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GIANTS WAIVED SAFETY CHAD JONES (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_waive_chad_jones_sign_t.html)

"The Giants today announced the waiving of Chad Jones, a third-round draft
choice who seriously injured his leg in an auto accident two months after the
Giants selected him in 2010.


Jones was waived last season but it was with the intent of putting him on the
reserve/non-football injury list. This move, however, does not share that
purpose because under the 90-man roster established this offseason, there are no
roster exemptions for players on reserve lists. In short, Jones is being waived
for real this time.</p>


The team said in a press release, it will continue to work with Jones in his
rehab, and if he recovers sufficiently to return to the field, the team would be
open to that coming in a Giants uniform. After two years of rehabilitation on
the left leg that suffered multiple fractures and nerve damage on June 25, 2010,
in New Orleans, it seems the Giants feel Jones is still a long way from
returning to the field -- if at all.</p>


“Chad had a severe injury to his left leg, involving a complex tibial
fracture with associated injury to muscle, nerves, and vascular structures,”
said Scott Rodeo, a Giants associate team physician, in a statement released by
the club. “This type of injury is often limb threatening, and can sometimes
require amputation. He has made a remarkable recovery to date, with successful
salvage of the leg. However, at this time he has residual sensory loss, muscle
weakness, and tenuous soft tissue coverage in the involved lower leg. The
resultant functional impairment precludes his ability to perform physically at
the level required for professional football.”</p>

The club also announced it has signed three undrafted rookie free agents who
attended a team minicamp last week on a tryout basis, Brandon Collins, Jake
Muasau and former St. Peter's standout Will HIll.</p>


Hill is a safety who excelled at special teams, in particular, at Florida,
where he left in in 2011 after his junior season. The 6-1, 194-pound Hill, a
starter in 15 of 38 career games at Florida, was not selected in the 2011 NFL
Draft and played in the Arena Football League last season. At St. Peter's, Hill
was a three-year starter as a quarterback, safety and kick returner. He was The
Star-Ledger's Offensive Player of the Year in 2007.</p>


Collins is a 5-11, 176-pound wide receiver from Southern Louisiana who
previously spent two seasons at Texas. Last season he caught 61 passes for 746
yards and five touchdowns.</p>


Muasau, an outside linebacker who is 6-1, 245 pounds, was named over the past
two season as Georgia State's Most Valuable Defensive Player."</p>GIANTS' COACH TOM COUGHLIN TO RECEIVE OUTSTANDING CIVILIAN SERVICE AWARD (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_coach_tom_coughlin_to_r.html)

"For years, Tom Coughlin has honored the servicemen and women who, as he likes
to put it, allow us to "sleep under the blanket of freedom."


This month, one branch of the military will return the favor by honoring the
Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants)' coach.</p>


On May 23, Coughlin will be one of five recipients of the Outstanding
Civilian Service Award, <a href="http://cpol.army.mil/library/permiss/5463.html">the third-highest public
service honor</a> the U.S. Army can bestow upon a civilian. The award will be
presented to Coughlin by Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the current Chief of Staff of
the Army, a Dover native, an avid Giants fan and a close friend of Coughlin, at
Quarters One (the home of the Army Chief of Staff) in Arlington, Va.</p>


Among the others scheduled to be honored that day are: Ravens coach John
Harbaugh and Bob Delaney, a Paterson native and former NBA referee who now works
with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.</p>


Coughlin is being recognized for his work with active military personnel,
such as his taking part in the NFL-USO Coaches Tour of the Persian Gulf three
years ago, and his acknowledging veterans, as he does each Veterans Day by
inviting Wounded Warriors to practice and to that week's game. In 2008, Coughlin
took the team to Walter Reed Medical Center before the visit to the White House,
where they were honored by then-President Bush. The team is planning to involve
service members in this year's visit as well.
</p>Coughlin, who <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/02/super_bowl_2012_giants_tom_cou.html">shows
reverence toward the troops during each game's National Anthem</a>, has also
welcomed Lt. Col. Greg Gadson into the Giants' inner circle since former
assistant coach Mike Sullivan introduced Gadson to the team in 2007.


Gadson, who lost both of his legs in Iraq, will remain an inspirational
presence for the Giants, despite Sullivan's joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers'
staff this offseason. Gadson also has a a role in the movie Battleship
and will attend the premiere aboard the USS Intrepid on Tuesday. Justin Tuck is
scheduled to attend the screening."
</p>http://www.nj.com/giants/

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

THE SUPER BOWL RING IS THE THING FOR THE GIANTS (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/05/the-super-bowl-ring-is-the-thing-for-the-giants)

"The Jets can have their three-ring circus. All the Giants need is the
ring.


