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<font size="4"><u>NEWARK STAR LEDGER</u></font>
<div><div><div><div><div class="entry-content"><div class="entry-content">GIANTS' SUMMER QUESTIONNAIRE: CB BRANDON BING (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_summer_questionnaire_cb.html)

"Brandon Bing spent last season on the Giants practice squad after being
released by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent. The 5-foot-9 Bing
wouldn't say he feels more comfortable with an offseason under his belt after
not having one last year due to the lockout, but he looked it during the spring.
And coaches noticed -- they praised the second-year cornerback out of Rutgers
from rookie camp on through minicamp.

The energetic "Bada" Bing, as coaches and teammates call him, talks about
winning a spot on the active roster, how having an offseason has helped his
development, what he needs to improve and what's happening at Rutgers in this
latest installment of our <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/summer_questionnaire/index.html">Giants
summer questionnaire series</a>.</p>

Coaches have spoken highly of you this spring. After a season under
your belt, do you feel that much more comfortable?</p>

I feel a little bit better. I wouldn't say comfortable. I try not to be
content with anything. If anything, I'm trying to be discontent. I'm just trying
to be a student of the game and learn from the guys in front of me. Obviously,
rookie camp helped me a whole lot. It slowed a lot of things down and I got a
lot of reps that I wouldn't have gotten before. Because on paper you may be able
to get it down, but once you get out on the field it's a whole new game; you got
to react. So I'm definitely feeling a little bit better and confident only
because the material in the classroom is something I wanted to improve and
something I still strive to improve on now.

How much did not
having an offseason last year hurt you?</p>

Seriously, OTAs and minicamp and rookie camp and all those things are huge,
in my opinion. I think it affected me a whole lot. Me going out to Denver with
the season a month away, they had their draft picks and they had all these guys
so you didn't get much of a chance. There's only one practice [per day] and not
two so you don't get that many reps. So with the reps you get, you got to
basically catch a pick every time you get out there to open up some eyes. But
now I was able to go to rookie camp, I was able to be in OTAs and minicamp and
show some of the things that I'm capable of. So I think last year versus this
year, I think it's a huge advantage for the guys that had it versus not having
it at all.

Is being on the practice squad basically a tryout
every day?</p>

I feel like even if you made the team, it's a tryout everyday. You got to
work everyday as if you could be cut that day because that is a possibility.
I've seen guys who've been in the league for years get cut, I've seen guys that
have been here a few days get cut. So it's a consistent grind. I feel like
everyday you go to prove yourself and not just prove those guys, but prove it to
yourself. I view myself as a perfectionist. I'm my own biggest critic. That kind
of strives me to improve. The possibility of improving and becoming a better
player is what keeps me going.</p>

What do you need to improve on as you look to get on the active

Weight was a problem at one point. I'm up to like 182, 183, but that was one
problem and I got that out of the way. Now I think it's more about the classroom
and taking advantage of the reps that I'm given and taking the mental reps and
turning them into reps on the field. A lot of times we don't get as many reps as
the first or second team so those missed reps are important for us to be able to
pick up versus a guy who's doing it. You got to be able to watch it and then do
it so it's not a problem. 'oh this guy doesn't even know what he's doing.' So
it's in the classroom, just being a student of the game.

close do you follow what goes on at Rutgers?</p>

Not too close, but I'm pretty close. I was over there for the spring game and
the singing and I spoke to Coach [Kyle] Flood and a lot of the players. I speak
to a lot players still. I was close to a lot of players there. I know enough
coming from the players and meeting up with Coach Flood at a Rutgers basketball
game or a spring game or something like that so I have some insight. Obviously,
we got one of the guys [Joe] Martinek here. I feel like every Rutgers that comes
out does pretty well in the NFL. not a distraction at all.

Do you
keep in contact with [former Rutgers coach] Greg Schiano?</p>

I talked to him through text a few weeks ago, it wasn't too long ago. We
don't go too long without speaking because we had like a family environment at
Rutgers. We all keep in contact, from coaches and players. I'm going over to Ray
Rice Day, the McCourtys are having a camp so I'm going to that. So we all keep
in contact. Even in the offseason I was with those guys.

