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NFL DRAFT 2012: WHEN A CAREER LASTS ONLY ONE GAME, THE MEMORIES ARE JUST AS SWEET (http://www.nj.com/sports/nfldraft/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_2012_when_a_career_l.html)

"A lump ballooned in the young man’s throat as he gripped the steering wheel
of his white-top Pontiac Bonneville convertible and pulled out of the training
camp parking lot, leaving his teammates behind.

Bob Anderson bought the ride off the rotating show-room podium with his
first-ever NFL deal — a $5,000 signing bonus and a $25,000 contract. It wasn’t
bad for a Jersey guy three years removed from West Point who busted his knees
jumping out of aircrafts with the 101st airborne at Fort Campbell in

The Giants picked him in the ninth round of the 1960 NFL Draft and after his
required military service was over, Wellington Mara called him to his 16th-floor
office and made him a football player. It was 1963.</p>

By 1964, though, he was cut in the middle of two-a-days. Head coach Allie
Sherman had the ball boys call him in and before long he was headed home, the
car serving as his badge for a short-lived pro career.</p>

“Allie said, ‘You just don’t figure into our plans,’?” Anderson, an Elizabeth
native, recalled. “I said okay, then he said ‘What do you want me to tell the

Anderson’s next life, the one at Xerox, and eventually as a PR man for the
New Jersey Turnpike was about to begin. He left professional football having
played in just one game. He registered just one carry — for a loss of 2 yards —
against Philadelphia Eagles on a humid afternoon in Franklin Field. He remembers
it vividly.</p>

Now, over the phone from his Florida home, he talks about preserving the
moment because on Thursday, more than 200 young men will be drafted and will
sign NFL contracts just like he did.</p>

Some will be like Irving Fryar, a Jersey kid who played in 255 NFL games, the
most of anyone born in the Garden State. Some will be like South River’s Joe
Theismann. They won’t play as long but they’ll be remembered forever, a trail of
gaudy statistics behind him.</p>

And some will be like Bob Anderson. One game, one carry and one sweet memory
of the pulling guard tripping in front of him, leaving him dead to rights in the

“You think you’re a kid for the rest of your life,” Anderson said, laughing.
“I just turned
74 on March 31 and I look back and say where did the time go?
Mentally, I still think I can play.”</p>

There are 549 New Jersey-born men who have played a game in the NFL. Nine of
them played in more than 200 games, and 109 of them appeared in 100 or more.
Twenty-eight of them, though, played in just one. Seven of those were selected
in the NFL Draft, according to Pro-Football Reference.</p>

The one-gamers become teachers, entrepreneurs, coaches and restaurant owners.
They slip into the fabric of their communities. They live with the moments they
have and the perspective a 22-year-old awaiting draft day wishes he did.</p>

“I remember being in the locker room, standing on the sideline, peeking over
at the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, looking across the field at Tom Landry, you
kind of pinch yourself,” said Marty Horn, who played in a game for the Eagles
during the 1987 strike season.</p>

He was sacked on his first passing attempt by Ed “Too Tall” Jones, who
grabbed him by the back of his shoulder pads and swung him to the ground.</p>

His children’s friends still ask him about it.</p>

• • •</p>

Though it was a blur, Mount Holly native Kevin Landolt knows it was raining
in Jacksonville the day the Jaguars beat down the 49ers. He was a fourth-round
draft pick out of West Virginia, a defensive linemen contained to the backup
kickoff team until opening day 1999 when he got his shot.</p>

He had been level-headed through the draft process and found an agent that
thought the same way. He knew when it was time to go after two seasons and one
official game in the NFL record book. </p>

He has two kids now, eight months and two years, though they’re not old
enough to understand the significance of that day. That role is reserved for the
wrestlers he coaches at Riverside High School down in South Jersey, and the
people he meets through his landscaping business.</p>

When his younger brother Dennis — an offensive tackle out of Penn State —
went through the draft process in 2010, there was no need to explain how
worthwhile each second of it was. </p>

“You forget because it was you,” he said. “I don’t know, then I think about
it and I’m like ‘Wow, it’s probably pretty cool for other people to ask about
it.’ Me being used to it, it’s not as big a deal, then you think ‘Wow, it’s
probably a pretty big deal.’?”</p>

• • •
</p>Listening to Anderson talk about the day he left Giants training camp in
Fairfield, Conn., no sour tones drag down each story. No memories become chided
with what-ifs.