Those championship rings, which will feature all four of the
franchise’s Super Bowl trophies inside a ring of blue, will be given to the
Super Bowl XLVI champions at a private ceremony at Tiffanys in Manhattan on
Wednesday night. <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/Weatherford5/status/202445967369306112/photo/1">But
punter Steve Weatherford provided his Twitter followers a sneak peek at the
jewelry on Tuesday</a>.

The ring, according to the picture provided to
players, is made of 14-karat white gold and is covered with diamonds – and
diamond footballs – surrounded by a sapphire band. In all there are 1.36 carats
in diamonds and 1.11 carats in sapphires. The words “New York Giants 2011 World
Champions” surround the face of the ring.

The design – which appears
identical to the preliminary version Tweeted by Giants linebacker Clint Sintim
and running back Andre Brown in late March – also features the Giants’ “ny” logo
outlined in blue with the four Super Bowl trophies hovering behind it. The blue
sapphires represent a big change from the rings the Giants earned by winning
Super Bowl XLII after the 2007 season. Those rings had no color at
all.

On one side of each of the Super Bowl XLVI rings will be each
player’s name and number. The other side will feature “GIANTS” in block letters
above the Super Bowl XLVI logo and the final score of the game
(21-17).

And as Weatherford said in his Tweet: “She sure is
pretty.”

The ring ceremony won’t be the last time the Giants celebrate
their championship season together. The team has also been invited for the
traditional champions’ visit to the White House as guests of President Barack
Obama. A date for that has not been set, though it’s expected to take place next
month."</p>
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THOMAS HAS NO DOUBTS HE'S STILL A STARTER (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/05/thomas-has-no-doubts-hes-still-a-starter)

"Terrell Thomas may have lost a full season of his NFL career, but he hasn’t
lost any of his confidence.


He also is sure he hasn’t lost his starting
job.

Though the Giants drafted cornerback Prince Amukamara in the first
round less than four months before Thomas tore his ACL last August, the
four-year veteran isn’t ready to concede anything to the second-year player.
Asked if he still considers himself the starting cornerback, opposite Corey
Webster in the Giants’ defense, Thomas said “I am. I don’t care what they
say.”

“There’s no disrespect for any of the guys in the locker room,”
Thomas said today before playing in Chris Canty’s Champions Golf Classic at
Manhattan Woods Golf Club in West Nyack, N.Y. “It’s just my mentality. As a
rookie I said I was going to be a starter. I just worked my butt off and finally
became one. Especially at the corner position you’ve got to be confident in that
manner in my opinion. I can’t be sitting here saying, ‘Well, we’ll
see.’”

The Giants haven’t said what their defensive depth chart will
look like, but nothing is really a certainty behind Webster in one starting
spot. Thomas – who got what could be a four-year contract from the Giants that
could be worth as much as $28.4 million -- is still recovering from ACL surgery
last summer and likely won’t participate in the team’s minicamp in June.
Amukamara, who recently had a procedure done to help heal his broken foot, might
also have to skip minicamp, too.

Which one starts in the spot vacated by
Aaron Ross, who left as a free agent for the Jacksonville Jaguars, could depend
on which one is healthiest. Thomas, for his part, said again that his rehab is
“ahead of schedule”. Right now, he said the biggest thing is “protecting” his
knee “and keep on building strength and be ready for hopefully that game against
Dallas (on Sept. 8).”
</p>


***
The ring isn’t the only thing

Thomas said he
will have a “bittersweet” feeling on Wednesday night when the Giants are
presented their Super Bowl championship rings in a private ceremony inside
Tiffany’s in Manhattan. Not surprisingly he’ll be glad to get the ring. He just
wishes he had been on the field to earn it.

“I would love to have been
out there,” he said. “But I’m proud of my team. I know I’m a part of a Super
Bowl champ. I’ll wear it that day and put it away. I’ll probably never wear it
again. That’s just the competitor in me. I want to have my own. I thank my
teammates for it and everything, but it’s a goal that I want to reach on my
own.”

Thomas’ timing with the Giants has been remarkably bad. He was
drafted in the second round in 2008, just three months after their Super Bowl
XLII championship. Then he tore his ACL six months before they won Super Bowl
XLVI.

“You never know what God has planned for you so you just got to
take it for what it is,” he said. “I learned a lot of lessons. I got to spend a
lot of great time with my daughter and family. I learned a lot this year. We’ve
got a great team, a lot of guys coming back, so hopefully we can get another
one.”
</p>


***
Blackburnin an unfamiliar
position

Chase Blackburn has had to fight for everything he’s
gotten during his seven-year NFL career. He has no plans to stop fighting
now.

So the fact that <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/05/chase-is-the-man-in-the-middle-for-now">Giants
defensive coordinator Perry Fewell tabbed Blackburn as his starting middle
linebacker</a> to the media on Saturday hasn’t changed Blackburn’s perspective
at all. He knows now that, for the first time in his career, “It’s my position
to lose.” But that won’t mean anything if he can’t hold onto the
job.

