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REESE PUTS POSITIVE SPIN ON OSI SPAT (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-gm-jerry-reese-dismisses-osi-umenyiora-greedy-pig-remarks-de-retire-big-blue-article-1.1070801)

"Itís not personal, Jerry Reese (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jerry+Reese) insisted.
Itís only business, no matter how ugly his feud with angry <a title="Osi Umenyiora" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Osi+Umenyiora">Osi
Umenyiora</a> gets.<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">


That was the reaction by the Giants GM to essentially being called a liar by
Umeyiora for the second offseason in a row. In an interview on ESPN Radio 98.7
FM Tuesday, Reese dismissed the defensive endís sharp words as ďoffseason
chatter.Ē</p>


Thatís exactly what he called it last summer, too.</p>


ďI donít carry grudges,Ē Reese insisted. ďThatís the offseason. Thatís part
of the job. In the offseason thereís always some controversies about contracts.
Itís never personal. I donít think itís personal with respect to players. Itís
definitely not personal with respect to me. Itís just part of the business.Ē</p>


Itís been a dirty business between Reese and Umenyiora, though, as the
defensive end continues his years-long battle for a lucrative contract
extension. After several years of threatening to hold out or even retire,
Umenyiora began making his fight personal in 2011 when he swore in a court
affidavit that Reese reneged on a promise to give him a new contract or to trade
him.</p>


He turned his sights on Reese again on Sunday, one day after the GM insisted
that Umenyiora had twice rejected contract extension offers from the Giants. In
an email to the Daily News, Umenyiora questioned Reeseís grasp of the facts,
said the offers were insignificant, and <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-defensive-osi-umenyiora-rips-gm-jerry-reese-gm-making-greedy-pig-article-1.1069584">said
it was ďhilariousĒ that Reese was making him ďlook like a greedy pig for turning
it down."</a></p>


Umenyiora also hinted at more battles to come. In fact, one source close to
the angry end said he is contemplating skipping the Giantsí mandatory, full-team
minicamp in mid-June and he may eventually demand a trade from the Giants.</p>


Reese, as he did on Saturday, said ďall of our options are openĒ with
Umenyiora, but he reiterated he still hopes to find some way to make their
disintegrating marriage work.</p>


ďThe New York Giants, weíre a better football team with Osi Umenyiora on our
team,Ē Reese said. ďWe respect him as a football player. So our goal is to have
Osi play football for the New York Giants and retire as a Giant. Thatís what
weíd like to do first.</p>


ďBut all of our options are open like I said before.Ē</p>


Umenyiora said the Giants have offered him a contract extension, but he
insisted they only offered about $5.5 million in guaranteed money ó or about
one-third of what heís looking for, along with a multi-year deal that will pay
him an average of more than $10 million per season. He is due to make $3.975
million this season in the final year of a seven-year, $41 million contract
extension he signed in 2005.</p>


The next move appears to be Umenyioraís, and he promised in his email that it
could be ďinteresting.Ē</p>


Reese, for his part, promised ďWeíll get through this.Ē That may depend on
what Umenyiora does, or says, next.</p>


ďItís not a big problem for me to have guys say some things,Ē Reese said. ďI
think sometimes people say things that obviously they really donít mean. But
everybody is trying to make as much money as they can for themselves and their
families. Everybody understands that. Itís not
personal.Ē
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REESE SAYS NOTHING PERSONAL WITH UMENYIORA OR ANY PLAYER (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_jerry_reese_says_nothin.html)

"On Monday, listeners sat through Mike Francesa's long interview with Jerry
Reese on WFAN only to come away having heard zero questions about Osi Umenyiora,
who claimed on Sunday night Reese and the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants) offered him half of the guarantees
they gave Mathias Kiwanuka and were <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_osi_umenyiora_says_hes_1.html">making
him look like a "greedy pig."</a>


Today, in an interview with Ryan Ruocco and Stephen A. Smith on 98.7 ESPN
Radio, the subject of Umenyiora's situation finally came up. And while he wasn't
asked about the specifics, such as the guaranteed money, Reese did address the
situation by<a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_ends_and_osi_umenyio.html">
reiterating many of the same things he said on Saturday</a> in his post-draft
presser.</p>


