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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)

"It’s not personal, Jerry Reese (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jerry+Reese) insisted.
It’s 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>


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 end’s sharp words as “offseason
chatter.”</p>


That’s exactly what he called it last summer, too.</p>


“I don’t carry grudges,” Reese insisted. “That’s the offseason. That’s part
of the job. In the offseason there’s always some controversies about contracts.
It’s never personal. I don’t think it’s personal with respect to players. It’s
definitely not personal with respect to me. It’s just part of the business.”</p>


It’s 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 Reese’s 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 “hilarious” that Reese was making him “look 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 Giants’ 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 “all of our options are open” with
Umenyiora, but he reiterated he still hopes to find some way to make their
disintegrating marriage work.</p>


“The New York Giants, we’re a better football team with Osi Umenyiora on our
team,” Reese said. “We 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. That’s what
we’d like to do first.</p>


“But all of our options are open like I said before.”</p>


Umenyiora said the Giants have offered him a contract extension, but he
insisted they only offered about $5.5 million in guaranteed money — or about
one-third of what he’s 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 Umenyiora’s, and he promised in his email that it
could be “interesting.”</p>


Reese, for his part, promised “We’ll get through this.” That may depend on
what Umenyiora does, or says, next.</p>


“It’s not a big problem for me to have guys say some things,” Reese said. “I
think sometimes people say things that obviously they really don’t mean. But
everybody is trying to make as much money as they can for themselves and their
families. Everybody understands that. It’s not
personal.”
</p></div>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>


"I’m not going to discuss Osi’s 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 don’t 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 don’t 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 don’t 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 don’t 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 don’t 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 don’t 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>
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)

"It’s not personal, Jerry Reese insisted. It’s 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 end’s sharp words as “offseason chatter”.

That’s
exactly what he called it last summer, too.

“I don’t carry grudges,”
Reese insisted. “That’s the offseason. That’s part of the job. In the offseason
there’s always some controversies about contracts. It’s never personal. I don’t
think it’s personal with respect to players. It’s definitely not personal with
respect to me. It’s just part of the business.”

It’s 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 Reese’s grasp of
the facts, said the offers were insignificant, and said it was “hilarious” that
Reese was <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/04/osi-blasts-jerry-says-hes-no-greedy-pig">making
him “look like a greedy pig for turning it down.”</a>

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

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

“The New York Giants, we’re a better football team with Osi
Umenyiora on our team,” Reese said. “We 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.
That’s what we’d like to do first.

“But all of our options are open like
I said before.”

Umenyiora said the Giants have offered him a contract
extension, but he insisted they only offered about $5.5 million in guaranteed
money – or about one-third of what he’s 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
Umenyiora’s, and he promised in his email that it could be
“interesting.”

Reese, for his part, promised “We’ll get through this.”
That may depend on what Umenyiora does – or says – next.

“It’s not a big
problem for me to have guys say some things,” Reese said. “I think sometimes
people say things that obviously they really don’t mean. But everybody is trying
to make as much money as they can for themselves and their families. Everybody
understands that. It’s not personal.”

</div></div></div></div></div></div>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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GIANTS' QB BACKS NFL SUSPENSIONS OF SAINTS (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/giants_qb_backs_nfl_suspensions_OBSzbo3bEkjvFgibjj 8bwN)
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"There might be some outcry from NFL players after commissioner Roger Goodell
lowered the boom with severe penalties to four Saints players for their
participation in the team’s bounty program scandal, but there will be no outcry
from Eli Manning.</p>


The Giants quarterback is in lockstep with Goodell that there is no place in
the game for bounties and those who were involved had to be severely
punished.</p>


Jonathan Vilma, the Saints Pro Bowl linebacker, <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/vilma_suspended_for_season_for_role_oohIPjLPeSNuEP 4wxa9QAI">was
suspended for the entire 2012 season</a>. Former Saints defensive end Anthony
Hargrove, now with the Packers, received an eight-game ban and Saints defensive
end Will Smith will be forced to sit out four games. </p>


