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NFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
WORLD CHAMPIONS - SUPER BOWL XLVI
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GIANTS' ASSISTANT JACK BICKNELL INTERVIEWING FOR CHIEFS' OFFENSIVE-LINE COACHING SPOT (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/02/giants_assistant_jack_bicknell.html)

"The Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants) won the Super Bowl. Now, a
lot of players will want more money and a lot of teams will want their
coaches.<div class="entry-content">


<a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/02/giants_quarterbacks_coach_mike.html">With
Mike Sullivan interviewing with the Buccaneers</a>, now comes word another
assistant coach is in talks with a team.</p>


Jack Bicknell Jr., the Giants' assistant offensive line coach behind Pat
Flaherty, has spoken with the Chiefs about being their next offensive-line
coach, according to someone informed of Bicknell's interview. The person, who
requested anonymity, said Bicknell met with Kansas City earlier this week.</p>


It's unclear where the Chiefs, who must replace the <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2012/02/01/3403891/bill-muir-tells-chiefs-hes-retiring.html">recently
retired Bill Muir</a>, are in the interview process and where Bicknell stands
among the list of candidates.</p>


Bicknell Jr., the son of former Boston College head coach Jack Bicknell Sr.
and the brother of Bills tight ends coach Bob Bicknell, has been with the Giants
for the past three seasons after serving as an assistant coach with three
college programs."</p>GIANTS' QB COACH MIKE SULLIVAN INTERVIEWING FOR BUCANEERS' OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR SLOT (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/02/giants_quarterbacks_coach_mike.html)

"Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants) quarterbacks coach Mike
Sullivan could soon be joining Greg Schiano in Tampa, Fla.<div class="entry-content">


Sullivan is interviewing for the Bucs' offensive coordinator job, according
to Rachel Nichols of ESPN, who<a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/Rachel__Nichols/status/168040140550311936"> tweeted
the news earlier</a>.</p>


Sullivan was the Giants' wide receivers coach from 2004-09. After Chris
Palmer left for the UFL, he stepped in as Eli Manning's position coach. When
Manning threw 25 interceptions, many on the outside figured Sullivan might be
the reason, though Manning supported his coach the whole time.</p>


This past season, Manning set a franchise record with 4,933 passing yards,
threw nine fewer interceptions, completed 61 percent of his passes and had a
career-best 8.4 yards per attempt.</p>


Manning also threw much better while moving in the pocket and on the run,
which backup quarterback David Carr attributed to <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/eli_manning_giants_quarterback.html">Sullivan's
unconventional drills</a>.</p>


Sullivan might not be the only assistant coach interviewing in the coming
days. Stay tuned to see if rumblings of another team taking aim at another
offensive coach are accurate."</p></div>
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GIANTS' VICTOR CRUZ MAKES THE ROUNDS AFTER SUPER BOWL, DRAWS ATTENTION AFTER MONEY COMMENTS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/02/giants_victor_cruz_makes_the_r.html)

"Here’s the essence of Victor Cruz and a big part of why he’s become a
phenomenon: He’s signing helmets at the end of a daylong schedule of interviews,
one day after cutting the ribbon to open Fashion Week, four days after scoring a
touchdown in the Super Bowl, and only a few days from flying to Los Angeles to
present an award at the Grammys.


And yet, he still has that I-can’t-believe-what’s-happening-to-me look about
him.</p>


“I mean, I don’t know what makes me so cool they want me to do all this
stuff. It’s just a lot of fun,” the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/)' breakout wide receiver said
Thursday evening while signing his name to memorabilia at Steiner Sports, with
whom he just signed an exclusive agreement. “Anytime you win a Super Bowl,
there’s going to be a lot of stuff that comes with it. I’m just happy, man.”
</p>


There’s been plenty of stuff that came with this Super Bowl and this
record-setting season for Cruz. He hasn’t gotten much sleep the past few days as
he’s tried to capitalize on his newfound fame by making appearance after
appearance.</p>


Cruz has also learned, once again, about the power of his words, particularly
in light of this national spotlight that’s shining brighter than ever on
him.</p>


Thursday, during an appearance on ProFootballTalk.com’s “PFT Live,” Cruz was
asked about whether winning the Vizio Top Value Award means he’s underpaid. He
responded by saying his $450,000 base salary this past season was “relative to
where I came in this year” but “after my performance this year, you know, I feel
like I deserve to be paid more money at this point.”</p>


Cruz, who is scheduled to make $490,000 next season, then added he’d “let my
agents and those people take care of it and I’ll just go out there and play the
game.” </p>


Too late. The firestorm had begun.</p>


“I like how you just took out that part,” Cruz said with a smile during the
interview at Steiner, when asked about wanting to be paid more. “Did you get the
next part of what I said? That was the only part you’d like to hear to
repeat.”</p>


The “next part” would be the part where he talked about allowing his agents
to handle business and he’d focus on football. Still, the former undrafted
player, who is scheduled to be a restricted free agent at the end of next
season, understands his value.
</p>“I just feel like, yeah, with what I did this year statistically, the records
and everything like that,” said Cruz, who set a Giants single-season mark with
1,536 receiving yards and had a team-record 99-yard touchdown. “Obviously, just
looking at the top players in the league and looking at what I did this year, I
feel naturally there should be an increase in pay.”


One of Cruz’s agents, Jack Huntington, declined comment when asked about his
plans for handling his client’s contract. </p>


During an appearance on SNY’s “The Wheelhouse” on Thursday, Cruz was asked
who’s the best slot receiver in the league. He said it’s a tie right now between
him and the Patriots’ Wes Welker.</p>


Hey, even Bill Belichick might agree with that one.</p>


The Pats’ coach was caught by NFL Films’ microphones telling his defense
before the Giants’ winning drive last Sunday not to let No. 80 and his
counterpart beat them.</p>


“This is still a Cruz and (Hakeem) Nicks game,” Belichick said. “I mean, I
know we’re right on them. It’s tight, but those are still the guys. Make them go
to (Mario) Manningham, make them go to (Bear) Pascoe, but let’s make sure we get
Cruz and Nicks.”</p>


Cruz has seen that clip and grinned when asked about it.</p>


“That was flattering,” he said. “It was crazy just to hear him say it on the
sideline like that in the Super Bowl. I guess he’d rather have Mario catch a
38-yarder up the sideline as opposed to me do it or Hakeem.”
</p>With that kind of attention on the field comes even more off it. And with
that, plus the talk of contracts and other business, comes the pressure to
remain true to his personality.


