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GIANTS' SUMMER QUESTIONNAIRE: LINEBACKER MATHIAS KIWANUKA (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/07/giants_summer_questionnaire_li_1.html)

"Life is good for Mathias Kiwanuka right now, and that hasn't always been
the case.

After multiple switches from defensive end to linebacker and back, <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/02/giants_mathia_kiwanuka_grow_cl.html">his
brother's motorcycle accident</a> and a neck injury that robbed him of most of
the 2010 season and had him <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/08/giants_mathias_kiwanuka_ready.html">thinking
about life after football</a>, the former first-round pick is now enjoying his
role as a full-time linebacker, participated in a Super Bowl victory after
sitting out the previous one with a leg injury, <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_sign_mathias_kiwnauka_t.html">received
a nice contract extension</a> this offseason, witnessed the birth of his first
child and <a href="https://twitter.com/KawikaMitchell/status/221952367908753408">got married
this past weekend</a>.</p>

In this installment of our <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/summer_questionnaire/index.html">Giants
summer questionnaire</a> (from an interview conducted back during minicamp),
Kiwanuka talks about how things are breaking in his favor right now:</p>

How different do you feel at linebacker right now?</p>

It’s a big difference. I started to get more comfortable at the end of last
year. But having the ability to go from one offseason to the next playing the
same position, it means a lot. It’s getting there. I don’t think I’ll ever be
content with how I’m playing, but I’m still working on it and I feel 10 times
more comfortable playing there.</p>

Is it better for your body, and I don’t just mean your neck but
overall, to play defensive line or linebacker?</p>

I don’t think it matters because they’re both high-impact positions in
different ways. As a linebacker, there’s more space between you and the blocker,
so there’s more momentum involved but it’s a smaller guy you’re going against.
Defensive line, there’s less space but you’re going up against a 300-pound guy.
So I think it equals out at some point.</p>

Any plans to relax after everything you’ve been through over the past

I’m getting married. So I’m headed home to take care of my daughter and get
ready for the wedding. Do what I’m supposed to do.</p>

What’s more stressful: the wedding or playing in a Super

As the wedding’s getting closer, I’m going to have to go with the wedding.
I’ve been playing football for a long time; I’ve never been married before. I
know what to expect on one side.</p>

You’d also never been a father until a few months ago. What’s that
been like?</p>

It’s been awesome. It’s the best experience of my life. Everybody says it’s
hard to explain what you feel and that’s exactly right. There’s no way to
explain it. It’s just unconditional love. It’s a great experience.</p>

So all in all, it’s been a pretty good year for you?</p>

It’s been a great year, it’s been a great year.
Everything’s working out. I had a lot of faith in God. There were a lot of times
I had to trust and believe in the plan. And it worked out."</p>


</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>


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<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>

FORMER GIANTS' WIDE RECEIVER PLAXICO BURRESS: "ELI MANNING IS ARGUABLY THE BEST QB IN THE NFL RIGHT NOW" (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/09/former-new-york-giants-wr-plaxico-burress-eli-manning-is-arguably-best-qb-in-football-right-now/)

"File this under the "I didn't expect to hear that today" category, but while
appearing on WFAN Monday morning, former <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> wide receiver and current free agent, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Plaxico Burress" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/plaxico-burress/" rel="tag nofollow">Plaxico
Burress</a>, said that former teammate <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> is quite possibly the best quarterback in the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) today.



"Eli is arguably the best quarterback in football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) right now," Burress said.</p></blockquote>

With that statement, Burress joins a growing list of former Giants who have
come to the defense of Eli following some shocking comments (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/05/retired-new-york-giants-wr-amani-toomer-tony-romo-a-better-quarterback-than-eli-manning/) courtesy of the retired <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Amani Toomer" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/amani-toomer/" rel="tag nofollow">Amani
Toomer</a> in which he named Tony Romo (http://www.giants101.com/tag/tony-romo/)
as the premiere quarterback in the NFC East.</p>

Toomer's comments, which he's defended endlessly since making them last week,
have stirred up quite the controversy during an otherwise quiet pre-training
camp calm. They've also brought a lot of Manning's former teammates -including Derrick Ward, Michael Strahan (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/07/michael-strahan-defends-giants-qb-eli-manning-wonders-if-amani-toomer-is-on-bath-salts/), Brandon Jacobs and
even Jeremy Shockey- out from the shadows; all of whom have defended Eli tooth
and nail.</p>

To hear both Shockey and Burress defend Eli is quite telling. At best, both
players had a tenuous relationship with Manning, but they also significantly
benefited from his talent. It's a testament to how solid a QB Manning really is,
and a far cry from the things you hear from Romo's former teammates (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/03/new-york-giants-martellus-bennett-excited-to-play-with-unselfish-eli-manning/)."</p>

