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TERRELL THOMAS HAS NO DOUBT HE'LL BE READY FOR TRAINING CAMP (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_terrell_thomas_has_not.html)

"Terrell Thomas was held out of the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants)' organized team activities and their
mandatory minicamp this week, but when they open training camp on July 27 there
isn't a doubt in his mind about whether he'll be participating.


"I'll be out there," he said. "No limitations."</p>


That is, of course, unless the Giants want to play it safe with the
cornerback, who is coming off a torn ACL.</p>


"They pay me," Thomas said chuckling. "I got no choice."</p>


Thomas said he plans on going to California in the coming weeks and training
with fellow USC Trojans and others, including Carson Palmer, Matt Cassel, Matt
Leinart, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, whom he works out with out with every year.
</p>


Thomas said he expects to enter the season as the starting cornerback
opposite Corey Webster and it's a matter of registering as many reps as possible
between now and the start of the season; he says he's already overcome the
injury mentally.</p>


"The biggest thing is I trust my knee to throw in the dirt," Thomas said.
"I'm not hesitant at all. It's more just I need more reps out there, just
running around and putting my body in different situations that you can't really
do on the side."</p>


With Aaron Ross in Jacksonville, the Giants are hopeful Thomas can return to
his usual form, which resulted in five interceptions in 2009 and 2010.</p>


"He's in our plans," defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said. "We have a
back-up plan also in case he's not ready, but he's heavily I our plans and again
we'll have to wait until Albany to see which plan we go with, but like anything
that we try to do we have a Plan A and a Plan B and he is in Plan A."</p>


* * *</p>


Marvin Austin hasn't played a game in two seasons; he was kicked off the
football team at North Carolina before his senior season and tore his pectoral
in preseason last August. Yet, Fewell still has high hopes for the defensive
tackle.
</p>"He excited me last year in training camp and the preseason games," Fewell said.
"He's different than the other defensive tackles we have because he has
legitimate speed, quickness and get off and so I'm going to have to learn how to
use Marvin a little differently than how I use Linval Joseph and Shaun Rogers
and Rocky Bernard because I think that he can really cause some offensive line
some problems with the some of the things he can do."



Asked if he looked like he put on some weight and needs to improve his
conditioning, Fewell said he isn't worried.</p>


"It'll be up to Marvin now to come back in peak condition so these next five
weeks that he has off, I would assume that he will really crank it up and get
into better condition," he said. "Right after practice today he was on the
elliptical, he was working. I know we've talked about him being the best
possible condition he can possibly be in order to get peak performance and we
expect that."</p>


Fewell added, "You know what? He doesn’t look big besides
[generously-listed-at-350-pounds] Shaun Rogers."</p>


* * * </p>


Dave Tollefson is now an Oakland Raider, which means Fewell is taking
applications for a position on the NASCAR package front. An obvious candidate
would be Mathias Kiwinuka, who lined up at defensive line on several occasions
this week at minicamp.</p>


"Obviously, losing Dave was a blow for us, but we do have a plan and Kiwi
will rotate and play some defensive end," Fewell said. "More? I don't know, that
remains to be seen, but he's definitely going to be in that rotation."</p>


Fewell also highlighted Adrian Tracy and Justin Trattou as possible
replacements."</p>GIANTS' KEVIN GILBRIDE SAYS DAVID WILSON IS UNLIKE ANY PLAYER HE'S COACHED WITH THE TEAM (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_kevin_gilbride_says_dav.html)

"Kevin Gilbride has coached his fair share of dynamic weapons in his five
seasons leading the Giants offense. He's had Tiki Barber, Ahmad Bradshaw and
Brandon Jacobs at running back; and Plaxico Burress, Hakeem Nicks and Victor
Cruz at wide receiver to name a few.


The list is long and accomplished, but Gilbride doesn't believe he's ever had
a piece to utilize quite like rookie running back David Wilson. </p>


"I don't know if we've had a guy as explosive, regardless of the position,
here," said Gilbride of the Giants' first-round pick. "Tiki was a tremendous
all-around back, Brandon would give you something, Ahmad gives you toughness,
but this guy's got the explosion I'm not sure how many guys in the league have."
</p>


Gilbride, entering his sixth season as Giants offensive coordinator, added
that it's early and Wilson has plenty of learning to do before he can transfer
his skill set to when it matters most, but during the team's three-day minicamp
this week Wilson provided a dose of his potential by consistently darting to the
outside and turning the corner out of the backfield.</p>


"There are guys in this league who have physical credentials and you say,
'Oh, why can't he play?' Because he can't learn." Gilbride said. "I don't think
David's that case. I think he's going to learn, but right now he's very
definitely in step one."</p>


Gilbride contrasted Wilson to second-year running back Da'Rel Scott, whose
straightaway speed is perhaps tops on the team and is different than the
shiftiness Wilson brings. </p>


"A waterbug kind of a guy, that's what he looks like to me," Gilbride said of
Wilson.</p>


* * * </p>


With or without Jake Ballard officially on the roster, Gilbride knew he
wasn't going to get on the field in 2012 and he'd need to find another starting
tight end for the second straight season.</p>


With the timetable for Travis Beckum's return still in question, his top
options presently are Bear Pascoe and Martellus Bennett, but with Bennett
nursing a minor hamstring injury, the starting spot belongs to Pascoe. </p>


It's very similar to the position Gilbride found himself in last year.
</p>

"Right now we got a long way to go with that," Gilbride said. "In fairness
when we lost Kevin Boss [last year], I kind of was thinking, 'Woah, where are we
going to go.'</p>


"You're hoping Martellus, that's why he was brought here. You're hoping
Adrien Robinson down the road will be the guy, if not Bear's going to be the
guy. Somebody's got to do it."</p>


Ballard's inability to play in 2012 didn't make his loss to the Patriots
easier for Gilbride. </p>


"He'll be sorely missed," Gilbride said. "We knew we weren't going to have
him this year, but he was a guy that could've been a starter for a long time so
now somebody else has got to step up."</p>


* * *</p>


Over his first three seasons in the NFL, Hakeem Nicks has recorded statistics
that compare to the league's best to begin a career, becoming Eli Manning's
go-to target in the process. But even with his early success, Gilbride said the
foot injury that has Nicks out for about 12 weeks came at an inopportune time
during his career.</p>


