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</font></u><font color="#0000FF"><u><font size="4">NEWS


<font size="4"><u>NEWARK STAR LEDGER</u></font>
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GIANTS' PRINCE AMUKAMARA RUNS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE UNDERGOING FOOT PROCEDURE (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_prince_amukamara_runs_f.html)

"The Giants are optimistic that <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_hakeem_nicks_hopes_to_b.html">Hakeem
Nicks will be able to make a full and speedy recovery</a> after breaking the
fifth metatarsal of his right foot last Thursday. If anything, they hope his
recovery will be better than Prince Amukamara's last season.

Amukamara suffered the injury during the first week of training camp last
August and was off the field for about 15 weeks. He didn't appear in a game
until Week 9 against the Eagles. </p>

Amukamara said he felt 100 percent by the end of the season, but still
underwent a procedure in which an injection was made in his foot to promote

"The bone wasn't healing as fast as they wanted it to even though I said I
felt great," Amukamara said today at the annual Giants Foundation golf outing at
Westchester Country Club to benefit youth-related charities in the Tri-state
area. "But they just wanted to make sure everything looked good and matched with
how I felt."</p>

Today, Amukamara ran for the first time since he the procedure was done in

"I started running on the grass today," Amukamara said. "They just told me to
do the little stuff: karaoke, run some sprints, and do the figure eight just to
see if I felt any tenderness. But I didn't so things are looking good right

Amukamara said it was easy to stay in shape while recovering because of
various training techniques that avoid stress on the foot and it's possible that
he can join his teammates at veterans minicamp next month.</p>

"I think it just depends on how I'm feeling," Amukamara said. "If I start
feeling 100 percent everyday and there's not soreness, I think they'll let me

GIANTS' HAKEEM NICKS HOPES TO BE READY FOR START OF TRAINING CAMP (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_hakeem_nicks_hopes_to_b.html)

"Tom Coughlin was standing about half a football field away when Hakeem Nicks ran
a simple hook route without defenders, or "on air," and pulled up lame during
the Giants' second organized team activity last Thursday.

"Oh, he rolled his ankle over," Coughlin thought as his star wide receiver
hobbled meekly.</p>

Fellow wide receiver Domenik Hixon, also participating in the drill, said he
assumed the same. But within minutes, after Nicks had his right foot wrapped and
was taken off the field, news came that he had broken the fifth metatarsal in
his right foot. </p>

The next day Nicks was in Charlotte undergoing surgery and the team estimates
he will be out around 12 weeks. That timetable would mean a return in mid-August
during training camp. </p>

Coughlin said he spoke to Nicks Sunday night and the fourth-year receiver is
optimistic -- so much so that he hopes to be ready for the start of training
camp on July 26.</p>

"'I'll be back for training camp' were his final words," Coughlin said today
at the annual Giants Foundation golf outing at Westchester Country Club to
benefit youth-related charities in the Tri-state area. "And I said, 'OK, well I
would accept it if it was maybe a day or two after the start of camp, that'd be
fine.' But I really appreciated his optimism and the fact that he was doing
everything he possibly could."</p>

Coughlin said Nicks' foot is in a cast, elevated, and "pretty much
pain-free." </p>

The timetable for such an injury varies case-by-case to some degree. Hixon,
who broke the same bone when he was training for the combine out of college,
said it takes about three months. Prince Amukamara suffered the injury during
the first week of training camp last August and was out for about 15 weeks.</p>

The team is confident that it will be a matter of how much of training camp
Nicks misses and not whether he'll be back in time for the Sept. 5 season opener
against Dallas. Despite not being able to run, there are various techniques to
keep in shape while avoiding stress on the foot. </p>

"He stays in shape," Hixon said. "It's not going to be an in-shape thing.
It's just a matter of time. You can't speed up time."</p>

Nicks' injury leaves the Giants with 10 wide receivers on the roster and
Coughlin said the team isn't looking to add a veteran wideout to the mix – and
that includes former Giant Plaxico Buress.</p>

"No," Coughlin mouthed as he shook his head when asked if the team was
considering bringing the troubled veteran back.</p>

