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GIANTS' TACKLE WILL BEATTY'S BACK ISSUES DUE TO STRENUOUS WORK IN WEIGHT ROOM (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_tackle_will_beattys_bac.html)

"Will Beatty went from doing practically no physical activity
following <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/11/giants_will_beatty_to_have_sur.html">surgery
to repair a detached retina</a> last year to partaking in what he called
“Olympic drills” at the start of the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants)’ offseason workouts.


Beatty’s back quickly told him power cleans and such weren’t a good idea.</p>


“Once you have a history of back injuries, you want to stay away from certain
drills,” the Giants’ left tackle said today before the first practice of
minicamp. “I learned the hard way, but I did learn.”</p>


The lesson continues for Beatty, who sat out the entire OTA program and
remains limited during this week’s minicamp. While he’s doing some drills,
Beatty is not participating in the team portion of practice as he tries to get
his back to quiet down.</p>


“I had so much time off I was actually trying to get myself in shape and
doing more than I should’ve done,” Beatty said, adding: “Last year, (the back)
was really bothering me but it never took me out of anything. I was having
tightness and things like that. But this is the first time I missed OTAs because
of the back.”</p>


The good news is his eye continues to not be an issue for him.</p>


“They’re giving me a nice little shield,” he said. “But other than that, it’s
pretty much, ‘You’re good to go, just don’t get poked in the eye.’”</p>


* * * *</p>


I have to admit my practice report might’ve been a bit affected by <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/jake_ballard_claimed_by_patrio.html">the
Jake Ballard news</a>, which hit with about 15 minutes to go in the session. At
that point, it was a scramble to get some information on that situation while
also trying to keep my eyes on the field.</p>


That being said, I’ll give you the rundown as best I can.</p>


First, the injuries:</p>


--DE Osi Umenyiora did not practice today. The
sort-of-official word is he doesn’t have an injury but is rather trying to pace
himself so he doesn’t soon come up with one, if you catch my drift.</p>


--CB Corey Webster has a hamstring injury. That’s why he’s
been sidelined during OTAs and again this week.</p>


--These guys sat out: S Tyler Sash (hamstring), TE
Travis Beckum (knee), LB Clint Sintim (knee),
DT Shaun Rogers (elbow), DT Markus Kuhn (work
visa), WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) and DT Chris
Canty (knee).</p>


--Beatty, S Kenny Phillips (knee), CB Terrell
Thomas (knee) and DT Linval Joseph (ankle) were among
those who did individuals but sat out team drills.</p>


* * * *</p>


Now to the action:</p>


--WR Rueben Randle looked really good out there today. And
there would be gushing reports about him had QB Ryan Perrilloux
spotted him running free up the right side through a confused secondary for what
should’ve been an easy deep completion. Undrafted S Jojo
Nicolas followed a receiver into the flat along with another defender
and seemed to react as if the blown coverage was on him. Whoever was to blame,
it was ugly. Nicolas, who otherwise seems to have a pretty good grasp of things
back there, would recover to provide help over top of CB Dante
Hughes on a deep ball from QB Eli Manning to WR
Victor Cruz that fell incomplete.</p>


--Back to Randle. He ran a smooth slant route to make a grab underneath
Nicolas on a dart from Perrilloux and beat CB Prince Amukamara
for catch on an in cut. He added a well-run crosser in front of Hughes. If you
didn’t know any better, you’d think Randle was an experienced veteran out there
today.</p>


--I still believe Amukamara will have to work on his toughness and
aggressiveness, but the skills are there. You should’ve seen how quick he was to
plant and close on a ball TE Bear Pascoe caught up the seam
(nice touch by Manning on that one).</p>


--LB Michael Boley picked off Manning’s second pass of team
drills (I had tweeted it was his first but I forgot about a short stop to WR
Domenik Hixon he had thrown) when he played perfect coverage
under a sail route by Cruz.</p>


--Solid session for rookie CB Jayron Hosley. He was as tight
as he could’ve been to WR Isaiah Stanback on a comeback near
the sideline. It was just a perfect ball by QB David Carr to
slip that one in there. Later, in 7-on-7 passing drills, Hosley impressed his
teammates by slapping the ball out of Hixon’s hands for a pass defensed.</p>


--Hixon lost that little battle with Hosley but showed he’d learned his
lesson when he caught another pass away from his body to keep it away from the
swipes of S Janzen Jackson.</p>


--Come on now, you can’t fool LB Chase Blackburn on that
little counter pitch play. He was all over it.</p>


--Mixed results for WR Jerrel Jernigan today. We’ll start
with the bad and work our way up. He looked indecisive on a deep route as to
which side of CB Justin Tryon he should’ve taken. While he was
trying to make up his mind, Manning chucked it to the outside. At that point,
Jernigan broke inside and the ball fell incomplete. Later, he had a drop on a
comeback. But toward the end of practice, Jernigan frustrated Boley with a grab
right in front of the veteran.</p>


--Speaking of tough grabs, add another one to WR Ramses
Barden’s resume. He made the catch while two defenders (Jackson and S
Will Hill) were colliding with one another and him. Again,
there are parts of his game Barden needs to improve, but catches in traffic is
an area of strength for him. Also, Barden was open on a sail route across the
field from Cruz when Manning was picked by Boley.</p>


--I recently mentioned S Stevie Brown as being on top of his
assignments in coverage during OTAs. He’s still on point in that department so
far in minicamp.</p>


--LB Keith Rivers showed good speed covering TE
Adrien Robinson on a crossing route in man coverage. Robinson
made the catch, but Rivers would’ve been able to keep it to a short gain in a
live game. That was a good play considering Robinson seemed to have good early
position when he got into his route.</p>


--Safeties coach David Merritt was all kinds of ecstatic
with a play Hill made to break up a short hook from Perrilloux to WR
Brandon Collins over the middle. Hill was playing down low and
waited as Collins found what appeared to be a soft spot inside of him. I’m not
sure if Hill baited Perrilloux into throwing that ball, but that might’ve been
what occurred because he waited until Perrilloux drew the ball back to break on
the route. Either way, good reactions and instincts for Hill there.</p>


