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GIANTS' CORNERBACK PRINCE AMUKAMARA IMPRESSING TOM COUGHLIN IN FIRST FULL OFFSEASON (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_cornerback_prince_amuka.html)

"Prince Amukamara is like a glorified rookie at this point,
given how much time he missed with a broken foot after what was already an
abbreviated 2011 offseason.

“Prince is making progress, yeah, he is,” Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants) coach Tom Coughlin
said of last year’s first-round pick. “They’re letting him do up to a point and
he’s out there competing. It’s a whole different year for him, really, since he
has had that experience and a lot of that is behind him. He’s doing a good job.
Hopefully, he’s going to continue.”</p>

I mentioned in <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_tackle_will_beattys_bac.html">Tuesday’s
practice report </a>and previously here Amukamara has to work on playing
aggressively and with an edge. Coughlin expects that part of the game to come in

“That will happen,” Coughlin said, “If he gets himself in position where he;s
comfortable and knows what he’s doing, we have seen that other aspect – the
physical part of the play. You saw it, too. As a collegiate player, that's what
he was. He was a physical player.”</p>

* * * *</p>

And now, the rundown of today’s practice, which included a bunch of
interceptions left on the field by Amukamara’s buddies in the defensive
backfield. But first, the injuries:</p>

--Sitting out: TE Travis Beckum (knee), CB Corey
Webster (hamstring), WR Hakeem Nicks (foot), DT
Chris Canty (knee), LB Clint Sintim (knee), DT
Shaun Rogers (elbow) and DT Markus Kuhn (work

--CB Terrell Thomas (knee) sat out all of today’s session
after doing limited work for much of the spring. We’ll see if he’s back on
Thursday. Similarly, it appeared RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) was
held out today as well.</p>

--DE Osi Umenyiora was back in action after sitting out on
Tuesday in order to pace himself and manage unspecified “soreness,” as Coughlin
termed it. Umenyiora ran with the second team but was also a part of the
first-string "NASCAR" (four defensive end) package.</p>

--No team reps for S Kenny Phillips (knee) and LT
Will Beatty (back).</p>

--LB/DE Adrian Tracy left practice briefly after appearing
to knock or jam his left elbow. (He missed all of the 2010 season with a right
elbow injury.) Tracy, who impressed LBs coach Jim Herrmann with
a nice pass-rush move early in practice, got the elbow wrapped and returned to
show good speed in chasing WR Jerrel Jernigan on a crossing
route. He appeared to be fine.</p>

* * * * </p>

To the action we go:</p>

--Okay, so I mentioned the dropped interceptions. All of them were on passes
by QB Eli Manning. The guilty parties were: rookie CB
Jayron Hosley, S Stevie Brown and S
Antrel Rolle. Hosley jumped a route at the start of 7-on-7
passing drills but couldn’t bring it in. The entire defense groaned and safeties
coach David Merritt told Hosley, “You owe us one!” Brown’s
dropped pick came right after that. Rolle’s would’ve been a tough one but
probably should’ve been caught. He had slipped underneath a slant route from
Manning to WR Domenik Hixon in the end zone.</p>

--CB Justin Tryon had seen enough of the drops. While his
fellow DBs were missing out on the easy interceptions, he grabbed a tough one by
getting position on WR Rueben Randle as the rookie tried to run
a hook route. Tryon won that little battle and held on to the ball from QB
David Carr for a nice interception.</p>

--Just so you don’t panic about the camp Manning has had so far (eye roll),
I’ll let you know he had a terrific touch pass to TE Bear
Pascoe on a route up the right seam over LB Jacquian
Williams. Manning also got LB Michael Boley to jump
offside with the hard count to start the play.</p>

--Speaking of Pascoe, he said this today: "My plan is right now to work hard
and make our team better and hopefully kind of take over that No. 1 spot." We'll
see if he can do it.</p>

--WR Ramses Barden put on a show with a few sliding grabs
from Carr in the 2-minute drill to end practice. One catch required excellent
concentration because LB Keith Rivers was breaking underneath
him in an attempt to get a hand on the pass. The other one came with CB
Bruce Johnson on his back. The one negative for Barden today
came early in practice when he got past Tryon on a go route and had very good
separation, only to have to work back to an underthrown ball from Manning. He
went up to try getting the ball with a one-handed attempt that didn’t seem to
please the coaches.</p>

--The defensive coaches, particularly Merritt, are really working hard to
coach up undrafted free agent S Jojo Nicolas, whom Merritt
praised when he was able to track TE Ryan Purvis out of a bunch
formation. Nicolas came down and fought through traffic to get to Purvis when he
recognized the out route. Later, Nicolas was slow to react while playing the
deep middle. He could’ve come crashing down to step in front of the receiver
running the out cut and make a play on the ball. “That should be a pick, Jojo!”
defensive coordinator Perry Fewell yelled. And finally, it was
Hixon yelling at Nicolas during team drills when he said, “Watch yourself! Pick
(me) up!” after he set up to lay out Nicolas on a crack-back block. Hixon and
Merritt then had a playful exchange of gestures seemingly about whether it
would’ve been a clipping penalty or a clean hit by Hixon. Whatever the case,
Nicolas’ head would’ve been ringing. But thanks to the no-contact rules of
practice, he stayed in there and did a good job of communicating with CB
Dante Hughes to cover Randle on a hook route, forcing QB
Ryan Perrilloux to throw wide and incomplete of Randle.</p>