“I’ve just got to continue to work hard and get better every day so
I can keep that spot,” Blackburn said. “You’ve got to take it in stride. You
can’t be complacent with it. You can’t be happy about it. I’ve got to continue
to work and get better.

“There’s a lot of things I can work on in my
game,” he added. “Yeah, I’m a veteran, this is my eighth season, but if you’re
done improving you’re done in this game. There’s a lot of room for
improvement.”
</p>


***
Canty on target for a summer return

DT Chris
Canty couldn’t participate in his foundation’s golf tournament because he’s
still recovering from relatively minor knee surgery he had about a week after
the Super Bowl. The good news, though, is he said “The rehab is going really
well” and he added “I’m looking forward to being ready to go for training
camp.

“Obviously there’s a lot of work between now and then for me to be
ready to get me to that point,” Canty said. “But the doctors feel good about the
progress and they’re confident that I’ll be ready.”

That would be
“ready” for training camp that is expected to start around July 26 – not the
mandatory, full-team minicamp that takes place in mid-June.

“I don’t
really see that,” Canty said. “And I don’t know that I’m going to be losing any
sleep or shedding any tears for that.”
</p>


***
Champions for children

Canty was hosting his
first annual Champions Golf Glassic to benefit The Chris Canty Foundation at
Manhattan Woods. The foundation, run with the help of his father and brother, is
focused on affecting “positive change in the lives of children through
mentoring, educational programs, and physical activities thus promoting health
and well being,” according to the foundation website.
</p>GIANTS CUT CHAD JONES' COMEBACK SHORT (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/05/giants-cut-chad-jones-comeback-short)

"The miracle Chad Jones has been waiting for will have to wait.


Jones,
the Giants safety who nearly lost his leg in a car accident just months after he
was drafted in 2010, was waived by the team on Monday after experiencing what
his agent called “a minor setback” in his recovery. The Giants made it clear
that they haven’t abandoned their former third-round pick. GM Jerry Reese even
said he’s still “part of the Giants family.”

He’s just a long way from
being on the field as part of the Giants’ team.

“Chad had a severe
injury to his left leg, involving a complex tibial fracture with associated
injury to muscle, nerves, and vascular structures,” Dr. Scott Rodeo, a Giants
associate team physician, said in a statement released by the team. “This type
of injury is often limb threatening, and can sometimes require amputation. He
has made a remarkable recovery to date, with successful salvage of the
leg.

“However, at this time he has residual sensory loss, muscle
weakness, and tenuous soft tissue coverage in the involved lower leg. The
resultant functional impairment precludes his ability to perform physically at
the level required for professional football.”

Jones had been hopeful of
participating in training camp this summer. In fact, in an interview earlier
this offseason he had optimistically targeted last weekend’s minicamp for a
return. However, the Giants have always had a more realistic feeling about his
recovery. Several team sources said they never expected him to play or even
practice with the team this year.

But Jones – <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2011/10/chad-jones-celebrates-with-a-484-in-the-40">who
ran a 4.84 in the 40-yard dash in a public workout on his 23<sup>rd</sup>
birthday last October</a> -- had hope. In fact, he still does. His agent, Rocky
Arceneaux said in a statement released by the Giants that they “expect a full
recovery within a few months.”

Arceneaux added that Jones “will see
histeammateson the field soon."

"We would like to thank the Giants
organization for the manner in which they have supported Chad since his
unfortunate accident two years ago," Arceneaux said. "Their genuine support and
caring has far exceeded their obligations and he and his family will be
eternally grateful.”

“We consider Chad to be part of the Giants family,
and we'll continue to work with him in his rehab,” general manager Jerry Reese
said. “As we've said since his accident, we're thankful he is alive and able to
lead a normal life.”</p>


Jones’ roster spot was filled by former University of Florida safety Will
Hill, a former New Jersey schoolboy sensation who was at the Giants’ rookie
minicamp last weekend for a tryout. The Giants also officially announced the
signings of two other tryout players – receiver Brandon Collins of Southeast
Louisiana and linebacker Jake Muasau of Georgia State."</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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</div></div></div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>
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ROSTER LIMIT FORCES GIANTS TO CUT CHAD JONES (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/jones_cut_by_caring_giants_YzRHmH8qWNIjhoVa56K0YN)