The league also suspended current Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, who played
in New Orleans from 2006-2009, for three games. All players have been suspended
without pay.</p>


“I think what Roger Goodell has done, he’s been harsh on this whole bounty
thing, on the Saints and the coaches and the players,’’ Manning said on
Wednesday on a conference call promoting his hosting appearance on “Saturday
Night Live’’ this weekend. “I think he’s doing the right thing to make sure this
doesn’t happen ever again. There’s no room for any sort of bounty system in the
NFL, it’s a physical sport and you got to respect the game. I think he’s been
harsh to try to prove and make a statement there is no place for this in the
game of football.’’</p></div>

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</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>
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ZIP

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html">http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
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<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>
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ELI "ANXIOUS" ABOUT SNL GIG (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/2/2994136/eli-anxious-about-snl-gig)

"New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
quarterback Eli Manning (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2235/eli-manning)
participated Wednesday in a press conference to promote his appearance this
weekend as host of 'Saturday Night Live.' Eli's brother Peyton hosted the show
several years ago and drew raves for his performance.


Which is the funnier Manning. SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels said "we
won't really know that until Saturday."</p>


Manning did admit that he bypassed an offer to host SNL after winning his
first Super Bowl partially because it was right after Peyton's highly-acclaimed
effort, and that he is "anxious" about hosting the show.</p>


Manning said that both his brother and John Madden, who hosted several years
ago, have told him to "just enjoy the week."</p>


Eli's teammates know him as a prankster, and while I can't see him being
completely hilarious or at ease doing the show I think his SNL appearance might
be more fun than you might anticipate.</p>


Eli has already filmed several trailers for the show. Here is a look"</p>

GIANTS' ELI MANNING, TRAVIS BECKUM REACT TO BOUNTYGATE SUSPENSIONS (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/02/new-york-giants-eli-manning-travis-beckum-react-to-bountygate-suspensions/)

"The NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) handed down
suspensions for players involved in Bountygate on Wednesday morning, including a
historic 16-game ban for New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma. In
addition to Vilma, defensive lineman Anthony Hardgrove, now with the Green Bay
Packers, has been suspended for eight games, defensive end Will Smith has been
suspended for four games and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland
Browns, has been suspended for three games. All players are expected to appeal
their suspension.


While taking part in a conference call to help promote his upcoming appearance on Saturday Night Live (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/02/eli-mannings-saturday-night-live-promo-released/), New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants quarterback Eli Manning was asked to give his thoughts on the Bountygate
suspensions. As you might expect, Manning was in full support of the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/)
Commissioner.</p>
<blockquote>


"[Roger Goodell] is doing the right thing to make sure that this doesn’t
happen ever again," Manning said.</p></blockquote>


Shortly after Eli's call, and mixed in amidst the angry tweets from Saints
players, Big Blue tight end Travis Beckum took to Twitter to share his own
personal, yet indirect, thoughts on the situation.</p>
<blockquote>


"The Giants are a class organization. We play by the rules and are taught to
play as men! It's not a coincidence we are Super Bowl champs," he tweeted (https://twitter.com/#%21/TravisBeckum47/status/197733350268600320).</p></blockquote>


Finally, former Giants running back Tiki Barber shared his .02 on the
suspensions and Bountygate as a whole.</p>
<blockquote>


"Funded malicious intent and violation of the sanctity of the brotherhood of
players is core to egregiousness of Saints bounty program," Barber tweeted (https://twitter.com/#%21/Barber_Tiki/status/197739757432877057). "Pay for performance is ok … pay to end a
game/season/career is not – but if it happens in the natural course of the
brutality, it's okay."</p></blockquote>


Although most seem to agree that some sort of punishment needed to be handed
down, a season-long suspension was commonly referred to as "over the top." Some,
like Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden, went as far as to say "It's going to be
a long time before Roger Goodell makes it back on anybody's Christmas list."</p>

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ELI MANNING'S SNL PROMO RELEASED (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/02/eli-mannings-saturday-night-live-promo-released/)

"If you haven't heard, New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants quarterback and two-time Super Bowl MVP
<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> will be hosting Saturday Night Live (http://www.giants101.com/2012/04/15/new-york-giants-eli-manning-will-host-saturday-night-live-on-may-5th/) on Saturday, May 5th. On Tuesday
night, the first promo for the show was released, and … well, Eli was pretty
darn funny.