So far, the young man from Paterson who still acts like a kid when he’s out
on the field promises not to change.</p>


“You just kind of understand it’s going to be a whirlwind in the beginning,
all of the appearances and stuff like that,” he said of the media blitz. “But
after that, it’s about coming back, being the same old you, taking the same
garbage out at my mother’s house and doing the same old things.</p>


“As long as I keep that in the back of my head and understand that, no matter
what, I still have to be myself and remember where I came from.”</p>


And if not, Blanca Cruz will remind him.</p>


“It’s safe to say that, yes,” he said with a laugh. “I will not be spoiled by
success, especially when I have the type of mother that I have who won’t allow
that.”</p>GIANTS' JAKE BALLARD PROMISES DILIGENCE, CAUTION IN RETURNING FROM TORN ACL (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/02/giants_jake_ballard_promises_d.html)

Excerpt: "The trainers and doctors were telling Jake Ballard on Sunday they thought he had
a torn meniscus. That's a tough injury but not nearly as bad as could be.


"And then (after) the MRI, the doc came in with a look on his face and I just
knew it wasn't my meniscus," Ballard said today while signing helmets along with
some teammates for Steiner Sports. "So it was pretty frustrating."</p>


The doctor's look was indicative of the true diagnosis: a torn anterior
cruciate ligament. <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/02/giants_jake_ballard_suffered_t.html">Ballard
suffered one</a> of the worst injuries at one of the worst times. </p>


The Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/)' second-year tight end
said he's hoping for an eight-month recovery, which would make him a candidate
to be activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list. But there's a chance
he could miss the entire 2012 season as well. </p>


"I definitely don't want to go out there too early and hurt it again," he
said, "so if I get eight, nine months to prepare, I'm fine with that. ... <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_vs_49ers_clint_sintim_o.html">Clint
Sintim came back</a> too early and he might not have been ready and he hurt it
again. So we're going to play it by ear and I'm going to bust my butt to try and
make it by the beginning of the season." Read more...</p>GIANTS' VICTOR CRUZ BELIEVES HE SHOULD BE PAID MORE (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/02/giants_victor_cruz_believes_he.html)

"With every offseason come difficult decisions for an organization and
possible standoffs between the team and players. They go both ways; sometimes
the franchise believes the individual should take less money, other times it’s
the player asking for a raise.


Enter: Victor Cruz.</p>


The Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/)' breakout wide receiver
earned $450,000 this season as part of his three-year contract — a standard
salary for an undrafted player who hadn’t proven anything coming into the
season. He’s set to receive a $40,000 raise and earn $490,000 next season.</p>


But 1536 receiving yards and nine touchdowns during the regular season, and
impressive production in the playoffs means he outplayed his contract, and he
now believes he should be paid more, according to ProFootballTalk.com.</p>


“I think I was paid, you know, relative to where I came in this year and, you
know, I came in as a free agent so that’s the salary I was on, so I don’t feel
like I was underpaid,” <a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/02/09/victor-cruz-i-feel-like-i-deserve-to-be-paid-more-money-at-this-point/">Cruz
told Pro Football Talk Live today. </a>“I mean, I feel like after my performance
this year, you know, I feel like I deserve to be paid more money at this point.
But that’s something I’ll let my agents and those people take care of and I’ll
just go out there and play the game.”</p>

Giants general manager told reporters today that players asking for raises
comes with the territory of <a>Full Star-Ledger coverage of Super Bowl XLVI</a>"&gt;winning
a Super Bowl and wouldn’t divulge whether Cruz — or any other player’s —
contract will be restructured. In addition to Cruz's situation, Mario Manningham
is an unrestricted free agent.</p>


"We’re in the early stages of our evaluating the team as a whole,
individually. We have not yet discussed anything with respect to salaries," he
said.</p>


“It’s a good problem to have. You win a Super Bowl and everybody thinks
they’re the reason we win. That’s a good problem to have. That means you won it.
It’s just part of the offseason. There are always contract issues in the
offseason and that’s what the offseason is. You have to deal with contracts with
your roster — who’s going to stay, who’s going to go."</p>


Another player Reese and the front office will likely also have to deal with
during the offseason is defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who briefly held out of
training camp this past season over a contract dispute. Umenyiora accused Reese
of lying to him; he claims Reese promised to restructure his contract if he
outplayed it. </p>


The Giants didn’t budge and the 30-year-old Umenyiora played under the
contract — he had signed a six-year contract extension for $41 million with $15
million guaranteed in December 2005 — and was a key cog in the Giants’
devastating pass rush. </p>


On Wednesday, fellow defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said the Giants should
“give him what he wants,” whether that will happen is anyone’s guess. </p>


"Osi is under contract, but we’ll discuss everything as a staff and we’ll
discuss all issues that could possibly come up for us," Reese said. "We’ll come
up with a game plan and we’ll move on day-to-day and see how things work out for
us."</p>

GIANTS' JERRY REESE BELIEVES TRAVIS BECKUM AND JAKE BALLARD WILL START THE 2012 SEASON ON PUP (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/02/giants_jerry_reese_anticipates.html)</p>

Excerpt: "Bear Pascoe was the final tight end standing for the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/) in <a>Full Star-Ledger coverage of Super Bowl
XLVI</a>"&gt;Super Bowl XLVI and it appears as though he’s the only tight
end on the current active roster that will be in uniform for the team’s 2012
opener.</p>


With news that tight ends Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard — <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/02/giants_jake_ballard_suffered_t.html">Ballard’s
news came</a> two days later — both suffered torn ACLs against the New England
Patriots, general manager Jerry Reese anticipates both will be inactive for the
start of the 2012 season. </p>


“I’m not a doctor, but from my perspective right now they’ll probably both be
guys that’ll end up on PUP [physically unable to perform list] at the beginning
of the season and see how healthy they are and how quickly they can recover from
these injuries that they have,” Reese told reporters on a conference call
today.</p>


If placed on PUP, they will both be inactive for at least the first six games
of the season. After sitting out the six games, the team has three weeks to
activate him. If he is not activated in that three-week window, he is placed on
PUP for the remainder of the season. </p>


