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DOMENIK HIXON AMONG THOSE IMPRESSING AT OTA'S (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_domenik_hixon_among_tho.html)

"A rundown of today's organized team activities session for the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants), beginning with the injuries.

These guys weren’t on the practice field, though some were seen in the locker
room and others were likely around the building at some point as well: DT
Chris Canty (knee), CB Corey Webster (unknown;
sat out last Wednesday’s OTA), DE Osi Umenyiora (contract), WR
Hakeem Nicks (foot), TE Jake Ballard (knee),
TE Travis Beckum (knee), DT Shaun Rogers
(N/A), TE Adrien Robinson (finishing school), DT Martin
Parker (N/A) and OL Chris White (N/A).</p>

Also, LT Will Beatty was not on the field. He missed the
last two months of last season with a detached retina but this appears to be an
unrelated issue.</p>

These players were limited in some form or fashion: DE Justin
Tuck (shoulder), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), DT
Linval Joseph (ankle), LB Clint Sintim (knee),
TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring), S Kenny
Phillips (knee), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), WR
Dan DePalma (hip) and S Chris Horton

CB Brandon Bing went down and grabbed his knee after
slipping during individual drills, a scene reminiscent of <a href="http://www.nj.com/sports/mustsee/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_fear_another_acl_tear_f.html">Brian
Witherspoon’s injury last week</a>. From his reaction, it was clear he believed
he had suffered a major injury and he admitted afterward he was scared when he
felt the twinge in his knee. But he hopped up, jogged a bit on the side and was
back on the field a few minutes later.</p>

And now to the highlights:</p>

--WR Domenik Hixon’s twice-repaired knee looked fine when he
made a nice leaping catch after fighting through an aggressive jam from CB
Michael Coe. Hixon received plenty of praise from Tom
Coughlin as well as the assistant coaches today for his reliability in
carrying out his assignments. “He’s a great role model and a great example of,
‘We asked you to set up the route this way, take this footwork, do this stem and
attack this shoulder,’” offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride
said. “He always does it exactly the way you want him to do it.” Later in
practice, during 7-on-7s, Hixon got loose up the sideline against a Cover-2
zone. Secondary coach Peter Giunta told Coe he should’ve stayed
with Hixon up the sideline because he didn’t have a threat underneath of

Tight ends coach Mike Pope wasn’t gushing nearly as much about
his battered group as Gilbride was on Hixon. “I told them today, ‘Not only do
they not know what they’re doing but I don’t know what they’re doing,’” Pope
said. “And I don’t know what I’m doing.” There was a moment QB Eli
Manning seemed frustrated with the angle TE Bear
Pascoe took on a ball that sailed over his head. And TE
Christian Hopkins dropped a ball after running a great route to
get separation from LB Keith Rivers. But there was one
highlight from the tight ends and it came courtesy of Larry
Donnell, who made a diving catch with LB Mark Herzlich

--Rivers wasn’t as tight to the receiver when Hopkins got away from him, but
he did make a good play to knock down a pass intended for WR Rueben
Randle cutting behind him. Herzlich nearly caught the deflection for an

--CB Dante Hughes, the veteran signed last week when
Witherspoon got hurt, had a very solid practice today. He was on point with his
drops and coverage every time I watched him. Hughes probably would’ve had a pick
six when he quickly read Randle’s comeback route but the ball was delivered low
by QB Ryan Perrilloux. </p>

--Speaking of Perrilloux, QBs coach Sean Ryan said the team
continues to work on his decision making. That’s probably Perrilloux’s biggest
issue. When it’s right, he delivers the ball quickly and with plenty of zip.
Today, he made a tremendous throw across his body while rolling left on a naked
bootleg to find Randle on a comeback in front of Bing. “That was an impressive
throw,” Ryan said. “He got his hips turned. That was a shot. The physical tools
are there. We just have to make that decision making going. If we get him making
smart decisions with the football, he’ll be fine.” One decision I believe
Perrilloux will regret on film was when he took a check-down pass instead of
throwing for WR Brandon Collins on the in cut behind the
linebackers. From my vantage point, it looked like he had a window into which to

--Another questionable decision from Perrilloux was a deep ball picked off by
S Stevie Brown. Frankly, if Brown didn’t get it by jumping in
front of the high ball, it would’ve been Hughes with the interception after
sliding in front of Collins perfectly on the go route. Brown nailed his
assignments today and, along with CB Bruce Johnson and LB
Jaquian Williams, forced a couple of quarterbacks to tuck the
ball and run. Those three communicated perfectly all session long.</p>

--The one receiver who was able to beat Hughes today was WR Ramses
Barden. The 6-6 Barden did that by using his body to maintain position
on Hughes, who drove to close on a route. For all of you who have been down on
Barden, know that he’s been able to make those kinds of catches as well as can
be asked. The problem is he needs to be more consistent on the whole to get a
chance to do so. More on Barden coming here later tonight and in tomorrow’s

