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ARTICLES ABOUT THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS ARE POSTED DAILY AND
UPDATES ARE ADDED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. GENERAL SPORTS NEWS LINKS ARE
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CHAD JONES NOT CLEARED TO PARTICIPATE IN GIANTS' ROOKIE MINI-CAMP (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/chad_jones_not_cleared_to_part.html)

"Chad Jones' goal of being on the field with his teammates in an organized
practice this spring will not be met this weekend. <div class="entry-content">


The former third-round pick, who suffered severe leg injuries in a <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2010/10/giants_draft_pick_chad_jones_s.html">car
accident two years ago</a>, has not been cleared to participate in Giants rookie
camp, a team spokesman said, confirming a <a href="http://www.newsday.com/sports/football/giants/t-rock-s-take-on-the-giants-1.811990/chad-jones-not-cleared-for-rookie-minicamp-1.3709026">report
by Newsday</a>. Jones would have been eligible to participate in the camp, which
runs Friday through Sunday, because he has zero credited and accrued NFL
seasons.</p>


Jones has been <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_chad_jones_participatin.html">participating
in offseason workouts</a> with his teammates and <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_chad_jones_participatin.html">has
impressed a few with how well he's been moving. However, he realizes
conditioning is an issue at this point</a>. </p>


The Giants begin organized team activities later this month. They also have a
mandatory, full-team minicamp June 11-13, though Jones may not be cleared by
then either. The next possible action for him would come with the start of
training camp in July."
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GIANTS' TOM COUGHLIN, PHIL SIMMS REMEMBER THE LATE STACY ROBINSON (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_tom_coughlin_phil_simms.html)

"The memories of the late Stacy Robinson, the former Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants) wide receiver <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/former_giants_wr_stacy_robinso.html">who
passed away earlier this week</a>, have begun to pour in.



“He was a class
act who was always a real, real pleasure to be around,” Giants coach Tom
Coughlin, Robinson’s position coach from 1988-90, said in quotes provided by the
team today. “Stacy was just a great guy to coach. Great guy to be with, be
around. He was always positive, always thinking in terms of how he could help
benefit the rest of us, the team.”</p>


According to <a href="http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/stacyrobinson">a
journal posting on Robinson's page on the website CaringBridge.org</a>, the
50-year-old was suffering from multiple melanoma and passed away peacefully on
Tuesday evening.

“We always hear that ‘so and so’ is a nice guy, but it
really was true about Stacy,” former Giants quarterback Phil Simms said. “He
might be one of the few people that I’ve ever met or known that everybody truly
liked. I think that’s just personality. He could get along with everybody, no
matter what the situation. Stacy had a tremendous sense of humor and if you were
going to say something about him, you better get ready, because man it was
coming back fast. He was so quick it was hilarious. He was definitely a match
for a guy like Bill Parcells or anybody that has that really quick wit.”</p>


Simms shared many memories of Robinson, including a 49-yard catch against the
San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football in 1986 that set up the winning
touchdown.

"If we had the rules that we have now, they would have
reviewed it and Stacy’s catch would have been a touchdown," Simms said. "But
they marked it on about the half-foot line. That was a huge catch."</p>


Of course, Simms recalls Robinson's big day in Super Bowl XXI, when he caught
three passes for 62 yards, none bigger than a 36-yard reception in the fourth
quarter.

"Stacy and I must’ve talked 10 times during the Super Bowl. We
looked at each other and I’d go, 'I know it’s there, Stacy. I’m trying to get it
to you.' I couldn’t get to him," Simms recalled. "Finally, in the fourth quarter
I threw that seam pass down the left sideline and hit him after he and I had
been talking about it for three quarters. So we hit it – I think it’s even on TV
– you see us walk by and give each other a really vigorous hand slap because,
'All right, there, we finally got that one done.' We had talked about it on the
bench, during timeouts and in the huddle. We knew there were certain plays that
I could throw to him where he knew he was going to be wide open, but we just
couldn’t get to him."

Said Coughlin, "Stacy was very smart, logical, he
understood the big picture and he reinforced what you believed in as a coach –
the hard work and the effort. He was always a great team guy who was very
supportive of his teammates. He was a pro. He worked his butt off. You could
always talk to him. Whether he was a starter or a backup or however it worked
out, once he understood, he was very supportive."</p>


Simms said he never recalls Robinson, who most recently served as the NFL
Players Association's director of player development, being in a "down mood,"
which he can't say about anyone.

"We all have mood swings. I’m sure he
had them, but it never showed," Simms said. "He always had that little smile on
his face. It’s funny, he did get a little heavy after his playing career. So
that was the butt of many jokes and it didn’t faze him. Like I said, he had the
ammo ready. Man, he would tear up anybody that started picking on him. I think
that’s how most people remember him and that’s why so many people thought so
highly of him."

Robinson is survived by his wife, Nadine, his sons Stacy,
Myles, and Marquis, his sisters Candace and Kim, his brothers Leighton and
Ramonn."</p>
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FORMER GIANTS' WR STACY ROBINSON DIES AT 50 (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/former_giants_wr_stacy_robinso.html)

"Former Giants wide receiver Stacy Robinson, a member of the franchise's first
two Super Bowl teams, died today. He was 50.