Last season, the Giants started with wide receiver Ramses Barden and center
Adam Koets on PUP. Barden was activated against the Patriots in Week 9 — the
Giants’ eighth game — and Koets was released after Week 9. </p>


It’s a difficult blow for two players that, along with Bear Pascoe, helped
alleviate the loss of Kevin Boss — and then some. Ballard finished with 604
receiving yards this season — better than any of Boss’ four seasons with the
Giants despite missing two games. </p>


Beckum’s role increased later in the season and into the playoffs — partly in
due to Ballard’s PCL injury and Beckum himself recovering from nagging injuries
— and his highlight was a 67-yard touchdown against the Packers on Dec. 4.</p>


With Ballard and Beckum out, Pascoe stepped in and caught four balls for 33
yards in the Super Bowl after recording his first career touchdown against the
49ers in the NFC Championship game. </p>


Reese gave Pascoe high praise today and said the restricted free agent will
be back. </p>


“He’s kind of a joker on offense for us,” Reese said. “We’re talking about
Kiwi being a joker on defense — Bear plays tight end, he plays h-back, he can
play fullback. He can do a little bit of everything.”</p>


Earlier in the conference call, Reese said he wouldn’t go into specific names
in regards to who on his team he believes is lying under shadows and can make an
impact. But when the subject of dealing with the tight end injuries came up, he
offered a name voluntarily.</p>


“[Practice squad player] Christian Hopkins is a big kid that we like,” Reese
said. “He practices hard everyday. Our coaches like [that] and think that he has
the potential to come in and compete for a job as well. He’s a big kid. At least
6-5, about 275 pounds and he works hard everyday at practice so he’s endeared
himself to our coaches with how hard he works. He has soft hands, he catches the
ball nice. So he’ll be a guy we’ll look at.”</p>


Hopkins, 26, has never appeared in a regular season game. Reese also said the
Giants will look into free agency and the draft for possible solutions. </p>


The top tight ends in free agents this offseason will be Jermichael Finley,
Fred Davis and John Carlson, but given how Reese decided to replace Boss it’ll
be a surprise if he goes in that direction." Read more...</p>http://www.nj.com/giants/

</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS</font></u>
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GIANTS' JACOBS: SORRY, GISELE, BUT YOU'RE STILL CUTE (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/gisele-bundchen-apology-ny-giants-rb-brandon-jacobs-cute-article-1.1019890)

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<h4 class="credit">Rob Carr/Getty Images</h4>
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<h4>Gisele Bundchen consoles husband Tom Brady after the Patriots lost to the NY
Giants 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI.</h4></div></div>
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<h4>Brandon Jacobs</h4></div></div></div>
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Brandon Jacobs (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Brandon+Jacobs)
issued an apology to Tom Brady (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Tom+Brady)'s wife for
telling her to "shut up." But he won't apologize for thinking the supermodel is
"cute".</p>


Jacobs, speaking on ESPN Radio's The Doug Gottlieb (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Doug+Gottlieb) show,
said he's sorry that he said Gisele Bundchen (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Gisele+Bundchen)
should "stay cute and shut up" after she was video taped confronting a harassing
fan after Super Bowl XLVI. However, he does still think that the wife of the
Patriots' quarterback was out of line.</p>


"Given the fact that it's a colleague of mine's wife, I do apologize for
saying that, because I shouldn't have said that," Jacobs said during his
appearance on the show on Wednesday. "It's his wife and I should respect that
just as much as anyone else. She is very cute. But (there are) some things that
just shouldn't be said by your wife."</p>


<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/ny-giants-ne-patriots-team-hottest-wags-gallery-1.1010607">WHO'S
GOT THE HOTTER WAGS? THE GIANTS OR THE
PATS?</a></p>


Asked if he thought it was OK that he referred to Brady's
wife as "cute," Jacobs said "No question. He should take that as a compliment.
If he finds something wrong with that, then that's his problem."</p>


Bundchen was caught on video in an angry rant after the Patriots' 21-17 loss
to the Giants on Sunday night, after a fan confronted her about her husband's
play in the game. She was video taped screaming "My husband cannot f------ throw
the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can't believe they dropped the
ball so many times."</p>


Then, at the Giants' victory party at the Meadowlands on Tuesday, Jacobs said
she should "stay cute and shut up," and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Osi+Umenyiora) added
"She is supposed to stay out of things like that."</p>


Jacobs was likely going to be asked about his comments again on Thursday on
The Dan Patrick (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Dan+Patrick) Show,
hosted by Bonnie Bernstein (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Bonnie+Bernstein),
but he failed to show up for a scheduled appearance. He also blew off a
scheduled interview on Mad Dog Radio earlier Thursday."</p>CRUZ WANTS CASE, WON'T BE THE ONLY ONE (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/victor-cruz-a-raise-undrafted-free-agent-emerges-key-piece-super-bowl-champ-ny-giants-article-1.1019936)

"Victor Cruz (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Victor+Cruz) became the
first player to line up outside the Giants' bank vault looking for more money
after the Super Bowl championship.<div id="story"><div class="story-body">


But Giants GM Jerry Reese (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jerry+Reese) knows he
won't be the last.</p>


That's the way it goes when you're the Super Bowl champions. Every player on
the roster suddenly thinks they deserve a raise. Cruz, one of the biggest
bargains in the NFL, made his case for more money in an interview on
ProFootballTalk.com on Thursday. And Reese knows he'll be hearing from a lot of
players and agents in the coming days.</p>


"That's a good problem to have," Reese said in a conference call with
reporters on Thursday. "You win the Super Bowl, if everybody thinks they're the
reason you won, that's a good problem to have. It means you won it. It's just
part of the offseason. There's always contract issues in the offseason. That's
what the offseason is. You have to deal with contracts, who's going to stay,
who's going to go."</p>


The 25-year-old Cruz figured to be one of the first in line, given his
remarkable situation. An undrafted free agent, he made $450,000 in 2011, but
emerged as one of the top receivers in the NFL with 82 catches for a
franchise-record 1,536 yards. He's become a celebrity, too, thanks to his salsa
touchdown dance which even earned him an invitation to compete on ABC's Dancing
With the Stars.</p>


Cruz is under contract next season, but is only due a salary of $490,000.
He's still two more seasons away from being an unrestricted free agent, too.</p>


