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Giants Blue-White Scrimmage: Lorenzo Carter is the star of the night

Let’s look at the highlights

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Lorenzo Carter, here rushing against Andrew Thomas, had a dominant night during the Blue-White Scrimmage.
Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants competed their Blue-White Scrimmage, the highlight of their 2020 training camp, Friday night in MetLife Stadium.

A few highlights:

  • Lorenzo Carter was absolutely dominant. Depending on who was counting, and it was difficult since there was only sporadic actual tackling, Carter had anywhere from 3.0 to 4.5 sacks in a half of action. One thing everyone agreed on was that one of those should have been a strip sack, but Daniel Jones was mistakenly ruled down.

“The night he had tonight was no surprise to us,” head coach Joe Judge said. “He’s a guy that we’re expecting a lot out of and we’re putting a lot of responsibility on him.”

  • Some of Carter’s work was at the expense of first-round pick Andrew Thomas. At least one sack came against Cameron Fleming.
  • Jones led five drives, with only a 47-yard Graham Gano field goal to show for it on the scoreboard. The other drives ended with three punts and what should have been ruled a sack/fumble. The sack/fumble was a concern because Jones was holding the ball around low, perhaps around his hip, when Carter flashed by and swiped it out.

“I thought Daniel was productive when he was in there,” Judge said. “Obviously, there are things to clean up.”

  • No official stats were kept, but running backs Wayne Gallman and Dion Lewis had active, productive nights. Gallman had a 44-yard scoring run and caught a short touchdown pass from Cooper Rush.
  • Leonard Williams can’t catch a break. One of the sacks credited to Carter, on replay, clearly should have been given to Williams.
  • Linebacker Tae Crowder, the final player chosen in the draft, had an active night. He had a pass breakup while matched up with veteran running back Dion Lewis, and a number of tackles.
  • Graham Gano went 4 of 4 on field goal attempts, including a game-ending 41-yarder that gave the Blue (offense) a 23-22 victory over the White (defense).
  • C.J. Board, vying for a backup receiver spot, had a few catches. He also had several punt return opportunities. A muff and a questionable decision to field a punt inside the 5-yard line won’t help his cause.
  • Rookie Darnay Holmes suffered a “lower body” injury late in the scrimmage.
  • Ryan Connelly, who missed most of the last week of practice, was on the field for a significant number of snaps in the first half.

Making a statement

This is what the Giants did before the scrimmage as a statement on social injustice was read, partially by co-owner John Mara.

Did not play

Linebacker Blake Martinez, who missed Thursday’s practice with an unknown injury, did not dress. Evan Engram was dressed and appeared to warm up, but didn’t play. Spencer pulley also dressed but did not play.