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</font></u></font></font></font></font><font size="4"><u>NEWARK STAR LEDGER</u></font>
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NFL WINS SALARY CAP FIGHT WITH COWBOYS AND REDSKINS (http://www.nj.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/05/nfl_wins_salary-cap_fight_with.html)

"An arbitrator has upheld the salary cap reductions the NFL placed on the Dallas
Cowboys and Washington Redskins for this and next season.<div class="entry-content">

Stephen Burbank ruled today in favor of the league and dismissed the
grievances filed by both teams. The Redskins lost $36 million over two years,
and the Cowboys $10 million for overloading contracts during the uncapped 2010
season despite league warnings against such maneuvering.</p>

The Cowboys and Redskins, who filed their grievances against the league and
players association, said in a joint statement they would "abide by the
arbitrator's decision to dismiss."</p>

"We will continue to focus on our football teams and the 2012 season," said
the statement from the NFC rivals.</p>

Before the grievance was filed on May 10, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the
reduction forced the team to "go into the future and get some of those dollars
that we wouldn't have had to do had we not had that adjustment. So that will
just create a challenge for us in the future."


GIANTS' ROOKIE MATT MCCANTS AWAITS CHALLENGE OF FACING PRO-BOWL ENDS IN PRACTICE (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_rookie_matt_mccants_awa.html)

"Matt McCants was enjoying the challenge of facing undrafted free agents and
tryout players looking to make an impression during the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants)’ recent rookie minicamp, all the
while realizing it was merely a warmup.

The big challenge would come when the veterans – i.e. arguably the best group
of defensive ends – begin lining up across from the rookie offensive tackle.</p>

“That’s when it gets real,” the <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_2012_giants_select_u.html">sixth-round
pick</a> said.</p>

It will get real for all of the Giants’ rookies on Wednesday with the first
of the team’s 10 organized team activities. OTAs are, in essence, practices
without any pads, live contact or 1-on-1 drills.</p>

For McCants, that means he won’t get the full brunt of rushes from Justin
Tuck or Jason Pierre-Paul. Plus, Osi Umenyiora certainly won’t be making an
appearance. But he’ll be introduced to <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/08/giants_justin_tuck_veteran_use.html">a
work ethic in which Tuck and the rest of the Giants’ defense takes

Those guys like to hustle.</p>

“I hustle, too,” McCants said when told of said challenge. “I hustle.”</p>

McCants has an athletic frame and showed it during rookie camp. He was quick
into his sets and moved his feet well. He said he was comfortable with the
terminology and believes he’ll adapt well to the Giants’ system because there
are a lot of similarities in the blocking scheme to what he ran in college at
UAB under offensive coordinator Kim Helton, an NFL assistant for 12 seasons with
four teams.</p>

“Every play, I’m out there trying to go as hard as possible, picking up on
the plays as fast as possible, studying my playbook going in,” McCants said.
“That allows me to play fast. Just a willingness to learn.”</p>

McCants figures to learn plenty of lessons from the Giants’ veteran pass
rushers in the weeks to come.</p>

“I’ll be stepping up to the challenges and knowing what’s out there,” he
said, adding: “It’s a good challenge going against the best defensive linemen in
the league. I’m not going to do anything but get better from it.”</p>

In addition to having to face a couple of Pro Bowl players in practice,
McCants realizes he’ll also likely receive some good-natured ribbing about his
being a tuba player in his high-school band after his mother initially forbade
him from playing football.</p>

“I already know, man,” he said with a laugh. “It is what it is. I can’t
change that.”</p>

Nor is he ashamed of it.</p>

During Senior Bowl week, a TV reporter asked McCants if they could get <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icgqiINdwdM">a few shots of him playing the
tuba</a> at his old high school. He obliged.</p>

Though he doesn’t play it much these days, McCants enjoyed his days lugging
around the largest of the brass instruments.</p>

“It was cool,” he said. “Tuba players get a lot of love."</p>

* * * *</p>

There's a good column today from Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union,
who was covering the Jay Fund charity golf tournament, on how Tom Coughlin <a href="http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/400617/gene-frenette/2012-05-21/gene-frenette-energized-tom-coughlin-nowhere-near?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_cam paign=Feed%3A+jacksonville%2FksHE+%28Jacksonville+ Jaguars+%2B+Jaguars+News+-+Jacksonville.com+and+The+Florida+Times-Union%29">won't
even entertain the thought of retirement </a>at this point. (And as <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/politi_giants_tom_coughlin_is.html">Steve
Politi pointed out in January</a>, he might not ever think that way.)</p>

I particularly enjoyed the quote from Eli Manning in there about how Coughlin
has toned down his sideline antics.</p>

