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GIANTS' PLAYERS ROUNDING INTO "FOOTBALL MENTALITY" AT START OF ORGANIZED TEAM ACTIVITIES (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_players_rounding_into_f.html)

"The sight of <a href="http://www.nj.com/sports/mustsee/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_fear_another_acl_tear_f.html">Brian
Witherspoon writhing on the ground</a> as the rest of the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants)’ defensive backs knelt in prayer was
an all-too-familiar scene for a team that lost a bunch of cornerbacks, including
Witherspoon, a season ago.


It was certainly a poor way to begin the first of the 10 organized team
activities sessions. But the workout continued for the rest of the team in a
gathering (I’m running out of ways to say “practice” without saying “practice”
because OTAs aren’t supposed to be called “practices”) that was short and
limited in contact.</p>
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"All of these workouts are important for everybody to get back into a
football mentality," coach Tom Coughlin said. "Our first thing
out here is we try to be safety-first. We don't have any pads on; we don't even
have any shells on. We can go against each other a little bit in this phase.</p>


"But the development of these young guys is real important. Just to learn the
new language is real critical."</p>


As you'll see below, some of the young guys are very early in the development
process.</p>


A few notes from the session, and beyond:</p>


--The following players appeared to be limited in some form or fashion: RB
Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), CB Corey Webster
(unknown), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), LT Will
Beatty (eye), DT Linval Joseph (ankle), LB
Clint Sintim (knee), TE Travis Beckum (knee),
CB Prince Amukamara (foot) and WR Dan DePalma
(hip). Amukamara says he’ll begin running next week. DePalma revealed
he had hip surgery this offseason after practicing through a torn labrum. He’s a
guy a few veterans have mentioned as a possible breakout player, so we’ll keep a
close eye on him when he begins working fully. It sounds like that won’t be
until training camp, though.</p>


--TE Martellus Bennett left practice midway through with a
sore hamstring. But that doesn’t stop the learning. “(The trainers) can wrap you
over here,” TEs coach Mike Pope yelled toward Bennett, meaning
he wanted him closer to provide instruction on what the other players were
running.</p>


--These players were not in attendance: DT Chris Canty
(knee), TE Jake Ballard (knee), TE Adrien
Robinson (finishing school) and DE Osi Umenyiora, who
has yet to make an appearance around these parts this offseason. (I'm guessing
Ballard wasn't around because he comes in early for rehab. I'm not sure if
Canty's absence on the field had to do with his knee, which he had scoped this
winter.)</p>


--Here’s how the first-team offensive line looked: LT James
Brewer, LG Kevin Boothe, C David
Baas, RG Chris Snee, RT David Diehl.
Pretty much what we expected, save for Brewer in for Beatty. Expect Brewer to
get plenty of reps at right tackle, too.</p>


--Your starting LBs were Mathias Kiwanuka, Chase
Blackburn and Michael Boley. Newly acquired Keith
Rivers was working with the second team. Rivers received some instruction from
defensive coordinator Perry Fewell because he was peeking in
the wrong gap on a running play. On the next play, Rivers was upset with his
drop into a zone when WR Jerrel Jernigan caught a ball on a
hook inside him.</p>--S Tyler Sash worked with the starters in Phillips'
spot.


--DT Markus Kuhn (seventh round) was in action after missing
rookie camp with a leg laceration. All's well, apparently, as he got up to bat
down a pass late in practice.</p>


--CB Jayron Hosley, the team’s third-round pick, made a nice
play in team drills when he slipped underneath WR Isaiah Stanback
on an in cut from QB Ryan Perrilloux. Hosley was
playing over top of Stanback but drifted even with him and then got inside his
shoulder to get position and knock the ball away. Hosley showed good instincts
on that play. A little later, though, he didn’t drop into a zone properly and
allowed WR Ramses Barden to catch an easy intermediate pass
near the sideline. “Get your depth,” secondary coach Peter
Giunta said. And Hosley struggled to read a comeback route late in
practice. His momentum carried him too far upfield on that play. “Watch the
three-step (drop),” Giunta told him. In short, Hosley has the ability but like
many rookies, needs to work on his technique.</p>


--With Witherspoon likely done for the season and CB Antwaun
Molden suffering an apparent hamstring injury today, depth at corner
remains paramount for the Giants. One player who could help in that department
is CB Justin Tryon, who was playing well last season before <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/10/giants_suffer_blow_with_injury.html">breaking
his arm</a>. Tryon looked pretty good out there today, including on one play
when he defended a pass from QB Eli Manning to WR
Victor Cruz on a double move. Tryon didn’t bite and stayed with
Cruz as he ran the corner route. Giunta thinks it could’ve been an ever better
play if Tryon had turned back to find the ball. “Play the ball and that’s an
interception,” Giunta told Tryon.</p>


