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</font></u><font color="#0000FF"><u><font size="4">NEWS


<font size="4"><u>NEWARK STAR LEDGER</u></font>
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GIANTS' SUMMER QUESTIONNAIRE: CENTER DAVID BAAS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/07/giants_summer_questionnaire_ce.html)

"From the moment he signed with the Giants last summer through Super Bowl
XLVI, David Baas' life was rather hectic, as he struggled to get adjusted to a
new system and a new area of the country while battling injuries and <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/11/giants_vs_49ers_david_baas_mig.html">even
forces of nature</a>.

It all ended well for the team's starting center, of course, but he
realizes he could stand to improve in a few areas of his game. He outlines those
in this installment of our <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/summer_questionnaire/index.html">Giants
summer questionnaire</a>:</p>

So this is going to be your first extended break since you signed
with the Giants. Is this going to be a clear-your-mind, take-it-easy kind of
time for you?</p>

Nah. I have a place I train down in Florida, Athletic Edge with Mr. Mike
Gough. I mean, I will take a little time after I leave here. We’ll take our kids
to Disney World. I’ll try to stay away from all those Mickey ice cream bars. But
I’ll take a few weeks. And then, the last three weeks, I’ll train down there.
You’re stupid if you don’t because we have the conditioning test when we come
back. I want to maintain what I’ve worked so hard for this offseason. Being in
the Florida heat will help.</p>

Did it ever really hit you how crazy and up-and-down things were for
you last year?</p>

Yeah, at points it did. Like I went to a Yankees game with my kids to <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/cutfour/article.jsp?content_id=33081812">do the roll
call out in the bleachers</a>. That was awesome. I took my ring out there and
everybody was just storming me to take pictures of it and everything. I was just
like, ‘This is never going to leave.’ You know in terms of football, it’s over.
We’re looking forward. But in terms of the feeling, that’s always going to be
there, so that’s pretty cool.</p>

What needs to improve after last season for you?</p>

There are lots of things I can do better. You just watch it now on film and
the biggest thing from what I see is understanding the offense even better. In
the game, I was focusing on trying to get my assignments down, where now I can
see even in OTAs my footwork is so much better and puts me in much better
position to help everybody else and work together. It makes a big difference
because you don't have to think about your assignment unless there's a new play
you're kind of learning. But other than that, it's much better. And that's the
thing, throughout the season, I feel like I kept improving and I tried to make
my last game my best. The OTAs and minicamp, the format changed. You don't get
to put your helmet on people like you do in training camp. You get to use your
hands more and that's good because it's like muscle memory. Sometimes, I tend to
drop my hands and I need to keep them up more in my punch. So honestly, I take
whatever I can do out here and use it to my advantage.</p>

So thinking too much was messing up your technique?</p>

Oh, especially in the beginning because, you know, I didn't want to screw up.
But now, I have a very good grasp of the offense and I feel like I can focus on
my technique a little bit more than I could last year.</p>

What positives did you take from last year?</p>

Well, in terms of improvement and being able to just continue to work with
the guys, even though injuries were an up-and-down part of it. This offseason,
I'm very happy with the way my body feels and my strength and improvement. I
feel I can run better. That's what I wanted to do, to get back to being healthy
and that way I can go out there and do what I'm capable of doing.</p>

Did you feel you proved some resiliency last year in dealing with
everything thrown your way?</p>

Yeah, it definitely was tough. This game changes and that's the thing, we all
have to be able to adapt. I feel like I did and, even more this year, I'll be
able to take a leadership role."</p>http://www.nj.com/giants/

</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS

<div><div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>

</div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>

<u><font size="4">WALL STREET JOURNAL</font></u>



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


<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html">http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>

GIANTS' MARTELLUS BENNETT EXCITED TO PLAY WITH "UNSELFISH" ELI MANNING (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/03/new-york-giants-martellus-bennett-excited-to-play-with-unselfish-eli-manning/)

"For years, and despite two championships for <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a> quarterback <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>, many pundits have argued that Dallas (http://www.giants101.com/tag/dallas/) Cowboys signal caller Tony Romo (http://www.giants101.com/tag/tony-romo/)
is the cream of the crop in the NFC East. However, after only a few short months
with Big Blue, tight end Martellus Bennett (http://www.giants101.com/tag/martellus-bennett/) strongly disagrees with that assertion,
and anxiously awaits his time on the field with the two-time Super Bowl MVP.