"I think some of that comes from the fact that a few players on the Giants
have been there for seven, eight years," Manning said. "When he knows his
players are prepared to play each game, he can relax, do his job and worry about

"He's toned it down, especially from that first year in 2004. He was a wild
man on the sidelines. It was a shock for me to see, kind of out of control in a
sense. But now he's a smooth operator, and I think a lot of it is because he has
trust in his players."</p>http://www.nj.com/giants/

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

OTA'S TO BEGIN WEDNESDAY...LIKELY WITHOUT OSI UMENYIORA (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/05/otas-to-begin-wednesday-likely-without-osi-umenyiora)

"The Giants will open their offseason of organized training activities (OTAs)
with a workout on Wednesday at the Timex Performance Center. But don't expect
Osi Umenyiora to be there.

According to a source, the oft-disgruntled pass-rusher will "probably not" be
in attendance at the first workout.</p>

That's not exactly a surprise, because OTAs are completely optional, and
Umenyiora routinely skips them to train in Atlanta. A handful of other Giants -
including safeties Antrel Rolle and Kenny Philips - also regularly pass on the
non-mandated workouts in East Rutherford.</p>

Umenyiora has been a no-show for the Giants' entire voluntary offseason
program, but there have been no mandatory events yet."
</p>http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giant (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants)<div>
<div><div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>
GIANTS' COUGHLIN NOT THINKING ABOUT RETIRING (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/giants_coughlin_not_thinking_about_lcRvnV7KwMdliSe qG40LbO)

"Tom Coughlin is not the retiring type.<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">

He will be, one day, but that day is not now and not soon.</p>

"I'm not mentally, not physically, ready [to retire]," the Giants coach told
the Florida Times-Union this past weekend during his 17th annual Jay Fund golf
tournament in Jacksonville. “I feel I have good energy. I'm excited every day.
The competitiveness, the nature of the business, is something that I'm still
excited about. I don't wander down that path. I don't think about retirement. I
enjoy the situation I'm in. I appreciate the backing I've received from [Giants]
ownership and the way the players have responded to our program.</p>

"I really don't feel any pull or tug in another direction. I look at it on a
yearly basis. In our business, no matter how many years they give you on the
contract, it's a one-year deal anyway."</p>

After winning his second Super Bowl in the past four years, Coughlin will
soon be presented with a new state-of-the-art contract, most likely a three-year
deal to replace the remaining one season on his existing contract. It is hard to
imagine the issue of job security will ever again be a factor with Coughlin, who
is 65 – he turns 66 on August 31, before the start of his ninth season with the
Giants. </p>

Giants co-owner John Mara said last week there are no issues or hang-ups with
Coughlin’s new contract and it likely will be announced shortly.</p>

Coughlin is the NFL’s oldest head coach but he shows no sign of slowing down.
He told the Times-Union that his wife, Judy, has never asked him about
retirement. </p>

“She's extremely supportive," Coughlin said. "[Coaching] grinds on the family
a lot more than it grinds on the head coach."</p>

Eli Manning, the only quarterback Coughlin has needed with the Giants, played
in the Jay Fund golf tournament, which raised $450,000 to support families of
cancer patients. Manning told the Times-Union that Coughlin is noticeably more
relaxed and no longer “a wild man’’ on the sideline.</p>

"I think some of that comes from the fact that a few players on the Giants
have been there for seven, eight years," Manning said. "When he knows his
players are prepared to play each game, he can relax, do his job and worry about
coaching. He's toned it down, especially from that first year in 2004. He was a
wild man on the sidelines. It was a shock for me to see, kind of out of control
in a sense. But now he's a smooth operator, and I think a lot of it is because
he has trust in his players."


</div></div></div></div></div></div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>

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



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

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html">http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>

GIANTS' ROOKIE RB DAVID WILSON PREDICTS SUPER BOWL REPEAT (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/22/new-york-giants-rookie-rb-david-wilson-predicts-super-bowl-repeat/)

"Nearly four months removed from their Super Bowl XLVI victory over the New
England Patriots and confidence is beaming from the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants. Veterans are talking dynasty (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/17/new-york-giants-talk-potential-dynasty-at-super-bowl-xlvi-ring-ceremony/), their head coach laughs at the notion of retirement (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/22/retirement-not-on-the-mind-of-new-york-giants-head-coach-tom-coughlin/) and now their first-round
pick, running back <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with David Wilson" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/david-wilson/" rel="tag nofollow">David
Wilson</a>, is predicting a repeat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=X8WeQuDRJJY).