(http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/09/former-new-york-giants-wr-plaxico-burress-eli-manning-is-arguably-best-qb-in-football-right-now/)NY GIANTS' TERRELL THOMAS ADMITS TO BRIEFLY LOSING FAITH AFTER HIS ACL INURY (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/09/new-york-giants-terrell-thomas-admits-to-briefly-losing-his-faith-following-acl-injury/)

"Many members of 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> are strong, spiritual men who often refer to the good book and
specific passages each day. Among them is cornerback <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Terrell Thomas" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/terrell-thomas/" rel="tag nofollow">Terrell
Thomas</a>, who recently admitted to Inside Football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)'s Pat Traina that
following an ACL injury last season, his faith was briefly lost (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4640?utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter).

"I’ll admit that I lost my faith when I got injured. I wasn’t mad at God. But
I kind of questioned Him in a way. I just couldn’t understand how, after
everything I had been through in my life, why would this happen now?" Thomas
told Inside Football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/).
"I still don’t know, but He’s still teaching me, and He restored my faith and I
will never lose it again. He taught me, ‘Just love Me, and work hard.’

Thomas acknowledged that the timing of his injury also played a role in his
brief lapse in faith as he had just had Bible verse 1 Peter 5:6 -Humble yourself
upon God and in due time He shall exalt you- tattooed on him.</p>

The loss faith was temporary, however. Thomas says he's learned a lot from
this experience and never plans to question Him again.</p>

"I became a man and it taught me that I could overcome anything if I have
faith and if I work at it. I’m still overcoming this injury — it’s not done at
all. But this experience has definitely taught me not to lose my faith in God
because He definitely has a plan for my and will always be there for me," he

Faith, like politics, is all a matter of personal interpretation. What
Thomas' experience shows is the mental toll such a serious injury takes on a
player and the stages they have to go through to return to the field; not just
physically, but mentally as well. It's a unique look into the thought process of
an athlete who is trying to understand "why".</p>

To read Thomas' entire interview with Pat Traina, head on over to Inside Football (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4640?utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter)."</p>2012 NY GIANTS: PROJECTING BIG BLUE'S PLAYOFF CHANCES (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/08/2012-new-york-giants-projecting-big-blues-playoff-chances/)

"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> were fortunate to have made the playoffs in 2011. Not fortunate in
the sense that they won games they should have lost, but in that a nine-win
season was good enough to earn them the NFC East (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc-east/) crown. In fact, the 2011 Giants were the only
team ever to win the NFC East (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc-east/) with only nine wins since the league expanded to
a sixteen-game schedule in 1978. In 2010, the team actually had ten wins and was
left out in the cold during the post season.

Historically, nine wins is sometimes good enough to earn a Wild Card berth;
however, the Giants received a four-seed and a home playoff game in 2011. As
impressive as the team's playoff performance was, they were placed in a much
more favorable position than most other nine win teams normally receive.</p>

Although Big Blue eventually got healthy and went on an improbable run to
their fourth <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Super Bowl" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/super-bowl/" rel="tag nofollow">Super
Bowl</a> victory in franchise history, there were several moments throughout the
2011 campaign in which it looked like the Giants were going to be on the outside
looking in come playoff time. For these reasons, some believe that Big Blue will
fail to make it through the NFC and into the playoffs in the upcoming

Throughout the last few weeks, several NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) a (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nyg-fan-espn-analysts-believe-ny-giants-wont-232200943--nfl.html)nalysts and so-called "experts" have predicted (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nyg-fan-espn-analysts-believe-ny-giants-wont-232200943--nfl.html) that the team
will not make the playoffs in 2012. Although many fans disagree with these
prognostications, Big Blue still has several questions to answer after their 9-7 regular season campaign (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/07/new-york-giants-mark-herzlich-were-still-bitter-over-9-7-season/) a year ago.</p>

Ironically, the outcome of the 2012 NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) season will be determined largely by the results of
the 2011 season. For many teams, their schedule will be the make-or-break factor
that will either vault them into post-season lore, or will have them sitting on
their couches come January. For the 2012 <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> to make the playoffs, this can not be the case.</p>

The Giants will have the toughest schedule in the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) in 2012. On
top of playing their annual divisional bouts, Big Blue will face seven other
teams that made the playoffs in 2011. To complicate matters further, the Giants
will play on the road against 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>, Cincinnati Bengals (http://www.giants101.com/tag/cincinnati-bengals/), Atlanta Falcons, and Baltimore
Ravens. While objectively examining the team's ferocious line-up of opponents,
it seems that a ten win season would be extremely difficult to attain.</p>