--Speaking of the coaches’ commentary, Giunta and safeties coach
David Merritt liked what they saw from undrafted free agent S
Jojo Nicolas on one play when he stayed on top of a deep pass
from QB David Carr to WR David Douglas that
fell incomplete, thanks in part to Nicolas’ coverage. On the next play, Nicolas
came from down low in the box to cover the deep half of the field, as the Giants
are wont to do with their safeties. Nicolas, who signed with the Giants in part
because of fellow former Miami Hurricanes Phillips and Antrel
Rolle, will have to fend off Will Hill and
Janzen Jackson for a roster spot. That figures to be a very
interesting competition.</p>


--RB David Wilson, the first-rounder, ran into the flat on
one play when he should’ve run the short hook over the middle. Carr just pointed
to the area in which Wilson should’ve been standing when he was left without a
check-down option. This is all part of the learning process for Wilson.</p>


--On the play Molden was injured, veteran S Stevie Brown
covered some serious ground to get to a deep ball up the sideline. He looks
spry. S Chris Horton, another veteran free agent, isn’t moving
so well and was saying in the locker room he doesn’t have a burst because his
hamstring has been tight lately. There’s apparently a lot of that going around
right now.</p>


--Perrilloux has really been throwing the deep ball well this spring. Today,
he laid one on the hands of a diving WR Brandon Collins, though
Collins couldn’t hold on. Yeah, I said Collins was diving, but Perrilloux didn’t
have much to work with on that play. Trust me, it was a good ball.</p>


--OT Matt McCants, <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_rookie_matt_mccants_awa.html">the
sixth-round pick I wrote about on Tuesday</a>, showed real nice balance on one
play when he handled LB Jacquian Williams to one side and then
stoned him as Williams tried to bounce the other way. McCants has looked pretty
good so far. Again, the hitting isn’t live yet, so let’s not make any snap
judgments on guys playing the more physical positions. In fact, that’s why you
won’t see much here about the players in the trenches because it’s just too
difficult to gauge them when no one is wearing any pads. But from a footwork
standpoint, McCants has been sharp when I’ve spotted him.</p>


* * * *</p>


<a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_coach_tom_coughlin_to_r.html">Coughlin
was asked about receiving the Outstanding Civil Service Award</a> from the U.S.
Army during a ceremony in Virginia this evening.</p>

"I think it’s a tremendous honor. I’m very humbled in receiving this honor,
and I look forward to spending an evening with Gen. (Raymond T.) Odierno and the
other people being honored," he said. "I have learned a little more what this
honor is over the last week or so. It’s very humbling. It’s an honor to be in
that company and to realize the historical significance of where we will be when
this takes place tonight, where all the Chiefs of Staff have lived going way
back to the 1800’s, and what this represents in terms of our support for the
military, our men and women who serve our country.</p>


"If you think back going all the way to back to 9/11 and how that changed the
way, I hope, all Americans feel about our armed forces, the changing of the way
in which war is conducted and what (the military does) for us on a daily basis,
so we can work in this great National Football League and all Americans can
sleep under the blanket of freedom. It is a very, very humbling experience that
I’m looking forward to."</p>


Asked what he's learned about the honor he's receiving, Coughlin replied,
"Just the nature of what this represents. It’s the third-highest civilian honor
that can be bestowed on any non-military persons. I’m deeply, deeply moved by
this."</p>


* * * *</p>


And one final note: the Giants will be honored by President Obama at the
White House on Friday, June 8. So, you know, if you’re in the neighborhood, stop
on by."</p>##

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."
</p></div>http://www.nj.com/giants/

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

THOMAS PLANS TO BE "FULL GO" IN TRAINING CAMP (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/05/thomas-plans-to-be-full-go-in-training-camp)

"He’s not quite sure how that very first full-speed, all-out tackle will feel,
or how his body – and perhaps his psyche – will hold up when he begins that
first backpedal while shadowing an elite receiver in Week 1.


But Terrell Thomas does know this much: Come the start of Giants training
camp in Albany, his right knee, the same knee that’s undergone two ACL
reconstruction surgeries in the past six years, will be ready to go.</p>


“Training camp, I’ll be a full go, without a doubt,” Thomas said on
Wednesday. “The way my knee’s feeling right now, I should be able to do
everything by then.”</p>


Thomas made that statement shortly after providing the latest evidence of his
recovery during the Giants’ organized team activities (OTAs) on Wednesday. Ten
months after tearing his ACL in a preseason game, Thomas felt healthy enough to
participate in the OTA session.</p>


He began by playing catch with safety Antrel Rolle, then did some drills with
the corners. He did not participate in seven-on-seven drills, but the successful
workout session still buoyed his confidence, so much so that Thomas insisted
that he will be able to handle a full two-a-day load in training camp.</p>


“I feel my knee is ready to do all these things,” he said, “so I had to just
jump right back in.”</p>


Thomas knows he needs the reps, because while his words exude confidence, his
mind may remain fragile until he finally delivers on the field, in live action.
The 27-year-old has spent the past few weeks insisting that he will reclaim his
starting job opposite Corey Webster, rising above the defensive backfield
competition.</p>


