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

"David Wilson<a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_2012_giants_first_ro.html">
likes to chase to rabbits </a>and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLUHG2mWhEQ">can complete a series of
backflips in a row</a>. He also was a track star and a pretty productive running
back at Virginia Tech -- he was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year after
rushing for 1709 yards and nine touchdowns his junior season. Now the Giants' --
somewhat surprising -- first-round pick is expected to step in and help replace
Brandon Jacobs alongside Ahmad Bradshaw.

In the latest installment of our <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/summer_questionnaire/index.html">Giants
summer questionnaire series</a>, Wilson talks about his transition to the NFL,
the finesse label he's been given and his fashion statement at

Rookie running backs, especially first-round
picks, are expected to step right in and contribute. Has the transition been as

Yeah, it's what I expected it to be. I've had to learn the whole playbook and
just try to catch on as fast as possible. It's been pretty

Anything you need to work on in particular before the start
of the season?</p>

Just knowing the playbook. Knowing what I got to do on every play no matter
what the play call is.

How much more complicated is it than what
you had to learn at Virginia Tech?</p>

As far as catching on, I'm at about the same spot that I was when I was Tech
during this time.</p>

Where do you see yourself fitting in within this

Right now we're just going through drills and everybody's getting reps. Right
now there's no particular order. It's too early to tell.

been showing off your quickness in practice, but how much can you learn and get
in non-contact drills?</p>

A lot because just going through the motions, it helps you a lot. Especially
when you're trying to learn the playbook. A lot of times stuff happens in the
film room and you see it on the board or in the playbook and you'll be like, 'I
don’t know how exactly that works.' When you get out there and run it then you
say, 'Oh, OK, I get it now.'

Popular thinking is that since you
ran track that you're a speed back that likes to go to the outside. Do you agree
with that?</p>

I don't know how I got that title because in college a lot of my runs came
through the middle and between tackles and I broke a lot of tackles and I led
the country in yards after contact. So being called a speed, finesse back – I
don't know where that came from.

Do you take that as an

No, it's not a bad thing, but I never – even watching the highlights – I'm
not making a lot of guys miss. So I just find it funny that I don't know where
they got it from.

You have your own look at practice because you
tie your jersey up at the bottom. Is that a fashion or a comfort

It's just something I've always done. It's hot. It's just hot. It's my way to
cool down. When I run, the wind keeps me cool. It's something I've always

</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS
AMANI TOOMER DOESN'T BACK DOWN, STILL INSISTS ROMO IS A BETTER QUARTERBACK THAN ELI MANNING (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/amani-toomer-back-insists-tony-romo-a-better-quarterback-eli-manning-article-1.1109299)

"Amani Toomer (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Amani+Toomer) may have
raised the ire of the Giants fans who once cheered him on but he didn't back off
his<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giant-amani-toomer-tony-romo-eli-manning-best-quarterback-nfc-east-article-1.1108713">
Tony Romo is better than Eli Manning</a> remarks Friday.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none"><div class="story-body p402_premium" itemprop="articleBody">

Toomer, appearing on ESPN Radio with Michael Kay, said he researched the
stats beforehand and that they point to the Cowboy QB.</p>

"I'm not dissing Eli," he told Kay. "It's more of an affirmation of <a title="Tony Romo" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Tony+Romo">Tony
Romo</a> and how good he is."</p>

Toomer's argument is that Romo's stats are better and that Manning has been
on better teams with better support, hence his eight playoff wins (and two Super
Bowls) to Romo's one.</p>

"Of course he's proved he can do it but he's proved that he could do it
within the function of a great team, a great organization, the same head coach
and he's been in the same system the entire time," he said of his

"I talked with Zach Thomas who played with Tony Romo under Wade Phillips and
he said it was a joke. They were listening to rap music before the practices.
They weren't focusing in at all. And what's Tony Romo going to do in that type
of situation?</p>

"There are a lot of advantages that Eli has had and I realize that he's taken
advantage of them but you've got to look at the numbers and how productive Tony
Romo has been over his entire career and you've got to match up the

In fact, Toomer took that a little further.</p>

"I think you belittle the rest of the Giants by saying Eli's won eight
playoff games, Eli's won this," he said. "He has but he's been on some really
good teams that jelled well together on these playoff runs."</p>

Toomer said he was ready to pile on Romo a couple of weeks ago, but was doing
some show prep for his SIRIUS radio show with Tom Ryan when he began to look at
Romo differently.</p>

"I was all set ... Romo's no good, he's a fourth-quarter choke and then I
started doing my job," he said. "I started looking at the numbers, I started
looking at the fourth quarter statistics. I started looking at the quarterback
rating and was shocked. I was shocked at how good Tony Romo's statistics really
were. This guy is very impressive."</p>

Then, on Thursday his co-host, Tim Ryan, said that Manning was the best QB in
the NFC East and predicted that the Giants would win the division again.</p>

"And I was like, 'wait a minute.' All this information I had gathered on Tony
Romo, I couldn't let him get away with it," Toomer said. "So I said, 'you know
what? Tony Romo could be statistically a better quarterback.'"</p>

Kay asked Toomer if he had to pick either to win a game with, which QB he'd
pick. He said it was an unfair question because he played with Manning who is
No. 1 in his heart.</p>

"I love Eli. I respect the hell out of him," he said. "But I've got to do my
job and go beyond what the perception is because perception doesn't go hand in
hand with the reality."</p>

Kay asked Toomer if he understand the reaction of Giants fans who have lumped
him in with Tiki Barber, another Manning critic.</p>

"I do and I love the Giants fans as well. I also have a job to do and I don't
think they'd want me to just sit up there and wave my Giants flag," he said. "I
don't think I'd have as much credibility on the national stage. I'm</p>

trying to be as objective as I can and I hope Giants fans understand

"I loved being a Giant and I love Eli Manning. He was one of the best guys I
ever played with. He was the guy who after I got released by the Giants, he was
the only one who stepped up and gave me a phone call and told me how much he
appreciated my help to develop him as a quarterback."</p></div>
</div> (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/amani-toomer-back-insists-tony-romo-a-better-quarterback-eli-manning-article-1.1109299)