"The thing that's a tragedy here is that there were so many things that we
were looking forward to really developing with him and really taking advantage
of this time to really focus on developing his entire skill set.</p>


"This was going to be a great chance for him to really, really – us to go
another step ahead for him. But there's nothing you can do, you can't do it.
He's hurt and he's not there."</p>


Gilbride said he hopes Nicks will be ready for the season opener, if not
training camp.</p>


"I'm hoping. I got my legs crossed, my knees are hurting from praying," he
said.</p>


With Nicks out, Gilbride said he's been impressed with Rueben Randle's speed
and threw a name out there that most don't recognize: Brandon Collins.</p>


Collins, a rookie out of out Southeastern Louisiana, made a few catches in
traffic during Tuesday's practice and Gilbride admitted he didn’t know much
about him going in. </p>


"I've seen more quickness than anything," Gilbride said. "Good speed, great
quickness, but also picking up the offense pretty quickly."</p>


* * *</p>

The similarities between Victor Cruz and Julian Talley are almost too easy.
Both are wide receivers out of UMass, both are from New Jersey and both signed
with the Giants as undrafted free agents. </p>


The two are even close friends, but Gilbride put the brakes on assuming the
two are the same on the field.</p>


"Victor is just a thicker, more muscular, type of guy," Gildbride said.
"Victor's run-after-the-catch right from the first year kind of stood out. We
haven't had a chance to assess that [with Talley]. I'll get a better – I think –
feel for him maybe two or three weeks into training camp. Right now it's hard
for me to make a good judgment on him."</p>http://www.nj.com/giants/

</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS</font></u><div>
DEFENDING SUPER BOWL CHAMPS QUIETLY BACK TO WORK, AWAITING FOR TRAINING CAMP (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/defending-super-bowl-champion-ny-giants-quietly-back-work-awaiting-start-training-camp-article-1.1096209)

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As the Giants went through their three-day minicamp that ended Thursday, they
might as well have posted a sign outside the locker-room door that read, “Quiet!
Defending Super Bowl Champions at Work.”</p>


When they gather again for training camp in Albany on July 26, it should be
one of the dullest camps a defending Super Bowl champion has ever had. Even Osi
Umenyiora won’t be able to complain.

If David Diehl hadn’t gotten behind
the wheel of his BMW and been nabbed by police in Queens last Sunday with twice
the legal limit of alcohol in his system, then the Giants would have floated
under the media radar, unlike the other team in town, which has people charting
how many times Tim Tebow lines up under center in practice.

You know it’s
a slow news week at minicamp when the only indignation Tom Coughlin can muster
is about losing tight end Jake Ballard to New England in a waiver move. Ballard
probably isn’t even going to play this year because he’s recovering from a knee
injury.

“We don’t mind when we aren’t the main focus. We weren’t the main
focus last year. But we were the main focus in Week 24,” Giants safety Antrel
Rolle said. “That’s the only thing that matters.”

There are no
self-esteem issues with the Giants. Winning a Super Bowl can have that effect on
a team. They don’t need the attention or want it. The way the Tebow-Mark Sanchez
thing is playing out with the Jets, it could be Week 8 of the season before
anybody notices what’s going on with the Giants.

“We’re focusing on what
we can do to make ourselves better in the locker room, in the meeting rooms and
on the field,’’ linebacker Michael Boley said. “The Jets seem more interested in
what they can do off the field. We don’t thrive on the attention. When you go to
work you’re focused on the task at hand.”

The last time the Giants were
coming off a Super Bowl victory, they were just as talented and confident. They
steam-rolled to a 10-1 record before Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself
in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub. That derailed the repeat plan.

The
Diehl incident happened three months before the first snap of the season. It
will be long forgotten by the time the team hits the field. It won’t have the
type of impact that the Burress incident had.

With 20 of 22 starters
returning, plus a significant number of backups from the Super Bowl team, the
Giants are a good bet to defend their title. The most significant factor for the
Giants is whether they can maintain the same mentality that they had when every
game became a must-win after that Week 15 loss to Washington last
season.

Coughlin was practically gushing when he talked about how well
the Giants played during that run to the Super Bowl.

“We’re talking about
giving up 14 points a game,’’ Coughlin said. “You’re going to win a lot of games
if you can do that. “We had one turnover and we were averaging 116 yards
rushing.”

If the Giants can manage that again, surely they’ll be back on
everybody’s radar."</p></div></div>RIVERS TRYING TO HOOK ON WITH GIANTS (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-linebacker-keith-rivers-reclamation-project-article-1.1096104)

"There were times throughout the Giants’ three-day minicamp when <a title="Keith Rivers" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Keith+Rivers">Keith
Rivers</a> felt strangely confused.
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The Giants coaches would call the
first-unit linebackers onto the practice field, and, instinctively, Rivers would
grab his helmet. A moment later, he would put it down.

“You’re used to
going out with the ones; it’s been that way for the past seven years,” Rivers
said on Thursday, a few hours after minicamp ended. “So sometimes you hear the
ones, you think you’re going out there. But you’re not. Now, you’re going out
with the twos.”

For Rivers, those moments have been the low point of a
frustrating spring.

It’s a sobering notion that Rivers has dealt with
throughout the Giants’ offseason training program. Just four years ago, the
Cincinnati Bengals selected him ninth in the 2008 draft after a dominant
four-year career at USC and immediately installed him at outside linebacker. But
now, Rivers is a Giants reclamation project and he knows it. After watching
Rivers underachieve for three seasons — and not play a down in 2011 due to a
wrist injury — the Bengals dealt him to the Giants for a fifth-round
pick.

Rivers, 26, understood Cincinnati’s frustration. His failures
outweighed his accomplishments with the Bengals, and he admits that he never met
the team’s expectations. Rivers never played a full season or made more than 77
tackles. Perhaps even worse, he had just two sacks, two interceptions and one
forced fumble as a Bengal.

“I wasn’t out of position, didn’t miss
tackles,” he said. “I just did what I was asked to do, kind of, in every
situation. I was never really... big-play.”