He got to have a smoke with Frank Gifford once, after all. He opened his own
bar called Mr. Laugh’s on First Avenue in Manhattan with some of the contract
money which spawned an eight-year run he’ll never forget. </p>

He had the gorgeous white-top Bonneville, burgundy interior, from the
rotating podium and he had the Giants and the game in Philadelphia — one carry
for negative 2 yards.</p>

“I remember (Giants running back) Alex Webster sitting next to me the whole
plane ride down to Philadelphia,” Anderson said. “He was telling me what to do —
just pay attention kid.</p>

“You know, it’s short-lived.”</p>

</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS</font></u>
TAKING ELI MANNING OFF ESPN 1050 IS THE RESULT OF GROWING GIANTS-JETS AIR WAVE WAR (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/eli-manning-espn-1050-result-growing-jets-giants-airwave-war-article-1.1065399)

Excerpt: "In early March, Eli Manning (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Eli+Manning) hosted an
“Evening With Eli,” at the New York Athletic Club in conjunction with ESPN-1050.
For eight years, the Giants’ two-time Super Bowl MVP participated in a weekly
segment on the radio station.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

At the dinner, both Manning and ESPN-1050 suits prominently announced they
would happily extend their relationship for several more years. Two weeks later,
according to radio and NFL sources, the relationship between Manning and
ESPN-1050 was over.</p>

ESPN-1050 was informed Manning would not be coming back as a regular on “The
Michael Kay Show.” Instead, he was heading to WFAN, the Giants’ flagship radio

By all accounts, Manning did not make this decision on his own. He enjoyed
doing his weekly spot and was compensated well. Money was not the issue. Manning
also had no problem with the fact 1050 is the radio home of the Jets.</p>

And during his 1050 tenure, no one at WFAN tried to lure him to the

Why did the situation change? Who put the kibosh on Manning continuing his
relationship with 1050?</p>

All paths lead to the increased flow of bad blood between the Jets and
Giants. It finally occurred to Giants brass that having the face of their
franchise as a featured voice on the radio home of the Jets was a terrible

Although the Giants walked away from last season on top of the football
world, management is still angered over Jet brass covering those Giants Super
Bowl logos with curtains in MetLife Stadium before Jets hosted the Giants on
Christmas Eve. They also haven’t forgotten how Gang Green put a picture of
Manning being crushed from behind by Calvin Pace (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Calvin+Pace) on the
cover of their defensive playbook heading into that game.</p>

“More than all that, I believe (Giants co-owner) John Mara (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/John+Mara) was not exactly
thrilled over Eli (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Evening+Eli) being on the Jets
station throughout the Giants Super Bowl year,” the NFL source said.</p>

The radio whereabouts of Giants players is likely not on Mara’s radar, but we
could see how the Manning-1050 alliance eventually stuck in his craw. And if he
did ask Manning to make the radio switch, what’s Eli going to say, “No”? Giants
ownership has made their QB one of the NFL’s highest-paid players.</p>

Nonetheless, the bad blood thing is still in play. After Manning jumped ship,
ESPN-1050 tried to negotiate a deal with Victor Cruz (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Victor+Cruz). A source
close to Cruz said he was told Giants players were now prohibited from being
paid regulars “on a non-Giants station.”</p>

Don’t discount WFAN, tired of the buzz and ratings ESPN-1050 was generating
with the QB (remember Kay’s “elite Eli” interview), trying to exert whatever
pressure it could to bring in Manning."
</p>GIANTS FEEL AT HOME IN # 32 SLOT OF THE NFL DRAFT (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-feel-home-32nd-pick-nfl-draft-big-blue-select-best-player-board-article-1.1065564)

"There’s only one downside to winning the Super Bowl and it comes on draft day
every year when the champs are stuck with the last pick of every round.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

Not that Jerry Reese (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jerry+Reese) is
complaining. It worked out pretty well for his Giants four years ago.</p>

“The last time we picked 32 we picked some pretty good players that have
helped us win a lot of football games,” the Giants GM said. “We picked <a title="Kenny Phillips (Football)" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Kenny+Phillips+%28Football%29">Kenny
Phillips</a>, Terrell Thomas (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Terrell+Thomas) and
Mario Manningham (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mario+Manningham).
We got <a title="Jon Goff" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jon+Goff">Jon
Goff</a> in that draft, too. So there are good players. You just have to look
deep and find them.”</p>

Their search will begin late Thursday night at the end of the first round of
the three-day NFL draft — assuming they don’t trade down, which is definitely a
possibility. In his pre-draft press conference last week, Reese indicated he
sees many “similar” players ranked from 15-32. The Giants likely will have their
choice of a handful of them when they’re on the clock.</p>

In other words, they’ll have plenty of options.</p>

“You just wait and see if somebody is going to fall to you or if there is
somebody you may be able to move up for, that you’re in love with,” Reese said.
“It’s always a good problem to have when you’re picking 32.”</p>