FORMER GIANT AMANI TOOMER: TONY TOMO, NOT ELI MANNING, IS BEST QB IN NFC EAST (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giant-amani-toomer-tony-romo-eli-manning-best-quarterback-nfc-east-article-1.1108713)

"Amani Toomer (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Amani+Toomer) said it.
<a title="Tony Romo" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Tony+Romo">Tony
Romo</a> is better than Eli Manning (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Eli+Manning).
<div><div class="story-body p402_premium">

guy who used to catch pass from the two-time Super Bowl MVP may have gone out of
bounds when he pumped up the mercurial Cowboy at Eli’s expense, even if he got
his divisions mixed up in the process.

Really. Manning has been dissed
before by ex-mated such as Tiki Barber but . . . e tu, Amani?

“Tony Romo
is probably -- if you look at him statistically – he’s probably the best
quarterback in the NFC East,” Toomer said as co-host with Tim Ryan on ‘Move the
Chains’ on SIRIUS radio. “I mean, you look at Eli Manning and what he does in
the fourth quarter. But you talk about consistency . . . talk about 31
touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. That guy can play.”

Ryan then
agreed with the Romo love but opined that Manning is still the best QB in the
NFC East. Toomer held firm.

“OK, that’s fair,” Toomer acknowledged. “But
I’m talking about, for me, if I wanted a guy that is going to throw (fewer)
interceptions and be more productive, higher completion percentage, I’m going to
go with Tony Romo.”

“I want a guy who is dropping dimes at crunch time,”
Ryan countered.

“At crunch time he’s not as good as Eli but every other
time he’s pretty darn good,” Toomer said.

Later, Toomer acknowledged he
forgot Manning played in the NFC East (huh?) but added, “I stand by what I

Manning, in the opinion of many, made the jump to the elite level
in 2011 when he threw 29 TDs against 16 interceptions for a QB rating of 92.9,
still less than Romo’s 102.5. Romo, however, failed to lead the Cowboys into the
playoffs and that is where Manning has Romo by a big margin over the course of
their careers. That includes their only post-season meeting in the 2007 meeting
when Manning’s Giants knocked off the No. 1-seeded Cowboys in

Toomer’s comments sparked immediate reaction on

Giants PR czar Pat Hanlon asked, “QB or golfer?”

DB Terrell Thomas tweeted, “Man toomer my dog and a great giant, helped me a lot
as a young rook but aint no way romo better then Eli...both good QB’s but...

Added Giants DE Osi Umyiora, “"They will be Booing my guy toomer at
Giants stadium. That we can agree on”

It should just add to the buildup
when Romo and Manning collide on opening night.</p></div>http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants
<div><div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>
TOOMER: ROMO BETTER THAN ELI MANNING (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/toomer_romo_better_than_eli_AEcMlXDv7CKYnOnhaEtBhM )

"Two Super Bowl wins, two Super Bowl MVPs, but Eli Manning still gets no
respect.<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">

Fresh off of being named the 31st best player in the NFL, Manning once again
took a hit on the airwaves yesterday, only this time it was a former teammate
who ripped the Giants quarterback.</p>

During an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, former Giants wide receiver Amani
Toomer went as far as to say Manning is not even the best quarterback in the NFC
East, instead giving that honor to Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.</p>

“Tony Romo is probably — if you look at him statistically — he’s probably the
best quarterback in the NFC East,” Toomer said. “I mean, you look at Eli Manning
and what he does in the fourth quarter. But you talk about consistency ...
[Romo] can play.”
</p>Romo outperformed Manning in the regular season, throwing more touchdowns
(31-29), fewer interceptions (10-16), a higher completion percentage (66.3-61.0)
and a higher passer rating (102.2-92.9). Manning did throw for 849 more yards
than Romo and led the Giants to victories in both games against Dallas, the NFC
East title and, eventually, the Super Bowl.<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">

“For me, If I wanted a guy that is gonna throw less interceptions, more
productive, higher completion percentage, I’m going to go with Tony Romo,”
Toomer said. “At crunch time he’s not as good as Eli, but every other time he’s
pretty darn good.”</p>

During the 2011-12 season, Manning led the Giants on eight fourth quarter
comebacks, including ones in both the NFC Championship and Super Bowl XLVI.</p>

Toomer is the latest person to criticize Manning publicly. In an NFL Network
poll of players, Manning was voted as the 31st best player in the league and the
fifth best quarterback, behind Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Ben
</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' D.J. WARE EMERGES AS EARLY FAVORITE TO WIN THE BACKUP RUNNING BACK JOB (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/06/new-york-giants-d-j-ware-emerges-as-early-favorite-to-win-backup-rb-job/)

"With the departure of <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Brandon Jacobs" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/brandon-jacobs/" rel="tag nofollow">Brandon
Jacobs</a> to the <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with San Francisco 49ers" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/san-francisco-49ers/" rel="tag nofollow">San
Francisco 49ers</a> this offseason, the <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a> will spend a significant portion of training camp searching for a
viable backup running back heading into the 2012 campaign. With sixth-year
veteran Ahmad Bradshaw as the clear-cut starter, there are several players that
will compete for playing time in a backup role.