But he can be big-play, he
says, and he hopes the change of scenery will allow him to show that ability. At
6-2, 240 pounds, he’s still an “athletic guy” who can “flip his hip,” according
to defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. And after blowing it in Cincinnati,
Rivers is driven to prove that he can be a standout defender.

“I was the
ninth pick in the draft,” Rivers said Tuesday. “(Play) anywhere near that, and
that (trade) is beyond a steal. It’s armed robbery.”

Thing is, Rivers
still has plenty to prove to Fewell. The Giants may have stolen Rivers, but they
still aren’t sure how he will fit in on a loaded defense that returns the three
linebackers who started Super Bowl XLVI — Michael Boley, Chase Blackburn and
Mathias Kiwanuka.

And while Fewell said he has “high hopes” for Rivers,
the defensive coordinator didn’t exactly gush over the linebacker’s performance
in OTAs and minicamp.

“We’ll have to wait until training camp and the
preseason games,” Fewell said, “but I did see flashes of excellence in his
play.”

Rivers knows he will need to show more in training camp, and he
expects to be reminded of that whenever he watches the first-unit linebackers
take the field without him.

“It gives you the energy and desire,” he
said. “You want to get back to going out with the ones.”</p></div>WILSON'S "EXPLOSIVENESS" WOWS GILBRIDE (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/06/wilsons-explosiveness-wows-gilbride)
</div>
"Kevin Gilbride has had a long list of talented, fast running backs at his
disposal in his six seasons as the Giants’ offensive coordinator. But he’s never
had one quite like this.


His first impressions of David Wilson, the
Giants’ first-round pick out of Virginia Tech, have been off the charts so far
during spring drills and the full-team minicamp that wrapped up on Thursday
afternoon. Gilbride glowed about Wilson’s speed and particularly his
explosiveness.

He even said Wilson might already be one of the most
explosive backs in the league.

“I don’t know if we’ve had a guy as
explosive, regardless of the position, here,” Gilbride said. “I don’t know if
we’ve seen quite the darting, the explosiveness in short bursts that we’ve seen
with him. That’s kind of exciting to see.”

Gilbride acknowledged the
rookie still has a lot to learn about the Giants’ offense and how to protect Eli
Manning, but Wilson’s uncommon talents obviously had him dreaming about his
potential. He said that “explosiveness” was more than he saw in Tiki Barber or
even current starter Ahmad Bradshaw.

“There’s a long way to go before
you can tap into it, but it looks like there’s something that he can give you,”
Gilbride said. “He’s got some excitement that I don’t know if we’ve had that
kind of guy. In this guy you’ve got the kind of explosion that I’m not sure how
many guys in the league have.”
</p>


***
No holding back Terrell Thomas

CB Terrell
Thomas, trying to make his way back from a torn ACL that cost him all of 2011,
did mostly individual drills at minicamp, but promised he’ll be “full go” when
training camp opens on July 26.

“I’ll be out there,” he said. “No
limitations.”

The Giants’ doctors may limit his work, but Thomas said
his knee feels like it could handle a full workload.

“The biggest thing
is I trust my knee right now to throw it in the dirt,” he said. “I’m not
hesitant at all.”
</p>


***
A few other notes from minicamp (and there’s more to
come)

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) said he “felt great” after
minicamp. He also was limited, but said that was mostly precautionary. … A
couple of names to watch for the summer. Gilbride praised rookie WR Brandon
Collins, and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell liked what he saw from veteran
safety Stevie Brown. … Fewell said he “would love” for Chase Blackburn to win
the MLB job this summer. Blackburn will certainly begin camp as the
favorite."
</p>GILBRIDE CONCERNED ABOUT TIGHT ENDS (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/06/gilbride-concerned-about-tight-ends)

"Don't get Kevin Gilbride wrong; the Giants' offensive coordinator loves Bear
Pascoe.


He just never expected Pascoe to wind up emerging as the Giants' starting
tight end. Yet that's how things looked at the end of the Giants' three-day
minicamp.</p>


"Except for Bear, there's nobody that's done it before," Gilbride said
Thursday. "You were hopingto have Bear as a swing guy, a second tight end that
could motion back and play the fullback position, give you what he's always
given you which is unbelievable toughness and somehow making plays that he
shoujldn't be able to make.</p>


"Not necessarily a starting tight end, but right now he's a starting tight
end."</p>


Pascoe is the starter by default, in what's turning into a dicey spot for the
Giants. With Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum injured, the Giants hoped to find a
tight end answer in free agent signee Martellus Bennett. But Bennett, a former
Cowboy, has struggled with a hamstring issue throughout minicamp.</p>


When minicamp ended Thursday, Bennett said he planned to take a few days off
to rest the hamstring, the return to training.</p>


Rookie Adrien Robinson, meanwhile, faces a stiff learning curve after missing
all of OTAs to finish classes at Cincinnati.</p>


"You're hoping Martellus (is the guy); that's why he was brought here,"
Gilbride said. "You're hoping Adrien Robinson somewhere down the road. If not,
it's Bear."</p>


Then again, for all this fear, Gilbride knows it's too early to panic. After
all, wasn't it just last year that a certain Jake Ballard emerged from nowhere
to catch 40 passes and beat the Patriots? Gilbride realizes that, too.</p>


And that realization gave the coach one final chance to lament the loss of
the injured tight end to New England.</p>


"Right now, we've got a long way to go at that spot," he said. "In fairness,
when we lost Kevin Boss, I was thinking where are we gonna go? I thought Jake
could be that guy. He looked like he coud be a big strong blocker. Like I told
you guys, he exceeded. He'll be sorely missed. We knew we weren't going to have
him this year, but he was a guy who could have bene a starter down the
line."</p>


BRADSHAW FEELING "GREAT"
Ahmad Bradshaw did not handle a
boatload of carries during the Giants' three-day minicamp. But don't worry about
the Giants' most experienced tailback one bit.</p>


"I feel great," he said Thursday. "I got (a procedure) in the beginning of
March. They said it would take like three months and I'd be fine. I was ready in
like a month and a half, and I'm ready to go."</p>


Bradshaw said he could have done more in camp, but he didn't mind taking it
easy.</p>