--You can tell former Rutgers CB Brandon Bing trusts his
speed. (And he does have plenty of it, by the way.) He wasn’t giving Randle much
of a cushion, nor was he backpedaling much, as Randle ran the “stem” of his
route toward him. Obviously, he felt he could turn and sprint to cover any deep
stuff. When Randle broke on an in cut, Bing was right on his hip, forcing the
quarterback to look elsewhere.</p>

--One of the big issues with Perrilloux the coaches have been trying to fix
and that we’ve written about at length is his ability to see the whole field. On
Tuesday, he missed Randle running free through the secondary. Today, he had WR
David Douglas breaking past the DB on a go route but instead
chose to throw for Purvis in traffic on a post up the middle. The ball fell
incomplete. However, Perrilloux did lay one perfectly for WR Dan
DePalma on a sail route near the sideline. Hughes was underneath
DePalma, who ran a nice route, and clearly DePalma thought Hughes was going to
get a hand on it because the ball hit him right in the face mask. “That was a
great pass,” a shocked DePalma said as he jogged back to the huddle.</p>

--Jernigan showed good hands on a quick out from Carr. He had to kind of
reach back and turn his body to make the catch. Jernigan had a few grabs late in
practice, too.</p>

--Undrafted WR Brandon Collins ran a pair of stop-and-go
routes very well. One was up the middle of the field and didn’t result in a
completion because the ball from Perrilloux was behind him (tough to see if LB
Chase Blackburn got a hand on it, but he was at least close)
and the other was up the left sideline forcing CB Janzen
Jackson to grab him after he bit on the stutter step. Good shiftiness
by Collins on both of those routes. Plus, he added some more on a post-corner
route pas Hughes in red-zone drills to grab a touchdown when he barely got both
feet in. “Put your hands up!” Bradshaw yelled to the rookie. Added Hixon, “Call
it now!” Collins seemed to nod at their advice but decided to humbly jog back to
the huddle. Smart move, rook.</p>

--I can’t recall if I mentioned or not that Jackson is playing corner despite
arriving as a safety. At 6-1, 190 pounds, he’s much better suited at this point
to play corner.</p>

--I got an email last night about the lack of updates on DT Marvin
Austin, to which I told the gentleman what I’ve written here a bunch:
there’s really no point in trying to assess the play of the interior lineman
because there’s no contact and the players aren’t wearing pads. We’ll wait until
like drills and games for that. That being said, DT Martin Parker
got off the ball really quickly on one play to get past OT Joel
Reinders and into the backfield to make a stop on RB Da’Rel
Scott. That play reminded me of how Parker did a bunch of that last
summer in camp before injuring his foot and being knocked out for the season.
It’s a small sample size, but Parker has flashed. He’s a guy I’m interested to
see in camp and in the preseason.</p>

--Rookie RB David Wilson continues to look as quick and
shifty as advertised. He's going to make some people miss.
</p>--And finally, I recall writing about how LB Mark Herzlich’s
pass coverage needed to improve after the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last
season. (To his credit, <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/11/giants-eagles_game_review_it_a.html">he
was the one who said he struggled in that department that night</a>.) I’ve been
watching Herzlich in coverage from time to time this spring, and something tells
me we’ll be writing about how solid he is in pass coverage because he’s been
looking extremely sharp in that department this offseason."


GIANTS' JERRY REESE ADMITS HE EXPECTED JAKE BALLARD TO CLEAR WAIVERS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_jerry_reese_admits_he_e.html)

"In his five seasons as Giants general manager, Jerry Reese has grown
accustomed to the scrutiny and second guesses his decision-making attracts. His
response is usually the same: it's all part of a plan.

He has two Super Bowl rings to show that the plan has worked. But his latest
decision to waive Jake Ballard backfired when <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/patriots_claim_jake_ballard_of.html">the
Patriots unexpectedly claimed the tight end yesterday</a> and he admitted it
this morning in an interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio. </p>

"Yes we thought that he would clear," Reese told Bob Papa and Amani Toomer.
"It's rare but it’s not the first time something like that has happened. It's
disappointing for us that we didn't get him back. He did a tremendous job for us
and we hope he gets well soon and that he can finish his career, whether it’s
with New England or whatever team he ends up with. It was disappointing, but
that does happen, every blue moon."</p>

Reese wouldn't explain why the course of action was taken – he said an
explanation would be "pointless" – but it's obvious that the Giants were banking
on Ballard sneaking through waivers, which would then allow them to stash him
away for the 2012 season and him to return for them in 2013. Instead, the
Patriots – the final team in the waiver order – swooped in and foiled the plan.

