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08-25-2012, 11:47 AM



DAVID WILSON SHOWS OFF MORE THAT JUST SPEED IN GIANTS' LOSS TO THE BEARS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/08/david_wilson_shows_off_more_th.html)

Excerpt: "David Wilson doesn’t accept the label he received coming out of Virginia Tech. To him, it’s lazy. He is small and fast, he was an All-American hurdler after all, but that doesn’t mean he’s a finesse running back.

As he likes to remind everyone, he led the NCAA in yards after contact as a junior in 2011.
Friday night, with Ahmad Bradshaw sidelined with a bruised hand, Wilson started at running back in his third preseason game. And the first-round pick quickly showed why he’s more of a power runner than he’s given credit for — with his track speed to top it off." Read more...

KEITH RIVERS CONTINUES TO IMPRESS FOR GIANTS, DAVID DOUGLAS WORTH PAYING ATTENTION TO (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/08/keith_rivers_continues_to_impr.html)

1. Keith Rivers can move sideline-to-sideline very well. The veteran linebacker, acquired via trade in the spring, showed his lateral skills late in training camp and in the first two preseason games. He did it again Friday night by tracking a few runs and routes toward the sideline. Rivers, who also came downhill to make a stop for a short gain, had a tackle after a reception on a third-down play and was in coverage on a third-down incompletion." Read more...

COMPLETE COVERAGE OF GIANTS' 20 - 17 LOSS TO THE BEARS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/08/complete_coverage_of_giants_20.html)

Excerpt: "The Giants lost 20-17 to the Chicago Bears in the third preseason game -- the final real tune-up to the regular season -- but that was not the top story. Instead it was the injury to 2011 first round pick and hopeful starting cornerback Prince Amukamara that took the headlines. He suffered a sprained ankle in the first quarter. Yet, there was more to the game than that so check out the links below to get the full analysis." Read more...

PRINCE AMUKAMARA HURT AS GIANTS LOSE 20 - 17 TO CHICAGO BEARS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/08/prince_amukamara_hurt_as_giant.html)

Excerpt: "This was supposed to be the night Prince Amukamara moved past the whole cold-tub incident, the game in which he’d come out on the field and show, despite the concerns of his teammates behind the scenes, he has plenty of on-field “swag,” which is where it matters.

Instead, it ended with Amukamara on a cart, receiving well-wishing pats from those same teammates as he headed off the field." Read more...

YOU GRADE 'EM: GIANTS VS BEARS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/08/you_grade_em_giants_vs_bears.html)

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GIANTS' ROOKIE RUNNING BACK DAVID WILSON IMPRESSES ELI MANNING WITH SOME NIFTY MOVES (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-rookie-running-back-david-wilson-impresses-eli-manning-nifty-moves-loss-chicago-bears-article-1.1144339)

Excerpt: "It has been a while since the Giants have had the kind of explosiveness in the backfield that makes their running game more rocket launcher than battering ram.

With an aging Brandon Jacobs and a sore-footed Ahmad Bradshaw last season, the Giants couldn’t muster much “Thunder and Lightning’’ from the backfield. The result was finishing the season last in the NFL in rushing with an average of 89.2 yards a game. It was one of the few blemishes on a 9-7 team that won its second Super Bowl in five seasons."... Read more

PRINCE OF PAIN: AMUKAMARA HURT IN LOSS (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/08/prince-of-pain-amukamara-hurt-in-giants-loss)

Excerpt: "Prince Amukamara has been fighting his way back from injury since his second day in the NFL. This was going to be his shot to show everyone why he was a first-round draft pick.

That’s why the sight of him riding off the field on the back of a cart on Friday night was so sickening to his teammates.

“You see him get carted off and your heart drops for the guy,” said Giants defensive end Justin Tuck. “He finally was getting his shot to step up and be a big-time player for us.” Read more...

