CB Jarren Williams nearly intercepted a pass in the end zone on the second-to-last play of the game.