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

</font></u></font><font size="4"><u>NEWARK STAR LEDGER</u></font>
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GIANTS' SUMMER QUESTIONNAIRE: CORNERBACK JUSTIN TRYON (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/07/giants_summer_questionnaire_co_1.html)

"When we last saw Justin Tryon, he was <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/10/giants_notebook_justin_tryon_h.html">holding
on to Reggie Bush's leg</a> long enough to allow his teammates to come down and
finish the tackle on the Miami Dolphins' punt returner. It was a great play that
became even more impressive when it was revealed the next day Tryon had made the
tackle with a severely broken arm that ended his season.

<a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/10/giants_suffer_blow_with_injury.html">Tryon
received praise from Giants coach Tom Coughlin</a> for his toughness, but what
the former fourth-round pick really wants is a chance to find extended success
in the NFL. Tryon, who was re-signed this offseason, talks about getting another
opportunity to do so in this edition of our <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/summer_questionnaire/index.html">Giants
summer questionnaire</a>:</p>

I don’t think we got the chance to talk to you after you made that
tackle with a broken arm. How were you able to do that?</p>

I ran down there and was hoping to just knock him out of bounds because he
was near the sideline. It just came down to having a whole lot of hope and just
trying to make that play.</p>

You got props from Tom Coughlin after that one. Did he say anything
to you?</p>

I appreciate that, man. Not really him, but a lot of guys told me he honored
me and stuff like that. That was cool. But at the end of the day, we have a job
to do, and that’s what I was trying to do.</p>

When you were here for a couple of weeks, you seemed to be playing
aggressively for a guy that didn’t have a lot of time to acclimate to the
system. Was that your mindset, to err on the side of aggressiveness despite the
limited practice time here?</p>

I have so much passion for this game that I do not play passive ever. I’m a
very aggressive player when I’m out there. With all these rules now, this that
and the other, you have to be careful, but I’m still going to bring what I bring
to the table. And that’s me playing aggressive, trying to jump routes, not
playing passive out there. I like to get in guys’ faces when we’re able to.</p>

That sounds like what Perry Fewell tries to promote. Has he
communicated that to you?</p>

Not really, but I guess that’s just the style he knows his players have. That
is one of my biggest strengths, is me playing physical, getting in guys’ faces
and pressing. I can play off (the receiver) but my go-to style is press

You had success here last year but in a very limited time frame. Did
that make you want to come back to see what you could do over an extended

Yeah, in speaking to my agent, he asked me what I felt here about the
organization and the system. I said, ‘Mike (Hoffman), I’m feeling great here.
The defense, it all ties into what I do best. So I’m cool, I don’t care about
the competition (at corner) because I know if I do what I do, I’ll be fine.’
Guys asked me if I’m worried about the competition? No, because if I handle
myself, I’ll be okay."</p>http://www.nj.com/giants/

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


<div><div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>
CRUZ WILL ARRIVE AT GIANTS' TRAINING CAMP AS ESTABLISHED STAR (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/cruz_will_be_lone_established_receiver_8Z9wwYoOyO0 XA24RCQG7vN)

"Victor Cruz caught up with Hakeem Nicks the other night at the ESPYs and Cruz
noticed that Nicks was walking on his own, without any crutches.<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">

“That’s definitely a good sign,’’ Cruz said on Friday at a Time Warner Cable
event at the Queens Theatre. </p>

Nicks fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot back on May 24 and the
Giants set a recovery time of three months until he could get back in the

“He told me he’s gonna take training camp to continue rehabbing and continue
getting his foot back right but I definitely expect him to be ready by Game
One,’’ Cruz said.</p>

That sounds about right and as a result, Cruz suddenly is the one established
receiver for Eli Manning to throw to once training camp kicks off July 26 at the
University at Albany. One year ago, Cruz did not have a single NFL reception and
was preparing for a camp battle merely to survive the roster cuts. In two weeks,
he heads north as a young star, a Super Bowl champion with a franchise record
for receiving yards in a season, owner of a magnetic salsa end zone dance, an
incredible local-kid-makes-good tale, a bright smile and, seemingly, a
burgeoning career awaiting him.</p>

“I wake up every morning, a part of me is just grateful I’ve been able to
accomplish everything I’ve been able to accomplish this year and this
off-season,’’ Cruz said. “I just wake up and I’m like ‘Man, a kid from Paterson
[N.J.] that came up and has been able to cross all those barriers and now he’s
coming into camp as a guy that’s a staple in the Giants offense now.’ It’s all
good stuff, it’s good timing, I’m not too stressed out going into camp this

This year is also different from last year in that Cruz, amid the post-Super
Bowl hubbub, admits he hasn’t worked out as often. “I think last year I actually
got more time because of the lockout, I spent a lot more time working out and
training,’’ Cruz said. “This year, among all the things I’ve been doing as far
as off-the-field stuff I’ve been able to manage three, four days a week for me
to go in and work out. </p>

“It’s not so much finding time, just making sure I get there on time. All
these events are great but I make sure I plan time and set time aside for myself
to work out and get ready for my real job, which is playing football.</p>

“None of this stuff is going to hinder what I do on the field, just stuff
that comes along with what I wanted to be. It was always my dream to be shooting
commercials and photo shoots and stuff like that. I just did things I only
dreamed of doing. As far as on the field stuff that’s going to take care of
itself. I haven’t gone Hollywood at all, at least I don’t think so.’’</p>

His mindset heading into camp, Cruz says, is not the same as it’s been in the
past. His goal is to sharpen his skills while also helping the other receivers
on the team, as there’s no longer the need to open eyes in order to stick