Rutgers football be different without Schiano?</p>

No, because Kyle Flood's a great guy and not much has changed. Because he
knew how things were run over there. He'll have it his way Ė I'm not saying he's
going to fill his shoes or anything like that Ė but he'll don a great job over
there and it won't be weird because it's Rutgers and we're all family and it's
not that big of a deal.
</p>GIANTS' SUMMER QUESTIONNAIRE: WR RAMSES BARDEN (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_summer_questionnaire_wr_1.html)

"Ramses Barden swears he has what it takes to contribute. And he shows it
in flashes during practice, as he did during OTAs and at last week's minicamp.
But Barden, a third-round pick out of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in 2009, has been
a disappointment when it matters most in his three seasons -- he has 15 career
catches for 174 yards and is still without a touchdown. Now entering a pivotal
fourth season, the 6-foot-6 wide receiver aspires to finally translate his
success on the practice field to gamedays and step in for the departed Mario
Manningham. He talks about that and more in the latest installment of our <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/summer_questionnaire/index.html">Giants
summer questionnaire series</a>.

In your first three seasons, you haven't produced at the rate
expected for a third-round pick. What's the next step for you?</p>

I've practiced well here. That's been consistent. I think the next step for
me is to carry that over with confidence in the game. Everybody knows what I can

When they bring a guy like Rueben Randle in instead of
depending on you, does that concern you?</p>

When you have draft picks, you're going to use your draft picks. You're not
going to not draft guys because you think a position is solid. You always want
to add bits and pieces. As far as my thought process, I'm worried about myself.
I'm worried about earning the job in the role that I want and I wish everybody
the best of luck, but I'm not going to walk around looking over my shoulder.
It's competition, it's fun and I can't wait to see how the season

Do you feel more pressure entering the 2012 season than
in the past?</p>

I can put enough pressure on myself, I don't need anybody else. You can try,
but I got enough on myself, which makes it fun and exciting for me. I think the
only time you can really reach your eventual accomplishment is when your own
toughest critic and you're trying to prove certain things to

Is this a make-or-break year for you?</p>

I don't think about it like that. I think about it as an opportunity. </p>

What do you think you can improve on to take advantage of the

I want to be in great condition. I'm always in good condition, but I want to
be in every-down condition, every-down great condition."

FORMER GIANT BRANDON JACOBS SPENDS DAY WITH SIX-YEAR OLD FAN (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/former_giant_brandon_jacobs_sp.html)

"If you happened to be at the Jump On In bounce house in Boonton yesterday, you
saw quite a sight: a 6-foot-4, 266-pound NFL running back flailing about on
inflatable castles and slides like a first grader hopped up on Sweet Tarts.<div id="article"><div class="entry-content">

That running back was the 49ersí Brandon Jacobs, who took 6-year-old Joseph
Armento and his 4-year-old brother for an outing they likely wonít forget. </p>

Armento is the New Jersey boy who, when told the hometown New York Giants
could no longer afford to keep Jacobs, emptied his piggy bank - all $3.36 - and
sent it to California in an effort keep his favorite player with the Giants.

Jacobs was touched by the gesture and told Armentoís mother, Julie, that he
would be in the area for a short time this week while he packed and moved his
family to the Bay Area. He thought his original idea for a meeting place, Chuck
E. Cheese, might cause too much of scene. So they settled on the bounce houses.

Jacobs, 29, brought his 5-year-old son, Brayden, and the four kids - Jacobs
included - played nonstop for nearly two hours. No one even took a water break.

"He told me he really wanted to get out there with the kids," Julie Armento
said in a phone interview. "He really wanted to enjoy it, and he did. It was
amazing." </p>

Said Jacobs: "It was just us in the whole place, and we were just going room
to room - just bouncing and flipping all over the place, hitting each other with
balls, sweating, our shirts filthy. We were just dirty, stinky boys, you know?"

Joseph was blown away. Jacobs also gave him a signed Giants football helmet.
Jacobs signed it with his former number, 27. (He wears No. 45 with the 49ers.)
It reads: "To Joe: Thanks for being a fan. God bless, Brandon Jacobs." </p>

Julie Armento said she sent Josephís letter in March, soon after the 49ers
signed Jacobs to a one-year contract. She sent it to Candlestick Park in San
Francisco, but Jacobs and the 49ers practice in Santa Clara. Jacobs didnít get
the letter until earlier this month, and he called the Armentos the next day.

