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GIANTS' AHMAD BRADSHAW VOWS TO MAKE FIRST ROUND PICK DAVID WILSON HIS "PROJECT" (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_ahmad_bradshaw_vows_to.html)

"It's amazing how quickly the circle of life spins in the NFL.


Seven years ago, Tiki Barber took Brandon Jacobs under his wing in the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants)' backfield. Soon thereafter, Jacobs
became the elder statesman guiding Ahmad Bradshaw. And now, with Jacobs gone to
the San Franscisco 49ers, Bradshaw will become the instructor for <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_2012_giants_first_ro.html">David
Wilson, the Giants' first-round pick in this year's NFL Draft</a>.</p>


"I plan on using him as my project," Bradshaw said today in <a href="http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Veterans-to-help-transition-rookies-to-NFL/984b18a8-f7bc-4a57-babf-2beb8b5ed889">quotes
released by the team</a>. “He’s a very talented running back and he’s from
Virginia. Two Virginia guys in this running back corps is going to be dangerous.
I expect to use him as my project to get him better, to get him smarter and just
to mature him a little bit, just to help him understand the NFL."</p>


Bradshaw, a former seventh-round pick, is entering his sixth NFL season. This
one will be different for him, though, because of the absence of Jacobs. He's
already said <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_ahmad_bradshaw_expects.html">he
plans to be more vocal and take on more of a leadership role</a>. No sooner did
he make that promise than the perfect subject to lead - Wilson - landed on the
doorstep.</p>


Bradshaw realizes Wilson has a lot to learn in the team's complex offense, so
he plans to help him in that regard.</p>


"As a Giant running back, it’s one of the toughest things,” Bradshaw said. "I
don’t see a lot of guys coming in and being able to grasp all of the different
things you can do as a running back. You just have so many pass protections, so
many pass route terms, so many run terms. You have different terminology from
when you’re in college or when you’re with another team. It’s just so much
different terminology with us and then we have so many keywords and hidden
phrases. Different teams won’t know exactly what you’re doing every game. It’s
kind of tough.</p>


"Like I say, when I came as a rookie my plan was to try to impress the
coaches and learn that playbook. Once I was able to learn that playbook I was
able to impress the coaches by going out there and using my God-gifted talents
and go out there and do what I do best."</p>


Arguably the most important aspect of that rundown Bradshaw gave was the
pass- protection part.</p>


"If you can’t protect that quarterback, you can’t get out there," he said.
"That’s how we look at it now. We’ve had a lot of rookies and a lot of young
guys come through here. We don’t even let them, in practice, get behind Eli
(Manning). When you’re behind Eli you know that you’re getting better and you’re
trusted."</p>


* * * *</p>


There was no media access today, but the Giants provided those good quotes
above and a few others.</p>


WR Hakeem Nicks on his advice for second-round pick WR Rueben Randle: "All
eyes are going to be on you so you just want to come in and try to do everything
right. But in all likelihood you probably won’t. That’s just how your
expectations have to be. ... (The first challenge is) grasping the whole idea of
things and how we run things here, just making sure he’s accountable and able to
take on everything that’s going to be thrown at him. It isn’t going to be a lot.
We won’t throw too much at him, I’m sure, but just being a rookie, you know you
have to come in and play the game the same way you’ve been playing it. Don’t put
too much on yourself."</p>


More advice from Nicks to Randle: "Once you get the playbook down, it’s
concepts. Try not to learn just one position. Try to learn the whole offense and
it will be better for you."</p>


CB Terrell Thomas on third-round CB pick Jayron Hosley: "He’s facing the same
opportunity that I had. When I came in there were two or three starters here
that were in that spot. We’re looking for someone to come in and be young and
energetic and help out and play special teams and learn to win from the best. I
heard he’s a great player. I’m happy with the addition. We’re getting younger. I
can’t wait to meet him and help him out."</p>


* * * * </p>


As a refresher, these were the players we mentioned as Giants undrafted free
agents on Saturday (they or their agents/schools claimed they signed): DE Matt
Broha (Lousiana Tech), FB Joe Martinek (Rutgers), WR David Douglas (Arizona), WR
Julian Talley (UMass and Winslow HS), DE Adewale Ojomo (Miami), S Jojo Nicolas
(Miami) and S Janzen Jackson (McNeese State).</p>


<a href="http://blog.northjersey.com/giants/2595/10-more-who-might-be-giants-well-heres-eight/">Art
Stapleton over there at The Record </a>mentioned OL Stephen Goodin
(Nebraska-Kearney) and WR Damian Davis (Mary Hardin-Baylor). And Tom Rock from
Newsday saw something on Twitter saying OL D'Angelo McCray (Memphis) signed.</p>


We'll let you know when all of the signings are made official.</p>


I can tell you GM Reese said on WFAN today he was surprised Martinek didn't
get drafted. He also mentioned Jackson and said he will be read "the riot act"
as a warning. Jackson has some red flags, <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_giants_host_more_non.html?utm_source=twi tterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter&amp;utm_term=%23nyg">as
I outlined last week</a>."</p>NFL DRAFT: FOR GIANTS, JETS, POST-DRAFT GRADES PRESENT DIFFERENCE OF OPINION (http://www.nj.com/sports/nfldraft/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_for_giants_jets_post.html)

"Perhaps at no time is prognostication more meaningless than just before,
during and after the NFL Draft. Prospects who are destined for greatness are
questioned by pundits; others, meanwhile, are feted before flaming out in the
NFL. "Draft experts" rate teams' selections based on "needs," hypothesizing how
a team might wedge a player into its scheme having never attended a practice or
meeting.<div class="entry-content">


With that in mind -- and illustrative of the point -- we present a sampling
post-draft grades, varied as they are, beginning with a rather optimistic
evaluation from The Star-Ledger.</p>


The Star-Ledger</p>


Jets (http://www.nj.com/sports/nfldraft/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_2012_afc_report_card.html):
A-
In the draft's first two rounds, the Jets may have found starters at
defensive end and wide receiver come Week 1. Jets fans on NJ.com were surprised
-- and some dismayed -- the <a href="http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2012/04/jets_hot_topic_grade_the_jets.html">team
did not aim to add offensive line depth</a>.</p>