Instead, they'll give the extra reps to those already on the roster.</p>

"[We'll] look for the next Victor Cruz," Coughlin said. "How's that one?"</p>

Candidates include Hixon, who has missed the last two seasons with ACL tears,
and Rueben Randle, whose surprised drop to the end of the second round is now
more than just a luxury pick for the Giants. But for the rookie out of LSU, his
approach won't alter in Nicks' absence.</p>

"Just continue to go out there do what you been doing," Randle said. "It's
still football at the end of the day. Just keep learning. It's a learning
process for me each and every day so as long as I keep going out there and
getting better at practice and getting more reps."</p>


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

COUGHLIN DOESN'T SEE PLAXICO BACK IN BLUE (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/tom-coughlin-ny-giants-plans-bring-plaxico-burress-back-big-blue-article-1.1086070)

"The Giants tried to bring back former receiving star Plaxico Burress (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Plaxico+Burress)
once. But they have no plans to do it again.<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"><div class="story-body p402_premium" itemprop="articleBody">

With one vigorous shake of his head, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin made that
clear on Tuesday morning, just before the Giants Foundation Golf Outing at the
Westchester Country Club. Big Blue lost top wideout Hakeem Nicks to a broken
foot on Thursday, and aside from Victor Cruz, there is precious little
experience in the Giants receiving corps.</p>

But Coughlin quickly dismissed any thought of bringing back Burress, who
spent last season with the Jets and is currently a free agent. When the
wideout's name was brought up, the coach shook his head and mouthed one word:

Burress played four seasons with the Giants and caught the game-winning
touchdown in Super Bowl XLII, a 17-14 upset over the previously unbeaten New
England Patriots. The wide receiver’s run with the team ended in 2008 when he
shot himself in the leg at a Manhattan nightclub on Nov. 29, 2008. The Giants
were 10-1 before the Burress incident and went 2-3 over the season’s final five
weeks and lost to the Eagles in the NFC Divisional round.</p>

Burress served 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to attempted
criminal possession of a weapon. He signed with the Jets last season and caught
45 passes for 612 yards. He was tied for the team lead with eight
<div><div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>
NICKS TELLS COACH COUGHLIN HE'LL BE BACK FOR TRAINING CAMP (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/nicks_tells_giants_coach_camp_ll_LA3bcqJUYbJbqizrg mxXYK)

"Hakeem Nicks this past Friday had a screw inserted into his right foot to
help hasten the healing process in his broken fifth metatarsal bone and on
Sunday he was chatting with Giants coach Tom Coughlin, promising a
quicker-than-anticipated return. <div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

“He was resting comfortably Sunday night and of course he’s very optimistic –
‘I’ll be back for training camp’ were his final words,’’ Coughlin said Tuesday
at the Giants Foundation golf outing at Westchester Country Club, which raises
money for youth-related charities in the tri-state area. “I said ‘OK,’ I would
accept it if it was maybe a day or two after the start of camp, that’d be fine.
I really appreciated his optimism. He was doing everything he possibly could. He
flew out that very night and the next day he was having the surgery.’’</p>

The Giants have put a timetable of 12 weeks for Nicks to heal and be ready to
return, which would put him back on the field the third week of August, after
training camp wraps up at the University at Albany. Camp runs from July 26 to
August 14 but the Giants have preseason games on August 24 and 29 and their
first regular-season game, against the Cowboys, is not until Sept. 5. If all
goes according to schedule, Nicks should make it back for the opener. </p>

Receiver Domenik Hixon knows all about coming back from a fractured fifth
metatarsal, as he experienced that injury in 2006 while training for the NFL
Scouting Combine. </p>

“It takes about three months or so,’’ Hixon said, confirming the Giants’
initial timeframe. “It’s not really the healing part, it’s getting back into
shape and doing all that. [Nicks] stays in shape so that won’t be a problem.’’

The big challenge, Hixon said, is conditioning, as the broken foot means no
running. </p>

“Our trainers staff, they do a great job of having you in condition even
though you’re not running,’’ Hixon said. “You’d be surprised the stuff they come
up with.’’ </p>

Cornerback Prince Amukamara fractured his fifth metatarsal as a rookie last
summer in his second training camp practice and did not play again for 15 weeks.