Reese, of course, said the Giants’ strategy will be to pick the “best player”
on their board. Their history, though, suggests that “need” will play a large
part in whom they select in the first round. And even though they are the
defending champions, the Giants still have several needs:</p>

The loss of Mario Manningham leaves a hole
behind Hakeem Nicks (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Hakeem+Nicks) and <a title="Victor Cruz" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Victor+Cruz">Victor
Cruz</a>. Reese has expressed confidence that Ramses Barden (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Ramses+Barden) or Jerrel Jernigan (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jerrel+Jernigan) can
step up, but they remain unknowns. Ideally, the Giants could use a true outside
receiver, which would allow Cruz to keep thriving in the slot. There could be
good value at this position in the second round, but if a big target such as
Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Stephen+Hill) drops
into their laps, it’ll be hard for the Giants to pass.</p>

They are deep and shallow at this position all
at the same time. The trade for Keith Rivers (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Keith+Rivers) and the
return of Chase Blackburn (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Chase+Blackburn)
fortified them for this season, but with Goff gone they may not have a middle
linebacker of the future. A player such as Alabama’s 6-4, 258-pound Dont’a Hightower (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Dont%27a+Hightower)
could fill that bill. Of course, the last time the Giants drafted a linebacker
in the first round was when they took Carl Banks (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Carl+Banks) in 1984.</p>

Offensive line
The Giants were preparing to take an
offensive lineman last year before <a title="Prince Amukamara" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Prince+Amukamara">CB Prince
Amukamara</a> unexpectedly dropped to 19. Since then the need has only grown. RT
Kareem McKenzie (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Kareem+McKenzie) is
gone. T/G David Diehl (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/David+Diehl) is a year
older, and LT Will Beatty (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Will+Beatty) is still
unproven and returning from eye surgery. Beyond the top prospects, scouts say
there are few first-round talents among the tackles in this year’s draft. But if
the Giants trade down, they could land a good one early in the second round.</p>

Running back
The loss of Brandon Jacobs (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Brandon+Jacobs)
leaves a vacancy in the Giants’ backfield, but it seems to be one they expect to
fill from within. Danny Ware (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Danny+Ware) and Da’Rel Scott (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Da%27Rel+Scott) likely
will get the first shots at backing up the injury-prone Ahmad Bradshaw (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Ahmad+Bradshaw). The
Giants likely will add more depth — possibly a veteran later in the spring. They
could draft a running back, too, likely with a late-round pick.</p>

Tight end
After the ACL injuries to Travis Beckum (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Travis+Beckum) and <a title="Jake Ballard" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jake+Ballard">Jake
Ballard</a> this was the Giants’ area of biggest need heading into the
offseason, but they filled it by signing former Cowboy <a title="Martellus Bennett" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Martellus+Bennett">Martellus
Bennett</a>. They still need more bodies at the position, and many people think
they won’t be able to resist Stanford’s Coby Fleener (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Coby+Fleener) in Round
1. But the Giants don’t really feature the tight end in their offense, so a
later-round pick seems more their style.</p>


<a title="Mike Adams" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mike+Adams">Mike
Position: OT College: Ohio State

Height: 6-7
Weight: 323

Key numbers: He ran a slow 5.40 in the 40 at the combine and
bench pressed 225 pounds just 19 times, but he’s got 34-inch arms. A two-year
starter at left tackle.

Big concern: Character issues. He was suspended
multiple times at school, including for playing a part in OSU’s tattoo parlor
scandal. He then reportedly tested positive for marijuana while at the scouting
combine in February.

Why him? Kareem McKenzie is gone, Will Beatty is
coming off eye surgery and David Diehl will be 32 in September. So who are the
Giants’ left and right tackles of the future? They need to answer that question
soon, and Adams is full of potential, but may need time to develop.

Dont’a Hightower
Position: LB College:

Height: 6-2 Weight: 265

Key numbers: Captain of the
nation’s best defense, he had 81 tackles, three sacks and 9˝ tackles for loss
last season. He started 41 games in his college career, playing middle
linebacker and often rushing from the outside, too.

Big concern: Not
everyone is sold on him as a middle linebacker, and some scouts think he’ll play
better in a 3-4. Also needed major reconstructive knee surgery in

Why him? The Giants have been without a strong MLB since Antonio Pierce (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Antonio+Pierce)
retired. They’re so desperate for one now they’re considering moving Michael Boley (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Michael+Boley) inside.
Hightower could fill that role, giving the Giants the deepest LB corps they’ve
had in years.