Giants (http://www.nj.com/sports/nfldraft/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_2012_nfc_team_report.html):
A-
David Wilson is lauded for his athletic abilities, while Reuben Randle is
touted as a wide receiver who will be allowed to flourish in the pros much more
than he did at LSU. Jayron Hosley is viewed as the pivot player, whose success
or failure will mirror the success or failure of Jerry Reese's draft. NJ.com
users were reluctant to rate the draft so soon, <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_hot_topic_grade_the_tea.html">choosing
to forestall an assessment</a> to judge how the numerous "developmental" players
the Giants selected. </p>


* * </p>


ESPN.com (http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft2012/story/_/id/7823750/mel-kiper-gives-grades-every-nfl-team-draft)</p>


Jets: C
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN's draft guru, saddles the
Jets with a "C" for two reasons. First, because the Jets opted for Quinton
Coples instead of Melvin Ingram, whom Kiper tipped as the better player. Second,
Kiper assesses Stephen Hill as a raw player, blindingly quick but lacking
precision as a route runner. Linebacker Demario Davis is cited as a good value
pick in the third round.</p>


Giants: C+
Kiper speculates the Giants wanted former
Boise State running back Doug Martin over David Wilson, despite Reese's
assertion that Wilson was the Giants' No. 2-rated running back (presumably,
behind No. 3 overall pick Trent Richardson). Randle, Kiper says, lacks
"explosiveness." Hosley lacks strength to muscle opponents, Kiper feels.
Wilson's ability to have an effect will key the success of this crew.</p>


**</p>


SI.com (http://nfl.si.com/2012/04/29/2012-nfl-draft-grades/?sct=hp_t12_a0&amp;eref=sihp)</p>


Jets: D+
Sports Illustrated rates the Jets' draft as
"more bad than good." Despite possible surprises with Hill and Jordan White at
wide receiver, Coples is a "colossal roll of the dice" and the failure to
address the offensive tackle position earns demerits.</p>


Giants: B+
Wilson is seen by SI as the riskiest of the
Giants' picks -- if only because he might struggle to get on the field his
rookie season. Randle, Hosley and offensive tackle Brandon Mosley are seen as
"gems."</p>


**</p>


Yahoo.com</p>


Jets (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--2012-afc-draft-grades--risky-dolphins--o-line-needy-steelers-earn-high-marks.html;_ylt=AoY2r8NbjqpQUjOE9HYsUfJDubYF):
C-
The Jets' below average grade is bestowed due to the Coples pick. Yahoo
feels general manager Mike Tannenbaum should have learned from his 2008
first-round pick (Vernon Gholston), picking a freakish athlete but a players
whose passion for football is in question.</p>


Giants (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--2012-nfc-draft-grades--defensive-minded-eagles--packers-earn-high-marks.html;_ylt=AoEVakdxv.VCTb6B_PDQ54VDubYF):
C+
A barely above-average rating, but few poor choices are pointed out by
Yahoo. Wilson is lauded, as is Randle. The Giants made "typical choices," with
the reminder that young players tend to improve rapidly when they put on a blue
jersey and helmet."</p></div>
##

GIANTS HOT TOPIC: GRADE THE TEAM'S DRAFT (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_hot_topic_grade_the_tea.html)

"The Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/) added seven players to
their roster in the <a href="http://www.nj.com/sports/nfldraft">2012 NFL
Draft</a>.<div class="entry-content">


Unlike previous drafts, it seems GM Jerry Reese and the Giants were going
after some needs: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_2012_giants_first_ro.html">running
back David Wilson</a> from Virginia Tech and LSU <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_2012_giants_compare.html">wide
receiver Rueben Randle</a> were the top two picks, and third-round pick <a href="http://www.nj.com/sports/nfldraft/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_2012_giants_fill_hol.html">Jayron
Hosley</a> should help the depth at cornerback, which has some question
marks.</p>


The other Giants' picks were: tight end Adrien Robinson and offensive tackle
Brandon Mosley in the fourth round; offensive tackle Matt McCants in Round 5;
and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn in the seventh.</p>


<a href="http://www.nj.com/sports/nfldraft/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_2012_nfc_team_report.html">The
Star-Ledger gave the Giants an A-</a>, and now we want to know how you would
grade the draft. Vote in the poll and then drop down to the comments section to
talk about it."</p></div>NFL DRAFT 2012: NFC TEAM REPORT CARDS (http://www.nj.com/sports/nfldraft/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_2012_nfc_team_report.html)

Excerpt: "NFC EAST


GIANTS: A-</p>


Wilson is a physical marvel, and Randle could easily be more productive
as a pro than he ever was in college. Hosley’s a wild card.</p>


PICK PLAYER POS COLLEGE</p>


R1-32, David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech</p>


R2-31, Rueben Randle, WR, LSU</p>


R3-31, Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech</p>


R4-32, Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati</p>


R4-36, Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn</p>


R6-31, Matt McCants, OT, UAB</p>


R7-32, Markus, Kuhn, DT, N.C. State" Read more...
</p>GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA SAYS HE'S NOT A "GREEDY PIG" FOR TURNING DOWN JERRY REESE'S CONTRACT OFFERS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_osi_umenyiora_says_hes_1.html)

"On Saturday, after the NFL Draft had been completed and Osi Umenyiora
remained with the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants), general manager
Jerry Reese said the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_ends_and_osi_umenyio.html">was
offered a pair of contract extensions in the past year</a>.


Umenyiora said he was offered only one multi-year deal and that it was not a
lucrative one.</p>


"They offered an extension - guaranteeing half of what they just gave 'Kiwi'
(Mathias Kiwanuka) guaranteed. So he is telling the truth," Umenyiora wrote in
an email to The Star-Ledger, though the next line indicates that confirmation
was wrought with sarcasm. "And I'm a greedy pig for turning down half of what
they just gave 'Kiwi.' Lol."</p>


Last week, <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_re-sign_mathias_kiwanuk.html">Kiwanuka
signed a contract extension</a> that included $10.95 million in guaranteed
money. Half of that would be $5.475 million.</p>


While Reese claimed the Giants proposed an "extension" last year during
training camp, Umenyiora indicated it was merely the offer of incentives on top
of his current deal that was previously reported.</p>


The standoff continues, and Umenyiora hasn't said what his next move will be.
He did indicate he won't be complaining publicly, though.</p>


"Anyway, I'm done talking about anything," he concluded, "because it does
nothing apparently."</p>http://www.nj.com/giants/

</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS</font></u>
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BRADSHAW READY TO WORK ON NEW RD "PROJECT" (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/04/bradshaw-ready-to-work-on-new-rb-project)

"When Ahmad Bradshaw arrived in 2007 as a rookie running back with the Giants,
Brandon Jacobs welcomed him and took him under his wing.



