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RoanokeFan
05-28-2012, 12:03 PM
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<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>
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GIANTS' WIDE RECEIVERS: LOOKING AT THE BRIGHT SIDE OF HAKEEM NICKS' INJURY (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/28/new-york-giants-wide-receivers-looking-at-bright-side-of-hakeem-nicks-injury/)

"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> wide receivers suffered a tremendous loss on Thursday when <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> fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/24/new-york-giants-hakeem-nicks-fractures-5th-metatarsal-out-12-weeks/). After last
offseason and the flurry of devastating injuries that plagued several key
players such as Jonathon Goff, Prince Amukamara and Osi Umenyoira, one can not
help but to get nervous that a repeat could be in store this offseason (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/26/new-york-giants-injuries-will-they-pile-up-again/).


Obviously, nobody wants to see such a great talent like Nicks get hurt;
however, his absence will give other members of the Giants' young receiving core
an opportunity to get more reps in practice and more experience in preseason
games. Let's take a look at who the Giants will turn to while Nicks is rehabbing
his foot, and we will also examine how they can benefit from the increased
exposure they will receive.</p>


<u><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></u> -Cruz shocked the world last year when he came from
nowhere to break AmaniToomer's franchise receiving record; however, he
benefited immensely from the attention defense's had to pay to <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> and even <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Mario Manningham" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/mario-manningham/" rel="tag nofollow">Mario
Manningham</a>. With Manningham gone and Nicks injured, Cruz will see increased
attention from defenses in both practice and early preseason games. Furthermore,
Cruz saw most of his success last season while playing in the slot. The injury
to Nicks will force the Giants to explore playing Cruz on the outside, which
could increase his versatility throughout the season.</p>


<u><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></u> – The rookie 2nd round pick out of LSU
has received rave reviews from 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> coaching staff, and could be the greatest beneficiary of
HakeemNicks' absence. Without Nicks in the lineup, Randle will be taking first
team reps throughout training camp. Increased first team reps can be invaluable
experience for a rookie, and will also help him build chemistry with quarterback
Eli Manning.</p>


<u><a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Domenik Hixon" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/domenik-hixon/" rel="tag nofollow">Domenik
Hixon</a></u> – Hixon is coming of two seasons of
back-to-back ACL tears; however, he is healthy again and hopefully able to
contribute to the team. If Hixon still possesses that break away speed that we
have seen from him in the past, he could be a natural replacement for <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Mario Manningham" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/mario-manningham/" rel="tag nofollow">Mario
Manningham</a>, who was always a deep threat down the field. Without Nicks for
at least the beginning of training camp, Hixon will have increased opportunities
to showcase his ability.</p>


<u><a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Ramses Barden" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/ramses-barden/" rel="tag nofollow">Ramses
Barden</a></u> – Barden can be viewed as a poor man's
Plaxico Burress. He does not possess tremendous speed or elite catching ability,
but he stands 6'4 and weighs 224lbs. Barden is a physical player that is capable
of taking advantage of smaller defenders. This year is a make or break year for
Barden, the 4th year player out of Cal Poly, who has been plagued by injury
throughout his career. With Nicks out of commission for an extended period of
time, this could be Barden's last opportunity to prove his critics wrong.</p>


<u><a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jerrel Jernigan" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jerrel-jernigan/" rel="tag nofollow">Jerrel
Jernigan</a></u> – The second year 3rdround pick out
of Troy saw very few opportunities to showcase his abilities last year. Although
Tom Coughlan and Jerry Reese talked about Jernigan as a potential option at the
3rd receiver earlier in the preseason, they went ahead and 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> anyway. Look for Jernigan to come into training camp with a chip on
his shoulder and take advantage of whatever opportunities he is given.</p>


Although <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>' initial prognosis called for a 12 week recovery, ESPN's
AdamSchefterreported that he could be back to full strength within 4-6
weeks.Schefter'sreport could be optimistic because the Giants surely will not
rush such a key asset likeHakeemNicks back on the field before he is one
hundred percent healthy, and it is likely that he will miss at least a portion
of training camp.</p>