“This year I just want to go in and maintain my same play and make sure I’m
staying sharp on the plays, staying sharp on my football as well as getting some
of the young guys acclimated and getting them ready to go,’’ Cruz said.
“Somebody’s got to fill that third role, whether it be an older guy like Ramses
or a younger guy like [Reuben] Randle or Jerrel Jernigan. Those guys
have to be ready so it’s kind of double-duty, making sure I’m good to go, making
sure I’m sharp and making sure the younger guys are getting in the

As far as not having to fight for a roster spot, Cruz said “It’s gonna be a
little weird, but coach Coughlin always tells us no matter what year we’re in
always treat training camp like you’re a 19-, 20-year-old kid trying to make the
team. I think that’s how I’m gonna approach it, making sure I’m still at the top
of my game, still competing, still getting after it just like all the other
guys, because that’s the only way you can get better. If you’re just sitting
back and you’re timid and ‘I don’t want to go out there and show too much
because I’ve already done this’ that’s either when you get hurt or you don’t
prepare yourself for the upcoming season.’’

JACOBS SAYS LEAVING GIANTS WAS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/jacobs_says_leaving_giants_was_all_1uahVxK7kUlZSny Hp5VyJM)

"Brandon Jacobs has spent plenty of time this summer with his former Giants
teammates and Wednesday night was no exception, as he attended the ESPYs in Los
Angeles. If the Giants had won the Best Team award, Jacobs said he would have
gone up to accept along with Eli Manning and Justin Tuck, among others.<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">

Clearly, Jacobs has no hard feelings toward the players he left behind now
that he’s a member of the 49ers. But the bruising running back has never been
reticent about his dissatisfaction with having to leave the only NFL team he’s
known. </p>

When the Giants cut Brandon Jacobs before the date was approaching when he
was to earn a $500,000 roster bonus there was still some hope that he might be
re-signed to a more moderate salary. The two sides could not agree to terms and
afterward, Jacobs expressed frustration to The Post that the difference was only
a few hundred thousand dollars.</p>

Jacobs reiterated that sentiment Wednesday night in an interview Jim Rome on
CBS Sports Network’s show ROME. Asked if leaving the Giants was strictly a money
issue, Jacobs said “It was just money, that’s all it was, a couple hundred
thousand.’’ </p>

Jacobs was asked “For a couple hundred thousand bucks, wouldn’t you want to
stay there? Wouldn’t they want you there?’’ His response? “You would think

Jacobs did not exactly break the bank in his one-year deal with the 49ers, as
he can earn as much as $2 million if he hits all his incentives on a contact
that will pay him $1.575 million. Jacobs gets to face the Giants Oct. 14 in San
</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>

NEW YORK GIANTS CONTINUE TO GET NO RESPECT (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/13/new-york-giants-continue-to-get-no-respect/)

"The underdog card is one that is constantly over-played in sports. A team can
dominate all season and still find a reason to declare themselves the
"underdog", even if it's unwarranted. Every year it seems 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> find themselves the as one, even coming off a <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Super Bowl" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/super-bowl/" rel="tag nofollow">Super
Bowl</a> Championship season. It may sound like overkill, but despite all the
success last season, NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) "analysts" and talking heads, like every year,
continue to give the G-Men no respect.

This offseason, it all began with the release of the Las Vegas odds for teams
to reach the <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>. Vegas clearly believes the Giants' odds to repeat as champs are
unlikely, giving them the tenth best odds in the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) and fifth best in the NFC (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc/) at 18-1. Their division rival Philadelphia Eagles
rank ahead of the Giants with the fourth best odds at 12-1, and the Dallas
Cowboys are tied with the Giants at 18-1.</p>

Even the experts at ESPN (http://www.giants101.com/tag/espn/) are riding the Eagles' and Cowboys' band wagons. On
NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) Live, Damien
Woody and Marcellus Wiley both predicted that the Eagles would win the NFC East (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc-east/),
with the Cowboys coming in second, and the <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> Champion Giants in third, missing the playoffs. Their reason was that
the Giants had only a 9-7 regular season, ignoring the fact that the Eagles or
self-declared "dream team," finished 8-8 and the Cowboys also finishing 8-8.
When asked who the MVP of the NFC East (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc-east/) would be, both Damien and Marcellus replied that
Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo (http://www.giants101.com/tag/tony-romo/)
would be the division's most valuable player. Two time <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> MVP <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> was left completely out of the conversation.</p>

On ESPN (http://www.giants101.com/tag/espn/)'s Sports
Center, former player and now NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) analyst Mark Schlereth was asked what order the teams
in the NFC East (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc-east/)
would finish. His order was exactly the same as Damien Woody's and Marcellus
Wiley's with the Eagles finishing first, the Cowboys second, and the Giants
third. The host even acknowledged the fact that the Giants are being given no
love and they now have plenty of motivation to prove everyone wrong.</p>

Adam Rank of NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/).com is
another Giants doubter. In his "Pick 6" he makes six predictions (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82a730ac/article/dallas-cowboys-win-the-nfc-east-and-other-predictions) regarding the
upcoming season. His number two prediction states that the Giants will improve
their record but will not make the playoffs.</p>

"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> finished with a 9-7 mark in 2011 but reached the playoffs after
winning the NFC East (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc-east/).
It was a fitting development, because Giants fans moaned after their 10-6 club
missed the playoffs in favor of the 7-9 <strike>Saints</strike> Seahawks in
2010. Look for history to repeat itself this year as the Giants improve their
win total but just miss the playoffs."</p></blockquote>

His number one prediction is that the Cowboys will win the NFC East (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc-east/),
being the only NFC East (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc-east/)
team to make the playoffs.</p>