"Despite some remarkable progress following a horrific car accident that
nearly cost him his life and then the use of his left leg, safety Chad Jones is
not close to being able to compete at an NFL level. The Giants had to
acknowledge that reality yesterday when they waived him as injured after he
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Jones, a 2010 third-round draft pick, was expected to develop into a sturdy
and athletic safety coming out of LSU, but his career was derailed after he was
behind the wheel in a one-car crash in New Orleans two months after he was
selected. He reported last month to the Giants’ offseason conditioning program
to continue his rehabilitation, but was not cleared to participate in football
activities.</p>
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“We consider Chad to be part of the Giants family, and we’ll continue to work
with him in his rehab,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “As we’ve said since
his accident, we’re thankful he is alive and able to lead a normal life.”</p>


Jones spent two seasons on the reserve/non-football injury list with the
Giants. This year, offseason rosters are expanded to 90 players but it is a hard
count, with no room to stash anyone on any sort of reserve list. Jones suffered
multiple fractures and nerve damage to his lower left leg in the June 25, 2010
accident and nearly died because of a loss of blood. He also was in danger of
having his left leg amputated. After more than 20 surgeries, his left leg is
held together with a metal rod and multiple screws.</p>


“Chad had a severe injury to his left leg, involving a complex tibial
fracture with associated injury to muscle, nerves, and vascular structures,”
said Dr. Scott Rodeo, a Giants associate team physician. “This type of injury is
often limb-threatening, and can sometimes require amputation. He has made a
remarkable recovery to date, with successful salvage of the leg.</p>


“However, at this time he has residual sensory loss, muscle weakness, and
tenuous soft tissue coverage in the involved lower leg. The resultant functional
impairment precludes his ability to perform physically at the level required for
professional football.”</p>


Giants players said they were inspired to see Jones running on the field last
month. His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, said the Giants waiving Jones is “a minor
setback’’ and predicted his client will one day play for the Giants.</p>


“Their genuine support and caring has far exceeded their obligations and he
and his family will be eternally grateful,’’ Arceneaux said of the Giants. “Chad
is experiencing a minor setback and we expect a full recovery within a few
months. He thanks everyone for their continued support and prayers. He will see
his teammates on the field soon.”</p>


* The Giants reached the 90-player limit by signing three undrafted free
agents: Safety Will Hill (Florida), wide receiver Brandon Collins (Southeast
Louisiana) and linebacker Jake Muasau (Georgia State). All three attended last
weekend’s rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis. </p>


Hill has local ties, as he’s a native of East Orange, N.J., who starred at
St. Peter’s Prep. But he has had off-field problems: He served a two-game
suspension at Florida and while in Gainesville was arrested for driving with a
suspended license. </p>


Hill has said he believes he was not drafted after leaving Florida one year
early because word of his marijuana use in college became common
knowledge.</p>
</div>
</div>##

ROOKIES RESTOCK GIANTS' SKILL POSITIONS (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/rookies_restock_giants_skill_spots_NmYURS0r6oSDJok KXHrh2I)

"A week before the NFL Draft, Giants quarterback Eli Manning was asked by The
Post what he hoped for from the team’s newly imported young talent, and he
didn’t hesitate.<div>


“Get a skill position guy who can help us get carries, get catches, in some
ways get that same production from the guys we lost last year,’’ he said.</p>


Manning is at the top of his game after his second Super Bowl MVP award, but
he realizes the more the merrier when it comes to putting playmakers around him.
He knew the losses of running back Brandon Jacobs and wideout Mario Manningham
in free agency and tight ends Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum to injuries left
the offense somewhat shorthanded.
</p>The Giants try to make Manning happy, and there’s no doubt they heeded the
wishes of their quarterback in their draft selections. They used three of their
first four picks on skill-position guys, and judging from some very early
returns at the rookie minicamp, the newcomers could be capable of producing in
their first season.<div>


David Wilson, the first-round pick, as promised showed some jaw-dropping
quickness at running back. Rueben Randle, as advertised, is a tall, sure-handed
receiver who indeed might look “NFL-ready,’’ which was the tag the Giants put on
him after taking him in the second round out of LSU. Adrien Robinson might not
yet resemble “the [Jason Pierre-Paul] of tight ends,’’ which was general manager
Jerry Reese’s comparison for raw athletic ability, yet Robinson, a tight end
taken in the fourth round, is a huge man with long arms and as he learns the
ropes he’ll still be big.</p>


“It’s definitely needed,’’ offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said of the
reinforcements. “We lost a lot of guys. We lost five starters the year before on
offense, you lost a couple other guys, you certainly needed to start to
replenish the troops.’’</p>


Wilson admitted at times he was trying “to wow the coaches,’’ and he caught
Gilbride’s attention for the wrong reason on one play, looking for yards that
weren’t there by taking the ball to the outside. It’s a trait that will have to
be monitored with Wilson, who racked up big numbers at Virginia Tech but ran his
way into too many negative-yardage plays.</p>


