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  • NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012 - 4:40 P.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

    GIANTS SIGN MATHIAS KIWANUKA TO THREE-YEAR, $ 16.5 MILLION CONTRACT EXTENSION THROUGH 2015

    "If Osi
    Umenyiora was unhappy with his situation
    the other day, he can't possibly be
    pleased with the news the Giants slipped
    through the back door recently.


    The team signed linebacker/defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka to a three-year
    contract extension through the 2015 season, according to NFL Players Association
    records. (Good eyes by Ralph Vacchiano, who noted
    the extension first
    .)




    According to someone who viewed the contract details, the total value of the
    contract is $21.75 million over four years. The "new" money is $16.5 million
    over three years (2013-15). Kiwanuka received a signing bonus of $8.5 million
    and gets $10.95 million in guarantees.




    In an email, Umenyiora only addressed his pleasure his teammate and friend,
    not his situation.




    "Well, I can say I'm happy for Kiwi, that's for sure," Umenyiora wrote. "He
    deserves it, after all he has been through. It's a good move by them."




    A few minutes later, he added, "It's business. I don't feel anything but
    happy for Kiwi honestly. My situation will take care of itself soon."




    Kiwanuka
    had signed a two-year deal last summer
    while an unrestricted free agent
    following a neck issue that kept him out of the final 13 games of the 2010
    season. He was scheduled to earn $4 million in base salary this season but that
    figure has now been lowered to $950,000.




    Kiwanuka's base salaries for 2012-15 are: $2.95 million, $4.375 million and
    $4.775 million.




    (I'm waiting on the full numbers on the deal. Will get them to you as soon as
    possible.)




    Kiwanuka, 29, had only 3½ sacks last season but was credited with a
    career-high 84 tackles and was a big part of the team's run defense by keeping
    containment on the outside. He also proved his herniated disk was not an issue
    despite plenty of repeated contact with opposing blockers and ball carriers. He
    participated in 77.9 percent of the team's defensive snaps.




    Why this extension was kept on the hush for this long and not leaked is
    unclear at this point.




    * * * *




    One other contract note: DT Shaun Rogers deal is for the veteran minimum, as
    expected: one year, $925,000.


    ##

    GIANTS' FIRST ROUND PICK, DAVID WILSON, SEES HIMSELF AS COMBO OF RAY RICE AND ARIAN FOSTER

    "A combination of Ray Rice and Arian Foster.


    That's how Giants first-round pick David Wilson described himself as a
    football player during an interview on WFAN this afternoon.




    If the running back out of Virginia Tech can come close to those All-Pros
    then the Giants certainly achieved their goal of getting maximum value at No. 32
    last night.




    "I think I'm a mix of Arian Foster and Ray Rice with the way he breaks
    tackles and Arian Foster sometimes makes something out of nothing and I'm always
    trying to get that extra yard when I'm on the field," Wilson said.




    The stats proved he often tried and succeeded in getting those extra yards
    after he led the nation in yards after contact in 2011, his junior season.




    He's listed at 5-9, though he said he's 5-10, but Wilson assured that he
    "plays bigger than what his stats say" when asked to give a scouting report of
    himself. Primarily a kick returner his first two seasons – a role he said he can
    take on at the NFL level -- because he was buried behind future NFL players Ryan
    Williams and Darren Evans on the depth chart, Wilson burst onto the national
    scene with a school-record 1,709 yards last season. He was subsequently named
    ACC MVP, ACC Offensive Player of the Year and a second-team All-American.




    "I never took a step back from when I first started playing football," he
    said. "It's always been excelling, excelling each year and getting better and
    better. I'm a student of the game and that's a good thing coming up there."




    Known for his speed after doubling as a track star at Virginia Tech, concerns
    about Wilson, whom the Giants had ranked as the No. 2 running back on their
    board behind Trent Richardson, heading into the draft were ball security – he
    had seven fumbles last season -- and pass protection.




    "I'm getting better and getting more physical," Wilson said when asked about
    pass protection. "I want to protect Eli [Manning]."




    The questions were enough to make him a second-round possibility and he was
    aware of it.




