Giants quarterback Brian Lewerke was close to leading a game-winning drive as time expired, but his Hail Mary heave to the end zone was tipped and intercepted by Browns safety Richard LeCounte to end the game.
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Case Keenum started and played most of the first half until he gave way to Kyle Lauletta at the two-minute warning. Keenum completed nine of his 12 passes for only 74 yards, with 61 of those passing yards coming from clean-pocket throws.
Lauletta came in to run the two-minute drive and played the rest of the game. The former Giant completed 14-of-23 attempts for 152 yards, but he also had two passes dropped by his receivers.
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The two-headed monster of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt sat this one out, so D’Ernest Johnson got the start. He carried the ball four times and looked good running it, putting up 36 total yards and 29 yards after contact. Johnson also caught all four of his targets for 23 yards.
Demetric Felton also played in the first half in his attempt to win the third-string role behind Chubb and Hunt. He only rushed for 25 yards on eight carries and caught a pass for 12 yards on two targets.
Fans were wondering how Donovan Peoples-Jones would handle a starting job — and today's performance in that role likely left them unsatisfied. He was targeted just once, resulting in a 13-yard catch to start the second quarter.
Rookie Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah played the first 14 snaps for the Browns defense, mostly as an inside linebacker. He missed one tackle.
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Greedy Williams started but left the game with an injury early. He did not return.
Browns CB Greedy Williams has a groin injury now, and is questionable to return
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) August 22, 2021
Richard LeCounte played the entire game and made some impressive plays on the ball, including a game-sealing interception on a Hail Mary. The fifth-round rookie only allowed one catch for six yards.
Greg Newsome II played from the start and played well, splitting reps between the outside and the slot.
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Board caught a pass for 12 yards, but Sills caught the only touchdown, a pass from Lewerke in the fourth quarter.
Nice QB hit for Oshane Ximines! Kills James Hudson off the line and smacks Kyle Lauletta pic.twitter.com/xVT7DD06q6
— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) August 22, 2021
Reggie Ragland started and played well. He allowed one catch for seven yards and made a tackle. He’ll see the field plenty for the Giants this season.
Rookie Darnay Holmes played six snaps, but he made a tackle and wasn’t targeted in coverage.
Fellow rookie Rodarius Williams was given ample reps and played well. He allowed two catches on three targets but also came away with a pass breakup and six tackles.