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Manning had previously turned down requests from NBC to host Saturday Night Live (http://www.giants101.com/tag/saturday-night-live/), fearing it would interfere with his
offseason work. However, after careful consideration and planning, Easy-E
decided to give it a go after concluding that it wouldn't cause him to shuffle
his routine.</p>
<blockquote>


"This will be a new experience for me. I’m a little nervous about it, but
excited also. It should be a lot of fun. It will take some work, but it should
be something I’ll always remember," Manning said in mid-April.</p></blockquote>


Like Eli had done several previous times, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Green Bay Packers" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/green-bay-packers/" rel="tag nofollow">Green
Bay Packers</a> quarterback <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Aaron Rodgers" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/aaron-rodgers/" rel="tag nofollow">Aaron
Rodgers</a> recently declined an invite to host the show for similar reasons (http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/aaron-rodgers-doesn-t-want-saturday-night-live-142249691.html).</p>
<blockquote>


"I have been invited. I want to do it right and the commitment that it takes,
in my opinion to do it the right way, was just too much for me this offseason,"
Rodgers said. "I will be doing that in the future and look forward to the
opportunity. NBC has been great to me and I'll look forward to getting on there.
Peyton set the bar pretty high and it'll be interesting to see Eli this week to
see if he can live up to his brother's appearance."</p></blockquote>


Set your DVR's, folks. Something tells me Eli will be every bit as funny as
Peyton."</p>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><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>

NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES&gt; POST-DRAFT HUMP DAY EDITION (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/2/2992718/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-post-draft-hump-day-edition)

"Good morning fellow Giants fans. Well, I guess the draft is in the rear view
mirror and there won't be much to talk about for a few weeks, save for our buddy
Osi Umenyiora (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2262/osi-umenyiora)
who seems to be keeping the Giants Google alerts bubbling at a slow simmer. And
since it's Hump Day, let's have a look at our Hump Day calendar--yes, only 18
weeks until the start of the NFL season. You just read that correctly. You are
just a few days hanging out by the pool and about 36 cases of beer away from
kickoff. What, 36 isn't enough? Anyway, let's see what else is happening around
Osi's team...." Read more...

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>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>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>


Joe Martinek, RB, Rutgers</p>


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>


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>


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>http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news

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

FORMER RUTGERS' FULLBACK MARTINEK HOPES TO CATCH ON WITH THE GIANTS (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4375)

"While growing up in Hopatcong, New Jersey, football quickly became a staple
of former Rutgers fullback Joe Martinek’s outdoor
activities.<span id="more-4375"></span>


“I always loved the competition,” he said of the sport that he hopes to make
his vocation. “With football, every year I tried to challenge myself to get
better, and I was trying to find new ways of getting into the end zone without
getting touched.”</p>


Martinek, 6-0 and 224 lbs., will soon get his opportunity to continue
challenging himself when he tries to impress the New York Giants’ coaching staff
starting next week when the team welcomes its draft and rookie class to its
three-day mini camp.</p>


Martinek, who finished his high school career as the state’s all-time leading
rusher with 7,589 yards, knows a thing or two about how hard work can pay
dividends. Despite his very productive high school career, he was not heavily
recruited. He enrolled in Rutgers, and, as it turned out, the experience was a
good one for him because he was able to learn from Ray Rice,
now with the Ravens.</p>