Immediately after Nicks went down, speculation arose that the Giants could
look to free agency to add depth, andPlaxicoBurress' name was even floated out there (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/27/plaxico-burress-to-new-york-giants-speculation-that-just-wont-die/). It would be
uncharacteristic of General Manger Jerry Reese to make a flashy signing at this
point of the offseason. Therefore, it is more likely the Giants will look within
their current receiving to core step up until Nicks recovers fully.</p>


The increased reps that are going to be given to the younger receivers such
as Randle, Jernigan, and Barden could enable one of them to have a breakout year
similar to that of <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> last year.When Nicks returns, he will be coming back to a receiving
core that will be more NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) ready than it otherwise would have been. Look for 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> receivers to continue to be extremely dangerous in 2012."</p>
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NEW YORK GIANTS THIRD MOST POPULAR TEAM IN NFL, PER RECENT ESPN POLL (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/28/new-york-giants-third-most-popular-team-in-nfl-per-recent-espn-poll/)

"The New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants are one of the wealthiest, most decorated and recently successful teams
in all of professional sports. Unfortunately, they still take a back seat to the
Dallas (http://www.giants101.com/tag/dallas/)
Cowboys, who were once again crowned "America's Team" in a recent popularity poll conducted by ESPN (http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/59058/where-every-nfl-team-ranks-in-popularity).


Dallas (http://www.giants101.com/tag/dallas/) led
the way with 8.2% of the vote, followed by the publicly owned Green Bay Packers
with 7.2% and then the Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers tied at #3 with 7.1% of
the vote.</p>


In the 2011 Harris Poll (http://www.thephinsider.com/2011/10/6/2472001/harris-interactive-poll-ranks-nfl-teams-by-popularity-miami-dolphins) -which contains a significantly smaller sample
size than that of the ESPN poll- Big Blue was ranked 7th in the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/). They also
ranked 7th in 2010 and 8th in 2009. Even after their Super Bowl XLII victory
over the New England Patriots, they failed to eclipse 7th in said poll. Their
lowest ranking had been 11th in 2003.</p>


So what does all of this mean? Well, truth be told, not too much unless
you're in the cellar like the St. Louis Rams (0.7%) and Jacksonville Jaguars
(0.4%).</p>


However, it should be noted that the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Jets, whom were the talk of the town only a year
ago at this time, now rank only 19th in the league with 1.5% of the vote. Looks
the bandwagoners have abandoned ship."</p>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>
<blockquote>


"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>http://www.giants101.com/

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


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<font size="4"><u>THE RED ZONE
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<font size="3">http://www.theredzone.org/</font> (http://www.theredzone.org/)

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




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

<span class="bottom-content-links"></span>
ROOKIE RUEBEN RANDLE STEPS UP WITH NICKS TEMPORARILY OUT OF GIANTS' LINEUP (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/rookie_wr_rueben_randle_step_ups_with_nicks_tempor arily_out_of_the_lineup/10883711)

"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
Post.</p>


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
do.</p>


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
opportunity.</p>


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>
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<u>MISCELLANEOUS
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DEADLINE SHIFT WILL HAVE PROFOUND IMPACT; BEARS' EMERY GETS TO WORK (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/peter_king/05/27/mmqb/index.html?eref=sihp&amp;sct=hp_wr_a2)

</font></font>Excerpt: "Happy Memorial Day. I know for many of you, Memorial Day has become an extra
day off, or the start of the summer. But it's a day on which we should spend a
few moments remembering the million men and women who have died fighting for our
country. <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 bit of history: Memorial Day began as "Decoration Day'' in the 1860s, to
honor the 625,000 soldiers who died in the Civil War. Think of that amazing
number: The number of Civil War dead is more than the population of Wyoming
today. The number of Civil War dead is 11 times the number of American troops
who died in Vietnam. According to Yale historian David Blight, the first
Decoration Day event was organized by freed African-American slaves in 1865 in
Charleston, S.C., where a parade of 10,000, led by 3,000 black schoolchildren,
took place to honor the dead around a racetrack that had been used as a burial
ground. In 2010, some leading Charleston residents dedicated a memorial for the
first Memorial Day -- so re-named in 1882 -- at a reflecting pool in the
city.</p>