This offseason, the team used its' first-round draft pick on 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> out of Virginia Tech. However, veteran D.J. Ware appears to have the upper hand (http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/14910/spotlight-david-wilson) in securing the
backup role, at least for the time being.</p>


D.J. Ware (http://www.giants101.com/tag/dj-ware/)
stands 6'0" while weighing in at 225 lbs. He has good size and runs the ball
hard in between the tackles. However, he is not particularly fast and is neither
a big play threat nor a great receiver out of the backfield.</p>

That being said, Ware is still extremely valuable to Big Blue's passing
attack. His emergence as the favorite to take over the backup running back role
is heavily dependent upon his advanced knowledge of the offense compared to that
of his competitors. He is not as explosive as <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> or as fast as Da'Rel Scott, but he has been around long enough to
become an asset as a pass-blocker. The team used Ware last season primarily in
passing situations and he performed well in that role. Furthermore, Ware had a
few nice runs on draw plays out of the shoutgun, which proved that he is capable
of making the occasional big play.</p>

D.J. Ware (http://www.giants101.com/tag/dj-ware/)'s
biggest competitor for the backup running back role is this years first-round
draft pick <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>. Wilson is a fast, explosive player that was used in a multitude of
roles during his three seasons at Virginia Tech. He earned 4,349 all-purpose
yards for his career, while integrating himself as an indispensable aspect of
the team's rushing, passing, and return games. His diversity is a major reason
why general manger <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jerry Reese" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jerry-reese/" rel="tag nofollow">Jerry
Reese</a> selected Wilson with the team's first-round pick. In a post-draft
interview, Reese stated the following:</p>

"He’s fast. He’s productive. He can do anything you want him to do. He can
catch the ball. He can return kicks. I think he was overall ACC Player of the
Year and Offensive Player of the Year there. He’s an early-out junior. Terrific
football player."</p></blockquote>

The other competition for the backup running back position (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/08/new-york-giants-running-backs-question-marks-heading-into-training-camp/) comes from
Da'RelScott and <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Andre Brown" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/andre-brown/" rel="tag nofollow">Andre

Da'Rel Scott is widely reported to be the fastest player on the Giants'
roster (4.34 40-yard dash). Although he showed flashes of brilliance during the
preseason last year, Scott only saw five carries in the regular season and he
averaged a mere 3.2 yards per carry. However, because of the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) lockout,
this offseason the second-year players out of Maryland's first opportunity to go
through the full gauntlet of workouts and OTA's. With a year of experience under
his belt, Da'Rel Scott could become a contributor at some point this season.</p>

<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Andre Brown" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/andre-brown/" rel="tag nofollow">Andre
Brown</a> is perhaps the biggest mystery on the Giants' running back depth
chart. In his four-year career at NC State, he averaged over 4.4 yards per carry
each season. However, after being drafted by the Giants in the fourth-round of
the 2009 NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) Draft, Brown
ruptured his Achillestendon in training camp the same year. He was waived by
the Giants the following offseason.</p>

After bouncing around the league in 2010, Brown was brought back by the
Giants and spent most of last season on the practice squad. Although Brown saw
no regular season action with Big Blue in 2011, he has has shown the capability
to be both a rushing and receiving threat out of the backfield in practice. If
demonstrate an understanding of the offense, Brown could make the 53-man

The situation at backup running back will be one of the most contested
positional battles throughout training camp. There are several players that each
have their own strengths and weaknesses that they bring to the table. However,
D.J. Ware (http://www.giants101.com/tag/dj-ware/) is
the only player being considered that has any significant experience in that
role. Look for him to see the majority of the snaps as the second running back
on the depth chart during the beginning of the season.</p>

However, as <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>, Da'Rel Scott, and <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Andre Brown" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/andre-brown/" rel="tag nofollow">Andre
Brown</a> each learn the playbook and pass protection schemes more thoroughly,
Ware will most likely see a decreased role within the offense as the season
progresses."</p>GIANTS' GREG JONES MOVING TO OUTSIDE LINEBACKER (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/06/new-york-giants-greg-jones-moving-to-outside-linebacker/)

"The New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants made linebacker Greg Jones from Michigan State University their selection
in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) Draft. After a season ending injury to <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jonathan Goff" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jonathan-goff/" rel="tag nofollow">Jonathan
Goff</a>, Jones found himself unexpectedly thrust into the starting middle
linebacker position as a rookie. Following some sub-par performances, the Giants
then re-signed <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 fill in at middle linebacker because of his familiarity with
the defense. Now, Defensive Coordinator <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Perry Fewell" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/perry-fewell/" rel="tag nofollow">Perry
Fewell</a> has moved Jones to outside linebacker where he feels he can be more
effective and can push for more playing time.

In Fewell's system -a system that is known for having backwards linebacker
lingo that can be confusing- the SAM is actually the weakside linebacker,
meaning he lines up away from the tight end. During a sit-down with Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/07/giants_summer_questionnaire_li.html), Jones
explains what Fewell told him about the switch.</p>

"Yeah, he said, ‘We want to try it.’ Originally, I thought he said they might
switch it back during camp. I didn’t know if they meant minicamp or training
camp. Obviously, I guess it’ll be training camp when I might go back to ‘Mike.’
But if not, I’m still fine at ‘Sam.’ I intend to build from there," Jones

Jones is another second-year player who lost out on OTA's and part of
training camp last off-season as a result of the lock-out. He's taking full
advantage of a full off-season and is working diligently on learning his new

"I’m playing a new position, but I’d rather be doing that with OTAs than with
not having OTAs and coming in to learn something I really never had any time
playing. So this gives me an opportunity to learn the defense from a new
position and giving me a better perspective on what I need to do," he

Jones finds himself in the middle of a log jam at the linebacker position
where the Giants have a multitude of young talent. Currently, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Mathias Kiwanuka" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/mathias-kiwanuka/" rel="tag nofollow">Mathias
Kiwanuka</a> has the starting role at the weakside. Other young players
including Jacquian Williams, <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>, and possibly <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> -although he played in the middle last season- will also be
competing for the spot. Jones is confident that his new position will benefit
his performance.</p>

"If and when I get thrown in there, I feel ready to go and would be ready to
produce and help the team win," he said.</p></blockquote>