"The Dallas Cowboys would have won the NFC East (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc-east/) last season if <a id="yui_3_5_0_1_1342199794574_2099" class="player-flyout" href="http://www.nfl.com/players/milesaustin/profile?id=AUS467198">Miles
Austin</a> and Tony Romo (http://www.nfl.com/players/tonyromo/profile?id=ROM787981)
could have connected on a critical third-down play late in the fourth quarter of
a Week 14 home loss to the Giants. That game was part of a 1-5 fade down the
stretch. This year, though, the team will close with five home games out of the
final seven, a favorable set-up that should help propel the Cowboys to the
postseason. No wild card for the Giants, though, as three teams from the NFC (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc/) North will
make it."</p></blockquote>

Michael Stewart of Football Nation (http://www.footballnation.com/content/nfl-2012-nfc-east-predictions/15226/2/) gives the Giants slightly
more credit, predicting they will finish second in the division behind the
Philadelphia Eagles.</p>

"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 be defending champions entering the 2012 season and for that
achievement, the schedule makers have given the Giants the toughest schedule
within their division (119-89). Many NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) experts suggest that the Giants did not improve
enough from last season to make a difference in 2012. I have to disagree a notch
as players such as Terrell Thomas, Marvin Austin,
Justin Tuck, Ahmad Bradshaw and Osi Umenyoira were
either missing for the entire season, missed major playing time or played hurt
throughout the season."</p>

"My final prediction for the Giants is a 9-7 record, which could perhaps be
10-6, if everything goes their way. However; they will still most likely fall
short and not make the playoffs."</p></blockquote>

And Finally ESPN's KC Joyner believes (http://espn.go.com/blog/nfceast/post/_/id/40755/joyner-why-the-eagles-will-win-nfc-east) that even though the Giants are the
defending <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> victors, the Eagles will win the division.</p>

"Prior to the 2011 NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) season, the Philadelphia Eagles' "Dream Team" was
considered by most to be the NFC East (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc-east/) favorite. This summer, the Giants are the
defending <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> champion, and as such are probably considered by most to be the
division favorite. But the truth of the matter is <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8157887/nfl-why-philadelphia-eagles-team-beat-nfc-east" target="_blank">the Eagles should be favored to win the

The players are well aware of what the pundits are saying and are fully
prepared to shut them up. Justin Tuck already guarantees a playoff

"Tell your colleagues," Tuck said, "we ARE going to make the

Captain <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> also chimed in.</p>

"(We are) taking kind of the attitude that we still have something to prove,"
Manning said. "They called it a fluke and we got hot at the right time, but we
were still not a great team. That should be the mindset (now). We have to be
more consistent. We have to be better throughout the whole season and not have
these streaks of good play and bad play."</p></blockquote>

The Giants have been in this position before and actually prefer to play as
the underdog. The team feels that playing with a chip on their shoulder helps
them perform better, which has proven true in the past.</p>

The NFC (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc/) "Beast" is
always a very difficult division, maybe the toughest in the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/), and every
team faces a very grueling schedule. It is certainly feasible to see either the
Giants, Cowboys, or Eagles coming away with the division. However, it seems
among the so called experts, there are many more Giants doubters than there are
believers. The bulletin board material keeps adding up as the offseason
progresses, providing the Giants' coaches and team leaders with plenty to
motivate their teammates. The Giants are faced with yet another season trying to
prove the "haters" wrong. Perhaps Justin Tuck put it best.</p>

"When you get to the top of the mountain you don't want to go back down it,
you want to stay there."</p></blockquote>


NEW YORK GIANTS' MARTELLUS BENNETT: " GET USED TO SEEING #89 DO GREAT THINGS" (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/13/new-york-giants-martellus-bennett-get-used-to-seeing-89-do-great-things/)

"Following some late-May criticism about being overweight, New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants tight end Martellus Bennett (http://www.giants101.com/tag/martellus-bennett/) told the media he's a lot closer to being Atlas than Professor Klump (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/05/new-york-giants-martellus-bennett-im-looking-like-atlas-not-professor-klump/). Still, at
291 lbs., there has been a growing concern over Bennett's conditioning and
workout habits. And despite several Instagram pictures that appear to show
Bennett in incredible shape, the talk about his weight has not subsided. Now, in
an effort to finally put the chatter to rest, Bennett teamed up with NOC and
Velocity Sports Performance to produce a training video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PoXnCf-KbQ&amp;feature=youtu.be) that depicts his workout habits and
proves that his weight is a non-issue.

"I've been criticized pretty much all my life. The perception of me is that I
don't work hard, but I bust my *** every day," Bennett said in the video. "Get
used to seeing #89 do great things."</p></blockquote>

Throughout the video, Bennett can be seen taking part in a variety of
workouts that appear to be extremely intense. Moreover, he looks to be in
tremendous shape and anything but overweight.</p>

"Everything goes back to being on the field at some point," he said. "There's
no wrong way to eat a Reese's Pieces and there's no wrong way to

To view a more complete training video featuring Bennett and Velocity Sports
Performance (over 32 minutes long), check out the NOC YouTube page (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SPJN7-E5Ac&amp;feature=youtu.be)."</p>GREEN BAY PACKERS' GREG JENNINGS ON NEW YORK GIANTS: "IT HURTS, BUT THEY WERE THE BETTER TEAM" (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/13/green-bay-packers-greg-jennings-on-new-york-giants-it-hurts-but-they-were-a-better-team/)

"Back in mid-June, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Green Bay Packers" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/green-bay-packers/" rel="tag nofollow">Green
Bay Packers</a> head coach Mike McCarty went on a rant (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/15/green-bay-packers-mike-mccarthy-not-over-playoff-loss-to-new-york-giants/) about how the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants didn't really beat his team, but that the
Packers failed to show up and play. It was obvious that the loss had left an
incredibly bitter taste in his mouth and being humble in defeat was not a part
of who he is. Wide receiver <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Greg Jennings" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/greg-jennings/" rel="tag nofollow">Greg
Jennings</a> has not followed in his footsteps, however; acknowledging on
Thursday that they were beaten by the superior team (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/12/greg-jennings-on-giants-loss-it-hurts-but-they-were-a-better-team/).