"Iím not going to discuss Osiís contract situation with you guys. I can say
this to you, though: the New York Giants are a better football team with Osi
Umenyiora on our team," Reese said when Ruocco asked him if he has the urge to
"throw (Umenyiora) a bone" for his years of production. "We respect him as a
football player. Our goal is to have Osi play football with the New York Giants
and retire as a Giant. That is what we would like to do first. All of our
options are open as I have said before but Osi makes us a better football team,
I do know that."</p>


At that point, Smith interjected by serving less as questioner and more as
judge and jury in asking Reese how he responded to "some of the erroneous things
that came out of his mouth" about Reese.</p>


(Pauses to remind everyone none of the accusations Umenyiora has made, <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/06/osi.html">including those in
the affidavit</a>, have been proven or disproven. Continuing...)</p>


"I donít carry grudges. That is the offseason, that is part of the job,"
Reese said. "In the offseason there is always some controversy about contracts.
It is not just one person, it can be several different people with contract
situations. That is part of my job, it is never personal, I donít think it is
personal with respect to players and it definitely is not personal with respect
to me. It is just part of the business."</p>


Reese continued, "We will get through this and we will see what happens
moving forward. It is part of the business. It is not a big problem for me to
have guys say some things. I think sometimes some people say things that they
obviously really donít mean. Everybody is trying to make as much money as they
can for themselves and their families and everybody understands that and it is
not personal."</p>


* * * * </p>


A few other quotes from Reese from the interview:</p>


On WR Victor Cruz possibly on "Dancing with the Stars" one
day: "Victor looks like he is a pretty good dancer. Funny you should
say that, I was kind of buzzing through the TV last night and I saw some of that
and I saw Donald Driver, Donald is pretty good. I think Victor would be good on
that. Victor is a smart guy. I think Victor wants to focus on football more than
anything else right now. He had one good year. One good year donít make you a
great football player. It means you had one good year. And he is a smart young
man and I think he wants to focus on what is most important and that is
football. I think he is doing the right thing. Maybe at some point later on his
career he may be able to do that but right now I think he is focusing on trying
to be a good football player."</p>


On QB Eli Manning hosting Saturday Night Live this
week: "Yeah, I think I have to tune into that. I donít ever watch that
show but I think I am going to tune in to check this out. He is a funny guy. You
guys are not around him that much but he can be pretty funny."</p>


On whether the running game will be better this year: "I
hope so. People say this is a passing league. I still think you have to run the
ball in this league. We ran the ball pretty good at times. But we are the
giants, I donít think we are ever going to go all the way from [running to] we
are a passing team. I think we like to run the ball first and play-action pass,
that is who we are but it is really nice to have a quarterback who if you have
to throw 40 times, the guy can do it and do a good job. That is a good product
to have in your system."</p>
##

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>. ďHeís a very talented running back and heís 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, itís one of the toughest things,Ē Bradshaw said. "I
donít 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 youíre in college or when youíre with another team. Itís just so much
different terminology with us and then we have so many keywords and hidden
phrases. Different teams wonít know exactly what youíre doing every game. Itís
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 canít protect that quarterback, you canít get out there," he said.
"Thatís how we look at it now. Weíve had a lot of rookies and a lot of young
guys come through here. We donít even let them, in practice, get behind Eli
(Manning). When youíre behind Eli you know that youíre getting better and youíre
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 wonít. Thatís 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 heís accountable and able to
take on everything thatís going to be thrown at him. It isnít going to be a lot.
We wonít throw too much at him, Iím sure, but just being a rookie, you know you
have to come in and play the game the same way youíve been playing it. Donít put
too much on yourself."</p>


More advice from Nicks to Randle: "Once you get the playbook down, itís
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: "Heís facing the same
opportunity that I had. When I came in there were two or three starters here
that were in that spot. Weíre 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 heís a great player. Iím happy with the addition. Weíre getting younger. I
canít 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>http://www.nj.com/giants/

</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS</font></u>
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REESE WON'T TAKE OSI'S RIPS PERSONAL (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/05/reese-wont-take-osis-rips-personal)

"Itís not personal, Jerry Reese insisted. Itís only business.

No matter
how ugly his feud with angry Osi Umenyiora gets.