Coby Fleener
Position: TE College:

Height: 6-6 Weight: 247

Key numbers: He caught 34 passes
for 667 yards and 10 TDs as a senior, and had 96-1,543-18 in his career. A
former high school basketball star, he has great hands and 4.4 speed.

concern: His durability has been a question, including a sprained ankle in the
Fiesta Bowl that kept him from running at the combine.

Why him? The
Giants signed TE Martellus Bennett, but only for one year and he can’t replace
Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum (both rehabbing torn ACLs). Fleener could be the
most dynamic TE the Giants have had since Jeremy Shockey (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jeremy+Shockey). He
can play receiver, too." </p></div>
</div>http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giant (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants)</div>
</div></div></div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>

BOISE BACK MAY BE BIG BLUE TARGET (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/boise_back_may_be_big_blue_target_k4zGybehMi7XrC2Y 0DCm6L)

"How would the Eli Manning passing attack look if it was augmented by a Ray
Rice clone running the ball down the throats of opposing defenses?<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

No, this isn’t an exercise in fantasy football daydreaming, it’s a real-life
scenario that could play out Thursday night. The Giants, by virtue of their
Super Bowl triumph, have the last pick (32nd overall) in the first round of the
NFL Draft, and staring back at them when it’s time to select very well might be
a player often likened to Rice, the Ravens’ compact and explosive running

“I feel like I have similar qualities to a Ray Rice,’’ Doug Martin told The
Post. “Everybody compares me to him.’’</p>It may be dangerous to make such claims, but in this case it hardly is a
stretch. Martin was Boise State’s sparkplug back during a career that spawned
some truly memorable highlights on that crazy blue field. As the program
ascended, so too did Martin, a 5-foot-9, 223-pound dynamo almost universally
hailed by scouts to become a rock-solid NFL player for years to come.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

Last year, the only running back taken in the first round was Alabama’s Mark
Ingram, and a repeat could arise Thursday night, with Ingram’s former Crimson
Tide teammate, Trent Richardson, the only back assured of going in the opening

“People talk about the running back position being devalued in the NFL, how
it’s a passing league and a team isn’t so quick to replace running backs,’’
Martin said. “It’s not what you want to hear, but we’ll see what happens in the

Martin is widely considered the second-best running back in the draft. He is
strong, fast, muscular, able to break off long runs, find the end zone, and he
has a polish to his game with an ability as a receiver out of the backfield.
Plus, and NFL coaches will love this, he has a willingness and passion for

Why a running back for the Giants? Brandon Jacobs signed with the 49ers, and
the 150 rushing attempts he averaged the past two seasons must be replaced. The
candidates on the roster are veteran D.J. Ware, second-year Da’Rel Scott (five
NFL carries) and 2011 practice squad member Andre Brown, who if he makes the
team will have to sit out the first four regular season games for violating the
league’s drug policy.</p>

Factor in that starter Ahmad Bradshaw missed four games last season with a
stress fracture in his right foot and runs with screws in both feet to help
stabilize the bones.</p>

Martin, born in Oakland, Calif., and raised in Stockton, has no clue where he
will end up. The last time the Giants took a running back in the first round was
2000, when they took Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne with the 11th overall pick.
That didn’t work out so well, and general manager Jerry Reese may be inclined to
add a back later in the draft. If he wants to instantly add a jolt of playmaking
to the offense, though, Martin is the guy.</p>

Scouts rave about Martin off the field, calling him “an asset to any team,’’
a “hungry competitor’’ and “an unselfish team player.” His character traits are
impeccable, which certainly is a plus in the eyes of the Giants.</p>


NAME: Doug Martin</p>

POSITION, SCHOOL: RB, Boise State</p>

KEY STATS: 43 TDs in three seasons, 2,559 yards past two

WHY GIANTS NEED HIM: Brandon Jacobs is gone from a
mostly-anemic 2011 rushing attack that averaged league-worst 89.2 rushing yards
per game."</p></div>

<div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>


<u><font size="4">THE NEW YORK TIMES</font></u>
GIANTS' LOW KEY WAYS CARRY OVER INTO DRAFT (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/sports/football/low-key-in-off-season-giants-approach-draft.html?_r=1&amp;ref=football)

"Over the last two years, the Jets have made several splashy off-season moves
while the Giants have, in the words of the veteran linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka,
“done it in the background.”