--I mentioned earlier WR Dan DePalma (hip) said he’d take
some snaps in today and he did. He had a few catches in team drills, one of
which was a tough grab with the much bigger LB Mathias Kiwanuka
trying to knock it out of his hands. I heard some palm on flesh there, so in
addition to being a difficult catch, I’ll bet that one hurt.</p>


--And finally, a guy who seems to always make a grab late in practice is TE
Ryan Purvis. He had a reception on a good ball up the seam from
Perrilloux."</p>JAKE BALLARD CLAIMED OFF WAIVERS BY PATRIOTS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/jake_ballard_claimed_by_patrio.html)

"The Giants' plan for Jake Ballard was simple: knowing his chances of playing
in 2012 were slim to none due to microfracture knee surgery in April, they
waived him believing he would not get claimed and would eventually end up on
their injured reserve list for the 2012 season. He'd then return for the 2013
season.


Today, the plan blew up in their faces. </p>


The Patriots, against whom Ballard suffered the torn ACL in Super Bowl XLVI
that has him sidelined, claimed the tight end today before the 4 p.m. deadline,
according to his agent Blake Baratz.</p>


"As I stated yesterday a "smart" football organization might claim
@NYG_J_Ballard85 (Ballard) while he's hurt to own his rights. He's now a
Patriot!" <a href="https://twitter.com/the_ifa/status/212648654404718592">Baratz
tweeted. </a></p>


The 24-year-old Ballard walked into the Giants fieldhouse at 4:02 p.m. and
remained in the facility for the remaining hour of practice evidently to say
goodbye to teammates, coaches and the training staff.</p>


It's a calculated risk for the Patriots because Ballard may not return to his
prior form and is due $540,000 in 2012. But he will become an exclusive rights
free agent in 2013, which means that if the Patriots believe his recovery went
well they would only need to offer him a three-year deal at the veteran's
minimum salary and he would have no choice but to sign it. </p>


After appearing in just one game his rookie season in 2010, Ballard broke
through last season in place of the departed Kevin Boss. He registered 38
receptions for 604 yards and four touchdowns, including a game-winning score
against the Patriots in Week 9. He had two catches for 10 yards against the
Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI before tearing his ACL." </p>


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GIANTS' DAVID DIEHL VOWS TO MAKE AMENDS, RESTORE HIS CHARACTER AFTER DUI ARREST (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_david_diehl_vows_to_mak.html)

"David Diehl said everything from his <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_david_diehl_officially.html">arrest
on Sunday night on charges of driving while intoxicated</a> through today has
been “awful and this is unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced in my
life.”


Yet, the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants)’ offensive tackle
stood at his locker today and fielded questions for over 8 minutes about the
situation. While he declined to discuss the specifics of the ongoing legal
matter, he talked about apologizing to his teammates for deflecting the
attention from this week’s minicamp and forcing them to answer for him.</p>


Diehl also vowed to make amends for his mistake and correct it as best he can
at this point.</p>


“My teammates, the coaches, the people in this organization know who I am,
they know what I’m all about,” he said. “For 10 years (with the Giants), being
the positive person I am and being the person who’s tried to set a positive
example for everybody, this is the one time in my life I can sincerely have that
regret where people are going to judge me on that. They’re going to question who
I am as a person and a character but the only thing I can do is just like
anything in my life, take this head-on.</p>


“I’m accountable for my actions, I’ve never made an excuse for my life, I’m
going to sit here just like I am now, be a man, face up to things and make sure
I become a stronger person from this and make sure I help other people out.”</p>


Asked how he plans to do that, Diehl said he’ll continue to do the charity
work on which he prides himself while also using his experience as a teaching
point for young men and women.</p>


The mentoring aspect is the positive Tom Coughlin is also trying to take from
the situation.</p>


“David is very remorseful," the Giants' coach said. "He’s a very proud young
man, as you know. He’s very sorry for what happened. He’s been an exemplary
citizen for this organization, I think he understands it completely. He
recognizes and he’s going to be a very, very good spokesperson for trying to
help young people understand his mistake could be avoided in whatever way
possible.</p>


“David will take care of that part of it. He’s a guy we’ve always been able
to count on and he’ll learn from his error.”</p>


Said Diehl, "It doesn’t matter whether you’re an athlete, if you’re anybody
(famous). Nobody is above the law. Nobody is indestructible. And most
importantly, everybody who’s in this situation learns from it."</p>


Diehl received the public support of his agent and a few players on Twitter
the past few days. He got even more in the locker room today.</p>


“People make mistakes,” center David Baas said. “It’s unfortunate, but he’s
the type of guy who will correct it and move on. We have the utmost respect for
him.”</p>


Right guard Chris Snee, Diehl’s teammate since 2004, said his immediate
concern was that Diehl would be okay. He had no doubts Diehl would be able to
handle the fallout.</p>


“When he comes in here, he’ll hold his head high and answer any questions you
have,” Snee said. “That’s just the type of guy he is.”</p>


Diehl did just that a few minutes later, walking confidently into a large
group of reporters and getting right into a three-minute opening statement.</p>


“It’s a mistake that I guarantee will never, ever happen again,” he said.
“I’m going to help other people make sure they don’t make the same decision I
made under the circumstance and I’m going to become a stronger person because of
this.”</p>


Later, he added, “I’ve worked extremely hard throughout my career to be the
guy people look up to, to be the guy that’s a role model. I do more off the
field in the community and for charity than I think anybody in this locker room.
I’m going to make sure people see that side of me that I’ve always been, the
character person I’ve been. The people who are around me the most know
that.”</p>


Though it’s unclear whether he’ll face a suspension, Diehl said he expects to
hear from the league at some point.</p>


“I’m sure they will contact me,” he said. “I’m accountable for my actions,
just like you guys. I’m not running, I’m not hiding, I’m a man, I can stand up
for myself. And I’ll do the same thing I’m doing now.”</p>


* * * *</p>


Folks, this is a delicate dance we in the media have to do when it comes to a
story like this. We don't want to sweep something serious like this under the
rug but we also understand there are 89 other guys in that locker room you want
to hear about. What I mean is I'm sure there's a growing contingent out there
saying, "Enough already."</p>


To those people I'd say hang in there because we aren't forgetting about the
rest of the story lines involving the Giants. Jorge Castillo and I spent every
minute in the open locker room working to get tidbits on all things
football-related, not just those involving Diehl. So stay with us for complete
coverage of this three-day minicamp."</p>


GIANTS WAIVE JAKE BALLARD; RE-SIGN ROCKY BERNARD (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_waive_jake_ballard_re-s.html)

"In a move that pretty much makes official what was clear back in February
when <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/02/giants_jake_ballard_suffered_t.html">Jake
Ballard tore his anterior cruciate ligament</a> in Super Bowl XLVI, the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants) have waived Ballard with a
failed-physical designation.