“I kind of got on him the one time, the defensive end jumped upfield and he
tried to bounce it outside, realized he couldn’t,’’ Gilbride said. “I said, ‘No,
no, put your foot in the ground and go north-south.’ That may be an example of a
guy who wants to try too hard to make a favorable impression, trying to make
something out of nothing and making a bad play into a worse one.’’</p>


An engaging personality, Wilson wore his shirt tied up above his waist,
showing off his abs, a style that might not fly once the veterans are on the
scene.</p>


“Just get accustomed and learn the plays that they put in front of me and be
prepared when the veterans come in,’’ Wilson said of what he wants to
immediately accomplish. “You just go with the flow and be yourself. I think the
only time I will feel like a deer in the highlights is if I’m running in the
wrong direction or messing up a play. That’s something you don’t want to do
because then you feel like maybe they’re second-guessing drafting me. You
definitely don’t want that to happen. It’s a lot of pressure.’’</p>


The Giants increased their roster to the expanded 90-player limit by signing
two players who attended the rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. They signed LB
Jake Muasau (Georgia State) and WR Brandon Collins (Southern
Louisiana)."</p></div>http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants
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<div><div><div><div><div><div><div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>

GIANTS WAIVE INJURED SAFETY (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/151486555_Giants_waive_injured_safety.html)

"The Giants bid farewell for now to one of their most inspirational players
and welcomed another seeking redemption Monday.<div id="storybody">


Safety Chad Jones was waived by the team after failing a physical because of
a setback in his recovery from a gruesome car accident two years ago when he was
a third-round pick.</p>


Meanwhile, former St. Peter's Prep standout Will Hill was one of three
players who participated in rookie minicamp over the weekend to earn a roster
spot with the Giants, joining Southeast Louisiana wide receiver Brandon Collins
and Georgia State linebacker Jake Muasau.</p>


Jones had been attempting a comeback and hoped he would be cleared to
participate in workouts this spring, but that did not materialize as quickly as
he would have liked.</p>


"We consider Chad to be part of the Giants family, and we'll continue to work
with him in his rehab," general manager Jerry Reese said. "As we've said since
his accident, we're thankful he is alive and able to lead a normal life."</p>


Hill, considered one of the best high school players to come through North
Jersey over the past two decades, went to Florida and never lived up to lofty
expectations. The safety dealt with numerous off-the-field issues and that
negative baggage – in addition to his lackluster play – led to him going
undrafted.</p>


"When I was in college, I was the No. 1 athlete coming out and then going
straight to a team that won the national championship, that had the possibility
to win another one, it was just rock star status basically," Hill said. "My head
got big and I did let my gifts get away and start acting like a fool, basically.
So I did waste my talent in some aspects."</p>


Getting a shot with the Giants represented his second chance, Hill said.</p>


Jones reported to the team's off-season conditioning program last month to
continue his rehabilitation program but is not cleared to participate in
football activities. He had suffered multiple fractures and nerve damage in his
lower left leg in the accident.</p>


Jones spent the last two seasons on the reserve/non-football injury
list."</p></div>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>

SETBACK IN COMEBACK FOR GIANTS' CHAD JONES (http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/15/setback-in-comeback-for-giants-chad-jones/?ref=football&amp;gwh=CA3E2108F92C46BA6E64F1A23FA3C0DD )


<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html">http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
</a>
<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>
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OFFICIAL NEW YORK GIANTS' SUPER BOWL XLVI RING REVEALED (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/15/official-new-york-giants-super-bowl-xlvi-ring-revealed/)

"Back in late March, a <a href="http://www.giants101.com/2012/03/29/have-new-york-giants-super-bowl-xlvi-rings-been-revealed/" target="_blank">photo of the rumored New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI ring was
released</a>. At the time, many players, including defensive end Justin Tuck,
denied any knowledge of that being the ring, claiming there were several
different design left to choose from. An employee of Tiffany's later informed
Giants 101 that the released photo was, in fact, the official ring, and on
Tuesday is was confirmed when punter Steve Weatherford tweeted a photo of the
release that was sent to players.
<blockquote>


"She sure is pretty," Weatherford tweeted (https://twitter.com/#%21/Weatherford5/status/202445967369306112).</p></blockquote>


The release reads:</p>
<blockquote>


New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants Championship Ring</p>


14K white gold 30MM ring with surrounding diamonds, sapphire band and diamond
footaballs. "New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants 2011 World Champions" wording surrounds the ring. Total carat weight 1.36
in diamonds and 1.11 in sapphires.</p></blockquote>


Big Blue will receive their rings on Wednesday during a special ceremony at
Tiffany's, but it will not be their final stop on the celebration tour. They'll
make one last pitstop at the White House as guests of President Barack
Obama.</p>


A date for their White House visit has not yet been set."</p>

##

GIANTS' TOM COUGHLIN TO RECEIVE US ARMY OUTSTANDING CIVILIAN SERVICE AWARD (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/15/new-york-giants-tom-coughlin-to-receive-u-s-army-outstanding-civilian-service-award/)

"On Wednesday, May 23rd, <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> head coach <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Tom Coughlin" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/tom-coughlin/" rel="tag nofollow">Tom
Coughlin</a> will be honored for his continued work with active military
personnel, including the Wounded Warriors and the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/)-USO Coaches Tour, by <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_coach_tom_coughlin_to_r.html" target="_blank">being awarded the U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service
Award</a>. Said award is the third highest honor that can be bestowed upon a
civilian.