There will certainly be a great deal of competition for the position,
especially if <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Mathias Kiwanuka" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/mathias-kiwanuka/" rel="tag nofollow">Mathias
Kiwanuka</a> sees more playing time at defensive end with the departure of Dave
Tollefson. Jones will need a very strong training camp to find some playing time
as a linebacker this season."</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>

TONY ROMO VS. ELI MANNING: THE ANSWER IS IN THE RINGS (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/6/3141378/tony-romo-vdallas-cowboys-eli-manning-new-york-giants-amani-toomer)

"By now I'm sure you have <a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/05/toomer-says-tony-romo-is-better-than-eli/">heard
about the comments by former New York Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer</a>
calling Tony Romo (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3435/tony-romo) of the
Dallas Cowboys (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/dallas-cowboys) a
better quarterback than the Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) Eli Manning (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2235/eli-manning),
whom Toomer used to play with.<div class="entry-body">

I'm sure by now you have also gotten angry about them, shrugged your
shoulders in disbelief, maybe uttered a few obscenities about Toomer and his
analytical 'skills,' etc. In other words, I'm sure you have formed your opinion
of what the well-dressed Amani had to say.</p>

If you haven't seen it, and to frame my own commentary, here is what Toomer

"Tony Romo is probably, if you look at it statistically, he's probably the
best quarterback in the NFC East," Toomer said. "You look at Eli Manning and
what he does in the fourth quarter, but you talk about consistency, talking
about 31 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions, that guy can play."</p>

He also added:</p>

"I'm talking about, for me, if I wanted a guy that is going to throw less
interceptions and be more productive, higher completion percentage, I'm going to
go with Tony Romo," Toomer said. "At crunch time he's not as good as Eli but
every other time he's pretty darn good," Toomer said.</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>

Let me say this. Toomer is entitled to his opinion, just like folks here are
entitled to voice dissenting opinions -- provided they do it sensibly and back
up said opinion, not just vitriol.</p>

Let me also say this. Toomer is right when he says of Romo "that guy can
play." Hate on him or the Cowboys all you want Romo is a very good, top
10-caliber NFL quarterback. If you were a fan of the team he played for you
would defend him fiercely, as many Cowboys fans do.</p>

Toomer is also right that, throughout their careers, Romo has posted slightly
better passing statistics than Manning. Which matters if you are choosing a
quarterback for your Fantasy Football team. It also matters if you are a former
Giants' wide receiver who played with Eli when he was young and erratic, and you
have said in the past you had to be an "acrobat" to catch his fluttering

NFL quarterbacks are, ultimately, not judged by their passing stats, however.
They are judged by what their teams have won, and how much they have done to
contribute to said winning.</p>

On that score, we all know this is not even a debate worth the time I am
lending it. At this point in their relatively parallel careers the winning --
the only thing that REALLY matters -- belongs to Manning.</p>

Romo in the playoffs: 1-3 record, 59.3 percent completion rate, 80.8
passer rating. Those last two numbers, incidentally, are well below his career
64.5 completion percentage of 64.5 and his passer rating of 96.9.</p>

The rap on Romo is that he has not yet won the big one. More damning, his
performance in the biggest games has been part of the reason his team did not
win. Romo has 13 fourth-quarter comebacks and 14 game-winning drives in his

Yet, there are many examples of where, needing one play or one big
performance to lift his team, Romo has come up short. Remember the 2007 botched
snap. There was 2008 against the Giants when he threw an interception to the
Giants' <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2238/r-w-mcquarters">R.W.
McQuarters</a> in the closing moments of the Giants' 21-17 victory. There are
other examples, including last December against the Giants when Romo missed a
wide open Miles Austin (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3384/miles-austin) on
a pass that would have resulted in a long, game-clinching touchdown for Dallas
that would have propelled them to the playoffs and left the Giants without an
invitation. Instead, the Cowboys went home and the Giants hoisted the Lombardi

Romo is terrific quarterback. He can make all the throws. He can move in the
pocket. He has done everything in the NFL a quarterback needs to do to be
recognized as great -- except make the biggest of plays at the most critical of
times. That, of course, being the playoff and Super Bowl stages.</p>

Manning in the playoffs: 8-3 record, two Super Bowl titles, two Super
Bowl MVPs, two Super Bowl-winning last-minute drives. In terms of pure numbers,
a completion percentage of 61.5 and a passer rating of 89.3, both up from his
regular season numbers of 58.4 percent completions and a passer rating of

Manning has made the plays that had to be made at the times when they make
the most difference. The play to David Tyree (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2261/david-tyree) in
the 2008 Super Bowl and the game-winning throw to <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2208/plaxico-burress">Plaxico
Burress</a>. The perfect throw to <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34493/mario-manningham">Mario
Manningham</a> that started the 2012 game-winning drive.</p>

This is the thing that matters when you talk about Romo vs. Manning.

When Romo's team does it, and he is the biggest reason for it as Manning has
been twice now, then this is a discussion worth having. Until then? Not so
<div class="entry-body">NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: MORE DIGGING FOR BLUE BITS EDITION (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/6/3139831/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-more-digging-for-blue-bits-edition)

"Good morning fellow Giants fans. I'm tired of writing that most of the
country is sweltering, but I feel like there is sweat dripping from my PC right
now. It's also really quiet NFL-wise, but here are a few items to start your
Friday as we head into the weekend.....<div class="entry-body">

<a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/07/michael_strahan_reportedly_a_f.html">Michael
Strahan reportedly a finalist to succeed Regis Philbin on 'Live' |
Former Giants star <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2257/michael-strahan">Michael
Strahan</a> is a finalist to succeed Regis Philbin and co-host "Live With Kelly"
according to Showbiz 411. Along with Strahan, the other two finalists are Seth
Meyers of "Saturday Night Live" and singer Josh Groban. Strahan has been as a
guest host on the show previously, including last week when his "Magic Mike"
stripper dance went viral. Showbiz 411 reports that the frontrunner to land the
gig is Meyers, who will be a guest co-host all next week -- the show's first
Monday-to-Friday co-host since Neil Patrick Harris late last year.</p>

Go Mike! But I really don't want to see that stripper dance.</p>

<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/nfceast/post/_/id/40620/position-series-giants-safeties">Position
series: Giants safeties - NFC East Blog - ESPN</a>
position-by-position look at the teams in the NFC East is checking out the
safeties today, and here we examine the safety position on the Super Bowl
champion New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants).