"When we first spoke, he said that he was genuinely touched by the letter,
that it almost brought him to tears," Armento said. "He said it came at just the
right time for him." </p>

Said Jacobs: "Iím at a point in my career when people have stopped believing
in me and not believing that I can still play. But thatís not the case. Joe
believes in me, gave me a lot of confidence and a lot of want-to. </p>

"And Iím ready to go. I canít wait until the season starts." </p>

Jacobs had one final gift for Joseph - a $5 bill. After all, Jacobs ended up
signing with the 49ers, so it was only fair the boy get his piggybank money
back. </p>

"He had some interest in there just for being a good kid," Jacobs said. "Heís
worth a lot more than that $5 bill I gave him."</p></div>

</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS
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<div><div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>
SIGNING OF ROGERS PUZZLING (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/giant_mistake_G39pqxrMUM1HPQQPRDB7KP)

"What was a flier from the outset in signing Shaun Rogers already is looking
like a failed ó and expensive ó experiment by the Giants.<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">

A surprise signing by Big Blue in April, the veteran defensive tackle didnít
do much of anything during the offseason program that wrapped up last week
except cost them promising young tight end Jake Ballard.</p>

With Rogers unable to participate due to a mysterious elbow condition that
neither he nor the Giants will talk much about, general manager Jerry Reese
exposed Ballard to waivers for roster purposes so he could bring back reserve
defensive tackle Rocky Bernard.
</p>The move backfired when Ballard was claimed by the Patriots, leaving the
Giants with no Ballard, an injured Rogers and a marginal player in Bernard at
what already was by far the deepest area on the team.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

The whole situation also had the famously grouchy Rogers in anything but a
good mood when reporters dared to even stop by his locker during the Giantsí
recently concluded mini-camp.</p>

ďI would like to think Iím the expert about myself, but thatís not usually
how yíall [reporters] write it,Ē the former Lion, Brown and Saint said in
response to an innocuous question about his general health. ďYíall [reporters]
are pretty much all the same.Ē</p>

The Giantsí decision to sign the 33-year-old Rogers was curious from the
outset. Although he played in all 16 games for the Saints last season, he
managed just 14 tackles and wasnít re-signed even though New Orleans knew its
defense was probably going to be decimated by free agency and the NFLís bounty

Even Rogers admitted when the Giants inked the former first-round pick and
three-time Pro Bowl selection that he was halfway expecting to be forced into
retirement, although Rogers claimed last week that there were other teams
interested this offseason.</p>

The Giants appeared to signal a desire to get bigger and bulkier in their
defensive interior with the addition of the 6-foot-4, 340-pound Rogers, who had
been a Casey Hampton-style nose tackle in Cleveland.</p>

But with Rogers unable to do anything more than study the Giantsí playbook,
the combination of the elbow and the surprise re-signing of Bernard are leading
Big Blue watchers to wonder if Rogers will ever play a snap for the reigning
Super Bowl champions.</p>

ďHe is in the classroom,Ē Tom Coughlin said when asked about Rogers recently
before quickly changing the subject.</p>

Rogers isnít exactly making any guarantees when asked if he expects to be
available for the start of training camp in Albany next month. The lack of vigor
in his voice indicates Rogers himself wouldnít be surprised if the Giants
decided to end their relationship soon.</p>

ďThatís up to them to decide,Ē Rogers said. ďI feel like I can play football
at any point in time. What my role is will be determined by the coaches and how
they feel.Ē
[/url]</p></div>http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/giant_mistake_G39pqxrMUM1HPQQPRDB7KP#ixzz1yQuUQra8 )
</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">[url]http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>

PHIL SIMMS SAYS GIANTS SHOULD BE THE FAVORITES (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/21/retired-new-york-giants-qb-phil-simms-super-bowl-champs-should-be-the-favorites/)

"A day after the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17
in Super Bowl XLVI, the MGM Grandís sports book in Las Vegas released the odds for Super Bowl XLVII (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-06/patriots-are-favored-to-win-2013-super-bowl-with-champion-giants-at-8-1.html) Ö and Big Blue wasn't
even the favorite to win their own division. Instead, the Patriots topped the
odds at 5-1 with the Green Bay Packers (11-2), Pittsburgh Steelers (6-1) and Philadelphia Eagles (http://www.giants101.com/tag/philadelphia-eagles/) (6-1) all coming in ahead of the
Giants who had 8-1 odds.