"I think I was paid relative to where I came in this year, and I came in as a
free agent so I don't feel like I was underpaid," Cruz said on PFT Live. "After
my performance this year, I feel like I deserve to be paid more money at this
point."</p>


He's probably right, but Reese's problem is that many players have a case for
a raise, and some of them – like defensive end Osi Umenyiora (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Osi+Umenyiora) who had
12 1/2 sacks in 13 games this season – have been waiting for quite a while.
Reese also has to figure out what to do with 21 unrestricted players on his
current roster, and some others – receiver Hakeem Nicks (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Hakeem+Nicks),
linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mathias+Kiwanuka),
defensive end Justin Tuck (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Justin+Tuck) and <a title="Corey Webster" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Corey+Webster">cornerback Corey
Webster</a> – who might be in line for significant new contracts soon, too.</p>


Meanwhile, the Giants don't figure to have much wiggle room under the salary
cap. Reese said he expects the NFL's cap to remain "flat" at around $120
million, possibly even a little less than where it was last season. The Giants
had little room to maneuver under the cap last summer, and it likely will be
that way again when free agency opens on March 13.</p>


So they're going to have to think long and hard before they start giving out
raises, especially to players like Cruz, who have no leverage at all.</p>


"There's a lot of discussion on guys and on salaries and where we go and
where we can't go," Reese said. "But we'll be ready."
</p></div></div></div></div><div><div>http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giant (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants)</div></div>
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GIANTS' WR VICTOR CRUZ WANTS BIGGER CONTRACT (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/cruz_seeking_giant_raise_R0xJuvBIzg8n38SISCqQwL)

"Judged strictly on production based on dollars earned, it is hard to imagine
another player in the NFL who provided a bigger bang for the buck than Victor
Cruz. His 2011 salary was $450,000 and for that money he broke the Giants’
franchise record for receiving yards, put together one of the greatest
pass-catching seasons in team history, and electrified fans with his big plays
and end zone salsa dances.<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">


Well, nothing lasts forever, and it sounds as if Cruz is anxious to shed the
“underpaid’’ label attached to his name.
</p>“I think I was paid, you know, relative to where I came in this year and, you
know, I came in as a free agent so that’s the salary I was on, so I don’t feel
like I was underpaid,” Cruz said on Pro Football Talk Live. “I mean, I feel like
after my performance this year, you know, I feel like I deserve to be paid more
money at this point. But that’s something I’ll let my agents and those people
take care of and I’ll just go out there and play the game.”<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">


Cruz is scheduled to make $490,000 next season. After catching a team-high 82
passes for a franchise-record 1,536 yards and a team-high nine touchdowns, Cruz
was named winner of the Vizio Top Value Performer Award, given to the player who
accomplishes the most while making the least money.</p>


“It’s a good problem to have,’’ general manager Jerry Reese said yesterday.
“You win a Super Bowl and everybody thinks they’re the reason we win. That means
you won it. It’s just part of the offseason. There are always contract issues in
the offseason.’’</p>


Another contract issue belongs to Osi Umenyiora, who prior to last season
sought a trade if he wasn’t signed to an extension. Umenyiora has one year
remaining on his deal for $3.975 million. He wants to remain but also wants to
get paid.</p>


“We’re in the early stages of the evaluation,’’ Reese said. “Osi’s under
contract, we’ll discuss everything as a staff and discuss all issues that can
possibly come up for us and we’ll come up with a game-plan and see how things
work out for us.’’</p>TO THE VICTOR, GO THE SPOILS (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/to_the_victor_go_the_spoils_dwQDi9arRtJL7tQARaeZOM )

"Show him the money.<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">


Victor Cruz was the NFL’s rags-to-riches story in 2011 and to the victor
belongs the riches.</p>


One breakout season doesn’t mean the Giants are obligated to tear up the
final year of the three-year, $1.2 million deal Cruz signed as a free agent —
see Osi Umenyiora — but no one can deny that he outplayed his contract by leaps
and bounds. The Giants offered Umenyiora incentives, which he declined.</p>


The message to Big Blue now: Do something!</p>


“I deserve to be paid more money,” Cruz told Pro Football Talk yesterday.</p>


Of course he does. How many more end zone salsas would you like him to do to
convince you?
</p>You break the club’s single-season receiving mark, you catch the 99-yard
touchdown against the Jets that alters the course of the season, you make Bill
Belichick obsessed with you in the Super Bowl and you come home with a Lombardi
Trophy — show him more money than the 490G he is scheduled to make in 2012.<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">


“My agents and guys like that will work out all that stuff,” Cruz said last
night at a Steiner Sports signing in New Rochelle. “I’ll just take care of the
football aspect, and those guys’ll take care of the contract, so we’ll see.”</p>


Cruz, who did not intend to make any headlines yesterday that would make him
appear greedy in any way, prefaced his remarks by volunteering that he did not
feel underpaid as a free agent in 2011. But when pressed last night on his PFT
remarks, he said: “Honestly, with what I did this year statistically and the
records and everything like that, obviously I feel like just looking at the top
players in the league, and looking at what I did this year, I feel like
naturally there should be an increase in pay.”</p>


They asked him on SNY’s Wheelhouse last night whether he considers himself
the best slot receiver in the NFL, and Cruz said: “It’s a tie with myself and
Wes Welker.”</p>


Then Cruz was asked who is the bigger toast of the town in New York — Victor
Cruz or Jeremy Lin?</p>


“I gotta say Victor Cruz, ’cause we won a Super Bowl,” Cruz said. “But if
they make the playoffs and he starts beating some teams in the playoffs, then
the ball gets turned over to his court, but I got to say Victor Cruz right
now.”
</p>Cruz will be flying to the West Coast, where he and Mario Manningham will
present a Grammy for best hip hop duet. <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">


“I don’t know what makes me so cool that they want me to do all this stuff,”
Cruz said and smiled. “You just kinda understand it’s gonna be a whirlwind in
the beginning ... but after that, man, it’s just coming back, being the same old
you, taking the same old garbage out at my mother’s house and doing the same old
things. So as long as I keep that in the back of my head and understand that no
matter what, I still have to be myself and remember where I came from.”</p>


NFL Films aired a clip where Belichick implored his secondary to take away
Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. </p>


“That was flattering, man. That was definitely a crazy moment just to hear
him say that,” Cruz said. “I guess he’d rather have Mario [Manningham] catch a
38-yarder up the sideline, as opposed to me do it, or Hakeem (chuckle).”</p>