“It varies on the person who heals the fastest,’’ Amukamara said. “I’m sure
he’s gonna come back great. </p>

“Some people can come back in six weeks, some people it takes them three
months.’’ </p>

Amukamara still hasn’t fully healed from the broken foot, which was why
immediately following the season he had an injection to help accelerate the
healing process. He ran for the first time Tuesday on grass. </p>

“It feels great,’’ Amukamara said. “They just told me do some little stuff,
run some sprints, do the figure eight to see if I felt any tenderness but I
didn’t. Things are looking good right now.’’ </p>

Amukamara figures if he continues to progress he will be allowed to
participate in the June 12-14 veteran mini-camp. If not, he says he’ll be 100
percent for training camp."</p></div>


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


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



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

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

GIANTS WILL OPEN TRAINING CAMP JULY 26TH IN ALBANY, NY (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/29/new-york-giants-will-open-training-camp-on-july-26th-in-albany-ny/)

"After a one-year hiatus due to the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) Lockout, the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants have officially announced that they will
return to the University at Albany (http://www.giants101.com/tag/university-at-albany/) for training camp in 2012. The team
will report to the state capital on July 26th and remain until camp ends on
August 14th.
<blockquote>“I think some people got worried when they won the Super Bowl that Tom
Coughlin would say, ‘Well we won it, why do we need to go back?’ " Kevin
Galuski, the assistant athletic director at the University at Albany (http://www.giants101.com/tag/university-at-albany/) said in March. “I never thought

Although some things are scheduled to change at UAlbany in 2012, namely the
use of Field 1 which will likely be a construction site, the Giants should have
no problems finding all the space they need.</p>

“They’ll have everything they need," Galuski said.</p></blockquote>

A week after Big Blue defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI,
President and CEO John Mara made a promise that the team would return to Albany,
where they had previously held camp since 1996.</p>

"The University at Albany (http://www.giants101.com/tag/university-at-albany/) and the Capital Region has been a
great summer home for us for 15 years, and we have every intention of returning
there in 2012," Mara said in February.</p></blockquote>

Giants 101 will be there. Will you?</p>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>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' PLAYERS UNDER PRESSURE: SPENCER PAYSINGER (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/29/3047924/new-york-giants-players-under-pressure-spencer-paysinger)

"Outside linebacker <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/133195/spencer-paysinger">Spencer
Paysinger</a> surprisingly made the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
roster in 2011 as an undrafted free agent from Oregon. Paysinger has his work
cut out for him in 2012 to keep that roster spot.<div class="entry-body">

Paysinger tied for fourth on the team last season with eight special teams
tackles. He played only 50 defensive snaps the entire regular season, however,
registering five tackles.</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>

Paysinger faces tough competition in a linebacking corps even more crowded
than it was last season. There are currently 11 linebackers on the Giants
roster, including three veteran players who were not part of the team when
Paysinger made the 53-man roster a season ago. <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2207/chase-blackburn">Chase
Blackburn</a> returns. Keith Rivers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34370/keith-rivers)
was acquired from Cincinnati via trade. Clint Sintim (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71295/clint-sintim)
is back for one more try after a pair of knee injuries.</p>

Paysinger is most likely a weak side, or WILL, linebacker. Unfortunately for
him, both Michael Boley (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1115/michael-boley)
and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131487/jacquian-williams">Jacquian
Williams</a> are ahead of him at that spot. Rivers has also been a WILL. On the
other side the Giants have <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2229/mathias-kiwanuka">Mathias
Kiwanuka</a>, Sintim and could move <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131182/mark-herzlich">Mark
Herzlich</a> or even Greg Jones to the strong side, or SAM.</p>

Paysinger is a good player with coverage skills as a linebacker and the
ability to help on coverage teams. Will that be enough to get him a spot on the
2012 53-man roster? Only time will tell, but right now the numbers don't look
good for him."</p></div>

GARY MYERS DIDN'T D (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/29/3048670/plaxico-burress-rumors-new-york-giants-nfl-free-agency-gary-myers-new-york-daily-news-jets)O THIS, DID HE? YES HE DID (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/29/3048670/plaxico-burress-rumors-new-york-giants-nfl-free-agency-gary-myers-new-york-daily-news-jets)