Asked if there was any bad blood between the Giants and Patriots – whom the
Giants have beaten in the Super Bowl two of the last five seasons and are known
for their gamesmanship – Reese adamantly denied it.</p>

"No, absolutely not," he said. "There is no reason for us to have hard
feelings about it. When you put a guy on the wire, he's free game for anybody.
There are no hard feelings for us. They think that they can salvage the
situation, so we will see what happens, but again, we only wish the best for
Jake."</p>GIANTS' TRAVIS BECKUM THRILLED TO HAVE ADDED 20 POUNDS TO HISF RAME (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_travis_beckum_thrilled.html)

"Nobody goes into a Weight Watchers meeting saying they’re thankful to have
put on 20 pounds.

Luckily for Travis Beckum, he was making such a statement in the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants)’ locker room, not a church

“It’s really hard for me to gain weight, so I’m actually really excited about
this,” the fourth-year tight end said today during a break at the team’s
minicamp. “I’m going to take what I can get.”</p>

Beckum, who had only one impact play last season in the form of a 67-yard
touchdown against the Green Bay Packers, is up to 242 pounds, his highest figure
since before his rookie season and a weight he reached recently by chowing down
on “candy, fried foods, I always go out to eat, so whether it be a double
cheeseburger with (Big) Mac sauce from McDonald’s … Sometimes it’s not
necessarily the best of foods, but it’s one of those things. Your body just
feels so much better.”</p>

I had one person ask me on Twitter if it was a good idea for a player coming
back from a torn ACL to be adding 20 pounds. (Beckum was 222 post-surgery, 232
at the end of last season) I have no clue for sure, but I would think he did all
of this in consultation with the training staff.</p>

Beckum, as a “move” tight end who also lines up in the slot, is obviously
trying to improve upon his ability to move some defenders around and also to
create space in traffic. And he’s pleased with the weight gain, which is kind of
coincidental seeing as how there was some recent grumbling about fellow tight
end <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_martellus_bennett_im_no.html">Martellus
Bennett adding what position coach Mike Pope felt was too much weight</a>.</p>

“Yeah, he’s a big boy,” Beckum said of Bennett. “Martellus has a lot more
room in his body that he can play around with that weight. He’s like 6-12
(actually 6-6).”</p>

Anyway, back to Beckum and his knee, which he said feels fine today after on
Tuesday running on it for the first time since his surgery.</p>

“I kind of did some type of jogging in place today and what I felt (Tuesday)
I don’t feel today so I guess that’s a good sign,” he said, adding this when
asked if he felt some discomfort while running: “Not necessarily discomfort,
just a feeling I hadn’t felt in a while. Kind of weird just because of the whole
patella situation*. I kind of felt something on my patella, right where my scar

“Today I didn’t feel that, so I’m assuming it’s just breaking up of the scar
tissue but my knee feels great.”</p>

*The “patella situation” to which he’s referring is the piece of the
tendon they took to make the graft for the new ACL.</p>

Beckum isn’t sure when he’ll run again. He’ll continue his rehab over the
coming weeks but wants to make sure he doesn’t do too much. He remains hopeful
he’ll be ready for opening day, though there’s still a chance he’ll remain on
the physically-unable-to-perform list through the first six weeks-plus.</p>

Obviously, that’s a better prognosis than the one facing Jake Ballard.</p>

“I figured it was for a roster spot,” Beckum said of <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_waive_jake_ballard_re-s.html">the
decision to waive Ballard</a>. “But we have 90 now. (That’s) plenty. That’s just
the nature of the business. A lot of them aren’t going to make the team. I’m
assuming they did it for a roster spot.”</p>

They did. But they <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/patriots_claim_jake_ballard_of.html">lost
Ballard in the process</a>.</p>

“We’re going to be fine because Coach Pope does a great job of telling us
what we need to do and what we don’t need to do,” Beckum said. “And Coach
(Kevin) Gilbride does a good job of implementing the tight end in this offense.
Obviously, it’s a big loss with Jake. He wasn’t going to be able to play this
year but that’s just the nature of the business.”</p>GIANTS DISAPPOINTED WITH LOSING JAKE BALLARD TO THE PATRIOTS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_disappointed_with_losin.html)

"1 pm: UPDATED with Bill Belichick reaction

Tom Coughlin was orchestrating practice yesterday when he was notified that
tight end Jake Ballard had been claimed by the Patriots, the team that Ballard
torched in Week 9 of the regular season and against whom he tore his ACL in the
Giants' Super Bowl XLVI victory.</p>

The surprise won't have an effect on the Giants' 2012 campaign; they were
already going under the assumption that Ballard was going to miss the entire
season due to the ACL injury. But he was in the team's long-term plans and the
Giants' decision to waive Ballard was simply a formality in their attempt to
stash him away for 2012 in anticipation of his return in 2013. </p>

<a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/patriots_claim_jake_ballard_of.html">Then
in stepped Bill Belichick and the Patriots to claim Ballard </a>and ruin the

"Discouraged is a minor description," Coughlin said this morning. "I'm very
disappointed. I don't have a lot to say about that one. It's just the fact that
we're disappointed, very disappointed."