Now it’s
Bradshaw’s turn to do the same for David Wilson, the Virginia Tech running back
the Giants took in the first round of the NFL draft.

“I plan on using
him as my project,” Bradshaw said on Monday. “He’s a very talented running back
and he’s from Virginia. Two Virginia guys in this running back corps is going to
be dangerous. I expect to use him as my project to get him better, to get him
smarter and just to mature him a little bit, just to help him understand the
NFL.”

Bradshaw, who lives about three hours away from Wilson during the
offseason, is already handing out advice to the rookie. He said the first thing
Wilson needs to do is learn how to block because “If you can’t protect that
quarterback, you can’t get out there. That’s how we look at it
now.”

That’s just one of the many things Wilson will have to learn, and
Bradshaw knows the experience can be overwhelming. The Giants’ offensive
playbook is thick and the plays, signals and assignments are
complicated.

For a running back – especially one who figures to get a
lot of work in the Giants’ two-back rotation – learning it all will be a lot of
work.

“I don’t see a lot of guys coming in and being able to grasp all
of the different things you can do as a running back,” Bradshaw said. “You just
have so many pass protections, so many pass route terms, so many run terms. You
have different terminology from when you’re in college. It’s kind of
tough.

“Like I say, when I came as a rookie my plan was to try to
impress the coaches and learn that playbook. Once I was able to learn that
playbook I was able to impress the coaches by going out there and using my
God-gifted talents and go out there and do what I do best.”
</p>


***
Nicks, Thomas welcome their new teammates,
too

There was no media access to the Giants today, but the
Giants PR staff sent out quotes from several players about the team’s new draft
picks. The quotes included the above ones from Bradshaw on Wilson, WR Hakeem
Nicks on second-round WR Reuben Randle, and CB Terrell Thomas on third-round CB
Jayron Holsey.

Not surprisingly, all three players were very welcoming.
And that’s not just because the PR staff would never put out negative quotes
about their new players. It’s also because that’s the way the atmosphere around
the Giants has become over the last decade. Veteran players often take rookies
under their wings.

Anyway, here’s what the old Giants said about the new
ones:

Nicks on Randle: “All eyes are going to be on you
so you just want to come in and try to do everything right. But in all
likelihood you probably won’t. That’s just how your expectations have to be.
(The first challenge is) grasping the whole idea of things and how we run things
here, just making sure he’s accountable and able to take on everything that’s
going to be thrown at him. It isn’t going to be a lot. We won’t throw too much
at him, I’m sure, but just being a rookie, you know you have to come in and play
the game the same way you’ve been playing it. Don’t put too much on
yourself.”

Thomas on Holsey: “He’s facing the same
opportunity that I had. When I came in there were two or three starters here
that were in that spot. We’re looking for someone to come in and be young and
energetic and help out and play special teams and learn to win from the best. I
heard he’s a great player. I’m happy with the addition. We’re getting younger. I
can’t wait to meet him and help him out.

“I’ve never been shy to help
someone, to give them advice or help them in the film room. I think he (Hosley)
will make us better. If he takes my spot, good luck. I love competition. I was
raised on it. It’s something Coach (Pete) Carroll taught us in college (at USC).
It’s something I thrive on. It motivates me that someone is coming to take my
spot. That’s what this league is all about. Every year, every week somebody can
take your spot. It’s going to push me, it’s going to push Corey, it’s going to
push Prince and every other DB on this team to get better. And hopefully, we can
help him at the same time.”
</p>


***
Mr. Goff goes to Washington

LB Jonathan Goff,
who missed most of last season with the Giants after tearing his ACL, signed a
free-agent contract with the Washington Redskins on Monday.

That was
hardly a surprise, considering the Giants long ago made the decision to move on.
There had been some indications the Giants were trying to re-sign Goff before
the free agency period began, but it never happened and he only drew lukewarm
interest on the market from the Browns, Dolphins and Redskins. Considering he is
young and has experience as a starter, it made me wonder if maybe his ACL isn’t
fully healed.

Regardless, he’s gone now and the Giants seem poised to
move Michael Boley to the middle or figure out another way to tinker with their
linebacker corps."</p>
##

GIANTS' DE OSI UMENYIORA RIPS GM JERRY REESE, SAYING GM IS MAKING HIM LOOK LIKE A "GREEDY PIG" (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-defensive-osi-umenyiora-rips-gm-jerry-reese-gm-making-greedy-pig-article-1.1069584)
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"The war between Osi Umenyiora (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Osi+Umenyiora) and <a title="Jerry Reese" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jerry+Reese">Jerry
Reese</a> is heating up again.