"Gary Myers of the New York Daily News<a href="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">
just had to do it</a>. In the wake of <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34493/mario-manningham">Mario
Manningham's</a> defection to the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/san-francisco-49ers">San Francisco
49ers</a> and Hakeem Nicks (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71294/hakeem-nicks)'
broken foot, Myers had to go and start spouting <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2208/plaxico-burress">Plaxico
Burress</a> to the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
<div class="entry-body">

Here is what Myers wrote.</p>

Just a thought: Could Hakeem Nicks’ broken right foot lead the Giants to
look into bringing back Plaxico Burress? </p>

He’s not returning to the Jets (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-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. He had
only 45 receptions for 612 yards last year, but did catch eight touchdowns. One
year ago, right out of prison, Burress to the Giants was a bad idea — it would
have been a circus. Even so, the Giants still offered him a one-year
non-guaranteed $4 million contract (the base was $1 million with $2.5 million in
incentives and up to $500,000 in roster bonuses). He turned it down to take the
Jets offer of $3.017 million guaranteed. </p>

Sources insist the Giants were Burress’ first choice, but he couldn’t turn
down the Jets money after all the income he lost being in prison for two
seasons. Burress would be much less of a distraction with the Giants one year
later after they won another Super Bowl. But he will be 35 in August and last
year lacked the burst he had earlier in his career. Was it because of age or
missing two seasons? </p></blockquote>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>

It's still a bad idea. And from where I sit it's about as likely to happen as
<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109743/ryan-perrilloux">Ryan
Perrilloux</a> beating out Eli Manning (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2235/eli-manning) to
become the Giants starting quarterback. In other words, it's not happening.</p>

This isn't even a rumor. It is simply Myers, with no sources or indication
that there might have been discussions, name-dropping to sell a few copies of
the Daily News and drive a little traffic to the News' website. Which,
unfortunately, I am probably helping him do right now.</p>

Why would the Giants do this? Nicks is hurt right now. So, what? Indications
are he should be back early in the regular season, if not for the beginning of
the regular season. The Giants don't do panic, and they don't do the circus act
-- at least not on purpose. Burress would definitely be a panic move, and I
don't care how many years removed from the Giants or prison the guy is he would
still be bringing the circus to town.</p>

The high-profile veteran with a checkered past on the downside of his career
is not the type of player the Giants sign. If they do sign veterans they go for
the low-key guys for whom they have a specific role in mind -- like Deon Grant (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2433/deon-grant). Not
guys whose primary role is to generate headlines.</p>

Let's see what second-round pick Rueben Randle can develop into. Let's see if
<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131123/jerrel-jernigan">Jerrel
Jernigan</a>, third-round pick a season ago, can make the leap from non-factor
as a rookie to productive player in his second season. That is what Manningham,
also a third-round pick did. Let's see if Ramses Barden (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71289/ramses-barden)
can finally do something to justify his spot on the roster. Let's see if Domenik Hixon (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2934/domenik-hixon)
has anything left after two torn ACLs.</p>

And let's stop talking about Burress. Please."</p></div>

NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: BACK TO WORK EDITION (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/29/3049507/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-back-to-work-edition)

"Good morning fellow Giants fans. No, the Giants are not back to work this
week, but most of you are. We hope you had an excellent Memorial Day weekend.
Now for a short work week and a little BBV to help you get through it. Let's see
what's happening this morning, starting with the item that is on all Giants'
fans minds--<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71294/hakeem-nicks">Hakeem
Nicks</a>...<div class="entry-body">

<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/59037/is-hakeem-nicks-officially-injury-prone">Is
Hakeem Nicks officially 'injury-prone?' - NFL Nation Blog -
But it's not unfair at this point to call the guy
injury-prone. It's just not. He's had some kind of physical issue that has cost
him some time every year since he entered the league. He's played through pain
and injuries and performed well in spite of them, and that's admirable. And
labeling a guy as injury-prone doesn't mean he isn't great or can't continue to

<a href="http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/5/27/3046357/new-york-giants-hakeem-nicks-foot-surgery-mike-wallace-pittsburgh-steelers-otas">New
York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks' Foot Surgery Gives Mike Wallace More Reason to Skip
OTAs - Behind the Steel Curtain</a>
Reports indicate Giants WR Hakeem
Nicks' foot surgery was successful. hat's a good thing for Nicks and the Giants.
And Steelers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/pittsburgh-steelers) fans
should be resigned to understanding why WR Mike Wallace is not participating in