Coughlin admitted the decision to waive Ballard was "a calculated risk," but
it is clear that the Giants expected Ballard to pass through waivers without a
claim. And that it's the New England Patriots, the team the Giants has beaten in
the Super Bowl two of the last five seasons and is known for its gamesmanship,
adds to the intrigue.</p>

Coughlin, however, said it was "the nature of the business" and wouldn't
accuse the Patriots of a lack of professional courtesy when asked. </p>

"Whatever the options are based on what the rules are, based on the
procedural circumstance, all is fair," Coughlin said. </p>

Belichick was asked by reporters today whether what the Patriots did was

"First of all, there aren't any unwrittens. You can't negotiate a contract,
release him, and then re-negotiate another contract with him that was already
done in advance," <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4723798/belichick-no-unwritten-rules">Belichick
said according to ESPNBoston.com</a>. "I'm sure the Giants weren't doing that.
So the player is on waivers, he's on waivers -- ours or anybody else's. I don't
know what unwrittens you're talking about.</p>

"Any time you put a player on waivers, you know there are 31 teams out there
that can take him if they want him. We all know that. There is no secrets about
that." </p>

Asked why the Giants simply didn't keep him on the roster and avoiding taking
the chance of losing him, Coughlin wouldn't go into specifics.</p>

"Don’t ask me those questions," he said. "I don’t have the answers for you
there. We are all disappointed, that’s all."</p>

Offensive lineman Jim Cordle was Ballard's teammate for six years dating back
to their time together at Ohio State and when center David Baas told him the
news as he was heading off the field after practice yesterday Cordle didn't
believe him.</p>

Sure enough, when he looked back at Ballard he saw "a sad look on his face."
Cordle said he had talked with Ballard about the possibility of a team claiming
him, but he was still "shocked" by the news. </p>

"You hope he's not being used in spite of the Giants or whatever," Cordle
said. "Obviously here he fits into the offense. He's a tight end that can run
block, play-action pass, run down the field and catch some big passes. Hopefully
he's utilized in New England to his ability."</p>GIANTS' CHRIS CANTY SAYS HIS KNEE WAS "80 PERCENT" FOR STRETCH RUN LAST SEASON (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_chris_canty_says_his_kn_1.html)

"Chris Canty had his most productive year as a Giant this past season and it
was arguably the best of his career.

So it should be deemed even more impressive now that he’s revealed he was
managing a knee injury from about mid-November on.</p>

“Yeah, well the last third of the regular season and playoffs, I was probably
operating at 80 percent because of what I was dealing with pain-wise and
managing it,” the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants)’ defensive
tackle, who underwent surgery in February, said today before the second practice
of minicamp. “But I’ll be excited to be healthy and back out there. Anytime you
have an injury, you’re excited just to get healthy.”</p>

Canty remains out of action, though he said he’s on track to return for
training camp next month. And in his opinion, the fact he’s still sidelined
should be enough to put to rest <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_chris_canty_says_his_kn.html">the
notion he was faking an injury </a>when he went down during a sustained drive by
the Green Bay Packers late in the Divisional Round playoff victory in

The Packers’ fans got on Canty that day, especially given <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/09/giants_s_deon_grant_says_he_di.html">Deon
Grant and Jacquian Williams had taken a dive</a> earlier in the season. And
during the Super Bowl XLVI pregame show, guest analyst Aaron Rodgers said he
could hear from the conversations on the field <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/02/giants_super_bowl_2012_for_jak.html">some
Giants players were faking injuries</a>.</p>

Rodgers didn’t mention anyone by name, but it was pretty clear he meant
Canty. But four months later, Canty is sidelined.</p>

“Yeah, exactly,” he said with a laugh before turning serious. “So I don’t
really have a response to him being accusatory or anything like that. It’s
unfortunate a fellow player would think that about another player and about
injuries. You try to have something called professional courtesy. You don’t want
to accuse somebody of something (when) you don’t understand the full

“But you should (understand). That’s not excuse. He should understand
first-hand what NFL players go through and he should be sympathetic toward that.
And I’m disappointed he made that comment.”</p>

Canty didn’t get into the specifics of his surgery. When asked if it was
merely a scope, he said team physician Russ Warren “took care of a few other
things in there,” so it’s evident the procedure was a bit more involved.</p>

Canty, who had three of his four regular-season sacks in the final four games
(including <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/giants_defense_holds_off_jets.html">the
big safety against the Jets</a>), was also asked if he had to take shots and
painkillers before games.</p>

“It was interesting, it was interesting,” Canty said. “They created some kind
of something to get me through. We got me through and we got the ring.”</p>

Something else created for Canty a few years ago was his facemask with the
increased number of bars to prevent offensive linemen from getting their fingers
in there. <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/10/giants_justin_tuck_plays_keep-.html">Justin
Tuck wore a similar facemask last season</a> and got plenty of attention for