GM Jerry Reese has stockpiled corners over the past two seasons, drafting
Prince Amukamara and signing vet Antwuan Molden. But Thomas believes the
four-year, $28-million deal he inked in March cements his position in the CB
pecking order.</p>


“I feel that’s why they brought me back,” he said. “Obviously, come training
camp, there’s going to be a lot of competition, with me, Prince, Corey, young
guys, Molden. There’s no position set, except for probably Eli (Manning). But
starting, that’s my mindset going into it.”</p>


“My best thing is to prove that the knee is 100% back,” he added, “not that
the player is back.”</p>


He must prove the knee’s health to the Giants, and to himself. While Thomas’
twice-rebuilt ACL held up in workouts Wednesday, he watched teammate Brian
Witherspoon, another corner trying to return from a torn ACL suffered last
preseason, collapse in a drill and get carted away. Coach Tom Coughlin said he
is “afraid” that Witherspoon has reinjured his ACL.</p>


“It was heartbreaking,” Thomas said of Witherspoon’s injury.</p>


“That’s the hardest part, coming off an injury, especially when you see
somebody with that injury,” he added. “When it’s time to go, that first tackle,
that first blitz, that first coverage, that first fall, you’re going to be a
little bit hesitant at first. It’s natural, you’re human.”</p>


Thomas hopes to work that out of his system in Albany.</p>


“Try to rep that out in camp,” he said, “so when Sunday comes, you’re not
hesitant.”</p>


OTHER OTA NOTES
- I've already told everyone who was NOT
at Wednesday's workout, but there were also two surprise players in attendance.
TE Travis Beckum, who is still recovering from a torn ACL
suffered in Super Bowl XLVI, was at the facility. He rode a stationary bike
early on, then stood with his teammates during seven-on-seven drills.</p>


- Another surprise participant? Ahmad Bradshaw. Shortly
after the Super Bowl, the Giants' top tailback had hinted that he might not
participate in offseason activities, an effort to rest his chronically injured
feet. Yet there Bradshaw was on Wednesday, doing drills with the Giants' other
RBs and even taking a handoff during seven-on-sevens. Worth noting, however: He
took of his helmet and watched from one knee as the tailbacks did some
footwork-intensive agility drills, so he was resting his foot just a bit.</p>


- Perry Fewell said Chase Blackburn was the
man to beat at middle linebacker, and that's what it looked like on Wednesday.
Blackburn handled first-team middle linebacker duties during scrimmage action.
He was flanked by Mathias Kiwanuka and Michael
Boley. Of course, it's very early in the process, second-year man
Greg Jones is learning a new position, and new acquisition
Keith Rivers is learning a new defense.</p>


- The Giants lost two cornerbacks in their first OTA session on Wednesday in
Antwuan Molden (hamstring) and Brian
Witherspoon (likely a torn ACL for the second straight season). On the
bright side, some other CBs who battled injuries last season made it through
practice unscathed. Michael Coe was fine, as was Justin
Tryon.</p>


Tryon, if you'll recall, was picked up by the Giants early last season and
impressed Coughlin with his grittiness on special teams. But a broken arm landed
him on injured reserve at the end of October.</p>


He was back yesterday, though, and he added that he actually could have
played for the Giants down the stretch last season. He said his broken arm wound
up healing in less than a month.</p>


Either way, Tryon is back now, and he'll compete with the Giants' bevy of CBs
for playing time this season.</p>


- Second-year WR Jerrel Jernigan made several nice catches
during seven-on-sevens, and he seemed far more comfortable than he was a year
ago.</p>


- WR Domenik Hixon was also back from the torn ACL that
wrecked his 2011 season, and he seemed to be running fluidly. He was among the
options fielding punts - along with Victor Cruz and rookie
Reuben Randle - and he also ran a handful of pass patterns. In
one instance, with Tryon in coverage, Hixon ran upfield about eight yards,
stopped hard, then turned around to make the grab.</p>


He told me his knee felt "fine," and he wasn't tentative at all.</p>


"I felt good," he said. "Didn't even think about it."</p>


Hixon's also bulked up a bit for this season. Hixon told me he weighed around
190 last season. Right now, he looks considerably bigger, and he said he weighs
more than 200 pounds. His frame carries the extra weight well, and it doesn't
appear to have cost him any speed or agility.</p>


- Rookie RB David Wilson got an earful from RB coach
Jerald Ingram after running a shaky pass route, but the
first-round pick did not seem too concerned afterwards.</p>


"It was more of a tip than a get-on," Wilson said. "Said I want to be more
shallow. I was three yards from hash. He said be five yards from the hash. It
was a small tip."
</p>

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http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giant (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants)<div>
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<div><div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>
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RUTGERS' MARTINEK TRYING TO STICK AS GIANTS' FB (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/blocker_room_ron1qShlxaO3q6ihWo8ILK)

"A year ago, a spirited player who was disappointed not to be selected in the
NFL Draft was signed by the Giants to compete for a spot on the roster at
fullback. That player, Henry Hynoski, became a role player as a rookie and
helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI.<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">


