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  • NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 - 10:10 A.M.

    HERE NOW THE NEWS

    NEWS
    ARTICLES ABOUT THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS ARE POSTED DAILY AND
    UPDATES ARE ADDED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. GENERAL SPORTS NEWS LINKS ARE
    ALSO INCLUDED.



    Cobravision

    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    NADA

    http://www.nj.com/giants/

    NY DAILY NEWS

    GIANTS' LOW KEY WAYS CARRY OVER INTO DRAFT

    "Over the last two years, the Jets have made several splashy off-season moves
    while the Giants have, in the words of the veteran linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka,
    “done it in the background.”

    But although fans of both teams may often compare one
    to the other, the Giants have been little more than indifferent bystanders to
    the Jets’ exploits. Whether it was Plaxico Burress last year or Tim Tebow this
    year, the Jets’ big-name additions have had little if any effect on the Giants’
    approach to business, team executives said.


    That is why, despite the frenzy of Tebow’s arrival
    consuming their neighbors last month, the Giants’ off-season simply plodded
    along: they completed a few re-signings of returning players, added couple of
    less heralded players in linebacker Keith Rivers and tight end Martellus Bennett
    and sustained the departures of two impact players from 2011 in Brandon Jacobs
    and Mario Manningham. Perhaps the biggest news to come out of the Giants’
    facility here was word that Eli Manning would host
    “Saturday Night Live”
    on May 5.


    With the N.F.L. draft set to begin Thursday, Giants
    General Manager Jerry Reese stifled a soft snort when asked about the Jets’
    recent moves, saying: “We really don’t pay much attention to what other teams
    are doing. We try to mind our own business.”


    The Giants’ on-the-sly routine figures to continue
    this week, too, as one of their rewards for winning the Super
    Bowl
    is the 32nd — and last — pick of the draft’s first round. While some
    teams, including the Jets, could look to trade up in the round, the Giants are
    more likely to trade back in the draft than forward.


    Reese hinted as much to reporters last week, saying
    that the Giants see numerous prospects with similar ratings on their draft
    board. That means that in the team’s opinion, there may be equal value, if not
    greater, in a player taken early in the second round as opposed to the end of
    the first.


    Referring to the rows of players on the Giants’ draft
    board, Reese said: “From Pick 15 down to Pick 32, there are going to be some
    very similar kind of players that we like in the row. We don’t think there are
    32 guys that should be picked in the first round, but in the first row, you have
    to pick somebody, so that’s how we have them ranked. And more than likely, the
    guys where we are, we think those guys probably should be picked in the second
    round.”


    Whenever the Giants do select a player, they will
    follow the organization’s philosophy of drafting for talent as opposed to need.
    Reese even said the Giants would take a quarterback if that was the best player
    available, despite the fact that Manning is the face of their franchise.


    To Kiwanuka, that is “as crazy as it gets around
    here.”


    He added, laughing, “Taking a defensive end when we’ve
    already got like 10 on the roster — that’s what getting nuts around here looks
    like.”


    In terms of needs, the Giants have a few obvious areas
    of concern. Some draft experts see them selecting an offensive lineman like Ohio
    State tackle Mike Adams if an attractive one is available — a pick that would
    help them fill the hole created by the apparent departure of the veteran Kareem
    McKenzie. Although McKenzie’s locker at the Giants’ training facility had,
    oddly, not yet been cleaned out last week, he is not expected to return.


    Other draft analysts project the Giants to select a
    tight end, perhaps Coby Fleener of Stanford, which is logical enough, as Jake
    Ballard and Travis Beckum are recovering from surgery on torn anterior cruciate
    ligaments.


    The Giants seem more optimistic about Beckum, who has
    not yet ruled out being ready for the start of the regular season. Ballard, on
    the other hand, hopes to be ready by midseason at best, though he may not play
    at all. Adding a tight end to push Bennett, then, would seem to make sense.


    The Giants could also look to add depth at running
    back in the draft, particularly with Jacobs now playing in San Francisco and
    Ahmad Bradshaw still dealing with foot problems that hobbled him last season.


    Bradshaw received injection treatment in his fractured
    right foot in February — as opposed to having a more complex operation — and
    said last week his feet felt great. But with unproven backs like D. J. Ware,
    Da’Rel Scott and Andre Brown behind him, it would hardly be surprising if the
    Giants brought in another player to compete for carries."




