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Giants vs. Browns: 10 things to watch for

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10 storylines to follow as the Giants take on the Browns Monday night:


The Giants are in the dog days of summer now. After officially breaking training camp on Tuesday, players returned to a mock game week leading into Monday night’s second preseason outing, against the Browns in Cleveland. That kicks off a stretch of three games in 11 days. After playing the Browns, the Giants “host” the Jets on Saturday and wrap up in New England the following Thursday. The 53-man roster will be set on Sept. 2, eight days before the season opener in Dallas.


Quarterback Eli Manning and the starters are expected to get a “good chunk” of playing time into the second quarter against the Browns. Manning — along with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. — did not appear in the preseason opener. Veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall played only one series. “We’ll take a look at it as it goes,” coach Ben McAdoo said of how much playing time the players will receive.


Linebacker Keenan Robinson is back in the concussion protocol. Cornerback Eli Apple, who missed time this week with a bruised ankle, is questionable to play in Cleveland. McAdoo also said it looks like wide receivers Darius Powe and Dwayne Harris will not play.  


Josh Johnson and Geno Smith have been alternating all summer in the competition to be Manning’s backup. While McAdoo did not share who will take the field after Manning on Monday night, Johnson got the nod last week vs. Pittsburgh and completed 50 percent of his passes for 31 yards while being sacked three times. Smith went 10 of 16 for 114 yards with one interception and was also sacked three times. Meanwhile, rookie third-round pick Davis Webb has continued to take more reps in practice. McAdoo said he would like to get all four quarterbacks in the game.


Because of injuries, there are some moving pieces right now at linebacker. Calvin Munson and Curtis Grant stepped up in their places at practice and have impressed defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Meanwhile, B.J. Goodson is getting a chance to be a three-down player at middle linebacker, both in base and sub packages.


Beginning with the No. 1 overall selection of Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, the Browns had three picks

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