--If it seems like I always have a few things to mention on CB Jayron
Hosley, it’s because I find myself watching him closely every practice.
Today was a much cleaner session for him than <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_players_rounding_into_f.html">what
I noted last week</a>. One play in particular that impressed me was when he
maintained his position on a go route from Manning to Randle up the right
sideline. They were coming right at where the media was standing, so I had a
good view of Hosley running a straight line down the field and forcing Randle to
reroute around him. The ball never had a chance of being completed. Very good
coverage and technique there for Hosley.</p>

--LB Mathias Kiwanka had a few good plays today, including a
pass breakup on a quick out from QB David Carr to Randle.
(Yeah, the ball had trouble getting to Randle today, if you haven’t noticed.)
“You got it, Kiwi!” defensive coordinator Perry Fewell yelled
as soon as the ball left Carr’s hand. Fewell was correct; Kiwanuka had that. And
he also had WR Victor Cruz on an end around he sniffed out
perfectly. “He’s gained more knowledge and experience at the linebacker
position,” Fewell said. “His pass coverage has gotten better. He’s improved each
session but got a little better (today). As he told me last week, ‘I’ve seen it
a year now, I’m getting more comfortable, I’m going through an OTA now, I know
I’m going to be better.’ And it’s true, he’ll be better.”</p>

--And finally, we’ll have more for you eventually on S Will
Hill, I promise. For now, know Fewell and safeties coach David
Merritt were both gushing about the guy, with Merritt noting the way
Hill communicated to other defensive backs during rookie camp was a pleasant
surprise. However, like all first-year players, Hill is working through his
thoughts and trying to play quickly. Today, he was a bit slow breaking on a pass
WR David Douglas caught in front of him. “Yeah, he’s thinking a
little bit,” Merritt said of Hill."</p>GIANTS' KEVIN GILBRIDE SAYS VICTOR CRUZ "HASN'T MISSED A BEAT" THIS OFFSEASON (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_kevin_gilbride_says_vic.html)

"Imagine if someone had told Kevin Gilbride at this point last year Victor
Cruz would be the most accomplished of the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants)’ healthy wide receivers right

“Amazing,” Gilbride said while shaking his head today during a session with
reporters. “Amazing.”</p>

With <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_hakeem_nicks_fractures.html">Hakeem
Nicks out for about three months with a broken foot</a> and Mario Manningham now
with the San Francisco 49ers, Cruz’s 82 receptions for a franchise-record 1,536
yards last season make him the veteran to which all the younger players are
looking this time of year.</p>

Cruz doesn’t have a long track record of success, which means even Gilbride
wasn’t sure how he’d return this offseason and whether the proverbial lightning
would escape the bottle Cruz was holding.</p>

Apparently, that hasn’t been the case at all.</p>

“It took him a while to get going (last season). He didn’t start the year
real well and then all of a sudden, in that Philadelphia (Eagles) game, <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/09/giants_victor_cruz_makes_waves.html">he
made two phenomenal plays for us</a>,” Gilbride said today. “But truly in the
beginning of the year, every play was an adventure. He was either going to be
right or awfully wrong but got better and better and better at eliminating the

“That's what's nice about now. It's like he hasn’t missed a beat.”</p>

That’s an encouraging sign for the Giants. It means, despite Cruz’s busy
offseason schedule making appearances all over the place, he’s remained in shape
and has stayed mentally sharp. While he hasn’t made many big plays in the OTAs
open to the media so far, he’s carrying out his assignments as well as he did
late in the season.</p>

So instead of <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/08/giants_victor_cruz_aiming_to_c.html">getting
berated by Gilbride on the sideline</a>, he’s being praised in the coordinator’s

“Where he was at the end of the year, in terms of, ‘I’m going to do the right
thing...’ I think he proved he's a special guy inside,” Gilbride said. “He's a
special guy inside as a slot receiver and now he has the chance to be playing
some outside.”</p>

GIANTS' MATHIAS KIWANUKA COMES TO OSI UMENYIORA'S DEFENSE (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_mathias_kiwanuka_comes.html)

"When Mathias Kiwanuka signed an extension last month -- which was curiously
kept hushed -- his teammate and friend <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_sign_mathias_kiwnauka_t.html">Osi
Umenyiora said he was happy for him</a>. At the same time, Umenyiora, who is
again miffed at his own contract situation, <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_osi_umenyiora_says_hes_1.html">expressed
his displeasure in the offers the Giants have made</a> compared to what Kiwanuka
was given.