While appearing at the Rose Bowl this past weekend for the NFLPA Rookie
Premiere event, Browns running back Trent Richardson asked Wilson for a
prediction on the upcoming season. Wilson did not hesitate in his response.</p>

“Super Bowl champs again!” Wilson said. “Against the Cleveland (http://www.giants101.com/tag/cleveland/)
Browns, they got a good team. They picked up some players.”</p></blockquote>

Obviously, Wilson's reply was a playful one aimed at poking fun at a friend
and eventual opponent, but the confidence exuded is unquestionable. There's a
lot of that going around New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) right now and it's already worn off on the

In addition to his prediction, Wilson shared funny moment with teammate and
fellow rookie <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> that showed an early bond between the two youngsters.</p>

“Would you please remove your helmet, please. For the interview,” Wilson
asked. “People want to see the lov … oh no, put it back on!”</p></blockquote>

What say you, Giants fans? Big Blue versus Dawg Pound in Super Bowl


RETIREMENT NOT ON THE MIND OF GIANTS' HEAD COACH TOM COUGHLIN (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/22/retirement-not-on-the-mind-of-new-york-giants-head-coach-tom-coughlin/)

"New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants 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> is three months shy of his 66th birthday. He's been a coach in the
NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) since 1984
(save for a three year gap from 1991-1993) and is currently the oldest head
coach in the league. He's won two Lombardi Trophy's over the last five seasons
and no one would question him if he decided it was time to walk away from the
game. But that's not going to happen. Not only will Coughlin return for the
2012-2013 season, but he'll likely remain with the team for quite some time.

Speaking at the 17th annual <a href="http://tcjayfund.org/" target="_blank">Jay
Fund Foundation</a> golf tournament on Monday to benefit those battling cancer,
Coughlin reiterated his desire to continue coaching (http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/400617/gene-frenette/2012-05-21/gene-frenette-energized-tom-coughlin-nowhere-near) in the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/).

"I'm not mentally, not physically, ready [to retire]," said Coughlin. "I feel
I have good energy. I'm excited every day. The competitiveness, the nature of
the business, is something that I'm still excited about. I don't wander down
that path. I don't think about retirement. I enjoy the situation I'm in. I
appreciate the backing I've received from [Giants] ownership and the way the
players have responded to our program."</p></blockquote>

As recently as last week, Giants co-owner John Mara said the team was working diligently on a contract extension (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/17/new-york-giants-john-mara-on-tom-coughlins-new-deal-were-working-on-it/) for Coughlin, which
is poised to be significantly longer than the one-year extension he received a
year ago … which is somewhat ironic given Coughlin's thoughts on all contracts
in the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/).</p>

"I really don't feel any pull or tug in another direction. I look at it on a
yearly basis. In our business, no matter how many years they give you on the
contract, it's a one-year deal anyway," Coughlin added.</p></blockquote>

Since Coughlin's transformation following the 2006 season, the mood amongst
his players has changed substantially. Still an old-school disciplinarian, Coach
Coughlin has managed to earn a tremendous amount of respect by allowing a
two-way street of communication to open between he and his players. And the man
who was once accused of driving running back Tiki Barber to retirement is now
the same man who was visibly beloved by his players in 2011 (http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-locker-room-mvps/09000d5d823dcaf2/Giants-celebrate-comeback-win-vs-Patriots).</p>

Coughlin has gone from the hot seat to immortality, and some even believe he
deserves an open-ended contract with Big Blue (http://www.giants101.com/2012/04/01/tom-coughlin-deserves-open-ended-contract-with-new-york-giants/).</p>

In eight years with Big Blue, Coughlin has experienced only one losing season
– his first (6-10 in 2004). Since then, he has compiled a 68-44 regular season
record, a 8-3 playoff record and, of course, has brought the Lombardi Trophy
home twice."</p>EA SPORTS RELEASES VIDEO OF VICTOR CRUZ'S SALSA DANCE IN MADDEN 13 (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/21/ea-sports-releases-video-of-victor-cruz-salsa-dance-in-madden-13/)

"<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> wide receiver <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Victor Cruz" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/victor-cruz/" rel="tag nofollow">Victor
Cruz</a> may not have won the Madden 13 (http://www.giants101.com/tag/madden-13/)
cover vote, but he'll still be breaking out the salsa dance following each
touchdown reception in the game … and now is your chance to get a sneak peak at
it. EA Sports released a preview video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d9ywD2S8Ng&amp;feature=g-all-u) featuring Cruz and the salsa on
Monday and Giants 101 has it. Enjoy"

NY GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA SAYS DESIRE FOR NEW CONTRACT IS MORE A BOUT RESPECT THAN MONEY (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/21/new-york-giants-osi-umenyiora-says-desire-for-new-contract-more-about-respect-than-money/)

"New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants defensive end <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Osi Umenyiora" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/osi-umenyiora/" rel="tag nofollow">Osi
Umenyiora</a> wants a new contract, and he wants to be paid like one of the top
DE's in the league. After a year of back-and-forth between he and General
Manager <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jerry Reese" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jerry-reese/" rel="tag nofollow">Jerry
Reese</a>, this is all common knowledge. However, this past Saturday, Umenyiora
said his desire for a new contract is more about the respect he feels he
deserves than the money itself.