"I don’t think there’s a better quarterback than him in the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) right now,"
Bennett told Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_summer_questionnaire_ti.html). "Watching his
approach to the game and the way he coaches everybody up and gets everybody
involved, I think he’s an unselfish quarterback, which is what you want. He
throws a very catchable ball, which is always awesome. He’s a great guy, a great

Bennett believes one of the major differences between Eli and other NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) quarterbacks
is his ability to not only find the open man, but to avoid playing

"It doesn’t matter who it is or what number you are. If you’re open, he’s
going to hit you," Bennett added. "Every quarterback has one or two guys they go
to on most teams. But here, it’s not really like that."</p></blockquote>

The fifth-year tight end out of Texas A&amp;M has never been a big Romo fan,
and even pressed to have a quarterback competition between Jon Kitna and Romo a
season ago. And although he refrained from saying anything too derogatory, his
comments landed him in the dog house and possibly attributed to his abysmal 2011

However, Bennett isn't the only former teammate of Romo who believes Eli is
the superior quarterback, as defensive tackle Chris Canty also recently weighed
in on the debate.</p>

“Romo’s a tremendous quarterback, statistically he’s a top five quarterback,
that’s undeniable,” Canty told the Dallas Morning News (http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.com/2012/06/chris-canty-tony-romo-the-reason-cowboys-havent-had-same-success-as-giants.html/). “At the end of the day, in
the clutch situations, he hasn’t performed as well as you would like him to. I
think ultimately, that’s been the difference between their franchise and the
Giants ability to be successful.”</p></blockquote>

Alas, training camp draws near and with it comes chatter about how Romo is
the best all-around quarterback in the NFC East. Manning could win 50
championships, but Romo puts up great fantasy numbers and here in the age of the
Internet and Madden video games, that ultimately determines your worth in the
eyes of many "experts." Luckily for Manning, his fans and teammates don't care
about his Madden rating, only the titles he helps bring to <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/" rel="tag nofollow">New

<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>

NFL SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT 2012: SHOULD GIANTS MAKE A MOVE? (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/3/3134819/nfl-supplemental-draft-2012-new-york-giants-josh-gordon-ed-wesley-adam-harris)

"The NFL will hold its annual Supplemental Draft on July 12. The <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants">New
York Giants</a> have not taken a player during this event since 1994, when they
selected defensive back Tito Wooten. And Giants fans should remember using a
first-round supplemental pick on quarterback Dave Brown in 1992.
<div class="entry-body">

So, the Giants do not exactly have a glorious, or extensive, history with the
Supplemental Draft. Will this year be different?</p>

Here, via NFL.com (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82a48544/article/nfl-supplemental-draft-to-be-held-thursday-july-12?campaign=Twitter_atl), is the list of players eligible for the
Supplemental Draft:</p>

Boise State DB Quaylon Ewing
Utah WR Josh Gordon
Syracuse RB Adam
Iowa State OT Adrian Haughton
Carson-Newman LB Larry
Georgia DE Montez Robinson
McMurray WR Houston Tuminello
Ed Wesley</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>

Is there anyone on that list who interest you, Giants fans? Or, more
importantly, would prod the Giants to use a Supplemental pick? Remember, use a
pick in the Supplemental Draft and you forfeit an equivalent pick in the
following year's regular NFL Draft.</p>

NFL.com says that Gordon, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound wide receiver, is likely to
generate the most interest. SB Nation's Mocking The Draft agrees (http://www.mockingthedraft.com/2012/7/3/3134011/josh-gordon-ed-wesley-among-eight-eligible-prospects-for-nfl), but adds Wesley, the TCU
running back, to the list.</p>