RAMSES THE GREAT: WIDE RECEIVER SCORES (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-wide-receiver-ramses-barden-touchdown-grab-career-preseason-loss-chicago-bears-article-1.1144332)

Excerpt: "Ramses Barden (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Ramses+Barden) had never made a touchdown catch in his NFL career, not in the regular season and not even in the preseason.

The fourth-year receiver picked a good time to fill that glaring hole on his resume. With 5:41 left in the first half of the Giants’ 20-17 preseason loss to the Bears on Friday night, (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-prince-amukamara-carted-field-sprained-ankle-x-rays-negative-article-1.1144221) Barden beat corner Charles Tillman on a slant from 11 yards out, scoring easily." Read more

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Excerpt: "Prince Amukamara went down to make a leg tackle on Brandon Marshall and did not get up. He was carted off the field with a lower right leg injury. A bad week in which his ice-tub dunking by Jason Pierre-Paul went viral, compliments of Steve Weatherford, had suddenly gotten worse with four minutes left in the first period of Bears 20, Giants 17.

The good news: X-rays were negative.

The bad news: High ankle sprain.

The good news about the bad news: “Dr. [Russell] Warren thought it was mild,” coach Tom Coughlin said.
If Amukamara can make it back for Tony Romo and the Cowboys in 11 days — he has to hold the fort for Terrell Thomas, remember — then this night was a smashing success and the Giants can begin defense of their Super Bowl crown with a Bring-On-the-Cowboys mindset." Reada more...

PRINCE OF SPRAIN (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/prince_on_ice_lYZ2lfCmVQawkrFouKqUAI)

Excerpt: "When Prince Amukamara was driven off the field late in the first quarter of last night’s 20-17 preseason loss to the Bears, it was a sight the Giants didn’t want or need to see.

“You see him get carted off and your heart drops for the guy,’’ Justin Tuck said, “because he’s finally getting his shot to be a big-time player for us.’’

With their regular season opener 11 days away, the Giants have to think they will be perilously thin at the cornerback position after Amukamara — who has been through a whole lot this week — suffered a high right ankle sprain, the latest misadventure for the 2011 first-round pick." Read more...

GIANTS' BARDEN CATCHES FIRST TD (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/ramses_breaks_out_NOemA3Hm67TKBmmosthi0J)

Excerpt: "The type of performance the Giants thought they would get from Ramses Barden finally happened last night.

Of course, it took more than three years — three long years — and came in a game that didn’t count, but Big Blue will accept it. It also might have been just in the nick of time to save the big wide receiver’s roster spot.
Barden caught three passes for 46 yards in a 20-17 exhibition loss to the Bears at MetLife Stadium, including the first touchdown of his entire NFL career (preseason or regular season), and the fourth-year pro actually looked dangerous and explosive in the process." Read more...

GIANTS' KIWANUKA LEFT GAME WITH STRAINED GROIN (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/kiwanuka_exits_game_with_strained_HFlRBSWyblSBz0tk YNTxSK)

Excerpt: "Giants coach Tom Coughlin usually plays his starters into the third quarter in the third preseason game of the summer, but in last night’s 20-17 loss to the Bears, he pulled his starters at halftime. It was one play too long for linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka.

On the last play of the first half, Bears running back Matt Forte was stopped for a one-yard gain and Kiwanuka went down and stayed down before slowly getting to his feet and limping off the field. Kiwanuka suffered a strained groin, an injury that can linger, and the Giants are hoping the problem clears up in time for Kiwanuka to be at full strength for the Sept. 5 regular-season opener against the Cowboys." Read more...

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GIANTS' DAVID WILSON STARS, PRINCE AMUKAMARA INJURED IN 20-17 LOSS (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/Giants_David_Wilson_stars_Prince_Amaukamara_hurt_i n_20-17_loss.html)

Excerpt: "The promising unveiling of this year’s first-round pick of the Giants was clouded by the sudden exit of last year’s first-rounder on a cart.