"New contract for me has never been about the money. Always about respect.
Most will never understand," Osi tweeted in response to a fan (https://twitter.com/#%21/OsiUmenyiora/status/203828577584676865).</p></blockquote>

There's a fine line between money and respect in an instance like this, and
it obviously draws parallels to greed.</p>

Back in late April, Reese revealed that the team had offered Umenyiora a new contract each of the last two seasons (http://www.giants101.com/2012/04/29/new-york-giants-jerry-reese-osi-umenyiora-has-been-offered-contract-extension/),
but that no deal was able to get done. Umenyiora responded to this public
revelation by claiming he was being portrayed as a "greedy pig (http://www.giants101.com/2012/04/30/angry-osi-umenyiora-says-new-york-giants-gm-jerry-reese-making-him-look-like-a-greedy-pig/)" and that these deals were no good; one based on
incentives and the other with half the guaranteed money.</p>

Through it all, Chief Osi has maintained that this is just the business
aspect of football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/),
and that Reese will always be his guy "no matter what happens. (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/07/new-york-giants-osi-umenyiora-jerry-reese-will-always-be-my-guy-no-matter-what-happens/)" Still, the situation remains somewhat
volatile and no closer to being resolved now than it was a year ago at this
time. In fact, it's even gotten to the point where teammates are pleading with
Osi to show up at team facilities and not be "that guy."</p>

"We need you on that field with us, bra. You already know this. I pray your
stuff gets taken care of the right way," <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/antrelrolle26" target="_blank">safety Antrel Rolle
tweeted to Osi</a>.</p></blockquote>

The first round of Organized Team Activities (OTA's) begin on Wednesday and
it would be shocking if Umenyiora showed up for them."</p>http://www.giants101.com/

<u><font size="4">BIG BLUE VIEW</font></u><span id="entry_flag_counts_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition" class="flag-counts"><span class="light"></span> </span><span id="entry_flag_links_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition"></span>

PUT THOSE PADS ON! NFL APPROVES RULES CHANGE (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/22/3036474/put-those-pads-on-nfl-approves-rule-change?tw_p=twt)

"Remember that discussion we had Monday about mandatory knee, hip and thigh
pads. Well, the NFL has made the knee and thigh pads mandatory, but not the hip
pads. Apparently, this still has to be discussed with the Players Association
before being implemented."


NY GIANTS' PLAYERS UNDER PRESSURE: DAVID BAAS (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/22/3034798/new-york-giants-players-under-pressure-david-baas)

"Center David Baas was the one big free-agent signing by New York Giants
general manager Jerry Reese prior to the 2011 NFL season, brought in to anchor
the Giants' offensive line after three-time Pro Bowl center Shaun O'Hara was
betrayed by his body after 11 NFL seasons.<div class="entry-body">

The Giants won the Super Bowl, of course, but Baas first season with the
Giants was a difficult one. He played just 11 games, missing time with what was
listed as a neck injury, though it was eventually disclosed that Baas was
suffering severe headaches. When Baas did play, it wasn't especially well. He
compiled a -11.3 rating from Pro Footbal Focus, and there were times when it
seemed like the Giants offensive line played better with fill-in center Kevin
Boothe in the lineup than it did with the highly-paid Baas.</p>

Baas makes the list of 'Players Under Pressure' entering the 2012 season
because he has a long, long way to go to justify the five-year, $27.5-million
contract ($11.5 million guaranteed) the Giants signed him to prior to last
season. </p>

To be fair to Baas, the NFL Lockout meant that free agency was held right
before the start of training camps. And the new training camp rules agreed to in
the Collective Bargaining Agreement took away two-a-day practices, giving Baas
very little time to learn his teammates, learn the offense and refine the
communication a center is responsible for -- something that only comes with time
and practice.</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>

Yet, Baas' individual performance left a lot to be desired. The -11.3 rating
placed him 29th out of 34 centers graded by PFF. As we know, the play of the
offensive line as a whole also left a lot to be desired.</p>