One day after the Giants’ GM insisted the team
has offered Umenyiora a contract extension in each of the last two seasons, the
unhappy defensive end fired back, saying Reese was distorting the truth to make
him look like “a greedy pig.” In an email to the Daily News on Sunday, Umenyiora
said the Giants’ offer last summer wasn’t actually an extension, and their offer
this year wasn’t much of an offer at all. Umenyiora didn’t go as far as he did
last spring, when he accused Reese of being a liar in a court affidavit, but his
anger was still clear.
“Last year I was offered incentives. This year they
offered me in guaranteed money, HALF of what they just gave Kiwi guaranteed.
HALF,” Umenyiora wrote. “I’m not making that up. Then Jerry tells the world they
offered me an extension and I turned it down. And I look like a greedy pig for
turning it down. Hilarious.”
Mathias Kiwanuka (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mathias+Kiwanuka)
recently got a three-year contract extension worth a total of $21.75 million
that included an $8.5 million signing bonus and $10.95 million in guaranteed
money. If Umenyiora really was offered “half” of that guaranteed money, it means
the Giants were only willing to guarantee about $5.5 million for him.
Clearly
they knew that wouldn’t get it done. Umenyiora, who is scheduled to make $3.975
million this year in the final year of a seven-year, $41.5 million extension he
signed in 2005, is seeking a deal worth an average of $10 million per year and
$15 million-$17 million in guaranteed money. For proof, in an interview on WFAN
last week, he pointed to recent contracts signed by Eagles defensive end Trent Cole (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Trent+Cole)
(four years, $48 million, $15 million guaranteed) and Colts <a title="Robert Mathis" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Robert+Mathis">defensive end Robert
Mathis</a> (four years, $36 million, $17 million guaranteed) as comparable
deals.
Last summer, after Umenyiora staged a one-day training camp holdout to
protest his contract, the 30-year-old did turn down the offer of incentives tied
to his sack numbers. He apparently got an offer of an actual extension recently,
following the 12 ½ sacks in 13 games he had in the 2011 season.
But the offer
clearly wasn’t good enough to rebuild the bridge between Umenyiora and the team
that was nearly torched last spring when, in a deposition as part of the NFL
players’ antitrust suit against the league during the lockout, the defensive end
accused Reese of lying to him. He claimed Reese reneged on a 2008 promise to
“either renegotiate my current contract so that it would be equal to that of the
top five defensive ends playing or (trade him) to a team that would do
that.”
According to a source close to the eight-year veteran, Umenyiora’s
anger bubbled over again on Sunday when he heard Reese say, “Osi has been
offered an extension two years in a row now.” Reese also said, “All options are
open” with Umenyiora, including a trade.
Whether Umenyiora now wants or will
demand a trade is not clear, because he has decided to stop talking about this
dispute in public. In his email to The News, he said “I will be going completely
silent after I send you this because it’s obvious talking does nothing!” As for
his specific plans, Umenyiora would only say “things will be very interesting,
that’s for sure.”</p>
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giant (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants)</div></div></div></div></div></div><div><div><div><div><div>
</div></div></div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>
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DRAFT PICK TO BE SCHOOLED BU GIANTS' TE COACH (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/giants_day_picks_at_nfl_draft_qFFoTnXgjeIlzRqVSvGi wO)

"Sometimes too much can be read into a situation, but not in a situation like
this. Not when it comes to the absolute faith the Giants have that Mike Pope,
their venerable tight ends coach, can spin straw into gold when it comes to
developing the players delivered onto his doorstep.<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">


The newest Pope pupil is Adrien Robinson, an athletic tight end from
Cincinnati taken by the Giants in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. This was
such an out-of-the-box pick that several minutes after the selection, the Giants
were still scurrying to dig up biographical information on Robinson. In three
seasons in college, he caught a mere 29 passes, an afterthought in Cincinnati’s
spread offense that featured a load of throwing, but not much to the tight
end.
</p>This pick came and went without much notice, until general manager Jerry
Reese casually mentioned, “We think this guy is kind of a JPP of tight ends.’’
Whoa. When anyone is mentioned in the same breath as Ja]son Pierre-Paul, the
fearsome defensive end who in his second NFL season amassed 16 1/2 sacks, it
demands an explanation.<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">


Reese went on to recount Robinson’s “freakish athletic numbers’’ and marvel
at his long arms, great speed and unrefined physical ability.</p>


“When we got Jason we said, ‘This guy hasn’t scratched the surface,’ ’’ Reese
said. “[Robinson] hasn’t scratched the surface yet. He has a chance to be really
something, we think.’’</p>


With that, Reese added, “We will get Mike Pope involved with this guy.’’</p>


The Giants have such trust in Pope, they usually don’t expend high draft
picks on tight ends — one exception being Jeremy Shockey in 2002. Pope did
wonders with Kevin Boss and when it seemed entering last season that Boss’
departure left the tight end position devoid of play-makers, Pope got his hands
on Jake Ballard, and he turned into a revelation.</p>


Next up for Pope: Adrien Robinson.</p>


“It’s a big factor,’’ Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “But to be honest with
you, it’s also a factor out there because the college players all know about
Mike Pope and the coaches in college know about Mike Pope. As a matter of fact,
the people in professional football do as well. So when [a tight end] comes our
way, chances are you’re going to hear comments about ‘Well, Mike Pope will coach
that guy and he’ll be a football player.’ We’re hoping that can continue.’’</p>


Robinson made a pre-draft visit to the Giants and said he spent more than an
hour speaking with Pope, so the tutoring in some sense has already begun. </p>


“I’m just happy to have the opportunity to play and learn from Coach Pope,’’
Robinson said.</p>


Two of Pope’s proteges, Ballard and Travis Beckum, suffered torn anterior
cruciate ligaments in Super Bowl XLVI and following knee surgeries, their
availability for the 2012 season is questionable. The Giants signed Martellus
Bennett from the Cowboys in free agency and Bear Pascoe returns but there is an
opening for Robinson, if he and Pope can fast-forward the learning process.</p>


This will be Pope’s 30th consecutive year coaching in the NFL and his 22nd
with the Giants, covering two separate stints (1983 to 1991 the first time
around and 2000 to the present). So ingrained is Pope into the Giants’
lifeblood, he has a grandson, Wellington, named after the Giants patriarch and
late owner, Wellington Mara.</p>


Robinson’s production was so meager, he wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting
Combine but blew the Giants away at his Pro Day, measuring 6-foot-4 and 264
pounds, and running 4.51 and 4.58 in the 40-yard dash.</p>


“We think he can develop,’’ Coughlin said. “We think with Mike Pope, just
like a lot of people think, he can become the player that we hope that he will
be.’’
</p></div>OSI TALKS WITH GIANTS GETTING TENSE (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/pope_glory_fQ4BzDkNrPC5rML6XuXiGM#ixzz1tXddrg2n)

"The ongoing contract unrest between Osi Umenyiora and the Giants is not going
away and the situation, usually tense but manageable, may get more tense and
less manageable in the days 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">


Umenyiora did not take kindly to Giants general manager Jerry Reese this past
Saturday, saying, “Osi has been offered an extension two years in a row now’’ as
if to imply the Giants are interested in a long-term commitment to their
disgruntled defensive end and Umeniora’s demands are simply too high. </p>