Today, Kiwanuka, whose extension totaled three years for $16.5 million, said
he didn't find what Umenyiora, who again was absent from today's organized team
activity, said disrespectful. If anything, he agrees with the defensive end.</p>

"He's been under contract in a bad deal for years now," Kiwanuka said
following today's OTA. "Anybody who looks at the situation would say, 'Well,
this should've been taken care of a long time ago.' For whatever reason it
hasn't so I understand his frustration. I know that it wasn't a slight at me. I
know he was just trying to get his point across."</p>

Kiwanuka said he doesn't know if he would handle the situation the same way
-- i.e. holding out from voluntary OTAs -- but he understands it's a business
decision Umenyiora feels he needs to make. </p>

"If he was signed to a deal that was twice that and performed half of what he
is, he would've been cut by now," the linebacker said. "That's just the reality
of this game, but the fact that he's signed to a lower-salary deal and he's
playing at a high level – 10-plus sacks every year – the fact that has nothing
been done with it, it's an obvious issue. It'd be an issue for anybody out here
so I understand his frustration."</p>

Umenyiora's quarrel with the Giants over his contract began last summer when
<a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/07/giants_osi_umenyiora_expected.html">he
briefly held out of training camp</a> before joining the team. He then missed
the team's first three games following ankle surgery, but came back to record
nine sacks in nine regular-season games. He added three and a half more in four
postseason games. </p>

He has one year left on a seven-year, $41.38 million deal he signed in 2005
and is scheduled to earn $3.975 million this season, but he is looking for a
long-term agreement." </p>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>

QUICK NOTES FROM GIANTS' OTA'S (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/05/quick-notes-from-giants-otas)

"There was no sign of Hakeem Nicks at the Giants' OTA session on Wednesday.
But that opened plenty of playing time for Domenik Hixon.

Hixon, who is returning from a partially torn ACL suffered early last season,
was given first crack at Nicks' spot opposite wideout Victor Cruz, and Hixon
made the most of the opportunity. He caught the very first pass during 11-on-11
drills, hauled in a deep catch later, and also made a grab on a WR bubble

It was a showing that made an impression on coach Tom Coughlin.</p>

"Same old Domenik," Coughlin said. "Make plays, make plays, make plays. Very
very steady, very consistent. Never makes a mistake, always in the right place.
Lots of good things. Makes me very anxious to make sure he gets through the
spring. He's a tough guy now. He doesn't back down from anything."</p>

Hixon's play was arguably the highlight of the Giants' latest OTA session.
Here were a few other things that jumped out</p>

- DE Justin Tuck didn't practice; instead, he stood on the sidelines and
watched the entire session. He left the field with ice on his left

- As expected, disgruntled DE Osi Umenyiora was not at the session. Neither
was rookie TE Adrien Robinson, who is finishing up classes at the University of

- CB Terrell Thomas (ACL) did individual drills, but did not participate in
the scrimmage portion of practice, and safety Kenny Phillips was given similar
treatment. Additionally, CB Prince Amukamara (foot) did not do drills or
scrimmage, nor did CB Antwaun Molden, who hurt his hamstring last week.</p>

- CB Brandon Bing, a player who defensive coordinator Perry Fewell
highlighted as somebody who had been steadily improving, suffered a scary moment
midway through defensive back drills, when he slipped in the grass. Trainers
looked at him for a minute, then he walked to the sideline under his own power.
A few minutes later, he was back on the field.</p>

"I got right back up and went back in," he said. "That initial thought was
like 'damn.' But I'm all right. I'm not hurt."</p>

- CB Corey Webster and DT Shaun Rogers were not seen on the field."


TUCK ON OSI: "I THINK HE DESERVES TO GET PAID" (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/05/tuck-on-osi-i-think-he-deserves-to-get-paid)

"Justin Tuck wants defensive linemate Osi Umenyiora to return to the Giants.
But he also wants to see his longtime friend get paid, too.

Tuck made that much clear during an interview with Jim Rome on Tuesday.</p>

“It’s hard,” Tuck said on ROME, a new show on the CBS Sports Network. “He’s
signed a contract and I believe in abiding by that contract, but also I think
he’s outplayed that contract in today’s market. And how some of these defensive
ends are getting paid lots of money, I think he deserves to get paid.”</p>

It was a careful statement, as Tuck tried to carefully walk a fine line in
what could easily become another standoff between Umenyiora and GM Jerry Reese.
Last season, Umenyiora staged a brief holdout when he was not given a new

This season, the pass-rusher, who enters the final year of the contract that
has caused so much discord, has been the lone conspicuous no-show to the Giants’
voluntary OTAs in East Rutherford. And when his teammates were receiving their
Super Bowl rings at Tiffany and Co., Umenyiora was in Germany, far from the

The Giants will learn much about where Umenyiora stands in two weeks, when
the Giants hold a mandatory veteran minicamp from June 12-14. And Tuck, for one,
continues to hold out hope that somehow, the Giants and their pass-rushing star
can come to an accord.</p>

Tuck has spent the last seven years playing with Umenyiora, and described the
pair’s relationship as “kind of like a 1-2 tandem.” Yes, the Giants now have
another pass-rushing demon in Jason Pierre-Paul, but Tuck said his chemistry
with Umenyiora is unique.</p>