“It hurts. It was a disappointing end to the season,” Jennings said. “But
obviously, we lost to a better team at that point. We didn’t play up to our
standard, but I can’t knock what the Giants did. They came in our house, beat us
on our turf, got it done.”</p></blockquote>

Jennings is the first Packers player to step up and truly acknowledge the
Giants since the divisional playoff game. Primarily, players from Green Bay (http://www.giants101.com/tag/green-bay/)
have been full of excuses and denial, blaming the loss on anything and
everything other than the fact that they were defeated by a better team.</p>

After coming off a Super Bowl victory the previous year and a 15-1 regular
season record, the Packers had every reason to believe they were the best team
in the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/).
Unfortunately, games are not won on paper and it was clear from the get-go they
were not prepared for the red hot Football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) Giants. Nevertheless, Jennings insists he's over
the loss and ready to move on, saying “Over it. Got to be. Have to be. It’s

The Giants are over last season, too. They're ready to get back out on the
field in an effort to repeat and become the "worst team to ever repeat as Super
Bowl champions."</p>POCKET CHANGE PREVENTED BRANDON JACOBS FROM RETURNING TO NEW YORK GIANTS (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/12/pocket-change-prevented-brandon-jacobs-from-returning-to-new-york-giants/)

"Forbes recently revealed (http://www.forbes.com/lists/2011/30/nfl-valuations-11_New-York-Giants_304328.html) that 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> franchise was worth upwards of $1.3 billion. Former running back Brandon Jacobs (http://www.giants101.com/tag/brandon-jacobs/) has a net worth of $21 million … and
the cost of his "fast ***" <span class="st">Nissan GT-R? Approximately $100,000,
which does not include a long list of mortifications that could potentially
double that number. Yet, somehow, the two sides parted ways over what amounts to
pocket change for them.</span>

"It was just money, that’s all it was, a couple hundred thousand [dollars],"
Jacobs told Jim Rome on Thursday.</p></blockquote>

With such an insignificant amount of money between the two sides, you'd think
they would have been able to come to some sort of medium. At least Jacobs did,
saying "you would think [they'd make it happen]" for such a small amount of
money. Instead, Jacobs was allowed to hit free agency where he signed a one-year
deal worth up to $2 million with 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>.</p>

Jacobs also recently revealed that had he returned to the Giants, he would
have changed his number from #27 to #29 to honor former Los Angeles Rams running
back Eric ****erson.</p>

In seven years with Big Blue, Jacobs rushed for 4,849 yards and a franchise
record 56 touchdowns. He also hauled in 80 receptions for 730 yards and an
additional four touchdowns. In 2007 and 2011, he helped the team bring home
championship rings, defeating the New England Patriots in both Super Bowl XLII
and Super Bowl XLVI."</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>

BIG BLUE VIEW PRESEASON ALL-NFC EAT TEAM -- FULLBACK (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/13/3155033/big-blue-view-preseason-all-nfc-east-team-fullback)

"We come to the fullback position today as we go position-by-position to
determine our 2012 Big Blue View Preseason All-NFC East team. There aren't a lot
of legitimate nominees for this spot.
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn0.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v59c7267.jpg</p>

Here are the fullback nominees:</p>

<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130890/henry-hynoski">Henry
Hynoski</a>, Giants -- The popular Hynocaurus played fairly well as a rookie
for the Giants last season after being undrafted coming out of the University of
Pittsburgh. Hynoski is a 6-foot-1, 266-pound blocking back who caught four
passes in 11 games last season. He hopes for an increased role in the offense in
2012, but his primary role will always be to clear a path for the guys behind
him. Pro Football Focus gave Hynosky an overall grade of -0.4 for his rookie

<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2689/lawrence-vickers">Lawrence
Vickers</a>, Cowboys (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/dallas-cowboys) -- The
6-foot, 250-pound Vickers is a six-year veteran who spent last season with the
Houston Texans (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/houston-texans).
Vickers is a veteran blocking back who carried the ball once and caught four
passes last season.</p>

<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130888/stanley-havili">Stanley
Havili</a>, Eagles -- Havili is a 6-foot, 230-pound player drafted in the
seventh round by the Eagles in 2011. He spent last season on Philadelphia's
practice squad.</p>