CBS Sports offers brief profiles of all eight players (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/rob-rang/19464355/eight-prospects-eligible-for-nfl-supplemental-draft). CBS says "Gordon has
tremendous speed and natural athleticism for his 6-4, 220-pound frame, but is
still very rough around the edges as a receiver."
</p></div>NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: BREVITY EDITION (http://http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/3/3134130/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-brevity-edition)

"Good morning, New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
fans! A brief notebook for you today.<div class="entry-body">

<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2012/7/2/3131706/nfl-supplemental-draft-2012-order-date-time">NFL
Supplemental Draft Reportedly Set For July 12 - SBNation.com</a>
Supplemental Draft will reportedly take place on July 12.</p>

<a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/19449847/several-changes-coming-on-offensive-unit">Several
changes coming on offensive unit - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores,
Stats, Fantasy</a>
For the first time in quite a while, the Giants offense
will be undergoing a significant overhaul at nearly every position except for
one: quarterback.</p>

<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/60029/nfc-east-training-camp-battles">NFC
East training camp battles - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN</a>
An early look at the
biggest training camp position battles:</p>

<a href="http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Can-Schiano-fix-the-Bucs-in-one-offseason.html">Can
Schiano 'fix' the Bucs in one offseason? | National Football Post</a>
A new
coach can bring accountability -- if the players buy into it.</p>

<a href="http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/07/02/palladino-jets-and-giants-to-hit-the-ground-running/">Ernie
Palladino: New York Jets And Giants To Hit The Ground Running; Terrance Ganaway,
David Wilson Great Young Options " CBS New York</a>
Before the Jets (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-jets) and Giants
report to their respective summer training bases in Cortland and Albany, their
rosters will finish their respite from football, presumably recharging for the
long haul. And no more important aspects of each team needs the extra energy and
focus than the ground games.

In that, the Giants appear positioned to
head into camp in decent shape despite the free agent disposal of the moody but
bulky new 49er, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2224/brandon-jacobs">Brandon
Jacobs</a>. With returning backs <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/16768/ahmad-bradshaw">Ahmad
Bradshaw</a>, DJ Ware, Da’Rel Scott, and first-round pick David Wilson (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152687/david-wilson),
they do have talent. And the most interesting of that is Wilson if one goes by
the performance of players running around in jerseys, shorts, helmets, and the
very little else allowed under offseason workout rules."</p></div>http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news

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


<font size="4"><u>THE RED ZONE</u></font><font size="4">
<font size="4"><font size="3">http://www.theredzone.org/</font> (http://www.theredzone.org/)

</u><u>GIANTS' TRIVIA CORNER FOR TUESDAY</u> (http://www.giantsfootballblog.com/2012/07/03/giants-trivia-corner-for-tuesday/)<u>

</u>"Yesterday’s question: the Giants have had some great
running backs in their history, but their QBs have never been known to leave the
pocket by design.

Which QB has rushed for the most yards as a
<ul> Eli Manning (http://sny.stats.com/fb/playerstats.asp?id=6760&amp;team=19) Fran Tarkenton Jeff Hostetler Phil Simms[/list]

The answer: Phil Simms. Believe it. He rushed for 1252 yards
on 349 carries over his 15-year career with the Giants (a 3.6 average).
Longevity wins out over production in this case.</p>

Many thought it was Fran Tarkenton, who was known as Fran the Scrambler and
did a lot ofthat while he was here, gaining 1126 yards over five seasons behind
a leaky offensive line. Fran ended up with 3674 career rushing yards over his
18-year career, so it was easy to see why most readers picked him…</p>

Hostetler is third on the list with 704 yards. Hoss could bolt out of the
pocket when needed, he just didn’t play enough. He only started 25 games, which
in retrospect doesn’t seem possible, but it is. A tremendous athlete that did
not get enough opportunities until well into his career.</p>

Eli Manning may end up with many of the team’s all-timerecords, but rushing
won’t be one of them. He is currently seventh among QBs in that categorybehind
Charlie Conerly (685), Dave Brown (618) and Gary Wood (485) with 365 yards
(hahaha, I said wood).</p>