The Giants did not release the cause of death, but Robinson was diagnosed
with cancer in 2009, <a href="http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/stacyrobinson/mystory">according to a
family statement posted on the caringbridge.org hospice site</a>. He underwent
chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant and a bone marrow transplant provided by
his son, Stacy, but entered hospice care on May 3. </p>


Robinson spent his six seasons in the NFL on the Giants and was a key cog in
the team's Super Bowl XXI victory against the Denver Broncos when he caught
three passes for a team-high 62 yards. </p>


Drafted in the second round (46th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft out of North
Dakota State -- where he won the 1983 Division II national championship -- he
finished his NFL career with 48 receptions for 749 yards and seven touchdowns.
His most productive season came in his second campaign in 1986 when he caught 29
balls for 494 yards.</p>


He was just 29 when he decided to retired and he went on to become an
influential voice with the NFL Players Association. His last served as the
Director of Player Development, in which he worked on developing programs that
aided players in their preparation for careers post-football.</p>


"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Stacy Robinson. He was a good man
who was loved and respected by his teammates and everyone in this organization.
His work on behalf of the Players Association was of great benefit to many
players. He will be missed. His family is in our thoughts and prayers."</p>


<a href="http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/stacyrobinson">According to the
caringbridge.org site</a>, Robinson is survived by his wife, Nadine, and three
sons."</p>GIANTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FOURTH ROUND PICK ADRIEN ROBINSON (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_agree_to_terms_with_fou.html)

"It used to be most rookie contracts weren't completed until June or July. But
under the new collective bargaining agreement signed last year, these deals are
a lot less complex and thus easier to negotiate.


Case in point: the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants) have already
agreed to terms on a deal with tight end Adrien Robinson, the first of their two
fourth-round picks, according to someone informed of the progress of
negotiations.</p>


The person requested anonymity because the deal isn't finalized and won't be
official until Robinson arrives for a physical this week. He and the rest of the
draft picks will participate in the team's rookie minicamp, which runs Friday
through Sunday.</p>


The person informed of the negotiations said Robinson's contract is for four
years and is slightly less than $2.5 million. <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/RavensInsider/status/199974039933034496">Aaron
Wilson of Scout.com pegs it at $2.48 million</a> with a signing bonus of
$385,652.</p>


Robinson is a player who didn't have a lot of production receiving-wise in
college. He had only 12 receptions last season, though he was a solid blocker
both on the line of scrimmage and in space.</p>


The Giants believe Robinson's athleticism brings with it untapped potential.
In fact, general manager Jerry Reese called Robinson <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_2012_giants_take_a_t.html">"the
JPP of tight ends,"</a> referring to the high ceiling Jason Pierre-Paul had when
the team selected him in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.</p>


* * * *</p>


On another note, Memphis OL D'Angelo McCray has not signed with the Giants as
an undrafted free agent, <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_ahmad_bradshaw_vows_to.html">as
had been suggested</a>. He will, however, attend the rookie camp on a tryout
basis.</p>


The Giants will officially announce all of their undrafted free agent
signings this week. When they do, we'll let you know."</p>
http://www.nj.com/giants/

</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS</font></u>

GIANTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH "JPP" OF TIGHT ENDS (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/05/giants-agree-to-terms-with-jpp-of-tight-ends)

"The Giants have signed the man Jerry Reese called “The JPP of tight
ends”.


That would be Adrien Robinson, the team’s fourth-round pick out
of Cincinnati who became the first member of the Giants’ Class of 2012 to agree
to terms on a contract. An NFL source confirmed that he is expected to sign a
four-year contract worth $2.48 million when the Giants’ three-day rookie
mini-camp opens on Friday.

The 6-4, 264-pound Robinson earned high
praise from Reese after the Giants made him the first of their two fourth-round
draft picks (127<sup>th</sup> overall) for his raw and relatively untapped
potential – much like Jason Pierre-Paul had when the Giants drafted him in the
first round in 2010.

“We really think this guy has a huge upside,” Reese
said after the draft. “He is a big, big man (with) long arms. He didn’t catch a
lot of balls for them, but he is kind of a late bloomer who has really come
on.

“We think this guy is kind of a JPP of tight ends.We like these
kind of people.We’re excited about him.We think he can really come on and
develop and be a terrific football player for us.”

Robinson could get a
huge opportunity right away since he’ll likely open training camp as the No. 2
tight end on the depth chart behind free-agent acquisition Martellus Bennett.
Two of the Giants’ other tight ends, Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard, are
rehabbing from torn ACLs suffered in Super Bowl XLVI. Both are expected to open
camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Ballard has said he may
miss the entire 2012 season.

Robinson d***led scouts with his workouts
in the run-up to the draft after an unproductive career at Cincinnati. He had
just 12 catches for 183 yards last season, though, and caught only 29 passes in
his career. He wasn’t even invited to the NFL combine.

“He did an
outstanding job in his workouts,” Tom Coughlin said. “Doesn’t have much to show
for his collegiate career. Not many catches. Wasn’t used that much as a
receiver. We think he can develop.”
</p>http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giant (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants)</div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div>
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FORMER GIANTS' QB PHIL SIMMS SAYS ROBINSON WAS ALWAYS HAPPY (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/qb_of_comedy_ZpIuwBhrwhXOezRh5Ml2NP)

"His coach and quarterback recalled Stacy Robinson as a team-first player with
a perpetually upbeat disposition who could flash a quick wit as part of Giants
teams that won the first two Super Bowls in franchise history. Robinson, 50, passed away Tuesday (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/ex_giant_robinson_dies_of_cancer_blAoW8KW67iv5fcJO qSRTM) after a battle with cancer.<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">


“We always hear that ‘so and so’ is a nice guy, but it really was true about
Stacy,” said Phil Simms, the Giants’ quarterback during Robinson’s six years
with the team, in comments posted on Giants.com. “He might be one of the few
people that I’ve ever met or known that everybody truly liked. I think that’s
just personality. He could get along with everybody, no matter what the
situation.</p>


“Stacy had a tremendous sense of humor and if you were going to say something
about him, you better get ready, because man it was coming back fast. He was so
quick it was hilarious. He was definitely a match for a guy like Bill Parcells
or anybody that has that really quick wit.”</p>