That was the reaction
by the Giants GM to essentially being called a liar by Umeyiora for the second
offseason in a row. In an interview on ESPN Radio in New York on Tuesday, Reese
dismissed the defensive endís sharp words as ďoffseason chatterĒ.

Thatís
exactly what he called it last summer, too.

ďI donít carry grudges,Ē
Reese insisted. ďThatís the offseason. Thatís part of the job. In the offseason
thereís always some controversies about contracts. Itís never personal. I donít
think itís personal with respect to players. Itís definitely not personal with
respect to me. Itís just part of the business.Ē

Itís been a dirty
business between Reese and Umenyiora, though, as the defensive end continues his
years-long battle for a lucrative contract extension. After several years of
threatening to holdout or even retire, Umenyiora began making his fight personal
in 2011 when he swore in a court affidavit that Reese reneged on a promise to
give him a new contract or to trade him.

He turned his sights on Reese
again on Sunday, one day after the <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/04/reese-all-options-are-open-with-osi">GM
insisted that Umenyiora had twice rejected contract extension offers</a> from
the Giants. In an email to the Daily News, Umenyiora questioned Reeseís grasp of
the facts, said the offers were insignificant, and said it was ďhilariousĒ that
Reese was <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/04/osi-blasts-jerry-says-hes-no-greedy-pig">making
him ďlook like a greedy pig for turning it down.Ē</a>

Umenyiora also
hinted at more battles to come. In fact, one source close to the angry end said
he is contemplating skipping the Giantsí mandatory, full-team minicamp in
mid-June and he may eventually demand a trade from the Giants.

Reese, as
he did on Saturday, said ďall of our options are openĒ with Umenyiora, but he
reiterated he still hopes to find some way to make their disintegrating marriage
work.

ďThe New York Giants, weíre a better football team with Osi
Umenyiora on our team,Ē Reese said. ďWe respect him as a football player. So our
goal is to have Osi play football for the New York Giants and retire as a Giant.
Thatís what weíd like to do first.

ďBut all of our options are open like
I said before.Ē

Umenyiora said the Giants have offered him a contract
extension, but he insisted they only offered about $5.5 million in guaranteed
money Ė or about one-third of what heís looking for, along with a multi-year
deal that will pay him an average of more than $10 million per season. He is due
to make $3.975 million this season in the last year of a seven-year, $41 million
contract extension he signed in 2005.

The next move appears to be
Umenyioraís, and he promised in his email that it could be
ďinteresting.Ē

Reese, for his part, promised ďWeíll get through this.Ē
That may depend on what Umenyiora does Ė or says Ė next.

ďItís not a big
problem for me to have guys say some things,Ē Reese said. ďI think sometimes
people say things that obviously they really donít mean. But everybody is trying
to make as much money as they can for themselves and their families. Everybody
understands that. Itís not personal.Ē


##

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 itís
Bradshawís turn to do the same for David Wilson, the Virginia Tech running back
the Giants took in the first round of the NFL draft.

ďI plan on using
him as my project,Ē Bradshaw said on Monday. ďHeís a very talented running back
and heís 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.Ē

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 ďIf you canít protect that
quarterback, you canít get out there. Thatís how we look at it
now.Ē

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

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

ďI donít see a lot of guys coming in and being able to grasp all
of the different things you can do as a running back,Ē Bradshaw said. ďYou just
have so many pass protections, so many pass route terms, so many run terms. You
have different terminology from when youíre in college. Itís kind of
tough.

ďLike 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.Ē
</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 teamís 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 thatís not just because the PR staff would never put out negative quotes
about their new players. Itís also because thatís the way the atmosphere around
the Giants has become over the last decade. Veteran players often take rookies
under their wings.

Anyway, hereís what the old Giants said about the new
ones:

Nicks on Randle: ďAll 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 wonít. Thatís 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 heís accountable and able to take on everything thatís
going to be thrown at him. It isnít going to be a lot. We wonít throw too much
at him, Iím sure, but just being a rookie, you know you have to come in and play
the game the same way youíve been playing it. Donít put too much on
yourself.Ē

Thomas on Holsey: ďHeís facing the same
opportunity that I had. When I came in there were two or three starters here
that were in that spot. Weíre 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 heís a great player. Iím happy with the addition. Weíre getting younger. I
canít wait to meet him and help him out.