Now, <a href="https://twitter.com/Giants/status/212604308590575616">Tuck has
a new one</a> with even more bars on it. Canty smiled as he told a few reporters
he’s begun to design one to trump Tuck's new one as well and vowed to soon
“unveil Maximus,” which apparently is his name for his new invention.</p>

“The innovator and the originator,” Canty said of himself. “There will not be
any duplicators.”</p>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

--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

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>http://www.nj.com/giants/

</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS</font></u><div>
<div class="entry-body">ANGRY GIANTS' COACH TOM COUGHLIN "VERY DISAPPOINTED" TO LOSE TIGHT END JAKE BALALRD (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/angry-ny-giants-coach-tom-coughlin-disappointed-lose-tight-jake-ballard-waivers-patriots-article-1.1094913)

"Tom Coughlin (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Tom+Coughlin) was on
the practice field on Tuesday when he saw Jake Ballard (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jake+Ballard) walk
through the doors for the final time. By then, he already had the news that the
tight end had been claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots.<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">

And he clearly wasn't pleased.</p>

The Giants coach was clearly angry at losing Ballard when he spoke to the
press before practice on Wednesday. It wasn't clear whether he was angry at the
Patriots for claiming him, at his general manager for exposing Ballard to
waivers, or just at the situation in general. But it was clear he was angry at

Asked if he was "discouraged" by losing Ballard, Coughlin said "Discouraged
is a minor description."</p>

"Very disappointed," he said. "I don't have a lot to say about that. Just the
fact that we're disappointed. Very disappointed."</p>

The Patriots' claim of Ballard was a surprise, considering the second-year
tight end was coming off major surgery on his knee. He tore his ACL in the Super
Bowl (against the Patriots) and needed surgery to repair that and a simultaneous
microfracture procedure. He is not expected to play at all until 2013.</p>

Given that, the Giants assumed they could sneak him through waivers,
according to a team source, and add him to their Physically Unable to
Perform/Reserve list. That would allow them to carry Ballard without having him
count against their 90-man roster, and they would retain his rights through next
March when he would be an "exclusive rights" free agent.</p>

But the Patriots, who seemingly have plenty of tight ends on their roster,
foiled those plans by putting in a claim. The Pats were 31st on the waiver
priority list, meaning they were the only team that put in a claim on Ballard
and the last team he had to get by before he would've returned to the Giants.
They are now on the hook for his $540,000 salary and as long as they keep him on
the 90-man roster through the first round of cuts in August they'll be able to
stash him on PUP and later injured reserve without having to waive him

The Giants could have done that too, which brings up an interesting question:
With summer rosters now expanded from 80 to 90, why not just keep Ballard on the
roster instead of taking what Coughlin called the "calculated risk" of trying to
slip him through waivers?</p>

"Don't ask me those questions," Coughlin said. "I don't have the answers for
you. We're all disappointed. That's all."</p>

Giants GM Jerry Reese was not immediately available for comment, though it's
hard to believe Reese would've made the move over Coughlin's objections. It
seems more likely they collaborated on the decision, which obviously didn't work

And so the Giants lost a player who surprised everyone by catching 38 passes
for 604 yards and four touchdowns in 14 regular season games. He was lost for
the 2012 season, but Coughlin sounded convinced that Ballard would be able to
return and have an impact in 2013.</p>

"I certainly thought so, for sure," Coughlin said. "So did everybody. The
whole building thought that way. Everyone did. Obviously it was a calculated
risk and it didn't work."</p>

Was he surprised the Patriots were the ones that claimed Ballard? "I don't
have any comment on that one," Coughlin said. "It's the nature of the

And yes, despite some chatter that the Patriots broke some unwritten rule of
claiming an injured player, Coughlin said that's not the case at all.</p>

"I don't think there's any question about that part of it," he said.
"Whatever the options are based on what the rules are, based on the procedural
circumstance, all is fair."</p></div>
</div>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><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants">http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants
<div><div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>
COUGHLNI "VERY DISAPPOINTED" ABOUT GIANTS LOSING BALLARD (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/coughlin_very_disappointed_about_g6UUKszDWJ5kfKTUu kXfHK)

"A clearly irritated Tom Coughlin on Wednesday said to characterize himself as
discouraged is “a minor description’’ of the way he feels about the Giants
losing tight end Jake Ballard to the Patriots and, while stopping short of
blasting his own front office, certainly made his feelings known that he’s not
happy.<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">

“Very disappointing,’’ Coughlin said. “I don’t have a lot to say about that
one. Just the fact we’re disappointed, very disappointed.’’</p>

Oh, but Coughlin did have more to say. A day earlier, the Giants were stunned
when the Patriots claimed Ballard off waivers. Ballard can’t play this season
while he recovers from a devastating knee injury suffered in the third quarter
of Super Bowl XLVI – playing for the Giants and against the Patriots. On Monday,
Ballard as expected failed his physical and the Giants waived him, believing
this was simply a procedural move and that once he cleared waivers he’d revert
back to their Physically Unable to Perform/reserve list to spend the 2012 season
rehabbing his knee, hoping to make a return in 2013. </p>