While running back David Wilson put on a show in the first quarter, the mood was dampened considerably when cornerback Prince Amukamara suffered a high ankle sprain on the ensuing defensive possession in a 20-17 preseason loss to the Bears Friday night." Read more...

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RAMSES BARDEN, OTHER NON-STARTING WIDE RECEIVERS SHINE FOR GIANTS IN PRESEASON LOSS (http://www.giants101.com/2012/08/25/ramses-barden-other-non-starting-wide-receivers-shine-for-new-york-giants-in-preseason-loss/)

Excerpt: "With just one preseason game left, the New York Giants (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/)' roster and playing time decisions are mostly coming to start into focus. One area that still has some question marks, however, is the wide receiver position. Sure, Hakeem Nicks (http://www.giants101.com/tag/hakeem-nicks/) and Victor Cruz (http://www.giants101.com/tag/victor-cruz/) are penciled into their roles but after that things may not be what they appear." Read more...

GIANTS' TERRELL THOMAS SAYS HE'S TARGETING WEEK ONE RETURN (http://www.giants101.com/2012/08/25/new-york-giants-terrell-thomas-says-hes-targeting-week-one-return/)

Excerpt: "As recently as Thursday, there had been some talk about New York Giants (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/)cornerback Terrell Thomas (http://www.giants101.com/tag/terrell-thomas/)inevitably landing on Injured Reserve (IR) (http://www.giants101.com/2012/08/23/new-york-giants-terrell-thomas-hoping-for-mid-season-return-may-land-on-ir/) due to the teams injury situation. It was also wondered aloud if the team might consider waiving him (http://www.giants101.com/2012/08/24/might-new-york-giants-consider-waiving-terrell-thomas-if-health-remains-a-concern/) if his knee is unable to holdup over time. On Saturday, Thomas put both of those thoughts and a lot of the speculation to rest when he revealed that he's progressing and still targeting a week one return." Read more...

GIANTS' OFFENSIVE LINE: WILL THEY GEL IN TIME? (http://www.giants101.com/2012/08/25/new-york-giants-offensive-line-will-they-gel-in-time/)

Excerpt: "Within a few preseason games, it remains clear that work needs to be done on the line. Offensive Line Coach Pat Flaherty (http://www.giants101.com/tag/pat-flaherty/) again has a bit of shifting and age on the line to contend with. However, this shouldn’t be an excuse or a reason why this line isn’t more of a cohesive unit. They are pretty much the same core of guys and the system has been a constant since 2007." Read more...

GIANTS' PRINCE AMUKAMARA, JUSTIN TUCK, JOIN LIST OF WALKING WOUNDED (http://www.giants101.com/2012/08/25/new-york-giants-prince-amukamara-mathias-kiwanuka-join-growing-list-of-walking-wounded/)

Excerpt: "With Terrell Thomas (knee) and Jayron Hosley (toe) already hurt, and Brian Witherspoon (knee) out for the season, the very last thing the New York Giants (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/) needed was to see second-year cornerback Prince Amukamara (http://www.giants101.com/tag/prince-amukamara/) suffer any soft of injury. That's exactly why many stomachs turned on Friday night as he was carted off the field in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears (http://www.giants101.com/tag/chicago-bears/)." Read more...

GIANTS' STARTERS IMPRESS IN PRE-SEASON MATCHUP AGAINST BEARS (http://www.giants101.com/2012/08/24/new-york-giants-starters-impress-in-preseason-match-up-against-bears/)

Excerpt: "The New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants put in an overall solid performance against the Chicago (http://www.giants101.com/tag/chicago/)Bears with the starters outplaying the Bears first string players. Eli and the offense looked sharp and the rush defense looked solid against one of the league's best running backs. The second string gave up some big plays in the passing game, allowing the Bears to take the lead in the fourth quarter. One of the few negatives in the game was pass coverage which in part is due to injuries to the secondary. Prince Amukamara was carted off the field with a high ankle sprain which giv" Read more...es the Giants even less depth at the corner back position. All in all the Giants looked impressive and gave the fans some plays to be excited about.