“Yes, they offered an extension this year,’’ Umenyiora wrote in an email to
The Post. “Guaranteeing half of what [Mathias Kiwanuka] was guaranteed. So him
telling you guys they offered an extension is technically the truth. And I’m
very greedy for turning down half of what Kiwi just got. Lol."
</p>Kiwanuka recently signed a three-year extension worth $21.75 million, with
$10.95 million in guaranteed money. If Umenyiora is correct that the Giants’
offer to him was for about $5 million in guaranteed money it is not close to
what he is looking for.<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">


Umenyiora believes market value for a pass-rusher of his pedigree is about
$10 million per year, but the Giants have not come close to agreeing that is
what he’s worth. Umenyiora is entering the final year of a seven-year deal worth
$41.5 million. His salary for the 2012 season is $3.975 million. He’d rather be
traded than play out his contract and it sounds as if he is willing to take more
drastic steps to part ways with the Giants.</p>


“I really haven’t made any definite plans yet,’’ Umenyiora wrote in the
email. “I’m quite sure things will only get more interesting.’’</p></div>GIANTS COMPARE TE FROM DRAFT TO PIERRE-PAUL (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/giants_day_picks_at_nfl_draft_qFFoTnXgjeIlzRqVSvGi wO)

"It was not difficult to detect a theme as the Giants on Saturday finished up
their selections in the NFL Draft. Of their seven picks during the three-day
draft, five of them were used to take offensive players. <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">


“It just so happened some of the best guys were offensive guys this time,’’
general manager Jerry Reese said.</p>


The Giants had two picks in the fourth round and they continued a trend by
selecting players to fill positions of need on their offense. They took Adrien
Robinson, a tight end from Cincinnati, with the 127th overall pick, then
selected Brandon Mosley, a big tackle from Auburn with the 131st overall
pick.</p>


A tight end was needed because the Giants lost two of them in Super Bowl
XLVI, when Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum each went down with a torn ACL.
Ballard may miss the entire 2012 season and Beckum could miss the first half of
the season. </p>


Robinson’s selection could be viewed as a reach; he is considered a
pass-catching tight end but he had very little production in college. He had 29
career repetitions and five touchdowns at Cincinnati, operating in an offense
that did not feature the tight end at all. He had 12 catches for 183 yards and
three touchdowns as a senior. He can be considered a developmental prospect, and
the Giants feel comfortable handing unpolished players over to Mike Pope, one of
the top tight ends coaches in the league. The Giants had Robinson in for a
predraft visit and rated him higher than many other teams.</p>


How high? Reese, noting Robinson’s long arms and athletic ability, called him
“kind of the JPP of tight ends,’’ referring to defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul,
who emerged last season as a Pro Bowl player. </p>


“We like those kind of people,’’ Reese said.</p>


Tom Coughlin said he believes Robinson has “untapped potential’’ but wouldn’t
go far as to use Pierre-Paul as a comparison. </p>


“I don’t know if [Robinson] does back flips, but he’s an athlete now,’’
Coughlin said.</p>


Mosley fills a need for depth at offensive tackle. He’s a 6-5, 318-pounder
from Coffeyville Junior College (former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs also
played there) who in two years at Auburn bulked up and moved from tight end into
a starting role at tackle. He’s projected to be a right tackle based on his size
and athletic ability but the Giants think he can move inside to guard and may
have him try multiple positions as a rookie. Mosley was a member of Auburn’s
2010 national championship team and in the past two seasons started 24 games at
right tackle. The Giants last year also used a fourth-round pick on a right
tackle prospect, James Brewer of Indiana, who spent his rookie season glued to
the bench.</p>


The Giants did not have a fifth-round pick; they traded it away to acquire
linebacker Keith Rivers from the Bengals. In the sixth round, the Giants took
another offensive tackle, Matt McCants of Alabama-Birmingham. Unlike Mosley,
McCants is a left tackle prospect who needs to add bulk and strength. He came to
football late, leaving the high school band as a tuba player in his senior year
to put on a helmet and shoulder pads. He was an immediate starter at UAB and
ended up starting 42 games at left tackle. According to the school notes, the
Alabama-Birmingham offensive line allowed 18 sacks on 440 pass plays and McCants
didn’t allow a one.</p>


Again, Reese fell in love with the fact McCants has very long arms. </p>


“Very interesting prospect for us,’’ Reese said, adding he believes “in a
year or so’’ McCants will be able to challenge for a starting spot.</p>


In the seventh round, the Giants took a chance on Markus Kuhn, a defensive
tackle from North Carolina State who was born and raised in Germany and started
one year in college. </p>


“He’s fun to watch,’’ said Reese, who added Kuhn is “the Mitch Petrus of
defensive tackles,’’ referring to the Giants aggressive young guard. “He’s like
a buzzsaw in there.’’</p>
</div>http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants
</div></div></div></div></div>
</div></div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>




http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/

<u><font size="4">WALL STREET JOURNAL</font></u>

ZILCH

http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-sports-nfl.html

<u><font size="4">THE NEW YORK TIMES</font></u>
</div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div>
ZIP

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html">http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
</a>
<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>
</div>
HAS MODERN NFL OFFENSE CHANGED THE GAME OF FOOTBALL FOREVER? (http://www.giants101.com/2012/04/30/has-modern-nfl-offense-changed-the-game-of-football-forever/)

"There’s the old adage: “Defense wins Championships.” Lately, one would beg to
differ – especially those deep into NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) stats. Like it or not, the game has been
changing.