A year later, the Giants signed another undrafted player to compete for a
spot at fullback. </p>


Joe Martinek of Rutgers did a nice job during the recent rookie mini-camp.
The competition and the stakes rise today when he participates in the Giants’
first Organized Team Activity practice with most of the veterans on
hand.
</p>Hynoski will be looking to solidify his spot and Martinek will be looking to
carve a niche for himself on the roster in a competition that won’t really get
cooking until training camp this summer at the University at Albany. The
fullback’s role in the Giants’ offense is primarily to block for running backs,
pass-protect for the quarterback and catch an occasional pass out of the
backfield. <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">


Mostly, it is about establishing a physical presence on the field, something
that won’t really happen in an OTA. This is the first of 10 practices that go on
without pads, without contact and without any 1-on-1 drills. The OTAs conclude
with the June 12-14 veteran mini-camp.</p>


Head coach Tom Coughlin described Martinek as “very steady’’ during the
rookie camp and said Martinek probably could play both fullback and running
back.</p>


“Whatever they decide ... I’m willing to do whatever they ask me,’’ said
Martinek, a native of Hopatcong, N.J., who said he did not grow up a fan of the
Giants.</p>


“I was a fan of college football in general,’’ Martinek said. “I watched
professional, any game that was on, but my town and my best friends are all huge
Giant fans. It does help. I have family and friends and the Jersey support. I’m
trying to make the most of this opportunity. I might not get another one.’’</p>


* Coughlin will be one of five to receive the Army’s Outstanding Civilian
Service Award in a ceremony today at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia.
The award will be presented by Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the Chief of Staff of
the Army, a Giants fan who has developed a close relationship with Coughlin.
</p>


The citation to be presented to Coughlin in part states his “consistent,
outward public support of the U.S. Army and the military in general have had
far-reaching positive impacts on the health and morale of our service members at
home and deployed overseas.’’</p>


* Coughlin told the Florida Times-Union this past weekend he has not even
thought about retirement. </p>


“I’m not mentally, not physically ready [to retire],” Coughlin said during
his 17th annual Jay Fund golf tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., which raised
$450,000 for families of cancer patients. “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.’’</p>


The Giants shortly will complete and announce a multi-year contract extension
for Coughlin, who turns 66 on Aug. 31 and is the NFL’s oldest head
coach."</p>
</div>GIANTS' COUGHLIN NOT THINKING ABOUT RETIRING (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/giants_coughlin_not_thinking_about_lcRvnV7KwMdliSe qG40LbO)
</div>
"Tom Coughlin is not the retiring type.<div>


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."
</p></div>http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants

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

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html">http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
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<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>
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GIANTS FEAR TORN ACL FOR CORNERBACK BRIAN WITHERSPOON (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/23/new-york-giants-fear-torn-acl-for-cornerback-brian-witherspoon/)

"Wide receiver Domenik Hixon, who is returning after two consecutive ACL
tears, called it "devastating." He spoke, of course, of New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants cornerback <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Brian Witherspoon" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/brian-witherspoon/" rel="tag nofollow">Brian
Witherspoon</a>, who just moments after returning to the field for the first
time since tearing his ACL a year ago, went down with what the team fears is
another torn ACL … of the same knee.

<blockquote>


"I'm afraid it was an ACL again," head coach Tom Coughlin
said.</p></blockquote>


The Giants have had a string of players suffer multiple ACL tears in recent
years, including the aforementioned Hixon, linebacker Clint Sintim and now
Witherspoon. One positive Witherspoon can take away from this is that both
Sintim and Hixon have fought their way back from back-to-back ACL tears and will
be competing for a spot on the 53-man roster this season.</p>


Although no longer a death sentence for NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) players, dual ACL tears for Witherspoon put him at
long odds to return. Whether or not the Giants place him on Injured Reserve (IR)
or waive/injury him remains to be seen.</p>


In addition to Witherspoon, recently signed defensive back <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Antwaun Molden" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/antwaun-molden/" rel="tag nofollow">Antwaun
Molden</a> was also carted off the field on Wednesday after suffering a
hamstring injury.</p>
<blockquote>


"It’s tough but I’ve been through this situation before so it’s good to know
what to do," Molden said.</p></blockquote>


Welcome back, Giants football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)!"</p>

##
</p>
GIANTS' BRIAN WITHERSPOON CARTED OFF FIELD DURING FIRST OTA (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/23/new-york-giants-brian-witherspoon-carted-off-field-during-first-ota/)

"Less than 30 minutes into 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>' first day of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and already one player
has gone down with what looks to be serious injury.