That being said, the 2012 Giants have improved over the offseason. With a
full gauntlet of workouts and OTA's, there will be more consistency and
continuity with the team heading into next season. The rookies that the team
relied upon last year in several key positions will be no longer be
inexperienced liabilities; and both the offensive line and linebacker core
should improve as these younger players continue to develop.</p>

Furthermore, it is imperative that the Giants beat the teams they are
"supposed" to beat in 2012. Big Blue can not afford to have a game this season
similar to last year's home matchups with the Seattle Seahawks or Washington
Redskins. With such an unforgiving schedule, the team must win their games
against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers (http://www.giants101.com/tag/carolina-panthers/), Cleveland Browns (http://www.giants101.com/tag/cleveland-browns/), and Redskins. The Giants have more
talent and experience than all of the aforementioned teams and need those five
victories to give them some wiggle room against their more competitive

All things considered, it is still very early to give an accurate prediction
on whether any team will make the playoffs in 2012. Nobody knows how teams will
mesh during training camp, or if any significant injuries will be suffered
during the preseason by key players.</p>

However, the Giants will certainly have their work cut out for them in the
upcoming season. As we saw last year, they have the ability to beat any team
they play, but can also lose games they most definitely should have won. With
the talent and experience returning to the team this season, the Giants should
make the playoffs, but that is far from a guaranteed statement. Big Blue must be
extremely focused for each and every game to avoid following up their <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Super Bowl" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/super-bowl/" rel="tag nofollow">Super
Bowl</a> championship season with a clunker in 2012."

<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>

GIANTS' JASON PIERRE-PAUL <u>NOT </u>ON LIST OF YOUNG PLAYERS TO BUILD AROUND (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/9/3146900/new-york-giants-jason-pierre-paul-matt-kalil-trent-richardson-robert-griffin-iii-andrew-luck)

"ESPN Insider KC Joyner recently penned an article declaring his <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8134939/nfl-cam-newton-andrew-luck-top-stars-25-build-around" target="_blank">top 10 NFL players under the age of 25 to build a franchise
around</a>. Hakeem Nicks (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71294/hakeem-nicks)
of the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants),
who is still just 24, checks in on Joyner's list at No. 6. That's fine. What
isn't fine, in my mind is that defensive end <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108442/jason-pierre-paul">Jason
Pierre-Paul</a>, 23, is nowhere to be found on Joyner's list.

How is that possible? Here is a kid who, at the age of 23, is the best
defensive player on the defending Super Bowl champions. A guy who, in his second
season in the league in 2011, was fourth in the league with 16.5 sacks, and was
named an All-Pro. A guy who is probably the most athletic defensive end in the
game, and is already virtually unblockable at times while still learning his
craft. Pierre-Paul had a +30.3 grade from Pro Football Focus, sixth in the
league among defensive ends in 2011.</p>

In all honesty, based purely on upside, I think JPP belongs on this list even
more than Nicks does.</p>
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It is really difficult to argue with Denver linebacker Von Miller (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131195/von-miller)
being on the list after a rookie season that saw him register 12 sacks, 19
quarterback hits, 29 hurries and 65 tackles along with an astounding +50.4 PFF

There are, however, four players on Joyner's list who have yet to play a down
in the NFL. Those are quarterbacks <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152650/robert-griffin-iii">Robert
Griffin III</a> and Andrew Luck (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152649/andrew-luck),
running back <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152651/trent-richardson">Trent
Richardson</a> and offensive tackle Matt Kalil (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152652/matt-kalil). I
can almost understand putting RGIII and Luck on the list, but Richardson or
Kalil? What is Joyner thinking? Really, in my mind, hard to justify putting
anyone who has yet to play a snap on the list ahead of a 23-year-old All Pro who
already has to be in the conversation when discussing best defensive players in
the league."</p>
NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: VEWWY, VEWWY QUIET EDITION (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/9/3146350/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-vewwy-vewwy-quiet-edition)

"Good morning fellow Giants fans. We've definitely reached that time of year,
when Amani Toomer (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2258/amani-toomer)
making comments about Tony Romo (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3435/tony-romo) being
better than Eli Manning (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2235/eli-manning)
become the cheese every mouse in the tri-state area is fighting over. But there
is always something, so let's have a look.....<div class="entry-body">