Cruz, even though he commanded double teams at the end of the season,
understands that he won’t be sneaking up on anybody next season.</p>


“You want to go in and do all those good things and keep up the same
consistency, but at the same time we understand that teams are going to be
knowing about me now and not really be naïve to, ‘Oh he’s just good this game,
that game,’ so we’ll see how it goes, I’ll take it game by game and take it week
by week.”</p>


He chuckled when asked if it was safe to say that success won’t spoil Victor
Cruz. </p>


“It’s safe to say that, yes,” Cruz said. “I will not be spoiled by success,
especially when I have the type of mother that I have that won’t allow
that.”</p>


And Cruz can imagine more Super success ahead. </p>


“I think if the core of the team remains, and we’re able to keep the majority
of the core guys on offense and defense and even special teams,” Cruz said, “I
think we have a very good chance of winning it again, of course.”</p>


The Giants don’t have to back up the truck. Cruz, after all, is a one-hit
wonder right now. But there is no Super Bowl championship without him.</p>


He deserves to salsa to the nearest Big Blue bank."
</p></div></div>BELICHICK TO PATRIOTS ON FINAL DRIVE: MAKE THEM TO MANNINGHAM (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/belichick_manningham_patriots_on_x5HrK1b1mVPoUbDOo uT12N)
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"The Patriots defense followed Bill Belichick’s orders right into defeat. <div>


<a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-films-sound-efx/09000d5d826ca796/SB-XLVI-Sound-FX-A-Giant-drive" target="_blank">NFL Films captured sounds from the Giants’ game-winning drive from
Super Bowl XLVI</a>, and before it started the Patriots coach is shown giving
his defense instructions. </p>


“This is still a (Victor) Cruz and (Hakeem) Nicks game,” Belichick said. “I
mean I know we are right on them, it's tight but those are still the guys. Make
them go to (Mario) Manningham, make them go to (Bear) Pascoe, alright. Let's
make sure we get Cruz and Nicks.”</p>


The Giants got the ball at their own 12-yard line with 3:56 left in the game
and trailing New England 17-15. Manningham opened the drive with a brilliant
38-yard catch on a perfect throw from quarterback Eli Manning. Manningham
somehow kept his two feet in bounds along the sideline. Replays sent Cruz and
Manningham into fist pumps, while Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had to face
reality. </p>
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“He caught it,” Brady told a Patriots staffer. </p>


Manningham would make the next two catches on the drive to move the Giants
into field-goal range at the Patriots’ 32-yard line. Nicks followed with a
14-yard reception, and after the Giants moved to the Patriots’ 7, New England
was content to allow the go-ahead points in order to leave Brady and the offense
more time to retaliate. </p>


“Let them score,” Vince Wilfork tells the defense.</p>


After Ahmad Bradshaw scored with 57 seconds left to put the Giants ahead
21-17, the Patriots advanced to their own 49 but a Hail Mary fell incomplete on
the game’s final play."</p></div>TUCK SAYS IT'S "UNFORTUNATE" JETS COACH ISN'T WITH GIANTS (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/backpage/tuck_says_it_unfortunate_jets_coach_prYeGv0DLk4jwR sjYf8bDO)

"Super Bowl euphoria may have gone to Justin Tuck’s head. <div>


The Giants defensive end was actually complimenting coach Rex Ryan and the
Jets <a href="http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/justin-tuck-co-hosts-gdny-20120209">when
he co-hosted “Good Day New York” on Thursday</a>. The FOX show played footage of
Tuck saying, “one thing you can be sure of is whose house it is” at MetLife
Stadium during the Giants’ Super Bowl celebration. </p>


“That’s not me taking a poke at the Jets, that’s just how we feel,” Tuck
said. “We feel as though that’s our stadium . . . And the Jets have every right
to feel the same way. We’re very confident in the fact that we are a team to be
reckoned with, and will be a team to be reckoned with for a long time.”</p>


That has been confirmed over the last month with the Giants winning their
second Super Bowl in four years over the Patriots. But the Jets have been a
disaster since their 8-8 season ended with Ryan coming under fire for losing
control of the locker room, and not doing more to heal the contentious
relationship between quarterback Mark Sanchez and receiver Santonio Holmes. </p>


But Ryan got a compliment from an unlikely source in Tuck. And if things do
not work out for Ryan, maybe there is a spot for him on the Giants staff. </p>


“I actually give Rex Ryan a lot of credit,” Tuck said of the Jets, who went
to back-to-back AFC Championship games before this season. </p>


“Before he got there, people around here, this state, this area, looked at us
as big brothers of Jets. And he’s kind of revitalized the Jets organization and
it’s just unfortunate he’s not a Giant. But he’s done a great job of bringing
the Jets back to the forefront.”</p>


Tuck could not help himself from taking at least one shot at the Giants’
in-state rivals. </p>


“But we have done a great job of winning Super Bowls, and that’s what
counts,” Tuck said."</p></div>GIANTS' TUCK CONSIDERING SHOULDER SURGERY (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/giants_tuck_debating_shoulder_surgery_jGvEXPxYs13V qrioqKg54N)

"The final injury that Justin Tuck dealt with this season may be the one that
requires offseason surgery. <div>


The Giants defensive end suffered injuries to his toe, neck, ankle and groin
during the regular season that limited his ability. On the Friday before the
wild-card game with the Falcons, Tuck missed practice with a mystery shoulder
ailment. Tuck did not miss any time in the win over Atlanta or the three that
followed on the way to another Giants championship. </p>


Tuck would not give details about the shoulder injury then and was still
quiet on the specifics on Thursday, but did say it could require surgery. </p>


"We are still debating that," <a href="http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/justin-tuck-co-hosts-gdny-20120209">Tuck
said while co-hosting "Good Day New York."</a> </p>


"I might have to have surgery on my shoulder, maybe. But we don’t know yet.
Honestly, you don’t want to have surgery so we are doing everything we can in
our power not to have surgery."</p>GIANTS' CRUZ SAYS HE DESERVES A RAISE (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/giants_cruz_says_he_deserves_raise_RRtuPDYMcsYYb2N UCtq75I)

"Judged strictly on production based on dollars earned, it is hard to imagine
another player in the NFL who provided a bigger bang for the buck than Victor
Cruz. <div>