    "I was definitely hoping for the first round and I knew it was a slim chance
    that it was possible, but it wasn't like I was a top-10 pick or whatever so it
    was a slight chance I was going to get in the first round," he said.




    But he did go in the first 32 and with Brandon Jacobs gone and Ahmad Bradshaw
    continuously battling a foot injury, Wilson recognizes that there's an
    opportunity for him to step in and contribute as a rookie.




    "Ahmad Bradshaw's been there for a while and he has held his position pretty
    well," he said. "Coming up there, I'm looking forward to competing with him and
    we're both going to be making plays and making the team better.




    [The Giants are] a special team and coming in and having an opportunity to
    contribute at some point during the season, whether it's right away or here and
    there, whenever I get my opportunity to do whatever I'm going to take it and try
    to make a name for myself."


    ##

    GIANTS' FIRST-ROUND PICK DAVID WILSON AN ENERGETIC, COLORFUL PLAYER AND PERSONALITY

    "The Giants believed they
    drafted a good, energetic player in David Wilson
    on Thursday night. They
    also think they got themselves a good, energetic person as well.


    “Tremendous. Tremendous. 'The best I’ve ever coached' kind of reports,”
    director of college scouting Marc Ross said. "'Best worker in here. Pound for
    pound strongest. Loves the game.' When you get those types of accolades from
    coaches, trainers, equipment people, whoever deals with the kid, and blend it
    together with a great football player you can’t go wrong."




    Wilson is an outgoing character, by all reports. General manager Jerry Reese
    said he’s "wound tight," though what he probably meant was "loose" because
    there’s nothing in reports about Wilson that makes it seem like he’s too
    straight laced.




    Well, other than the fact he showed up for his Scouting Combine interviews in
    a suit and tie, just like he did when going to class each day.




    "He’s pretty outgoing," Tom Coughlin said. "We’re probably going to have to
    tell him, 'David, you don’t have to wear a coat and tie to meetings every
    day.'"




    Wait, what? How could Coughlin not like a guy in a suit for an interview?




    "I do like that," he replied.




    Well, at least Wilson didn’t wear the fedora he sometimes sports with his
    suits.




    Yes, Wilson is a colorful guy, as evidenced by his back flips and this
    scouting report from Frank Cooney of the Sports Xchange
    on CBSSports.com:


    One night last summer while walking past the school's basketball
    arena, Cassell Coliseum, with a teammate, Wilson decided to climb the concrete
    arches that are nearly 100 feet high and span the building. His sprinters speed
    gave him a good start, then his strong legs moved him farther. But at 10 p.m.
    the structure was moist and slippery. So to get back down he had to crab-walk,
    and avoid being seen by a passing police car so as not to cause a stir. For the
    irrepressible Wilson, who is deeply religious, it is all in good fun and a way
    to burn energy.



    "He's an enthusiastic player, a guy that loves to play football. He’s going
    to bring a lot of personality," Reese told reporters, adding with a smile: "You
    guys will like him."




    Who doesn’t like a passionate, patriotic guy like Wilson? To see what the
    Giants are talking about when they say he loves the game, check out this video
    of Wilson’s impromptu pregame speech before the USA U19 team faced Canada:"

    CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE TO SEE THE VIDEO

    NFL DRAFT 2012: GIANTS TAKE DAVID WILSON WITH LAST PICK OF DRAFT

    "In the 11 years since the Giants
    selected Ron Dayne in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft, the
    team hadn’t taken a running back higher than the fourth round
    .


    That streak ended Thursday night when the Giants selected Virginia Tech’s
    David Wilson with 32nd overall pick in the draft, as they look to replenish a
    backfield that recently lost Brandon Jacobs to the 49ers via free agency.




    The pick was a bit of a surprise because Wilson was projected as a second
    rounder by many. But the Giants were enamored with Wilson’s 4.41-second 40-yard
    dash and his outstanding production as a junior in 2011.




    Plus – and we hope you’re sitting down for this – it was the kind of pick we
    haven’t heard around these parts in a while: a selection at least a little bit
    based on need, even if general manager Jerry Reese claimed he was the highest
    player on the board at the time.