<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/amani-toomer-back-insists-tony-romo-a-better-quarterback-eli-manning-article-1.1109299">Amani
Toomer doesn’t back down, still insists that Tony Romo is a better quarterback
than Eli Manning - NY Daily News</a>
Amani Toomer may have raised the
ire of the Giants fans who once cheered him on but he didn't back off his Tony
Romo is better than Eli Manning remarks Friday. Toomer, appearing on ESPN Radio
with Michael Kay, said he researched the stats beforehand and that they point to
the Cowboy QB. "I'm not dissing Eli," he told Kay. "It's more of an affirmation
of Tony Romo and how good he is." 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>

I know this topic has been beaten to a pulp already. For what it's worth,
Manning has two rings that he clearly earned and that's as far as I think this
debate should go. How many times has Romo come up small in big games? Just my
two cents a few days later.</p>

<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/york-giants-2012-fantasy-outlook-fantasy-football-fan-145700137.html">New
York Giants 2012 Fantasy Outlook: Fantasy Football Fan’s Take - Yahoo!
The Giants have gone from a run-oriented offense to a
pass-heavy attack led by Eli Manning. With this in mind, Manning and his star
wideouts are the players to target heading into your draft. </p>
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<a href="http://www.latinospost.com/articles/1830/20120706/victor-cruz-ny-giants-out-blue-book-event-queens.htm">Victor
Cruz of NY Giants in "Out of the Blue" Book Event - Queens, July 13, 20 -
Latinospost :: Sports :: Latinos Post</a>
Victor Cruz (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109584/victor-cruz),
the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
wide receiver will be promoting his new book Victor Cruz: Out of the Blue in an
event organized by Time Warner Cable on July 13 and 20 in Queens, New York City.
Giants football fans will have an opportunity to closely interact with Cruz
who'll be responding to fans in an interactive discussion about his new memoir
which details his personal story of overcoming numerous life setbacks. The
discussion will take place at Queens Theatre on July 13 while a book signing
event will take place on July 20 at Queens Center Mall.</p>

<a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/history/2012/7/6/Super-Bowl-mementos-at-Football-Hall-of-Fame/">History
Story " Mementos from Giants’ SB XLVI win</a>
The New York Giants
posted a 9-7 regular season record and then rolled through the playoffs. The
season was capped with a thrilling 21-17 victory over the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-england-patriots">New England
Patriots</a> in Super Bowl XLVI. It marked the fourth Super Bowl title for the
Giants. To commemorate the win, the National Football League recently donated
memorabilia from the game to the Hall of Fame. These items include ticket stubs,
shirts, a patch and a football signed by the entire Giants team.</p>

By the way, did anyone notice that the final score was Plaxico's prediction
from four years prior? The one in which Brady giggled about his team only
scoring 17 points before actually being held to 14.</p>

<a href="http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/news.cfm?id=5E853004-C390-0E14-D74DD54C6C28B872">Spagnola:
First Week Absurdly Condensed</a>
Ah, but here is where things start
getting sticky for the Cowboys (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/dallas-cowboys) – and
Giants. Plus, remember the rest of the league will play their final preseason
games on Thursday night, thus giving them nine full days to prepare for their
openers, and 10 to the Cowboys and Giants final preseason opponents. That's just
the start of this inequity. Rosters must be trimmed to their maximum of 53 by 8
p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. OK fine, everyone is in the same boat there. But remember,
the Cowboys must begin practice for the Giants game on Saturday. </p>

<a href="http://www.wktv.com/news/local/Former-Giants-defensive-end-Gary-Jeter-takes-part-in-golf-benefit-in-Herkimer-161679075.html">Former
Giants defensive end Gary Jeter takes part in golf benefit in Herkimer |
NBC-WKTV News Channel 2 - Utica News, Weather, Sports - | Local
Some local golfers who just happen to be New York Giants
football fans were in their glory on Saturday. They had the chance to play a
round with former Giants defensive end Gary Jeter at Holland Heigts Golf Course
in Herkimer. Jeter, who is now 57 years old, played 13 seasons in the NFL, most
of them with the New York Giants. He was invited to take part in the annual golf
tournament to benefit the Mohawk Pop Warner Football League.</p>

I had the good fortune to meet Jeter when I first moved away from New York,
in 1992. I moved to Cleveland, where Jeter opened a My Favorite Muffin
franchise. There is something strange about being served coffee by a former NFL
star, but the guy was extremely friendly and enjoyed talking football as I sat
at the counter. Hey, I told you it was a slow news day!"</p></div>BIG BLUE VIEW PRESEASON ALL NFC EAST TEAM - LEFT TACKLE (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/9/3145838/big-blue-view-preseason-all-nfc-east-team-left-tackle#storyjump)

"Today we turn our attention to the left tackle position as we name our Big
Blue View Preseason All-NFC East Team. Your candidates are after the jump.
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The candidates:</p>