The transaction means Ballard is headed to the
physically-unable-to-perform/reserve list once he likely clears waivers. The
third-year tight end will likely eventually be placed on injured reserve, where
he'd then remain for the entire season.</p>


"Thanks for (the) love everyone but don't worry, its a business," <a href="https://twitter.com/NYG_J_Ballard85/status/212290565767831553">Ballard
tweeted minutes ago</a>. "I'm on the road to recovery, and I believe I'll be in
a Giants uniform in '13"</p>


Even Ballard, who helped offset the loss of Kevin Boss last year by grabbing
38 passes for 604 yards and four touchdowns in the regular season, admitted
recently there was <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_travis_beckum_further_a.html">a
good chance he wouldn't play a down in 2012</a> after undergoing surgery to
repair his ACL and a microfracture procedure as well.</p>


Ballard's agent, Blake Baratz, noted on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/the_ifa/status/212287670276198401">the Giants "did the
(right) thing"</a> by signing Ballard to a one-year deal as an exclusive-rights
free agent this spring and "intend on him being with them for a long time."</p>


Ballard's fellow tight end Travis Beckum, who also tore his ACL in the Super
Bowl, continues to hope he'll be back on the field at some point this season</p>


Meanwhile, the Giants have re-signed defensive tackle Rocky Bernard, whom
they cut and then re-signed before last season. Bernard rejoins a corps of
defensive tackles that is currently without starters Linval Joseph (ankle) and
Chris Canty (knee), as well as newly signed Shaun Rogers (elbow), heading into
this week's full-team minicamp. Canty and Rogers have sat out recent OTAs that
were open to the media; Joseph has done light work on the side. Both Joseph and
Canty had offseason surgeries.</p>


Bernard signed a four-year deal with the Giants before the 2009 season. He
played the first two years under that contract before being unable to reach an
agreement on a pay cut last summer. <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/08/giants_re-sign_defensive_tackl.html">He
was then re-signed</a> in early August at the veteran minimum. Last season, he
appeared in all 16 regular-season games and the team's four playoff games.</p>


* * * *</p>


The Giants have released a statement on David Diehl's DWI:</p>


"Obviously we are aware of the situation, although we have not yet had a
chance to discuss it with David. Since it is an ongoing legal matter, we will
refrain from comment at this time, although we will say that David has been an
outstanding representative of this organization for the past 10 years, and
nobody knows more than David does what is expected of our players both on and
off the field."</p>

DIEHL APOLOGIZES FOR DWI ARREST (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_david_diehl_apologizes.html)

"David Diehl figures to address reporters at some point over the next three
days during the team's minicamp, but the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants)' offensive tackle didn't wait that
long to offer an apology for his arrest on charges of driving under the
influence of alcohol.


"I've worked hard during my career to set a positive example, and (Sunday) I
fell far short of this standard," Diehl wrote on his Twitter account (https://twitter.com/#%21/davediehl66) minutes ago.
"I apologize to my family, my fans, my teammates, the New York Giants, and the
NFL. ... I made a poor decision that I sincerely regret, and, as always, take
full responsibility for my actions."</p>


Diehl did not enter a plea or make a statement in court today when he was <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_david_diehl_officially.html">arraigned
in a Queens court</a>. He faces up to one year in prison, though a likely plea
deal means he probably won't serve any jail time. Diehl also faces a potential
fine of up to $1,000.</p>


"Obviously we are aware of the situation, although we have not yet had a
chance to discuss it with David," the Giants said in a statement today. "Since
it is an ongoing legal matter, we will refrain from comment at this time,
although we will say that David has been an outstanding representative of this
organization for the past 10 years, and nobody knows more than David does what
is expected of our players both on and off the field."</p>http://www.nj.com/giants/

</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS</font></u><div>
<div class="entry-body">BALLARD CLAIMED OFF WAIVERS BY PATRIOTS (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/06/ballard-claimed-off-waivers-by-new-england)

"Jake Ballard returned to the Giants' practice facility on Tuesday afternoon
exactly 24 hours after he was waived/injured by the defending Super Bowl champs.
But his visit to Giants minicamp turned out to be just that.


In a big surprise, Ballard was claimed off waivers by the New England
Patriots, according to a Tweet from his agent, Blake Baratz. That prevented the
Giants from putting Ballard on their Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) reserves
list, which they planned to do, according to a team source.</p>


The Patriots now own the rights to Ballard and are on the hook for the
$540,000 he's owed this season. Of course, Ballard is still rehabbing from a
torn ACL in Super Bowl XLVI against the Patriots and microfracture surgery on
his knee in February. He has said several times that it's likely he won't be
able to play this season at all.</p>


So why would the Patriots claim him? That's unclear, though presumably
they'll stash him on their Physically Unable to Perform list and later Injured
Reserve at some point and retain his rights for 2013. Ballard will be an
exclusivfe rights free agent after the season, meaning he won't even have the
ability to field offers from other teams. If the Patriots want him back, he'll
have no choice but to stay.</p>


The Giants have not said publicly why they cut Ballard and tried to get him
through waivers, rather than just carry him on their 90-man roster all summer.
Presumably they just didn't want to use a roster spot on a player they knew
wouldn't play until 2013.</p>