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GIANTS' DAVID WILSON FLASHES PLAY-MAKING ABILITY (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/8/25/3267446/new-york-giants-david-wilson-flashes-play-making-ability)

Excerpt: "The New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) drafted running back David Wilson (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152687/david-wilson) in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft hoping that he would inject some life into a running game that averaged a league-worst 3.5 yards per carry a season ago. Friday night against the Chicago Bears (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/chicago-bears), Wilson showed the skills the Giants were looking.

Starting in place of Ahmad Bradshaw (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/16768/ahmad-bradshaw) and playing most of the first half, Wilson carried five times for 49 yards, including runs of 15 and 20 yards. He had two pass receptions for 26 yards, including a 29-yard catch-and-run. Those are the kinds of plays the Giants drafted the 5-foot-9, 205-pound back to make."You see the potential. You see the playmaking ability. A couple of the big runs, he ran hard, and got outside, got a good chunk. He had the short pass thrown to him, he got down the sideline for a big gain. So, those are the things you’re looking for," said Giants quarterback Eli Manning (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2235/eli-manning) following Friday's game. "He also had a catch on the second play of the game, he went the wrong way. So, there’s some good and bad, but you have to go with that. So, it’s still a process of just continuing to learn the ins and outs of the offense. He’s a young guy, we’ll go slowly with him, put him in certain situations, and see if he can do some good things for us." Read more...

BEARS 20, GIANTS 17, POST GAME QUOTEBOOK (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/8/25/3267381/bears-20-giants-17-post-game-quotebook-tom-coughlin-eli-manning-ramses-barden)

Excerpt: "Here is some of what was being said Friday night following the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)' 20-17 loss to the Chicago Bears (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/chicago-bears) in a preseason game at Metlife Stadium.
"Nobody likes to lose and we certainly didn’t like to lose that one. Some people that were given some opportunities did well. Some did well, some didn’t so well, so that’s how you put a team together."-- Giants coach Tom Coughlin" Read more... (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/8/25/3267374/tom-coughlin-post-game-press-conference-08-24-12-new-york-giants-chicago-bears)

BEARS 20 - GIANTS 17: A LOSS, BUT A LOT OF POSITIVES (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/8/24/3267029/bears-20-giants-17-a-loss-but-a-lot-of-positives)

Excerpt: "The New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) lost to the Chicago Bears (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/chicago-bears), 20-17, in an NFL preseason game Friday night at MetLife Stadium. Head coach Tom Coughlin won't be happy about the final score, but it's really inconsequential.
The Giants built a 17-7 halftime lead with a dominant performance by their front-line groups on offense and defense. Chicago's reserves outscored the Giants in the second half, 13-0.The Giants are now 1-2 on the preseason and play their final exhibition game on Wednesday when they host theNew England Patriots (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-england-patriots)." Read more...
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CHICAGO 10 - GIANTS 17: NOTEBOOK (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/5028)

Excerpt: "Kiwi Not Concerned. LB Mathias Kiwanuka said he’s not worried that the groin injury he suffered will be a long, drawn-out affair.

“I had a little groin issue there, but we’ll get some studies or whatever done on it. I don’t think it’s going to be serious. I was on the ground, and somebody fell on top of me. Legs aren’t made to go that way, so it was a ‘side swipe’ or whatever you want to call it.” Read more...

CHICAGO 20 - BEARS 17: HITS, MISSES, AND MUSINGS (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/5025)

Excerpt: "Before I get into this week’s impressions, I want to remind everyone of two things. First, these are my initial impressions which are being written while I’m still in the press box (I usually watch the game film the next morning for when I have to work on Inside Football). Secondly, I can’t list everyone worthy of a hit or miss because to do so would just create double work." Read more...

BARDEN'S BIG NIGHT MAY HAVE SAVED HIS ROSTER SPOT (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/5021)

Excerpt: "Receiver Ramses Barden, whom many believed was tethering on the brink of extinction, might have very well saved his job with his performance this week against the Bears.