Robinson played for the Giants from 1985-90. He caught 48 passes in 43
regular-season games for 749 yards and seven touchdowns. He made a mark after
his playing days, working for the NFL Players Association. He oversaw steroids
and drug policy issues; most recently he was the union’s director of player
development.</p>


Tom Coughlin, Robinson’s position coach from 1988-90, said “He was a class
act who was always a real, real pleasure to be around. Stacy was just a great
guy to coach. Great guy to be with, be around. He was always positive, always
thinking in terms of how he could help benefit the rest of us, the team.”</p>


Robinson in 2009 was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, cancer of the plasma
calls in the bone marrow, according to a family statement posted on
CaringBridge.org, a hospice website. </p>


In the Super Bowl XXI victory over the Broncos, Robinson led the Giants with
62 receiving yards, making three catches.</p>


“He had a couple of big catches in the Super Bowl – and he could’ve had many
more,” Simms said. “Stacy and I must’ve talked 10 times during the Super Bowl.
We looked at each other and I’d go, ‘I know it’s there, Stacy. I’m trying to get
it to you.’ I couldn’t get to him. Finally, in the fourth quarter I threw that
seam pass down the left sideline and hit him after he and I had been talking
about it for three quarters. So we hit it – I think it’s even on TV – you see us
walk by and give each other a really vigorous hand slap because, ‘Alright.
There, we finally got that one done.’ We had talked about it on the bench,
during timeouts and in the huddle. We knew there were certain plays that I could
throw to him where he knew he was going to be wide open, but we just couldn’t
get to him.”</p>


Robinson retired after the Giants beat the Bills in Super Bowl XXV.</p>


“Stacy was very smart, logical, he understood the big picture and he
reinforced what you believed in as a coach – the hard work and the effort,”
Coughlin said. “He was always a great team guy who was very supportive of his
teammates. He was a pro. He worked his butt off. You could always talk to him.
Whether he was a starter or a backup or however it worked out, once he
understood, he was very supportive.”</p>


Simms said “My gosh, I don’t remember him being in a down mood - I swear,
never. I don’t know if I can say that about anybody. We all have mood swings.
I’m sure he had them, but it never showed. He always had that little smile on
his face. It’s funny, he did get a little heavy after his playing career. So
that was the butt of many jokes and it didn’t faze him. Like I said, he had the
ammo ready. Man, he would tear up anybody that started picking on him. I think
that’s how most people remember him and that’s why so many people thought so
highly of him.”</p>


Robinson is survived by his wife, Nadine, his sons Stacy, Myles, and Marquis,
his sisters Candace and Kim, his brothers Leighton and Ramonn."</p>
</div>

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GIANTS' ELI MANNING STRESSES CONCUSSION PROTOCOL (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/use_your_head_1m4FVYfeNUIUTjTrXMzl1M)

"Eli Manning has never been diagnosed with a concussion, but amid the swirl of
discussion and controversy regarding head trauma around the NFL, the Giants
quarterback admits “It’s a scary deal.’’<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">


On the night of Aug. 16, 2010, the sight of Manning bleeding profusely from a
3-inch gash on his forehead and looking dazed as he jogged off the field during
a preseason game against the Jets was a troubling image for the Giants and their
fans. Manning’s wound was caused when he was slammed in the head after his
helmet had come loose and off during a hit from behind by Jets linebacker Calvin
Pace.
</p>Manning needed stitches to close the laceration but was not diagnosed as
having a concussion.<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">


“I’ve been fortunate where I haven’t had any,’’ Manning said Monday night,
promoting a charity golf tournament for the Guiding Eyes For The Blind. “You
try, obviously, to be in the best helmet and have air and you take precautions
that way, but once you’re on the field I think the best thing you can do is just
play your hardest and hope you don’t take a big hit.</p>


“But if you do, be smart about it and tell the trainers and make sure you’re
doing everything you can to try to prevent any damage down the road.’’</p>


Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner made headlines recently by stating he
would not want his sons to play NFL football, fearing for their quality of life
because of possible head trauma in the wake of the Saints bounty scandal and the
recent suicide of Junior Seau.</p>


Amani Toomer, Warner’s teammate with the Giants in 2004, responded by ripping
Warner, saying the former QB “should keep his opinions to himself’’ and adding,
“For him trying to trash the game, it seems to me it’s just a little
disingenuous.’’</p>


Osi Umenyiora, a newcomer to Twitter, yesterday wrote “Love Toomer that’s my
Guy but he is dead wrong for attacking Kurt like that.’’</p>


Umenyiora went on to write football is “an awesome game and has done a lot
for me’’ but added, “there is a strong chance be in a wheelchair’’ when
he’s 45 years old. Umenyiora said, “If I can avoid that for my son I will but if
he wants to play I won’t stop him.’’</p>


Umenyiora, who has experienced hip, knee and ankle issues in his career,
later in the day on ESPN said the wheelchair quote was “obviously an
exaggeration on my part, at least I hope so.’’
</p>http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants
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MARKUS KUHN ANXIOUS TO COMPETE FOR A SPOT ON CROWDED GIANTS' DEPTH CHART (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/09/markus-kuhn-anxious-to-compete-for-spot-on-crowded-new-york-giants-depth-chart/)

"<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> rookie defensive tackle <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Markus Kuhn" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/markus-kuhn/" rel="tag nofollow">Markus
Kuhn</a> has quite the challenge ahead of him. Selected late in the seventh
round, the NC State alum will compete for a spot on arguably the best defensive
line in football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/).
He will do so without the security afforded to early and mid-round picks that
are all but guaranteed a roster spot in their first year.