Jason Peters (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1895/jason-peters),
Eagles (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/philadelphia-eagles) -- A
five-time Pro Bowlers who was named All Pro for the first time following the
2011 season. Entering his ninth season, Peters is one of the best left tackles
in the game. Peters score +27.6 in the pro Football Focus grading system. The
second-best score? David Stewart (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2888/david-stewart)
of Tennessee scored +14.7.</p>

Will Beatty (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71290/will-beatty), Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) -- Did
an adequate job in 10 games last season, his first as the starting left tackle.
Missed the rest of the season with a detached retina. The Giants need Beatty to
be healthy, which he was not during OTAs and mini-camp, and to build on what he
did last season. Beatty had a -1.2 PFF grade.</p>

Doug Free (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/16711/doug-free), Cowboys (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/dallas-cowboys) -- Free
has been the left tackle for the Cowboys for the past two seasons. PFF graded
him at -11.9 last season after Free was +17.4 in 2010. Which Free will the
Cowboys get in 2012?</p>

<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108579/trent-williams">Trent
Williams</a>, Redskins (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/washington-redskins) --
Played well for Washington in his rookie season, allowing only two quarterback
sacks and earnign a +3.8 PFF grade in 10 games before an ankle injury and a
season-ending suspension for violating the league's drug policy. If Williams can
avoid issues like that going forward, as he seems to want to (http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/59982/trent-williams-says-hes-scared-straight), he could be a dominant left

Valentine's View -- Your poll is below. I know thiis could be
considered infuencing the vote, but if you don't vote for Peters you need to be
able to explain why. and 'I hate the Eagles' is not a good enough reason."

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

SUMMERTIME BLOG BITS: CORNERBACK TERRELL THOMAS (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4640)

"It’s been a long, interesting year for Terrell Thomas, the talented
fifth-year player out of USC who, last summer, was poised to have a breakout
season until a freak accident in a preseason game resulted in a torn ACL that
knocked him out of action for the 2011 season.

Thomas understandably went through a series of emotions as the reality of
what happened hit him, but one thing he never lost was his faith that he would
get back on the field and that he would fulfill his potential as a NFL
player.<span id="more-4640"></span></p>

Q. When you had that accident on the field and you learned your
diagnosis, what went through your mind?
A. I was in shock. I
couldn’t believe it. I knew the reality of everything that came with it and the
timing couldn’t have been any worse.</p>

Q. There’s never really a “good time” to be injured. Why do you say
that the timing of your injury “couldn’t have been worse”?
A: I felt
like I had finally started to tap into my potential as a player, physically, and
mentally, and everything was set up. I was ready to explode on to the season,
but God wasn’t ready for that, and that’s the biggest thing I learned from that
experience. I thought I was doing everything by His plan, but it was really my
plan, and how I wanted it to go. He slowed me down again and showed me His

Q. How difficult was it to be away from the team, especially
considering you had always been there since being drafted?
A. In
college, I had times when I was hurt, so I kind of knew what came with a serious
injury. That process wasn’t hard for me. What was hard was knowing that I would
miss the season, knowing the potential of the caliber of players, and the
timing. With us going on to win the Super Bowl, a lot of people stepped up to
fill a lot of holes and I wanted to be a part of that. We became a team last
year — we had people that wanted to fill their roles and who weren’t selfish,
and we got after it last season. I wanted to be a part of that, so that was the
hardest thing for me.</p>

Q. Did you keep up with the team while you were rehabbing out in
A. The main person I talked to every week was Kenny
(Phillips). When he got injured, we always gave each other a recap of what
happened in a game because we know what’s seen on TV isn’t always the story. He
really encouraged me a lot. I also heard from Antrel (Rolle), who reached out to
me a couple of times. Other than those two, I tried not to be a distraction. I
wanted to get my knee right and not be worried about something that I couldn’t
really do anything to help.</p>

Q. How did you pass the time?
A. Friends and family would
stop by., and I got to spend a lot of time with my daughter. That was probably
the best part about it, getting to see her a lot more. I also watched a lot of
film and did more reading.</p>

Q. Did the injury change the way you train?
A. As far as
my knee, yes. Working out wise, no, because I’ve worked out my whole life and
have never stopped. I was working out like two days after I tore my ACL. I was
determined not to get weak, to get stronger.</p>

Q. And how did that work out for you?
A. I’m definitely a
lot stronger in my upper body. My mindset was to push 100 percent and get back
to the caliber of player I was last year.</p>