The Giants can hope for a full, healthy season from left tackle Will Beatty.
They can hope David Diehl has enough left to handle right tackle. They can hope
Mitch Petrus is ready for full-time duty at left guard, and that right guard
Chris Snee is healthy and resembles the Pro Bowl player he was a couple of
seasons ago.</p>

If the line is to be better, however, they need Baas to anchor it in the
middle. Boothe is an adequate fill-in, but there remains no real long-term Plan
B if Baas does not get the job done.</p>

In 2010 with San Francisco, Baas graded +3.4 while playing center for the
49ers, including +6.0 as a run blocker. That is the player the Giants need to
see in 2012. If that isn't the player they get next season the Giants might be
forced to look elsewhere for a long-term anchor in the middle of their offensive
line."</p></div>NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: OTAS OPEN WEDNESDAY (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/22/3035976/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-otas-open-wednesday)

"Good morning, New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
fans! Here are your Giants-related links for today.<div class="entry-body">

<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/05/otas-to-begin-wednesday-likely-without-osi-umenyiora">OTAs
to begin Wednesday . . . likely without Osi Umenyiora | New York Daily

<a href="http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Boothe-Stanback-continue-their-education/9d32b1fd-9e41-49fd-b42c-1d172a9ed1d7">Boothe,
Stanback continue their education</a>
Offensive lineman Kevin Boothe (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3290/kevin-boothe)
and wide receiver <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/16720/isaiah-stanback">Isaiah
Stanback</a> are enrolled in a specialized executive MBA program administered by
George Washington University.</p>

<a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8293f393/article/nflpa-says-players-have-benefitted-from-new-cba">NFLPA
says players have benefitted from new CBA - NFL.com</a>
New NFL Players
Association president <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2928/domonique-foxworth">Domonique
Foxworth</a> sent a letter on Monday to NFL players and agents addressing the
criticism levied at the union for the results it achieved following last year's

<a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/19103779/got-a-big-nickel-youll-need-one-to-combat-hybrid-offenses-this-fall/rss">Got
a (Big) Nickel? You'll need one to combat hybrid offenses this fall - NFL -
CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy</a>
The defense was
introduced by Bill Belichick, but it's the Patriots (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-england-patriots)
offense that's sparking a revival. Pat Kirwan looks at the Big Nickel, where an
extra safety is the key, and how your team might need it to thwart new hybrid

<a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-cowboys/headlines/20120521-gosselin-don-t-expect-cowboys-to-close-the-gap-against-giants-eagles-next-season.ece">Gosselin:
Don't expect Cowboys to close the gap against Giants, Eagles next season |
Dallas Cowboys News - Sports News for Dallas, Texas - SportsDayDFW</a>
Giants. They're the Super Bowl champions. Cowboys (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/dallas-cowboys) play them
twice per season. Will the Cowboys be able to compete with the Giants in 2012?

Rick Gosselin: I'd keep the Giants and Eagles (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/philadelphia-eagles) both
ahead of the Cowboys again in 2012. The Giants get their best cornerback back --
<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34498/terrell-thomas">Terrell
Thomas</a> missed the 2011 season with a training camp injury -- and the Eagles
added two more top-shelf college pass rushers (Fletcher Cox (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152659/fletcher-cox)
and Vinny Curry (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/154888/vinny-curry))
to the best pass rush in the NFL. The Cowboys were 0-4 against those two teams
last season and don't see where the Cowboys closed the gap much."</p></div>

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


<font size="4"><u>THE RED ZONE
<font size="3">http://www.theredzone.org/</font> (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/22/3035976/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-otas-open-wednesday)

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

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

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


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

GIANTS' PRACTICE SQUAD SLEEPERS TO WATCH (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/new_york_giants_practice_squad_sleepers_to_watch/10842668)

"Who Makes The Giants Practice Squad?

That is a good question.

Giants will have probably their bestpractice squad in recent years in 2012.
Usually, the Giants philosophy is to re-sign the best eight players they cut who
fit into their system. Now that may not always translate into the most talented
player as GM Jerry Reese and Head Coach Tom
Coughlin have always stressed in practice squad players a high level of
intelligence along with talent.

They want kids who can learn their
assignments and get through a practice with a minimal amount of mistakes.
Because of that you can have players with more “talent” left off the squad
because he can’t learn the playbook!

The Giants have done very well in
most recent years with their practice squad players. Some have found themselves
on the 53 man roster and contributed on game day. The Giants, along with every
other team in the NFL are required to carry up to 8 players on the practice

An NFL practice squad player makes roughly $5200 per week for
developing and hopefully making the 53 man roster. Often is the case that a
player on the practice squad could be released and then re-signed within a
week’s span; which was the case for Giants QB Ryan Perrilloux.