Big Blue View Preseason All-NFC East Team </p>

Center -- David Baas (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2069/david-baas), Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) [47 percent of the vote (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/5/3138854/big-blue-view-preseason-all-nfc-east-team-center-david-baas-phil-costa-jason-kelce-will-montgomery)]
Guard -- Chris Snee (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2256/chris-snee),
Giants [70 percent of the vote], Evan Mathis (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2177/evan-mathis), Eagles (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/philadelphia-eagles) [26 percent of the vote (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/6/3139518/big-blue-view-preseason-all-nfc-east-team-guards)]
Left Tackle -- Tyron Smith (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131009/tyron-smith),
[39 percent of the vote (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/9/3147235/big-blue-view-preseason-all-nfc-east-team-left-tackle-re-vote)]
Right Tackle -- <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1326/todd-herremans">Todd
Herremans</a>, Eagles [53 percent of the vote (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/10/3147346/big-blue-view-all-nfc-east-team-right-tackle-david-diehl-doug-free-jammal-brown-todd-herremans)]
Tight End -- Jason Witten (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3446/jason-witten),
Cowboys [88 percent of the vote (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/11/3150398/big-blue-view-preseason-all-nfc-east-team-tight-end-jason-witten-martellus-bennett)]
Wide Receivers -- Hakeem Nicks (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71294/hakeem-nicks),
Giants; Victor Cruz (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109584/victor-cruz),
<fieldset class="poll-box"><legend>Poll</legend>
<h5 class="poll-title">Who is your choice for fullback on our 2012 Big Blue View
Preseason All-NFC East Team?</h5>
<div id="poll_container_144450_853935933">
<div id="poll_container_144450_324590802" class="poll_container">
<div class="poll_option clearfix">
<div class="poll_option_percentage">0%</div>
<div class="poll_option_result">
<h5>Lawrence Vickers, Cowboys</h5>
<div style="BACKGROUND-POSITION: -800px 50%" class="poll_option_bar"><span class="vote_count">0</span>
<div class="poll_option clearfix">
<div class="poll_option_percentage">0%</div>
<div class="poll_option_result">
<h5>Stanley Havili, Eagles</h5>
<div style="BACKGROUND-POSITION: -800px 50%" class="poll_option_bar"><span class="vote_count">0</span>
<div class="poll_option clearfix">
<div class="poll_option_percentage">100%</div>
<div class="poll_option_result">
<h5>Henry Hynoski, Giants</h5>
<div style="BACKGROUND-POSITION: -189px 50%" class="poll_option_bar"><span class="vote_count">9</span>
<p class="poll-total-votes">9 votes"</p></div></div></fieldset>

MARTELLUS BENNETT WORKOUT REGIMEN (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/13/3156950/video-martellus-bennett-workout-regimen-new-york-giants) - VIDEO

NEW YORK GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/13/3155859/new-york-giants-news-and-notes)

"Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's Friday and while the news items are few
and far between football-wise, we're less than two weeks away from the start of
training camp. I like the way that just rolled off my keyboard. Let's see what
else we could find this morning....<div class="entry-body">

<a href="http://www.rantsports.com/new-york-giants/2012/07/11/tom-coughlin-wins-espy-award-for-best-coach/">Tom
Coughlin: New York Giants HC Wins ESPY for Best Coach : New York
ESPN is currently airing a countdown show and have revealed
a couple of winners for categories that will not make the live telecast. LeBron
James won the ESPY for Best NBA Player, and New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
head coach Tom Coughlin has won the ESPY for best coach.</p>

It's a good thing Andy Reid and/or Jason Garrett weren't nominated, or TC
would have gotten snubbed.</p>

<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/07/11/dreamworks-theme-park-coming-to-new-jersey/">A
DreamWorks theme park could be coming to New Jersey | Fox
Shrek might find a home in the swamps of northern New Jersey.
The Hollywood studio that created the green ogre and the wisecracking zoo
animals of "Madagascar" announced Wednesday it had agreed to license its
characters, storytelling and technology for a theme park at a long-stalled and
vacant megamall in the Meadowlands.</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn0.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v59c7267.jpg</p>

<a href="http://www.marshfieldnewsherald.com/article/20120712/MNH0101/207120444/Hundreds-children-learn-football-from-former-NFL-guard-Rich-Seubert?odyssey=nav%7Chead&amp;nclick_check=1">Hundreds
of children learn football from former NFL guard Rich Seubert | The Marshfield
News-Herald | marshfieldnewsherald.com</a>
Participants of the third
annual Rich Seubert (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2250/rich-seubert)
Youth Football Camp enjoyed spectacular weather Wednesday as they learned
football fundamentals from the Super Bowl champion and 10-year veteran of the
New York Giants. About 270 children participated in the event this year, which
featured multiple stations to teach blocking, tackling, catching and other
football skills and introduce them to the sport.</p>

<a href="http://www.theislandnow.com/great_neck/news/article_e8490c96-cc35-11e1-b7be-0019bb2963f4.html">Hockey
event gets assist from NHP - The Island Now: News</a>
The two-day
Ferraro Brothers Hockey Showcase at the Dix Hills Arena is being supported by
New Hyde Park sports insurance agent Richard Salgado’’s Coastal Advisors LLC and
Umberto Creo’s Umberto’s Pizzeria in New Hyde Park. Salgado is providing
insurance coverage of the event and Creo’s restaurant is providing pizza for the
aspiring hockey stars and their friends and family. Salgado and Creo have a
ongoing relationship with the New York Giants NFL football team. Salgado, who is
an agent to several Giants players, has been delivering pizzas to the Giants
training complex during Friday practices for the past several seasons. One of
Umberto’s managers personally delivered pizzas to the Giants on the Friday prior
to their Super Bowl victory over the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-england-patriots">New England
Patriots</a> earlier this year. </p>

Those guys need to keep delivering pizza to every game, even if they play in

<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/fashion/eagle-michael-vick-launches-new-athletic-wear-line-v7-duds-kids-adults-sold-modell-stores-article-1.1112922">‘Eagle’
Michael Vick launches new athletic wear line — V7 duds for kids, adults to be
sold at Modell’s stores - NY Daily News</a>
"You know, I get a lot of
people telling me every day they're New York Giants fans, but they're Michael Vick (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1188/michael-vick)
fans too," Vick told The News. "I just hope when they're not rooting for the
Giants, they're rooting for me."</p>