Over the years, Coughlin has gone above and beyond to show his respect and
admiration for our Nation's military, and has often welcomed them into the
Giants' facility. Each year on Veteran's Day, the coach allows members of the
Wounded Warriors to participate in practice and then hosts them for that week's
game. He also regularly takes members of the team to veterans hospitals and in
2009, visited members of our armed forces in the Persian Gulf.</p>


Former <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> quarterback coach Mike Sullivan, who was once a U.S. Army Ranger,
introduced Coughlin to Lt. Col. <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Greg Gadson" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/greg-gadson/" rel="tag nofollow">Greg
Gadson</a>. You might remember that Gadson played a pivotal motivational role
during the 2007 championship season, and has remained friends with Coughlin ever
since.</p>


Gadson recently took up acting and played a role in the upcoming film
Battleship. He, along with defensive end Justin Tuck and members of
Giants 101, will be on hand for a private screening of the film aboard the USS
Intrepid on Tuesday night.</p>


Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the current Chief of Staff of the United States
Army, will present Coughlin with the award."</p>GIANTS WAIVE CHAD JONES, SIGN SAFETY WILL HILL (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/14/new-york-giants-waive-chad-jones-sign-safety-will-hill/)

"The remarkable comeback story of LSU (http://www.giants101.com/tag/lsu/) safety <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Chad Jones" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/chad-jones/" rel="tag nofollow">Chad
Jones</a> hit a bit of a snag on Monday as 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> announced they have waived the defensive back following a failed
physical. In his place, they have signed safety Will Hill (http://www.giants101.com/tag/will-hill/),
the high school superstar who spent his college years at the University of
Florida.
<blockquote>


“We consider Chad to be part of the Giants family, and we'll continue to work
with him in his rehab," General Manager Jerry Reese said. "As we've said since
his accident, we're thankful he is alive and able to lead a normal
life."</p></blockquote>


In the press release sent out to the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) media, Jones' agent also alluded to a "minor
setback" that will prevent him from a "full recovery" for another few months.
They remain hopeful that he will someday be able to return to the football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)
field.</p>
<blockquote>


“Chad had a severe injury to his left leg, involving a complex tibial
fracture with associated injury to muscle, nerves, and vascular structures,”
said Dr. Scott Rodeo, a Giants associate team physician. “This type of injury is
often limb threatening, and can sometimes require amputation. He has made a
remarkable recovery to date, with successful salvage of the leg. However, at
this time he has residual sensory loss, muscle weakness, and tenuous soft tissue
coverage in the involved lower leg. The resultant functional impairment
precludes his ability to perform physically at the level required for
professional football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/).”</p></blockquote>


Jones nearly lost his life in a single-car accident in New Orleans on June
25th, 2010. He has since wowed the medical community as he was not only able to
avoid amputation of his badly damaged leg, but was recently able to run a 4.84
40-yard dash.</p>


Since the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) moved to an
90-man offseason roster, there are no longer any exemptions for non-football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)
related injuries. As a result, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Chad Jones" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/chad-jones/" rel="tag nofollow">Chad
Jones</a>' release is official and he is now a free agent.</p>


Hill, meanwhile, was a high school standout who ESPN, Rivals.com and
Scout.com all ranked as top safety recruit in the country following his senior
year. Despite some solid years at the University of Florida, Hill never lived up
to his immense hype and went undrafted in the 2011 NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) Draft. There
were also some questions about his character, as his Twitter account was once
used to post some heinous remarks and photos that put a strain on his marriage.
He remains insistent that he had nothing to do with those tweets and that his
account was hacked.</p>


Hill was with the Giants last week for rookie mini-camp."</p>GIANTS' CHRIS CANTY UNLIKELY TO PARTICIPATE IN JUNE MINI-CAMP (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/14/new-york-giants-chris-canty-unlikely-to-participate-in-june-mini-camp/)

"Shortly after Super Bowl XLVI, New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants defensive tackle <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Chris Canty" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/chris-canty/" rel="tag nofollow">Chris
Canty</a> underwent a somewhat mysterious surgery on his knee. The team provided
no details about the procedure, but head coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged that it
was serious. Then again, he also said all surgeries are serious. Now, three
months later and with full-team mini-camp right around the corner, Canty feels
he may be forced to sit out as he continues to recuperate.
<blockquote>


