No true opponent, no live television broadcast, no change for the Giants.
The Giants kept a vanilla offensive script — like you are accustomed to seeing in a preseason game — and so there was no hand-wringing after the defense got the better end of play in an intrasquad scrimmage for the second time in as many weeks.
“There were a lot of guys we had to evaluate,” coach Joe Judge said, “so we wanted to make sure they got maximum reps.”
Here’s a look at whose collective stock is rising and falling after two weeks of camp, including some statistics from a live scrimmage without tackling to the ground:
WR David Sills: Even with three entrenched starters, Sills is getting plenty of first-team reps as he battles Corey Coleman to become No. 4. He spent his rookie season on the Giants practice squad, but he adds a missing size element (6-foot-3), which makes him a favorite red-zone target. He’s a “rep stealer” when others need a break.
C Nick Gates: Judge called the center competition “scratch even” earlier this week. But, with Spencer Pulley sidelined, the path is clear for this “alpha male” fresh off a two-year contract extension. If Gates is the Week 1 starter, it will be his fourth career NFL start at his third different position, after right tackle and right guard.
FS Julian Love: Love was buried on the depth chart until late October but then out-performed fellow first-year contributors DeAndre Baker, Sam Beal and Corey Ballentine, showing good ball skills. He was in line for a prominent role in three-safety packages before Xavier McKinney’s foot surgery. He is a starter now.
QB Colt McCoy: If you expected a three-way race to be Daniel Jones’ backup, forget it. The job belongs to McCoy, who was 12-for-18 passing. His experience reading coverages in different systems is a bonus.
TE Evan Engram: No doubts about the health of his foot after season-ending surgery. He is having the most tantalizing camp of his four-year career, but he did not play in the scrimmage as a precaution.
OLB Lorenzo Carter: Had 4.5 sacks in the first half of the scrimmage. Ignoring what that means for the first-team offensive tackles, it’s a sign that an athlete with speed and tree-length arms might be putting it all together in Year 3.
RB Wayne Gallman: Best moments have been running hard in the two scrimmages, including a 43-yard touchdown burst and 5-yard touchdown catch. Judge noted Gallman has flashed potential throughout his career.
K Graham Gano: Went 3-for-3 on field goals, including one on the final play of the scrimmage to give the offense a 23-22 win. Oh, the excitement!
QB Daniel Jones: No need for alarm bells. He was 8-for-11 for 88 yards under constant duress, including a strip fumble on one of five sacks. There haven’t been many dazzling days from Jones in camp. In fairness, Eli Manning had few, too.
ILB Ryan Connelly: The rookie had two interceptions and a sack in four games last season and Giants fans were ready to put him in the Ring of Honor. Connelly has been slow to return from season-ending ACL surgery (five missed practices) as Devante Downs gained a leg up to start next to Blake Martinez.
DL B.J. Hill: A quiet training camp is a continuation of a quiet second season for Hill, who lost snaps to Leonard Williams after a midseason trade and could lose more to free-agent signing Austin Johnson. His best bet for survival is to recapture some of the pass-rush ability he showed as a rookie in 2018. There are enough run-stuffers.
CB James Bradberry: The top free-agent signing hasn’t looked the part of a shutdown corner yet, losing one-on-one reps to lesser players. Bradberry has had his wins — knocking a touchdown catch out of Sterling Shepard’s hands, for example — but the Giants need a career year to make up for uncertainty across the field.
LT Andrew Thomas: Maybe his brief rotation off the first team and some cross-training between sides of the line messed with Thomas, who allowed three sacks to Carter on the first two offensive series.
WR C.J. Board: Muffed a punt. That’s not going to sit well with an ex-special teams coach.