While appearing on Sirius XM radio Wednesday night, retired Giants
quarterback <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Phil Simms" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/phil-simms/" rel="tag nofollow">Phil
Simms</a> took issue with the odds and the disrespect his former team has
received so far this offseason.</p><blockquote>

"Super Bowl champs should be considered favorites," Simms

Although it's the Eagles who are favored over Big Blue in the NFC East, Simms
instead directed his attention to the Dallas (http://www.giants101.com/tag/dallas/) Cowboys, 20-1 favorites according to the MGM Grand
sports book.</p>

"If Cowboys don't feel motivated now, with their backs against the wall, then
when," he questioned.</p></blockquote>

Both the Eagles and Cowboys have been yammering on about how great and
talented they are this offseason, and it's been largely followed up with pundits
declaring the same. It's become a common mantra each year, with the Giants
frequently dismissed and overlooked. But rest assured, they have no real issue
with it; they thrive on being the underdogs and enjoy having the spotlight
shined elsewhere. They excel when others doubt them, and would likely prefer
this course be kept."</p>GIANTS' DOMENIK HIXON EAGER TO RETURN TO ACTION (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/20/new-york-giants-domenik-hixon-eager-to-return-to-action/)

"New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants wide receiver <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Domenik Hixon" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/domenik-hixon/" rel="tag nofollow">Domenik
Hixon</a>went throughquite thestring of bad luck withthe injurybug over the
last few seasons. He has torn hisACL twice inthe lasttwoyears, the second
time comingon an acrobatic touchdown reception against the St. Louis Rams last
season.During his rehab he has managed toaddabout20 poundsof muscle and is
expected to fullyrecoverin time for training camp. Now, after losing <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Mario Manningham" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/mario-manningham/" rel="tag nofollow">Mario
Manningham</a> to free agency, Hixonis looking to stepin and become the third
wide receiver on the roster.

Hixonhas proven he can be productive in thepast both as areturnman and
areceiver. In the 2008season,Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride chose
himas the replacementfor PlaxicoBurress after hisfamous handgun incident. In
that seasonhehauled in45 receptions for633 yards, proving to be areliable
target for <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Eli Manning" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/eli-manning/" rel="tag nofollow">Eli
Manning</a>. When askedif he expects thereto be any rust todeal with after
missing so much time,Hixon seemed optimistic.</p>

"I don't thinkso.And the reasonI say it is because you're doing all
thatnow. I'm knocking a lot of rust off now so by thetime weget to our first
preseason game, I don't think anything will be there."</p></blockquote>

Domenik is fully aware thatthe loss of Manningham won't beeasy for the team
to adjust to. He knows thatthere are other receivers on the Giants roster
thatwillbegunning for Manningham'sposition as well,including rookie<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Rueben Randle" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/rueben-randle/" rel="tag nofollow">Rueben
Randle</a>.He was asked if hewould stepin and replace Manninghamright

"Yeah, for sure. That'swhatI planto doandI'm going to keep working hard
day in and day out andlet it be up to the coaches."</p></blockquote>

It is rare in the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) today to see a team stick witha player throughtwo
serious injuries, but the Giants havestood by Hixon through all of his ups and
downs. This comes asno surprise as the Giants are considered one of the most
stand-up organizationsin the league.Domenikis aware of thisand is very
gratefulforthemultiple opportunitiesthey have given him.</p>

"They gave me an opportunity when I got releasedfrom Denver (in2007) and
then these pasttwo years with knee injuries they stuck with me.They could have
cut me and let me be on my way andbe done withme. But theydidn't do that.
They treated me the same andI really appreciatethat."</p></blockquote>

Now Hixonknows it's his turn togive back tothe Giants for the loyalty they

"I know a lot of times in the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/)loyalty isn't that big. But in this situationI
really feel like I wanted to be here. Theyhelpedmeouttime and timeagain. I
wanted to stay here and repay that."</p></blockquote>