Power running is still a part of game day; it’s just not a priority as much
anymore. There’s another change: teams do use the run to hold onto the ball and
gain time of possession, but it’s not what seemingly gets teams into the
playoffs as of late.</p>


Looking at stats from the last three years, the top ten overall rushing and
passing offenses were viewed and compared to those of the teams that made the
playoffs. Of the top ten rushing offenses, 43% of those moved on to the
playoffs. Of the top ten passing offenses, a little over 63% advanced to the
post-season. Out of all three years, the Lombardi winners all had top five
passing attacks and little to no run game in the regular season.</p>


Defense still matters somewhat in the regular season. The overall defenses of
playoff-bound teams from the 2009, 2010 and 2011 (16-game regular season) were
top ten almost 57%. Once it came time for the Super Bowl, only 33% were top ten.
2010 was the only year that both teams (Green Bay and Pittsburgh) had top ten
defenses. 2009 and 2011 were where the anomaly comes in. Neither team in the big
game had impressive defensive statistics (2009: New Orleans and Indianapolis;
2011: New England and New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)).</p>


This isn’t to say that defenses don’t step up and change once in the
playoffs, it simply is fact that offenses -mainly the pass- is surpassing the
run and pass defense in what was once the epitome of football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/).</p>


Here’s where the evolution of the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) Giants has come to today. It’s no longer the
smashmouth, slobber-knocker-type of gridiron play it was when Coach <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Bill Parcells" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/bill-parcells/" rel="tag nofollow">Bill
Parcells</a> came in and made other teams fear the run and, of course, the
defense. The game has sped up and become more finesse. The battle is still in
the trenches, but involves more than strength down there. It’s now also a battle
of intellect more than ever. Defensive players are faster and have more skill
technique up front, so the approach from the team trying to move the ball and
score had to become one that relies heavily on the quarterback and trust.</p>


It was easy years ago to ground and pound. The offensive line would shove
opposing defenses back and pave the way for bruising running backs while adding
in a second, faster scat-back that could “cut” on the defense once more men were
pushed up to the line. Stacking more bodies up to that line of scrimmage is what
drove offensive coordinators to realize that run first wasn’t going to work as
well anymore. Run and shoot is more predominant now. Spreading out 11 players is
harder to defend and where most playoff-caliber teams have been headed,
including 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>.</p>


Acquiring <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Eli Manning" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/eli-manning/" rel="tag nofollow">Eli
Manning</a> and bringing in <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Tom Coughlin" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/tom-coughlin/" rel="tag nofollow">Tom
Coughlin</a> set this Giants change in motion. Coughlin promoting QB Coach <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Kevin Gilbride" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/kevin-gilbride/" rel="tag nofollow">Kevin
Gilbride</a> and getting rid of then offensive coordinator John Hufnagel was the
last piece needed to solidify what was to become this current high-powered
offensive mold. The team was slowly built around Manning: protecting him, giving
him a solid run game and eventually -here’s the big part- giving him young
receivers to grow with him. Today, he leads the huge, powerful air force that
has brought glory back to the Meadowlands.</p>


Yeah, it’s not the Giants of decades ago, but last look at the calendar, its
2012 and Big Blue are World Champions. Again."</p>
##

NY GIANTS' ROOKIES BETTER READY THEMSELVES FOR A LESSON IN "ALL-IN" (http://www.giants101.com/2012/04/30/new-york-giants-rookies-better-ready-themselves-for-a-lesson-in-all-in/)

"Most of the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) world is
post-<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with 2012 NFL Draft" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/2012-nfl-draft/" rel="tag nofollow">2012 NFL
Draft</a>, trying to build up and/or reload for the upcoming season. The World
Champion New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants have been here before.


Big Blue players re-convened at the Timex Performance Center recently for
brief off-season workouts (as OTA’s have begun) and are already on the familiar
road to a possible repeat. Soon, the new blue recruits (the 2012 Draft class and
the UDFA’s) will join their Giants teammates for a lesson on 'All In.' While NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) Mini-Camps
haven’t been held since 2010 due to the infamous lockout, the Giants will be
fully prepared to host their rookies and get them quickly acclimated to how
things roll with the Super Bowl Champs. Things will not be all social and fun
for these kids.</p>


<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Tom Coughlin" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/tom-coughlin/" rel="tag nofollow">Tom
Coughlin</a> is all about football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/). He takes it as seriously as the old-school guys
Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry did. The first year players under him will quickly
learn that – or sit.</p>


There’s a continuum that will be had here, regardless of which players have
moved on and who’s being welcomed aboard. The Giants have a legacy that they
tutor to their players. The franchise remains true to itself in these lessons.
Change happens, but it is unavoidable in today’s NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) and should be prepared for as much as possible –
meaning that it shouldn’t be felt as a large impact to team.</p>


General Manager Jerry Reese has known whose contracts would be expiring and
who would (potentially) be walking away. The business side of football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)
-the “ugly” side that most fans hate- is dealt with year-round. Reese and Marc Ross (http://www.giants101.com/tag/marc-ross/),
their Director of College Scouting, are the ones to figure how to keep the
continuity going. Which players/pieces fit the systems that are in place as well
as which player personalities fit in mentality-wise for the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)
Giants. Two Lombardi Trophies in less than five years isn’t coincidence or
“luck”…</p>


A huge facet of why this Giants team is built for the long haul is trust.
Each part that’s in its place is trusted by its surrounding part. Co-Owner John Mara (http://www.giants101.com/tag/john-mara/)
trusts Jerry Reese. Reese has faith in Head Coach <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Tom Coughlin" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/tom-coughlin/" rel="tag nofollow">Tom
Coughlin</a> to do his job, as TC has faith in <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Kevin Gilbride" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/kevin-gilbride/" rel="tag nofollow">Kevin
Gilbride</a> and <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Perry Fewell" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/perry-fewell/" rel="tag nofollow">Perry
Fewell</a> to get their respective jobs done. No one here is micro-managed by
their superior. The same applies on-the-field. Instruction is given, but it’s on
the individual player to carry out his assignment.</p>


Granted, trust is earned, but how – by earning it. Excel at what you do and
do it as one. Achieving greatness together is much more fulfilling than gaining
it alone. This New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants team has already pulled onto the road to a new season. They may be in the
process of still picking up some new passengers, but the vehicle and the driver
haven’t changed. Most importantly, neither has the map."</p><a href="http://www.giants101.com/">http://www.giants101.com/
</a>
<u><font size="4">BIG BLUE VIEW</font></u><span id="entry_flag_counts_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition" class="flag-counts"><span class="light"></span> </span><span id="entry_flag_links_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition"></span>