Wow, there are so many things I want to say, but I'll leave it to you

<a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82a730ac/article/dallas-cowboys-win-the-nfc-east-and-other-predictions">Dallas
Cowboys win the NFC East and other predictions - NFL.com</a>
will improve their record, but won't make the playoffs The New York Giants
finished with a 9-7 mark in 2011 but reached the playoffs after winning the NFC
East. It was a fitting development, because Giants fans moaned after their 10-6
club missed the playoffs in favor of the 7-9 Saints (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-orleans-saints) Seahawks (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/seattle-seahawks) in 2010.
Look for history to repeat itself this year as the Giants improve their win
total but just miss the playoffs.</p>


<a href="http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Study-ranks-TV-s-most-memorable-moments-3698706.php">Study
ranks TV's most memorable moments - Times Union</a>
The Super Bowl is
annually the most-watched TV event, with this year's game between the N.Y.
Giants and New England Patriots setting an all-time record with 111 million
viewers. The memories don't seem to linger, however: the top-ranked Super Bowl
Sunday event in Sony's study came in 2004 and had nothing to do with football.
It was Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction (No. 26)."</p></div>BIG BLUE VIEW PRESEASON ALL-NFC EAST TEAM -- WIDE RECEIVER (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/12/3154507/big-blue-view-all-nfc-east-team-wide-receiver-hakeem-nicks-victor-cruz-dez-bryant-jeremy-maclin#storyjump)

"It is time for us to move to one of the glamour positions as we choose our
Big Blue View Preseason All-NFC East Team. Today, we turn our attention to wide
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn0.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v59c7267.jpg</p>

I know you can only vote for one guy, but I will take the top two overall
vote-getters. The age of each nominee is in parenthesis.</p>

Hakeem Nicks (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71294/hakeem-nicks),
Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) (24) --
2011 stats: 76 catches, 1,192 yards (15.7 yards per catch), 7 touchdowns.</p>

Nicks has 202 catches in three NFL seasons. The only question with him is how
healthy he will be at the beginning of the season after breaking his foot during
preseason workouts.</p>

Victor Cruz (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109584/victor-cruz),
Giants (25) -- 2011 stats: 82 catches, 1,536 yards (18.7 yards per catch), 9

Can Cruz keep the magic he found in 2011?</p>

<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71548/jeremy-maclin">Jeremy
Maclin</a>, Eagles (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/philadelphia-eagles) (24)
-- 2011 stats: 63 catches, 859 yards (13.6 yards per catch), 5 touchdowns.</p>

Hate on the Eagles all you want, but you have to be able to recognize that
Maclin is a tremendous player.</p>

<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34430/desean-jackson">DeSean
Jackson</a>, Eagles (25) -- 2011 stats: 58 catches, 961 yards (16.6 yards
per catch), 4 touchdowns.</p>

Maybe not as consistently productive as some of the guys listed above, but
every bit as dangerous.</p>

Dez Bryant (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108619/dez-bryant), Cowboys (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/dallas-cowboys) (23) --
2011 stats: 63 catches, 928 yards (14.7 yards per catch), 9 touchdowns.</p>

Maybe Bryant is a bit of a knucklehead, but he is incredibly talented. How
good can he be if he ever actually reaches his potential? Really, really

Santana Moss (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1553/santana-moss),
Redskins (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/washington-redskins)
(33) -- 2011 stats: 48 catches, 584 yards (12.7 yards per catch), 4

Best days are behind Moss, who has 639 career catches in 11 seasons.</p>
<fieldset class="poll-box"><legend>Poll</legend>
<h5 class="poll-title">Who should be the wide receivers on our Big Blue View
Preseason NFC East All-Star Team? </h5>
<div id="poll_container_144440_902868606">
<div id="poll_container_144440_119864419" class="poll_container">
<div class="poll_option clearfix">
<div class="poll_option_percentage">1%</div>
<div class="poll_option_result">
<h5>Dez Bryant, Cowboys</h5>
<div style="BACKGROUND-POSITION: -793.89px 50%" class="poll_option_bar"><span class="vote_count">20</span>
<div class="poll_option clearfix">
<div class="poll_option_percentage">19%</div>
<div class="poll_option_result">
<h5>Victor Cruz, Giants</h5>
<div style="BACKGROUND-POSITION: -683.91px 50%" class="poll_option_bar"><span class="vote_count">199</span> votes</div></div></div>
<div class="poll_option clearfix">
<div class="poll_option_percentage">0%</div>
<div class="poll_option_result">
<h5>Santana Moss, Redskins</h5>
<div style="BACKGROUND-POSITION: -800px 50%" class="poll_option_bar"><span class="vote_count">0</span>
<div class="poll_option clearfix">
<div class="poll_option_percentage">0%</div>
<div class="poll_option_result">
<h5>Jeremy Maclin, Eagles</h5>
<div style="BACKGROUND-POSITION: -800px 50%" class="poll_option_bar"><span class="vote_count">3</span>
<div class="poll_option clearfix">
<div class="poll_option_percentage">0%</div>
<div class="poll_option_result">
<h5>DeSean Jackson, Eagles</h5>
<div style="BACKGROUND-POSITION: -800px 50%" class="poll_option_bar"><span class="vote_count">8</span>
<div class="poll_option clearfix">
<div class="poll_option_percentage">77%</div>
<div class="poll_option_result">
<h5>Hakeem Nicks, Giants</h5>
<div style="BACKGROUND-POSITION: -329.53px 50%" class="poll_option_bar"><span class="vote_count">797</span> votes</div></div></div>
<p class="poll-total-votes">1027 votes"


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

GIANTS' 2012 TRAINING CAMP PREVIEW: QUARTERBACKS (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4624)

"We kick off our daily position-by-position training camp preview with a
look at the Giants’ quarterbacks.<span id="more-4624"></span>