"I probably won't lose any sleep over [sitting out]," Canty said (https://twitter.com/#%21/TheBlueScreen/status/202044278820700161).</p></blockquote>


Back in April, while appearing at an autograph signing in upstate New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/),
Canty noted that he was going to be careful about how he handled his recovery
and when he would return.</p>
<blockquote>


"I think we're gonna be smart with that, try to be cautious a little bit.
Physically I should be pretty good but I think we're gonna exercise some
caution," Canty said in April (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/4/2/2919968/chris-canty-new-york-giants-mario-manningham-devin-thomas-brandon-jacobs-henry-hynoski).</p></blockquote>


Canty initially suffered the injury during the NFC Championship game against
the Green Bay Packers and needed to be helped off the field. At the time, the
Cheese Heads were booing him, insinuating that he had faked the injury, but
during the postgame press conferences he insisted he did no such thing. In fact,
he thought initially that he had seriously injured himself (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_chris_canty_says_his_kn.html).</p>


The injury was promptly lost in the hoopla of the Super Bowl and would not
again resurface until word of his surgery. Given the five-month recovery time
(from surgery to training camp), it's clear the injury was quite significant
despite the seven-year veteran playing through it.</p>


Prior to joining the Giants, Canty had never missed a game in his life. He
missed eight games in 2009 due to a calf injury."</p><a href="http://www.giants101.com/">http://www.giants101.com/
</a>

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ADRIEN ROBINSON "VERY EAGER" FOR OPPORTUNITY WITH GIANTS (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/15/3021721/adrien-robinson-very-eager-for-opportunity-with-new-york-giants)

"<span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 16px"><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155060/adrien-robinson">Adrien
Robinson</a>, the tight end from Cincinnati drafted in the fourth round by the
New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants),
admitted during rookie mini-camp last weekend that he is "very eager" to get
some passes thrown in his direction.</span><div class="entry-body">


Despite saying that he feels like he has always "naturally been good" at
catching the ball, the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Robinson had only 29 receptions in
four seasons with the Bearcats, </p>


"We had a great running back in Isaiah Pead. My role was to be a blocker," he
said.</p>


Robinson said he was not frustrated by the lack of pass-catching
opportunities at Cincinnati.</p>


"You can't cry about not getting the ball, it's just part of being a team
player, especially when we're winning. Even if we're losing you've got to be a
team player. I can't call the plays. Coach calls the plays, you just go out
there and run 'em. I never got frustrated."</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>


There were not a lot of opportunities for Robinson to flash his pass-catching
skills during last weekend's rookie mini-camp, either, especially with tryout
quarterbacks who often could not put the ball in the same area code as their
intended targets. </p>


Robinson did, however, make one play that showcased the hands and athleticism
that led the Giants to use the 127th overall selection of the 2012 NFL Draft on
him. He reached to snag a short bullet pass thrown well over his head, getting some praise from coach Tom Coughlin (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/11/3014569/tom-coughlin-press-conference-2012-new-york-giants-rookie-mini-camp) for making a
"tough grab." </p>


Robinson did not see the play as anything out of the ordinary.</p>


"It was just a high ball but I feel like I would be expected to make that
play," Robinson said. </p>


Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride liked what he saw from Robinson (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/11/3015098/kevin-gilbride-press-conference-2012-rookie-mini-camp-david-wilson-rueben-randle-adrien-robinson) during the
mini-camp.</p>


"Obviously the more a guy has done something, he's been asked to be a focal
point in the passing game, the further he's progressed. I'm sure he's starting a
little further back, but he looks like a big guy that can run. He made a great
catch on the last play. Of course he ran the wrong way. He was supposed to be
going inside and stole the curl from the Z, but that's kind of what I think
we're going to be battling for a while," Gilbride said. "The good thing is you
just like to see a guy that has the physical potential to do some things. He
looks like he has that. How quickly he can assimilate our offense, how quickly
he can recognize what defenses are doing and make the appropriate and correct
adjustments, that's a long way off."</p>


Robinson hopes his athleticism helps make up for the lack collegiate
opportunities when it comes to learning how to catch passes against NFL
defenders.</p>


"I've always kind of naturally been good at that (catching the ball). I
played receiver in high school, I played receiver when I first got to
Cincinnati. That's always been my background," Robinson said. "My last two years
at Cincinnati I was an in-line blocker most of the time."</p>


With Jake Ballard (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108531/jake-ballard)
and Travis Beckum (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71291/travis-beckum)
rehabbing from knee injuries suffered in the Super Bowl there is, of course, an
opportunity for Robinson to find a role in the offense early on.</p>