“He’s very important,” Tuck said. “He is a great defensive end, and has had a
very successful career with the Giants . . . We know each other very well, know
how to play off each other, had a lot of success together. So obviously, I’m
rooting for him to end his career as a Giant.</p>

“But you also understand the business aspect of things,” he added. “And at
the end of the day, I just hope everything works out for him and his family and
the Giants.”

also discussed the much-publicized online auction sale of former Giants
linebacker Lawrence Taylor's Super Bowl XXV ring, which was put up for auction
by Taylor's son, Lawrence Taylor Jr. The ring sold for more than $230,000, but
Tuck said he didn't think the ring "holds a monetary value."</p>

"It's about the blood, sweat and tears, the camaraderie between your
teammates to get to that point," he said.</p>

Taylor said through agent Mark Lepselter that he was "fine" with his son's
decision to sell. But Tuck still called it "unfortunate."</p>

"Hopefully," he said, "I'll never have to experience something like that

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><div class="story-body p402_premium">

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>

“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>
TUCK HOPES UMENYIORA ENDS HIS CAREER AS A GIANT (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/tuck_backs_osi_TT80y6RZBSAhsRN2e7lDYP)

"You can’t have it both ways, but Justin Tuck is trying to when it comes to
the Osi Umenyiora situation.<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">

Tuck continues to support his good friend and Giants teammate regarding
Umenyiora’s desire for a new contract. Tuck also continues to toe the company
line in terms of not ripping the Giants for holding the line on a new deal for a
player still under contract. There is no doubt, though, that Tuck wants to see
Umenyiora resigned and back with the Super Bowl champions.</p>

“It’s hard,’’ Tuck said yesterday on ROME, Jim Rome’s new show on CBS Sports
Network. “He signed a contract and I believe in abiding by that contract, but
also I think he’s outplayed that contract in today’s market. I think he deserves
to get paid.</p>

“Obviously I’m rooting for him to end his career as a Giant.But you also
understand the business aspect of things and at the end of the day I just hope
everything works out for him and his family and the Giants.’’</p>http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants
</div></div></div></div></div></div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>
HAKEEM NICKS PLANNING ON CAMP (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/155587405_Nicks_targets_camp.html)

"Hakeem Nicks promised Tom Coughlin in a phone conversation he will be back on
the field for the Giants when training camp begins July 26 in Albany.

<div id="storybody">

And regardless of how quickly Nicks’ fractured foot heals, Coughlin insisted
Tuesday morning the reigning Super Bowl champions have no plans of entertaining
a Big Blue reunion with Plaxico Burress.</p>

Asked if the Giants would consider signing Burress in light of the Nicks
injury, Coughlin shook his head and mouthed "No."</p>

Meanwhile, Coughlin said he talked with Nicks on Sunday night and the star
wide receiver ended their conversation by saying: "I’ll be back for training

The Giants estimated Nicks’ recovery from surgery to place a screw to repair
the fifth metatarsal in his right foot was 12 weeks, which would put his initial
target date around the middle of August.</p>

"I said, ‘OK, I would accept [Nicks’ personal timetable] if it was maybe a
day or two after the start of camp, that’d be fine,’" added Coughlin, who spoke
prior to teeing off in Tuesday’s golf outing at Westchester Country Club for the
Giants Foundation, the proceeds from which serve to benefit youth charities
across the tri-state area.</p>

"But I really appreciated his optimism … Let’s get him healthy as fast as we
can. We know he’s going to be back and let’s hope he does get back at the start
or reasonably close to the start of camp. And then we’ll bring him along slow,
and with his competitive heart, there’s no question about him getting himself
ready to play."</p>

Currently a free agent, Burress and the Giants flirted last summer before the
Super Bowl XLII hero signed a one-year contract with the Jets, for whom he made
45 catches with eight touchdowns.</p>

He served nearly 21 months in prison after shooting himself in the leg at a
Manhattan nightclub in November 2008. Making a run at a Super Bowl repeat that
season with a 10-1 record, the Giants lost four of their six games without
Burress, including in the playoffs to Philadelphia.</p>

Coughlin believes the Giants are in good shape with what they have on the
roster behind Nicks and Victor Cruz, notably second-round pick Rueben Randle,
Domenik Hixon, Jerrel Jernigan and Ramses Barden.</p>

There are no plans to bring in any veteran receivers, Coughlin said.</p>

"Look for the next Victor Cruz," he quipped. "How’s that one [for a

BRIEFS: Prince Amukamara (foot) ran for the first time Tuesday and expects to
be ready for training camp. … The Giants will hold their third of the spring,
the second open to the media."</p></div>http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/

<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' PRINCE AMUKAMARA RESUMES RUNNING, EYES VETERAN MINI-CAMP RETURN (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/30/new-york-giants-prince-amukamara-resumes-running-eyes-veteran-mini-camp-return/)

"<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a> wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is incredibly optimistic (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/29/new-york-giants-hakeem-nicks-says-hell-return-by-training-camp/) that he can return from a fractured 5th
metatarsal of his right foot by training camp, but if his timetable is anything
like that of teammate <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Prince Amukamara" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/prince-amukamara/" rel="tag nofollow">Prince
Amukamara</a>, it's unlikely that will be the case. In fact, Amukamara had a second procedure done (http://www.giants101.com/2012/03/19/new-york-giants-prince-amukamara-has-non-surgical-procedure-on-foot/) on his foot earlier this offseason and
only began running again on Wednesday (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_prince_amukamara_runs_f.html).