Ballard, meanwhile, was still in the field house when Giants practice ended.
The Giants would not make him available to the media. I assume Bill Belichick
and the Patriots approved of their decision."</p>
</div>

##

JAKE BALLARD WAIVED BY GIANTS, TIGHT END HOPES TO RETURN TO BIG BLUE IN 2013 WHEN ACL HEALS (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/jake-ballard-waived-ny-giants-tight-hopes-return-big-blue-2013-acl-heals-article-1.1093795)

"Jake Ballard knew he didn't have much of a chance of returning for the 2012
season after he tore his ACL in Super Bowl XLVI. But he's still intent on
returning to the Giants in 2013.<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">


His season officially ended on Monday when he failed his pre-minicamp
physical and was promptly waived by the defending champs. Once he clears
waivers, it's expected that he will be added to the Giants' physically unable to
perform (PUP) reserves list, which would allow the Giants to retain his rights
until next season while clearing a spot on the 90-man roster.</p>


They used that spot on Monday when they re-signed veteran defensive tackle
Rocky Bernard.</p>


Ballard was a big bright spot for the Giants last season, filling a huge void
at tight end by playing in 14 regular season games and caught a surprising 38
passes for 604 yards and four touchdowns. He played in all four playoff games
too, but tore his right ACL in the first half of the Super Bowl.</p>


He made a valiant attempt to convince trainers to let him back in the game by
attempting to run on the sidelines. But he quickly collapsed and eventually
needed surgery to repair the torn ligament and a microfracture procedure,
too.</p>


Ballard said all along he'd likely need at least a year to fully recover.</p>


"I'm on the road to recovery," he said on Monday via Twitter. "And I believe
I'll be in a Giants uniform in '13."</p>


Meanwhile, the return of the 33-year-old Bernard adds some depth to a corps
of defensive tackles that had some question marks. Behind starters Chris Canty
and Linval Joseph, the Giants have Marvin Austin, their second-round pick in
2011, but he's coming off a torn pectoral muscle and due to injuries and a
college suspension he hasn't played a game in three years.</p>


The Giants did sign veteran defensive tackle Shaun Rogers just before the
start of the NFL draft, but the 33-year-old has missed much of the spring
workouts with an elbow injury.</p>


Bernard, who was cut last summer by the Giants and then re-signed, played in
every game for the Giants last season."</p></div></div>NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL MUST CRACK DOWN ON LEAGUE'S DRUNK DRIVERS FOLLOWING ARREST OF GIANTS' DAVID DIEHL (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/nfl-commissioner-roger-goodell-crack-league-drunk-drivers-arrest-ny-giants-lineman-david-diehl-article-1.1093958)

"David Diehl (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/David+Diehl), a two-time
Super Bowl champion and a good Giants soldier on their offensive line for a long
time, was arraigned for drunk driving on Tuesday, two counts of driving while
impaired. He was behind the wheel of his BMW Saturday night on 35th Ave. in
Queens. The police got a call about that BMW hitting several parked cars. The
good news for Diehl and anybody else on 35th Ave. in Queens on Saturday night
was that Diehl hit cars and not people.<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">


Diehl took a field sobriety test. The cops say he was over the legal limit
for alcohol. It means in that moment Diehl was as dangerous to 35th Ave. as any
NFL football player is hitting another player in the head.</p>


<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-quarterback-eli-manning-expresses-concern-david-diehl-drunken-driving-arrest-article-1.1093984">ELI
EXPRESSES CONCERN FOR HIS LINEMAN</a></p>



The NFL comes down real hard on a bad hits to the head now, is learning more
every day about concussions, concussions being the polite way to talk about
brain wounds. Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, fines guys like <a title="James Harrison (Football)" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/James+Harrison+%28Football%29">James
Harrison</a> of the Steelers big when Harrison gives somebody a good shot to the
head, especially since Harrison is one of the guys with priors in this area.</p>


Goodell is trying to make a violent sport less violent, as the whole world
continues to educate itself more about the long- term effects of brain injuries
to football players, and just how much years of taking blows to the head
contribute to brain damage and depression, and how much of a connection can be
made between these injuries and some of the suicides we have seen lately with
ex-NFL players. Good for Goodell.</p>


Here he was on Monday in an interview with Peter King of Sports Illustrated,
in King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column at SI.com:</p>


“The head, neck and spine committee met back in early-to-mid February. I
think we had 48 professionals in that room, leading doctors and scientists from
institutions all over the world, virtually all of them unaffiliated with the
NFL. I think the thing that strikes me the most about it is how much more we
have to learn as a society, as a medical professional, as scientists. There’s
still a lot of unknowns about the brain, either brain disease or brain trauma
and how it reacts.”</p>


Goodell is right about that. There sure are a lot of unknowns about the
brain. But there are virtually no unknowns about the danger of drunk drivers,
who can kill you a lot quicker than the years of head trauma can. The National
Football League knows this as well as you possibly can, because they have had
DUI players behind the wheels of cars that killed people.
</p></div>A guy over the legal limit for alcohol behind the wheel of a car, in fact, is
as dangerous as a football player like Plaxico Burress going into a crowded club
and having a couple of drinks with a loaded unlicensed handgun in his pants.<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">


Leonard Little is a former St. Louis Rams defensive end, and a pretty good
one. Little was driving home after a party in 1998, crashed into and killed
Susan Gutweiler in St. Louis. Little’s level of alcohol measured 0.19%, a level
in excess of the legal level of intoxication (0.08) in the state of Missouri.
Little received four years’ probation and 1,000 hours of community service. He
was able to return to football after an eight-game suspension. Susan Gutweiler’s
situation — another victim of a drunk driver — remained unchanged.