With Coughlin and Gilbride the Giants use of the tight end has always been
somewhat more traditional than how many teams use tight ends now. Which means
Robinson's size, experience and obvious willingness to block could get him on
the field much quicker.</p>


"I'm used to moving around, being in the backfield, blocking linebackers in
space," Robinson said. "It's a huge opportunity," "I'm just happy to be here.
Happy they picked me and gave me the opportunity."</p></div>TERRELL INSISTS REHAB IS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/14/3019836/new-york-giants-terrell-thomas-injury-update)

"New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
cornerback <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34498/terrell-thomas">Terrell
Thomas</a> today insisted that he is ahead of schedule in his recovery from the
ACL surgery that cost him last season.<div class="entry-body">


"I've said all along I'm ahead of schedule and doing good. My biggest thing
is just protecting, keep building strength and to be ready for training camp.
and the opening game against Dallas," said Thomas during an appearance (http://www.sulia.com/post/new-york-giants/5eafbb6b-ce53-4041-8db4-1b8ef0a669aa/) at teammate Chris Canty's (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3394/chris-canty)
charity golf tournament.</p>


This is Thomas' second ACL surgery on that knee. I don't know about you guys,
but I always take these things with a grain of salt. Every athlete who has ever
been injured is always -- somehow -- ahead of schedule in his rehab.</p>


If Thomas is right, and he is healthy this season, that will be a big boost
to the Giants defense. We won't know anything, however, until Thomas and the
rest of the team hit the field for training camp."
</p></div>http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news



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<u>MISCELLANEOUS
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NFL, NFLPA ANNOUNCE LARGEST YOUTH HELMET REPLACEMENT PROGRAM EVER (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19053163/nfl-nflpa-announce-largest-youth-helmet-replacement-program-ever)

"</font></font>On Tuesday the NFL and NFLPA announced a pretty fantastic new initiative: a
Helmet Replacement Program to benefit youth football safety.



Yes, it's
exactly what you'd expect: the league and players union, along with USA
Football, the CDC, the NCAA and <a href="http://nflcommunications.com/2012/05/15/youth-football-safety-and-helmet-replacement-partnership-launches-2/">a
number of different organizations</a> are going into "underserved communities"
and replacing football helmets that are 10 years or older.

The
organizations involved will be doing this at no cost to the leagues who will
receive the new helmets.

“We are pleased to be part of this initiative,
which will give children in underserved communities access to new helmets, and
to reach coaches and parents with educational information to help protect young
athletes from head injuries," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. "This program
is part of our focus on player safety at all levels of the game. We are proud to
join with these well-respected organizations to make the Helmet Replacement
Program a reality.”

The NFL, NFLPA, NCAA, along with the National
Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE), have committed
a combined total of approximately $1 million to the program in its first year.
And beginning in July, the HRP plans to distribute almost 13,000 new helmets in
"low-income communities" during 2012.

As indicated in the release, new
helmets don't mean "unlimited safety" for young football players. But new
helmets to mean safer helmets and it also means an opportunity to reach
out to young football players and educate them on the importance of long-term
health and player safety in football -- any leagues that receive the new helmets
will be required "to have their coaches complete USA Football's Level 1 coaching
course" which involves a heavy dosage of "Tackle Safety."

To apply for
the program or find out more about the initiative, you can visit USAFootball.com/PlayerSafety (http://www.usafootball.com/playersafety).
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TEBOWMANIA'S EFFECT THE BIG UNKNOWN (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/151486465_Tebowmania_s_effect_is_the_big_unknown.h tml)



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G-Men Surg.
05-15-2012, 02:44 PM
Thanks RF !

RoanokeFan
05-15-2012, 02:56 PM
Thanks RF !

Slim pickings with mimi-camp over

hungrrrry
05-15-2012, 05:22 PM
Good read on TT! I am not on board with the negativism about Terrell Thomas' ability. I strongly feel that he and Webster have developed into two of the best corners we had in years. I hope he picks up where he left off...Pro Bowl bound!

RoanokeFan
05-15-2012, 05:37 PM
Thanks RF !

[B]

RoanokeFan
05-15-2012, 05:37 PM
Good read on TT! I am not on board with the negativism about Terrell Thomas' ability. I strongly feel that he and Webster have developed into two of the best corners we had in years. I hope he picks up where he left off...Pro Bowl bound!

TT should be the starter unless someone can beat him out.

BigBlue1971
05-15-2012, 09:47 PM
thanks for the news Roanoke!</P>


im excited! [&lt;:o)]</P>


the ring ceremony should be an outstanding event!</P>

RoanokeFan
05-16-2012, 12:24 PM
thanks for the news Roanoke!</p>


im excited! [&lt;:o)]</p>


the ring ceremony should be an outstanding event!</p>

It's what they play for.