To ensure that Ballard’s rights were protected, the Giants could have kept
him on their 90-man training camp roster until making a move with him to PUP
after camp. The Giants front office decided not to take that safer option,
feeling fairly certain no team would put in a waiver claim on a tight end who
can’t play at all this season.</p>

Asked why the Giants didn’t simply keep Ballard protected on the roster,
Coughlin snapped “Don’t ask me those questions. I’m not the … I don’t have the
answers for you. We’re all disappointed, that’s all.’’</p>

Coughiln said it was his belief that Ballard could return in 2013 and be a
productive player. “I certainly thought so, for sure,’’ he said. “So did
everybody, the whole building felt that way. Everyone did.’’</p>

Putting Ballard on waivers, in Coughlin’s view, was “a calculated risk that
didn’t work.’’</p>

That the Patriots were the one team to put in a claim on Ballard surprised
many in that they are well-stocked at tight end with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron
Hernandez. It was not a surprise, though, in that Bill Belichick has made these
types of unconventional moves before, stockpiling players that on the surface it
does not appear he needs. Asked if he was surprised the Patriots picked up
Ballard, Coughlin said “I don’t have any comment on that one’’ and then added
“it’s the nature of the business.’’</p>

Given that it was clear the Giants were trying to get Ballard through waivers
to put him on their PUP list, did the Patriots breach any professional courtesy
protocol? “Whatever the options are based on what the rules are, based on the
procedural circumstance all is fair,’’ Coughlin said.</p>

In New England, Pats coach Bill Belichick scoffed at the notion that the
Patriots broke any unwritten rules by claiming an injured Ballard.</p>

“First of all, there aren't any unwrittens,'' Belichick said. "You can’t
negotiate a contract, release him, and then re-negotiate another contract with
him that was already done in advance. I’m sure the Giants weren’t doing that. So
the player is on waivers, he’s on waivers — ours or anybody else’s. I don’t know
what unwrittens you’re talking about.</p>

“Any time you put a player on waivers, you know there are 31 teams out there
that can take him if they want him. We all know that. There is no secrets about

Ballard, 24, caught 38 passes last season and was a revelation for the
Giants, given that he was an undrafted player out of Ohio State. He arrived at
the Giants facility on Tuesday figuring he’d cleared waivers but was informed
that the Patriots at 3:50 p.m. claimed him, 10 minutes before the waiver

“It was kind of a shock to everybody,’’ tight end Bear Pascoe said.</p>

“He sat back there with [head trainer] Ronnie and Ronnie called me
over so I went back there and I could just look at Jake’s face that he ended up
getting picked up,’’ added tight end Travis Beckum. “Obviously he built a
reputation here, he’s very close with the guys here, the staff, the team and I
think if he could have picked he would have picked to stay here but that is not
how the NFL works and you got to take what you can get sometimes.’’</p>

Beckum understood that this situation could have been avoided. </p>

“I figured it was for a roster spot but we have 90 guys here now, a lot of
‘em aren’t going to make the team,’’ Beckum said. “I’m assuming they did it for
a roster spot and with Jake’s injury, knowing that he wasn’t going to be able to
play next year they figured they could put him on waivers and bring him back, no
team would pick him up.’’</p>

That is what the Giants figured, but they figured wrong." </p>GIANTS' GM DECLINES EXPLANATION ON SURPRISING BALLARD CLAIM (http://www.nypost.com/blogs/giantsblog)

"Giants general manager Jerry Reese admitted he thought tight end Jake Ballard
would clear waivers and was surprised when the Patriots on Tuesday claimed the
injured tight end.<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">

“Yes, we thought that he would clear,’’ Reese said Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL
Radio. “It's rare but it’s not the first time something like that has happened.
It's disappointing for us that we didn't get him back. He did a tremendous job
for us and we hope he gets well soon and that he can finish his career, whether
it’s with New England or whatever team he ends up with. It was disappointing,
but that does happen, every blue moon.’’</p>

Reese, asked to explain the Giants course of action – they could have
protected Ballard’s rights by keeping him on the 90-player training camp roster
– declined to offer any specifics as to his thinking.</p>

“I could explain it, but I don't want to explain it because it’s really
irrelevant at this point,’’ Reese said. “All I want to say about Jake is he did
a tremendous job for us and we hope he gets well soon. It’s really pointless for
me at this point to try explain it to people. Again, you said, it happens all
the time but it’s rare that somebody takes a guy under these conditions off the
waiver wire, but it happened and we wish Jake all the best.’’</p>

The Patriots claimed Ballard even though he will miss the entire 2012 season
following knee surgery. Reese said there’s no bad blood with the Patriots.</p>