<a href="http://www.rantsports.com/new-york-giants/2012/07/04/2012-new-york-giants-breakout-candidate-domenik-hixon/">New
York Giants breakout candidate Domenik Hixon : New York Giants</a>
it hard to quantify a 27 year old as a possible breakout candidate? Maybe. In
the case of Domenik Hixon (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2934/domenik-hixon)
though, its not so far-fetched. Hixon has only played in two games the past two
seasons due to torn ACL’s and will be 28 years old this season. He has been
prominently used as a kick returner since the New York Giants claimed him on
waivers back in 2007, however this season may be the time to prove himself as a
receiving option.</p>

If he can stay healthy, I've always liked this dude. And we sure did miss him
on returns last season.</p>
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<a href="http://www.dotnews.com/2012/coach-coughlin-keeps-faith-his-brockton-scrapper">Coach
Coughlin keeps faith with his Brockton scrapper | Dorchester
But away from the sidelines and the clubhouse and the
glare of cameras, the hard-nosed "Iron General," as some staffers have been
known to call him, carries a torch for one of his BC boys from the ’90s, a
scrapper from Brockton, home of the real "Rocky" of boxing, named Jay McGillis,
whose untimely death from a fast-track leukemia left all who knew and loved him
bereft and questioning. Last weekend, as the McGillis family waited on the 20th
anniversary of Jay’s passing, the [b]<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/memory-boston-college-jay-mcgillis-lives-hearts-ny-giants-coach-tom-coughlin-loved-article-1.1105548">Daily
News of New York published a 3,000-word, four-page account</a> of the
continuing Coughlin-McGillis relationship. Written by Daily News sportswriter
Kevin Armstrong, himself a BC graduate, it is a story about football, constancy,
loyalty, life and death – and about Tom Coughlin’s commitment to the memory of
an athlete whose very being seemingly touched the inner heart of this austere,
demanding man.</p>

I know a Boston area music journalist, and he knows the McGillis family...and
went on and on recently about what an amazing person TC is. I mean, the story's
origination is very sad, but who among us doesn't love to hear stuff like that
about our head coach?</p>

<a href="http://host.madison.com/sports/football/professional/packers-williams-says-defense-is-ready-to-turn-the-corner/article_da0acb00-c56a-11e1-b0f9-0019bb2963f4.html">Packers:
Williams says defense is ready to turn the corner : Sports</a>
As Eli Manning (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2235/eli-manning) ran
out the clock on the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/green-bay-packers">Green Bay
Packers</a>' once-indelible season one kneel-down after another, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1990/tramon-williams">Tramon
Williams</a> didn't need any reassurances. Sure, the loss — a 37-20 heartbreaker
to the New York Giants in the NFC divisional playoff round in January — may have
been the epitome of a season of struggles for the Packers' defense, but Williams
believed deep down it wasn't the true measure of the unit.</p>

All of these stories about the playoffs from the "other side" keep coming up
in my Google alerts, and since it's slow news-wise, I will pass them along for a
few more weeks.</p>

<a href="http://www.canada.com/sports/adjusting+role/6880120/story.html">O'Day
adjusting to his new role</a>
Receiver Sinorice Moss (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2241/sinorice-moss),
a former member of the NFL's New York Giants and whom the Riders signed as a
free agent this off-season, is represented by well-known sports agent Drew
Rosenhaus. Rosenhaus has more than 150 clients on his list, including NFL
standouts Terrell Owens (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3425/terrell-owens),
<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34430/desean-jackson">DeSean
Jackson</a> and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2580/chad-ochocinco">Chad
Ochocinco</a>. O'Day found Rosenhaus to be very professional."</p></div>http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news

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

SUMMERTIME BLOG BITS: STEVE WEATHERFORD (PAR II) (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4654)

"In part two of our in-depth interview with Giants’ punter Steve
Weatherford, we meet the man away from the field—the artist and the family
man.<span id="more-4654"></span>

The Artist
When it
comes time to relax, Steve Weatherford likes to sneak away to
his “man cave,” where he does acrylic painting in his spare time.</p>

“I don’t know if I’d call it a talent,” he admitted. “It’s something that I
enjoy doing. It’s like having a hobby; just because you have a hobby doesn’t
mean you’re good at it. It’s something for me that is very relaxing.”</p>

Although his other obligations don’t allow much time for him to get away to
his private space to put his feelings down on canvas, he notes that having the
hobby helps keep him from bouncing off the walls.</p>

“I love every minute of being in the NFL,” he said, “But, let’s face it.
There is a lot of pressure that come with it. Now that I have a family with a
third child on the way, there’s the pressure to perform at a high very level
because if I don’t perform, then I can’t feed my kids.”</p>

Weatherford credits his wife, Laura, for giving him the space he needs to
unwind. “My wife is unbelievable…there’s no way that I would have made it to the
NFL at all, much less been successful, without her,” he said. “Painting is
something that kind of allowed me to get out of the meathead, football frame of
mind and to kind of relax and put my feelings on a canvas.”</p>

Besides painting, Weatherford likes to partake in other activities that allow
him to create something where there was once nothing. “To be honest, art to me
isn’t just painting a picture. It can be building, like a deck on the back of my

“I think at the end of the day, whenever I am done with a painting or
building something, it’s something I can look back on and say, ‘Man, nothing was
there before, and look what I’ve put there.’”</p>