"I could have," he said. "I just want to take it slow. Just see how my foot
reacts to a lot of pounding. That's what I wanted to do for the OTAs and that's
why I was so active."</p>


Bradshaw said he does not plan to see any doctors during the break, because
"I feel my foot is fine."</p>


It's all a good sign for a Giants team that lacks experienced tailbacks. With
Brandon Jacobs in San Francisco, the injury-prone Bradshaw is the lone tailback
with big-game experience. He's backed by veteran D.J. Ware, second-year man
Da'Rel Scott, promising first-round pick David Wilson and untested Andre
Brown.</p>


UNTIL TRAINING CAMP, SASH GOING ON A ROLLE
Second-year
safety Tyler Sash did not do anything in the three-day minicamp as he continued
to work his way back from a severely injured hamstring. He said that he has not
even "attempted to run yet," but promised "I'll be good to go by (training)
camp."</p>


Sash still also hopes to nail down a job alongside Kenny Phillips and Antrel
Rolle in three-safety alignments. And even though he hasn't taken the field
recently, he believes he can still grab the spot.</p>


"Safety is a lot more than just being out there on the field," he said.
"You've got to know what you're doing."</p>


To that end, Sash said he is planning to train with teammate Antrel Rolle in
Miami over the next few weeks.</p>


"That's a good edge," he said.</p>


He also plans to start running in "the next couple weeks."</p>GIANTS' PRINCE AMUKAMARA THRIVES IN SECOND CHANCE AT FIRST IMPRESSION WITH BIG BLUE (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-prince-amukamara-thrives-chance-impression-article-1.1095370)

"When the Giants drafted Prince Amukamara (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Prince+Amukamara)
in the first round of the 2011 draft, they thought they had added a tough,
physical cornerback to their roster. And now, they are finally seeing that
ability.<div><div class="story-body p402_premium">


Amukamara, 23, is still not fully recovered from the broken foot that
hampered him throughout his rookie season, but he has still impressed <a title="Tom Coughlin" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Tom+Coughlin">Tom
Coughlin</a> throughout the Giants’ three-day minicamp.</p>


“It’s a whole different year for him,” Coughlin said Wednesday. “Really. He’s
had that experience, and a lot of that naive is behind him. He’s doing a good
job. Hopefully, he’s going to continue.”</p>


Amukamara has participated in seven-on-seven drills and team drills, although
the corner said he’s still not going “full full.” But Amukamara seems more
comfortable with the defensive schemes, and Coughlin thinks that will allow him
to finally fulfill his potential.</p>


“If he gets himself in a position and he knows what he’s doing, we’ve seen
that other aspect, the physical part of (his) play,” Coughlin said. “As a
collegiate player (at Nebraska), that’s what he was.”</p>


ODD SENSATION
TE Travis Beckum said his surgically
repaired knee felt “great” on Wednesday, one day after he ran for the first time
since he tore his ACL in Super Bowl XLVI. He admitted to feeling “a little
weird” on Tuesday just after he completed his running, but it was all cleared up
by Wednesday morning.</p>


Beckum said that what he felt was “not necessarily discomfort, just a feeling
that 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 was.
Today I didn’t feel that, so I’m assuming it’s just breaking up the scar tissue.
My knee feels great.”</p>


Beckum had surgery in February to repair his ACL and torn meniscus. As part
of the surgery, the doctors used part of his patella tendon as a graft to help
rebuild and strengthen his ACL.</p>


GOING DEEP
The Giants plan to rely on a host of players
in their return game, including rookie Rueben Randle, second-year man Jerrel
Jernigan, and the always-dangerous Victor Cruz. All have handled punt returns in
minicamp, and Coughlin expects things to stay that way.</p>


“We would like to have a committee of guys,” Coughlin said. “So it is a
matter of having three, four, or five guys that can do it.”</p>


RARIN’ TO GO
DT Chris Canty (left knee) said he will be
“ready to roll” come training camp. . . . Tyler Sash (hamstring) is
“progressing,” Coughlin said, and the safety should be back by training camp. .
. . CB Corey Webster said the injured hamstring that has kept him out all spring
is not serious. . . . DE Osi Umenyiora was held out of Day 1 of camp because “he
said he was sore,” Coughlin said. Umenyiora returned on
Wednesday."</p></div></div><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants">http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants
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COUGHLIN SENDS GIANTS OFF WITH WARNING (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/big_blue_break_4XEstgBVIHAnzNK9BX1DVI)

"As coach Tom Coughlin finished up his three-minute and nine-second parting
message to the Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw sprinted off the field. A few minutes
later, Bradshaw explained his alacrity in making a quick getaway.<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">


“It’s great to be free,’’ Bradshaw said.</p>


Free is what the Super Bowl champions are, as they concluded a three-day
mandatory mini-camp Thursday with a one-hour practice. The rookies will stay
around for another week, but that didn’t stop Coughlin from issuing his annual
warning as he bid adieu to his veterans until the July 26 report date for
training camp at the University at Albany.</p>
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“It’s great to be free,’’ Bradshaw said.</p>


Free is what the Super Bowl champions are, as they concluded a three-day
mandatory mini-camp Thursday with a one-hour practice. The rookies will stay
around for another week, but that didn’t stop Coughlin from issuing his annual
warning as he bid adieu to his veterans until the July 26 report date for
training camp at the University at Albany.</p>



“Make sure that you are thinking in everything that you do; everything that
you say, every place that you go,’’ Coughlin said. “Be safe, be smart, and let’s
make sure that we are all able to get together at the end of July.’’</p>


That message no doubt resonated more forcefully than usual, given the events
of the past week, when longtime offensive lineman David Diehl was arrested and
charged with drunk driving, a glaring example of what can go wrong.</p>


“Especially young guys don’t understand what this next six weeks is about,’’
Justin Tuck said. “It’s about building off of what we did in this mini-camp and
OTAs and make sure we don’t have any lapses.’’</p>


Unlike the Mark Sanchez production of Jets West, There will be no formal
Giants passing camp in the coming weeks, but Eli Manning said he plans on
getting together with a few of his receivers who remain in the New York/New
Jersey area for some throwing and catching, not wanting to go cold-turkey until
training camp.</p>