The Players: Eli Manning, David Carr, Ryan Perrilloux</p>

The Storylines: So what does a two-time Super Bowl MVP do
for an encore, you ask? Well if it’s Eli Manning, you look to get better, of

How much better can he get? Well, if you’re wondering why Aaron Rodgers, Drew
Brees and Tom Brady were ranked ahead of Manning in the NFL’s Top 100 Players poll (http://www.nfl.com/top100/2012), I’ll give you
one possible reason that I’d be willing to bet is on Manning’s “to-do” list for
this year: his 61% completion percentage. That number is lower than last year’s
league-leader Brees (71.2%); Rodgers (68.3%); Brady (65.6%) and 10 other
quarterbacks who logged at least 500 drop backs last season.</p>

Want another stat that Manning would surely like to improve? How about his 16
interceptions, which were nine less than he posted in 2010, but still ten more
than what Rodgers threw, and four more than what Brady tossed in 2011.</p>

Yes, of his peers ranked ahead of him, Manning has the ring, but that doesn’t
mean that he can’t get better, something Manning has gone so far as to

Keep an Eye On: Forget about last season, when Ryan
Perrilloux was shuffled on and off the practice squad. Although he probably
won’t make the 53-ma roster – injuries will likely force the Giants to keep an
extra body or two at some positions, which we’ll talk about as we work through
this series.</p>

During the spring practices, Perrilloux showed he has a very strong arm,
throwing many passes on a rope with accuracy. The problem he had, and something
that will bear watching once the preseason games begin, is his decision

During the spring practices, Perrilloux often times didn’t scan the entire
field, at times rushing his passes (which was why suspect some of his shorter
passes lacked touch when it was necessary). If he was rushing his passes
despite not being pressured, how much worse will things be once he starts
playing in games and gets legitimate pressure?</p>

The answer to that question should go a long way toward determining
Perrilloux’s future in the NFL.</p>

Predictions: Nothing to see here, folks. For as long as he’s
healthy, Manning will be the starter, and Carr, the backup. Perrilloux,
meanwhile, will likely go back to the practice squad if he clears waivers."</p>SUMMERTIME BLOG BITS: FULLBACK HYNOSKI (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4704)

"In today’s blog bit, we hear from fullback [b]Henry
Hynoski, a guy who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty if it means
winning football games.

<span id="more-4704"></span></p>

Q. Most guys come into camp, have OTAs and minicamp, have training
camp, and then play in games. You, of course, didn’t have that sequence last
year because of the lockout. In looking back, how much did missing the spring
affect you last year?
A. Well, I definitely think that this year,
having had the OTAs, it’s made a big difference, just from a confidence level.
Without the OTAs and minicamps, I went into the beginning of last season just
cold, not knowing anything, and having to stay up until three in the morning
just to learn my plays, and then be up by six to go to meetings and practice.
Now that I have OTA and with the experience from last season, I have all the
experience under my belt, I think I’m going to go into training camp this year
with so much more confidence than I did last year.</p>

Q. What was a good lesson you took from being thrust into that kind
of pressure cooker last year that you feel you can apply moving forward?

A. I never watched so much film or studied my playbook as much as I
did last summer. The good thing about last year is that I had more time on my
hands whereas in college, I had to take time out for studying. Everything was
strictly football last year, and whatever defense came out, I had an idea before
the ball was even snapped what they were going to show, if there was going to be
any pressures or blitzes coming and all that.</p>

Q. Is there more pressure on you now, in year two than there was last
year when you were fighting to make the team?
A. I don’t look at it
like there’s pressure. There are so many guys out there that would love to play
football professionally, and they can’t. So, I look at it like every day is a
blessing. I look at this year not as pressure but with determination. Pressure
is something you have when you’re not having fun. I have fun when I play
football, and I just give my all on every snap.</p>

Q. Of the following three traits — confidence, strength, and
knowledge of the playbook – which one do you think is going to be the foundation
for your year-two growth?
A. I think they all will balance
themselves out equally. I feel confident in all my assignments to the point now
where I’m trying to understand what the offensive line has to do, what the
receivers are doing against certain coverages – I’m extending my knowledge
because I know everything I need to know for my position. I feel stronger now
than I ever have in my life, and I feel more conditioned than I ever have.</p>

Q. Some players planned to train in clusters during the downtime. Is
there an advantage for you to do that at your position?
A. Well, the
best way to train is getting involved in live action, which of course will come
with training camp and the preseason, and which took place during the OTAs and
minicamp. I have been working out on my own – I saved all my games from last
year. Every other day, I watch a different game and see what I could have done
better as far as pad level, angles, ball fakes, whether it’s hard action or slow
action — just finding little details and making a list of things that I can
improve on this year.</p>

Q. Now that there’s a year’s worth of film on what you can do, do you
anticipate that opponents might play against you differently this year than
A. I think teams are definitely going to account for me more
in the passing game now. A lot of times last year, they really did’t count on me
being a factor. When that happened to me, I think proved that I could make plays
with the ball in my hands. So I think teams are going to take that into account
and give me more of a look. But if they do that, if they cover me, then someone
else is going to be open, so it works hand-in-hand.</p>

Q. So, for as much as you’d like to get the ball in your hands,
you’re willing to sacrifice the yards?
A. Oh yeah, I really don’t
care about yards or anything like that. All I really want to do is win football
games. If that means having to block 50 times a game, that’s fine. If I have to
be a decoy to help someone else get open, that’s fine, too. All I care about is
helping the team win games. I’d rather win a Super Bowl any day than gain a
1,000 yards. Winning a Super Bowl is the best feeling in the world."</p>

<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/)

GIANTS' TRIVIA CORNER FOR FRIDAY (http://www.giantsfootballblog.com/2012/07/13/giants-trivia-corner-for-friday-3/)

"Yesterday’s question….2011 was a banner year for the
Giants’ receiving corp. Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks both eclipsed 1,000 yards
receiving – a first for the Giants – but neither scored enough TDs to land
themselves in the Giants’ top 10 for a single season.