To complicate things for Kuhn, there may be no room at the metaphorical inn.
In the hours leading up to the draft, the Giants acquired a replacement for
Rocky Bernard when they signed veteran DT <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Shaun Rogers" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/shaun-rogers/" rel="tag nofollow">Shaun
Rogers</a>. Though both Kuhn and Rogers are listed at 6’4, the latter weighs in
at 350 lbs; a full 51 lbs heavier than the incoming rookie.</p>


With Chris Canty and Linval Joseph retaining their starting roles and Rogers
penciled in as the first reserve, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Marvin Austin" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/marvin-austin/" rel="tag nofollow">Marvin
Austin</a> claims the fourth slot on the depth chart before Kuhn even enters the
picture.</p>


The Giants thought that they were stealing another first round pick in 2011
when they drafted Austin in the second round. Once one of the most dominant DTs
in college football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/),
the former UNC star missed his final collegiate season due to suspension. After
his draft stock plummeted out of the opening round, his NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) stock took a
hit when he needed to be placed on IR after only his second preseason game.</p>


Still, the Giants are hopeful that Austin can develop into a formidable DT
despite being away from the game for the better part of two full seasons.</p>
<blockquote>


Though he understands the reality of the crowded depth chart, Kuhn isn’t
phased. On Monday, he told (http://ncstate.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1362215)<a href="http://ncstate.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1362215" target="_blank">The
Wolfpacker</a>, "I don't really set myself too many long-term goals, I
always say if you work hard, good things are going to happen. As of right now,
the next goal is to get there, be good in rookie minicamp and work hard during
the strength and conditioning. Hopefully, I'll get a chance and make the 53-man
roster."</p></blockquote>


Kuhn also admitted that though he is officially listed as a DT on the depth
chart, his role with the Giants is still unclear. While this week’s rookie
mini-camp will likely shed some light on the team’s plans, Kuhn’s experience at
DE will help him survive past final cuts.</p>


His best numbers came during his senior season. In 2011 he notched 50
tackles, including 4.5 sacks as a DT. His career began, however, as both a DE
and an OLB.</p>


The Giants tend to only carry four true DTs on the final roster, due to the
high rate at which they rotate their outside pass rushers to the interior. With
the loss of reliable reserve Dave Tollefson, New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) will be looking for capable pass rusher that can
bring pressure from both the inside and out.</p>


That person could very well be Kuhn. If he can impress as an end rusher, his
competition shifts from the bulkier <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Dwayne Hendricks" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/dwayne-hendricks/" rel="tag nofollow">Dwayne
Hendricks</a> to the undersized <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Justin Trattou" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/justin-trattou/" rel="tag nofollow">Justin
Trattou</a>.</p>


Both Trattou and Hendricks spent time on the active roster in 2011 but
Trattou currently enjoys a better chance of making 2012’s. Far too small to be
an interior rusher, Trattou is now the fourth DE on the depth chart. Hendricks
is far too large to play DE and even if he beats out Kuhn, it is unlikely there
will be a spot for a fifthDT without one of the top four suffering a
significant injury.</p>


Kuhn’s best bet to avoid the practice squad or unemployment is to prove
himself as a utility D-Lineman that can immediately serve as a reliable reserve
wherever he is needed. If he can do that, he’ll find himself in a fairly even
battle with an incumbent Trattou."</p>

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GIANTS REVEAL JERSEY NUMBERS FOR DRAFTEES ATTENDING MINI-CAMP (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/09/new-york-giants-reveal-jersey-numbers-for-draftees-attending-rookie-mini-camp/)

"With rookie mini-camp only a few short days away, the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants revealed on Wednesday the jersey numbers their draftees will be wearing
come Friday morning. However, all fans should be advised not to immediately have
custom jerseys made with the numbers recently issued as all are subject to
change.


The distribution of numbers went as follows:</p>
<ul> RB David Wilson will wear #34 WR Rueben Randle will wear #82 CB Jayron Hosley will wear #36 TE Adrien Robinson will wear #81 OL Brandon Mosley will wear #67 OL Matt McCants will wear #71 DT Markus Kuhn will wear #78[/list]


Perhaps not relevant, it is nonetheless interesting to see Deon Grant's #34,
Kareem McKenzie's #67 and Mario Manningham's #82 on other players. Stranger yet
is seeing Amani Toomer's #81 on a young, inexperienced, but potentially talented
tight end.</p>


Albany QB Dan Di Lella not invited to Giants' rookie
mini-camp</p>


On an unrelated note, the agent of Albany QB Dan Di Lella has informed Giants
101 that his client was not extended an invite/tryout to rookie mini-camp. The
Giants hosted Di Lella for a workout and had thoroughly scouted him prior to the
2012 NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) Draft.</p>


As it stands, Ryan Perrilloux will act as the quarterback at rookie
mini-camp.
</p>
##

GIANTS, ROOKIE TIGHT END ADRIEN ROBINSON AGREE TO CONTRACT TERMS (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/08/new-york-giants-rookie-te-adrien-robinson-agree-to-terms/)

"The New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants and rookie tight end <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Adrien Robinson" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/adrien-robinson/" rel="tag nofollow">Adrien
Robinson</a>, who was a fourth-round pick (127th overall) in the 2012 NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) Draft, have agreed to terms (http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&amp;key=9b4efad421c8b103b2c94b796db973 b0&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.giants101.com%2F2012%2F05% 2F08%2Fnew-york-giants-rookie-te-adrien-robinson-agree-to-terms%2F&amp;subId=3e646801796e45114472dfafa5862724&amp;v= 1&amp;libid=1336519315180&amp;out=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.co m%2F%23%21%2FRavensInsider%2Fstatus%2F199970813292 716032&amp;ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.giants101.com%2F&amp;title =New%20York%20Giants%2C%20Rookie%20TE%20Adrien%20R obinson%20Agree%20to%20Terms%20%7C%20Giants%20101% 20%7C%20Sports%20Media%20101&amp;txt=have%20agreed%20t o%20terms&amp;jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_13365193939841).