"I started running on the grass [Wednesday]," 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 now."</p></blockquote>

The injury caused Amukamara to miss 15 weeks during his rookie season, and
the non-surgical procedure he had in March will likely keep him out until
veteran mini-camp in June.</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

As Domenik Hixon said (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/29/new-york-giants-hakeem-nicks-says-hell-return-by-training-camp/) regarding Hakeem Nicks on Tuesday,
Amukamara praised the Giants' training staff for helping to keep him in shape.
He specifically noted several techniques that avoided stress on his foot, all of
which allowed him to stay prepared for his return to the field."

<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: TYLER SASH (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/30/3048722/new-york-giants-players-under-pressure-tyler-sash-chris-horton-janzen-jackson-will-hill-deon-grant)

"If you have paid attention to the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
defense the past two season under coordinator Perry Fewell, you understand how
much the Giants have relied on their three-safety package. Well, Deon Grant (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2433/deon-grant), the
third member of that group -- and most often the 'box' safety playing down near
the line of scrimmage -- is gone.<div class="entry-body">

Fewell isn't likely to abandon a philosophy that has worked for the defending
Super Bowl champion Giants. And there is always the possibility that <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34498/terrell-thomas">Terrell
Thomas</a>, one of the best-tackling cornerbacks in the NFL, could handle some
of that responsibility with 2011 first-round pick <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130895/prince-amukamara">Prince
Amukamara</a> handling duties on the outside.</p>

Still, it appears right now that the Giants need a safety step up and replace
Grant. Which makes Tyler Sash (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130874/tyler-sash),
entering his second season, today's 'player under pressure' as the Giants head
into the 2012 season.</p>

Sash, drafted in the sixth round (198th overall) a season ago would seem like
the player with the first shot at Grant's role. Sash played just 41 snaps on
defense a season ago with four tackles. His primary impact was on special teams,
where he led the Giants with 15 tackles and was the personal protector on the
punt team.</p>

Can the former Iowa Hawkeye move from a special teams role into a regular
role on the defense this season? Judging by all of the moves the organization
has made in the offseason it seems like the Giants are not sure.</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>

The Giants did not draft any safeties in the 2012 NFL Draft. There are,
however, five -- yes, five -- new safeties on the current 90-man roster as the
Giants work through OTAs and prepare for training camp in Albany.</p>

Stevie Brown (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109254/stevie-brown)
and Chris Horton (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34509/chris-horton)
were signed as free agents. Brown, 24, is a 6-foot, 215-pound two-year veteran
who has played for the Oakland Raiders (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/oakland-raiders) and
<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/indianapolis-colts">Indianapolis
Colts</a>. Horton is a 6-foot-1, 221-pound player who spent three seasons with
the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/washington-redskins">Washington

There are also three undrafted free agents -- <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155782/janzen-jackson">Janzen
Jackson</a> (McNeese State), Will Hill (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130858/will-hill)
(Florida) and JoJo Nicolas (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155785/jojo-nicolas)
(Miami). The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Janzen is an especially intriguing player who
might be worth keeping an eye on when training camp begins later this

Would the Giants be stocking up so heavily at the position if they believed
fully that Sash was ready for prime time? Probably not. </p>

Could Sash emerge as the third safety? Sure, he could. At 6-foot, 211 pounds
he has the size. He showed a nose for the ball during the 2011 preseason, and
his special teams work showed the Giants he can hit and tackle.</p>

He still, however, has to prove that he deserves a role in the
defense."</p></div>NY GIANTS NEWS AND NOTES: BROKEN BIG TOES HUMP DAY EDITION (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/30/3052084/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-broken-big-toes-hump-day-edition)

"Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's Hump Day, and I know you all can't wait
to hear this--14 weeks until the start of the NFL season. And training camp
begins eight weeks from tomorrow in Albany. It sure is nice to not have a
lockout after last year's depressing start to the summer. Anyway, there isn't a
ton of Giants-related news floating around, but here is a bit of it....<div class="entry-body">

<a href="http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/7983851/tom-coughlin-new-york-giants-says-hakeem-nicks-plans-return-training-camp">Tom
Coughlin of New York Giants says Hakeem Nicks plans return by training camp -
ESPN New York</a>
" 'I'll be back for training camp' were his final
words" during their Sunday phone conversation, Tom Coughlin told reporters
Tuesday. "I said OK. I would accept a day or two after the start of camp, (that)
would be fine." "I really appreciated his optimism," added Coughlin, who
attended the Giants Foundation's golf outing at Westchester Country Club to
benefit youth-related charities in the tri-state area. "He has a cast and is
elevated. He told me he was pretty much pain-free."</p>