While performing individual drills, cornerback <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Brian Witherspoon" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/brian-witherspoon/" rel="tag nofollow">Brian
Witherspoon</a>, who is coming off of a surgically repaired ACL, went down with
an apparent and needed to be immediately helped onto a cart. He was promptly
carted off of the field by trainers and staff.</p>


Witherspoon was a lost a season ago after tearing his ACL during the
preseason. He had played quite well leading up to that point, and appeared to be
a lock for the 53-man roster.</p>


In recent days, Witherspoon had been tweeting about his progress and desire
to get back out on the field – to pick up where he had "left off." He had also
shared several photos via Instagram of him vigorously studying the Giants'
defensive playbook.</p>


Giants 101 will continue to update this as more information becomes
available."</p>QUESTION MARKS SURROUND GIANTS' DT MARVIN AUSTIN AS OTA'S BEGIN (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/23/question-marks-surround-new-york-giants-dt-marvin-austin-as-otas-begin/)

"Organized Team Activities (OTA's) begin for the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants today, and one of the many players who will be carefully watched is
defensive tackle <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>. After missing his rookie season with a torn pectoral muscle, and
having been suspended for his senior year in college, it's imperative that he
get off to a good start. Unfortunately, Ken Palmer reports that Austin
will likely arrive at team facilities overweight and out of shape (http://www.pigskininsider.com/article.aspx?articleid=608).
<blockquote>


"As much as they hope that <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> will be ready to fill a spot in the DT rotation, that is far from a
sure thing. We’ve heard that Austin has been on an eating binge and his weight
has ballooned. Needless to say, the reports we’ve heard are that the Giants are
none too pleased," Palmer writes.</p></blockquote>


A few recent Instragram photos on Austin's account would refute Palmer's
report, including a picture of the defensive tackle (https://instagr.am/p/K6HlzJmt_M/) and head coach Tom Coughlin on
the 17th hole at Sawgrass during the 17th annual Jay Fund Foundation (http://tcjayfund.org/) golf tournament.</p>


Austin appears to be in relatively good shape, but that does not necessarily
mean football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)
shape. And after two years away from the game, there's undoubtedly some rust
that needs to be worn off. But overweight? If he is, it's not by much … and
nothing a few weeks at the team facilities can't fix.</p>


With the additions of Markus Kuhn (draft) and Shaun Rogers (free agency),
Austin certainly has his work cut out for him if he wants to earn some playing
time. Now healthy, he'll have to live up to the second-round draft pick the
Giants used on him in 2011."
</p>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>
<blockquote>


“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
rookies.</p>


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>
<blockquote>


“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
XLVII?"</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>

GIANTS' COACH TOM COUGHLIN: IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/23/3039282/new-york-giants-coach-tom-coughlin-its-time-to-move-on?tw_p=twt)



"The New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) are
the defending Super Bowl champions. They have the trophy. The have their
championship rings now. They have had a few months to enjoy the spoils of
victory. It is time, though, for the Giants to focus on the 2012 NFL season.
Probably past time.
<div class="entry-body">


Coach Tom Coughlin said as much Wednesday after his team's first on-field OTA (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/23/3039277/tom-coughlin-transcript-new-york-giants-ota) at the Timex Performance
Center, saying "it's time to move on. You can sense it and you can feel it."</p>


The Giants did just that on the field Wednesday morning.</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>


"These workouts are important for everybody to get back into a football
mentality," Coughlin said. "I just told the players: We have two OTAs this week,
three next, four the following, we have the White House (visit), and then we
have a mandatory camp. Before you know it, we'll be in training camp. We need to
have a good focus, a good concentration now, a good learning - everybody kind of
build themselves back up to football speed."</p>


Coughlin has now won two Super Bowl titles as coach of the Giants, and don't
think he won't use the cachet from those titles to drive home his message to the
players -- both veterans and youngsters. Coughlin was asked Wednesday about Justin Tuck's (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2260/justin-tuck)
comments about turning the Giants into a dynasty. Here is what he said:</p>


"I think we must raise the bar for our own performance, whether it be in the
meetings, on the practice field, on the game field. That's what I'd like to
see," Coughlin said. "I'd like to see everyone come in here - the young players,
the new players - [and] understand the New York Giants championship culture,
which is over the door to the locker room, and try to raise the level of how we
do everything so that it is championship level."</p>


NOTES: The Giants experienced their first injury of the season today
when corrnerback Brian Witherspoon went down with another ACL injury.
Witherspoon lost all of the 2011 season to the same injury."</p></div>


##



NFL RULES CHANGES: INJURED RESERVE RULE MODIFIED (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/23/3038640/nfl-rule-changes-2012-injured-reserve-rule-trade-deadline?tw_p=twt)

"I wrote Tuesday about the NFL rule change requiring additional leg padding.
Well the league also <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/football/nfl/05/22/nfl-rules-trade-deadline.ap/index.html?eref=twitter_feed?xid=sbnation" target="_blank">voted to change the trade deadline and the injured reserve
rule</a>. Here is what they did with those rules:<div class="entry-body">
<blockquote>


The owners also voted to move the trading deadline from after Week 6 to
after Week 8, and to allow one "marquee" player placed on injured reserve to
return to practice after the sixth week of the schedule and to the lineup after
the eighth week. That player must be on the 53-man roster after the final
preseason cut.</p></blockquote>