Donte
Stallworth is a talented, well-traveled NFL wide receiver, signed by the
Patriots in March. Three years ago, March of 2009, Stallworth was driving home
in his Bentley around 7 o’clock in the morning. His car struck and killed a
59-year-old man named Mario Reyes, on his way home from work, on the MacArthur
Causeway in Miami.</p>


It was reported that Stallworth’s blood alcohol level was 0.12, over the
nationwide legal limit of 0.8. Stallworth made a plea deal, received a sentence
of 30 days in the county jail, plus 1,000 hours of community service, two years
of community control, and eight years’ probation. Goodell suspended Stallworth
for the entire ’09 season.</p>


Stallworth then returned to pro football. Mario Reyes’ status remained
unchanged, was the same as it was on MacArthur Causeway after Stallworth ran him
down.</p>


This isn’t about whether David Diehl is a champion Giant or a good guy or a
good teammate. He is all of those things and has been for a long time and was
apologetic Monday. But on Sunday night, after what was reportedly a long day of
watching soccer and having enough drinks to put him over the legal limit, he got
behind the wheel of his car and started hitting other cars, and in that moment,
he was more dangerous off the field than James Harrison or the guys on which
Goodell has come down so hard have ever been on the field.</p>


Braylon Edwards got picked up for drunk driving when he was with the Jets and
would never have missed a down if Rex Ryan hadn’t held him out of the first
quarter of the next game the Jets were scheduled to play. At least Edwards
didn’t hit anything. Or anybody.</p>


You get suspended four games in the NFL the first time you test positive for
a banned substance. Harrison ended up paying fines to Goodell of $120,000 for
what referees and the commissioner himself deemed to be illegal hits. Again,
good for Goodell on all that.</p>


He is trying to clean up his sport as best as he can while holding on to the
allure of the violence of that sport. “So much more to learn” about the effects
of brain injuries, he says to Peter King.</p>


Nothing more to learn about the effects of drunk driving, which can kill
somebody. But the only way it gets you suspended from the NFL is when it
does."</p></div></div></div><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants">ttp://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants
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GIANTS WAIVE BALLARD AFTER FAILED PHYSICAL; RE-SIGN BERNARD (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/giants_tackle_diehl_released_after_ry9tx6bJFl2h0zO 785SbxL)

"What not long ago looked to be the start of a long and prosperous career with
the Giants for Jake Ballard came to an end – for now – when the injured tight
end on Monday failed his physical and was waived.<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">


To fill Ballard’s spot on the roster, veteran defensive tackle Rocky Bernard
was re-signed. The moves come the day before the Giants gather for a three-day
mandatory mini-camp to close out their off-season. </p>


If Ballard does not get claimed on waivers, the Giants plan on putting him on
the physically unable to perform/reserve list, meaning he would not count on the
roster and would be officially out for the entire 2012 season.</p>


Not long after he was waived, Ballard expressed optimism he will return to
the Giants, writing on his Twitter account "Thanks for love everyone but don't
worry, it's a business, I'm on the road to recovery and I believe I'll be in a
Giants uniform in '13.''</p>


Ballard, after a breakthrough 2011 season, experienced extreme highs and lows
in one day back on Feb. 5 when the Giants beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.
Ballard caught two passes in the game but in the third quarter went down with a
devastating knee injury, suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament and also
damage to the meniscus cartilage. Ballard needed not only reconstructive surgery
to repair the ACL but also microfracture surgery to repair the cartilage and the
expectation was he would miss the entire 2012 season. </p>


The Giants had no place to put him on the 90-man roster for training camp but
they could opt to re-sign him prior to the season if they believe he will be
able to make a return in 2013. </p>


The 24-year old Ballard, undrafted out of Ohio State, replaced Kevin Boss
last season as the starting tight end and turned into one of the Giants’ most
pleasant surprises. He started 13 games and finished fourth on the team with 38
receptions for 604 yards – a gaudy 15.9-yard average – and four touchdowns. He
had five catches for 43 yards in the postseason. His 28-yard catch, followed by
the game-winning touchdown grab with 15 seconds remaining, were key factors in
the Giants come-from-behind victory Nov. 6 in New England.</p>


There were no expectations that Ballard would be able to play this season and
the other holdover tight end, Travis Beckum, also tore his ACL in the Super
Bowl. Beckum, though, is far ahead of Ballard in his rehabilitation and could
get on the field this season. Needing to re-stock the tight end position the
Giants signed Martellus Bennett from the Cowboys and used a fourth-round pick on
Adrien Robinson out of Cincinnati.</p>


Bernard, 33, is entering his 11th NFL season and fourth with the Giants. He
played in every game this past season and finished with 30 tackles, one forced
fumble and one fumble recovery. Bernard’s place on the roster was seemingly
going to be filled by another veteran defensive tackle, Shaun Rogers, but Rogers
has been sidelined with an elbow injury and hasn’t participated in any OTA
workouts."</p></div>WHAT A GIANT IDIOT! DIEHL DWI "FIB", THEN APOLOGY (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/queens/what_giant_idiot_jbaZmy9tURyKCIQeSoTboJ)

"Giants Super Bowl lineman David Diehl spun a super tale about his boozy
fender bender before apologizing to the team and fans yesterday over his DWI
arrest. <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">


The Big Blue tackle told cops he was pulling out of a Queens parking space
when he was hit by another vehicle and knocked into a parked car.</p>


“I was driving a BMW and trying to pull out of a space while another car was
pulling out,” he told cops, according to a prosecutor.</p>


But law-enforcement sources said that a drunken Diehl, 31, crashed his black
BMW into two vehicles on 35th Avenue near 31st Street in Astoria at around 8:20
p.m. Sunday after boozing it up at a nearby bar where he was watching a
televised soccer match.
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“I’ve worked hard during my career to set a positive example, and yesterday I
fell far short of this standard,” Diehl tweeted.</p>


“I apologize to my family, my fans, my teammates, the New York Giants, and
the NFL. I made a poor decision that I sincerely regret, and, as always, take
full responsibility for my actions.”</p>


Cops said Diehl looked as if he had been blindsided by a linebacker after the
crash. He was “unsteady on his feet,” reeked of alcohol and had bloodshot,
watery eyes, according to court papers.</p>


Cops said Diehl’s blood-alcohol content was .18 percent, which is more than
twice the legal limit.</p>


Diehl was charged with driving while intoxicated and released on his own
recognizance. Diehl’s New York state driving privileges were suspended. His
driver’s license is from New Jersey, where he lives.</p>