But although fans of both teams may often compare one
to the other, the Giants have been little more than indifferent bystanders to
the Jets’ exploits. Whether it was Plaxico Burress last year or Tim Tebow this
year, the Jets’ big-name additions have had little if any effect on the Giants’
approach to business, team executives said. </p>

That is why, despite the frenzy of Tebow’s arrival
consuming their neighbors last month, the Giants’ off-season simply plodded
along: they completed a few re-signings of returning players, added couple of
less heralded players in linebacker Keith Rivers and tight end Martellus Bennett
and sustained the departures of two impact players from 2011 in Brandon Jacobs
and Mario Manningham. Perhaps the biggest news to come out of the Giants’
facility here was word that Eli Manning would <a href="http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/eli-manning-snl-host-nbc-giants-football-147514415.html">host
“Saturday Night Live”</a> on May 5. </p>

With the N.F.L. draft set to begin Thursday, Giants
General Manager Jerry Reese stifled a soft snort when asked about the Jets’
recent moves, saying: “We really don’t pay much attention to what other teams
are doing. We try to mind our own business.” </p>

The Giants’ on-the-sly routine figures to continue
this week, too, as one of their rewards for winning the <a class="meta-classifier" title="More articles about the Super Bowl." href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/s/super_bowl/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier">Super
Bowl</a> is the 32nd — and last — pick of the draft’s first round. While some
teams, including the Jets, could look to trade up in the round, the Giants are
more likely to trade back in the draft than forward. </p>

Reese hinted as much to reporters last week, saying
that the Giants see numerous prospects with similar ratings on their draft
board. That means that in the team’s opinion, there may be equal value, if not
greater, in a player taken early in the second round as opposed to the end of
the first. </p>

Referring to the rows of players on the Giants’ draft
board, Reese said: “From Pick 15 down to Pick 32, there are going to be some
very similar kind of players that we like in the row. We don’t think there are
32 guys that should be picked in the first round, but in the first row, you have
to pick somebody, so that’s how we have them ranked. And more than likely, the
guys where we are, we think those guys probably should be picked in the second
round.” </p>

Whenever the Giants do select a player, they will
follow the organization’s philosophy of drafting for talent as opposed to need.
Reese even said the Giants would take a quarterback if that was the best player
available, despite the fact that Manning is the face of their franchise. </p>

To Kiwanuka, that is “as crazy as it gets around
here.” </p>

He added, laughing, “Taking a defensive end when we’ve
already got like 10 on the roster — that’s what getting nuts around here looks
like.” </p>

In terms of needs, the Giants have a few obvious areas
of concern. Some draft experts see them selecting an offensive lineman like Ohio
State tackle Mike Adams if an attractive one is available — a pick that would
help them fill the hole created by the apparent departure of the veteran Kareem
McKenzie. Although McKenzie’s locker at the Giants’ training facility had,
oddly, not yet been cleaned out last week, he is not expected to return. </p>

Other draft analysts project the Giants to select a
tight end, perhaps Coby Fleener of Stanford, which is logical enough, as Jake
Ballard and Travis Beckum are recovering from surgery on torn anterior cruciate
ligaments. </p>

The Giants seem more optimistic about Beckum, who has
not yet ruled out being ready for the start of the regular season. Ballard, on
the other hand, hopes to be ready by midseason at best, though he may not play
at all. Adding a tight end to push Bennett, then, would seem to make sense. </p>

The Giants could also look to add depth at running
back in the draft, particularly with Jacobs now playing in San Francisco and
Ahmad Bradshaw still dealing with foot problems that hobbled him last season.

Bradshaw received injection treatment in his fractured
right foot in February — as opposed to having a more complex operation — and
said last week his feet felt great. But with unproven backs like D. J. Ware,
Da’Rel Scott and Andre Brown behind him, it would hardly be surprising if the
Giants brought in another player to compete for carries."
</p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html">http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>
FOR NEW YORK GIANTS, SCHEDULE TOUGHNESS NOT A FACTOR (http://www.giants101.com/2012/04/22/for-new-york-giants-schedule-toughness-not-a-factor/)

"This passed Tuesday, the 2012 NFL Schedule dropped (http://www.giants101.com/2012/04/17/new-york-giants-2012-2013-regular-season-schedule-released/) and the banter started by both
prognosticators as well as football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) fans. There should be absolutely no surprise
that the <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a> are being “picked” to falter. The basis for the supposed reasoning is
laughable. Again.