It's about time the league changed the injured reserve rule. If you have been
reading Big Blue View for a while, you know the ability to bring a player back
or to use a baseball-style 'disabled list' is something I have campaigned for
for years now.</p>


That change can only improve the quality of often watered-down NFL rosters
toward the end of the long NFL season. How often in the past have players been
placed on injured reserve when they would have been healed and available the
second half of the season, simply because a spot on the 53-man roster could not
be held for 8-10 weeks? </p>


You think maybe it would have helped the Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) last season
to IR Prince Amukamara for the first half of the season rather than carry a
player who could not play for eight weeks? How about <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130945/marvin-austin">Marvin
Austin</a>? I don't know for sure, but you wonder if he might have been healthy
enough after suffering a torn pectoral muscle to contribute down the stretch
last season?</p>


I'm sure there are examples like these on rosters of just about every team
around the league, and I'm glad to see the league finally recognize
this."</p></div>GIANTS' PLAYERS UNDER PRESSURE: WILL BEATTY (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/23/3035161/new-york-giants-players-under-pressure-will-beatty?tw_p=twt)

"Entering the 2011 season, there were questions about whether or not 2009
second-round draft pick Will Beatty (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71290/will-beatty), in
his third season, was ready to step up and be the left tackle for the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants">New
York Giants</a>. Beatty did a creditable job through 10 games before suffering a
season-ending detached retina.<div class="entry-body">


In his first season as a starter, Beatty allowed four sacks and three
quarterback hits in 10 games. He compiled a -1.2 overall score from Pro Football
Focus -- sadly, the best among all Giants offensive lineman who played regularly
a season ago. Beatty's +1.9 score for run-blocking was the only 'plus' grade PFF
gave any regular Giants offensive lineman.</p>


Overall, Beatty was middle of the pack among offensive tackles graded by PFF,
placing 30th out of 76 players who played at least 25 percent of their team's
offensive snaps.</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>


The Giants have not yet announced any plans for how they will arrange their
offensive line entering the 2012 training camp this summer. I have to believe,
though, that there is little doubt Beatty will be returned to the starting left
tackle role. The Giants showed last season that they don't want David Diehl (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2214/david-diehl) in
that spot any longer, and Diehl seems likely to wind up on the right side
replacing <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2236/kareem-mckenzie">Kareem
McKenzie</a> in 2012. Second-year man James Brewer (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130992/james-brewer)
is not going to challenge Beatty, and neither are rookies <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155065/brandon-mosley">Brandon
Mosley</a> and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155130/matt-mccants">Matt
McCants</a>.</p>


So, there are two questions for Beatty. First, can he improve on a season
during which he seemed to show some promise at the left tackle spot? Second, can
he stay healthy and do the job for a full season?</p>


Again and again already this offseason we have talked about the need for
improvement from the Giants' offensive line. If they are going to get that,
Beatty needs to be part of the solution."
</p></div>NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: OTA HUMP DAY EDITION (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/23/3037443/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-ota-hump-day-edition?tw_p=twt)

Excerpt: "Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's Hump Day, and that means it's time for
our calendar--just 15 weeks until the NFL season kicks off. I have to say, I
have a good feeling about 2012. We have a strong, young team that, despite a few
areas of weakness, should be on the upswing. Maybe it'll be like 2008
again--where we dominated until someone shot himself in the leg, minus the part
about someone shooting himself in the leg. Anyway, OTAs start today, so we
should start to get a feel for some things--the least of which is whether or not
Osi shows up and if anyone cares about that. Seriously though, the one thing you
can count on with organized workouts is some fresh news material. So keep it
here. With that, let's see what's happening..." Read more...

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."

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



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<u>SPORTING NEWS

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</a>


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


GIANTS' BRIAN WITHERSPOON MAY HAVE INJURED ACL (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82949032/article/giants-brian-witherspoon-may-have-injured-acl)

"The buildup to this New York Giants (/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG) season is
starting just like last year.<div id="yui_3_4_1_1_1337799553324_756" class="articleText">


Cornerback Brian Witherspoon (/players/brianwitherspoon/profile?id=WIT134733) left
practice Wednesday on a cart, and early indications from coach Tom Coughlin are
that Witherspoon suffered an ACL injury, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New
York Daily News. It's a crushing blow for the fifth-year undrafted player, who
also tore his ACL before the 2011 season.</p>
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<span class="fn">Ralph Vacchiano</span> <span class="nickname">@TheBlueScreen</span> </a></div>
<div class="entry-content">
<p class="entry-title">Ugh. Awful news for @Spoony29 (https://twitter.com/Spoony29) ... RT @ebenezersamuel (https://twitter.com/ebenezersamuel): Coughlin
on CB Witherspoon. Says he is afraid it was an acl again</p></div>
</blockquote></div></div>