A league source tells Aaron Wilson of Scout.com that the contract is pending
a physical, but should be finalized sometime during rookie mini-camp, which
begins this Friday, May 11th. The deal is for four-years and worth $2.48
million. It includes a $385,652 signing bonus.</p>


After being drafted, General Manager Jerry Reese referred to the
inexperienced Robinson as the Jason Pierre-Paul of tight ends.</p>
<blockquote>


“We think this guy is kind of a JPP of tight ends," Reese said, later adding:
"He is just a big, gigantic man with long arms. And he is really a good athlete.
This guy is almost 6-5, 270 pounds. He ran 4.57. He has got those freakish
athletic numbers. He hasn’t scratched the surface with respect – like
JPP."</p></blockquote>


If he turns out to have any of the success JPP has had, Big Blue got
themselves a hell of a deal."</p>HAKEEM NICKS READY TO MENTOR RUEBEN RANDLE AS HE COMPETES FOR STARTING JOB (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/08/new-york-giants-hakeem-nicks-ready-to-mentor-rueben-randle-as-he-competes-for-starting-job/)

"It seems <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 Ahmad Bradshaw isn’t the only veteran looking to bring a rookie under his wing (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/01/new-york-giants-ahmad-bradshaw-anxious-to-take-david-wilson-under-his-wing/). In regards to the
early expectations of <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>, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Hakeem Nicks" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/hakeem-nicks/" rel="tag nofollow">Hakeem
Nicks</a> told ESPN on Monday (http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/14013/nicks-looking-forward-to-helping-randle) that "I've been in that situation
before…I'm ready to teach him."


Unlike his tutor, Randle enters the league amidst speculation of his ability
to contribute immediately. Hailing from an LSU program that relied primarily on
its rushing attack, Randle may still have quite the learning curve to navigate
before he can be the dangerous big man the Giants are hoping he’ll become.</p>


Ready or not, Randle will be competing for a starting spot. The Giants plan to utilize Cruz as the slot receiver (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/08/new-york-giants-kevin-gilbride-victor-cruz-will-remain-slot-receiver/) as often as possible
and this opens up the second outside spot. Randle’s competition consists of <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Domenik Hixon" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/domenik-hixon/" rel="tag nofollow">Domenik
Hixon</a>, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Ramses Barden" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/ramses-barden/" rel="tag nofollow">Ramses
Barden</a>, and <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jerrel Jernigan" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jerrel-jernigan/" rel="tag nofollow">Jerrel
Jernigan</a>.</p>


This isn’t Hixon’s first opportunity at a starting job in New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/).
During Burress’ first suspension in 2008, Hixon stepped in opposite Toomer and
recorded four receptions for 102 yards and a TD before leaving the game with a
concussion. Hixon would fail to establish himself as a permanent starter in the
2009 training camp and remained either buried on the depth chart or sidelined
with back-to-back ACL tears for the following three seasons.</p>


Barden has failed to produce since his arrival in 2009. Thought to be a
replacement for Burress’ unique body type, the 6’6 Barden found himself as a
healthy scratch through the Super Bowl run last season. He has shown flashes of
potential in the past, but those rays of hope were quickly dashed by injury. If
the 6’3 Randle is able to be an immediate weapon, then Barden’s height and
wingspan become even more expendable.</p>


Jernigan’s spot on this team is safe, as mid-round draft picks are typically
given at least three years to prove themselves. However, he might not be the
outside option that New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) is currently looking for. Wielding dangerous
speed, Jernigan has a solid chance at earning the KR/PR duties in ’12. His
opportunities at receiver may still be limited until he can prove that he has
the hands to be a reliable target.</p>


Should Randle fail to instantly compensate for the loss of Mario Manningham,
the Giants will still enjoy the services of two star WRs; a luxury that Nicks
did not have when he was drafted.</p>


Instead, the UNC alum was expected to pull his weight immediately thanks to
the loss of an aging Amani Toomer and a penitentiary bound Plaxico Burress. He
met the challenge by playing in 14 games, recording 47 receptions for 790 yards,
and hauling in six TDs. His explosiveness allowed Eli Manning and the Giants
offense to stretch the field and by season’s end, Nicks had notched 13 plays of
longer than 20 yards and wrestled away Manningham’s starting spot.</p>


Manningham, who was in the second season of his professional career, had just
begun to establish himself as a dangerous NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) receiver. Unlike Nicks, the former Wolverine was
unable to make an impact as a rookie. Ideally for the Giants, his replacement
avoids following in his footsteps.</p>
<blockquote>


The crux of Nicks’s advice to his new protégé is to "Just play the game the
same way you've been playing that got you to this point, Be patient with
yourself and don't get down on yourself, you're going to make some mistakes,
that's part of the game, that's part of being a rookie.”</p></blockquote>


If Randle can shake off the missteps, mimic his mentor, and contribute in
2012 he will have the rare opportunity of a starting job waiting for him."</p><a href="http://www.giants101.com/">http://www.giants101.com/
</a>

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GIANTS' 2012 FREE AGENCY: IS DT STILL A NEED? (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/9/3009785/new-york-giants-2012-nfl-free-agency-defensive-tackle-still-a-need)

"Earlier this week we talked about the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
possibly still targeting the safety position (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/7/3003908/new-york-giants-2012-nfl-free-agency-safety-jim-leonhard-tyler-sash-chris-horton-oj-atogwe) for potential upgrades via free
agency. Another position I believe might be worthy of attention is defensive
tackle, so let's take a look at who might still be available on the free-agent
market.<div class="entry-body">


Before we get into who is available, though, let's take a quick look at why
the position might need attention.</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>