Q. Are there any concerns about what you might be able to do once
camp starts? Do you expect having the same role?
A. I plan on
regaining my starting spot. My main thing is to return to the caliber of players
that I was last year. I’m ahead of schedule in my rehab. Everything is going
well, I have a positive outlook, and I am very confident in my knee, and the way
I’ll return. Obviously you never know what’s going to happen, but the way I feel
right now, I am without a doubt on the right track to return as the same player
and to not have an off-year like how people would think about a player who was
coming back from an ACL injury.</p>

Q. You’ve always been a spiritual man. Can you share a bit about how
your faith has gotten you through this challenge?
A. I’ll admit
that I lost my faith when I got injured. I wasn’t mad at God. But I kind of
questioned Him in a way. I just couldn’t understand how, after everything I had
been through in my life, why would this happen now? I still don’t know, but He’s
still teaching me, and He restored my faith and I will never lose it again. He
taught me, ‘Just love Me, and work hard.’ It’s crazy because I got the Bible
verse 1 Peter 5:6 tatted on me before camp which says, “Humble yourself upon God
and in due time He shall exalt you.” So I kind of took that and said, ‘Wow, I
kind of jinxed myself,’ but at the same time, I learned a lot from the

Q. What did you learn?
A. I became a man and it taught me
that I could overcome anything if I have faith and if I work at it. I’m still
overcoming this injury — it’s not done at all. Bu t this experience has
definitely taught me not to lose my faith in God because He definitely has a
plan for my and will always be there for me."</p>http://www.insidefootball.com/

<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/)
RAMSES BARDEN BELIEVES HE'S READY (http://www.giantsfootballblog.com/2012/07/09/ramses-barden-believes-hes-ready/)

"Most position battles are relatively meaningless developments until late
July, when training camps begin and players focus on preparing for the upcoming
season. Coaches deliberating position competitions usually consider each
players’ entire body of work—career production, minicamp performance, injury
history, work ethic, physical attributes, potential for growth—but the decision
ultimately rests on a given players’ level of preparedness heading into week 1.
Whichever player best exhibits the qualities needed at his position to help his
team win when the regular season begins should get the nod over his competitors.
It’s pretty simple. These predicaments exist on most every NFL roster and they
are for the most part altogether good problems to have. Multiple players
fighting for a single spot leads to intense competition, the kind that brings
out the best and most consistent effort in each competitor. Even defending Super
Bowl champions need to resolve these sorts of issues, and the 2012 Giants are no

Question marks exist at linebacker, running back, cornerback and the
offensive line (this is not an all-inclusive list), but perhaps the most
anticipated position battle heading into training camp is for the No. 3 wide
receiver spot. Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham, who filled the No. 3 wideout
spot last season but a signed two-year, $7.5 million deal with San Francisco in
March, was a vital component of the offense. He ranked third on the team with 39
receptions and scored three postseason touchdowns. His successor, needless to
say, will have trouble replicating Manningham’s consistency and overall
importance to the offense. The good news is that there are plenty of options in
the running to replace him, most notably Domenik Hixon, Jerrel Jernigan, Rueben
Randle and Ramses Barden. It’s an interesting mix, and the competition could
linger through the last preseason game. Far as I can tell, Randle appears to
have the edge right now, with Hixon not far off, but all four remain viable
competitors and no one has truly distanced himself from the competition.</p>

<span id="more-36404"></span></p>

If there’s one player slightly behind the rest, it’s Barden, though judging
by his <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/departure-mario-manningham-unproven-receiver-ramses-barden-ready-man-ny-giants-season-article-1.1100256">recent
comments to Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News</a>, you’d be led to
believe he has this competition all wrapped up. Here’s what Barden said when
asked about his goals for the upcoming season:</p>

“I’m here to be the man.”</p>

“Plain and simple,” he adds. “There’s no explanation

There are times when confidence—having full trust in your abilities and
taking pride in anticipated accomplishments—manifests itself on the field in
positive and productive ways, lifting and inspiring otherwise mediocre players
to greater levels of performance. The less favorable outcome, when stated
expectations surpass actual performance, is equally plausible, with drastic
implications not only to a player’s individual goals but to his career
reputation more broadly. Not making good on specified production benchmarks
reflects poorly on your ability to meet expectations as much as it does your
outsized bravado. An ego-trip gone is far worse than keeping quiet in the first
place, a lesson learned in the most thoroughly excruciating way by Lebron James,
who prior to winning an NBA title this season endured endless media and fan
criticism over not advancing his promised goal of “not one, not two, not
three….” championships. Eli Manning (http://sny.stats.com/fb/playerstats.asp?id=6760&amp;team=19), who last preseason caused quite a stir when he
called himself an “elite” quarterback, fulfilled his promise with a second Super
Bowl championship. Manning’s statement was a measured, self-assured assessment
of his abilities, a description now unmistakably abounding in reality.</p>