<a href="http://newyork.sbnation.com/new-york-giants/2012/5/29/3050979/prince-amukamara-injury-update-new-york-giants-cornerback-broken-foot">Prince
Amukamara Injury Update: Cornerback 'Feels Great' - SB Nation New
New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
fans, who are crossing their fingers and hoping wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71294/hakeem-nicks)
recovers quickly from his broken foot, should be interested in the progress of
cornerback <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130895/prince-amukamara">Prince
Amukamara</a> as well.</p>

<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/tom-coughlin-ny-giants-plans-bring-plaxico-burress-back-big-blue-article-1.1086070">Tom
Coughlin says NY Giants have no plans to bring Plaxico Burress back to Big Blue
- NY Daily News</a>
The Giants tried to bring back <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2208/plaxico-burress">Plaxico
Burress</a> once. But they have no plans to do it again. With one emphatic shake
of his head, Tom Coughlin made that clear on Tuesday morning, just before the
Giants Foundation Golf Outing at Westchester Country Club. </p>

You think Coughlin wants to be answering that question? He can't be happy
with Gary Myers right now.</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>

<a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/49ers/ci_20737389/49ers-rb-brandon-jacobs-getting-shape-san-francisco">49ers
RB Brandon Jacobs getting in shape for San Francisco debut - San Jose Mercury
Jacobs, now coming off another Super Bowl-winning season with
the Giants, wants his 6-foot-4 frame to look better than ever when he makes his
49ers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/san-francisco-49ers) debut
this season. His goal: weigh less than 260 pounds for the first time in his
eight-year career -- and for the first time since a college coach threatened to
move him to defensive end if he eclipsed that weight limit.</p>

It kind of ticks me off that Jacobs is making that kind of effort now. If he
returns to bulldozing form because he lost a bunch of weight, he's going to hear
it from us. </p>

<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/fandom/post/_/id/3173/first-and-10-giants-wr-rueben-randle">First
and 10: Giants WR Rueben Randle - Sports Fans, Teams, Stadiums, Page 2 - Fandom
Blog - ESPN Playbook - ESPN</a>
First and 10: ESPN Playbook NFL rookie
interviews Monday, May 28: Rueben Randle, Giants</p>

Either this kid has a great publicist, or he is all that. Or both.</p>

<a href="http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2012/05/28/sports/pro/doc4fc3168a20537312577413.txt?viewmode=2">CAPUTO:
Where the Lions compare to the rest of the NFC -
The Lions (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/detroit-lions) were at their
very best, and it was before their injuries set in, when San Francisco came to
Detroit and manhandled the Lions. The Atlanta Falcons (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/atlanta-falcons),
another playoff team, did the same the following week. Yet, both those teams
were beaten by the Giants in the playoffs — Atlanta scoring just two

Interesting analogy, but that team is really talented, at least on offense. I
wonder how the playoffs would have shaken out if we had to play them instead of
the Falcons.</p>

<a href="http://www.sfexaminer.com/sports/nfl/2012/05/defense-eager-do-more-49ers">Defense
eager to do more for 49ers | Alexis Terrazas | NFL | San Francisco
Defense may have not led to the 49ers prevailing over the
eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants during this past season’s NFC
Championship Game, but it kept San Francisco in the game. It kept them in every
game. That was why, during this offseason, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke
made every effort to retain the possible free agents that made up the vaunted
squad of ball-snatchers and hard hitters.</p>

<a href="http://www.worldgolf.com/newswire/browse/71574-2012-Humana-Challenge-earns-honor-%E2%80%98Sports-Event-Year%E2%80%99">2012
Humana Challenge earns honor of 'Sports Event of the Year' | World Golf
As the only golf event nominated in the category, the Humana
Challenge beat out a dynamic field that included the 2011 Carrier Classic
college basketball game (North Carolina vs. Michigan State), the 2011 NBA Finals
between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat, Super Bowl XLVI (New England vs.
the New York Giants) and UFC 129.</p>

The what won what? And beat out the Super Bowl? Was it Bradshaw's funky
winning "sitdown?"</p></div>http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news

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


<font size="4"><u>THE RED ZONE
<font size="3">SOURCE: NICKS WILL NOT BE READY BY TRAINING CAMP</font> (http://www.theredzone.org/BlogDescription/tabid/61/EntryId/26603/Source--Nicks-will-not-be-ready-by-training-camp/Default.aspx)

"</font>Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon admitted to Sal Paolantonio ofESPN (http://espn.go.com/nfl/) on Wednesday that Hakeem Nicks' goal to
return from his foot injury by training camp is "overly optimistic".<div class="blog_entry_description">