The Giants return both starters from last season, Chris Canty (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3394/chris-canty) and
<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108661/linval-joseph">Linval
Joseph</a>. Both are quality players, but Canty is recuperating from offseason
knee surgery, so insurance would be nice. Last season the Giants had veterans Rocky Bernard (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2289/rocky-bernard)
and Jimmy Kennedy (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3232/jimmy-kennedy),
and even rotated <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1984/dave-tollefson">Dave
Tollefson</a> in at tackle on some occasions. Tollefson is gone, and it seems
unlikely Bernard or Kennedy will be brought back.</p>


The Giants did sign Shaun Rogers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1498/shaun-rogers),
the 340-pound three-time Pro Bowler. Rogers, though, has not been more than a
bit player for the past couple of seasons and his best football is well behind
him. The also drafted Markus Kuhn (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155168/markus-kuhn)
from North Carolina State in the seventh round.</p>


The only other recognizable defensive tackle on the Giants' roster is <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130945/marvin-austin">Marvin
Austin</a>, the 2011 second-round pick. The Giants have admitted concern about
Austin, though, since he missed all of last season with a torn pectoral muscle
and has not played football in two years. Remember, Austin did not play his
final season at North Carolina after being dismissed from the team for receiving
improper benefits.</p>


So, are there any defensive tackles worth considering still available on the
free-agent market? </p>


The full list of available players <a href="http://walterfootball.com/freeagents2012DT.php" target="_blank">can be found
at Walter Football</a>. There are only a couple of players I found on the list I
thought were worth consideration. Here they are:</p>


Marcus Thomas, Denver Broncos (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/denver-broncos) -- A
26-year-old four-year veteran. A 6-foot-3, 314-pound player who has only one
sack in four seasons, but comes with a reputation as being a solid run defender.
In 2011, Pro Football Focus graded Thomas +9.7 against the run, 10th-best in the
NFL among defensive tackles. </p>


Fred Robbins (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2247/fred-robbins),
St. Louis Rams (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/st-louis-rams) -- The
35-year-old former Giant is still around, and still playing much better football
than the Giants thought he could when they let him go before the 2010 season. He
was +9.0 overall last season, according to PFF, including +11.1 against the run.
He doesn't get to the quarterback like he once could, but is still a useful
player.</p>


Oh, and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2855/albert-haynesworth">Albert
Haynesworth</a> is available, too. But, I think we know that isn't
happening.</p>


Thoughts? Am I right that the Giants could use more depth and competition at
the tackle spot?"</p></div>

##

NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: HUMP DAY HODGEPOGE EDITION (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/9/3008290/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-hump-day-hodgepodge-edition)

Excerpt: "Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's Hump Day, and you know what that means,
right? Calendar time! There are 17 weeks until the start of the 2012 NFL regular
season, Giants vs. Cowboys (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/dallas-cowboys) on Wednesday
night, September 5. And since we're all about perspective on Hump Day, 17 weeks
ago the Giants had beaten the Atlanta Falcons (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/atlanta-falcons) in
the wild card round and were preparing to upset the Packers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/green-bay-packers) on
divisional round Sunday. It's interesting to look at it that way, isn't it?
Anyway, the Giants had their first workout of the off-season with coaches
present on Tuesday, and this Friday rookie mini-camp begins. And of course,
there is Osi and the will-he or won't he stay saga. Let's see what is happening,
shall we?


<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/nfceast/post/_/id/38951/giants-rookie-camp-is-this-weekend">Giants
rookie camp is this weekend - NFC East Blog - ESPN</a>
Now, the Giants
don't generally rush their rookies, but the fact of what Youngmisuk says is
there will be opportunities for someone like Hosley to contribute. Other than Corey Webster (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2266/corey-webster),
the cornerbacks on the Giants' roster all seem to be coming off of serious 2011
injuries. And Prince Amukamara, whose training-camp injury healed enough to
allow him to play late last season, isn't all that far ahead of Hosley in terms
of his experience in the Giants' program." Read more... </p>OSI UMENYIORA TO THE BALTIMORE RAVENS? (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/8/3007593/osi-umenyiora-baltimore-ravens-new-york-giants-nfl-trade-rumors)

"A report surfaced on Twitter today that the Baltimore Ravens (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/baltimore-ravens)
have offered the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) a
third-round draft pick in exchange for Osi Umenyiora (https://twitter.com/#%21/TheHuddleReport/status/199887252048986112).
<div class="entry-body">

We have been seeing
speculation about Umenyiora to the Ravens ever since it was announced a few days
ago that the Ravens would be without Terrell Suggs (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1434/terrell-suggs)
for the 2012 season due to a torn Achilles Tendon. Does any of this make any
sense? Would this be something the Giants would actually do?</p>


Let's take a closer look.</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>


From the Giants' perspective</p>


We speculated prior to the 2012 NFL Draft that the Giants might be willing to
deal Umenyiora, and reports at that time indicated the belief that the Giants
would take a third-round draft choice for the supremely talented yet perennially
disgruntled defensive end.</p>


No trade happened during the draft, of course. Were there offers? We will
never really know. If, however, the Giants did not trade Umenyiora for a draft
pick they could have used to stock the 2012 roster why would they trade him for
a draft pick now? That makes no sense to me.</p>


By now, general manager Jerry Reese is used to Umenyiora's whining. In some
fashion it happens every offseason, and it has really just become nothing more
than background noise.</p>


The Giants hold all the cards here. Umenyiora is signed to a contract for
another year. He can certainly complain all he wants, but if he wants to get
paid at all he has no choice but to play out the contract he signed. If he was
going to go all <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2252/jeremy-shockey">Jeremy
Shockey</a> and blow up his relationship with the Giants with verbal grenades he
would have done that by now.</p>


The Giants' best play at this point is to simply ride out the Umenyiora storm
and have No. 72 in uniform -- happily or unhappily -- next fall.</p>