If Hixon can stayhealthy, he can be a niceweapon for Manning tomake use
of.Because of his familiarity withManning and the offense, look for him
tostep in as the thirdreceiver whilerookie <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Rueben Randle" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/rueben-randle/" rel="tag nofollow">Rueben
Randle</a> learns the ropes. In three receiver packages <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Victor Cruz" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/victor-cruz/" rel="tag nofollow">Victor
Cruz</a>will likely shiftto the slot receiverwhich allows Hixon to compliment
Hakeem Nicks on the outside. Hixon will continue torehabilitatehiskneein
order to be at full speed for training campwhere he can build an even
strongerrapport withCaptain <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Eli Manning" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/eli-manning/" rel="tag nofollow">Eli
Manning</a> and the other receivers.</p>http://www.giants101.com/

<u><font size="4">BIG BLUE VIEW</font></u><span id="entry_flag_counts_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition" class="flag-counts"><span class="light"></span> </span><span id="entry_flag_links_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition"></span>

NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: THURSDAY TID BITS (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/6/21/3105373/new-york-giants-news-brandon-jacobs-shaun-rogers-sean-ryan-percy-harvin)

"Good morning, New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
fans! It is time for you morning news and notes, so here we go.<div class="entry-body">

<a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/former_giant_brandon_jacobs_sp.html">Former
Giant Brandon Jacobs spends the day with six-year-old fan |
Six-year-old Joseph Armento had sent Jacobs $3.36 to persuade him
to stay on the Giants.</p>

<a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/giant_mistake_G39pqxrMUM1HPQQPRDB7KP?utm_medium=rs s&amp;utm_content=Giants">Signing
of Rogers puzzling - NYPOST.com</a>
What was a flier from the outset in
signing Shaun Rogers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1498/shaun-rogers)
already is looking like a failed ó and expensive ó experiment by the Giants.</p>

<a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8076348/minnesota-vikings-gm-no-interest-trading-percy-harvin-wr-leaves-minicamp-early">Minnesota
Vikings GM has 'no interest' in trading Percy Harvin; WR leaves minicamp early -

Star receiver Percy Harvin (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71506/percy-harvin)
wants out of Minnesota but the Vikings (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/minnesota-vikings) said
Wednesday they won't trade him.</p>

<a href="http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Daily-Blitz---June-19-Ryan-works-with-QBs/8be3a8ed-89ca-467e-8f94-6fae17b4a2ad">Daily
Blitz - June 19: Ryan works with QBs</a>
From quality control to teaching
wide receivers, Sean Ryan (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1265/sean-ryan) is in
his first season as quarterbacks coach and hit the ground running this offseason
with Eli Manning (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2235/eli-manning).</p>

<a href="http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/NFL-rookie-symposium-kicks-off-Sunday.html">NFL
rookie symposium kicks off Sunday | National Football Post</a>
Players will
be divided into smaller groups this year.</p>

<a href="http://www.nfl.com/photos/09000d5d82909eb1?module=HP11_content_stream#id:090 00d5d82a01724">NFL.com
Photos - NFL stars throwing the first pitch</a></p>

<a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/new-york-giants/09000d5d829fe4cd/Justin-Tuck-s-R-U-S-H-for-literacy">NFL
Videos: Justin Tuck's R.U.S.H. for literacy</a>
Giants DE Justin Tuck (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2260/justin-tuck) does
more than rush QBs. His Tuck's R.U.S.H. For Literacy promotes reading to kids in
New York, New Jersey and central Alabama."</p></div>http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news

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

SUMMERTIME BLOG BITS RETURNS (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4597)

"Wondering how you are going to fill the down time until Giantsí training camp
starts?<span id="more-4597"></span> Wonder no more, as Iím proud to announce the
return of our annual ďSummertime Blog Bits,Ē a collection of odds and ends
straight from my reporterís notebook that havenít yet made it to print.

For the next four weeks, I should have enough material to bring you
full-length articles, player Q&amp;As, miscellaneous observations, leftovers
from past articles, and little tidbits from the locker room to help fill the

Summertime Blog Bits will run every Monday, Wednesday (except for
July 4), and Friday. Then about two weeks before the start of training camp, I
will be running down each unit, pointing out the battles and offering some
insight about how I see things playing out.</p>

All of this coverage should help fill the downtime until we fire things up on
July 26 when the Giants report to training camp. So make sure you visit the blog
starting June 18, 2012!"</p>

SUMMERTIME BLOG BITS SERIES: ADRIAN TRACY HOPES TO CONTRIBUTE THIS SEASON (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4600)</p>