ďIíve 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. Itís something Coach (Pete) Carroll taught us in college (at USC).
Itís something I thrive on. It motivates me that someone is coming to take my
spot. Thatís what this league is all about. Every year, every week somebody can
take your spot. Itís going to push me, itís going to push Corey, itís going to
push Prince and every other DB on this team to get better. And hopefully, we can
help him at the same time.Ē
</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 isnít
fully healed.

Regardless, heís 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>
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WHAT ELEMENTS TO DAVID WILSON AND RUEBEN RANDLE BRING TO THE GIANTS? (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/01/what-elements-do-david-wilson-and-rueben-randle-bring-to-new-york-giants-offense/)

"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> added two new weapons to their offensive attack in the first two
rounds of the 2012 NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) Draft in
running back <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with David Wilson" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/david-wilson/" rel="tag nofollow">David
Wilson</a> of Virginia Tech and wide receiver <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Rueben Randle" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/rueben-randle/" rel="tag nofollow">Rueben
Randle</a> of LSU. The two will help offset the losses of <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Mario Manningham" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/mario-manningham/" rel="tag nofollow">Mario
Manningham</a> and <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Brandon Jacobs" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/brandon-jacobs/" rel="tag nofollow">Brandon
Jacobs</a> to free agency, but also represent a change in both the Giants
passing offense and running game.


Today on Giants 101, we look at the elements Eli Manning's newest weapons
bring to the Giants attack.</p>


WR <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Rueben Randle" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/rueben-randle/" rel="tag nofollow">Rueben
Randle</a> vs WR <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Mario Manningham" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/mario-manningham/" rel="tag nofollow">Mario
Manningham</a></p>


While <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Rueben Randle" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/rueben-randle/" rel="tag nofollow">Rueben
Randle</a> and <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Mario Manningham" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/mario-manningham/" rel="tag nofollow">Mario
Manningham</a> do share a common trait in their crafty route running, Randle is
a very different receiver than Manningham and brings a different skill set to
the table for the G-Men. Nicks and Cruz are the clear number one and number two
receiving options for Manning and the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) passing game, but Randle is likely to step in
and take over Manningham's role as the number three option on the outside (Cruz
will likely remain in the slot on the majority of the snaps, where he is at his
best).</p>


Manningham was a real vertical threat on the outside who was at his best
working the sideline and taking advantage of one on one opportunities over the
top. He's elusive and has very good stop and start moves in the open field to
create extra yardage in space, but wasn't a guy who was going to run through
tacklers or create much after initial contact.</p>


<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Rueben Randle" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/rueben-randle/" rel="tag nofollow">Rueben
Randle</a> is more in the mold of an Anquan Boldin or Hakeem Nicks(although
Nicks is a more explosive athlete and puts more pressure on defenses vertically
in addition to his physical play over the middle and underneath), and brings a
bigger target to the table for Manning. He's a tall, long athlete who will be a
big threat in the red zone with his size, body control, and ability to snatch
the football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)
out of the air. Whereas the majority of Manningham's touchdowns came on fade
routes to the pylon or on 30 and 40 yard throws, Randle is a guy who can catch
the ball in traffic, win a jump ball, or catch the ball at the six yard line and
drag a defender into the end zone.</p>


RB <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with David Wilson" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/david-wilson/" rel="tag nofollow">David
Wilson</a> vs RB <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Brandon Jacobs" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/brandon-jacobs/" rel="tag nofollow">Brandon
Jacobs</a></p>


Again, these are two players that are very different in the physical traits
and skill set they bring to an offense. <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with David Wilson" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/david-wilson/" rel="tag nofollow">David
Wilson</a> is an electric runner, who is physical and powerful in his style, but
is also very capable of breaking a 60 to 70 yard run anytime the football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) is
in his hands.</p>


<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Brandon Jacobs" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/brandon-jacobs/" rel="tag nofollow">Brandon
Jacobs</a> was obviously known for his size and the intimidation factor he
brought to the Giants backfield. He was difficult to bring down with a head of
steam and it often took multiple tacklers to get Jacobs to the ground.</p>