His next court date is July 26 — the first day of Giants camp.</p>


Diehl, whose family hails from Croatia, had come from nearby Scorpio’s on
Broadway, where he had been watching Croatia defeat Ireland, 3-1, in the
European Championships, officials said.</p>


Diehl enthusiastically tweeted, “Goooooaaaaaallllllllllllllll!!!!!” twice
during the contest.</p>


He had also tweeted earlier in the day that he was at a charity golf
tournament at the Westchester Country Club.</p>


Although no one was injured in the collision, the owner of one of the cars
Diehl hit was upset. </p>


“Everyone’s saying how he did charity earlier that day,” said Ruth Goldman,
whose husband’s Volvo got sideswiped in the collision.</p>


“That means nothing if you’re going to be an idiot after that. He had no
business getting into that car.”</p>


The man whose back Diehl gets paid to protect also weighed in. </p>


“I’m obviously concerned about my friend and I feel bad for him that he’s
going through this,’’ quarterback Eli Manning said during an appearance at the
Guiding Eyes for the Blind golf classic at Mount Kisco Country Club. </p>


“I wish nothing had happened, but besides that I’m just hoping everything
gets worked out and he’ll be OK.”</p>http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants
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</div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>
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GIANTS' DAVID DIEHL CHARGED WITH DUI (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/158528885_Diehl_charged_with_DUI__Giants_waive_inj ured_Ballard.html)

"Now the Giants might officially have a distraction when they begin preparing
to defend their Super Bowl championship later this summer.


Offensive lineman David Diehl was charged with two counts of driving under
the influence of alcohol, the Queens district attorney's office said Monday in a
statement. He entered no plea at his arraignment and his case was adjourned
until July 26 — the same day the Giants are due to report for training camp in
Albany.</p>


The judge suspended his driver's license until then, pending prosecution, and
Diehl could face up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine, if convicted.</p>


Diehl did not speak to reporters as he left the Queens courthouse. He is
expected to participate in the team's mandatory minicamp, which begins today and
runs through Thursday at its East Rutherford (/eastrutherford)
training facility.</p>


Diehl issued a statement via his Twitter account Monday night, apologizing
for the incident.</p>


"I've worked hard during my career to set a positive example, and [Sunday] I
fell far short of this standard," he wrote. "I apologize to my family, my fans,
my teammates, the New York Giants, and the NFL. I made a poor decision that I
sincerely regret, and, as always, take full responsibility for my actions."</p>


"Obviously concerned about my friend," Eli Manning said at a golf outing at
Mount Kisco (N.Y.) Country Club to benefit Guiding Eyes for the Blind. "I feel
bad for him that he's going through this. I wish nothing had happened, but
besides that, I'm just hoping everything gets worked out and that he'll be
OK."</p>


Diehl has started every game he has played in his previous nine NFL seasons
and, as one of the Giants' most versatile linemen, the former Pro Bowler is a
valuable piece up front in protecting two-time Super Bowl MVP Manning.</p>


Diehl has two years remaining on a six-year, $31 million contract he signed
in 2008.</p>


A drunken driving arrest is a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy
and its personal conduct policy, so Diehl could be facing a fine or
suspension.</p>


The Giants released a statement Monday: "Obviously we are aware of the
situation, although we have not yet had a chance to discuss it with David. Since
it is an ongoing legal matter, we will refrain from comment at this time,
although we will say that David has been an outstanding representative of this
organization for the past 10 years, and nobody knows more than David does what
is expected of our players both on and off the field."</p>


As a matter of procedure, the incident is expected to be reviewed by the NFL
commissioner's office. It's believed this is the first offense for Diehl, which
means a suspension for him would be unlikely, although that remains unconfirmed
by the league.</p>


Among others, former Giants offensive lineman Kareem McKenzie was not
suspended following his DUI in 2008.</p>


The report indicated Diehl's breathalyzer exam revealed an alcohol level of
.182, more than double the legal limit of .08. The officer also stated Diehl
said he was at a bar watching Croatia's soccer victory over Ireland in Euro 2012
on Sunday afternoon.</p>


BALLARD WAIVED, BERNARD RE-SIGNED: TE Jake Ballard failed his physical and
was waived, opening a roster spot for DT Rocky Bernard, who was re-signed after
appearing in every game last season.</p>


Blake Baratz, Ballard's agent, said on Twitter he anticipates his client –
out until at least midseason following ACL and microfracture surgery on his knee
– would re-sign with the Giants and end up on the PUP list after today's 4 p.m.
waiver deadline.</p>


That's provided no team claims Ballard, the team's No. 1 tight end last
season.</p>


"Thanks for love, don't worry, it's a business," Ballard wrote on his Twitter
account. "I'm on road to recovery, and I believe I'll be a Giant in '13."</p>http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/
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<u><font size="4">WALL STREET JOURNAL</font></u>

http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-sports-nfl.html

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

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GIANTS RE-SIGN ROCKY BERNARD, WAIVE JAKE BALLARD AFTER FAILED PHYSICAL (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/11/new-york-giants-re-sign-rocky-bernard-waivefailed-physical-jake-ballard/)

"The New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants announced on Monday (http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Giants-bring-back-DT-Rocky-Bernard/a6304f02-850f-4a13-9593-2dc117af096e) that they have re-signed defensive tackle
<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Rocky Bernard" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/rocky-bernard/" rel="tag nofollow">Rocky
Bernard</a>. In order to make room for Bernard, the team waived tight end <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jake Ballard" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jake-ballard/" rel="tag nofollow">Jake
Ballard</a>, who suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in Super Bowl XLVI. He was
unable to pass the team's pre-training camp physical, which was conducted
today.