“There is no reason for us to have hard feelings about it,’’ Reese said.
“When you put a guy on the wire, he's free game for anybody. There are no hard
feelings for us. They think that they can salvage the situation, so we will see
what happens, but again, we only wish the best for Jake.’’</p>GIANTS' CANTY RESPONDS TO PACKERS' QB OVER FAKING INJURIES (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/giants_canty_responds_to_packers_AEzHVh2U2TvlDOaj8 MS6mL)

"When he appeared on NBC’s Super Bowl pregame show before the Giants defeated
the Patriots in February, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said the Giants
faked injuries in their 37-20 win over Green Bay in the NFC Divisional Playoffs
on Jan. 15.<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">

When the topic was broached with Chris Canty Wednesday, the Giants defensive
lineman – who was booed at Lambeau Field when he went down with an injury and
had to be helped off the field – didn’t hold back.</p>

“I don’t really have a response to a QB being accusatory or anything like
that,” Canty said. “It’s unfortunate that a fellow player would think that about
another player, and about injuries and another player.</p>

“You try to have something called professional courtesy, you know? You don’t
want to accuse somebody of something when you don’t know the full circumstances.
But … that’s no excuse. He should understand. He knows first-hand what NFL
players go through, and he should be sympathetic towards that, and I’m
disappointed he made that comment.”</p>

Canty had to be helped off the field during the game because of his
troublesome left knee, which he had surgery on after the season, but later
returned to the game.</p>

Appearing with Bob Costas on the pregame show, Rodgers had said the Patriots
could see some of the Giants trying to slow down their high-powered offense the
same way he believed they did in their regular season meeting a few weeks

“It was a big part of our game-plan to try to speed the tempo up against
them,” Rodgers said. “Keep them on the field for longer drives, do everything at
the line of scrimmage … to combat that, there was a little bit of gamesmanship
on their side, some phantom injuries, you might call them, to try to slow us
down and give them some time to recover during a couple of those drives. </p>

“Check it out tonight. “If the Patriots get into a rhythm, and do a few
drives in a row, you might see a little of that gamesmanship from the
</div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>
<u><font size="4">WALL STREET JOURNAL</font></u>


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

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html">http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>
GIANTS' KEITH RIVERS ON HIS ACQUISITION: "IT'S ARMED ROBBERY" (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/11/new-york-giants-re-sign-rocky-bernard-waivefailed-physical-jake-ballard/)

"During the offseason, the <a href="http://www.giants101.com/2012/04/11/new-york-giants-acquire-keith-rivers-from-cincinnati-bengals-for-5th-round-pick/" target="_blank">New York Giants acquired Keith Rivers from the Cincinnati
Bengals</a> for a fifth-round draft pick. It was a low risk move for a player
who, in 2008, was drafted ninth overall out of USC. However, Rivers believes he
is worth much more than a fifth-round pick. In fact, he thinks the Giants got
such a good deal, it was practically criminal.

"I was the ninth pick in the draft," Rivers said Tuesday. "Anywhere near that
[level of play for the Giants] and it's beyond a steal. It's armed

Although Rivers believes he is capable of becoming a major contributor to the
Giants' quest to defend their Super Bowl, it's his responsibility to prove that
he is still capable of producing like the player many thought he could be.</p>

Rivers showed promise during his rookie season in Cincinnati; however, his
season ended when Steelers receiver Hines Ward blindsided him and broke his jaw (http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d80bc199e/WK-7-Keith-Rivers-injury).
His career was further derailed by injury when he missed all of last season due
to a wrist injury. However, Rivers in anxious to get back onto gridiron.</p>

"For me it's more about proving to myself that I am who I was and nothing has
changed. It's a situation where when you've been hurt, you always want to show
people what they've been missing. I'm excited to get out there and prove a lot
of things to myself. Whenever you get hurt, there's always a little bit of 'Will
I come back the same way?' And you work hard to make sure that you

Rivers is currently <a href="http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/11/new-york-giants-linebackers-question-marks-heading-into-training-camp/" target="_blank">playing behind Michael Boley at the weak-side linebacker
position</a>. If he has a good preseason, Rivers could entice Defensive
Coordinator Perry Fewell to move Boleyto middle linebacker and start him on the
weak-side. Furthermore, second year players <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Mark Herzlich" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/mark-herzlich/" rel="tag nofollow">Mark
Herzlich</a> and Jacquian Williams will also push Rivers for playing time.
However, if he can master the defensive schemes, as well as learn the middle
linebacker position, look for <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Keith Rivers" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/keith-rivers/" rel="tag nofollow">Keith
Rivers</a> to contribute significantly in 2012."</p>GIANTS' COREY WEBSTER REMAINS SIDELINED WITH HAMSTRING ISSUE (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/13/new-york-giants-corey-webster-remains-sidelined-with-hamstring-issue/)

"As <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> mini-camp nears the end of its second day, there seems to be more
focus on what will come in Training Camp than what players are or aren’t doing
in mandatory Organized Team Activities.

