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


<div><div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>
CHARITABLE BLACKBURN SHARES HIS TALE PERSEVERANCE WITH LESS FORTUNATE (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/charitable_blackburn_shares_his_aiHnBcgHZurs7I7nvu M9uO)

"Chase Blackburn was an expectant father, but the Tumi suitcase that sat on
his bedroom floor at his home in Marysville, Ohio, wasn’t for a mad dash to the
hospital. It was there packed and ready for when Blackburn got a call from an
NFL team wanting his services.<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">

It sat there for months as July turned to August, August to September and
September to October. It was the last remnant of what had been a fully loaded
motorcycle trailer Blackburn had filled with his family’s belongings, ready for
transport when the NFL lockout ended last summer.</p>

Blackburn wasn’t resigned after playing six years with the Giants. But he was
sure he would get a call from another team. But it had not come, and little by
little Blackburn unpacked the trailer he had borrowed from his father. But he
kept a suitcase packed with jeans, a couple of pairs of shirts, and dress shoes.
He left enough space for a suit and his bathroom toiletries, which would be
last-minute additions.
</p>“I never lost faith,” Blackburn said recently. “I was just waiting for an
opportunity to arise. I just didn’t know when.”<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">

Blackburn’s phone didn’t ring until the morning of Nov. 29 — a Tuesday — when
the Giants called. Injuries to their linebackers had created an opening.
Blackburn grabbed his suitcase and by that night was in East Rutherford ready to
play football again.</p>

He would start the final four games and become a Super Bowl hero when he
intercepted a pass from Tom Brady in the Giants’ 21-17 victory over the Patriots
in Indianapolis. He is signed for the 2012 season and is the early front-runner
for a starting position.</p>

“To be home and forgotten about to coming back and being a part of what we
were able to accomplish, it’s pretty awesome,” Blackburn said.</p>

Since the Super Bowl, he has been sharing his turnaround story with those who
need to hear from someone who stayed optimistic in the face of adversity. On
June 2, Blackburn will take cancer fighters and survivors and their friends,
family and supporters on a fishing cruise off the coast of New Jersey.
Partnering with the charity “Kick Cancer Overboard,” Blackburn has planned a
relaxing afternoon for those affected by cancer.</p>

“My mother-in-law beat breast cancer four years ago, and my wife’s best
friend’s little brother passed away from cancer when he was in high school,”
Blackburn said. “Me and my wife [Megan] know a little bit about going through
radiation and chemo and how much of a toll it takes and the medical bills that
pile up. This gives those who are going through it and have gone through it a
free trip so they can think about having fun and relaxing.”</p>

It’s the latest worthy cause Blackburn has been involved with since the Super
Bowl. Last February, he spoke to a group of inner city kids and offered his
support for a project to revitalize McGinley Square, a historic neighborhood in
Jersey City. It is one of 17 neighborhoods around the country that have been
awarded the Choice Neighborhood grant from Obama administration.</p>

The project will create housing for all levels of income, retail shops and
parks where kids can play. One of the streets to be developed will be named
Blackburn Boulevard.</p>

“You won’t be able to drive on it, but it will be like Times Square,”
Blackburn said. “It’s going to be more of a festival street. It’s where people
will hang out, be safe and have some fun.”</p>

With the Giants slated to visit the White House on June 8, Blackburn now has
a common cause with nation’s leader. </p>

“I’ll be interested to know when we go to the White House whether [President
Barack] O’Bama will know whether I’m part of that project,” Blackburn said with
a grin.</p>

Being a Super Bowl hero and having a date with the President seemed
far-fetched last fall when Blackburn was waiting for his phone to ring. But the
packed suitcase was a reminder he wasn’t giving up on his career and his

“That’s how quickly things can change for the better,” he said.</p>

It’s a message that can resonate on the streets of Jersey City or a boat ride
off the Jersey Shore."</p>
</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>

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<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>

PLAXICO BURRESS TO NEW YORK GIANTS: SPECULATION THAT JUST WON'T DIE. (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/27/plaxico-burress-to-new-york-giants-speculation-that-just-wont-die/)

"The moment wide receiver <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Hakeem Nicks" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/hakeem-nicks/" rel="tag nofollow">Hakeem
Nicks</a> went down with an injury, it was inevitable that speculation about a
Plaxico Burress (http://www.giants101.com/tag/plaxico-burress/), <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> reunion would resume. Many fans took to it immediately, while the
media remained a bit more reserved … at least until Sunday.