There's been a Memorial Day parade in Ironton, Ohio, every year since 1868.
In many towns, local veterans groups place a small American flag on the graves
of everyone from town who died in any of the wars we've fought. If you've got a
flag around your home, and can fly it at half-staff, the custom is to fly it
that way until noon today, to commemorate the dead. For the rest of the day, fly
it at regular height, noting that the fight for liberty continues.</p>


There's your history lesson for today. Have a good day with your families, or
wherever you are, and think of those who've sacrificed so we can lead the lives
we do.</p>


***</p>


Before we get to football, I have one modern, tragic Memorial Day story for
you.</p>


A young woman named Marina Keegan died Saturday in a single-car accident in
Dennis, Mass., on Cape Cod, five days after graduating from Yale. She was 22.
She wrote for the Yale Daily News while a student there, and her writing
was so good, so compelling, that the News included her column, "The
Opposite of Loneliness,'' in a special edition of the paper distributed to all
students and families at graduation. <a href="http://bit.ly/LUZ6AL" target="new">I
urge you to read it</a>.</p>


You go to college for many reasons, the biggest of which is probably (but not
definitely) to get trained for what you'll do for the rest of your life. But
along the way you experience a collegial feeling that's hard to describe until
you've been through it. And Marina Keegan writes about it as eloquently as I've
read.</p>


"More than finding the right job or city or spouse -- I'm scared of losing
this web we're in,'' Keegan writes. "This elusive, indefinable, opposite of
loneliness. This feeling I feel right now.''</p>


"The first time I read the piece, I cried,'' the editor-in-chief of the
Daily News, Max de La Bruyere, told me Sunday night. "As a professor of
ours said today, 'Marina always spoke her mind. She was determined to always be
herself.' She knew what she wanted to write, and she always wrote it so well.
She was such a shining light. She found time to do so much. She was the
president of the Yale College Democrats, which takes up quite a lot of time. She
wrote fiction and non-fiction, and she wrote a full-length musical last summer.
And this story about life at Yale was so beautiful. Thank God she left us with
this.''</p>


It's beautiful. Read it. It'll make you sad, but sadness is part of life
too.</p>


Stories like these got Marina Keegan an editorial assistant job at the New
Yorker, which was she was due to start two weeks from today in
Manhattan.</p>


***</p>


On the picnic table for your reading pleasure today (and just think -- you
can read this while you're off, instead of stealing company time on a Monday
morning to read):</p>


• The trade deadline was moved from Week 6 to Week 8 the other day. Had that
been done in 2011, the course of current football history likely would have
changed radically. And I mean "radically."</p>


• One hundred nights from tonight, football's back. Cowboys-Giants in New
Jersey. Will Hakeem Nicks, the Eli Manning security blanket who has averaged
1,011 receiving yards per season in his career, be there? We shall see, but I am
stunned how the event was covered in New York.</p>


• Meet Phil Emery, the Bears general manager. I'll try to educate you on an
unknown but very significant football executive.</p>


• It shows my age, I suppose, but there was a shift in the media world order
on Thursday, and no one paid it much mind. A major American city won't have a
daily newspaper starting this fall.</p>


• Mike Tomlin won't be paying any bounties.</p>


• I'm no lawyer, though I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. But
two thoughts on the union's collusion case against the NFL, claiming that the
league's 32 teams conspired to artificially keep spending down in the uncapped
year of 2010. One: I hope it gets an airing, because if a year was supposed to
be uncapped, why were teams warned to stay within some fuzzy financial lines --
any financial lines -- and not dump salaries? An uncapped year should have been
an uncapped year, with no restrictions. Two: Seems to me the union signed away
all rights on claims of collusion last August, so I don't see this case having
legs, even in the friendlier confines of the Minnesota court where it was
filed.</p>


We'll start with the rules change from last Tuesday that I assumed was
meaningless. But you know what happens when you assume things.</p>


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The Kyle Orton Memorial Trade Deadline.</p>
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Owners agreed the other day to move the trading deadline from the day after
the end of Week 6 to the day after the end of Week 8. Two weeks. I feel strongly
the deadline should be around Dec. 1, to stimulate real action to help teams
trying to win a division and to buttress with draft choices those teams out of
the pennant race with four or five weeks to go.</p>