</p>


Witherspoon was seen as a likely dime back and special-teams dynamo for the
Giants last year before the injury. The Giants suffered a series of injuries in
the secondary before last year, most notably to starting cornerback Terrell Thomas (/players/terrellthomas/profile?id=THO387318)."</p></div>##

http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG




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


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

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


MANNING, GIANTS FOCUSED AS THEY RETURN TO FIELD (http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/47541085/ns/nfl/)

"As far as Eli Manning is concerned, the fulfillment of teammate Justin Tuck's
claim that the New York Giants can turn into an NFL dynasty began Wednesday with
the first organized team activity.
<p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine"></span>"It starts," Manning said, "right
now."</p>
<p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine"></span>With player equipment limited to only
helmets in this phase of OTAs, coaches conducted non-contact drills at the Timex
Performance Center. And while nothing spectacular happened, the champions were
indeed back on the field with some new additions, like first-round draft pick
David Wilson.</p>
<p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine"></span>"Basically, it's a chance for the young
guys to get out there and the coaches are trying to simplify things for them,"
Manning said. "We've got new guys and we've got to get them used to our style of
play.</p>
<p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine"></span>"It's getting used to how we practice,
how we prepare. When we come to the practice field, it's all business and full
speed."</p>
<p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine"></span>While the two-time, Super Bowl MVP
quarterback indicated he has dynastic dreams, he said the team simply needs to
improve, starting with him.</p>
<p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine"></span>"I'm just trying to play at my level
and my potential," Manning said.</p>
<p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine"></span>Tuck, though, reiterated his plans to
collect three more rings to go along with the two he already has.</p>
<p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine"></span>"Why shouldn't we be (a dynasty)," Tuck
asked. "I feel very confident in this team and this staff every year."</p>
<p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine"></span>And this year, a seasoned Victor Cruz
plans to embrace a new role that Tuck and Manning already have: leader.</p>
<p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine"></span>"It's a unique situation," Cruz said.
"I'm one of the older guys now, and the younger players look up to you. I'd like
to think I can make an impression on the younger guys that through seeing the
things that I do, they can see that things will happen through hard work."</p>
<p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine"></span>Cruz finished last season with 82
catches and 1,536 yards receiving, which was a franchise single-season record.
He also had nine touchdowns.</p>
<p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine"></span>But the feel-good, back-to-work day was
not without an injury. In fact, in the opening minutes, fourth-year cornerback
Brian Witherspoon went down in a simple position drill with yet another torn
ACL. Witherspoon, who would have played in the secondary on passing downs and on
special teams, missed all of last season when he tore the same one in the
preseason.</p>
<p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine"></span>While on the ground, his teammates
knelt in prayer.</p>
<p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine"></span>"It was heartbreaking," defensive back
Terrell Thomas said. "It was just a Cover-2 drill, and the knee gave out. It's
just tough to see because we know what he went through coming off an injury.
You've got to go back out there and do it."</p>##


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



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




http://www.footballoutsiders.com/

<font size="4"><u>
PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY
</u><font size="3">
NFC EAST PLAYERS IN THE CROSSHAIRS (http://www.profootballweekly.com/2012/05/23/nfc-east-players-in-the-crosshairs)

Excerpt: "</font></font>As training camp approaches, we take a look at the players on each team who
will be most heavily scrutinized. The list contains a fair amount of
quarterbacks — no stunner there — but we tried to highlight as many non-QBs as
we could. The players highlighted range from rookies to veterans with 10 or more
years of experience.


In the fifth of an eight-part series, we look at the NFC East from the 2011
order of finish:</p>


Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw</p>


Bradshaw is coming off a subpar season, and the Giants drafted their running
back of the future in first-rounder David Wilson, who reminds some observers of
Tiki Barber in terms of style. Bradshaw’s feet are a constant issue (he had
offseason surgery on his right foot for a stress fracture), he never practices
and running back is such a young man’s position that if Wilson is impressive
there could be a very quick changing of the guard. Bradshaw, 26, has come up big
in some critical situations for the Giants, but their loyalty to the former
seventh-round pick will last only so long if he can’t stay healthy and
produce.</p>


Others worth mentioning: TE Martellus Bennett, CB Prince Amukamara." Read more...</p>

##
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</a>
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PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS</u></font>

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<u>MISCELLANEOUS
</u><font size="3">
</font></font>PADS OR NOT, NFL MOST NEEDS TO CHANGE PLAYING-HURT CULTURE (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/19124993/pads-or-not-nfl-most-needs-to-change-playinghurt-culture)

"So now the NFL will protect players by mandating thigh and knee pads for the
2013 season, and while that sounds good it doesn't mean much if the league can't
go beyond protecting players' bodies.