Gary Myers of the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Daily News became the first journalist to revisit the likelihood of reunion (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/ny-jets-linebacker-bart-scott-son-play-football-nfl-continues-battle-concussion-issue-article-1.1085074?pgno=2), wondering aloud if it's a
realistic possibility.</p>

"Could <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Hakeem Nicks" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/hakeem-nicks/" rel="tag nofollow">Hakeem
Nicks</a>’ broken right foot lead the Giants to look into bringing back <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Plaxico Burress" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/plaxico-burress/" rel="tag nofollow">Plaxico
Burress</a>? He’s not returning to the Jets — they’ve already reassigned his
locker — and is still on the market as a free agent. He would give the Giants a
veteran presence, especially in the red zone," Myers wrote. "Burress would be
much less of a distraction with the Giants one year later after they won another
Super Bowl."</p></blockquote>

Earlier in the offseason, Burress named the Philadelphia Eagles as the team
he'd most like to play for in 2012 (http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/7625735/new-york-jets-plaxico-burress-says-love-join-philadelphia-eagles-qb-michael-vick). After that didn't pan out, he
allegedly sought a workout with the Miami Dolphins and was denied (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82947a0a/article/fins-audition-for-plaxico-burress-reportedly-a-nogo?module=HP11_headline_stack). He remains a free agent with what appears to be
very little interest around the league, and is a step closer to forced
retirement than a return to football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/).</p>

All that said, Burress has never closed the door on a return to the Giants.
In early March, he said they were still very much a possibility (http://www.giants101.com/2012/03/06/plaxico-burress-says-returning-to-new-york-giants-is-a-possibility/), but that possibility became highly
unlikely when they drafted <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> in the second round of the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) Draft.</p>

And then Nicks went down with a fractured 5th metatarsal (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/24/new-york-giants-hakeem-nicks-fractures-5th-metatarsal-out-12-weeks/), potentially missing upwards of 15
weeks (as Prince Amukamara did in 2011). Suddenly, an impossibility once again
becomes a possibility pending the healing time of the Giants' premiere receiver.
If it only takes 4-6 weeks for him to return, as it's been rumored, then they
have no need to add anyone else. However, if rehabilitation takes longer than
expected and he does miss the first 3-4 games of the season, the team may look
to add a veteran.</p>

Co-owners Steve Tisch and John Mara have never been shy about expressing
their love for Burress, as both a person and a player, and have never completely
dismissed him or a potential return. So in that regard, maybe Myers' thoughts
aren't so unwarranted. After all, stranger things have happened."</p>

GIANTS WILL VISIT WHITE HOUSE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 8TH (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/27/new-york-giants-will-visit-white-house-on-friday-june-8th/)

"In what will be the final leg of their <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Super Bowl XLVI" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/super-bowl-xlvi/" rel="tag nofollow">Super
Bowl XLVI</a> journey, the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants are scheduled to visit the White House on
Friday, June 8th. After that, their desire will only be to look forward; leaving
the 2011-2012 where it belongs … in the past.

“All those things were wonderful experiences,” 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> said. “David Diehl mentioned closure, it’s probably not quite
closure but it’s time to move on.”</p></blockquote>

In the mean time, Big Blue will prepare for a face-to-face with President
Barack Obama, who called Coughlin moments after they defeated the New England
Patriots 21-17. During their five-minute conversation, the president called the
Giants “courageous, mentally tough, resilient people who believed in each

For some members of the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) Giants, this will be their second White House
visit. In April of 2008, following their Super Bowl XLII victory over the
Patriots, the team met with then President George W. Bush on the lawn of the
White House, where he praised both Eli Manning and David Tyree, as well as Lt.
Col. Greg Gadson."</p>CONTRACT DISPUTE ASIDE, GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA REMAINS "ALL-IN" (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/26/contract-dispute-aside-new-york-giants-osi-umenyiora-remains-all-in/)

"For the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants, all is currently quiet on the #72 front. Just kidding; it’s peaceful as
far as the c-word goes (C-ontract, folks).