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    http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html

    GIANTS 101

    GIANTS' AHMAD BRADSHAW HOSTING NFL DRAFT EVENT IN HAZLET, N.J. ON APRIL 26TH

    "If you're unable to physically attend the NFL Draft
    at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, there's an alternate option this year. Why
    not spend it with New York Giants running back and Super Bowl XLVI champion
    Ahmad
    Bradshaw
    in Hazlet, New Jersey?


    The two-time Super Bowl champion will be hosting an NFL Draft
    party at Park East (3352 Rt. 35) from 6:00 PM EST until 8:00 PM EST on Thursday,
    April 26th.




    VIP tickets (limited to 20) for the party, which is sponsored by MJR Sports
    Management and JAG Sports Marketing, can be
    purchased
    for $159.00. In addition to VIP tickets, Bradshaw will also be
    signing autographs and offering photo ops (signed) for $59.99 and $75.00
    respectively.




    What better way to ring in the new football season than with a champion? We at Giants 101
    hope to see you there!




    Additionally, if you'd like to read more in-depth NFL Draft
    coverage, check out the newest addition to Sports Media 101, On the Clock 101. It is
    currently in the midst of a network-wide mock draft."




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    GIANTS' MICHAEL BOLEY WAS NFL'S BEST TACKLER IN 2011

    "When the debate about the NFL's elite tacklers surfaces around the water cooler on
    Monday mornings, the names of Brian Urlacher, Von Miller, Ray Lewis and Patrick
    Willis are the most likely to be mentioned. And as talented as each of those
    players are, none of them was statistically considered the best tackler in pro
    football a
    year ago. In fact, that honor went to someone who is infrequently considered one
    of the NFL's best: New York
    Giants linebacker Michael
    Boley
    .


    In an editorial that was recently published on Football Outsiders, Aaron Schatz ran
    down the statistical analysis of the premiere tacklers in the league during the
    2011-2012 season. Sitting alone at the top was Boley, who collected 76 total
    tackles, allowing only one tackle to be broken all year (1.3%).




    The 1.3% broken tackle rate by Boley led the league, with Indianapolis Colts
    linebacker Philip Wheeler and Denver Broncos safety Chris Harris tied at second
    with a rate of 1.6%.





    "Michael
    Boley
    's one broken tackle in 2011 matches his one broken tackle in 2010. Yet
    you never really hear Boley's name mentioned when analysts talk about the best
    tacklers in football,"
    Schatz wrote.




    In addition to Boley, fellow linebacker Mathias
    Kiwanuka
    was near the top of the list at 2.9% (two broken tackles, 66 total
    tackles), as was cornerback Aaron
    Ross
    at 1.9% (one broken tackles, 51 total tackles). Ross, of course, is now with the Jacksonville Jaguars.




    As a team, the Giants tied with the San Francisco 49ers for the league lead,
    allowing only 3.8% of their tackles to be broken. 40 players on Big Blue
    registered at least one tackle broken, which was second in the league to the
    49ers (37 players). The Tampa Bay Buccaneers led the NFL allowing
    9.0% of their tackles to be broken.




    The Philadelphia Eagles were 31st in the NFL allowing 8.1% of their tackles to be broken, the
    Washington Redskins were 18th in the NFL allowing 5.3% of their tackles to be broken and the
    Dallas Cowboys were 12th in the NFL allowing 5.1% of their tackles to be broken."

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: NFL DRAFT, ZAK DEOSSIE, AND MORE

    Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giants
    fans! Here are some Giants-related items for you on this final Saturday before
    the 2012 NFL Draft.



    2012
    NFL Draft - The best drafting teams in last three years - ESPN




    NOTE:
    This is from former Indianapolis
    Colts
    GM Bill Polian, ranking teams since 2009. It is an ESPN Insider
    piece.




