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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers (21) reacts during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers (21) reacts during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

When the Giants traded star receiver Odell Beckham to the Cleveland Browns on March 12, the haul brought versatile safety Jabrill Peppers back home.

Peppers, who rose up the football ranks in New Jersey via Paramus Catholic High School before heading to Michigan for three years and embarking on his NFL career in 2017, debuted Sunday with the Giants in a 31-22 win over the Jets.

The first look for Peppers in the starting defense yielded mixed results with Jets quarterback Sam Darnold going 4-of-5 passing for 68 yards and a touchdown, but the third-year defensive back keeps his head up as he and the Giants move further into the preseason.

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Ballentine on personal tragedy 00:02:02
Rookie CB Corey Ballentine on the tragedy of losing his best friend, Dwane Simmons and playing in his memory

Giants rookie CB Corey Ballentine had as bittersweet of a night as anyone could possibly have on April 28.

The Giants selected the 23-year-old out of Washbun University with their sixth-round pick that night. But hours later, he and his best friend and college teammate Dwane Simmons were involved in a shooting in Topeka, Kan.

Ballentine was left with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, but Simmons, also just 23, did not survive.

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