For 2012, the Giants will have difficult decisions to make
regarding who to keep and who not to keep on the practice squad, as the number
of candidates has grown and the Giants can only assign up to 8. The following is
my final assessment of who makes the Giants practice squad in

Ryan Perrilloux (QB): Perrilloux
seemed to have been on a merry go round in 2011, as the Giants released him and
then re-signed him a number of times. Still, I believe the Giants like his
makeup enough and have him on the 2012 practice squad

Julian Talley (WR): Talley is a Victor
Cruz clone in appearance and the Giants can only hope that he develops
into a Victor Cruz in ability. The former WR out of Umass will
get a long hard look during training camp, but with the current depth on the
Giants WR squad; Talley will most likely end up on the practice

Matt McCants (OT): McCants will have every
opportunity to make this team. However; with the signing of Sean
Locklear and the drafting of Brandon Mosley.
McCants could find himself starting out the year on the
practice squad and possibly returning as the year unfolds.

Hendricks (DT): Hendricks will have an extremely tough time making the
53 man roster with the recent arrival of Rogers, the drafting
of Kuhn and the return of Austin at DT. Now
this can all change if Rogers has nothing left in the tank and
Kuhn’s is a bust. Then Hendricks has a shot at
the 53 man roster, but in my opinion; Rogers and
Kuhn will outplay him.

Adewale Ojomo (DE):
Ojomo is a project and I could be reaching here. However; from all the
reports and video I’ve seen Ojomo, the Giants would be wise to
assign Ojomo to the practice squad. The former Miami Hurricane
has untapped talent and maybe, just maybe the Giants can have him develop at his
own pace and hopefully produce another pass rusher in the

Jack Muasau (OLB): Muasau is from a small school
(Georgia State) and didn’t get the exposure he deserved. Described as a tackling
machine with an endless motor, Muasau will impress in training
camp, but will eventually find himself on the Giants 2012 practice

Janzen Jackson (S): Jackson is a solid player who
had personal issues in college; which effective his draft stock. I believe the
Giants have enough depth at the safety position and would most likely place
Jackson on the practice squad. Jackson will show enough during
training camp and preseason games to warrant the assignment.

There are
some names I left off that many may feel should have been added to this list.
Players like Joe Martinek, Christian Hopkins, Adrian Tracey and
David Douglas come to mind. I believe that
Martinek will make the 53 man roster, Hopkins
could start the year on the 53 man roster and Tracey and
Douglas are long shots making the practice

Footnote: Rod Smith (WR) is the only non-drafted
player to go from the practice squad to a Pro Bowler. He is also the only
non-drafted WR to amass over 10,000 yards in receiving."

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

COWBOYS, REDSKINS LOSE THEIR APPEAL ON SALARY CAP PENALTY (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/22/cowboys-redskins-lose-their-appeal-on-salary-cap-penalty/related/)

"The Cowboys and Redskins have lost at least one battle in their attempt to
get back the combined $46 million in salary cap space that the NFL took away
from them.

NFL general counsel Jeff Pash told <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/judybattista">Judy
Battista of the New York Times</a> that Special Master Stephen Burbank
dismissed the grievance filed by the Cowboys and the Redskins.</p>

Dallas lost $10 million in cap space and Washington lost $36 million in cap
space, to be divided between this season and next season, after the NFL — with
the backing of the other owners — found that they violated the spirit of the
rules in their spending during the uncapped year. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and
Redskins owner Dan Snyder argue that they didn’t violate anything because the
lack of a salary cap meant there were no rules — in letter or in spirit —
restricting how much money NFL teams could spend.</p>

But Burbank has sided with the league on this one. Mike Florio will talk
about what this means at the start of today’s PFT Live."</p>


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


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


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

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

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


<font size="4"><u>
</u><font size="3">
BETTER NFL OFFENSE: GIANTS OR SAINTS? (http://www.profootballweekly.com/2012/05/21/better-nfl-offense-giants-or-saints)</font>

"</font>The Lions and Packers have advanced to the second round of PFW’s “In the
Trenches” bracket to decide the best offense in the NFL. But in today’s matchup,
the Super Bowl-champion Giants face off against the record-setting Saints. Which
team has the better offense?