Who holds the franchise single-season record for receiving

The answer….Homer Jones, with 13 in 1967. Jones was one of
the most explosive players in the to ever play for the Giants. His career YPC of
22.6 (214 receptions) is by far the best in team history. A 20th round draft
pick in 1963, Jones was a unknown entity to most NFL fans, because the Giants a)
fell on hard times right after his rookie season, and b) the blackout rule
robbed many Giant fans from seeing him play on a weekly basis.</p>

Jones was traded to Cleveland after the 1969 season for RB Ron Johnson and DE
Jim Kanicki. He played one year for the Browns and retired in 1971 after being
dealt to the St.Louis Cardinals.</p>

Here are the other players to register more than 10 receiving TDs in a season
for the Blue:</p>

2 Plaxico Burress (http://sny.stats.com/fb/playerstats.asp?id=5037&amp;team=19) 2007 12
3 Del Shofner 1962 12
4 Hakeem
Nicks 2010 11
5 Del Shofner 1961 11
6 Plaxico Burress 2006 10
7 Earnest
Gray 1980 10
8 Kyle Rote 1960 10
9 Bill Swiacki 1948 10
10 Frank Liebel
1945 10</p>COUGHLIN BEST COACH? WHY, YES... (http://www.giantsfootballblog.com/2012/07/12/coughlin-best-coach-why-yes/)

"Tom Coughlin was voted Best Coach/Manager of the Year at the
ESPY Awards Wednesday night, and whattya know….no one was shocked.

The 65 year-old head man of the New York Giants is finally getting his due.
Just one year after being voted the coach players would least likely want to
play for, Coughlin is at the top of America’s most popular sport.</p>

Coughlin was not in LA for the ceremony, which has reached overkill status
the past few years, but his captains were. From Dan Salamone of

“I think coach Coughlin does a great job of getting us prepared each
season,”Eli Manning (http://sny.stats.com/fb/playerstats.asp?id=6760&amp;team=19), who was nominated for Best Championship
Performance, said before the show on ESPN. “And it’s tough – you go through
injuries, ups and downs, but he keeps us focused. He keeps our confidence up no
matter what happens, and we have a great chemistry of guys. We come in, we work
extremely hard, we get prepared, and they treat this game and their profession
very seriously. And those are the guys you want to have as teammates because you
know week in and week out they’re going to be reliable and step up in game

No one is more positive and harder-working than Coughlin. He is a dynamo. His
age is never at issue to anyone who’s been around him. The team just extended
his contract for three years, but if they had extended it for ten, no one would
have blinked."</p>
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NFL RUMORS: WILL GIANTS SIGN VICTOR CRUZ TO A NEW CONTRACT? (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/nfl_rumors_will_new_york_giants_sign_victor_cruz_t o_a_new_contract/11215561)

"One of the more intriguing NFL rumors (http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/rumors/) to surface recently surrounds
wide receiver Victor Cruz, and the
<a href="http://www.rantsports.com/new-york-giants/" target="_blank">New
York Giants</a>. Cruz virtually came out of nowhere last season and
had one of the best seasons ever for a Giants wide receiver. The twenty-five
year-old receiver from Paterson, NJ caught 82 passes for 1,536 yards and 9 TD’s
in his first year as a Giants starter. He entered the year as the team’s fourth
receiver behind Hakeem Nicks,
Mario Manningham, and Domenik Hixon. However, an ACL injury to
Hixon in Week 2 against the <a href="http://www.rantsports.com/st-louis-rams/" target="_blank">St.
Louis Rams</a> thrust Cruz into a more prominent role and he did not
shy away.

Cruz is entering the final year of his
contract that will pay him $500,000 this year before he become an unrestricted
free agent. However, Cruz is not stressing a new deal. He has complete
confidence that his agent, Malik
Shareef, will be able to negotiate a fair deal with GM Jerry Reese. Reese stated earlier in the
offseason that he would like to sign Cruz to a new, long-term contract but that
it would not be a priority. Cruz, meanwhile, has not threatened to hold out if
a deal isn’t done, nor has he been vocal about his contract at all.</p>

Cruz, while I’m sure he would like the <span style="BACKGROUND: none transparent scroll repeat 0% 0%; COLOR: darkgreen; FONT-SIZE: inherit; FONT-WEIGHT: inherit" id="itxthook0w0" class="itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan">financial</span> (#)
security, has run counter to what most of his peers in the NFL do in similar
situations. Instead of complaining to anyone who will listen, being coy, or
threatening to hold out, Cruz has answered all contract questions the same way,
telling them he is letting his agent handle the negotiations.</p>

Cruz’s unflappable demeanor on and off the
field has endeared him to Giants fans and Giants coaches alike. Whether it is
doing a salsa dance on a stage somewhere, staying cool

07-13-2012, 02:11 PM
Thanks bro.

G'morning all.

07-13-2012, 02:36 PM
thanks Roanoke!

07-13-2012, 03:47 PM
thanks Roanoke!


07-13-2012, 03:48 PM
Thanks bro.

G'morning all.


G-Men Surg.
07-13-2012, 11:46 PM
Thanks RF ! Lots of work today but never to late to read your news and notes post .

07-14-2012, 12:34 PM
Thanks RF ! Lots of work today but never to late to read your news and notes post .