Ramses Barden’s proclamation, much less significant, to be sure, is a bold
one, and to this point lacks merit, not only because of the fierce competition
at the No. 3 receiver spot he faces in Jernigan, Randle and Hixon but because of
his career struggles. For years Barden has been tagged a potential breakout
player, with countless tales of practice highlights and immense potential for
future greatness bolstering his reputation. The 6-6, 224-pound receiver has just
three multi-reception games and 15 total receptions in his three-year career.
While most third-round picks don’t wield huge expectations upon entering the
league, there were high hopes for Barden when the Giants drafted him thanks to
an impressive college career filled with eye-grabbing highlight catches and
evidence of NFL viability. Now three years into his pro career, calling Barden’s
performance a disappointment would be grossly underestimating the truth, even
more so given his reputation as one of Big Blue’s most consistent and best
practice players.</p>

Performing well in practice environments is generally a good thing. Coaches
like it, and it gives the media something to talk about. For Barden, though, his
success in pressure-free environments makes his ineptitude in both regular and
postseason games all the more confounding, if only for the reason that fans,
coaches and teammates expect more from a player who in practice regularly offers
evidence suggesting a better brand of performance. Until Barden can channel his
practice success into games that count, his proclamations ring hollow. He will
be “the man” when he proves he can be the man."</p>GIANTS' TRIVIA CORNER FOR MONDAY (http://www.giantsfootballblog.com/2012/07/09/giants-trivia-corner-for-monday-2/)

"Friday’s question: Which punter never represented the Giants in
the Pro Bowl?

Dave Jennings
Brad Maynard
Sean Landeta
Jeff Feagles (http://sny.stats.com/fb/playerstats.asp?id=323&amp;team=19)</p>

This was an easy one. The answer is Brad Maynard, who the
Giants took in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft. Maynard was a solid punter
right off the bat, setting NFL records for punts and punt yardage by a rookie.
He was the Giants’ punter in their 34-7 whitewash loss to Baltimore in Super
Bowl XXXV, setting the SB record for punts that night with 11. He left for
Chicago via free agency in 2001 and is still punting today (currently with

Dave Jennings was named to four Pro Bowls and was one the
game’s finest punters, but he played during the Ray Guy era in the NFL.
Oakland’s Guy was the gold standard and Jennings was widely considered his
lesser NFC counterpart during that period. The major difference between the two
was that the Raiders were contenders and the Giants were doormats. Guy helped
Oakland keep opponents pinned down in their own territory while Jennings’ job
was rescue the Giants’ stumbling offense from futility.</p>

Sean Landeta was also a weapon. Yes, we know he whiffed on
that one in Chicago, but he was known for his high, booming kicks. Landeta made
two Pro Bowls as a Giant and played for six teams overall after coming over from
the defunct USFL in 1985. He was the Giants’ punter for both Super Bowl teams
under Bill Parcells and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade teams for both the
1980's and the 1990's. He finished his career with the Giants in 2006.</p>

Jeff Feagles has played more games (352) than any punter in
NFL history. 112 of them were with the Giants between 2003-09. Feagles was the
Giants’ punter in Super Bowl XLII and made his lone Pro Bowl appearance for the
Giants the very next week. He is the NFL’s all-time leader in consecutive games
played (352), punts (1713), punts inside the 20 (497) and punting yardage

Today’s question…..there is none. If you have a trivia question you would
like to have answered, please post it below or contact us."</p>GIANTS' NEWS AND NUGGETS FOR JULY 9TH (http://www.giantsfootballblog.com/2012/07/09/giants-news-and-nuggets-for-july-9/)

"Days until training camp……..17

Not much happening. Most players, coaches and other peripheral figures
surrounding the Giants are taking a break, which is a good thing, now that the
heat as pretty much broken in NYC today….</p>

Giants’ beat writer Tom Rock of Newsday saw took a photo of these t-shirts
that are being sold outside of Fenway Park in Boston these days…..VIEW (https://twitter.com/TomRock_Newsday/status/221798403921817600/photo/1)</p>

Steve Silverman of CBSlocal.com reports that Las Vegas is not showing the
Giants any love this season, placing their odds to repeat as Super Bowl champs
at a whopping 18-1….READ (http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/07/06/silverman-oddsmakers-not-showing-big-blue-much-respect/)</p>

Giants’ OL coach Pat Flaherty’s son Shawn is a rising HS football
OL……READ (http://www.eveningsun.com/ci_21027578/new-york-giants-coach-watches-his-sons-career?source=most_viewed)</p>