Organized Team Activities have begun and the focus is back on the team – at
least for the team. OTA’s, first off, are voluntary. Many players “skip” these
practices for various reasons. No one should be taken aback that <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> is not in attendance.</p>

As the team is getting back onto the field (well, the one at Timex
Performance Center) and getting that football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) feeling back, some players continue to rehab and
others won’t actually show up until Training Camp which should open late

While there isn’t talk of a hold-out and such a possibility isn’t unheard of
for the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants (who have most certainly dealt with their share of malcontent players in
the past), will it be likely? If last year can be used as any type of blueprint,
then more than likely, no. Unfortunately, there are many fans as well as pundits
that are quick on the draw to cut off all ties to the right defensive end.</p>

<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> will be 32 later this year, but shows no signs of slowing down.
Why let him free to possibly play against Big Blue? 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> is a very smart man and he knows what Osi brings to the defense. In
nine regular-season games last season, #72 recorded: 25 tackles, 9 sacks, 2
forced fumbles and a pass batted down. Career-wise, the RDE (going into his
tenth year) boasts: 333 tackles, 69 sacks, 3 defensive touchdowns, 30 forced
fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries and 12 passes defended in 113 regular season games

Used more as a pass-rushing end, Umenyiora does struggle against the run and
in coverage when asked to cover tight-ends and pass-catching running backs.
However, when his skills are called upon to focus on getting to the quarterback
– mostly on first and third downs and longer yardage downs – that’s when the
stats are in his (and the Giants’) favor. Some view this as “just another
situational player”; <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Perry Fewell" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/perry-fewell/" rel="tag nofollow">Perry
Fewell</a> would say it is all part of the defensive rotational strength. So,
again – why try to take this type of asset out of the locker room and out of

When activated and playing on game day, Osi is All In. He’s not tearing the
team concept apart as some have indirectly attempted to do in the past. 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> and Defensive Coordinator <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Perry Fewell" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/perry-fewell/" rel="tag nofollow">Perry
Fewell</a> are still respected and their weekly game plans are carried out
without question. He also adds a fire and spark to the defensive line as well as
to coach Fewell – you ever see footage of the DC during a game when the guys
come off the field after a huge stop? It’s contagious and something that can
only help not hurt or hinder.</p>

<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Ernie Accorsi" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/ernie-accorsi/" rel="tag nofollow">Ernie
Accorsi</a>’s famous draft mantra: “You can never have too many pass rushers”
remains in Reese’s head as well as in the minds of die-hard fans. So when was
the last time the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) Giants traded one?"

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

NY GIANTS' OTA'S RETROSPECTIVE: DID WE LEARN ANYTHING? (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/27/3046443/new-york-giants-otas-hakeem-nicks-david-diehl-kevin-boothe-david-wilson-joe-martinek?tw_p=twt)

"Here are three things we learned last week during the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
OTAs.<div class="entry-body">

<span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px">Injuries will happen regardless of how soft
Commissioner Roger Goodell wants to make practices for NFL teams. Witness the
torn ACL of <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34785/brian-witherspoon">Brian
Witherspoon</a> and the broken foot of Hakeem Nicks (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71294/hakeem-nicks),
both suffered in non-competitive drills.</span> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px">David Diehl (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2214/david-diehl) will
play right tackle and Kevin Boothe (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3290/kevin-boothe)
will begin as the starting left guard. Maybe Mitch Petrus (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108493/mitch-petrus)
can take that spot away from Boothe, but installing Boothe in that spot is
typical of the Giants. Tom Coughlin is nothing if not loyal to players who are
successful for him.</span> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px">Running back might be the most interesting
position to watch unfold throughout the preseason. <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/16768/ahmad-bradshaw">Ahmad
Bradshaw</a> and first-round pick David Wilson (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152687/david-wilson)
are locks. Fullback <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130890/henry-hynoski">Henry
Hynoski</a> should also be a lock -- and might have a bigger role in the
offense. But, the competition between DJ Ware, Da'Rel Scott (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131043/da-rel-scott),
Andre Brown (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71293/andre-brown) and
Joe Martinek (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155783/joe-martinek)
will be fun to watch as it unfolds."</span></div>http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news

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ROOKIE RUEBEN RANDLE STEPS UP WITH NICKS TEMPORARILY OUT OF GIANTS' LINEUP (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/victor_cruz_is_now_the_number_one_receiver/10878353)

"The Giants have consistently groomed WRs to step out of the shadows and into the
spotlight when the chips are down.