Cornerback Terrell Thomas, coming off knee surgery, is headed home to
California, where he said he will test his coverage skills against several
veteran NFL receivers: T.J. Houshmandzadah is a regular at this annual West
Coast workout, with former USC quarterbacks Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Matt
Cassel also in attendance. Thomas said he also plans to work against former
Giants receiver Steve Smith.</p>


“He’s a great competitor, a guy I battled with since I was 18,’’ Thomas
said.</p>


Coughlin won’t take off as long as his players, but he will get a chance to
relax.</p>


“I’ll be excited about the first little bit of time that we get away,’’
Coughlin said. “But give me a couple of days and I’ll start thinking about what
is coming at the end of July.’’</p>


Tuck said he enjoyed the limitations in the offseason program, which included
far less contact and on-field work than previously allowed under the old
collective bargaining agreement.</p>


“I like this CBA, I think this CBA is huge for veterans,’’ Tuck said. “It
might put younger guys behind the eight-ball a little bit because they don’t get
as much work as we did when we were younger, but I think it’s gonna help prolong
a lot of guys’ careers.’’</p>


Second-year CB Prince Amukamara reiterated his goal is to be a starter this
season.</p>


“There’s no point in being drafted and sit on the bench,’’ Amukamara said. “I
want to be on the field for most of the snaps. I hope that wasn’t a bold
statement.’’</p>


Coughlin, asked if he is confident about these Giants, said: “I certainly am.
You are talking about the world champions. I have every confidence that they
will come back just as inspired to want to play at their very best.’’</p>


Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride is hoping WR Hakeem Nicks (broken foot)
can make it back for training camp.</p>


“I got my fingers crossed; my knees are hurting from praying,’’ Gilbride
said.</p>


Perry Fewell said he believes his defense can be better in 2012 than it was
last season.</p>


“I found this out about our New York Giant football players is that if they
take a stand and they’re mentally into it and I’ll use the term, if they’re ‘all
in,’ we can be whatever we want to be,’’ he said."</p>ROOKIE RB WILSON A FAST FAVE WITH GIANTS (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/bursting_on_the_scene_M5CnILLfrJd5xqK9dA8xiJ)

"The elephant in the room has been replaced by a rabbit. Thunder has been
replaced by Lightning. A Streetcar Named Ire has been replaced by a Speedboat
Named Desire. Goliath has been replaced by David Wilson.<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">


“I don’t know if we’ve had a guy as explosive — regardless of the position —
here,” Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said as mini-camp ended
Thursday. “I think Da’Rel Scott gives you a guy that probably in a 100-yard dash
may be able to beat him, but I don’t know that you see quite the darting, the
explosiveness and short burst that you see with [Wilson].”
</p>Brandon Jacobs would take a linebacker’s breath away with the force of his
264-pound fury. If the Giants are right about Wilson, he will take their fans’
breath away.<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">


“This guy’s got the kind of explosion that I’m not sure how many guys in the
league have,” Gilbride said.</p>


The pre-Jerry Reese Giants missed on Jarrod Bunch and Tyrone Wheatley and Ron
Dayne, all first-round draft picks, but The first impressions around the Timex
Performance Center about the Giants’ latest top pick will make the rest of the
NFC East uneasy with worry that Eli Manning may now have the kind of lethal
weapon he has never had in his eight seasons.</p>


“If you leave a sliver, or a peek of a gap open, he is a young man that can
see that sliver or that little peek of a gap, and accelerate through that hole
before you can close that gap up,” defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said, “and
be gone.”</p>


There is the tiny matter of Wilson learning the playbook first, so he doesn’t
get Manning killed when he spells Ahmad Bradshaw.</p>


“Obviously, he has the ability to run the ball and make some big plays, but
unless he understands a lot of our checks and protections and change of
protections, Until you have a great grasp of that, you’re not gonna be able to
get on the field,” Manning said. “But it seems like he’s learning and picking up
things.”</p>


Wilson used to catch and pick up rabbits in Danville, Va., as a hobby.</p>


“I like him a lot,” Justin Tuck said. “We’re gonna attack him in training
camp to make sure he’s still holding that ball, but as far as things we like to
do and him being an impact this season, I think he’s gonna really upgrade our
running attack. I look at him as a great third-down back too.”</p>


Chase Blackburn can’t wait to see Wilson in pads in training camp.</p>


“He reminds me of LT when I first came into the league a little bit, just the
speed and like the vision and stuff,” Blackburn said.</p>


Wilson smiled broadly when he heard that one.</p>


“Hope I have the same career — or better,” he said.</p>


I told him if he somehow were to have a better career, I would drive him to
Canton, and he laughed.</p>


“Gotta get some gas. … I’m competitive, so I’m gonna get after it,” Wilson
said. “You always gotta try to be the best, that’s how I figure it.”</p>


Wilson proudly said he led the nation in yards after contact at Virginia
Tech.</p>


“I’m going in expecting to make an immediate impact,” Wilson says.</p>


He isn’t one of those Dancing With the Stars backs.</p>


“He’s more of that one-cut-hit-the-hole kind of back, which I like,” Tuck
said.</p>


Prince Amukamara was quick to check out Wilson’s highlights and backflip
video on YouTube.</p>


“If I was scouting him, I would just say he’ s some person who hits the hole,
and when he hits it, he hits it hard, and he doesn’t lose a step … especially
when he cuts, he continues his acceleration, and he seems like a very tough
kid.”</p>


Wilson is Tiki Barberesque at 5-foot-9, 206 pounds.</p>


“He’s almost like a [LeSean] McCoy a little bit,” Linval Joseph said. “He’s
very quick, very crafty.”</p>


Bradshaw promised to take the kid under his wing.</p>


“He’s talented, he’s fast, he’s shifty, he can read holes, he can read
blocks, he has a lot of talent,” Bradshaw SAID.
</p>


Wilson turns 21 today, but don’t expect a wild celebration.</p>


“I don’t drink,” he said. Music to the Giants’ ears, especially this
week."</p>http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants
</div></div></div>As coach Tom Coughlin finished up his three-minute and nine-second parting
message to the Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw sprinted off the field. A few minutes
later, Bradshaw explained his alacrity in making a quick getaway.</div></div></div>
</div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>
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GIANTS' TRATTOU EAGER FOR MORE PLAYING TIME (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/159156585_Trattou_wants_in_rotation.html)

"Justin Trattou won’t judge his success with the Giants at this point by where he
sits on the depth chart.