Here’s an easy one on a hot day in NYC…..</p>
<div id="polls-56" class="wp-polls">
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<p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center">Which Notre Damer was not drafted in the
first round by the Giants?</p>
<div id="polls-56-ans" class="wp-polls-ans">
<ul class="wp-polls-ul"> <input id="poll-answer-260" value="260" name="poll_56" type="radio"> <label for="poll-answer-260">Eric Dorsey</label> <input id="poll-answer-261" value="261" name="poll_56" type="radio"> <label for="poll-answer-261">Justin Tuck</label> <input id="poll-answer-262" value="262" name="poll_56" type="radio"> <label for="poll-answer-262">Derek Brown</label> <input id="poll-answer-263" value="263" name="poll_56" type="radio"> <label for="poll-answer-263">Luke Petitgout</label>[/list]
<p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center"><input class="Buttons" value=" Vote " name="vote" type="button"></p>
<p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center"><a title="View Results Of This Poll" href="#ViewPollResults">View
Results</a></p></div></form></div>COULD GIANTS' MANNING. CRUZ SEE A DROP IN PRODUCTION IS 2012? (http://www.giantsfootballblog.com/2012/07/03/nfc-east-blog-could-eli-and-cruz-see-a-drop-in-production-in-2012/)

"Our NFC East blogger, Jimmy Kempski, and some other NFC East
bloggers collaborated on a list of NFC East players who may see a drop in
production in 2012.

Among the Giants listed were WR Victor Cruz and QB
Eli Manning (http://sny.stats.com/fb/playerstats.asp?id=6760&amp;team=19). Nothing new to us. We know Cruz will be
up against tighter coverages this year and will gain more attention from
defenses. If he increases his production over last season, he’d a be
Hall-of-Famer, so this seems likely. Cruz will still get his catches and yards,
just not as many….</p>

Eli is up against it, period. With an offensive line that is still unsettled,
Jake Ballard gone and Hakeem Nicks hurting, he
has less at his disposal. Add in the fact that the Giants drafted a RB (David
Wilson) with their first pick, and the writing is on the wall for Eli’s 2012
numbers. From Jimmy….</p>

“The offensive line last year was horrific at times, and Eli still played
out of his mind. I don’t see how that line will be any better in 2012, so I
expect Manning to take his fair share of shots again this season. And of course,
add in that the Giants don’t have anything resembling a TE that’s a threat in
the passing game, and they have unproven (although intriguing) players fighting
for the #3WR job. I’m interested to see if Eli can repeat his 2011 with poor
protection. I actually think he can come close, but again, this is more about
how good Eli was last year.”</p>GIANTS' NEWS AND NUGGETS FOR TUESDAY (http://www.giantsfootballblog.com/2012/07/03/giants-news-and-nuggets-for-tuesday/)

"Most of the beat writers hustle-up the last few days before the break and get
as many interviews as possible. They know from experience that once minicamp is
over it could be six weeks before they have access to the team or players

The veterans we have heard from ad nauseum this year already. But how
about some stories about the exciting and interesting players the Giants have
picked up this spring?</p>

Don’t sweat it. SNY insider Mike Garafolo and Pat
Traina of Inside Football have you covered.</p>

*Mike recently posted an interview with safety Will Hill, a
top-ranked high school player out of Jersey that went off the rails at the
University of Florida. As a result, his behavior led to him not being drafted by
the NFL. After a year of reflecting how he blew up his football career, the
Giants are bringing him to camp. READ (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/07/giants_story.html)</p>

*Another local trying to make the team this summer is Rutgers’ RB Joe
Martinek, who also went undrafted. The Giants love his competitiveness
and are hoping he shows them enough in camp to stick around. From Jorge
Castillo of the Ledger….READ (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/07/giants_summer_questionnaire_fb_1.html)</p>