The Family Man
There’s another form of art in which
Weatherford takes tremendous pride, and that is shaping the lives of his
children, son Ace (four) and daughter Carney (two).</p>

“I think being a father is like being an artist because everything you put
into your kids as far as their morals, their discipline, and the way that you
love them is going to build them into the adults they’ll become,” he said.
have two kids now, and am about to have my third (in August), so I don’t get to
go up to my little ‘man cave’ and paint like I used to because, to be honest, I
don’t have as much time as I used to. So I kind of use my kids as my canvas now
because when it’s all said and done, and the game of life is over, that’s the
most important piece of art you can have.”</p>

While Weatherford is very much the “cool dad” who lets his kids take turns
riding in the muscle car he keeps out at his California home, or who teaches his
son about giving back to the less fortunate or who paints his daughter’s
toenails in different colors, he also is deeply devoted to his wife, whom he met
in college.</p>

“It’s funny,” said Kuhn. “Steve is a funny guy and all that, but if it’s just
you and him, and you’re driving somewhere, what he talks about the most is his
family. Every time we’re in the car together, he’s on the phone with his wife
and his kids. You can tell with them being in San Diego how much he misses them,
and he isn’t afraid to say, ‘Man, I miss them so much.’ It’s actually nice to
see that even though he’s so far away, the first thing on his mind is always his
family, and that’s something that really stuck out—what a devoted husband and
father he is.”</p>

“It’s important to be with the kids, but it’s also important to make sure
that my wife still feels loved and special,” Weatherford said.</p>

To do this, he devotes one night a week, either a Monday or Tuesday, for a
date night with his wife. Then, later in the week, usually on a Friday, he and
Laura pack up the kids for a family fun night, which might consist of a trip to
Chuck E. Cheese’s, Dave &amp; Buster’s, the park, or a stay-at-home night in
which a family board game is the entertainment choice of the evening.</p>

“We try to do something fun together,” he said. “The kids are getting to an
age where numbers and colors and memory games are fun for them, so we try to
incorporate that into our family fun nights.”</p>

No Regrets
With all he’s doing between football, looking
out for his teammates, and being a husband and father, Weatherford doesn’t have
much free time for himself. But he wouldn’t want it any other way.</p>

“During the season, (Laura) does a lot, so it’s not like I can ask for much
for myself then,” he said. “During the off-season, I turn into ‘daddy day care’;
I take off my helmet and put on my daddy hat, because it’s a long football
season, so I try to help as much as I can so she can relax a little bit.”</p>

In the locker room, while he’s been embraced by his teammates with open arms,
he looks at how revered former punter Jeff Feagles was during
his time as a Giant, and he hopes to be as successful as the longtime punter

“Jeff was an incredible punter, and he was a good athlete when he was
younger, and I think they kind of see a little bit of Jeff in me as far as being
an athlete is concerned,” Weatherford said.</p>

“Jeff was a leader on the team for a long time; he’s someone I really look up
to, and there are a lot of similarities between Jeff and me athletically and as
far as a work ethic go.”</p>

Weatherford might wear many hats in his life, but unlike some who tend to
evolve into “a jack of all trades, a master of none,” Weatherford remains driven
not just because he aims to prove his critics wrong, but because when each phase
of his life is over, he doesn’t want to be a man with any regrets.</p>

“I’ve been in the NFL seven years, and you see a lot of people come and go, a
lot of talented guys come in and take it for granted, and then before you know
it, they’re out of the NFL,” he said. “There are guys I still talk to who say,
‘man, I wish I could go back and do it again.’</p>

“I don’t ever want to be a guy who has regrets about
anything—football, the way I train for football, my marriage, about being a dad,
or any of that stuff. I’m going to make mistakes along the way, but I’m going to
try to enjoy every minute I have because you never know when you might check

Hopefully, Weatherford will be able to enjoy the type of longevity that
Feagles had for so many years."</p>http://www.insidefootball.com/

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<font size="4"><font size="3">http://www.theredzone.org/</font> (http://www.theredzone.org/)
HOW DIFFERENT WERE THE 2008 AND 2011 OFFENSES (http://www.giantsfootballblog.com/2012/07/06/how-different-were-the-giants-2008-and-2011-offenses/?tw_p=twt)

<table class="tableizer-table">
<tr class="tableizer-firstrow">
<th>2008 (NFL rank)</th>
<th>2011 (NFL rank)</th></tr>
<td>Rushing yards per game</td>
<td>157.4 (1)</td>
<td>89.2 (32)</td></tr>
<td>Rushing yards per carry</td>
<td>5.0 (1)</td>
<td>3.5 (32)</td></tr>
<td>Rushes of 20+ yards</td>
<td>24 (1)</td>
<td>4 (32)</td></tr>
<td>Rushes of 40+ yards</td>
<td>3 (10)</td>
<td>0 (32)</td></tr></tbody></table>
<table class="tableizer-table">
<tr class="tableizer-firstrow">
<th>2008 (NFL rank)</th>
<th>2011 (NFL rank)</th></tr>
<td>Passing yards per game</td>
<td>198.6 (18)</td>
<td>295.9 (5)</td></tr>
<td>Passing yards per attempt</td>
<td>6.8 (18)</td>
<td>8.4 (3)</td></tr>
<td>Passes of 20+ yards</td>
<td>34 (28)</td>
<td>67 (5)</td></tr>
<td>Passes of 40+ yards</td>
<td>4 (28)</td>
<td>18 (1)</td></tr></tbody></table>"

GIANTS' TRIVIA FOR FRIDAY (http://www.giantsfootballblog.com/2012/07/06/giants-trivia-corner-for-friday-2/?tw_p=twt)

"Yesterday’s question was a bit of s trick……Super Bowl winning coach that
never wore a Giants uniform:

Don McCafferty
Tom Landry
Tony Dungy
Sean Payton</p>

The answer…..Sean Payton, the Super Bowl-winning coach of
the New Orleans Saints coached for the Giants, but never wore the uniform.
Payton served as Jim Fassel’s QB coach in 1999 before moving on to OC from
2000-02. Payton did play in the NFL, for what it’s worth: he was replacement
player for the Bears during the 1987 players’ strike.</p>

Tony Dungy, who coached the Colts to a Super Bowl
several years ago, played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1977-78 and the 49ers
in 1979. He was a member of the Giants’ practice squad in 1980. He never played
in a regular season game, however, but he did suit up as a player. A cheap
shot, we know….</p>

Before Tom Landry began his career as the iconic coach the
Dallas Cowboys in 1960, he spent ten seasons as a player and coach for the
Giants. Landry was a solid defensive back, but he was an innovator as a coach.
In 1954, head coach Jim Lee Howell allowed Landry to both play and coach. He
retired after the 1955 season as a player and dedicated the next four seasons to
making the Giants’ defense one of the best in the NFL.</p>

Don McCafferty is a figure not many know much about. He was
a Paul Brown disciple, having played for the great coach at Ohio State, but
World War II disrupted McCafferty’s transition from college to the pros. He
played one season for the Giants (1946) as a wide receiver before turning to the
coaching ranks at Kent State University, where he stayed for 11 years. From
there McCafferty moved back to pro ball, joining Weeb Ewbank’s staff in
Baltimore. He then coached under Don Shula after Ewbank left for the Jets, and
took over as head coach when Shula moved on to coach the Dolphins in 1970.</p>

The Colts won Super Bowl V under McCafferty, 16-13, over Landry’s

Today’s question………..</p>
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AMANI TOOMER: TONY ROMO A BETTER QB THAT ELI MANNING (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/amani_toomer_tony_romo_is_better_then_eli_manning/11160680)

"According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter (https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/220965249203970050), while appearing on Sirius XM NFL Radio,
former New York Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer said that Cowboys quarterback
Tony Romo is better than Eli Manning.

Either Amani Toomer has gone insane now that he’s retired, or he’s trying to
be unbiased now that he’s a part of the media. He could also want to be like
ESPN’s Skip Bayless. I don’t know, you decide.</p>

Here’s the audio of Toomer (http://siriusxmsports.posterous.com/amani-toomer-former-giants-wr-talks-with-tim) appearance on Sirius XM Radio."</p>

BEST NFL QUARTERBACKS GOING INTO THE 2012 - 2013 SEASON (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/best_nfl_quarterbacks_going_into_2012_13_season/11160335)</p>

"The 2012 season is about two months
away, and it’s a perfect time to rank NFL (http://www.bet365sportsbookonline.com/football) players by
position. A combination of factors such as stats, overall performance, etc.,
determine where players are ranked. Analysis will be added very soon, I just
wanted to get these rankings done first.*Player ages are how old they will be on
September 5th, NFL Kickoff date.</p>
<h4>1. <span>Aaron
Rodgers</span>, Green Bay Packers</h4>
<div align="center">Height: 6-2 | Weight: 225
Age: 28 | Experience: 8 Years</div>

<span>2012 Season
343 of 502 (68.3% CMP), 4,643 Passing Yards, 45 TD, 6 INT; 3
Rushing TD (122.5 QBR)</p>

<span>Career Stats</span>:
1,381 of
2,113 (65.4% CMP), 17,366 Passing Yards, 132 TD, 38 INT; 16 Rushing TD (104.1
<h4>2. <span>Drew Brees</span>, New Orleans
<div align="center">Height: 6-0 | Weight: 209
Age: 33 | Experience: 12 Years</div>
<div align="center"></div>
<p align="center"><span>2012 Season Stats</span>:
468 of 657
(71.2% CMP), 5,476 Passing Yards, 46 TD, 14 INT; Rushing TD (110.6 QBR)</p>

<span>Career Stats</span>:
3,613 of
5,479 (65.9% CMP), 40,742 Passing Yards, 281 TD, 146 INT; 8 Rushing TD (94.0
<h4>3. <span><a href="http://www.bet365sportsbookonline.com/football" rel="nofollow">Tom
Brady</a></span>, New England Patriots</h4>
<div align="center">Height: 6-4 | Weight: 225
Age: 35 | Experience: 13 Years</div>

<span>2012 Season
401 of 611 (65.6% CMP), 5,235 Passing Yards, 39 TD, 12 INT; 3
Rushing TD (105.6 QBR)</p>

<span>Career Stats</span>:
3,397 of
5,321 (63.8% CMP), 39,979 Passing Yards, 300 TD, 115 INT; 10 Rushing TD (96.4
<h4>4. <span>Peyton Manning</span>, Denver
<div align="center">Height: 6-5 | Weight: 230
Age: 36 | Experience: 15 Years</div>

<span>2012 Season

<span>Career Stats</span>:
4,682 of
7,210 (64.9% CMP), 54,828 Passing Yards, 399 TD, 198 INT; 17 Rushing TD (94.9
<h4>5. <span>Ben
Roethlisberger</span>, Pittsburgh Steelers</h4>
<div align="center">Height: 6-5 | Weight: 241
Age: 30 | Experience: 9 Years</div>

<span>2012 Season
324 of 513 (63.2% CMP), 4,077 Passing Yards, 21 TD, 14 INT;
(90.1 QBR)</p>

<span>Career Stats</span>:
2,090 of
3,313 (63.1% CMP), 26,579 Passing Yards, 165 TD, 100 INT; 14 Rushing TD (92.1
<h4>6. <span>Eli
Manning</span>, New York Giants</h4>
<div align="center">Height: 6-4 | Weight: 218
Age: 31 | Experience: 9 Years</div>

<span>2012 Season
359 of 589 (61.0% CMP), 4,933 Passing Yards, 29 TD, 16 INT;
Rushing TD (92.9 QBR)</p>