    “You’d like to get a combination of both (value and need) and we were able to
    do that tonight,” Reese said, adding: “He was definitely a productive player. We
    think we have a terrific player here.”




    The Giants passed over Georgia guard/tackle Cordy Glenn, who unexpectedly
    slipped out of the first round. Reese said there were a few players the team was
    considering and they also tried to get “the mother lode” in a trade. They were
    never close to moving up, though.




    Speaking
    of trades
    , Greg Schiano and the Buccaneers jumped in front of the Giants at
    No. 31 in a deal with the Broncos to take Boise State running back Doug Martin,
    probably because they believed the Giants were going to take him. But Reese said
    Wilson was the No. 2 rated back on the team’s board behind Trent Richardson
    (third overall to the Browns), which means they liked him better than
    Martin.




    “There are certain players you evaluate and despite differences or what you
    think of his speed or this and that, you come away saying, ‘This guy’s a good
    football player,’” director of college scouting Marc Ross said. “And in our
    meetings, this was one of those players.”




    Wilson had 1,709 yards on 290 carries for the Hokies last season, a 5.9
    yards-per-carry average. Wilson had 10 games of 123 yards or more, including a
    175-yard performance against Georgia Tech and 153 yards and two touchdowns in a
    blowout over Virginia. He also had five receiving touchdowns in the past two
    seasons combined.




    Wilson is a tough, physical runner who plays bigger than his 5-9, 208-pound
    frame. The problem is all of his extra effort upon contact has resulted in
    fumbling issues – seven last season. It’s an issue Ahmad Bradshaw has had in the
    past.




    Cue Tom Coughlin’s “high and tight” mantra.




    “It’s just the flamboyant, all-over-the-place kind of stuff,” Coughlin said.
    “He just has to learn that ball gets in a position away from your body and good
    things do not happen.”
    Hey, you can’t blame the guy for trying to escape
    tacklers. After all, he’s “the best acrobat in the NFL.”




    No, seriously, that’s what he called himself in a YouTube video he posted on
    Tuesday when he said the resident Giant back flipper Jason Pierre-Paul is a
    “great athlete but I’m one, too.” Wilson then proceeded to beat Pierre-Paul’s
    back-flip count by a touchdown’s worth, 21-14.




    “You hit it on the head,” Coughlin joked. “We were looking for a guy who
    could do back flips, like the guy we took a couple of years ago.”




    Wilson, an energetic, enthusiastic personality, laughed and said he knew he
    was “stirring something up” when he posted the video and hoped he and
    Pierre-Paul could soon “get to the bottom of this.”




    With Wilson the newest Giant, they’ll now have plenty of time to do so."

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

    NY DAILY NEWS

    KIWI GETS THREE-YEAR EXTENSION WHILE OSI WAITS

    "UPDATED: 4:08 p.m. (with comment from Osi Umenyiora)


    Osi Umenyiora has been unhappy about his contract situation with the Giants
    for years. This won’t make him feel any better at all.

    While Umenyiora
    is left to presumably play out his contract, the Giants quietly gave a new deal
    to Umenyiora’s teammate, Mathias Kiwanuka. They signed the linebacker (and
    sometimes defensive end) to a three-year contract extension recently, even
    though he still had one year left on the two-year contract he signed just eight
    months ago.

    The full terms of the deal were not immediately available,
    but the base salaries were listed on the NFL Players Association's website.
    Kiwanuka had his 2012 base salary lowered from $4 million to $950,000 and is now
    scheduled to make $2.95 million in 2013, $4.375 million in 2014 and $4.775
    million in 2015.




    Despite all the bitterness about his own situation, Umenyiora told the Daily
    News that he's glad the Giants took care of his teammates. In an email to the
    News on Friday, he said "Honestly i feel nothing but happy for Kiwi.




    "He deserves it for sure with all he has been through," Umenyiora added.
    "Dont really know what that means for me, but I'm sure we will find out soon.
    The fact they took care of him first is OK with me. I'm not shocked by that at
    all."

    The 29-year-old Kiwanuka played well last season in his return
    from a herniated disc in his neck which forced him to miss the last 13 games of
    the 2010 season. He only had 3 ½ sacks, but he had a career-high 84 tackles and
    his coaches often spoke of his improved play against the run.