[url="http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/4/30/2989648/new-york-giants-2012-nfl-draft-jerry-reese-ernie-accorsi-george-young-david-wilson-doug-martin"]NY GIANTS' DRAFT PHILOSOPHY" BORING, BUT EFFECTIVE (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/4/29/2986290/2012-nfl-draft-grades-mel-kiper-new-york-giants)

"There were eight trades in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and about a
gazillion over the course of the next six rounds (gazillion is a good number to
use when you can't find the real total). Anyway, the point is that all of that
activity took place without your defending Super Bowl champion <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants">New
York Giants</a> moving a muscle.<div class="entry-body">


The Giants sat in the spots the draft gave them and, as usual, came out of
the now three-day affair looking as if they had done solid work. This is why the
Giants have won two Super Bowls in four years and four in their history. It is
why they always have a chance to be good, and why the 4-12 season is a rarity
while being in contention is the norm.</p>


The Giants have a plan, they stick to the plan, they don't panic over one
player or position (this also applies to Osi Umenyiora (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2262/osi-umenyiora)
and his contract whining). They trust the process, that no matter when they
select their will be good players on the board who can help them, and they trust
their scouts to identify them. </p>


Are they wrong sometimes? Certainly. They are right, however, way more often
than they are wrong.</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>


New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin described the Giants rather boring, workman-like approach to the draft (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/4/28/2983289/tom-coughlin-press-conference-04-27-12-new-york-giants-2012-nfl-draft).</p>


"I think we take a lot of pride in getting the proper grade on the player. A
lot of pride in ranking the players properly and then stacking the board and
believing that there is going to be a good player for us to pick by virtue of
showing patience and not doing a lot of maneuvering," Coughlin said. "We don't
do a lot of trading. We don't do a lot of maneuvering. We do have a number of
calls that come into the room offering to maneuver, a lot of which are ‘Are you
interested in?' Of course, as you know, to move substantially, particularly if
you're going to move up substantially, is going to cost you some picks. So we
believe that we'll have an opportunity to draft a good football player, whether
you're talking third, fourth round or whether you're talking even later in the
draft."</p>


This is the way George Young, the general manager who lifted the Giants from
their deepest, darkest period, did business. He sat there, let the draft come to
him and took the best player he could whenever it was his turn. It's the way he
trained Ernie Accorsi, and the way Accorsi trained Jerry Reese, the current
general manager.</p>


The Giants have occasionally pulled the trigger on deals, the draft day
mega-deal for Eli Manning (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2235/eli-manning)
being the one that the franchise is currently built on, of course. As a general
rule, though, teams wanting to jump all around the draft board would be better
served to call someone else rather than wasting Reese's time.</p>


The two times I can remember the Giants moving up in recent years were to
grab wide receivers Sinorice Moss (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2241/sinorice-moss)
and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71289/ramses-barden">Ramses
Barden</a>. It seems that Reese has learned his lesson from those moves. I would
use the word 'failure,' but Barden is still on the roster so I won't. Or, did I
just use it, anyway?</p>


"We've moved up to get guys before and it hasn't worked out that great for
us," Reese said. "We're a little bit leery of moving up and taking guys. We've
done that in the past and I don't think our success has been very good."</p>


If you want to think the Giants "lost" Boise State running back Doug Martin (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152686/doug-martin)
this year because they would not move up to get in front of Tampa Bay, which
took Martin at No. 31, Reese is fine with that. He will take David Wilson (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152687/david-wilson),
which he did, then go on WFAN and tell Mike Francesa the Giants would not have
selected Martin, anyway.</p>


Yes, the method is methodical. Yes, it's boring. Yes, it can lead to
fingernail biting and head-scratching during the draft. </p>


The results, though, show that the Giants are competitive almost every
season. In the end, that's what counts."</p></div>UMENYIORA-REESE RELATIONSHIP: RECONCILIATION? WHAT RECONCILIATION? (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/4/30/2989371/osi-umenyiora-jerry-reese-relationship-new-york-giants-reconcilation)

"
<div class="entry-body">

Just when you thought that maybe, just maybe, there was a sliver of a chance
that Osi Umenyiora (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2262/osi-umenyiora)
and the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
could mend their tattered relationship Umenyiora has left no doubt that the
divide between himself and general manager Jerry Reese is as wide -- maybe wider
-- than ever.</p>


Mike linked to Umenyiora's comments (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/4/30/2988051/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-post-draft-edition) this morning. Here is the money
quote from Osi:</p>


"Last year I was offered incentives. This year they offered me in guaranteed
money, HALF of what they just gave Kiwi guaranteed. HALF," Umenyiora wrote. "I'm
not making that up. Then Jerry tells the world they offered me an extension and
I turned it down. And I look like a greedy pig for turning it down.
Hilarious."</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>


These remarks, of course, came on the heels of Reese saying some things over
the weekend that sounded conciliatory to the general public. Here is what Reese
said:</p>


"All options are open with respect to that. Our first choice with respect to
Osi is that he will play for the Giants and retire as a Giant. That is what we
would like to happen. Osi has been offered an extension two years in a row now.
So we would still like to make it work. Hopefully it will work out. But all of
our options are always open."</p>


Conciliatory and hopeful? On the surface they seem that way. To Umenyiora,
however, they apparently sounded like fingernails on a blackboard.</p>


As I wrote the other day (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/4/25/2974250/osi-umenyiora-new-york-giants-future-nfl-trade-rumors-2012-nfl-draft) I thought there was a chance the Giants
would trade Umenyiora during the draft -- and we know Umenyiora thought the same
thing. Considering that there obviously has not been a thaw in the
Reese-Umenyiora relationship you still have to wonder if the talented, yet
perennially unhappy defensive end will be a Giant when the 2012 season
begins.</p>


Reese might say he hopes Umenyiora will "retire as a Giant." It seems,
though, like it will take divine intervention for that to happen.
</p></div>
##

GIANTS' 2012 DRAFT GRADES: SOLID MARKS FROM THE JUDGES (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/4/30/2987427/new-york-giants-2012-nfl-draft-grades-solid-marks-david-wilson-jayron-hosley-rueben-randle)

"Sunday I gave you Mel Kiper's take (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/4/29/2986290/2012-nfl-draft-grades-mel-kiper-new-york-giants) on how the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
fared in the 2012 NFL Draft. Here are some of the NFL Draft grades and opinions
from other draft analysts and NFL experts.<div class="entry-body">