Here’s what PFW’s editors think of the matchup:</p>

Associate editor Kevin Fishbain:
"Saints. Even though I'd
take the Giants' receivers over the Saints', and the gap between Brees and
Manning isn't as big as it used to be, New Orleans gets the edge thanks to Jimmy
Graham and Darren Sproles. Graham has turned into one of the game's best tight
ends and is lethal in the red zone. Like Graham, Sproles is a matchup nightmare
and provided quite the dynamic to the Saints' offense in 2011. The Giants can't
match what those two bring."</p>

Managing editor Mike Holbrook:
"The Saints earn a slight
edge in my book, though this is a tough call. Drew Brees is a bit more
consistent than Eli Manning, Jimmy Graham is much better than any tight end the
Giants have and New Orleans’ WR depth is better. One concern is how the Saints
handle the absence of ace play-caller Sean Payton this season — that could be a
crippling blow to their attack."</p>

Associate editor Arthur Arkush:
"Not to take anything
away from the Super Bowl champions, who are extremely dangerous in their own
right, but arguably no offense in the NFL hums the way the Saints does when it’s
firing on all cylinders. New Orleans poses a plethora of mismatch nightmares for
its opponents, what with Darren Sproles’ speed and Jimmy Graham’s great size and
athleticism, and it has theperfect triggerman, Drew Brees, to light up a
scoreboard quickly. Eli Manning was tremendous last season, but he doesn’t match
the efficiency or accuracy of Brees, and the Giants’ running game was virtually
nonexistent until the postseason. It says here New Orleans is the far more
dynamic offense."</p>

Associate editor Eli Kaberon:
"This matchup came down to
two positions, and no, quarterback wasn't one of them. Eli Manning and Drew
Brees are equals in my view, but the Giants have nobody like Jimmy Graham at
tight end or Darren Sproles in their backfield. Graham and Sproles are so
difficult to defend because of their speed and versatility, making the Saints'
offense dynamic on so many different levels. New Orleans scored 20 or more
points in all 18 games they played last season, a sign of talent and

Editor-in-chief Keith Schleiden:
"Even with Sean Payton
out of the picture in 2012, the Saints will remain one of the NFL’s most
productive offensive teams — much more potent than the defending Super
Bowl-champion Giants. With an embarrassment of riches at his disposal, QB Drew
Brees appears to lead his Saints up and down the field almost effortlessly. Last
season, the Saints scored 30 or more points in 10-of-16 regular-season games —
and then did it again in both of their playoff games. The Giants? They did so
only four times in the regular season, and then once in four postseason

Senior editor Eric Edholm:
"The Giants are a very
effective offense, one that thrived a year ago despite a consistent run game
until the playoffs, and they should be even better off with first-round RB David
Wilson in the fold. But a lot of their points come off good field position and
turnovers because of their defense and special teams. The Saints are explosive
on offense, able to flip the field with a play or two, and they have done so
over the past five seasons without always having the benefit of having a great
defense or good starting field position. Not having Sean Payton — or if Drew
Brees is angered about his contract situation —won’t affect that greatly. The
Giants might be the more complete team, but offensively speaking, the Saints are
the more dangerous attack."</p>

Executive editor Dan Arkush:
"My pick is the Saints.
Jimmy Graham at the tight end position and Darren Sproles all over the place
give the Saints a dimension that the Giants don’t have. I also think the Saints
collectively have a better ground game than the Giants, but we’ll see if the
Wilson kid out of Virginia Tech narrows the gap in the Giants’ favor. Both he
and No. 2 pick WR Rueben Randle figure to provide an immediate impact for the
Giants. But the Saints still look a bit more potent to me."</p>

Senior editor Mike Wilkening:
"I very much respect the
Giants’ offense, but I give the Saints’ attack the edge here. The New Orleans
offense just does not have many weaknesses whatsoever. The line is very good,
the pass-catching corps is strong, the RB depth chart is loaded. And the
quarterback is an MVP-caliber performer."</p>

Associate editor Dan Parr:
"The Saints scored nearly 10
points more per game than the Giants in 2011, a season in which New Orleans set
a league record for yards gained. I like Eli Manning's wide receivers more than
the New Orleans receiving corps, but the Saints get at least a slight edge at
running back and on the offensive line. They also have a huge advantage at tight
end with Jimmy Graham, and quarterback is close to even."</p><font size="4">

<div class="story_body line "><a href="http://stats.profootballweekly.com/team/giants/">http://stats.profootballweekly.com/team/giants/
<font size="4"><u>

<font size="4"><font size="3">http://www.profootballfocus.com/</font> (http://www.profootballfocus.com/)

</u><font size="3">
</font></font>NFL OWNERS VOTE TO APPROVE KNEE/THIGH PADS, IR CHANGE AND TRADE DEADLINE (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19123861/nfl-owners-vote-to-approve-kneethigh-pads-ir-change-and-trade-deadline-extension)

"On Monday <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19113771/nfl-owners-could-vote-to-mandate-thigh-knee-pads">we
discussed the possibility of NFL owners voting</a> to approve mandatory knee and
thigh pads for the 2013 season, and on Tuesday, the NFL owners did just that,
approving the requirement of such padding beginning in 2013.