"For most players, a season-ending injury in their rookie season can be a
devastating occurrence. But donít tell that to Giants defensive end/linebacker
Adrian Tracy, who in his rookie campaign two years ago suffered
a season-ending elbow injury that in a way turned out to be a blessing.
<span id="more-4600"></span></p>

Tracy, listed as 6-2, 245 lbs. is a second-year player out of William &amp;
Mary. Originally a sixth round draft pick in 2010, he was projected to play
linebacker at the pro level after having a successful college career as a
defensive end.</p>

However, a pre-season elbow injury cut n his rookie season short Tracyís
rookie year, as he was placed on injured reserve. Moreover, last year, thanks to
the lockout, Tracy didnít have as much of a chance to advance his knowledge of
the defense as he would have liked. As a result, he landed on the teamís
practice squad last season.</p>

This year, Tracy, who as well as playing linebacker has moved back to his
roots at defensive end, is hoping that the time spent off the field actually
works to his advantage.</p>

ďI think what happened to me needed to be done,Ē he said of his two-year
absence away from live competition. ďI think I needed to be set back and learn
and understand my role. Now that Iíve done that I can push forward.Ē</p>

Tracy said that in looking back, he realizes that he probably wasnít mentally
ready to take the leap from college to the NFL. Now that heís had a chance to
get acclimated, he feels heís in a better position to begin contributing to the

ďIt wasnít anything as far as my mind-set,Ē he said. ďIt was just gaining a
greater understanding over being asked to play at different position at the
highest level that I had never played at.</p>

ďIím a perfectionist; I want everything to be the way itís supposed to be,Ē
he added. ďWhen it doesnít happen that way, I kind of get frustrated with
myself, so it was a maturation process that allowed me to re-evaluate and push

His role this year will be as a pass rusher, where in certain packages heíll
line up at defensive end awhile in others, heíll line up at linebacker. Itís a
challenge that Tracy said heís looking forward to mastering.</p>

ďAt linebacker youíre pretty much the quarterback of the defense and being in
that classroom for a year, year and a half allowed me to understand the defense.
Then when I go back down to defensive end, it just makes things that much

ďI know exactly where to be because I know based on some linebacker
information where the defensive ends and other people on the defensive line are
supposed to be lined up. Also in certain packages, Iíll still be playing in the
linebacker spot.Ē</p>

For Tracy, one of the challenges of playing both positions means that there
is much more information to comprehend. However, that extra information, he
thinks, will make him a better player.</p>

ďAt linebacker, youíre seeing more and you have to process more information.
So when you move back to defensive end, you have a better understanding of what
the guys behind you are doing,Ē he said.</p>

To get himself ready for a bigger role this year, Tracy worked on improving
his strength, and cutting down his body fat.</p>

ďIíve gotten stronger,Ē he said. ďI think my body composition has changed
which is a plus. But I think if anything, when youíre able to play fast, youíre
able to play more efficiently.Ē</p>

Heís also really hit the playbook harder this year, determined not to let the
flip-flopping of his position deter his quest for a roster spot. So far, he
said, he doesnít feel as though he was set back by spending time at

ďIt just allowed me to excel further and I think thus far, practices have
gone pretty well,Ē Tracy said toward the conclusion of the teamís three-day mini
camp. ďIím ready to step forward to step forward in training camp.Ē</p>

SUMMERTIME BLOG BITS: Q&amp;A WITH DT MARVIN AUSTIN (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4603)</p>

"In todayís installment of Summertime Blog Bits, I bring you a
conversation I had with defensive tackle Marvin Austin during
the mini camp.<span id="more-4603"></span></p>

Q: There have been reports that you came into camp out of shape and
A: Iím at a good weight now and my conditioning is
fine. Iím coming back from a long time away from the game so there was going to
be an adjustment. But Iím going to be ready for camp and Iím working hard to
make sure Iím ready for camp and beyond.</p>

Q: Now that youíve been able to get back on the field, how have you
found it? Are you more rusty than you thought youíd be?
A: Nah, itís
pretty much the same as riding a bike. Itís something that once you learn it
once, you know how to do it. Maybe youíre not as fast or as quick as far as
doing the same tricks you used to be able to do on the bike, but you can still
ride it. In my case, Iím working on getting my tricks back.</p>