Wilson is a smaller back but compares favorably to DeAngelo Williams and Tiki
Barber. He's tough and competitive and looks to break out of tackles, but also
has that rare acceleration to beat cornerbacks and safeties to the end zone once
he gets to the outside. Wilson also brings a receiving threat out of the
backfield with his soft hands and ability to make big plays in the screen game,
something we didn't see nearly as much with Jacobs in his time as a Giant.</p>


OVERALL IMPACT</p>


In the end, the Giants kind of swapped speed and big play ability from the
passing game to the running game. They have gotten substantially more explosive
in their running back group, while adding more size and physicality to their
receiving core.</p>


The receiving threat and big play ability on screens Wilson brings to the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
backfield should help New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) negate some of the blitzes and heavy pass rush
they will see with their reshuffled offensive line next season, as he is
certainly capable of making defenses pay on the back end with open field space
in front of him.</p>


In the passing game, the Giants have become a little more difficult to
contend with inside of the twenty, as Randle is another big body that operates
well in traffic and can win the football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) in tight spaces(not to mention their addition
of MartellusBennett earlier in the off-season at tight end)."</p>
##

GIANTS' AHMAD BRADSHAW ANXIOUS TO TAKE DAVID WILSON UNDER HIS WING (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/01/new-york-giants-ahmad-bradshaw-anxious-to-take-david-wilson-under-his-wing/)

"For five years, <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> running back <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> had been the student; Brandon Jacobs the teacher. The two developed
an incredibly close, almost brother-like bond. But now, with Jacobs a member of
the San Francisco 49ers, it's Bradshaw's turn to step up and assume the role
teacher. It's a role he's embracing, telling Michael Eisen of Giants.com (http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Veterans-to-help-transition-rookies-to-NFL/984b18a8-f7bc-4a57-babf-2beb8b5ed889) he's anxious to help mold
2012 first-round draft choice <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with David Wilson" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/david-wilson/" rel="tag nofollow">David
Wilson</a> into a superstar.
<blockquote>


ďI plan on using him as my project,Ē Bradshaw said. ďHeís a very talented
running back and heís 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 (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/).Ē</p></blockquote>


Hopes are already quite high for Wilson, whom General Manager Jerry Reese
referred to as a "bulldog" during an interview with Mike Francesa on Monday
afternoon. Perhaps with a little tutelage from Bradshaw, the rookie can help
make an immediate impact. At least that's what the team is hoping for.</p>
<blockquote>


"You donít have to worry about school and grades and different things. Now
itís just straight football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/). You worry about this playbook and doing the
right things, so when it comes time for you to make a play or come out to
practice and be in the right position," Bradshaw added. "Coming in you have a
lot of different things going through your head and youíre trying to make the
coaches happy, meeting new teammates. You worry about a little bit of everything
when you first come in. Thatís why itís a good thing to come in and just be
level-headed and be ready to learn.Ē</p></blockquote>


Wilson is a level-headed, respectful, courteous guy. He was the first player
in history to wear a suit and tie to the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) Combine and has not had so much as a partial hiccup
off the field. He's a tremendous fit for the Giants' locker-room, and should
jump right in and ready himself for football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/). It's hard to imagine a scenario where he
becomes too overwhelmed to participate or grasp the things he needs to
learn.</p>


Reese has said time and again that Wilson topped their big board at pick #32,
and in only a few short days, as rookie mini-camp (May 11-13) gets underway,
hopefully we'll all see why."</p>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/)

"Thereís the old adage: ďDefense wins Championships.Ē Lately, one would beg to
differ Ė 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; itís just not a priority as much
anymore. Thereís another change: teams do use the run to hold onto the ball and
gain time of possession, but itís 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 isnít to say that defenses donít 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>


Hereís 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. Itís 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. Itís 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 ďcutĒ 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 wasnít 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 -hereís 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, itís not the Giants of decades ago, but last look at the calendar, its
2012 and Big Blue are World Champions. Again."</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>

GIANTS' UDFA REVIEW: IS THERE A VICTOR CRUZ I THIS YEAR'S CROP? (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/1/2991036/new-york-giants-udfa-review-is-there-a-victor-cruz-in-this-years-crop)