<div id="storybody">

If the Franklin Lakes (/franklinlakes) native worried about the
names ahead of him at defensive end — a collection of the league’s very best at
the position – that would be a losing proposition.</p>


So Trattou is not preoccupied with the idea of matching the skill and
playmaking ability of Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora and Mathias
Kiwanuka, at least not yet.</p>


He does not harbor grandiose delusions of beating them out for playing
time.</p>


What Trattou is out to do this summer is put himself in position to
eventually join them.</p>


"There’s no doubt about it: this is the best defensive line in the NFL –
period," Trattou said after the Giants completed their three-day minicamp
Thursday and went their separate ways until reporting to training camp July 26
in Albany, N.Y. "So, being on this team, watching and playing with them, it’s
definitely a group that I want to be a part of. If you can be a part of this
group of defensive ends, you can play on any team in the NFL."</p>


The former North Jersey Player of the Year in high school for Don Bosco and
captain at the University of Florida now has a Super Bowl XLVI ring to go with
championship jewelry he had earned with the state champion Ironmen and national
champion Gators.</p>


Undrafted yet undeterred, Trattou made the Giants last summer and spent part
of his rookie season on the active roster, seeing action on special teams in six
games, including the 2011 opener at Washington.</p>


Now the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder wants to challenge a year later for a spot in
defensive coordinator Perry Fewell’s defensive end rotation, notably the one
left vacant when Dave Tollefson departed via free agency and signed with the Oakland (/oakland) Raiders.</p>


"At this time last year, I was still sitting on the couch [without a team],"
said Trattou, 23.</p>


"Last year I got to camp trying to learn the playbook and play football at
the same time. This time around, it’s just about going in there and playing.</p>


"That’s just huge and I definitely won’t take this for granted."</p>


Trattou and Adrian Tracy are vying to replace Tollefson, and Fewell believes
doing so would help solidify the front without disrupting Kiwanuka’s presence at
linebacker.</p>


"Since Dave Tollefson is gone, we’re looking to fill that spot, that role,"
Fewell said. "A guy like Trattou. A guy like Tracy. I’ve said, hey, we lost Dave
and Kiwi is always an alternative choice to go there, but if one of those guys
can come on then we don’t have to tax Kiwi to go there.</p>


"So that’s how we look at those guys and what we’re trying to find out."</p>


Trattou is hopeful of providing an emphatic answer with his play both
defensively and on special teams, which is where his quest undoubtedly
begins.</p>


"I’m realistic to the point that JPP, Tuck, Umenyiora and Kiwanuka, those are
big money guys and All-Pro caliber players," he said. "They’re going to get
spots obviously, but in my role whatever it may be, whether it’s giving them a
rest here and there or something else, I’m going to go in there and try to make
as many plays as possible.</p>


"I think if I can get myself in the mix, and keep getting better every day.
That’s my goal – to be just like them."</p></div>
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>

GIANTS ADD TECHNOLOGY TO THEIR TRAINING STAFF (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/15/sports/football/new-york-giants-add-technology-to-workouts.html?_r=1&amp;ref=football)