Q: This might sound weird, but having been away for as long as you
were, do you think you have a little different perspective about the game than
say your teammates who have been here?
A: I think so. I think I have
a greater appreciation for the game. If you know me, you know that I try my best
to be optimistic about every situation. One advantage to being away from the
game for me physically is that I donít have much wear and tear on my body from
the 2 years Iíve been out of the game. At the same time, though, you donít get
better at football or anything for that matter unless youíre working on it every
day. You need to repeat things so that you develop that muscle memory and your
techniques and motions become second nature.</p>

Q: It looks like theyíve been lining you up on both sides of the
line, correct? Didnít you primarily line up on one side in college and if so,
how are you adjusting to being moved around?
A: Yes, Iím used to
playing the left side. I played the left side in college all my life, so playing
on the right side here is something new to me, but itís all part of the job
interview for this year and itís been fun being back around the team. Any way I
can help the Giants win another Super Bowl, Iím cool with that.</p>

Q: Do you expect theyíll keep you more to one side over the other
once camp starts?
A: I think it depends on the play because you have
a lot of variables to consider. But I can be the three-technique or the shade.
It depends on what play the offense comes out with or whatever scheme we have in
place for that week. The only Itís just different playing with your left hand
down as opposed to your right hand down.</p>

Q: How difficult has it been for you to work on the new
A: It takes a little getting used to because your steps are
totally different. If youíre a right-handed person, and now youíre suddenly
trying to write with your left hand, itís going to be a little slow at first
until you get more practice to get used to it. So itís pretty much like I am
trying to write with my left hand, even though Iím right-handed. When I go to
the weight room and I want to do something, I use my left leg first so I can get
my mind conditioned to doing things left-handed.</p>

Q: Besides getting used to playing both sides, what else have you
prioritized as far as improving for this summer, besides of course
A: Just going out there and playing explosive and quick,
and finding what it is that I can help the team do to get better. If itís
special teams or being a scout team player, I am all for it. I think Iíll find
my exact role on the New York Giants by keeping an open mind and just gong out
there , working hard every day, and continuing to try to bring value to the

Q: What value have you been able to learn from looking at film of
yourself from last year?
A: I feel like I am pretty much my biggest
critic so when I was watching film, I thought I got too high some times. There
ewer ea bunch of little things, like ďshaking and bakingĒ and things like that
when I would pass rush. There were times when I just need to go and use my power
and quickness, but I was doing a little too much moving around which took the
edge off. I think I am one of the quickest defensive tackle in the game and
sometimes that hurts me because I go to use quickness when I should use power to
run straight through a guy. So this year I want to work on mixing it up a bit
more and playing the chess game within the game of football.</p>

Q: The defensive line meeting room is tight from what I hear. So with
that said, what kind of advice have the veterans given you to help you get
A: Oh man, theyíre always encouraging me. Those guys know I
have been out of the game for a while, and they want a young guy Ė any guy
really Ė to be able to go out and be successful. So theyíve been helping with
everything from hand placement to body language. Itís great; everyone in that
room is like family, so thereís no animosity or anything. Weíre each otherís
biggest fans.</p>

Q: Iíd imagine youíre anxious to get back out there. However,
sometimes when a guy is wound a little too tight and he gets on the field,
thatís not necessarily a good thing. Whatís the best way then to find a happy
medium in terms of enthusiasm?
A: Well, youíre right; Iím so
ready. But I need to be too pumped up so I can go right though somebody. Yeah,
football is all about controlled violence, so I want to be as ready as I can and
play at a very high level within the rules of the game, know what I mean? Iím so
glad to be back around my teammates. To not have been around the guys was
extremely hard for me. People donít understand how much when youíve been a
football player all your life, how much being a part of the team atmosphere
means to you. You hear some former players who, now that theyíre out of the
game, how they miss being around the guys and having structures in their lives.
S I am cherishing every moment I have in the NFL and I want to have a
productive career."</p>



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SPOTLIGHT: DAVE TOLLEFSON'S REPLACEMENT (http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/14745/spotlight-dave-tollefsons-replacement)

"SPOTLIGHT: Who will replace DE Dave Tollefson?