When their number one man Hakeem Nicks went down last week with a broken
foot, suddenly heads turned towards LSU’s Reuben Randle.<span id="more-6176"></span></p>

Let us be clear, Nicks will make big contributions in the Giants offense in
2012. The evidence suggests that.</p>

His surgery on May 25<sup>th</sup> was successful and a screw was inserted in
his right foot to “hasten the healing process,” according to the New York

Here is the thing, even the casual fan knows that even with the 12-week
prognosis being downgraded to 4-6 weeks (per Adam Schefter), that there is a
difference between Nicks being cleared to step on a football field and Nicks
being able to play up to his previous standard.</p>

So as Nicks works back up to being at least 95%, Randle has to forget the
rookie learning curve and prove to his doubters that his less-than-jaw-dropping
numbers were a result of misuse at LSU and not a reflection of what he can

Nicks will be on the field, but if there is a potential setback or he has to
ease back into the line-up into a rotational role, how will this play out for
the Giants in the first three to four games of the year?</p>

If Randle does not step up and draw attention away from Victor Cruz then who
will? Ramses Barden is not going to be that guy. Previous standbys such as Mario
Mannigham are gone.</p>

The newly recruited TE Martellus Bennett is more than up for the job and
should see a lot of targets.</p>

It still comes down to this. Rueben Randle is a talented kid. If his heart
and his desire can match his talent, he can walk directly into a golden

At OTAs last week, ESPN’s 32 Chris Mortensen stated that “they thought he was
the most NFL-ready receiver in the draft.” What they’ve seen so far has
justified that.”</p>

If that is the case, expect Randle to take first team reps when training camp
starts to prepare to step onto the big stage to face his former college ally Mo
Claiborne when the Giants face the Dallas Cowboys Week 1."</p>


NEW YORK GIANTS 53-MAN ROSTER PROJECTION (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/new_york_giants_53_man_roster_projection/10883000)

"The New York Giants put together an incredible run to the Super Bowl in 2011
that few fans will ever forget. Not only did the improbable run give the Giants
their fourth Super Bowl title, it was the team’s second in five years, which
gives the G-men an opportunity to turn this run into a dynasty if the team can
win its third Super Bowl in six years in 2012.

Talent wise, the Giants appear to be in a solid position to contend. Not only
is Eli Manning returning after by far his best season. New York has many other
stars in their prime or just about the enter it. Players such as Justin Tuck,
Jason Pierre-Paul, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Osi Umenyiora, Ahamad Bradshaw,
Mathias Kiwanuka, Michael Boley, Antrell Rolle and Kenny Phillips all

In addition to the strong core of the team, the Giants also added a few key
rookies, who will look to add competition to the roster in certain spots. The
two rookies in the best position to play right away are first-rounder David
Wilson, a running back from Virginia Tech and second-round wide receiver of LSU,
Rueben Randle.</p>

The Giants will also be getting last year’s first-round selection Prince
Amukamara and former starting cornerback Terrell Thomas, who tore his ACL last
season, back completely healthy.</p>

Like any team in the NFL, the Giants are not without questions. There are
definite concerns along the offensive line and at linebacker, even wide receiver
with the injury to Nicks is a little concerning. Yet, no one team in today’s NFL
iswithout weaknesses, it is simply a matter of being good enough in critical
areas that those deficiencies are covered up.</p>

With that said, here is the Giants 53-man roster projection:</p>

QB (2): Eli Manning, David Carr.</p>

RB/FB (5): Ahmad Bradshaw, David Wilson, D.J. Ware, Darell
Scott, Henry Hynoski.</p>

WR (5): Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Jerrel Jernigan, Rueben
Randle, Domenik Hixon.</p>

TE (3): Martellus Bennett, Bear Pascoe, Travis Beckum.</p>

OL (9): Davis Baas, David Diehl, Kevin Boothe, Chris Snee,
Will Beatty, Sean Locklear, James Brewer, Chris White, Mitch Petrus.</p>

DL (9): Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Jason Pierre-Paul,
Chris Canty, Linval Joseph, Marvin Austin, Shaun Rogers, Justin Trattou, Markus

LB (8): Michael Boley, Mathias Kiwanuka,Chase Blackburn,
Keith Rivers, Jacquian Williams, Mark Herzlich, Clint Sintim, Greg Jones.</p>

DB (9):Corey Webster, Terrell Thomas, Prince Amukamara,
Antrell Rolle, Kenny Phillips, Tyler Sash, Chris Horton, Antwuan Molden, Jayron

ST’s (3): Lawrence Tynes, Drew Weatherford, Zack

Keep following FantasyPPR.com for all the latest NFL news and Fantasy
Football Analysis."</p>

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AMID CONFLICTING REPORTS OF IS ABSENCE, NICKS HAS SURGERY (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/26/amid-conflicting-reports-of-absence-nicks-has-surgery/related/)

"The bad news for Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5136/hakeem-nicks) is that his foot is still
broken. The good news is that he may be back sooner than the team has