*Pat writes about the lonely summer of seventh-round draft pick DT
Markus Kuhn, who is still trying to gain his work visa so he
can work out and play with his new team. READ (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4635)</p>

*She also sat with second-year LB Jacquian Williams who,
with one year under his belt ow, should come out flying in 2012…."<u> Read more...</u>
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</font><font size="4"><u>GIANTS GAB</u></font>

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


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

NEW YOUR GIANTS' FIVE MOST EXPLOSIVE MOMENTS OF LAST SEASON (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/new_york_giants_five_most_explosive_moments_of_las t_season/11147120)

"With the Fourth of July comes the inevitable fireworks sessions we all will
enjoy. However, New York Giants fans have had their share of fireworks they
enjoyed last season. With that theme in mind, here is a list of the top five
moments that made last season so memorably explosive.

No. 5) Tynes
is clutch again: On January 22, 2012, the Giants faced the San Francisco
49ers in an overtime thriller for the chance to go to the Super Bowl. It was a
tense NFC Championship showdown. 49ers kick returner Kyle Williams fumbles twice
in the game. The second time set up a chance for Lawrence Tynes to kick a
game-winning field goal to advance the Giants to the Super Bowl. Tynes didn't
miss. The Giants won the game 20-17 as a direct result of that sequence of

<u><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jFrlPDxrSg&amp;feature=related">Watch the
moment here</a></u>

No. 4) J.P.P. blocks a field goal: It
was December 11, 2011 and the Dallas Cowboys were attempting a game-tying field
goal as time expired. The Giants called a time out in an attempt to ice the
Cowboys kicker. The next play, the Giants special teams drove through, crashing
the line and allowing Jason Pierre-Paul to get just enough of an angle to block
the attempt and secure the victory for the Giants. That moment, along with the
win, allowed the Giants to gain the momentum that catapulted them into a playoff

<u><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoEGyrkBDnA">Watch the
moment here</a></u>

No. 3) Cruz goes 99 yards vs Jets: It
was Christmas Eve 2011 and the Giants faced the cross-town rival Jets for city
supremacy. They were down early and needed a spark as the first half was coming
to a close. Victor Cruz provided just the spark they required. On a simple out
route to the sideline, Cruz made multiple Jets defenders miss and exploded his
way down the field for a shocking Giants TD. That change of momentum helped the
Giants win the game and solidify their run toward the playoffs. It also sealed
the fate of the Jets, all but eliminating them from playoff

<u><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gwj90GMIeu8">Watch the moment

No. 2) Mario's Super moment: It was Super
Bowl 46. The Giants faced the Patriots for the second time in four years. Also,
for the second time in four years, they were underdogs. Trailing 17-15 with just
3:45 to go in the game, Eli Manning lobbed a perfectly thrown pass down the
sideline. The pass was placed in a spot where only his receiver, Mario
Manningham, could bring it down, and that's exactly what he did. The catch led
to a TD drive and an eventual coronation of the Champion New York

<u><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP0Q5I0vgS4">Watch
the moment here</a></u>

No. 1) Eli's Hail Mary gets
answered: The Giants needed a big play to exercise the ghosts of Lambeau
Field four years ago. They needed it again this past season. That's what they
got. On January 15, 2012, they faced the Green Bay Packers in a Divisional
Playoff showdown for the chance to go to the NFC Championship. They were
underdogs to the Packers having lost to them at home just a few weeks

At the end of the first half, the Giants held a slim 13-10 lead
over the Packers and they had possession one last time before the end of the
half. Eli Manning heaved a pass into the end zone for one lats chance at points.
When doing so, he kept Lawrence Tynes and a field goal attempt on the side
line. Through multiple defenders Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks used his strong
hands and great size to come down with the score and a lead the Giants would

<u><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQIpQkItPUU&amp;feature=related">Watch the
moment here</a></u>

In the end, it was the swing of momentum the
team needed and would use to go on to another improbable playoff run. One that
was as explosive as it was memorable. All of these moments were exceptional by
themselves, but combined, they add to the tapestry of legend that is New York
Giants football."