His 2011 salary was $450,000 and for that money he broke the Giants franchise
record for receiving yards, put together one of the greatest pass-catching
seasons in team history and electrified fans with his big plays and end zone
salsa dances. </p>


Well, nothing lasts forever and it sounds as if Cruz is anxious to shed the
“underpaid’’ label attached to his name. </p>


“I think I was paid, you know, relative to where I came in this year and, you
know, I came in as a free agent so that’s the salary I was on, so I don’t feel
like I was underpaid,” Cruz said on PFT Live. “I mean, I feel like after my
performance this year, you know, I feel like I deserve to be paid more money at
this point. But that’s something I’ll let my agents and those people take care
of and I’ll just go out there and play the game.” </p>


Cruz is scheduled to make $490,000 next season.</p>


After catching a team-high 82 passes for a franchise-record 1,536 yards and a
team-high nine touchdowns, Cruz was named winner of the Vizio Top Value
Performer Award, given to the player who accomplishes the most while making the
least money." </p>
</div>http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants
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<div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>
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VICTOR CRUZ, OSI UMENYIORA CONTRACTS AMONG ISSUES FOR GM JERRY REESE (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/Victor_Cruz_Osi_Umenyiora_contracts_among_issues_f or_Giants_GM_Jerry_Reese.html)

"Giants general manager Jerry Reese spent 19 minutes on a conference call with
reporters Thursday afternoon discussing a wide range of topics, from Victor
Cruz’s statement today that he deserves more money, to the offensive line
possibly looking different next year to Osi Umenyiora’s contract status.<div id="storybody">



Here are some of the issues Reese addressed:</p>


On Cruz thinking he deserves a raise: “We’re in the early stages of
evaluating the team as a whole. We have not discussed anything with respect to
salaries.”</p>


On the makeup of the 2012 roster: “There will definitely be some changes.”
But he said he expects a ‘strong core’ will return.</p>


Injured tight ends Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum, both of whom tore ACLs in
the Super Bowl: He expects both will start the 2012 season on the Physically
Unable to Perform list, missing they will miss at least the first six games.</p>


On Osi Umenyuora’s contract situation: “We’re in the early stages of
evaluation. Osi’s under contract.” In other words, No comment.</p>


On the offensive line: “I thought our offensive line did a good job as a
whole. ... I think they played well in the Super Bowl.” But Reese said he
doesn’t know who the starting five will be next season on the line. He hinted
young players—maybe Petrus and even rookie James Brewer—could become
factors.</p>


The 2012 salary cap number: It likely will remain flat or even be a little
less than 2011.</p>


On players like Cruz looking for raises after winning the Super Bowl: “That’s
a good problem to have.”</p>


What’s left at tight end if Ballard and Beckum miss all of next season: He
spoke highly of practice squad TE Christian Hopkins, saying he could compete for
significant playing time. he also praised “jack of all trades” TE/FB Bear
Pascoe.</p>


Last year’s draft: Reese said he sees first and second round picks Prince
Amukamara and Marvin Austin as bonuses entering 2012 given the injuries that
cost them several games and the whole season respectively.</p>


Rookies Jerrel Jernigan and Brewer: Reese praised them, especially Jernigan
for for his development over the course of the season. He also said Brewer has a
bright future."</p></div>http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/

<u><font size="4">THE NEW YORK TIMES</font></u>
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VICTOR CRUZ WANTS A RAISE, JERRY REESE SPEAKS (http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/10/victor-cruz-wants-raise-jerry-reese-speaks/?ref=football)

"


Giants tight ends Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum are expected to start next
season on the physically unable to perform list after tearing knee ligaments in
the Super Bowl. Finding a replacement or two will be one task for Giants General
Manager Jerry Reese in the off-season.</p>


Victor Cruz kindly <a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/02/09/victor-cruz-i-feel-like-i-deserve-to-be-paid-more-money-at-this-point/">suggested
another assignment </a>for Reese in an interview with PFT Live: giving him<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/victor-cruz-a-raise-undrafted-free-agent-emerges-key-piece-super-bowl-champ-ny-giants-article-1.1019936?localLinksEnabled=false">
a raise</a> (Cruz made $450,000 this season). In a conference call with
reporters on Thursday, Reese called that a nice problem to have. Here are a few
excerpts from that discussion, in which Reese took a humble approach in
acknowledging the need for lucky bounces to win the title. <a href="nts.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/GM-Jerry-Reese-Interview/fad256d3-a51a-451f-8b71-bd5e57dcc893">The
transcript in full</a> can be found at Giants.com.</p>


Q: Have you started any extension negotiations with Victor
Cruz, and how is that going to play out?
A: We’re in the
early stages of our evaluating the team as a whole, individually. We have not
yet discussed anything with respect to salaries.</p>


Q: Is that the biggest challenge you face during the
offseason? Are you expecting a line to form at the door for people looking for
more money?
A: That’s a good problem to have. You win the
Super Bowl and if everybody thinks they’re the reason we won – that’s a good
problem to have. That means you won it. It’s just part of the offseason. There
are always contract issues in the offseason.</p>


Q: Was there anything during the season that said to
yourself, ‘We’re doing things the right way’?
A: We always
try to do what’s right for the New York Giants. We try to make good football
decisions. It would be great to look like you’re really smart in the offseason
and go out and make a lot of splashy moves so you guys can write nice-going
things about our personnel staff, but our goal is to make good football
decisions and that’s what we try to do every year. We don’t just think about our
personnel for the current year. We think a couple of years down the line and
that’s important. I think fans think about the here and now, what our team looks
like now. We think about that as well, obviously, because you want to win every
year, but we definitely think a couple of years down the road a little bit in
respect to personnel.</p>


Q: Do you see guys on the roster now that haven’t
contributed but will be able to next year?
A: There are
always guys. That’s what’s important in personnel. When you look at personnel
and look into the future, you always want to look on your roster first in our
opinion. Look at your roster first – is the guy that you need already on your
roster – before you go out and look for someone somewhere else. More times than
not the guy is already on your squad. So there are some young practice squad
guys that we like. We had a terrific practice squad. They did a lot in helping
us in preparation – mimicking the other teams’ offenses and defenses for us.
There are some kids on the practice squad that we really like. Hopefully some of
those guys will step out of the shadows and heal some voids for us as we move
along. They’re on the practice squad for a reason. We don’t have guys on our
practice squad just to be dummy defense. We have guys out there who we think can
have some redeeming qualities that might develop into some players. We try to
develop them, as we go through the year, on the practice squad.</p>