"Giants General Manager Jerry Reese looked out a window at the team’s training
facility one day last summer and quickly became confused. He knew that
Manchester United, the British soccer power, was training at the facility ahead
of its match with all-stars from Major League Soccer, but he had no idea what
the players were wearing.
<p itemprop="articleBody">“Ronnie, what’s that strap on their back?” Reese said
to Ronnie Barnes, the Giants’ vice president for medical services. Barnes
smiled. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">“That’s a G.P.S. device,” he told Reese. “And we
should have them, too.” </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">The reason, Barnes said, was simple. Technology, the
Giants hope, will ultimately help optimize a player’s ability while reducing the
risk of injury, essentially telling the team when a player is physically ready
to be at his best. Now, after dabbling with the use of heart-rate monitors
before last season, the Giants are pushing forward with the idea, an outlier
among N.F.L. teams. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">In recent off-season workouts, the Giants used
heart-rate monitors, G.P.S. devices and hydration/nutrition monitoring to better
evaluate how much energy a player had exerted and how quickly he was recovering.
While similar technology is widely used by soccer teams around the world, as
well as by athletes in individual sports, like runners, few professional sports
teams in the United States have shown an interest. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">“Football is really the last bastion of sports, where
you don’t really look at that,” Barnes said. “Yet we train them like heck, and
we don’t really know whether they’ve recovered or not.” </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">He added: “I’m looking into the future. We’ve known we
need to do this, and I feel like we’ve begun to pioneer a little bit with our
players and within the league.” </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">It is a multilevel operation. Tracking a player’s
heart rate allows the team to see, among other things, at what points and during
which drills a player is at maximum exertion, and how often he reaches that
point. Testing hydration levels allows the team to see if a player is showing up
to practice with full energy and if he is replacing the fluids he loses — if he
is not, he may be more prone to injury. Using G.P.S. devices allows trainers to
see the distances run by specific players during workouts — data that can be a
powerful comparison tool for coaches and front-office executives. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">For example, G.P.S. data from a recent Giants workout
showed that Da’Rel Scott, one of several running backs competing for carries,
ran the most among the backs. When Barnes mentioned that to Tom Coughlin, the
coach was intrigued, considering all of the backs were doing the same drills.
</p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">“It really lets you see exactly what you — and just
you — are doing,” offensive lineman Kevin Boothe said of the technology. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">Generally, the number of players involved in a workout
makes specific attention impossible. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">“Currently, Couch Coughlin comes to me and says, ‘Do
you think the team looks tired?’” Barnes said. “Or the players come to me and
say, ‘Our legs are dead.’ And I’ll go up and say, ‘Coach, the guys are telling
me they’re really tired.’” </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">Barnes laughed and continued: “And usually he says to
me, ‘Well, we haven’t done that much!’ But then he’ll make adaptations based on
what I’ve told him. With this setup, I’ll be able to tell him, yes, they are
tired — and also that, say, Ahmad Bradshaw is particularly tired and here’s
why.” </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">About 35 Giants players volunteered to wear the
devices during workouts, as well as give urine samples to measure hydration. The
players also answered standardized survey questions designed to give context to
the data. The Giants worked with Timex — one of their corporate partners and the
maker of the devices — as well as the Korey Stringer Institute, which is a part
of the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education, to conduct the
study. </p>
<div class="articleBody" _prototypeuid="15"><p itemprop="articleBody">Each morning, players went to a table outside the
locker room to pick up their equipment. The heart monitors were worn with a
strap across the chest, and a G.P.S. watch went on each player’s wrist. Before
each workout the players answered questions about how they were feeling that
morning — tired? thirsty? — then headed to the weight room or practice field.
</p><p itemprop="articleBody">During workouts, data could be tracked in real time on
laptop computers. At one point an observer staring intently at the screen
noticed most of the heart-rate lines had gone flat. When she looked up with
alarm, she chuckled; the players were standing in a circle, idly stretching.
</p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">After a recent workout, Boothe returned his equipment.
A staff member then asked him several questions, requesting he use numbers to
rate his level of exertion, thirst and pain, among other feelings. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">“When did you go to sleep last night?” Boothe was
asked. He thought for a second. “Ten-thirty,” he said. “When did you get up?”
“Six-thirty,” he said. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">For linebacker Chase Blackburn, answering candidly was
a challenge: “The crazy part for me was them asking what we’re eating. This time
of year, the off-season, I’m not used to telling people, Yeah, I had pumpkin pie
or whatever.” </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">Wide receiver Victor Cruz said reactions to the new
devices varied. “At first, to be honest, it was kind of annoying. Guys didn’t
want to put extra stuff on,” he said, noting that athletes are creatures of
habit. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">But Cruz generally embraces technology — “I’ve got
everything, the laptop, the iPad (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/i/ipad/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier),
the iPod (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/i/ipod/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier),
I’ve got it all,” he said — so he began trying to figure out how the data could
help him. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">“Seeing at what points my heart rate peaks and things
like that will make it easier for me to tailor my own workouts when I’m not with
the team,” he said. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">Cruz also recognized the safety aspect of the
technology. He has vivid memories of the shock he felt when he heard that
Stringer, a lineman with the Minnesota Vikings, collapsed and died from
complications related to heat stroke after an off-season practice in 2001. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">“They didn’t have these tests before, and they didn’t
know where it came from until they did an autopsy,” Cruz said. “You don’t want
it to have to be like that.” </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">Still, the biggest obstacle for widespread use in
football remains simple logistics: How can these devices fit under a bulky set
of shoulder pads? While some companies, like Under Armour, have produced apparel
with similar technology embedded in it, those products have received mixed
reviews. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">Barnes said the Giants were in discussions to find a
way a device could be worn with the players feeling little to no intrusion. He
added that he hoped the team would be able to use the technology in a
significant way this season. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">Either way, he plans to do a presentation for the
players at training camp based on the data gleaned from the off-season program.
</p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">“I’m ambivalent about the players’ reception of it at
the moment because they all think they’re the biggest, fastest and strongest,
and that they’ve gotten here without any kind of help,” he said. “They’re wrong.
We’re slowly but surely cultivating them, and they’ll buy in. I really believe
that.” </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">He added: “We’re not going to stop doing it. It’s
going to become part of the Giants’ culture.” </p></div>FOR MANNING, A GOLF TOUR WITH A PURPOSE (http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/for-manning-a-golf-tournament-with-a-purpose/?ref=football)

"On Sunday, 79-year-old Pat Browne Jr. won the Corcoran Cup– known as the
“Masters of Blind Golf”–held annually at Mount Kisco Country Club in Westchester
County in New York.


It was the 24th time he had won it.</p>


The two-day event, which benefits Guiding Eyes for the Blind (https://www.guidingeyes.org/), has been
hosted by Giants quarterback Eli Manning for the past six years and has raised
more than $10 million since its inception in 1978. The money allow the nonprofit
school to breed and train its guide dogs and partner them with the visually
impaired, the blind and children with autism. (Guiding Eyes places more than 180
dogs annually around the country.)</p>


Manning became involved with Guiding Eyes as a favor to Browne, a longtime
Manning family friend, and has since championed the organization’s mission.
“These people and their families are able to lead normal lives because of the
Guiding Eyes dogs,” Manning said on Monday. “Whether it’s at their job or in
their personal life, or even for the parents of autistic children now able to
adjust easier with an animal by their side, it makes it so worthwhile for me to
be involved.” <span id="more-104485"></span></p>


Long before losing his vision as a result of an automobile accident in 1966,
Browne, who like Manning is from New Orleans, was an exceptional high school
athlete, lettering in both basketball and golf. He attended Tulane University,
where he was the captain of the school’s men’s basketball and golf teams.</p>


Browne’s competitive spirit was not diminished by the loss of his vision. “I
had never even heard of such a thing as a blind golfer,” he said on Sunday. “My
original goal was to play with friends on the weekends, but once I learned that
there were others like me out there, the idea that I could compete again was too
powerful to ignore.”</p>


He retired in 2010 after almost 50 years as a practicing lawyer and banking
executive.</p>


Browne said he listened to all of Manning’s games, and that he wondered why
New Yorkers had not always been supportive of their quarterback.</p>


“I remember playing golf at Winged Foot with [Manning] before he won that
first Super Bowl, I thought people were sort of rude to him,” Browne said. “Now,
when we play together, everyone falls all over him, and they surely better. Eli
is not only a winner, he’s a fine young man.”</p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html">http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
</a>
<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>
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GIANTS' PERRY FEWELL "CAN'T SAY" IF CHASE BLACKBURN WILL START AT LINEBACKER (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/15/new-york-giants-perry-fewell-cant-say-if-chase-blackburn-will-start-at-linebacker/)

"Although the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants have several positions that will be
fought for during training camp, perhaps the most contested starting role on the
roster is at the third linebacker position(either MLB (http://www.giants101.com/tag/mlb/) or WLB depending on where Boley plays). Last
offseason, the team added three rookies in Jacquian Williams, Greg Jones, and <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>. Furthermore, this offseason Big Blue acquired <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> from the Cincinnati (http://www.giants101.com/tag/cincinnati/) Bengals for a fifth round draft pick.