I'm talking about protecting their heads, too, and let's not stop at
concussions. I'm talking about players' attitudes towards injuries ... toward
playing hurt ... toward life after football ... toward doing whatever they can
to protect themselves from debilitating setbacks -- no matter if they're
physical, mental or emotional. </p>


In essence, I'm talking about a culture that says you gotta play hurt. Well,
no, you don't, because the NFL says so.
</p>


</p><div class=" hasByline">

"The days of tough it out, suck it up ... those days are over," said former
cornerback Troy Vincent, the NFL's vice president of player engagement. "There's
a process now. The athlete must engage. He must be able to take ownership." </p>


Vincent's comments come in the wake of the suicide of linebacker Junior Seau,
a tragedy that provoked critics to wonder what the league is or should be doing
to help players during and after their careers. Not enough, some critics
believe, but Tuesday's vote to mandate pads is another step in a long process
toward getting there. </p>


Some players will oppose it. Some players may mock it. And the NFL Players
Association reportedly is against it until gaining more information on the
subject. </p>


But the rule is not going away, people. As a matter of fact, the league said
that while it welcomes the cooperation of the players' union -- which it will
approach now -- it will implement mandated knee and thigh pads whether the NFLPA
endorses them or not. </p>


Look, pro football is a violent business, and we're just beginning to
discover how violent. So steps must be taken to protect players, and those steps
continued Tuesday with the NFL's action -- and while it's not a major change, it
is one that could make a difference. </p>


"Hopefully," said Atlanta general manager Rich McKay, chairman of the NFL's
competition committee, "you're going to move the needle [in injury prevention].
And, if you're moving it 10 percent, you're still moving the needle." </p>


Vincent said he played his entire NFL career without knee or thigh pads. He
wore only a helmet and quarterback's shoulder pads for protection because, as he
put it, he felt faster and "skinnier" and, frankly, better suited for the pro
game. The benefits, he admitted, were psychological, with Vincent undergoing
three knee surgeries during his career. But now that he's retired, he believes
the benefits don't outweigh the risks. </p>


"[Pads] is good," he said. "It's good for the game. I think we should be
setting the example. It's the way it should be done." But it's more than
players' bodies that need to be protected, and Seau's suicide at least has
people talking about what could be next ... which is another part of this
process. As Vincent pointed out, it's not so much players or former players who
are interested in what can be done to help them; it's players' wives and family,
with calls for grief counseling spiking after the Seau tragedy. </p>


"His death," Vincent said, "allows us as a league to become a partner in a
broader messaging in things that plague our society ... [and] the NFL player is
not exempt from those things. ... With all we've seen in public and stories
there is no single reason why one commits suicide, but there may be signs of
depression where we see spouses actually reaching out. </p>


"I always say want the truth about the player and what's going on his life?
You have to go talk to his wife. Because she holds no punches. The guys? You
don't do that because the six guys I'm talking to? I know there are only two
starting cornerbacks, and if I say [I'm hurt] that's definitely a sign that
something's going on. It's a sign of weakness, and that's got to change." </p>


Good luck there. The NFL can't change overnight what players have been taught
for decades, but it must change eventually. There are too many stories of
players suffering from significant head injuries or suffering from depression or
committing suicide to ignore ... and the NFL knows it. </p>


Protecting a players' thigh or knee is the easy part. Changing his attitude
about how to protect himself is the more significant hurdle, and don't look for
that to happen anytime soon. </p>


But look for it to happen ... because it must. </p>


"It is our greatest challenge," said Vincent. "[You're taught that] you can
never show a sign of weakness or tell anybody. So this is a culture shift. It's
a social shift, which is why we have to do it at a younger age. It's an enormous
task." </p></div>
NFL PLAYERS THREATEN TO NOT WEAR MANDATED PADS (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19132421/players-threaten-not-to-wear-newly-mandated-leg-pads)


ROGER GOODELL SAYS SAINTS' BOUNTY SCANDAL PROOF WILL BE MADE PUBLIC (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19125682/roger-goodell-says-saints-bounty-scandal-proof-will-be-made-public)

"Earlier this month, New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma (/nfl/players/playerpage/493101/jonathan-vilma) was <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/18983892/jonathan-vilma-anthony-hargrove-will-smith-scott-fujita-appeal-suspensions">suspended
for the 2012 season</a> for his role in the Saints (/nfl/teams/page/NO/new-orleans-saints) bounty scandal. Last
week, Vilma's attorney <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19075375/jonathan-vilma-files-defamation-lawsuit-vs-roger-goodell-in-new-orleans-federal-court">filed
a defamation lawsuit</a> against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.



The
complaint read, in part, that "Vilma seeks to recover damages for defamatory
statements made by Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the National Football League.
… Goodell, speaking publicly about certain Saints executives, coaches and
players, in relation to purported efforts designed to injure opposing players,
made public statements concerning Vilma which were false, defamatory and
injurious to Vilma's professional and personal reputation."

At issue:
the league hasn't rele

NYFan221
05-23-2012, 03:46 PM
I know it was just a joke to a fellow RB in conversation, but I don't like that Wilson "predicted" a SB repeat, people are going to blow it up way out of proportion.

RoanokeFan
05-23-2012, 04:05 PM
I know it was just a joke to a fellow RB in conversation, but I don't like that Wilson "predicted" a SB repeat, people are going to blow it up way out of proportion.


I do0n't see it as a "prediction" as much as good natured sniping at a former teammate