THE 411: The Giants kept the league's most fearsome
pass rush intact by restructuring Osi Umenyiora's deal and
keeping the defensive end relatively happy for this coming season. But they did
lose Tollefson in free agency to Oakland. Tollefson was a valuable backup who
gave Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and
Umenyiora breathers while also being terrific insurance in case of injury and
proving he could be a capable fill-in starter.

He has just 10 career
sacks but he collected five of those sacks last season. He started two games
last year and was a great complement to the Giants' star defensive ends. The
Giants still have linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, who often went
back to the front line as the fourth defensive end in Perry Fewell's
NASCAR package. But Tollefson was another pass rusher they could throw
in that package and he could play special teams, provided veteran experience,
often played injured and was also very popular in the locker room.

THE COMPETITION: Logic would say the Giants should use
Kiwanuka more as a pass rusher with Tollefson gone. But the Giants insist
Kiwanuka will remain in his dual hybrid role. Kiwanuka could see more snaps at
defensive end but the Giants would like a new player to emerge into Tollefson's
role of providing limited snaps at defensive end to give opposing offensive
lines a different look while giving Tuck, JPP or Umenyiora a breather.

Second-year defensive end Justin Trattou and
Adrian Tracy are competing to fill Tollefson's spot in the
defensive end rotation. Trattou, 23, has one tackle in six games last season.

Tracy, 25, was a sixth-round pick in 2010 and is listed as a linebacker
but is being converted into a defensive end. He has yet to play in a game.

WHAT THE COACHES ARE SAYING: Fewell was asked if he
will use Kiwanuka more at defensive end with Tollefson gone.

"We donít
know that right now," Fewell said. "Obviously losing Dave was a blow for us but
we do have a plan and Kiwi will rotate and play some defensive end. More? I
donít know."

"A guy like Trattou, Tracy and Kiwi is always an
alternative choice to go there but if one of those guys can come on then we
donít have to tax Kiwi," Fewell added. "That is how we look at those guys and
thatís what we are trying to find out, if they can fill the role that Dave
Tollefson left."

CAMP PREDICTION: This should be an
interesting competition between Trattou and Tracy but my guess is that whoever
wins likely won't see as many snaps at defensive end as Tollefson saw, and that
wasn't a whole lot to begin with when Tuck, JPP and Umenyiora were healthy and

I do think that Fewell will use Kiwanuka a bit more as a pass
rusher on passing downs, especially now that Fewell has more experience and
options at linebacker. He has Michael Boley, Keith
Rivers and Jacquian Williams as linebackers who have
the speed to cover on passing downs. Chase Blackburn, Boley and
Rivers or perhaps Mark Herzlich could play at linebacker if
Fewell opts to use Kiwanuka more as a pass rusher on a perceived running play as

That flexibility should allow Kiwanuka to rush the quarterback a
bit more. Fewell could also use Tuck, JPP, Umenyiora and one defensive tackle
like Chris Canty or Austin on the front line on passing downs
with Kiwanuka rushing from the linebacker spot.

And if Trattou or Tracy
emerge, Fewell will have even more options, including the ability to rush
Kiwanuka from the linebacker spot with one of those two on the line with Tuck,
JPP and Umenyiora. The team liked Trattou enough to have him on the active
roster last season for a bit, but Tracy has also stuck with the team on the
practice squad as a sixth-round pick from 2010.

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06-21-2012, 10:26 AM
Thanks RF. Interesting read about Shaun Rogers.

06-21-2012, 10:30 AM
Thanks RF. Interesting read about Shaun Rogers.

We tend to let some players slip through the informational crack it seems.

06-21-2012, 12:16 PM
thanks Roanoke! [B]</P>

it will be hard to replace Tolley but it appears that several options may be available! </P>

i hope so. the more pass rushers the better!</P>

06-21-2012, 06:28 PM
thanks Roanoke! [B]</p>

it will be hard to replace Tolley but it appears that several options may be available! </p>

i hope so. the more pass rushers the better!</p>


06-22-2012, 04:10 AM
I'm always a day late replying to these.

Rogers better lighten up a bit or the media will eat him up. He might end up being a camp casualty this go around.

06-22-2012, 09:13 AM
I'm always a day late replying to these.

Rogers better lighten up a bit or the media will eat him up. He might end up being a camp casualty this go around.

I have to say I can see Rogers' point though. How would any of us like to have to answer the same questions over and over again?