NY GIANTS COUNTING ON A COMEBACK SEASON FROM JUSTIN TUCK (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/new_york_giants_counting_on_a_comeback_season_from _justin_tuck/11136935)

"Justin Tuck (https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.rantsports.com/new-york-giants/2012/05/30/justin-tuck-thinks-osi-umenyiora-deserves-to-get-paid/&amp;sa=U&amp;ei=SOHxT425EYLe0QGG4_T6Ag&amp;ved=0CAsQFjAD&amp;clie nt=internal-uds-cse&amp;usg=AFQjCNGyVs15rEqas9LRsAmzl00nf8YNFA) is one of the unquestioned
leaders of the <a href="http://www.rantsports.com/new-york-giants/" target="_blank">New
York Giants</a> defense. He has been a key member of two Super Bowl
winning teams and has been named to two Pro Bowls. He was named the 62<sup>nd</sup> best player in the NFL (http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/) by his peers in an NFL Network
ranking. Still, Justin Tuck is not satisfied.

Last season was a bit of a disappointment
for Tuck. Aside from winning the Super Bowl, that is. On the field, Tuck
struggled with injuries, and struggled to stay on the field all season long. He
only played in 12 <span style="BACKGROUND: none transparent scroll repeat 0% 0%; COLOR: darkgreen; FONT-SIZE: inherit; FONT-WEIGHT: inherit" id="itxthook0w0" class="itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan">games</span> (#) and
made 11 starts and recorded 5 sacks and forced only 1 fumble after forcing 5
each of the last two years.</p>

This year, Tuck has made headlines with
his new facemask which should prevent opposing offensive linemen from getting
their hands into his mask and twisting his head, something that contributed to
his sore neck. With the new mask comes a new attitude as well. He sees the
Giants as a team on the rise, a team that will only get better. Right now,
there is no reason to doubt him. They are going to enter <span style="BACKGROUND: none transparent scroll repeat 0% 0%; COLOR: darkgreen; FONT-SIZE: inherit; FONT-WEIGHT: inherit" id="itxthook1w0" class="itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan">training</span> (#) camp
with a healthy Terrell Thomas,
their star cornerback recovering from an ACL injury. Tuck and fellow defensive
end Osi Umenyiora are also healthy
heading into camp giving the Giants one of the deepest defensive end rotations
in <span style="BACKGROUND: none transparent scroll repeat 0% 0%; COLOR: darkgreen; FONT-SIZE: inherit; FONT-WEIGHT: inherit" id="itxthook2w0" class="itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan">football</span> (#).</p>

Obviously, having a healthy Tuck would be
a huge difference. If he can return to his 2008 or 2010 form the Giants defense
could be among the best in the NFL. He has been determined all offseason to
return to that form which should scare opposing quarterbacks."</p><font size="3">http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/teams/new_york_giants/56</font> (http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/teams/new_york_giants/56)
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NFC EAST PREVIEW (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=8128285) - VIDEO

NFC EAST: WHY THEY WILL, AND WHY THEY WON'T (http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/14932/nfc-east-why-they-will-why-they-wont)

Excerpt: "SportsCenter has been running prime-time specials previewing the 2012 season for
each NFL division. Tonight at 7 pm on ESPN, they will do their one-hour show on
the NFC East. To help you gear up, we take a look at each of the four teams and
the reasons why you should like their chances to finish on top... and why you

<a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants" target="_new">New
York Giants</a>

Why they'll win the East: Quarterback <a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/5526/eli-manning" target="_new">Eli
Manning</a> has established himself as one of the best in the league, and the
most clutch. Armed with two great wide receivers in <a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/12586/hakeem-nicks" target="_new">Hakeem
Nicks</a> and Victor Cruz (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13553/victor-cruz), Manning makes the Giants a threat to win any game
that's close in the fourth quarter. They have a dominant pass rush that makes
life miserable for opposing quarterbacks, even the very best ones. It's a
passing league, and the Giants pass the ball and disrupt the opponent's passing
game as well as anyone.