From the Ravens' perspective</p>


Clark Judge of CBS Sports can go on and on all he wants about how Umenyiora
is the obvious pass-rushing choice for the Ravens to target (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/18955957/suggs-down-ravens-should-jump-at-chance-to-get-umenyiora-out-of-ny) as a
Suggs replacement. All that does is make me question how much Clark Judge
actually knows.</p>


How does Umenyiora in a Ravens' uniform make any sense at all?</p>


Last time I checked the Ravens play a 3-4 defense. Umenyiora is a classic 4-3
pass-rushing defensive end. He barely acknowledges the existence of the running
game and does an adequate at best job against it when he does try to play the
run.</p>


In the 3-4, defensive ends are generally not premiere pass rushers. They are
really glorified defensive tackles, anchoring against the run and swallowing up
blockers to allow the linebackers behind them to make plays. That is not
Umenyiora.</p>


How about Osi as a 3-4 outside linebacker? I don't see how that would work,
either. The Giants love to drop linemen into coverage, but Umenyiora is almost
never asked to do that. Justin Tuck (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2260/justin-tuck), <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108442/jason-pierre-paul">Jason
Pierre-Paul</a>, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2229/mathias-kiwanuka">Mathias
Kiwanuka</a>, even <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1984/dave-tollefson">Dave
Tollefson</a> when he was a Giant would do that at times. Umenyiora? Almost
never.</p>


Heading into his ninth year in the league and with troublesome knees standing
up and dropping into coverage is not a skill I can see Umenyiora mastering at
this point in his career.</p>


Conclusion</p>


Maybe there is something here. Maybe the Giants would be better off to just
cut their losses with Umenyiora and move on. Maybe the Ravens would play some
4-3 in passing situations to accommodate Umenyiora's skills. Right now, though,
I am not able to wrap my head around how this move would make any
sense."</p></div>http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news



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<u>MISCELLANEOUS
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</font></font>JACOB BELL RETIRES; CALLS JUNIOR SEAU'S DEATH THE "CHERRY ON TOP" THAT CONVINCED HIM (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19001809/jacob-bell-retires-calls-junior-seaus-death-the-cherry-on-top-that-convinced-him)

"A couple of days ago, I wondered if Junior Seau's suicide would force NFL
players to confront an uncomfortable question (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/18984147/can-junior-seaus-death-make-nfl-players-think-about-their-future) that would leave them
asking how much their current occupation could adversely shape their
futures.

Since Seau's death, it seems to me, players are beginning to
openly ask what life will be like after they retire. Like, for instance, when
Giants defensive end <a href="/nfl/players/playerpage/396106/osi-umenyiora">Osi
Umenyiora</a> wonders whether he'll be wheelchair-bound (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/18992568/osi-umenyiora-strong-chance-ill-be-in-a-wheelchair-at-age-45) by the time he's 45 -- though this idea
was contrasted by LaVar Arrington, who decried the so-called sissification (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/18993840/lavar-arrington-calls-keeping-kids-from-football-sissification-of-the-game) of the game.

Either way, it's clear that
Seau's death has affected current players, probably moreso than any other recent
retiree's death. In one case, Seau's actions have led a current player to step
away from the game for good.

That's Jacob Bell (/nfl/players/playerpage/492888/jacob-bell), who started 100
of 109 games from 2004-11 for the Titans (/nfl/teams/page/TEN/tennessee-titans) and Rams (/nfl/teams/page/STL/st-louis-rams) and who tells the St. Louis Post Dispatch (http://www.stltoday.com/sports/football/professional/bell-decides-football-isn-t-worth-the-risk/article_c7b22ce8-2311-56b8-b7a1-da23213620e4.html) that he's retiring in part
because he's worried about his future self.

Simply put, he's concerned
about head trauma and its future implications. And Seau's suicide was the
“cherry on top” that convinced Bell to end his career.

“The reality is
that for me it came down to risk and reward,” he told the paper. “I think you've
always got to weigh that out. At some point, you've got to kind of figure out
what you're in the game for.

"One of my biggest concerns when it comes to
the game in general is my personal health. One thing that's obviously on the
minds of a lot of people lately is brain research and all the stuff that's going
on with that. One of the big things that I thought about when I was considering
this is how much do I love the game? How much can they pay me to take away my
health and my future and being able to be with my family and just have a healthy
lifestyle?”

Bell signed with the Bengals (/nfl/teams/page/CIN/cincinnati-bengals) a month ago, and on
Wednesday afternoon, Cincinnati placed him on the reserve/retired list. Bell
doesn't know how many concussions he has suffered. If the definition of the
brain injury is “seeing stars,” he figures he was suffering a minimum of 30 per
season.

Which is long way off the estimate of former NFL linebacker Gary
Plummer, who believes Seau suffered a minimum of five (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/18964037/gary-plummer-former-teammate-says-junior-seau-could-have-had-1500-concussions)concussions per game. But
it's a scary figure nonetheless.

Even taking away the death of Seau,
Bell couldn't help but ponder the effects of football on his family and about
unknown diseases that could occur because of repeated head trauma. The fact
deceased players have donated their brains for research gave him pause. And he
decided it was better to turn off the game rather than risk giving himself an
uncertain future.

"It's just crazy to see how someone like Junior Seau
took his own life over -- God knows what he was really struggling and dealing
with,” Bell said. “But you have to believe it came from the game of football. I
want to get out before the game makes me get out, where I can get out on my own
terms, and I can limit the amount of stress and negative impact that the game
would leave on me."