Mike Florio did some some research and came up with this one: the Giants have
moved ahead of the Dallas Cowboys for the NFL lead in all-time playoff berths
with 31……READ" (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/08/giants-own-all-time-lead-in-playoff-berths/)
<font size="3">http://www.giantsfootballblog.com/</font> (http://www.giantsfootballblog.com/)</u>
<font size="4">
</font><font size="4"><u>GIANTS GAB</u></font>

<a href="http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/happy_fourth_of_july/11149598">
</a><font size="3">http://www.giantsgab.com/</font> (http://www.giantsgab.com/)

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


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

<font size="3">http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/teams/new_york_giants/56</font> (http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/teams/new_york_giants/56)
<font size="4"><u>
<font size="3">
</font></u></font><font size="4"><font size="3">http://www.grantland.com/</font> (http://www.grantland.com/)


</u><font size="3">http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/stories</font> (http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/stories)<u>

<a href="http:///">http://nygreporter.com/

<font size="4"><u>NFL.COM</u></font>


<font size="3"><font size="4"><u>YAHOOSPORTS</u></font></font>

<font size="3">http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl</font> (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl)

<font size="4"><u>FOX SPORTS</u></font>

<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-giants/67056">http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-giants/67056

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


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


<u><font size="4">SI.COM</font></u>


<u><font size="4">ESPN.COM</font></u>

<font size="4"><font size="3">http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants</font> (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants)<u>


<a href="http://stats.profootballweekly.com/team/giants/">http://stats.profootballweekly.com/team/giants/
<font size="4"><u>
</u><font size="3">

<font size="4"><u>PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS</u></font>

<font size="4"><font size="3">http://www.profootballfocus.com/</font> (http://www.profootballfocus.com/)

</u><font size="3">
</font></font>AFTER PEAKING IN 2007, NFL ATTENDANCE HAS STEADILY DECLINED (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/08/after-peaking-in-2007-nfl-attendance-steadily-has-declined/related/)

"The recent focus on reducing blackouts has obscured a more important stat
when it comes to keep NFL balance sheets deep in the black.

Despite unprecedented growth of TV audiences, attendance at NFL games reached
an all-time high in 2007. It has consistently dropped ever since.</p>

In 2011, the NFL posted the lowest total attendance since the league expanded
to 32 teams in 2002 with the addition of the Houston Texans. That year,
16,883,310 paying customers attended the 256 regular-season games. The number
climbed over the next five years, maxing out at 17,345,205 in 2007.</p>

Since then, the numbers has dropped each year. In 2011, the total paid
attendance of 16,562,706 was lower than the prior year’s 16,569,514, even though
the 2010 figure excluded the Giants-Vikings game that was moved to Ford Field
after the roof of the Metrodome collapsed.</p>

It translates to an average paid crowd of 64,698. That’s the lowest per-game
number since 1998, when 64,020 tickets were bought per game for 240 total
regular-season contests.</p>

Repeated shrinkage over the last half decade underscores the challenge the
NFL is facing. At a time when everything else regarding the sport is growing,
the league has seen its paying customers steadily drop by more than 4.5 percent
since 2007.</p>

And so, on the subject of the various changes being made to make the
in-stadium experience as good or better than staying home, the NFL isn’t being
proactive. The NFL instead is reacting to a troubling downward trend."</p>
EAGLES TO WORK ON IMPROVING RETURN GAME (http://www.theredzone.org/BlogDescription/tabid/61/EntryId/27368/Eagles-to-work-on-improving--return-game/Default.aspx)

WELKER AND PATRIOTS FACING BIG FINANCIAL GAP (http://www.theredzone.org/BlogDescription/tabid/61/EntryId/27357/Welker-and-Patriots-facing-big-financial-gap/Default.aspx)

07-09-2012, 12:02 PM
thanks Roanoke!</P>

the Boston fans will never get over Elis 2 superbowl comebacks against the Pats</P>

for those tee shirts they are selling up there i hope Eli does it to 'em one more time. lol.</P>

07-09-2012, 12:35 PM
thanks Roanoke!</p>

the Boston fans will never get over Elis 2 superbowl comebacks against the Pats</p>

for those tee shirts they are selling up there i hope Eli does it to 'em one more time. lol.</p>

It's amazing.

Captain Chaos
07-09-2012, 09:05 PM
Chris Johnston seems to be really down on Barden, not sure where that anger stems from but Barden had a pretty severe ankle injury. If he's better and has confidence then good for him. Yes its a show me year for Barden but tell me something I didn't already know, old news....

07-09-2012, 10:14 PM
Slow news cycles dredge this stuff up