Every year the expert picks change by month as no one really sticks to the
initial statements they make – even some “homers” recant somewhat. With the way
injuries affect teams and the roster changes/benchings throughout the season,
some of the retractions have solid ground. Many of these withdrawn votes for
playoff contention don’t have basis, due to the fact that looking at a team on
paper during the offseason isn’t truly making an educated guess.</p>

Let’s look at the first half of Big Blue’s schedule:</p>
<ul> Week 1 vs. Dallas Cowboys: A division rival, so never a “given” game. Dallas
is trying to improve their secondary which has been suspect versus Big Blue, but
the entire defense not gelling was their major problem aside from lack of true
leadership. Too many changes may be their demise to “team” this early on. Week 2 vs. Tampa Bay: Again, coaching changes as well as some rebuilding may
have them not quite prepared, but those changes were actually additions – from
the Giants. Former WR/QB Coach Mike Sullivan and former DC Bill Sheridan are now
down there. They do know some Giants tendencies as well as play calls. Possible
early trap game…but doubtful. Week 3 at Carolina: A very short week and a flight can throw NY into a state
of unpreparedness against a second-year QB that had flashes of greatness last
season – or have them prepare as soon as Week 2’s time clock is at 0:00.
Coughlin will have this team prepared. It’s on the players to carry out his game
plan or fall into an all-too-easy pit. Week 4 at Philly: Another division rival, but this time away from home and
in a very hostile environment. Perfect scenario for the G-Men in their underdog
shadow. They’re healthier than in their last November home meeting. The Eagles
and the entire fan base are cranky with Big Blue. Again, perfect setting to ride
north on I-95 with a “W.” Week 5 vs. Cleveland: Well, most Giants fans remember the last game at
Cleveland – trap game and then some. Derek Anderson looked All-Pro and Braylon
Edwards still had major potential. The team never forgets ugly losses like that;
it’s how the organization has always functioned. Close game at home with an
eked-out win. Eli has his first comeback game of the season here. Week 6 at San Francisco: Aah, the rivalry from the late 80’s/early 90’s is
baaaaack! What kind of “help” can Manningham and Jacobs give Alex Smith and
Harbaugh? Another close-to-the-wire slobber-knocker that will not be pretty.
There’s some pretty severe disdain there now. Championship Playoff losses sting
badly. If the Giants don’t fall into the baited penalty hole, win on the line of
scrimmage and be on the positive side of the turnover ratio, the six-hour flight
home is sweet once again. Week 7 vs. Washington: Mental aspect is a huge part of football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/).
Last season’s loss on 9/11 and then the poop-the-bed loss at home (the catalyst
to “All In” and the winning streak that has yet to end) cannot remain in the
team’s heads. The Redskins celebration over the Jints can end here. Division
games are hard to call, period. Just go out and execute. Week 8 at Dallas: Not much has changed from Week one, except possible
further cohesion on both teams and possible injuries going into this week. Eli
Manning seems to love playing in big D. Too bad this isn’t a primetime game;
that almost seals the “W.”[/list]

Through eight weeks, as the schedule is broken down Giants-style, it doesn’t
seem so unapproachable, unattainable or unrealistic. The schedule is what it is.
The New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)
Giants take each game one at a time – hard or easy strength of schedule. Let
them worry about how to approach the road to repeat and "Strive for Number
</p>GIANTS' AHMAD BRADSHAW HOSTING NFL DRAFT EVENT IN HAZLET, N.J. ON APRIL 26TH (http://www.giants101.com/2012/04/21/new-york-giants-ahmad-bradshaw-hosting-nfl-draft-event-on-april-26th-in-hazlet-nj/)

"If you're unable to physically attend the NFL Draft (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl-draft/)
at Radio City Music Hall in New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) City, there's an alternate option this year. Why
not spend it with New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants running back and Super Bowl XLVI champion
<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Ahmad Bradshaw" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/ahmad-bradshaw/" rel="tag nofollow">Ahmad
Bradshaw</a> in Hazlet, New Jersey?

The two-time Super Bowl champion will be hosting an NFL Draft (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl-draft/)
party at Park East (3352 Rt. 35) from 6:00 PM EST until 8:00 PM EST on Thursday,
April 26th.</p>

VIP tickets (limited to 20) for the party, which is sponsored by MJR Sports
Management and JAG Sports Marketing, <a href="http://www.mjrsportsintegrity.biz/shop/" target="_blank">can be
purchased</a> for $159.00. In addition to VIP tickets, Bradshaw will also be
signing autographs and offering photo ops (signed) for $59.99 and $75.00

What better way to ring in the new football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) season than with a champion? We at Giants 101
hope to see you there!</p>

Additionally, if you'd like to read more in-depth NFL Draft (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl-draft/)
coverage, check out the newest addition to Sports Media 101 (http://www.sportsmedia101.com/), On the Clock 101 (http://www.ontheclock101.com/). It is
currently in the midst of a network-wide mock draft."</p>
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NT GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES" DRAFT ODDS 'N ENDS (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/4/22/2966403/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-draft-odds-n-ends)