"Is there a Victor Cruz (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109584/victor-cruz)
among the 10 undrafted free agents the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
signed following the conclusion of the 2012 NFL Draft? Let's take a brief look
at each UDFA who will be trying to earn a spot with the Giants in 2012.
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>


Janzen Jackson, S, McNeese State</p>


Janzen was dismissed from University of Tennesee football program last
summer after reportedly failing multiple drug tests. Giants general manager
Jerry Reese is not put off by those trangressions, saying Monday on WFAN that
"we've had some success with guys like that."</p>


Scouting Report (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/draft-2012/players/96829.html): "Jackson was immediately productive as a
freshman in Tennessee and watched his game take off before being dismissed from
the program. He possesses the underlying skills to be used at a variety of
positions in the defensive secondary and could develop into a starting
cornerback in the NFL if he turns up the intensity against the run and stays
away from off field distractions."</p>


Does he have a chance? It would certainly seem like it. The Giants
listed the 5-foot111/2, 181-pound Jackson as a safety, though he seems small for
that position. Could the practice squad be a possibility if he flashes some
talent and keeps himself out of trouble?</p>


Matt Broha, DE, Louisiana Tech</p>


A four-year starter at Louisiana Tech with some pass-rush skills, and
possibly the versatility to get a look at outside linebacker. He had 23.5 sacks
the past two seasons.</p>


Scouting Report (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/draft-2012/players/69546.html#ixzz1td1yKRL1): "Broha was productive on the college level
and has quietly been one of the better pass rushers in the nation. He offers a
variety of skill and his approach to the game will help him catch on as a backup
at defensive end, pass rush linebacker or even tight end."</p>


Does he have a chance? The Giants love pass-rushers, and that is what
Broha is. If he can show the ability to get to the quarterback against NFL
linemen then, sure, he has a shot.</p>


David Douglas, WR, Arizona</p>


Highly productive his last two seasons with 52 and 65 catches. A 6-foot,
200-pound possession type receiver.</p>


Scouting Report (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/draft-2012/players/78994.html): "Douglas does the little things well at his
position and offers possibilities as a fifth receiver/special teams player for
an NFL team."</p>


Does he have a chance? A slim one, maybe. Cruz, Hakeem Nicks (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71294/hakeem-nicks),
Rueben Randle, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131123/jerrel-jernigan">Jerrel
Jernigan</a>, Ramses Barden (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71289/ramses-barden)
and Domenik Hixon (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2934/domenik-hixon)
are all in front of him. The Giants would seem set, but you never know. Hixon
might get hurt again or just not have much left. The Giants could get tired of
waiting for Barden, too, and that could open a spot.</p>


<span style="TEXT-ALIGN: left">Adewale Ojomo, DE, Miami</span></p>


Another guy looked at as a defensive end/ linebacker 'tweener (6-ffot-3, 260)
with some pass-rush potential. Not as productive collegiately as Broha.</p>


Scouting Report (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/draft-2012/players/68009.html): "Ojomo was a solid college player who
possesses a linebacker?s body with defensive lineman speed. He offers
possibilities as a one-gap pass rushing end brought onto the field during
third-and-long situations."</p>


Does he have a chance? Probably about the same shot as Broha.</p>


Julian Talley, WR, UMass</p>


Talley, of course, comes from the same school Cruz attended and plays the
same position. So, there will be natural comparisons. Can he justify them, or
come anywhere close to doing so?</p>


Scouting Report: (http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/college_player_scouting_report.html&amp;player=100057) "Could be worth a pick late, but at worst
looks likes a priority FA who should be able to fight for a roster spot if he
can continue to improve his hands."</p>


Does he have a chance? As I said before, the wide receiver spot seems
pretty crowded right now. I hate to hear about wide receivers who need to
improve their hands, but you never know what can happen when he gets to
camp.</p>


Jojo Nicolas, S, Miami</p>


Nicolas comes out of Miami, which has produced many great NFL safeties over
the years. He does not seem to be in that stratosphere, though.</p>


Scouting Report (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/draft-2012/players/68008.html): "Nicolas is an underrated safety prospect who
displays good instincts on the field and is effective in all areas of the game.
He possesses ordinary size/speed numbers yet has the ability to be used as a
nickel safety in a variety of systems at the next level. Effective on special
teams for the hurricanes, Nicolas should also be an asset on coverage
units."</p>