NFL owners
also voted to extend the trade deadline and to make a change to the
injured-reserve policy.

The change in pads policy is something that
could be met with mixed feelings from the players and could ultimately be
challenged by the NFLPA. Indeed, the union issued a statement on Tuesday that
indicates they're not thrilled with the change.

"Any change in working
conditions is a collectively-bargained issue," said the union in a statement.
"While the NFL is focused on one element of health and safety today, the NFLPA
believes that health and safety requires a comprehensive approach and
commitment. We are engaged in and monitor many different issues, such as
players' access to medical records, prescription usage and the situation with
professional football's first responders, NFL referees. We always look forward
to meeting with the NFL to discuss any and all matters related to player health
and safety."

Though the pads are designed to improve player safety and
minimize leg injuries, most players believe they slow them down and look silly.
The union's decision to classify the mandatory pads as a "change in working
conditions" is a clever one, and could potentially railroad the NFL's move. Of
course, there's a reason why the league waited until 2013 to institute the pad
rule -- you're seeing it right now.

The trade deadline and IR proposals
aren't locked in quite yet, however, though both are likely to be

The trade deadline proposal would move the trade deadline from
Week 6 to Week 8 and, frankly, it's just too logical not to happen. The NFL
trade deadline is the most boring of all the major sports because teams aren't
as sure about their season's status by Week 6. (I'd move it back even further.)

And the injured-reserve change essentially would allow teams to place a
"marquee" player on IR and move him back to the active roster after the eighth
week of the season. Example: Terrell Suggs suffers an Achilles tear in the
offseason but plans on returning at some point later in the year. The Ravens
could put him on IR prior to the season but return him to the active roster
after the eighth week of the season, giving them substantially greater roster
flexibility with a star player, without losing him for the year."


EAGLES' QB COACH SAYS MICHAEL VICK TRIES TO DO TOO MUCH (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/22/eagles-qb-coach-says-michael-vick-tries-to-do-too-much/related/)

MANNING LOOKS GOOD IN BRONCOS' WORKOUTS (http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-sports-nfl.html)

SEAHAWKS ACQUIRE TE KELLEN WINSLOW IN A TRADE (http://www.theredzone.org/BlogDescription/tabid/61/EntryId/26435/Seahawks-acquire-TE-Kellen-Winslow-in-a-trade/Default.aspx)

<font size="4"><font size="3">NFLPA TO FILE GRIEVANCE IF NFL MANDATES LEG PADS</font></font> (http://www.theredzone.org/BlogDescription/tabid/61/EntryId/26426/Report--NFLPA-to-file-grievance-if-league-mandates-leg-pads/Default.aspx)

"An NFL rules proposal that would require mandatory use of thigh and knee pads
starting with the 2013 season will meet strong resistance from the NFL Players
Association if approved Tuesday at the league’s spring meeting according to Alex
Marvez of FOXSports.com (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/NFLPA-mandatory-thigh-pad-rule-plans-to-file-grievance-052112).

A source said the NFLPA believes the measure would violate the collective
bargaining agreement reached with the league last year in regard to “working
conditions.” If the proposal is passed by at least 75 percent of NFL owners (24
of 32), the NFLPA plans to file a grievance with an arbitrator.</p>

The NFLPA contends that mandatory pad use could become approved only from a
side-letter agreement with the league to the CBA, the source said. The NFLPA
also was aware that the proposal would be presented for a vote at the NFL’s
spring meeting.</p>

The NFL is proposing the pad rule as part of commissioner Roger Goodell’s
player safety initiatives. But a source said that the league hasn’t presented
the union any firm data that prove the use of thigh and knee pads would decrease
injuries despite multiple NFLPA requests.</p>

“It sounds obvious that it would (reduce injuries), but it’s not necessarily
true,” the source said.</p>

The NFLPA’s stance against the padding proposal is yet another sign of the
rift between the union and NFL. The NFLPA has helped four players file a
grievance against the suspensions that Goodell handed down for their alleged
involvement in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal. The NFL and NFLPA also
remain unable to agree upon protocols for human growth hormone testing."</p>

05-22-2012, 03:38 PM
many thanks Roanoke!</P>

Giants vs Saints offense: i think our offensive rooks will make that race a little tighter in 2012!</P>

i do agree Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles are the x-factors giving the Saints the edge!</P>


<FONT color=#0000ff size=4>Go Giants!</FONT></P>

05-22-2012, 05:53 PM

05-22-2012, 08:00 PM
Thanks RF!

05-23-2012, 01:43 PM
Thanks RF!