Q: Is Victor Cruz lightning in a bottle or can there be
another great discovery like that next year?
A: Every year
there’s a guy that comes out of the shadows on different teams. That’s the
beauty of the personnel in scouting. You go out and some guys like that fall
through the cracks. You only have seven rounds. Those kinds of guys would
probably get drafted the old days. I think Rosie Brown got picked in the
27th round. If you had 27 rounds those kinds of guys would definitely get
drafted, but you only have seven rounds now. So some players like Victor, with a
couple redeeming qualities that some of our scouts like, would probably get
drafted at some point in a draft in you had that many rounds. But it’s only
seven rounds. So it’s not an exact science. Every year there’s a guy like that
and there are plenty of guys who are in the Hall of Fame, but they didn’t get
drafted.</p>


Q: How does losing two of your tight ends in a single game
throw a monkey wrench in everything? How do you recover from that from a
personnel standpoint?
A: Obviously we think both of those
guys flashed and were showing talent to fill the void at tight end, but we’ll
just see how they are health-wise after the surgeries and see how quickly they
can get back. I’m not a doctor, but from perspective, right now they’re both
probably guys that will end up on PUP at the beginning of the season and see how
healthy they are and how quickly they can recover from these injuries that they
have. Obviously Bear Pascoe is kind of like a joker on offense for us too. We
talk about Kiwi being a joker on defense, Bear plays tight end, he plays H-back,
he can play fullback. He can do a little bit of everything. So he’ll be back
along with one of the practice squad guys that I said I wasn’t going to name.
But Christian Hopkins is a big kid that we like – practices hard every day –
that our coaches like and think he has some potential to come in and compete for
a job as well. He’s a big kid. He’s at least 6-5, about 275 pounds and he works
hard every day at practice. He’s endeared himself to our coaches with how hard
he works and he has soft hands, catches the ball nice. He’ll be a guy. And
obviously we’ll look in free agency and we’ll look in the draft for positions
that we think we may have some holes right now.</p>


Q: Is it hard for you to assess your first four draft picks
from the 2011 Draft because of the injuries and not playing and
circumstances?
A: I think if you go into the season, you’re
counting on all of your rookies. You love for those guys and you really want at
least your first three picks to contribute, but a lot of times they don’t. I use
this as an example, Randy Moss. It’s hard for guys to come in and do a Randy
Moss as a rookie because the league is so different from the college level. Most
guys you draft are developmental players, even the guys you draft in the first
round because the game is so different. But you do want your first three picks
to come in and contribute. And they did to a degree. Marvin Austin didn’t
because he got hurt and was out for the season, but Jernigan did a couple of
things for us. He came on a little bit late and helped us in the return game
some. We do think he’s going to be a good receiver for us as well. And Prince,
he’s a first round pick. We expect him to play and play a lot and play well.
Obviously he was set back with the foot injury. And Brewer, he’s a big athlete.
It takes offensive linemen, sometimes, a little longer than others, but we have
high hopes for him that he can come in next year after he’s been through a whole
season. Our guys are really like a bonus to us because we feel like we’re going
to get a first and second round pick that really didn’t play and contribute a
lot. So that’s going to be like a bonus for us because we’re picking low. We
have a couple of high draft picks that really didn’t play for us.</p>


Q: Is there any way you can avoid what happened last
offseason with Osi? Is there a peaceful solution on the
horizon?
A: Again, we’re in the early stages of the
evaluation. Osi is under contract, but we’ll discuss everything as a staff and
we’ll discuss all issues that could possibly come up for us. We’ll come up with
a game plan and we’ll move on day-to-day and see how things work out for us.</p>


Q: What was your favorite part of this
run?
A: We won 10 games last year so we felt good about the
nucleus of players coming back. So we thought if we could improve in some areas
– we talked about we gave up to many explosive plays, we talked about we put the
ball in harm’s way offensively. We cleaned up some of those things and we were
fortunate enough to win enough games to qualify for the tournament. We got in
and got hot and were able to finish the season on top. That’s what you try to do
every year. I said this to several guys after the season and throughout the
playoffs, the margin of error between winning and losing or making the playoffs
is really small. The ball could bounce one way or another and you’re in or it
could bounce another way and you’re out. All of the teams are pretty evenly
matched and you have to have a little bit of luck to make it and you have to
have some good players and you have to have some good coaches. It’s a
combination of the three things that help us through this playoff run and to win
the Super Bowl.</p>


Q: Do you look at the team more as 9-7 or as a 6-0, Super
Bowl team?
A: It doesn’t matter how you look at it. The
result at the end is really what matters the most. We were able to get hot at
the right time. At times we didn’t play very well, but we played well at the
right times. It’s not like we played against Jefferson Township High School. We
played against some good players in the tournament. We earned the right to be
World Champs. I look at it like that way.</p>


Q: How do you feel about offensive line and you still
envision Will Beatty being your starting left tackle? Kareem McKenzie at right
tackle is going to be a free agent.
A: I thought our
offensive line did a good job as a whole. The one game everybody, all of a
sudden, made it sound like they were terrible [was] against one of the best
fronts in the National Football League, in the Championship Game against San
Francisco – those guys are pretty good up front. But the week before Eli had
tons and tons of time to throw the ball. I think they played well in the Super
Bowl. Who’s going to be in – that’s part of the evaluation process. We don’t
know who’s going to be the five who will walk on the field as the starters for
us next year, but we do have some good players, we think, in our offensive line.
We have some young players that we like as well. We’ll see how that goes, but I
do think we’ll have a good core of those players coming back to put in
there.</p>


Extra pointMany TV viewers were impressed with the courage
of Ballard as he tried to test his injured knee by running on the sideline. <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/features/2011/nfl_2011/super_bowl/giants_patriots_super_bowl_win_a_championship_lose _a_knee_.html">Stefan
Fatsis of Slate saw something else: </a>the need for independent team doctors.
He called Ballard’s collapse on his test run “one of the saddest things I’ve
ever witnessed during an NFL game.”
</p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html">http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
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GIANTS' JUSTIN TUCK CONSIDERING SHOULDER SURGERY (http://www.giants101.com/2012/02/09/new-york-giants-justin-tuck-considering-offseason-shoulder-surgery/)

"<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> defensive end <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Justin Tuck" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/justin-tuck/" rel="tag nofollow">Justin
Tuck</a> suffered through a season of brutal injuries, which at one point had
him considering a request to be placed on season-ending Injured Reserve
(IR).