Considering Ballard is at least a year away from returning, it's possible the
decision to waive him is procedural. It was never expected that he'd be able to
pass a physical this early into his rehab, so if (and when) he clears waivers,
he'll likely be brought back in some fashion – whether it's being placed on
Injured Reserve (IR) or in another capacity that allows him to begin the season
on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.</p>


Bernard, meanwhile, will return to Big Blue for his fourth season with the
team and 11th overall.</p>


In 16 games with the Giants a season ago, Bernard collected 30 tackles,
forced one fumble and batted down three passes. After two relatively sub-par
years with the team prior, 2011 was considered his best as a Giant. In 2012,
he'll assume a leadership role as he helps mentor Big Blue's younger defensive
tackles, which includes the returning Marvin Austin and rookie Markus Kuhn."</p>GIANTS' LINEBACKERS: QUESTION MARKS HEADING INTO TRAINING CAMP (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/11/new-york-giants-linebackers-question-marks-heading-into-training-camp/)

"<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> General Manager <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jerry Reese" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jerry-reese/" rel="tag nofollow">Jerry
Reese</a> has created a defense built to effectively defend the high octane
passing offensesthat many NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) teams currently possess. By having incredible depth
at defensive line and a talented secondary, the idea is that the Giants should
be able to defend today's modern offensive schemes.


Over the last few decades, the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) has transformed into a league that no longer
represents an "old school" ground and pound style of play; but rather it
encourages a high powered passing offense, with a complimentary rushing attack.
The league's transition into this fast-paced style of play has caused the value
of the traditional run-stopping linebacker to depreciate over time. The
responsibilities of the linebacker position in the basic 4-3 defense have
changed to include complex pass coverage schemes. This requires today's NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) linebacker
to possess a more complete skill-set and higher football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) IQ than those of past generations.</p>
<div>Many teams predicate their basic offensive schemes on using a combination
of three and four wide receiver sets.The prototypical NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) linebacker
is not capable of covering a slot receiver, and this causes many defensive
coordinators to use more nickel and dime packages when defending teams with pass
heavy offenses.</div>


To execute these packages, the Giants have invested heavily in elite pass
rushers and cover corners; however the team is relying on low-risk/ high-reward
players with unproven talent, but considerable upside to fill the depth chart at
linebacker. That being said, an effective defense has eleven players all working
together on the same page. If the linebackers are not doing their job, it can
cause the middle of the field to be wide open for tight ends and slot receivers.
For the Giants to have a formidable defense this season, it is imperative that
their linebackers improve. Below, we will take a look at who Big Blue will rely
upon to contribute to their linebacker core for the 2012 season.</p>


<u><a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Mathias Kiwanuka" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/mathias-kiwanuka/" rel="tag nofollow">Mathias
Kiwanuka</a></u> – After signing a contract extension
this offseason that will enable him to earn $21 million over the next four
seasons, Kiwanuka is looking to improve at the strong-side linebackerposition
after getting a year of experience under his belt in 2011. When evaluating
Kiwanuka'sperformance during OTA's, Defensive Coordinator <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Perry Fewell" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/perry-fewell/" rel="tag nofollow">Perry
Fewell</a>stated:</p>
<blockquote>


It was good to see him show off, though, because he’s gained more knowledge
and experience at the linebacker position, and his pass coverage has gotten
better in the third session. He’s improved each session, but it got better in
the third session. As he told me last week, he said "I’ve seen it a year now.
I’m getting more comfortable. I’m going through an OTA now. I’m going to be
better."</p></blockquote>


If <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Mathias Kiwanuka" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/mathias-kiwanuka/" rel="tag nofollow">Mathias
Kiwanuka</a> can stay healthy, he is the team's most versatile player on the
defensive side of the ball. He has the ability to play strong-side linebacker
and also play as a down linemen in the team's famous "NASCAR" set. Talent has
never been the question for him. The issue is that the team has had problems
finding a role for him to utilize his talent. After getting a year of experience
at outside linebacker, look for an even more improved <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Mathias Kiwanuka" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/mathias-kiwanuka/" rel="tag nofollow">Mathias
Kiwanuka</a> in 2012.</p>


<u><a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Michael Boley" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/michael-boley/" rel="tag nofollow">Michael
Boley</a></u> - Boley was arguably the team's best
player at the linebacker position last season. He served as the "defensive
quarterback" by wearing the headset and communicating the play calls to his
teammates. Furthermore, Boley led all Giants linebackers with 93 regular season
tackles last year. He also proved to be instrumental in covering athletic tight
ends throughout the season.</p>


Boley's role this season is currently undetermined. Although Chase Blackburn
is slotted to start at middle linebacker, if he has a bad preseason, then the
Giants could move Boley to middle linebacker and put Keith Rivers on the weak
side. It will be interesting to see how this plays out during training camp.</p>


<u>Chase Blackburn</u> - For the majority
of last season, Chase Blackburn was out of the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) and working as a substitute teacher in Dublin, Ohio (http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/04/sports/la-sp-giants-chase-blackburn-20120204). It was not
until Week 11 against Green Bay that the Giants brought him back to start at
middle linebacker. Blackburn played relatively well after his return, and even
made the interception that led to the Giants winning touchdown in the Super
Bowl.</p>


However, the team recently acquired former first round pick Keith Rivers from
the Bengals for a fifth-round draft pick. If Blackburn has a bad preseason, the
team could once again decide to move in another direction.</p>


<u>Keith Rivers</u> - The ninth overall
pick in the 2008 NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) Draft missed
all of last season due to a wrist injury. Although Rivers had star potential
coming out of college, injuries have prevented him from fulfilling his full
potential. When talking about how Rivers looked in OTA's, Perrey Fewell stated
the following:</p>
<blockquote>


It’s still a work in progress but he is an athletic guy. He can move, he can
flip his hip. I want to push it quicker. He’s playing the Will linebacker for
us. At some point in time, he’ll play some Mike linebacker for us as we continue
in our OTAs. It’s how much can he digest and how much he can execute for us at
this point in time. Coach Herrmann is doing a nice job at bringing him along,
but at some point in time, we’re going to move him around a little bit
more.</p></blockquote>


If Rivers can master the Giants defensive schemes, his athleticism should
enable him to become a starter at some point this season. Look for Chase
Blackburn to start this year at middle linebacker, but do not be surprised if
Riverstakes over either that role or weak side linebacker (with Boley moving to
the middle) at some point during the season.</p>