“He was a huge influence,” Martinek said of Rice, whose last year at Rutgers
was Martinek’s first. “Just seeing how he went about his business and trying to
learn what to look for, what to expect, and the little details that come with
this game from one of the best in college football at the time helped me.”</p>


What also helped Martinek was his devotion to mastering the game and a
selfless attitude. At Rutgers, he not only adapted his play to accommodate
multiple offensive coordinators, he also converted from running back to fullback
last year, a move that, while challenging, he quickly mastered.</p>


“They switched me to fullback this past year because they had a running back
recruit come in, and they had a couple of young running backs they wanted to
use,” he said of the switch. “We had a new offensive coordinator coming in— he
used the fullback a lot, and we didn’t have one.”</p>


The switch also gave Martinek a new perspective of the game.</p>


“It was different, getting in the two-point stance, and having to learn the
blocking scheme more, but it gave me better insight into that part of the game,
and it definitely helped me be more aware of what the defense was doing,” he
said.</p>


Despite a productive collegiate career that saw him carry the ball 391 times
for 1,770 yards and 17 touchdowns, Martinek went undrafted. While disappointed,
he was quickly able to see the silver lining.</p>


“Once we got to the middle of the seventh round, I was hoping to get a chance
to pick where I wanted to go because I could pick the best situation for me,” he
said.</p>


Martinek heard from four teams after the draft, including Tampa Bay, whose
new head coach is Greg Schiano, the 23-year-old’s former head coach at Rutgers.
Rather than reunite with Schiano, Martinek decided that the best situation for
him was to join the Giants.</p>


“The feeling that I got when I went to work out there a month ago – it was
awesome,” he said of his visit to the Timex Performance Center. “The people that
work there – the staff, the coaches, everyone — everything was so professional
and done the right way.”</p>


When he reports to the Giants a week from Friday to begin his quest for a
roster spot with the defending Super Bowl champions, Martinek said he’s open to
doing whatever the coaches ask of him.</p>


Giants Director of College Scouting Marc Ross spoke highly
of Martinek’s potential as well, saying. “He is just a gritty, hard-nosed
football player. He worked out really well. He can really catch the ball. (He’s)
a guy that you can throw in at any position there in the backfield and he will
not miss a beat.”</p>


Another thing that Martinek can do well is play special teams. “I pride
myself on special teams. It’s a huge part of the game. I love running down on
kickoffs and trying to make a tackle.”</p>


He also hopes to get a chance to line up in the backfield on a few plays,
though it’s not yet known where he might fit in yet given that he has
Henry Hynoski ahead of him at fullback and five guys,
including first rounder David Wilson and starter Ahmad
Bradshaw, ahead of him on the depth chart at running back.</p>


Despite the odds, Martinek, who admits to having “a pretty big chip” on his
shoulder after going undrafted, is not about to back down from the challenge. He
said that once he learns the team’s playbook, it’s just a matter of him putting
it all together on the field.</p>


“I think I have the ability to make the team, and make the team better. I
just need to believe that I can do it, and go out there and know exactly what
I’m doing so I can play at the top of my level.”</p>


When he does get his opportunity to get on the field, Martinek hopes the
Giants and the fans like what they see.</p>


“I think they’re going to find a hard-working guy that’s going to come in
from day one willing to do everything I can to make the team better,” he said.
“I’m going to be prepared for every practice and every game. I’m going to try to
make this opportunity into a special one because this is a huge opportunity for
me, and I’m not about to let it go.”</p>http://www.insidefootball.com/

<font size="4"><u>THE RED ZONE
</u><a href="http://www.theredzone.org/"><font size="3">
http://www.theredzone.org/</font></a>

</font><font size="4"><u>GIANTS GAB</u></font>


<font size="3">http://www.giantsgab.com/</font> (http://www.giantsgab.com/)

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

http://gmenhq.com/

<font size="4"><u>YARDBARKER</u></font>"