<span>Career Stats</span>:
2,291 of
3,921 (58.4% CMP), 27,579 Passing Yards, 185 TD, 129 INT; 8 Rushing TD (82.1
<h4>7. <span>Philip Rivers</span>,
San Diego Chargers</h4>
<div align="center">Height: 6-5 | Weight: 228
Age: 30 | Experience: 9 Years</div>

<span>2012 Season Stats</span>:
366 of
582 (62.9% CMP), 4,624 Passing Yards, 27 TD, 20 INT; Rushing TD (88.7 QBR)</p>

<span>Career Stats</span>:
1,930 of
3,037 (63.6% CMP), 24,285 Passing Yards, 163 TD, 78 INT; 3 Rushing TD (95.5
<h4>8. <span>Tony
Romo</span>, Dallas Cowboys</h4>
<div align="center">Height: 6-2 | Weight: 228
Age: 32 | Experience: 10 Years</div>
<div align="center"></div>
<div align="center"><span>2012 Season Stats</span>:
346 of 522
(66.3% CMP), 4,184 Passing Yards, 31 TD, 10 INT; Rushing TD (102.5 QBR)</div>

<span>Career Stats</span>:
1,672 of
2,592 (64.5% CMP), 20,834 Passing Yards, 149 TD, 72 INT; 4 Rushing TD (96.9
<h4 align="center">9. <span>Matt Ryan</span>, Atlanta Falcons</h4>
<div align="center">Height: 6-4 | Weight: 217
Age: 27 | Experience: 5 Years</div>

<span>2012 Season
347 of 566 (61.3% CMP), 4,177 Passing Yards, 29 TD, 12 INT; 2
Rushing TD (92.2 QBR)</p>

<span>Career Stats</span>:
1,232 of
2,022 (60.9% CMP), 14,238 Passing Yards, 95 TD, 46 INT; 4 Rushing TD (88.4
<h4>10. <span>Matthew Stafford</span>, Detroit
<div align="center">Height: 6-2 | Weight: 232
Age: 24 | Experience: 4 Years</div>

<span>2012 Season
421 of 663 (63.5% CMP), 5,038 Passing Yards, 41 TD, 16 INT;
(97.2 QBR)</p>

<span>Career Stats</span>:
679 of 1,136
(59.8% CMP), 7,840 Passing Yards, 60 TD, 37 INT; 3 Rushing TD (84.7 QBR)
<h4>11. <span>Joe Flacco</span>, Baltimore
<div align="center">Height: 6-6 | Weight: 245
Age: 27 | Experience: 5 Years</div>

<span>2012 Season
312 of 542 (57.6% CMP), 3,610 Passing Yards, 20 TD, 12 INT;
Rushing TD (80.9 QBR)</p>

<span>Career Stats</span>:
1,190 of
1,958 (60.8% CMP), 13,816 Passing Yards, 80 TD, 46 INT; 4 Rushing TD (86.0
<h4>12. <span>Matt Schaub</span>, Houston
<div align="center">Height: 6-5 | Weight: 241
Age: 31 | Experience: 9 Years</div>

<span>2012 Season
178 of 292 (61.0% CMP), 2,479 Passing Yards, 15 TD, 6 INT; 2
Rushing TD (96.8 QBR)</p>

<span>Career Stats</span>:
1,466 of
2,279 (64.3% CMP), 17,936 Passing Yards, 98 TD, 58 INT; 4 Rushing TD (92.2
<h4>13. <span>Michael Vick</span>, Philadelphia Eagles</h4>
<div align="center">Height: 6-0 | Weight: 215
Age: 32 | Experience: 11 Years</div>

<span>2012 Season
253 of 423 (59.8% CMP), 3,303 Passing Yards, 18 TD, 14 INT;
Rushing TD (84.9 QBR)</p>

<span>Career Stats</span>:
1,422 of
2,538 (56.0% CMP), 17,912 Passing Yards, 111 TD, 72 INT; 33 Rushing TD (80.9
<h4>14. <span>Jay
Cutler</span>, Chicago Bears</h4>
<div align="center">Height: 6-3 | Weight: 220
Age: 29 | Experience: 7 Years</div>

<span>2012 Season
182 of 314 (58.0% CMP), 2,319 Passing Yards, 13 TD, 7 INT;
Rushing TD (85.7 QBR)</p>

<span>Career Stats</span>:
1,541 of
2,521 (61.1% CMP), 18,283 Passing Yards, 117 TD, 86 INT; 6 Rushing TD (84.5
<h4>15. <span>Cam Newton</span>, Carolina
<div align="center">Height: 6-5 | Weight: 248
Age: 23 | Experience: 2 Years</div>

<span>2012 Season
310 of 517 (60.0% CMP), 4,051 Passing Yards, 21 TD, 17 INT; 14
Rushing TD (84.5 QBR)</p>

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RON JAWORSKI: ELI MANNING IS A TOP FIVE QUARTERBACK (http://network.yardbarker.com/all_sports/article_external/ron_jaworski_eli_manning_is_a_top_five_quarterback/11167238)

"As ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski breaks down his top-30 quarterbacks in the NFL,
he has <a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/06/jaws-eli-now-locked-in-as-top-five-quarterback/" target="_blank">Eli Manning of the New York Giants ranked as his fifth best
quarterback in the NFL</a> right now, after watching him take his game to the
next level last season.

“You know where I saw significant improvement in Manning last season?
Progression reading,” Jaworski said.</p>

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07-06-2012, 01:54 PM
thanks Roanoke!</P>

just saw 1st take on espn. this guy Bomani just dogged Eli concerning "top 5 qbs"!</P>


07-06-2012, 05:19 PM
thanks Roanoke!</p>

just saw 1st take on espn. this guy Bomani just dogged Eli concerning "top 5 qbs"!</p>



07-06-2012, 06:36 PM
thanks man

07-06-2012, 06:57 PM
thanks man


07-08-2012, 08:09 AM
Thanks. so much info in little time.