The better news is that he already has had the injury repaired. Per multiple
reports, Nicks underwent successful (is there another kind?) surgery on Friday
to have a screw inserted into his fifth metatarsal.</p>

Pegged as a 12-week injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Nicks could recover in four-to-six weeks (http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/7975056/hakeem-nicks-new-york-giants-had-foot-surgery-friday-source-says). If so,
Nicks could be available for training camp and the preseason.</p>

In his absence, Victor Cruz (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/6313/victor-cruz) becomes the top receiver on the
roster — and rookie Rueben Randle (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/7468/rueben-randle) will have plenty of
opportunities to prove himself."
</p>GIANTS' CONFIDENCE IN RANDLE GROWING AT OTA'S (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/26/giants-confidence-in-rueben-randle-growing-at-otas/related/)

"The Giants may need more early-season impact out of rookie receiver Rueben Randle (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/7468/rueben-randle) than they initially
anticipated, after top wideout Hakeem Nicks (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5136/hakeem-nicks) broke his right foot (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/24/coughlin-nicks-in-a-race-to-make-week-one/).

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Giants love what they’ve seen from
Randle so far at OTAs.</p>

“They thought he was the most NFL-ready receiver in the draft,” Mort reported
onESPN 32. “What they’ve seen so far has justified that.”</p>

With Nicks sidelined deep into August, Randle figures to open Giants training
camp as a starter and receive first-team practice reps all the way through. The
Giants need to be preparing Randle to begin the season as a starter, in the
event of a Nicks setback.</p>

At the very least, Randle is expected to be New York’s third receiver during
the NFL opener against Dallas."

<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">
REPORT: HAKEEM NICKS HAS SUCCESSFUL SURGERY (http://www.profootballweekly.com/2012/05/26/report-giants-nicks-has-successful-surgery)

"</font></font>Giants WR Hakeem Nicks had successful surgery Friday, with a screw inserted
in his foot to speed the healing of a fractured bone, the New York Post
reported.<div class="m10l m10r"><div class="story_body line ">

Hicks broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot Thursday while
running a pass route during organized team activities. Foot and ankle specialist
Dr. Robert Anderson performed the surgery in Charlotte, N.C.</p>

The Giants have said that Nicks should be able to return to action in about
12 weeks, which would mean that Hicks would miss all of training camp but should
be back in time for the regular-season opener Sept. 5 against the Cowboys if his
recovery goes according to schedule.</p>

The way we see it</p>

There is a rumor that Nicks might be able to return much sooner than the
team’s 12-week estimate. Nevertheless, Nicks was the Giants’ second-leading
receiver last season behind Victor Cruz, and the offseason departure of No. 3 WR
Mario Manningham, combined with Hicks’ injury, potentially puts more pressure on
rookie second-round pick Rueben Randle to contribute
immediately."</p></div></div><a href="http://stats.profootballweekly.com/team/giants/">http://stats.profootballweekly.com/team/giants/
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<font size="4"><font size="3">http://www.profootballfocus.com/</font> (http://www.profootballfocus.com/)

</u><font size="3">
</font></font>COWBOYS STILL AMERICA'S TEAM ACCORDING TO POLL (http://www.theredzone.org/BlogDescription/tabid/61/EntryId/26550/Cowboys-still-America-s-team-according-to-Poll/Default.aspx)

BART SCOTT DOES NOT WANT SON TO PLAY FOOTBALL (http://www.theredzone.org/BlogDescription/tabid/61/EntryId/26547/Bart-Scott-does-not-want-son-to-play-football/Default.aspx)

05-27-2012, 11:50 AM
many thanks Roanoke!</P>

we need Osi on the team! i hope he is ALL IN for the season! </P>

05-27-2012, 01:40 PM
many thanks Roanoke!</p>

we need Osi on the team! i hope he is ALL IN for the season! </p>

We'll see soon enough. I thought it was interesting they are calling for Diehl at RT and Boothe at LG. I was expecting them to wait for camp, but I guess they want to get these guys as prepared as they can.

05-27-2012, 03:31 PM
I was intrigued by the Burress situation. I don't think it is going happen but I know if he would've got with us last year he would had a job. I so do not care about any news about Osi he is such a lame during the offseason can't wait to see him in pads instead of reading his *%$ quotes

05-27-2012, 05:46 PM
I hope "Drew Weatherford" has a great year in 2012!

05-27-2012, 07:16 PM
I hope "Drew Weatherford" has a great year in 2012!

Everybody knows he meant Lance [;)]