<font size="4"><font size="3">http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/teams/new_york_giants/56</font> (http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/teams/new_york_giants/56)

<u>SPORTING NEWS

</u><font size="3">http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/stories</font> (http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/stories)<u>
</u>
<u>NYG REPORTER
</u></font>

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

<font size="4"><u>NFL.COM</u></font>

GIANTS; JERRY REESE SAYS DAVID WILSON WAS TOP PICK (http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d828c9336/article/new-york-giants-jerry-reese-says-david-wilson-was-top-choice)

"New York Giants (/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG) general manager
Jerry Reese quashed speculation that the Super Bowl champions missed out on
Boise State running back Doug Martin when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (/teams/tampabaybuccaneers/profile?team=TB) moved
up to take him with the previous pick in the first round of the NFL draft.

<div id="yui_3_4_1_2_1335924700328_3609" class="articleText">

"There's been some conjecture that Tampa had moved up in front of us and took
Martin," Reese told WFAN Radio on Tuesday (http://nyc.podcast.play.it/media/d0/d0/d1/d0/dE/dF/dW/10EFW_3.MP3?authtok=5561760239574585922_Se0vQJiGPq 47WckXQjvQdD3Co). "That's not true ... Martin would not
have been our pick."</p>


The Giants selected Virginia Tech running back David Wilson with the 32nd
pick, one choice after the Bucs took Martin, <a id="yui_3_4_1_2_1335924700328_3849" href="http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d828a5f87" target="_blank">leading
analysts to speculate</a> that Tampa Bay jumped in front to nab the player New
York really wanted.</p>


"First of all, (Wilson) was the highest player on our board at the time that
we picked," Reese said. "That was an easy pick for us. It was a value and a need
pick for us, we thought."</p>


Reese said Martin was considered for their first-round pick but eventually
was rated lower than a few other players, including Wilson.</p>


Reese added that Ahmad Bradshaw (/players/ahmadbradshaw/profile?id=BRA254359) will
continue to be the Giants' top back and that they wanted to get another runner
after losing Brandon Jacobs (/players/brandonjacobs/profile?id=JAC705688) in free
agency.</p>


Bradshaw has <a id="yui_3_4_1_2_1335924700328_3852" href="http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d828c4c77" target="_blank">embraced
Wilson</a>, saying he will treat him as his "project."</p></div>
http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG


<font size="3"><font size="4"><u>YAHOOSPORTS</u></font></font>

<font size="3">http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl</font> (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl)

<font size="4"><u>FOX SPORTS</u></font>

<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-giants/67056">http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-giants/67056
</a>
<u><font size="4">NBCSPORTS</font></u>

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/3032875/ns/sports-nfl

<font size="4"><u>CBSSPORTS</u></font>

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/NYG/new-york-giants

<u><font size="4">SI.COM</font></u>



http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/teams/new-york-giants/?eref=sinav



<u><font size="4">ESPN.COM</font></u>

http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/nam (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants)e/nyg/new-york-giants (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants)

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


http://www.footballoutsiders.com/
<font size="4"><u>
PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY</u></font><div class="story_body line ">
<a href="http://stats.profootballweekly.com/team/giants/">http://stats.profootballweekly.com/team/giants/
</a></div><font size="4"><u>
PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS
</u></font>
<font size="4"><font size="3">http://www.profootballfocus.com/</font> (http://www.profootballfocus.com/)

<u>MISCELLANEOUS

</u><font size="3">NFL STATEMENT ON BOUNTY PUNISHMENTS FOR 4 PLAYERS (http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/02/n-f-l-statement-on-bounty-punishments-for-4-players/?ref=football)

VILMA'S STRONG STATEMENT WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE CONVINCING IN EARLY MARCH (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/02/vilmas-strong-statement-would-have-been-more-convincing-in-early-march/related/)

BUCS SIGN FORMER RUTGERS' DT ERIC LEGRAND IN STORY THAT STILL INSPIRES (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/18934870/bucs-sign-former-rutgers-dt-eric-legrand-in-story-that-still-inspires)</font>

"</font>The story of former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand is a story about
unenviable loss and heartwarming perseverance, and another chapter today was
added by his old coach.