Excerpt: "Just a few news and notes items for you this morning, New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/sports/football/low-key-in-off-season-giants-approach-draft.html?_r=1&amp;partner=rssnyt&amp;emc=rss">Low-Key
in Off-Season, Giants Approach Draft - NYTimes.com</a>
"From Pick 15 down to
Pick 32, there are going to be some very similar kind of players that we like in
the row. We don’t think there are 32 guys that should be picked in the first
round, but in the first row, you have to pick somebody, so that’s how we have
them ranked. And more than likely, the guys where we are, we think those guys
probably should be picked in the second round."</p>

<a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/boise_back_may_be_big_blue_target_k4zGybehMi7XrC2Y 0DCm6L?utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_content=Giants">Boise
back may be Big Blue target - NYPOST.com</a>
How would the Eli Manning (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2235/eli-manning)
passing attack look if it was augmented by a Ray Rice (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34930/ray-rice) clone
running the ball down the throats of opposing defenses?

No, this isn’t
an exercise in fantasy football daydreaming, it’s a real-life scenario that
could play out Thursday night. The Giants, by virtue of their Super Bowl
triumph, have the last pick (32nd overall) in the first round of the NFL Draft,
and staring back at them when it’s time to select very well might be a player
often likened to Rice, the Ravens (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/baltimore-ravens)’ compact
and explosive running back."

<u><font size="4">INSIDE FOOTBALL</font></u>

GIANTS' M OCK DRAFT: ROUND 2 (63RD OVERALL) (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4156)

"In the second round of my Giants mock draft, I have the Giants selecting a
wide receiver. <span id="more-4156"></span>

Why Wide Receiver?
The NFL has evolved into a
pass-first league. When a team has a quarterback that’s in his prime as far as
directing the offense and making the throws that win games, it behooves everyone
to make sure that he has as many weapons as possible at his disposal.</p>

The Giants have Hakeem Nicks and Victor
Cruz and first and second on the depth chart, respectively. That’s not
going to change unless there’s an injury.</p>

While Cruz is entering the last year of his rookie contract, I would be
stunned if he doesn’t re-sign with the giants (I do not think he’ll get an
extension this year, however, as the team is cap-strapped).</p>

Mario Manningham has, of course, made the lateral move to
San Francisco, where he’s projected to be their number three receiver. So what
do the Giants do for their third receiver?</p>

They like second-year man Jerrel Jernigan, who as well as
having potential as a receiver, can play special teams (something Manningham did
not do, hence another reason the organization likely let him go). Jernigan of
course got off to the rocky start as a rookie, but eventually he settled down to
where he was given a game day uniform ahead of Ramses Barden,
who never really pulled it together after missing the first six weeks of the
season on PUP with an ankle ailment.</p>

There is also Domenik Hixon, who is trying to come back from
a second straight knee surgery. Fans might not think all that much of Hixon as
a receiver, but when asked to step in, he’s actually performed well. (Anyone
remember the big game he had against Seattle a few years ago when he had to
fill in for Plaxico Burress during his suspension?)</p>

i realize that it’s only natural to have some reservations about Hixon’s
knee. While he claims that he’ll be back “better than ever,” until he actually
tests that knee by twisting and cutting, we won’t know for sure (and I think
he’s going to have his reps managed this spring). Certainly, we can all hope for
the best, but at the same time, the Giants have to prepare for the worst.</p>

But What About?
I mentioned Barden, earlier, and
I think this year, the last in his rookie deal, will be a make or break season
for him. While you can probably excuse him for the 2010 season due to his ankle
injury, i think one would have to be reluctant in excusing him for last year,
despite spending the first six weeks on PUP. I think it says a lot that Barden
ultimately slipped behind Jernigan, a rookie who had no off-season, on the depth
chart to were Jernigan was getting a uniform and Barden was not (it could also
have to do with the fact that Jernigan played special teams and Barden doesn’t).
Whatever the case, the 6-6 Barden has the talent, and seems to have the right
attitude. for whatever the reason, when he’s been on the field he hasn’t been
able to get it done, and that has to be just a bit disturbing for the team that
drafted him thinking he had this big play making ability.</p>

Projected Pick: Mohamed Sanu, 6-2, 211 lbs.,
In a perfect world, the Giants might have a chance at
Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill, a 6-4, 215 lb. receiver who’s been projected to go
in the first round. The reason why I don’t have receiver as the first round pick
is that the Giants should be set with Nicks and Cruz, and I don’t think the
Giants will draft a wide receiver in the first round, where Hill is projected to

The 6-2, 211 lb. Sanu doesn’t seem to be a bad consolation pick if he falls
to 32 when the Giants draft in round 2. The Big East record holder with 210
career receptions (115 receptions this past season) Sanu averaged 10.8 yards per
reception during his career.</p>

Making him even more valuable to a prospective team is that he’s not afraid
to get his hands dirty. He has nice size and strength to fight off the jam, and
runs well in the open field. He can also play the slot and is not afraid to
block down field, which is often a skill many draft enthusiasts overlook when
ranking a receiver.</p>

Might Sanu be gone by the time the Giants pick? Perhaps, especially if Greg
Schiano, formerly the Rutgers head coach now the head coach in Tampa, looks to
grab him. But if Sanu should fall down to the Giants here, I think the Giants
would have to consider him."