<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/nfceast/post/_/id/38743/nfc-east-draft-analysis-3">NFC
East draft analysis - NFC East Blog - ESPN</a>
Nobody in this division does
the draft better than the Giants, and it'll be worth remembering that the wide
receiver (LSU's Rueben Randle) they picked at the end of the second round was a
player they considered taking at the end of the first. Randle is a dynamic
talent who now gets a chance to develop behind brilliant and selfless starting
wideouts Hakeem Nicks (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71294/hakeem-nicks)
and Victor Cruz (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109584/victor-cruz)
and with the help of quarterback Eli Manning (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2235/eli-manning), who
has an outstanding record of getting the best out of his receiving targets.
Randle could not have been drafted into a better spot for his own development,
and he could potentially be an immediate asset for the Giants in the passing
game, since he can play the outside spot vacated by free-agent defector <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34493/mario-manningham">Mario
Manningham</a> and allow Cruz to stay in the slot position from which he
exploded onto the scene in 2011. The Giants managed combine need picks and value
picks at almost every turn in this draft, and their second-rounder may turn out
to be their biggest prize.</p>


<a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/story/18879641/nfl-draft-highlights-gap-in-brainpower-between-haves-havenots">NFL
Draft highlights brainpower gap between haves, have-nots - NFL - CBSSports.com -
NFLDraftScout.com</a>
Entering this draft the Patriots (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-england-patriots) and
Giants were the best teams in football. Leaving this draft, the Patriots and
Giants are the best teams in football. They only got stronger. That's because
they know what the hell they're doing. The Patriots' defense last season was
like something from a sitcom. So what does Bill Belichick do? He drafts a
quartet of defensive players in the first three rounds. Imagine if even half of
them catch on. The Patriots went to a Super Bowl with no defense. What happens
if they get one?</p>


The Giants lose guard, er, runner <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2224/brandon-jacobs">Brandon
Jacobs</a> so they pick up back David Wilson (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152687/david-wilson).
They lose Mario Manningham, and get wide receiver Rueben Randle from LSU. That's
how you draft.</p>


If there was a one percent in the NFL it would be these teams: Giants,
Patriots, Packers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/green-bay-packers), Steelers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/pittsburgh-steelers) and Ravens (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/baltimore-ravens). They stay
at the top (mostly) because at times like this weekend, they make the smartest
choices, and those choices have a positive impact for years.</p>
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<a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/blog/rob-rang/18883503/grading-the-draft----nfc-teams">Grading
the Draft -- NFC Teams - CBSSports</a>
New York Giants: A - ... Every
year it seems the Giants find a falling star in the first round. They have done
the same in 2012. Running back David Wilson wasn't widely projected as a
first-round pick, but he registered more yards after contact than any other
runner in the 2012 draft, including <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152651/trent-richardson">Trent
Richardson</a>. Considering the physicality of the NFC East division, that
toughness should serve him well as a compliment to <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/16768/ahmad-bradshaw">Ahmad
Bradshaw</a>. </p>


<a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft2012/story/_/id/7866445/2012-nfl-draft-most-impactful-intriguing-picks-nfc">2012
NFL draft -- The most impactful and intriguing picks in the NFC - Todd
McShay</a>
Impact pick: WR Rueben Randle (second) -- He's still
developing as a route-runner and will never be dynamic after the catch, but
Randle has great size and deceptive speed. He can be a good vertical threat and
a nice complement to Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. He needs to get stronger and
work hard on the finer points of receiver play, but if Randle responds well to
the environment created by head coach Tom Coughlin and QB Eli Manning, he will
be a big-time weapon in the passing game.</p>


Intriguing pick: OT <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155065/brandon-mosley">Brandon
Mosley</a> (fourth) -- Mosley has only been an offensive tackle since
signing with Auburn out of junior college in 2010, but he started 11 games that
season during the Tigers' national title run and the arrow is pointing straight
up. Mosley has good size, and the athleticism to have played tight end and
defensive end in junior college. He's quick, has enormous hands to lock on to
defenders, a powerful upper body and a nasty streak. There are some concerns
about how quickly he can absorb an NFL playbook, but if he can push for a
starting job in 2013, it would be a huge boost for a team with plenty of issues
up front.</p>


<a href="http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2012-04-28/nfl-draft-2012-grades-bengals-cowboys-patriots-packers-steelers">NFL
draft grades: Sporting News</a>
New York Giants (B-plus) Key picks: RB
David Wilson, WR Rueben Randle. The Super Bowl champs don't have any glaring
weakness, so they simply gave Eli Manning improvements over Brandon Jacobs and
Mario Manningham.</p>


<a href="http://nfl.si.com/2012/04/29/2012-nfl-draft-grades/">2012 NFL Draft
Grades – Sports Illustrated</a>
Honestly, their worst pick might have been
their first one: RB David Wilson (32) has playmaking ability, but he might
struggle to make an impact in his

G-Men Surg.
04-30-2012, 01:10 PM
Oh boy, the media is going to have a field day with Reese and Osi's comments .
Thanks RF !

RoanokeFan
04-30-2012, 01:16 PM
Oh boy, the media is going to have a field day with Reese and Osi's comments .
Thanks RF !

We can't even get to camp before all the drama amps up.

nygsb42champs
04-30-2012, 04:19 PM
The Osi and JR situation is going to get real ugly. Thanks for the news RF.

RoanokeFan
04-30-2012, 04:38 PM
The Osi and JR situation is going to get real ugly. Thanks for the news RF.
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fourth&forever
04-30-2012, 06:07 PM
Thanks for all you do, Roanoke.
Cheers!

RoanokeFan
04-30-2012, 09:32 PM
Thanks for all you do, Roanoke.
Cheers!

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BigBlue1971
04-30-2012, 11:02 PM
many thanks Roanoke! [Y]</P>


something positive needs to happen with Osi in the next 6-8 weeks! we dont need this leading into camp etc!</P>

RoanokeFan
04-30-2012, 11:09 PM
many thanks Roanoke! [Y]</p>


something positive needs to happen with Osi in the next 6-8 weeks! we dont need this leading into camp etc!</p>

Your lips to God's ears!