The Buccaneers (/nfl/teams/page/TB/tampa-bay-buccaneers) announced
Wednesday morning that they had signed LeGrand to a contract. Much like one of
those one-day contracts for players who want to retire with a certain team, this
contract is ceremonial. LeGrand won't play, but the gesture made by coach Greg
Schiano, who coached LeGrand in college, is uplifting as LeGrand continues
trying to put together his life.

LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down
in October 2010 when he suffered a neck injury while making a tackle against
Army. But since then, he's become an inspiration.

Doctors told him he
would be a quadriplegic for the rest of his life and that he would have to
remain on a ventilator, but LeGrand began breathing on his own five weeks later.
Since then, he's begun to feel sensation throughout his body, and he's tweeted
pictures of himself standing upright as he tweeted out the following: “Standing
tall, we can't fall. Standing upright again.”

Schiano obviously has a
special place in his heart for LeGrand, who is planning to graduate next year
with a degree in labor studies.

"Leading up to the draft, I couldn't help
but think that this should've been Eric's draft class," said Schiano in a
statement. "This small gesture is the least we could do to recognize his
character, spirit, and perseverance. The way Eric lives his life epitomizes what
we are looking for in Buccaneer Men."

In a teleconference Wednesday
morning, LeGrand, who will not receive a salary from Tampa Bay, told reporters
that he's living in a New Jersey apartment with his mother while waiting for his
house -- which is being renovated to make it handicap accessible -- to be
finished.

For now, he's going to therapy a couple times a week and
arm-pedaling on a specially-made bike to continue his strength training. He's
also been practicing sitting up without assistance, and he's up to 15 minutes by
himself.

"That's a miracle," he said. "I'm not supposed to be doing any
of this kind of stuff."

I asked LeGrand what his long-term goals are. Is
walking a possibility?

“My goal is to walk," he said. "I know it's going
to happen. I believe this happened for a reason. My goal is to get back on my
feet. I'm going to keep on fighting. I don't know when it will happen, but down
the road, it will happen. If you believe in the man upstairs, anything is legit
to happen."

As the video below shows, when LeGrand led Rutgers onto the
field last October, he continues to inspire, and today's news continue that
journey for him.

And good for Schiano and the Tampa Bay
organization. So much of the news in the offseason is made by those players who
were arrested or by teams who were caught running bounty programs. Sometimes,
it's just nice to write about good news. Even better that today it's LeGrand and
a story that continues to inspire.

FORMER JETS' LB VILMA SUSPENDED FOR SEASON IN SAINTS' BOUNTY SCANDAL (http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants)<font size="4">

<u></u></font>NO SURPRISE THAT ROGER GOODELL PUNISHED PLAYERS SEVERELY (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828cf23f/article/no-surprise-that-roger-goodell-punished-saints-severely)

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MATT SIMMS TO PARTICIPATE IN JETS' ROOKIE MINI-CAMP (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/Matt_Simms_to_participate_in_Jets_rookie_mini-camp.html)

nygsb42champs
05-02-2012, 11:44 AM
Thanks for all of the news RF. It will be interesting to see if any of the undrafted free agents can make it.

RoanokeFan
05-02-2012, 01:25 PM
Thanks for all of the news RF. It will be interesting to see if any of the undrafted free agents can make it.

Looking for another Cruz is quite the challenge

G-Men Surg.
05-02-2012, 02:01 PM
Thanks RF !

BigBlue1971
05-02-2012, 02:23 PM
thanks Roanoke! [B]

RoanokeFan
05-02-2012, 02:27 PM
Thanks RF !

[Y]

RoanokeFan
05-02-2012, 02:27 PM
thanks Roanoke! [B]

[;)]