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<u><font size="4">GMEN HQ</font></u>


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<a href="http:///">http://nygreporter.com/

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PLAYOFF LOSS TO GIANTS STILL EATS AT CLAY MATTHEWS (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8287e9df/article/playoff-loss-to-giants-still-eats-at-clay-matthews)

"Clay Matthews wasn't among the millions who watched Super Bowl XLVI, but he
was on the field for the Green Bay Packers (/teams/greenbaypackers/profile?team=GB)' loss to the
New York Giants (/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG) in the NFC
divisional playoffs.

It still tears at him, to reexamine how Green Bay came undone against an
underdog -- the very role they played to perfection one year earlier to win
Super Bowl XLV. The 15-1 Packers shifted into autopilot when it mattered most
against the Giants, and Matthews lives with it still.</p>

</p><div id="yui_3_4_1_2_1335097839609_675" class="articleText">

"I didn't catch the Super Bowl at all, simply because I was on a plane at
that time," Matthews told NBC Sports Talk on Friday (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/04/20/clay-matthews-says-hell-never-get-over-loss-to-the-giants/). "I don't know if you ever
really get over it. I still remember losses from my childhood that you never get
over. Fortunately we get to play the Giants again this year and hopefully have a
little redemption."</p>

That rematch is set for a Sunday night showdown at MetLife in Week 12.</p>

Matthews gave credit to <a id="yui_3_4_1_2_1335097839609_925" class="player-flyout" href="/players/elimanning/profile?id=MAN473170">Eli
Manning</a> and the Giants: "(They) had to go through everyone's backyard and
win and that's exactly what they did -- similar to what we did two years ago. So
we're just looking forward to getting back out there and hopefully show everyone
what we're capable of and that's winning another Super Bowl."</p>

(Not everyone's backyard -- the Giants hosted the Atlanta Falcons (/teams/atlantafalcons/profile?team=ATL) in the
wild-card game, but Matthews' point is made.)</p>

We can't expect Green Bay to equal last year's run. The Packers' schedule
opens on a rough note, with the San Francisco 49ers (/teams/sanfrancisco49ers/profile?team=SF), Chicago Bears (/teams/chicagobears/profile?team=CHI), Seattle Seahawks (/teams/seattleseahawks/profile?team=SEA) and New Orleans Saints (/teams/neworleanssaints/profile?team=NO) in the
first four weeks. Scoring breathlessly won't do it alone in 2012. In the end,
the fireworks didn't mask a defense that stood exposed in the final act, giving
up 41 to the Lions in Week 17 and 37 in that playoff defeat to New York.</p>

A defeat Matthews and Co. chew on still."</p></div>http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG

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PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY</u></font><div class="story_body line ">
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BROKEN TACKLES 2011; PARTII (http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stat-analysis/2012/broken-tackles-2011-part-ii)

PLAYER WHO SUED THE NFL OVER CONCUSSIONS COMMITTED SUICIDE (http://www.theredzone.org/BlogDescription/tabid/61/EntryId/25757/Player-who-sued-NFL-over-concussions-commits-suicide/Default.aspx)

TIM TEBOW TO RENT LUXURY SPACE IN ELI'S NEIGHBORHOOD (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8287dcfc/article/tim-tebow-rents-luxury-space-in-elis-neighborhood)

DONTARI POE'S ATHLETICISM IF OFF THE CHARTS (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/148419585_Poe_s_athleticism_is_off_the_charts.html )

04-22-2012, 10:37 AM
thanks for the news and notes Roanoke! [B]

04-22-2012, 11:17 AM
thanks for the news and notes Roanoke! [B]


04-22-2012, 11:20 AM
I don't think Doug Martin reminds me of Ray Rice...I heard some other people say this before too but Ray looks faster and quicker out of his breaks. I'm a Doug Martin fan but I just don't see it.

Anyway...thanks for the read.

04-22-2012, 12:56 PM
Thanks RF

04-22-2012, 02:40 PM
Thanks RF


G-Men Surg.
04-22-2012, 03:47 PM
Thanks RF !

04-22-2012, 07:43 PM

04-22-2012, 07:54 PM


04-22-2012, 07:55 PM
Thanks RF !

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