    Best value pick: WR Hakeem Nicks
    (2009: Rd. 1, 29)
    Cornerstone pick: DE Jason
    Pierre-Paul
    (2010: Rd. 1, 15)

    Eli Manning and
    a revamped receiving corps coupled with a great pass-rushing defense featuring
    blue-chippers up front and in the secondary garnered the Lombardi trophy.
    Terrific job by Jerry Reese and company to build a second Super Bowl team in
    four years. Keep an eye on 2011 first-round CB Prince Amukamara. He's unproven
    after missing most of his rookie year to injury, but he has upside and could
    enter blue territory."


    http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news

    INSIDE FOOTBALL

    http://www.insidefootball.com/

    GIANTS GAB


    http://www.giantsgab.com/

    GMEN HQ

    http://gmenhq.com/

    YARDBARKER"

    http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/teams/new_york_giants/56

    SPORTING NEWS

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/stories

    NYG REPORTER


    http://nygreporter.com/


    NFL.COM

    http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG


    YAHOOSPORTS

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl

    FOX SPORTS

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-giants/67056

    NBCSPORTS

    NFL DRAFT HQ: FIRST ROUND

    Excerpt: "No. 32Giants Devon Still DT 6-5305 Penn
    State




    GM Jerry Reese knows a value pick when he sees one. The interior defensive
    line isn't exactly a strength in New York, either. Stanford TE Coby Fleener,
    Georgia CB Brandon Boykin, and Virginia Tech RB David Wilson should get
    consideration, but Still ultimately has the highest draft grade." Read more...


    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/3032875/ns/sports-nfl

    CBSSPORTS

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/p...ew-york-giants

    SI.COM



    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/foo...ts/?eref=sinav



    ESPN.COM

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

    FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS


    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/

    PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY

    http://stats.profootballweekly.com/team/giants/

    PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS

    http://www.profootballfocus.com/

    MISCELLANEOUS

    PLAYER WHO SUED THE NFL OVER CONCUSSIONS COMMITTED SUICIDE

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    LEAGUE PLANS NEW HGH STUDY


    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2
    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 - 10:10 A.M.

    Thank you kindly RF.

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    • #3
      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 - 10:10 A.M.

      [quote user="fourth&forever"]Thank you kindly RF.[/quote]

      Very slim pickings today
      “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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      • #4
        Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 - 10:10 A.M.

        Just have to make it till the 26th.

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        • #5
          Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 - 10:10 A.M.

          Thanks RF !
          " Success is never final, but failure can be " B.P.

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          • #6
            Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 - 10:10 A.M.



            Thanks RF..........you're the Man




            So what are youguessing for JR's pick @ no. 32?........BPA.....but who?




            crazy thought here.....a running back!

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            • #7
              Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 - 10:10 A.M.

              [quote user="SEC105"]

              Thanks RF..........you're the Man




              So what are you*guessing for JR's pick @ no. 32?........BPA.....but who?




              crazy thought here.....a running back!

              [/quote]
              Not really crazy bro, there's a lot of impact players at RB that will be available at 32, very possible.
              I'm falling more and more with the idea that if Dont'a Hightower falls to 32 it will be a great pick plugging him at OLB and moving Kiwi to the DE rotation. That's an upgrade to OLB and maybe future ILB starter and upgrade to the DE rotation. Sick thought and nightmare matchup problem for Offensive fronts.
              " Success is never final, but failure can be " B.P.

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              • #8
                Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 - 10:10 A.M.

                Cool story on Boley.

                Thanks.
                "You killed my family, and I don't like that kind of thing."

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                • #9
                  Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 - 10:10 A.M.

                  [quote user="G-Men Surg."][quote user="SEC105"]


                  Thanks RF..........you're the Man




                  So what are youguessing for JR's pick @ no. 32?........BPA.....but who?




                  crazy thought here.....a running back!




                  [/quote] Not really crazy bro, there's a lot of impact players at RB that will be available at 32, very possible. I'm falling more and more with the idea that if Dont'a Hightower falls to 32 it will be a great pick plugging him at OLB and moving Kiwi to the DE rotation. That's an upgrade to OLB and maybe future ILB starter and upgrade to the DE rotation. Sick thought and nightmare matchup problem for Offensive fronts.[/quote]




                  just wiki but check out his high school resume' not sure how Redeye , Slip, Nysportsfan and those guyshave himrated.....but does look like a "player"




                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dont%27a_Hightower

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                    • #11
                      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 - 10:10 A.M.

                      [quote user="fourth&forever"]Just have to make it till the 26th.[/quote]

                      [B]
                      “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 - 10:10 A.M.

                        [quote user="titwio"]Cool story on Boley.

                        Thanks.[/quote]

                        [B]
                        “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 - 10:10 A.M.

                          many thanks Roanoke! [B]
                          sigpic

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                          • #14
                            Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 - 10:10 A.M.

                            [quote user="BigBlue1971"]many thanks Roanoke! [B][/quote]

                            [Y]
                            “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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                            • #15
                              Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 - 10:10 A.M.

                              thanks rf

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