I don't agree with this rationale. Nicks could have gotten hurt stepping out
of his car, or working out at the gym. You just never know.</p>

<a href="http://espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/story/_/id/7975056/hakeem-nicks-new-york-giants-had-foot-surgery-friday-source-says">Hakeem
Nicks of New York Giants had foot surgery Friday, source says - ESPN
New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
wide receiver Hakeem Nicks underwent surgery on his right foot Friday, a source
confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com. The Giants said Nicks is expected to miss
approximately 12 weeks, but a person familiar with the wide receiver's injury
told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that it was more of a "four-to-six week"
recovery period. The person told Schefter the team's regular-season opener
against the Dallas Cowboys (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/dallas-cowboys) on
Sept. 5 is still "in play." </p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>

<a href="http://newyork.sbnation.com/new-york-giants/2012/5/28/3048536/time-tebow-new-york-jets-marck-sanchez-new-york-giants-hakeem-nicks-injury">Tebow
6,971, Giants 2,104 -- The Way Both Teams Like It - SB Nation New
Tim Tebow (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108608/tim-tebow) and
the New York Jets (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-jets) 6,971.
Hakeem Nicks and the New York Giants 2,104. These are the word counts generated
by the major stories involving New York's two NFL teams last week, as charted by
Sports Illustrated football guru Peter King. King is virtually apoplectic over
this turn of events, calling it "Tebowland" and writing in his Monday Morning
Quarterback column, "This is where you lose me with the Tebow stuff." Does this
surprise anyone other than King? It shouldn't, and it certainly does not
surprise me. This is the way both teams like it.</p>

<a href="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">NY
Jets linebacker Bart Scott does not want son to play football as NFL continues
to battle with concussion issue - NY Daily News</a>
Just a thought:
Could Hakeem Nicks’ broken right foot lead the Giants to look into bringing back
<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2208/plaxico-burress">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. </p>

Ed Valentine will have more thoughts on Myers starting up the rumor mill on
Plax again later this morning.</p>

<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2012/5/25/3042833/new-york-giants-2012-season-super-bowl">Giants
Offseason Report: Is New York Poised To Repeat? - SBNation.com</a>
paper, it certainly looks like a better Giants team than the one that had been
written off throughout the 2011 season. Expectations will be high for the Giants
in 2012.</p>

<a href="http://timesfreepress.com/news/2012/may/27/eli-mannings-best-of-preps-visit-ties-in-to-a/">Mark
Wiedmer: Eli Manning's Best of Preps visit ties in to a favorite message |
"I've probably spoken to more groups like this
one this year than ever before because of the Super Bowl [win over New England
in February]," Manning said. "And the most important thing I try to get across
to young people -- whether it's athletics, academics, playing in the band,
whatever you do -- is that you ultimately get out of something what you put into
it. A great work ethic goes a long way."</p>

Ya gotta love Eli, and the Manning family in general. They certainly
understand the concept of giving back.</p>

<a href="http://www.goerie.com/article/20120528/SPORTS0509/305289937/John-Dudley%3A-Survey-says--Cowboys-need-to-live-up-to-their-reputation">John
Dudley: Survey says ... Cowboys need to live up to their reputation |
GoErie.com/Erie Times-News</a>
The Cowboys were named by 8.8 percent
of respondents, compared with the second-place <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/green-bay-packers">Green Bay
Packers</a>, who received 7.2 percent of the vote. The Steelers tied the New
York Giants for third.</p>

<a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8295ff6c/article/steve-spagnuolo-fitting-in-nicely-with-new-orleans-saints-d">Harper
wants Saints, Spagnuolo to maintain Williams' intensity -
The man charged with rallying the troops is Steve
Spagnuolo, the former St. Louis Rams (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/st-louis-rams) coach
and New York Giants coordinator who led Big Blue's defense to a Super Bowl
victory in 2007. Darlington: Saints (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-orleans-saints) need not
worry What's missing from Saints OTAs? Franchise QB Drew Brees. But Jeff
Darlington says there's no need to panic ... yet. More ... That resume, and
Spagnuolo's air of confidence, appear to be winning over the Saints' veteran
players, according to The Times-Picayune.</p>