Why they won't: The Giants'
up-and-down 2011 regular season had a lot to do with inconsistency on the
offensive line and an inability to control the game with the run. Neither the
line nor the run game appears to have been improved over last year, and that
could lead to inconsistency again, in spite of the outstanding talent they have
at other key positions. Also, it's not their turn. This division has had three
different winners over the last three years, and no one has repeated as NFC East
champ since the Eagles won the division four years in a row from 2001-04. Every
team in the division has improved, so the task of repeating is not an easy one." Read more...

NFC EAST TRAINING CAMP BATTLES (http://espn.go.com/blog/nfceast/post/_/id/40542/nfc-east-training-camp-battles)


No. 3 wide receiver: Rueben Randle (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14911/rueben-randle) versus Domenik Hixon (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/9716/domenik-hixon).

The Giants
have two of the best wide receivers in the NFL in Hakeem Nicks (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/12586/hakeem-nicks) and Victor Cruz (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13553/victor-cruz), but the free-agent departure
of Mario Manningham (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/11329/mario-manningham) left that No.
3 spot open. They drafted Randle in the second round and think very highly of
him, but that's not going to be what gets him the job. He'll need to outplay the
other guys in training camp in order to earn it, and the other three names on
this list have more experience in the league and the offense. My pick as the
current favorite to open the season in that spot is Hixon, who was the favorite
for it last year before re-injuring his knee. I think that, if he's healthy,
he's got the best chance to land that position. But that's a huge "if" with
Hixon, and Randle, Ramses Barden (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/12555/ramses-barden) and Jerrel Jernigan (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14040/jerrel-jernigan) all have the physical
tools they need to impress coaches during this competition. It's probably
Barden's last chance to show he can stay on the field and compete. And Jernigan
has a shot to stick if he shows he can help in the return game. But my best
prediction is a healthy Hixon wins the job and Randle gradually takes snaps away
from him during the year as he continues to develop into the long-term answer." Read more...

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</font></font>ROGER GOODELL UPHOLDS NFL SUSPENSIONS OF SAINTS IN BOUNTY INVESTIGATION (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/07/roger_goodell_upholds_nfl_susp.html)

"NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has rejected the appeals of four players
suspended in connection with the league’s bounty investigation of the New
Orleans Saints. <div class="entry-content">

In a ruling handed down on Tuesday, Goodell told Jonathan Vilma, Anthony
Hargrove, Will Smith and Scott Fujita that he retains “the inherent authority to
reduce a suspension should facts be brought to my attention warranting the
exercise of that discretion. </p>

“The record confirms that each of you was given multiple chances to meet with
me to present your side of the story,” Goodell said. “You are each still welcome
to do so.” </p>

Vilma is suspended for the entire 2012 season, while Smith will miss four
games. Hargrove, now with Green Bay, was suspended eight games, while Fujita,
now with Cleveland, was suspended three games. </p>

The NFL Players Association issued a statement saying it will continue to
pursue all options.
“The players are disappointed with the League’s conduct
during this process,” the statement said. “We reiterate our concerns about the
lack of fair due process, lack of integrity of the investigation and lack of the
jurisdictional authority to impose discipline under the collective bargaining
agreement. </p>

“Moreover, the Commissioner took actions during this process that rendered it
impossible for him to be an impartial arbitrator.” </p>

Goodell said he did not take his initial decision lightly and also points out
that players did not help their cause by refusing to participate fully in the
appeal process. </p>

Vilma and his attorney, Peter Ginsberg, walked out of the hearing early after
Ginsberg raised his objections to the NFL’s handling of the entire
investigation. The other three players, who were represented by NFL Players
Association attorneys, sat through the hearing to observe the NFL’s presentation
of evidence, but in protest refused to present any evidence or witnesses of
their own, and did not question the NFL investigators who were present at the
hearing. </p>

“Although you claimed to have been ‘wrongfully accused with insufficient
evidence,’ your lawyers elected not to ask a single question of the principal
investigators, both of whom were present at the hearing,” Goodell wrote in his
appeal ruling. </p>