But last year, there's a real chance that moving the deadline by two weeks --
from Oct. 18, the deadline, to Nov. 1, the day after the end of Week 8 -- would
have netted the Indianapolis Colts Kyle Orton.</p>


And if that had happened, and the Colts had won just one or two more games
than they did, it would have resulted in Peyton Manning staying a Colt ... and
Andrew Luck being drafted by somebody else.</p>


The situation: Indianapolis coaxed Kerry Collins out of retirement in August,
when Peyton Manning was having neck problems. Collins was the Colts' starter
until he got a concussion in Week 3 against Pittsburgh, with Curtis Painter the
backup. When Collins got concussed, the Colts signed Dan Orlovsky off the
street. Painter started and the Colts hoped Collins would recover to take the
starting job back. But after Week 7, with Collins' concussion symptoms
lingering, the Colts cut him. By that time, with no trades possible, the Colts
had to go with what they had, or pick up another body off the street.</p>


"I think the deadline being moved last year would have made a difference for
us,'' said Bill Polian, the Colts president until owner Jim Irsay fired him in
January. "We would have rekindled our interest in Orton. In Week 6, we knew our
quarterback situation wasn't great, but after a couple more weeks, we realized
the situation was bad. We probably would have called Denver, who'd gone to [Tim]
Tebow by then, and said, 'Hey, we'll give you a three [a third-round draft
choice] for Orton.' ''</p>


If that had happened, a source in the Broncos organization told me, Denver
would have agreed to deal Orton. Denver had been in talks with Miami before the
season for Orton, and would have dealt him to Miami for a fourth-round pick, but
there were complications with that deal -- both because the Dolphins questioned
whether Orton was a long-term answer, and in contract compensation. So if the
Broncos would have taken a fourth-round pick for Orton before the season, they
certainly would have taken a three for Orton after he'd been benched for
Tebow.</p>


Now, how much difference would Orton have made in the last eight games of the
season, had he been dealt? Indianapolis went 2-6 with Painter and Orlovsky. In
four of those eight games, the Colts threw for fewer than 130 net passing yards.
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Polian is convinced Orton would have been responsible for at least another
win or two ... perhaps in an offensively hapless 17-3 home loss to Jacksonville,
or a 19-13 loss at Jacksonville, or an eight-point home loss to Carolina.
Remember, the Colts played better on defense after firing coordinator Larry
Coyer with five games left, and allowed fewer than 20 points in four of their
last eight games. Orton's a very quick study. In his first start for Kansas City
after being released by Denver, he completed 74.2 percent of his throws and beat
the 13-0 Packers.</p>


I agree with Polian: With Orton, the Colts would have been better than 2-6 in
their last eight games. Two wins better, and they'd have held OTA practices for
the last two weeks with Peyton Manning as their quarterback. That's because
they'd have been 4-12, and tied, with a .531 opponents winning percentage, with
Cleveland for the third overall draft pick. In that case, the first two picks in
the draft would have gone to St. Louis (2-14) and Minnesota (3-13). Who would
have traded up for Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III in that case, Washington
and which other team? Or would Minnesota have fallen head over heels for Luck or
Griffin and picked one of the QBs, even though the Vikes drafted Christian
Ponder a year earlier?</p>


It's all silly offseason speculation, but my point is this: It's still not
ideal, making the deadline in midseason instead of later in the year, when teams
on both sides of contention would be more motivated to make moves. But this one
situation -- and maybe it's only one -- shows moving the deadline has the
potential to have a profound impact on the future of the game." Read more...
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Captain Chaos
05-29-2012, 06:34 AM
Thanks Roanoke!

RoanokeFan
05-29-2012, 10:37 AM
Thanks Roanoke!

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TuckYou
05-29-2012, 10:57 AM
Nothing on Osi? Man, he needs to start talking again.... or tweeting.

RoanokeFan
05-29-2012, 12:02 PM
Nothing on Osi? Man, he needs to start talking again.... or tweeting.

You whined so much we just ban them now