Barden, who caught all three passes thrown his way for 46 yards and a touchdown, said that his confidence actually began to peak last week in what appeared to be a dismal performance against the Jets’ top notch cornerbacks, Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie." Read more...

STARTERS PLAY WELL IN 20 - 17 LOOSS TO BEARS (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/5014)

Excerpt: "Although the Giants found themselves on the wrong side of the ledger against the Chicago Bears, whose fourth-quarter 12-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell to receiver Joe Anderson gave them a 20-17 lead, there was much for head coach Tom Coughlin to be pleased with as far as the play of his starters in the first half was concerned.

In the first 30 minutes of action, the Giants held the Bears in check on both sides of the ball, notching a 17-7 halftime lead and out-playing the Bears in nearly every facet.

new York’s first-string offense recorded 13 first downs, contributing to their winning the first half time of possession battle, 17:26 to 12:34." Read more...

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SITE LINK (http://www.giantsfootballblog.com/)


NFL PLAYER TRANSACTIONS AS OF 8/25 (http://www.nfl.com/transactions)

SITE LINK (http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG)


SITE LINK (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/teams/new-york-giants/?eref=sinav)


SITE LINK (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants)


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GIANTS - PATRIOTS PRESEASON GAME TIME CHANGED (http://www.profootballweekly.com/2012/08/23/giants-patriots-preseason-game-time-changed)

Excerpt: "The kickoff of the Giants-Patriots preseason game on Wednesday, Aug. 29 has been changed from 7:30 p.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET." Read more...

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2012 - 2013 NFL SCHEDULE (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19872086/2011-12-nfl-calendar-released)

Excerpt: "On Wednesday, the NFL released a calendar of its most important dates of the 2012-13 season. Without further ado, here it is (feel free to bookmark and return as often as you need).

Notice that the trade deadline is still in Week 6 (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19870802/nflpa-doesnt-approve-changes-to-trade-deadline-ir-process-) and not in Week 8 like the NFL originally wanted (I guess, at this point,all hope has been lost (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19778272/la-canfora-nfl-hasnt-given-up-hope-on-inacting-new-trade-ir-rules-for-2012) for 2012).

August 23-26 --Third Preseason Weekend.

August 27 - -Clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 75 players on Active List prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.

August 29-30--Fourth Preseason Weekend.

August 31--Roster cut-down to maximum of 53 players on Active/Inactive List prior to 9:00 p.m., New York time. Clubs may dress minimum of 43 and maximum of 46 players for each regular season and postseason game.

September 1--Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12:00 noon, New York time.

September 1--Beginning at 12:00 noon, New York time, clubs may establish a Practice Squad of eight players by signing free agents who do not have an accrued season of free agency credit or who were on the 46-player Active List for less than nine regular season games during each of any Accrued Seasons. A player cannot participate on the Practice Squad for more than three seasons.

September 4 -- Deadline at 4:00 p.m., New York time, for all NFL Player Contracts, Practice Player Contracts, tender offers, and miscellaneous amounts to fit within each club's 2012 Salary Cap, in anticipation of the midnight expiration of the Top 51 Rule.

September 5 -- At 12:00 a.m., New York time, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL Clubs.

September 5 -- Deadline for Clubs to submit written request to receive up to $1.5 million in additional Salary Cap Room for the 2012 League Year, in accordance with CBA Article 11, Section 5(e)(ii).

Captain Chaos
08-25-2012, 12:05 PM
Thanks Roanoke!

08-25-2012, 02:30 PM
Thanks Roanoke!

You're welcome..

08-25-2012, 05:11 PM
Thanks bro.

08-25-2012, 10:54 PM
thanks Roanoke!

bitter-sweet situation with Prince/Wilson. but happy Prince can come back this season!

G-Men Surg.
08-26-2012, 03:22 AM
Thanks RF, as always after a Giants game lots of things to be happy about and some others, well not very good at all.