“You elected not to testify or to make any substantive statement, written or
oral, in support of your appeal; you elected not to call a single witness to
support your appeal; and you elected not to introduce a single exhibit
addressing the merits of your appeal. Instead, your lawyers raised a series of
jurisdictional and procedural objections that generally ignore” the collective
bargaining agreement. </p>

The NFL issued a report in March saying that league investigators determined
the Saints ran a bounty program from 2009 to 2011 that offered improper cash
payments for hits that injured targeted opponents. </p>

The league has said former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams ran
the program, and that general manager Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton
failed to put a stop to it despite warnings from the NFL at the end of the 2009
season. </p>

The NFL has suspended Williams indefinitely and Payton for the whole season.
Loomis is suspended the first half of next season, while Saints assistant head
coach Joe Vitt was suspended for the first six games. Goodell also docked the
Saints second-round draft picks this year and next and fined the club $500,000."
</p></div><font size="3">NFL EASES BLACKOUT RULES FOR 2012 - 2013 SEASON</font> (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/03/nfl-eases-tv-blackout-rule-for-2012-2013-season/)

"Under intense pressure from fans, the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) has decided to ease their TV blackout rules for the
2012-2013 season. Now, instead of a team requiring a sellout to be shown in
local markets, they will have the option to televise their games (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19464104/nfl-relaxes-local-television-blackout-rules-for-2012-season) once 85% of their
tickets have been sold.

"It's optional if clubs want to do this and would only affect a few teams,"
NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) spokesman
Brian McCarthy told NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/).com in an
email. "Last year only 6 percent of games were blacked out in a local market.
This figure is down significantly from 15 to 20 years ago when 25 to 30 percent
of games were routinely blacked out."</p></blockquote>

Under this rule alteration, teams will provide more revenue to their
opponents if the additional 15% of tickets are sold.</p>

It's important to note that this may not eliminate or even decrease blackouts
across the league as it's completely optional. However, in the event that a team
decides to blackout a local market after failing to sell out their stadium, it
will no longer fall on the shoulders of the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) – any and all blame will fall at the feet of the

In addition to easing TV blackout rules, the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) will offer enhanced replay within the stadiums,
allowing all fans in attendance to view the same replays that officials are
viewing during challenges."
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2012 NFL TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULES, KEY QUESTIONS, FANTASY HELP AND MORE (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--2012-nfl-training-camp-schedules--key-questions--fantasy-advice-and-more.html;_ylt=AhAfNy_c3yyhch2Pdk_GrhlDubYF;_ylu=X 3oDMTRqZ25tdGRkBG1pdANMU1RTIE1peGVkIExpc3QgTkZMIEV 4cGVydHMEcGtnA2UxNWJlNDk4LTU0MTctMzBlZS04YWY5LWU2N GNjNmI2MjQxYwRwb3MDMQRzZWMDTWVkaWFCTGlzdE1peGVkTFB DQVRlbXAEdmVyA2M4OGFiMGIxLWM0NmMtMTFlMS05ZmZmLTA0O WZhMWRkOGJmNA--;_ylg=X3oDMTFoZHY1MWJpBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRw c3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANuZmwEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3)

BURBANK RULES IN FAVOR OF BREES OVER FRANCHISE TAG (http://www.theredzone.org/BlogDescription/tabid/61/EntryId/27283/Burbank-rules-in-favor-of-Brees-over-franchise-tag/Default.aspx)


Captain Chaos
07-03-2012, 05:07 PM
Thanks Roanoke!

Of course the answer is Justin Tuck picked in the third round!

07-03-2012, 05:10 PM
Thanks Roanoke!

Of course the answer is Justin Tuck picked in the third round!


07-03-2012, 05:19 PM
Congrats to recent former Giants 1000+ yd rusher Derrick Ward on his retirement. Thanks for being the "Wind" RB.


07-03-2012, 06:13 PM
Congrats to recent former Giants 1000+ yd rusher Derrick Ward on his retirement. Thanks for being the "Wind" RB.