Hanlon confirmed that the fractured fifth metatarsal in Nicks' foot is a
significant enough injury that he's not going to be participating in all-out
football drills eight weeks after it happened. The Giants still anticipate at
least 12 weeks worth of recovery for Nicks, and they'd be silly to rush him back
just for training camp practices. We do expect him to play in the September 5
NFL opener."
</p></div><font size="4">
<font size="3">http://www.theredzone.org/</font> (http://www.theredzone.org/)

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

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

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


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

<span class="bottom-content-links"></span>
<font size="3">http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/teams/new_york_giants/56</font> (http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/teams/new_york_giants/56)
<font size="4">

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

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

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

HAKEEM NICKS "OVERLY OPTIMISTIC", GIANTS SAY; HIXON PRACTICING WITH CRUZ ON FIRST TEAM (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8297128f/article/hakeem-nicks-overly-optimistic-giants-say)

"Hakeem Nicks (/players/hakeemnicks/profile?id=NIC726593)' recovery from
a broken foot was expected to take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks, but the New York Giants (/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG) are tempering
hopes for the wideout's hasty return <a id="yui_3_4_1_1_1338396036500_895" href="http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d8295cb24" target="_blank">from
surgery</a> to repair <a id="yui_3_4_1_1_1338396036500_896" href="http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d82951be8" target="_blank">a broken

Team spokesman Pat Hanlon told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio on Wednesday that
Nicks' projection of returning to the Giants by training camp is "overly
optimistic," according to our friends <a id="yui_3_4_1_1_1338396036500_897" href="http://rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5136/hakeem-nicks" target="_blank">at

Hanlon doesn't expect the Giants' second-leading pass-catcher from last
season to participate in drills before the end of the 12-week recovery

Coach Tom Coughlin is confident Nicks' replacement can be found from within,
and <a id="yui_3_4_1_1_1338396036500_898" href="http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d829699bc" target="_blank">dismissed the
notion</a> of pursuing free agent <a id="yui_3_4_1_1_1338396036500_899" class="player-flyout" href="/players/plaxicoburress/profile?id=BUR595691">Plaxico
<p id="yui_3_4_1_1_1338396036500_1300">We also have this from ESPN New York's Ohm
Youngmisuk on Wednesday:</p>

<div id="twitter-widget-0" class="twitter-tweet-rendered" lang="en">
<div class="twt-border">
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<div class="vcard author"><a id="yui_3_4_1_1_1338396036500_900" class="screen-name url" href="https://twitter.com/NotoriousOHM" data-screen-name="NotoriousOHM"><span class="avatar">https://si0.twimg.com/profile_images/838747511/youngmisuk_ohm_55_normal.jpg</span>
<span class="fn">Ohm Youngmisuk</span> <span class="nickname">@NotoriousOHM</span> </a></div>
<div class="entry-content">
<p class="entry-title">Domenik Hixon is working with Victor Cruz and the first
team with Hakeem Nicks out.</p></div></blockquote></div></div>

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

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

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

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

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

CRUZ, HIXON SET TO CARRY LOAD AT WR FOR GIANTS (http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/47620815/ns/nfl/)

"As the Giants again begin the process of sorting out a dilemma among the wide
receivers, Victor Cruz and Domenik Hixon will have to provide much-needed
<p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine"></span>For Cruz, picking up the offseason
slack for Mario Manningham's free-agent defection to San Francisco and key
playmaker Hakeem Nicks' fractured fifth metatarsal, won't be as hard as the task
that faces Hixon. Cruz's 82 catches and a team-record 1,536 yards gave him that
<p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine"></span>But Hixon has to prove that his
recovery from right ACL tears the last two years is complete, and that his old
speed and reliability has returned.</p>
<p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine"></span>That process has already started, as
Hixon and Cruz lined up opposite each other Wednesday in their second organized
team activity session as first-unit wideouts for the Giants.</p>
<p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine"></span>"I feel great," Hixon said. "To be
honest, it's been a long two years."</p>##


DESPITE HAKEEM NICKS' OPTIMISM, GIANTS SAY HE'LL MISS THREE MONTHS (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/30/despite-hakeem-nicks-optimism-giants-say-hell-miss-three-months/related/)

"Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5136/hakeem-nicks) <a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/29/hakeem-nicks-says-hell-be-back-for-camp/">thinks he’ll be back from foot surgery at the
start of training camp</a>, but the Giants aren’t that optimistic.

Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio that the team views
Nicks’ timetable of being ready to go when camp opens on July 26 as overly

From the team’s perspective, it’s great that Nicks wants to get back out
there as soon as he can. But they won’t let him go full-speed until he’s ready,
and they think the most realistic time frame is three months.</p>

That would still have Nicks ready for the regular season, and the Giants’
passing game should be in good shape as long as Nicks is at full speed by the
start of September. But he’s unlikely to be at full speed by the end of

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


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


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

NICKS' INJURY YIELDS MORE OPPORTUNITY (http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/7989862/new-york-giants-wideouts-getting-more-reps-hakeem-nicks-absence)

"With Hakeem Nicks' surgically repaired broken toe elevated and resting in a
cast, Domenik Hixon (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/9716/domenik-hixon) moved up to the first team
and got some valuable reps with Eli Manning (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/5526/eli-manning).