BAN COLLEGE FOOTBALL? BREAKING DOWN A DEBATE (http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/ban-college-football-breaking-down-a-debate/?ref=football)

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NFL: STUDY SAYS FORMER PLAYERS LIVE LONGER (http://www.profootballweekly.com/2012/05/08/nfl-study-says-former-players-live-longer)

"The NFL is telling retirees about a medical study that says former players live
longer than men in the general population.
<p class="APParagraph3">While player safety issues related to brain trauma and
other football-related injuries dominate the headlines, the study by the
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found 334 deceased
men in a sampling of 3,439 former NFL players. Estimates for the general
population anticipated 625 deaths.</p>
<p class="APParagraph5">Players in the study participated in the NFL for at least
five seasons from 1959 through 1988 and were observed by NIOSH through 2007.</p>
<p class="APParagraph7">The study is a follow-up to a 1994 report the institute
did at the request of the players' union to "investigate concerns that players
were dying prematurely." The latest findings, which contradict that idea, were
published earlier this year in the American Journal of Cardiology and on NIOSH's
blog. The NFL sent a newsletter from NIOSH about the study's finding to about
3,200 pre-1993 retired players on Tuesday.</p>
<p class="APParagraph9">The results come as NFL veterans by the hundreds— from
both recent years and decades ago— are suing the league because of long-term
health effects, many with head injuries they sustained playing football. The
league maintains that player safety was and is a major priority.</p>
<p class="APParagraph11">The latest study found that players had a much lower rate
of cancer-related deaths, with 85 dying from the disease as opposed to a
projected 146 based on estimates from the general population. One reason for
that could be low levels of smoking among athletes, but NIOSH did not attempt to
contact former players about their smoking habits.</p>
<p class="APParagraph13">Larger players, particularly defensive linemen, had a
higher level of deaths from heart disease, 41 as opposed to an expected 29.
There were 498 defensive linemen studied.</p>
<p class="APParagraph15">Offensive and defensive linemen, of course, are likely to
have a higher body mass index, a measuring factor for obesity.</p>
<p class="APParagraph17">Overall, though, the study showed that the risk of
players dying of heart disease was lower than the general population, with 126
deaths while the anticipated number was 186.</p>
<p class="APParagraph19">The report made several recommendations to former
football players about maintaining a healthier lifestyle.</p>
<p class="APParagraph21">"Though football-related injuries may make it hard to
exercise regularly," the report said, "it is important that players continue to
be active or maintain a healthy weight. It is also important to not smoke, eat
right and treat medical conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes."</p>
<p class="APParagraph23">NIOSH also is studying neurological causes of death among
the NFL players, including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's and ALS (Lou
Gehrig's disease)."
</p>ON CONCUSSIONS, PLAYERS AND FANS CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/06/on-concussions-players-and-fans-cant-have-it-both-ways/related/)

"The death of linebacker Junior Seau has triggered a flurry of comments and
articles regarding the future of football. Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner
has said that he would prefer that his sons not play football (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/03/kurt-warner-would-prefer-his-sons-not-play-football/)
(before later that same day saying he would “love” for them to play (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/03/kurt-warer-clarifies-his-comments-says-hed-love-his-sons-to-play-football/)). ESPN, a
network that pays billions of dollars for the right to televise football games,
is showcasing on the NFL home page of its website a column that makes the case
for not letting our sons play football (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7890147/nfl-let-your-son-play-football). One of
the men who currently plays the game, Ravens safety Bernard Pollard (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/3700/bernard-pollard), believes football will be extinct in 20 to 30 years. (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828e2f90/article/ravens-pollard-football-wont-exist-in-20-30-years)


But here’s the point everyone who is pointing to the Seau suicide as a key
crossroads for football is badly missing: The NFL already has arrived at the
crossroads, and the NFL has embarked on the path of safety.</p>


Against the wishes of most players and fans.</p>


It happened in 2009 — nearly a year after Ashley Fox of ESPN.com made her own
personal decision to not let her then-unborn son play football — when Congress grilled Commissioner Roger Goodell (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4601966)
and others regarding head injuries. That relatively minor investment of
political resources served as the proverbial shot across the bow, compelling the
NFL to make a flurry of changes aimed at reducing the number of concussions that
occur during games, diagnosing more effectively the players who have sustained
concussions, and ensuring that players who have suffered concussions are not
allowed back onto the field until their concussions have fully healed.</p>


Does more need to be done? Absolutely, and I’ve been at the front of the
line (to the chagrin of more than a few readers) arguing for further changes,
especially as it relates to the development of safeguards and redundancies
strong enough to override the all-powerful head coach when a player like Mike Vick (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/2107/michael-vick) has “dirt on his face” or when Colt McCoy (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5699/colt-mccoy) clearly had been (as ESPN used to
famously call it) “jacked up.”</p>


But the challenge isn’t simply to get coaches, who are driven to win and are
driven crazy when rules regarding concussions keep their best players out of
action, to accept the new realities of football. Players and, ultimately, the
fans must buy in, too.</p>


As one PFT commenter recently point

BigBlue1971
05-09-2012, 01:25 PM
thanks for the news and notes Roanoke!

RoanokeFan
05-09-2012, 01:32 PM
thanks for the news and notes Roanoke!

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ashleymarie
05-09-2012, 01:34 PM
Great info. Tks.

nygsb42champs
05-09-2012, 02:34 PM
Sad news about Stacy Robinson. RIP Stacy.

Roswell777
05-09-2012, 02:46 PM
Thanks RF You are and remain "The Man."

Sad to hear about Stacy Robinson and surprised to read he had less than 50 career catches. They must have been big catches because it always seemed like he was right in the middle of big plays and comebacks.

RoanokeFan
05-09-2012, 07:11 PM
Thanks RF You are and remain "The Man."

Sad to hear about Stacy Robinson and surprised to read he had less than 50 career catches. They must have been big catches because it always seemed like he was right in the middle of big plays and comebacks.




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RoanokeFan
05-09-2012, 07:14 PM
thanks for the news and notes Roanoke!

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RoanokeFan
05-09-2012, 07:14 PM
Great info. Tks.

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