Cornerback <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Corey Webster" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/corey-webster/" rel="tag nofollow">Corey
Webster</a> hasn’t been a participant in May or June OTAs and now, noticeably,
not in mandatory team practices. Head Coach Tom Coughlin isn’t viewing this as
an opportunity to overreact, but to remain cautious.</p>

“Webster has been the same way since we got here –- the hamstring,” Coughlin
said. “Now you are getting close to camp, you certainly don’t want to have any
setbacks now.”</p></blockquote>

Webster remains the Giants’ number one corner and coverage man in the
defensive backfield. Holding him out in spring training should do nothing but
help to help prevent setbacks for down the road – when his skills are needed

Meanwhile, second year cornerback <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> is on the mend and nearing a return to 100%.</p>

“Prince is making progress,” Coughlin said. “They are letting him go, up to a
point, and he is out there competing. It is a whole different year for him,
really. Since he has had that experience and a lot of that is behind him. He is
doing a good job. Hopefully he is going to continue.”</p></blockquote>http://www.giants101.com/

<u>[b]<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>

JAKE BALLARD: HOW BIG OF A LOSS FOR THE GIANTS? (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/6/13/3082874/jake-ballard-new-york-giants-new-england-patriots-martellus-bennett-adrien-robinson?tw_p=twt)

"New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
coach Tom Coughlin said today that trying to pass injured tight end Jake Ballard (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108531/jake-ballard)
through waivers, a move that didn't work when the Giants 2011 starter was
claimed by the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-england-patriots">New England
Patriots</a>, was a "calculated risk."<div id="col-content" class="col col-content"><div id="entries" class="entries"><div class="grid_8 entry "><div class="entry-body">

[Related: [url="http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/6/13/3083121/tom-coughlin-press-conference-06-13-12-new-york-giants-jake-ballard"]Tom Coughlin Wednesday Transcript (http://twitter.com/NYPost_Schwartz/status/212924104154693633)]</p>

Reporters present at Wednesday's mini-camp clearly gave the impression that
Coughlin was not happy about losing Ballard, who caught 38 passes in 14
regular-season games in 2011.</p>

Just how upset should Coughlin, and the Giants, be about losing Ballard?</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>

Without doubt this is not the outcome the Giants wanted, or expected. They
were apparently hoping to pass Ballard through waivers, bring him back and place
him on IR. The Patriots, though, ruined the plan.</p>

Reality is that if they wanted to keep Ballard this is a gamble the Giants
probably should not have taken. Just like last season when GM Jerry Reese strung
Steve Smith along, thinking no one would sign a player who would likely not
contribute early in the season.</p>

This is a little bit of a case of 'Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice,
shame on me' for Reese. He gambled, again -- and he lost, again.</p>

How much does it hurt the Giants? It doesn't hurt them at all in 2012. It is
pretty obvious that the 6-foot-6, 275-pound Ballard was not going to play at all
this coming season.</p>

How about long-term? Well, nobody knows. First of all, Ballard has major
damage to his knee and no one knows what kind of player he will be when he tries
to return in 2013. Second of all, no one knows how the players the Giants will
use in his stead will pan out. Will Martellus Bennett be the player the Giants
think his physical tools say he should be, or will he be the under-achiever the
Dallas Cowboys (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/dallas-cowboys)
seemed to think he was? Will fourth-round pick <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155060/adrien-robinson">Adrien
Robinson</a>, 'the JPP of tight ends,' blossom into the star the Giants seem to
think they might have uncovered?</p>

If Bennett and/or Robinson blossom into stars -- somewhat like Victor Cruz (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109584/victor-cruz)
did in replacing Smith -- this is just another unfortunate footnote. If Ballard
comes back as the same player he was in 2011 and both Bennett and Robinson flame
out then this will be a decision the Giants will wish they could do over.</p>

Only time will tell.</p>

Was this just a little gamesmanship from New England after two straight Super
Bowl losses to the Giants? Could be. They do have <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108520/rob-gronkowski">Rob
Gronkowski</a> and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108521/aaron-hernandez">Aaron
Hernandez</a>. What they could possibly do with Ballard only they know.</p>

All we can do is wait and see how it all plays out. Losing Ballard is tough
for the Giants to swallow, but as last season showed it could end up working out
just fine.</p></div></div></div></div>NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: MINI-CAMP HUMP DAY EDITION (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/6/13/3082439/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-mini-camp-hump-day-edition?tw_p=twt)

Excerpt: "Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's Hump Day, so let's take care of some
business first--there are just twelve weeks until the start of the 2012 NFL
season. That's really not far away--it's maybe a family vacation, a few rounds
of golf, some trips to the pool, maybe a few days of work and around 24 cases of
beer away. Oh wait, I forgot how hot this summer was going to be--make it 36
cases. Anyway, mini-camp is this week, so there is a lot to talk about--the
least of which is Jake Ballard (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108531/jake-ballard)
being cut, and then snapped up by the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-engla

06-14-2012, 09:16 AM
Thanks RF, lot of great info.

06-14-2012, 10:40 AM
Thanks RF, lot of great info.


G-Men Surg.
06-14-2012, 03:13 PM
Thanks RF !