The depth chart is beginning to get crowded (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/11/new-york-giants-linebackers-question-marks-heading-into-training-camp/)with young, talented
players; and it has become evident to Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell that he
is going to have to make several tough decisions throughout the course of
training camp. While addressing the media yesterday, Fewell stated the
following:</p>
<blockquote>


"Our linebacking corps a year ago was young and inexperienced. They were
talented, but there was an area of concern because there was no OTAs, mandatory
mini-camp, etc. With a year under their belt, with some playing experience, they
look bigger, they look stronger, they look faster, they’re more knowledgeable,"
Fewell said. "I think we’re a better unit, linebacker unit, than at the end of
the 2011 season. I think we have depth at our linebacker unit this
year."</p></blockquote>


The hardest decision Fewell will have to make will be on <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Chase Blackburn" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/chase-blackburn/" rel="tag nofollow">Chase
Blackburn</a>, the seventh year veteran out of Akron. Blackburn spent the
majority of last season as a substitute teacher in Dublin, Ohio. (http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-02-02/news/31014911_1_michael-boley-giants-linebacker-gm-kevin-abrams)It was not until Week 11
that the team brought him back to replace rookie Greg Jones, who had been
struggling. However, Blackburn went on to play relatively well for Big Blue;
making several key plays throughout the duration of the regular season and into
the playoffs.</p>


The issue with Blackburn is that he is no loner competing with inexperienced
rookies for playing time. The Giants currently have two solidified starters at
linebacker in Mathias Kiwanuka (SAM) and <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> (WLB/MLB (http://www.giants101.com/tag/mlb/)). Blackburn
currently has a hold on the MLB (http://www.giants101.com/tag/mlb/) position; however, players like Jacquian Williams and
<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>have both been through a full season complete with a <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Super Bowl" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/super-bowl/" rel="tag nofollow">Super
Bowl</a> victory; and undoubtedly have a better understanding of the defense
than they did a year ago. Furthermore, if Keith Rivers returns to form (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/13/new-york-giants-keith-rivers-on-his-acquisition-its-armed-robbery/), he would be more than capable
of starting for Big Blue. While addressing whether Blackburn can hold onto the
starting MLB (http://www.giants101.com/tag/mlb/) spot, Perry
Fewellhas this to say:</p>
<blockquote>


"I can’t say he’ll stay there permanently, but right now Chase is our guy and
no one’s clearly beaten him out for the position," Fewell said. "Chase has some
distinct advantages over some of the other guys. I said to the defense in our
meeting, if I want to re-write my playbook, I would get Chase’s notes and
re-write our playbook. He has been the best extension of me so far because he
probably knows as much about our defense and how to make the calls and run our
defense as any of those linebackers, with the exception of <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> right now. That’s pretty good."</p></blockquote>


Look for <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Chase Blackburn" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/chase-blackburn/" rel="tag nofollow">Chase
Blackburn</a> to begin the season with a relatively significant role within the
defense. He may very well start week one; but if not, do not be surprised to see
him in short yardage situations against the run. That being said, Blackburn is
not the long term solution at MLB (http://www.giants101.com/tag/mlb/). There are younger, more athletic players on the
roster who if they can learn the defensive schemes, will be better suited to
help the team; and therefore, surpass Blackburn on the depth chart. It is more
than likely that <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Chase Blackburn" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/chase-blackburn/" rel="tag nofollow">Chase
Blackburn</a>'s knowledge and experience earn him a spot on the 53-man roster;
however, there is a distinct possibility (maybe even a near certainty) that his
role will diminish as the year progresses."</p>GIANTS' KEVIN GILBRIDE ON DAVID WILSON: "DON'T KNOW IF WE'VE HAD A GUY THIS EXPLOSIVE" (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/15/new-york-giants-kevin-gilbride-on-david-wilson-dont-know-if-weve-had-a-guy-as-explosive/)

"Being a first round pick for any team means there will be high expectations.
You could say the stakes are even higher when it is the defending Super Bowl
Champions making you there selection. This years Super Bowl Champs are the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants, and they chose running back <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with David Wilson" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/david-wilson/" rel="tag nofollow">David
Wilson</a> from Virginia Tech to be their choice at #32 overall.


Offensive Coordinator <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Kevin Gilbride" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/kevin-gilbride/" rel="tag nofollow">Kevin
Gilbride</a> began coaching in the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) in 1989 with the Houston Oilers. Needless to say,
he's been around some incredible talent. With the Giants alone he has coached
the likes of <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Tiki Barber" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/tiki-barber/" rel="tag nofollow">Tiki
Barber</a>, Ahmad Bradshaw, Plaxico Burress and Hakeem Nicks – all of which
possess some special qualities. Although he's only had a short time to work with
first round selection <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with David Wilson" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/david-wilson/" rel="tag nofollow">David
Wilson</a>, he's given high praise to the rookie. Coach Gilbride already feels
that Wilson has certain aspects of his game that separate him not only from the
aforementioned Giant greats, but from most players in the league.</p>
<blockquote>


"I don't know if we've had a guy as explosive, regardless of the position,
here, Tiki was a tremendous all-around back, Brandon would give you something,
Ahmad gives you toughness, but this guy's got the explosion I'm not sure how
many guys in the league have," Gilbride said.</p></blockquote>


The one quality that really stands out to Gilbride is Wilson's explosiveness,
something that perhaps this Giant offense has been lacking especially among the
running backs. Gilbride further observed that the rookie has been doing a superb
job of turning the corner and bursting up the sidelines. With the addition of
Martellus Bennett and his ability to turn his man inside expect Wilson to find
the edge often and exploit the outside of the defense.</p>


The high expectations aside, the coaching staff is aware that <a class="st_tag in

Captain Chaos
06-15-2012, 07:14 PM
Thanks Roanoke!!

RoanokeFan
06-15-2012, 07:18 PM
Thanks Roanoke!!

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