</p>"At the end of the day" he managed to power through personal turmoil and
injuries to his neck, toe, groin, ankle and most recently his shoulder. It was
the last one however, that caused the most amount of damage and once again has
him pondering the next steps (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/giants_tuck_debating_shoulder_surgery_jGvEXPxYs13V qrioqKg54N).
<blockquote>


"I might have to have surgery on my shoulder, maybe. But we don’t know yet,"
Tuck said. "Honestly, you don’t want to have surgery so we are doing everything
we can in our power not to have surgery."</p></blockquote>


The only mention of Tuck's mysterious shoulder injury came on the Friday
prior to the wildcard game against the Atlanta Falcons when he missed practice.
It didn't appear to hamper in that game or any of the subsequent games as he was
effective throughout the postseason and especially during Super Bowl XLVI in
which he recorded two sacks and a QB pressure that led to a safety.</p>


Tuck didn't detail the extent of his injury or what surgery might entail."</p>

GIANTS' VICTOR CRUZ: "I FEEL LIKE i DESERVE TO BE PAID MORE" (http://www.giants101.com/2012/02/09/new-york-giants-victor-cruz-%e2%80%9ci-feel-like-i-deserve-to-be-paid-more/)</p>

"New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants wide receiver <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Victor Cruz" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/victor-cruz/" rel="tag nofollow">Victor
Cruz</a> earned only $450,000 in 2011. He's slated to earn only $490,000 in
2012. And after an 82-catch, 1,536 yard, nine touchdown season, he believes he's worth much more (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/02/09/victor-cruz-i-feel-like-i-deserve-to-be-paid-more-money-at-this-point/).</p>



</p><div>New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants wide receiver <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Victor Cruz" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/victor-cruz/" rel="tag nofollow">Victor
Cruz</a> celebrates his two-yard touchdown pass reception against the New
England Patriots in the first quarter at Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on
February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis. The NFC champion New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants play the AFC champion New England Patriots. UPI/Kevin Dietsch</div>
<div>


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<blockquote>


“I think I was paid, you know, relative to where I came in this year and, you
know, I came in as a free agent so that’s the salary I was on, so I don’t feel
like I was underpaid,” Cruz said. “I mean, I feel like after my performance this
year, you know, I feel like I deserve to be paid more money at this
point."</p></blockquote>


Cruz is absolutely correct. He does deserve a raise … and he deserves one
soon. Luckily, it's not his chief concern and something he's willing to let his
agents handle as he continues to focus on football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/).</p>
<blockquote>


"That’s something I’ll let my agents and those people take care of and I’ll
just go out there and play the game,” he added.</p></blockquote>


Cruz's miniscule salary and inflated stats earned him a lot of attention this
past season, and even won him VIZIO's 2011 Top Value Performer Award (http://www.giants101.com/2012/01/27/new-york-giants-victor-cruz-named-2011-vizio%e2%80%99s-top-value-performer/).</p>


It's safe to assume this hasn't been lost on Giants brass, and Cruz will soon
be rewarded with a hefty pay raise. It's also safe to assume that acting like a
diva is not in his future, as the young wide receiver continues to express his
appreciation to the organization for giving him a chance. He realizes how far
he's come and how unlikely a story it truly is, and that his maturity and skill
will ultimately garner him everything and anything he desires.</p>


Jerry Reese &amp; Co. will undoubtedly do what's right for Cruz, and ensure
that he remains a member of Big Blue for quite some time."
</p><a href="http://www.giants101.com/">http://www.giants101.com/
</a>
<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' GM JERRY REESE: "THERE ARE ALWAYS CONTRACT ISSUES" (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/2/10/2788394/giants-gm-jerry-reese-victor-cruz-osi-umenyiora-jake-ballard-travis-beckum)

"Victor Cruz (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109584/victor-cruz)
has already made it known he feels like he deserves a big payday after having a
record-setting season while the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) won
the 2012 Super Bowl. During a conference call on Thursday (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/2/9/2787863/jerry-reese-new-york-giants-general-manager-conference-call) Giants general manager
Jerry Reese said he understands that Cruz, and others, will be looking to cash
in on the team's success.


"That's a good problem to have. You win the Super Bowl and if everybody
thinks they're the reason we won - that's a good problem to have. That means you
won it," Reese said. "It's just part of the offseason. There are always contract
issues in the offseason. That's what the offseason is. You have to deal with
contracts and things with your roster - who's going to stay, who's going to
go."</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>


Reese said that tight ends Jake Ballard (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108531/jake-ballard)
and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71291/travis-beckum">Travis
Beckum</a>, who both tore ACLs during the Super Bowl, are "probably guys that
will end up on PUP at the beginning of the season." </p>


Reese added that "obviously we'll look in free agency and we'll look in the
draft," but also said that <a cl

BigBlue1971
02-10-2012, 01:26 PM
thanks Roanoke!</P>


i hope Cruz gets the right advice going forward!</P>


hes still a young smart guy.</P>

GameTime
02-10-2012, 01:28 PM
thanks Ro...</P>


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RoanokeFan
02-10-2012, 01:30 PM
thanks Roanoke!</p>


i hope Cruz gets the right advice going forward!</p>


hes still a young smart guy.</p>

He was smart enough to say he was going to continue to play football while it got sorted out.

RoanokeFan
02-10-2012, 01:31 PM
thanks Ro...</p>


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nygsb42champs
02-10-2012, 02:34 PM
Thanks for all of the great reads. It helps get over the football season is over blues.

RoanokeFan
02-10-2012, 03:10 PM
Thanks for all of the great reads. It helps get over the football season is over blues.

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bansaw
02-12-2012, 11:42 AM
Christian Hopkins is a big kid that we like – practices hard every day –
that our coaches like and think he has some potential to come in and compete for
a job as well. He’s a big kid. He’s at least 6-5, about 275 pounds and he works
hard every day at practice. He’s endeared himself to our coaches with how hard
he works and he has soft hands, catches the ball nice. He’ll be a guy.


*says a prayer for this kid [;)]