<a href="http://www.pnj.com/article/20120526/SPORTS/305260011/Lawrence-Tynes-wowed-by-bayfront-stadium?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE% 7Cs">Lawrence
Tynes wowed by bayfront stadium | Pensacola News Journal |
Known for knowing how to use his right foot, New York
Giants kicker <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2407/lawrence-tynes">Lawrence
Tynes</a> got a chance to use his arm. The two-time Super Bowl champion threw
out the first pitch before the Blue Wahoos’ contest against the Mississippi
Braves on Friday night at the Community Maritime Park stadium. Perhaps he should
use that right arm a little bit more. Tynes threw a strike to Wahoos catcher
Mark Fleury, but like any good kicker, he didn’t take the field cold.</p>

I'll leave you all with one tidbit from my weekend--at a cookout Monday, my
next-door neighbor, who is a Packers' fan, says to me after I told him the Eagles (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/philadelphia-eagles) are
being picked to win the NFC East again, "I hate the Eagles." My response? "Not
as much as I do!" I know you all can relate. Have a great start to the week,

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JUDGE DISMISSES RETIRED PLAYERS' LAWSUIT AGAINST NFLPA (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/judge-dismisses-retirees-lawsuit-against-nfl-players-association-052912)


PELZMAN: HANDS-ON REX RYAN MORE INVOLVED (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/155239255_Hands-on_Rex_more_involved_in_2012.html)

"</font></font>A slimmed-down Rex Ryan has continued to lose weight since having lap-band
surgery in March 2010. Yet while there is less of Rex to go around these days,
the Jets head coach seems more ubiquitous than ever at the Florham Park

Cornerback Darrelle Revis recently said Ryan has been in every defensive
meeting the Jets have had this spring. Since the disappointing 2011 season
ended, Ryan has said he intends to be more involved with the defense than he was
last year.</p>

"I need to" get more involved, Ryan said last week, adding, "It’s not just
with the defense. For me, I’m the guy that needs to be around the players. …
I’ve been in more offensive meetings than I was last year … going around to
different groups.</p>

"I’m trying to do everything I can."</p>

That’s because no postseason appearance following two consecutive AFC
title-game appearances still haunts Ryan.</p>

"It stings me the fact that I let the fans down," he said. "I let myself
down; that kills me, no question. … I want it. I want it for this franchise.
More than anything, I want it for our players and I want it for the man [owner
Woody Johnson] that had the courage to hire me. So, heck yeah, it stings, no

Ryan said he intends to change the starting time of his daily media briefings
so he can watch more film.</p>

"For me to be at my best," he said, "I need to do something I’m decent at,
which is coach."</p>

So this players’ coach will be more hands-on as he tries to avoid a repeat of
what happened during the 2011 campaign, when Ryan admittedly lost the pulse of a
troubled locker room.</p>

Granted, most of the trouble in that room emanated from moody Santonio
Holmes, and Ryan has been careful to say only positive things about the talented
but mercurial wide receiver over the past few months. It appears the task of
being the bad cop riding herd on Holmes will fall to new offensive coordinator
Tony Sparano, whom the offensive players are calling a "no-nonsense" kind of

Meanwhile, good cop Ryan will try to coax more out of his players, something
he could not do last season."</p><font size="4"><font size="3">

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>

05-29-2012, 09:49 AM
Thanks RF.

05-29-2012, 11:03 AM
Thanks RF.


05-29-2012, 12:46 PM
thanks Roanoke!</P>

im sure the media and others read our message board as evident by the "<FONT color=#0000ff>LOOKING AT THE BRIGHT SIDE OF HAKEEM NICKS' INJURY"</FONT><FONT color=#000000>.</FONT></P>

at lot of that info was in a thread on the board last week! lol</P>

05-29-2012, 02:06 PM
thanks Roanoke!</p>

im sure the media and others read our message board as evident by the "<font color="#0000ff">LOOKING AT THE BRIGHT SIDE OF HAKEEM NICKS' INJURY"</font><font color="#000000">.</font></p>

at lot of that info was in a thread on the board last week! lol</p>

We're famous! [;)]