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Taking stock of these Giants midway through training camp


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:

Stock up

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.

Julian Love and Daniel Jones
Julian Love and Daniel JonesRobert Sabo (2)

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!

Stock down

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.


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