NY Giants stock up, stock down after 17-13 loss to Browns

Linebacker Carter Coughlin #49 of the New York Giants (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Linebacker Carter Coughlin #49 of the New York Giants (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Who helped their stock rise, and whose chances of making the NY Giants roster fell during Sunday’s 17-13 loss to the Cleveland Browns?

The NY Giants are inching closer to regular season football.

After what felt like the longest offseason, the Giants are now just 20 days away from kickoff on September 12th, Week 1 against the Broncos.

New York has seen plenty of risers and fallers in August during a competitive training camp, and two preseason games. Some players have taken advantage of the preseason more than others. This time of year in the NFL is highly competitive as players look to latch onto roster spots and try to lock in starting positions.

The NY Giants are now 0-2 in the preseason, but that’s irrelevant.

Joe Judge has opted to go with a conservative approach this preseason and not put his starting players out on the field. It makes sense as multiple teams have seen impactful and/or starting players get hurt for numerous weeks or the entire season.

Here’s who’s stock is rising and who’s falling for the NY Giants heading into Week 3 of Preseason.

Stock Up: Carter Coughlin, NY Giants Linebacker

Carter Coughlin has been one of the offseason’s biggest risers this offseason.

Coughlin has taken on a new role by switching to middle linebacker. The move initially made sense as Coughlin may have struggled competing against such a wide-cast EDGE competition.

Now, it’s become clear that this move made much more sense under the surface. Coughlin has all the intangibles of playing the MIKE or WILL in Pat Graham’s defense.

Coughlin has been a standout in back-to-back preseason games. He has shown the versatility to drop into coverage, guard tight ends and running backs alike, he’s been stout in the run game, and Coughlin has shown life as a pass rusher. Carter has had success lining up both off the EDGE and as a blitzing inside ‘backer to cause havoc in the backfield.

The results have paid off as Coughlin put together another complete game on defense. The second-year man from Minnesota totaled four tackles that included one tackle for a loss, a sack, and he added a QB hit as well. Coughlin has shown a knack for versatility at two different positions while doing many different things on defense. At this rate, he may find himself as a meaningful, surprising contributor to this exciting NY Giants’ defense.