<u>JaquianWilliams</u> – Williams served
primarily as the nickel linebacker last season. He has great speed, and proved
effective in pass coverage against athletic tight ends. Although the log-jam
ahead of him at the weak side linebacker position will make it difficult for him
to become a starter in his second season, he will be extremely useful in passing
situations. If he can improve his play against the run, he will be able to
become more of an every down player as opposed to a situational one.
Furthermore, look for Williams to be a major contributor on special teams as
well.</p>


<u>Mark Herzlich</u> – The former ACC
Defensive Player of the Year should add depth to the middle linebacker
position.Herzlichis alongshotpossibility to start at middle linebacker if he
can outplay Chase Blackburn and Keith Rivers in the preseason. However, the
Giants signed him knowing he would be a project. IfHerzlichcan stay healthy,
look for him to improve this season and maybe even become a major
contributor.</p>


<u>Greg Jones</u> - The second year player
out of Michigan State started eleven games at middle linebacker last season for
Big Blue. However, the team replaced him with Chase Blackburn and never looked
back. <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Perry Fewell" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/perry-fewell/" rel="tag nofollow">Perry
Fewell</a> had this to say about Jones:</p>
<blockquote>


We’re going to try him on the outside. We like the young kid that we have,
<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jake Muasau" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jake-muasau/" rel="tag nofollow">Jake
Muasau</a>, playing middle backer. We’ll probably split the time with Greg a
little bit there. If we try to expand Greg more, we think we can get a little
more out of him in what he can do, so it’s a little bit of an experiment with us
now. We’ll play him on the outside, and then probably later on in camp move him
on the inside.</p></blockquote>


Fewelldid not exactly give Jones a ringing endorsement when he said Jones is
going to split time with an undrafted rookie in <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jake Muasau" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jake-muasau/" rel="tag nofollow">Jake
Muasau</a> during OTA's. If Jones can not learn to play both middle and outside
linebacker, the team could decide to move on from him.</p>


<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jake Muasau" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jake-muasau/" rel="tag nofollow">Jake
Muasau</a>, Clint Sintim, and Spencer Paysinger (http://www.giants101.com/tag/spencer-paysinger/) will also compete for roster spots.
However, the team can not keep ten linebackers on the final roster. The major
determining factor in who will fill out the bottom of the linebacker depth chart
will depend heavily on who can contribute the most to special teams.</p>


Although 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> won the Super Bowl last season, they finished 25th in the league in
points allowed and 27th in the league in total yards allowed. The inconsistent
play from the linebacker position was a major contributing factor to those
statistics. There are several questions that the team must answer throughout the
duration of training camp in terms of who will make the team and what position
they will play. However, with no more rookies being expected to contribute
significantly, look for improved linebacker play 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> in 2012."</p>GIANTS, DAVID DIEHL RELEASE STATEMENTS REGARDING DWI CHARGE (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/11/statements-from-both-new-york-giants-and-david-diehl-regarding-dwi-charge/)

"Last night, New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants offensive linemen <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with David Diehl" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/david-diehl/" rel="tag nofollow">David
Diehl</a> was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/david-diehl-offensive-line-star-ny-giants-busted-smashing-ride-multiple-parked-cars-article-1.1093248). This morning, Diehl
was f (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/11/new-york-giants-david-diehl-arrested-on-suspicion-of-drunken-driving/)ormally charged with (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/11/new-york-giants-david-diehl-arrested-on-suspicion-of-drunken-driving/)DWI (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/11/new-york-giants-david-diehl-arrested-on-suspicion-of-drunken-driving/).


The following statement was released by Diehl via Twitter a short time
ago:</p>
<blockquote>


"I've worked hard during my career to set a positive example, and yesterday I
fell far short of this standard. I apologize to my family, my fans, the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants, and the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/). I made a
poor decision that I sincerely regret, and, as always, take full responsibility
for my actions."</p></blockquote>


Diehl is a ten year veteran out of the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. He made the Pro Bowl in 2010 and has been the teams' most
versatile offensive linemen over the last several years because of his ability
to play both guard and tackle positions.</p>


The New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants released the following statement regarding Diehl's arrest:</p>
<blockquote>


<span></span><span></span>"Obviously we are aware of the situation,
although we have not yet had a chance to discuss it with David. Since it is an
ongoing legal matter, we will refrain from comment at this time, although we
will say that David has been an outstanding representative of this organization
for the past 10 years, and nobody knows more than David does what is expected of
our players both on and off the field.”<span></span></p></blockquote>


<span></span>Diehl is subject to the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) Personal Conduct Policy as a result of his actions.
However, because he is a first time offender, a suspension is unlikely."</p>http://www.giants101.com/

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<a href="http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/6/12/3081592/jake-ballard-claimed-by-new-england-patriots-new-york-giants">JAKE BALLARD CLAIMED OFF WAIVERS

Captain Chaos
06-12-2012, 09:04 AM
Thanks Roanoke!!!

RoanokeFan
06-12-2012, 09:31 AM
Thanks Roanoke!!!

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BigBlue1971
06-12-2012, 01:11 PM
many thanks Roanoke!</P>


Ballard was a great find for 1 year at least! i like the guy and hopefully he does make it back here.</P>

RoanokeFan
06-12-2012, 01:14 PM
many thanks Roanoke!</p>


Ballard was a great find for 1 year at least! i like the guy and hopefully he does make it back here.</p>

I hope his story as a GIANT is not over.

DownWitJPP
06-12-2012, 01:44 PM
many thanks Roanoke!</p>


Ballard was a great find for 1 year at least!* i like the guy and hopefully he does make it back here.</p>

I hope his story as a GIANT is not over.


agreed, I hope they re-sign him next year. He may not be the fastest guy, but he always seems to be open and makes tough catches

midnite_nj
06-12-2012, 02:16 PM
Plus 1, Im a big fan of Ballard also. Here's to a speedy recovery to ya Jake. I wont forget Bavarro jr. anytime soon. See ya next year in Blue !!!

nygsb42champs
06-13-2012, 02:15 PM
Thanks for all the news RF.

RoanokeFan
06-13-2012, 05:09 PM
Thanks for all the news RF.

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