Hixon, attempting his second comeback from a torn ACL injury in as many
years, caught some nice passes in the Giants' voluntary organized team
activities on Wednesday. And so began life without Nicks for the next couple of

If there is one positive to come from Nicks' injury, it is that the Giants
will get a closer look at the receivers behind him and Victor Cruz (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13553/victor-cruz). By the time Nicks returns,
perhaps in mid-August, the Giants will have a better idea about what they may
have in Hixon, Ramses Barden (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/12555/ramses-barden), Jerrel Jernigan (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14040/jerrel-jernigan) and second-round pick Rueben Randle (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14911/rueben-randle).</p>

"Losing Hakeem is obviously terrible but as long as he is ready to go by the
season, that is what is important," wide receivers coach Kevin M. Gilbride said.
"Moving forward, it is not a bad situation to have. We know what type of player
Hakeem is. We need to find out about some other guys."</p>

"The book is still open on all of these guys."</p>

As the younger Gilbride points out, the Giants know exactly what they have
with Nicks. And the hope is that Nicks should be ready by the season opener.</p>

"I don't think so," Manning said, when asked if the team should be concerned
about losing Nicks for the next few months. "We will have time. He knows what he
is doing. It won't take long for us to get back on the same page."</p>

Getting on the same page with a new third receiver is going to be more

Last year, Manning had to find someone to replace Steve Smith (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/3748/steve-smith) in a matter of weeks before the
season started. Cruz emerged in Week 3 against Philadelphia. </p>

This year, he has an entire offseason to find Mario Manningham (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/11329/mario-manningham)'s replacement. </p>

Hixon is making his way back from two knee surgeries and understands the
expectations surrounding him are low. But Giants coach Tom Coughlin raved about
Hixon for being one of his most dependable players. </p>

"I don't think people are looking at me at all, to be honest with you," Hixon
said. "Just kind of flying under the radar, which is fine with me." </p>

Coughlin, though, is going to be cautious with Hixon's knee. While the Giants
know what the consistency Hixon brings to the table when healthy, they are less
certain about Barden and Jernigan. </p>

The 6-foot-6 Barden has tantalizing size and solid hands but has been slowed
by injuries throughout his career. The 2009 third-round pick understands this is
his chance to show the Giants what he can do.</p>

Barden has displayed glimpses of what he can do, but only has 15 receptions
for 174 yards in a total of 17 games. The Giants have been waiting for Barden to
emerge. </p>

"That would be great if he did," Coughlin said when asked about Barden. "It
has been a little bit of inconsistency. Some days are very, very good and others
are not as good. Hopefully it will all catch up with Ramses this spring and this

Barden knows this is a make-or-break season for him in all likelihood.</p>

"Contract-wise and where I have been in my career kind of dealing with
injuries and some obstacles, it is definitely a big year," Barden said. "Play
like I have nothing to lose."</p>

Jernigan, last year's third-round pick, is trying to get a grasp of the
offense and the playbook with the benefit of finally having an offseason
training program with the team. Last year, the rookies were deprived of valuable
coaching and practice time due to the lockout. </p>

"Right now he has a ways to go to get himself back in," offensive coordinator
Kevin Gilbride said. "I am waiting. … You see it, it is there. There is some
quickness and some speed and an ability level that you want to see show up on
the field in a consistent way."</p>

"I know, within the next few days, we got to get it out of him because he is
one of the guys that has to play for us," Gilbride added. "He has got to come
through. Last year Victor had to come through. JJ has to be one of those guys
for us this year."</p>

If not Jernigan, perhaps it could be Randle, the second-round pick out of
LSU. The learning curve is greater for Randle than the others as he adjusts to
the pro game. But already, Coughlin sees the talent in Randle. </p>

"Naturally, he has got some things to learn about intensity, studying and
preparing, and you can't come out here and make an error," Coughlin said. "He
has only had a few days out here on the field. But all you have to do really is
watch him catch punts and you know he is talented."</p>

The most talented receiver on the field on Wednesday also assumed a bit of a
leadership role with Nicks out. Cruz was seen providing guidance for many of the
younger undrafted receivers on the roster. Just a year ago, he was in their
shoes, fighting to prove himself. </p>

Now, he's the shining example of all that is possible for the receivers on
the roster hoping to become Manning's newest weapon. With Nicks recovering, the
Giants wi

Captain Chaos
05-30-2012, 05:45 PM
Thanks Roanoke!

05-30-2012, 05:52 PM
Thanks Roanoke!