Does he have a chance? The Giants are thin at safety, and Nicolas
might have a chance to impress on special teams. Maybe a practice squad
possibility if he plays well.</p>


Damian Davis, WR, Mary Hardin-Baylor</p>


Davis was dismissed from the Oklahoma State football team back in 2009 for a
violation of team rules. He ended at someplace called Mary Hardin-Baylor, a
Division III school, and I can't find out much more than the fact that he is
6-foot-5, 185 pounds.</p>


Does he have a chance? Not likely.</p>


Stephen Goodin, OL, Nebraska-Kearney</p>


Goodin is a 6-foot-6, 310-pound player out of Division II with a huge
transition in front of him if he hopes to make it to the NFL. Goodin was a guard
for Nebraska-Kearney.</p>


Does he have a chance? Well, Rich Seubert (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2250/rich-seubert)
had a long career with the Giants after being an undrafted free agent. So,
anything is possible.</p>


<span style="TEXT-ALIGN: left">De'Angelo McCray, G, Memphis</span></p>


He is a 6-foot-4, 336-pound guy who you would have to think has a chance to
be a quality run blocker.</p>


Does he have a chance? Maybe as a developmental player on the practice
squad if he shows anything on the field.</p>
<p style="TEXT-ALIGN: left">Joe Martinek, RB, Rutgers</p>
<p style="TEXT-ALIGN: left">The Giants say they were surprised the former
Scarlet Knight went undrafted. He seems like somewhat of a 'tweener, not big
enough to be a fullback and not fast enough (4.65) to be a tailback.</p>
<p style="TEXT-ALIGN: left">Scouting Report (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/draft-2012/players/70857.html): Martinek was moderately productive in a
variety of ways on the college level. The ability to carry the ball, catch it
out of the backfield and be used as a blocker could help catch on as a fourth
back in the NFL.</p>
<p style="TEXT-ALIGN: left">Does he have a chance? Why not? Martinek has
a variety of skills even though it doesn't seem he would do anything
exceptionally well. Maybe he can hook on as a practice squad guy."</p>
##

NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: VETERANS WELCOME DRAFT CHOICES (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/1/2990868/new-york-giants-ahmad-bradshaw-david-wilson-hakeem-nicks-ruben-randle-terrell-thomas-jayron-hosley)

Excerpt: ""Good morning, New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
fans. Let's see what we can find floating around the Inter-Google this
morning.


<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/16768/ahmad-bradshaw">Ahmad
Bradshaw</a> is welcoming first-round pick David Wilson (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152687/david-wilson)
with open arms, which is obviously important since Wilson will be expected to
share the running load with Bradshaw."I plan on using him as my project,"
Bradshaw said. "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>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>


Second-round pick Rueben Randle, a wide receiver, was compared to Hakeem Nicks (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71294/hakeem-nicks)
by Giants GM Jerry Reese. Nicks offered Randle this advice:</p>


"All eyes are going to be on you so you just want to come in and try to do
everything right," Nicks said. "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>


Cornerback <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34498/terrell-thomas">Terrell
Thomas</a> is also looking forward to meeting and working with third-round pick
Jayron HOsley.</p>


"He's facing the same opportunity that I had," Thomas said of Hosley. "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>


Here are a few notes from around the NFL ...Read more...
</p>NY GIANTS' DRAFT PHILOSOPHY" BORING, BUT EFFECTIVE (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/4/30/2989648/new-york-giants-2012-nfl-draft-jerry-reese-ernie-accorsi-george-young-david-wilson-doug-martin)

"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 ĎAre 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

nygsb42champs
05-01-2012, 11:21 AM
Thanks for the news RF. I do not understand how you can grade a draft when nobody has even stepped on the field yet.

RoanokeFan
05-01-2012, 11:42 AM
Thanks for the news RF. I do not understand how you can grade a draft when nobody has even stepped on the field yet.

It doesn't make sense to me either.

BigBlue1971
05-01-2012, 12:05 PM
thanks Roanoke!

RoanokeFan
05-01-2012, 12:08 PM
thanks Roanoke!

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