    Umenyiora,
    by comparison, was a pass-rushing force for the Giants. He had 12 ½ sacks in the
    13 games he played. He’s due $3.975 million in salary from the Giants this
    season and has made no secret about his desire for a new deal worth in the $10
    million-per-year range.

    He also made it clear that he doesn’t expect to
    get it, and a source confirmed there have been nothing but extremely preliminary
    discussions between the two sides about a new deal. What’s unknown is what
    Umenyiora plans to do about his situation. Clearly he’s as angry as he’s been
    for several years. In fact on Wednesday he was already hinting at doing
    something – perhaps a holdout in training camp that lasts longer than one
    day.

    “So what do I do?” Umenyiora said. “Do I suck it up and come back
    and put my tail between my legs like I’ve always done for these last couple of
    years? Do I do that again this year? Or do I go out there and try to do what’s
    best for me, just this one time?”

    When he hears that Kiwanuka got a new
    deal, the situation certainly could get worse. According to one source close to
    Umenyiora, he and his agents had no idea about Kiwanuka’s contract. The only
    bright side, one source said, is that based on the initial look at Kiwanuka’s
    salaries, it’s likely not a deal Umenyiora would’ve even considered
    signing.

    It also doesn’t appear to a precursor to Umenyiora getting
    traded, despite strong rumors around the NFL that the Giants were shopping him
    around. If a team wanted to acquire Umenyiora they almost certainly would want
    to at least talk to him about a new contract, and his agent, Tony Agnone, said
    on Friday that he hasn’t spoken to any other teams.

    That could change,
    though, if the Giants draft a defensive end in Round 2. According to one NFL
    source they were eyeing Clemson defensive end Andre Branch in the draft on
    Friday night and were even considering trading up to get him. If they do, it
    could potentially open the door to Umenyiora being dealt. At the very least, if
    that happens, several interested teams figure to call."

    #

    GIANTS FLIP FOR VIRGINIA TECH RB DAVID WILSON

    "David
    Wilson
    was sitting at home on the edge of his bed waiting for his phone to
    ring on Thursday night. When the Giants finally called just before the first
    night of the draft was over, he screamed.

    It would’ve been more
    appropriate if he had celebrated with a backflip or two.

    That would be
    more like the Virginia Tech running back whom the Giants selected with the 32nd
    and last pick of the first round of the NFL draft. He’s known as much for his
    blazing speed as he is for an eccentric personality and a penchant for
    backflips. In fact, in a recent YouTube video during which he rips off 21
    backflips, he calls himself “the best acrobat in the NFL.”

    The Giants
    think he’s a pretty good football player, too.

    “There are certain players
    that you evaluate as you go through the process that despite differences of what
    you think of his speed or toughness, you come away saying, ‘This guy is a good
    football player,’ ” said Marc Ross, the Giants’
    director of college scouting. “There’s only a handful of those guys in the draft
    every year, and this was one of those players.”

    That’s why Ross said it
    was a “very easy” choice to make the 5-10, 206-pound Wilson, the first running
    back taken in the first round by the Giants since Ron Dayne in 2000. They
    obviously needed a running back after cutting Brandon Jacobs. They
    were also the worst rushing team in the NFL last year.

    Giants GM
    Jerry Reese
    said that Wilson was the second-rated running back on their
    board, presumably behind Alabama’s Trent Richardson,
    who was taken by the Browns at No. 3 . But the Giants disguised their interest
    in him well. Wilson said Big Blue hadn’t contacted him at all since the NFL
    combine in February.

    Still, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers must have suspected
    the Giants had a running back in mind because they traded up one spot ahead of
    Big Blue to take Boise State running back Doug Martin. Reese,
    though, seemed focused on Wilson and his 4.4 speed, so much so that he bypassed
    several highly rated players (such as Georgia OT Cordy Glenn and
    Alabama DE Courtney Upshaw)
    who ended up slipping out of the first round.

    “Yeah, there were still
    several players on the board that we liked,” Reese said. “But David was rated
    our highest player there. He was the best value because he was the highest-rated
    player there and a little bit of need for us as well. So we got a combination of
    both.”

    Wilson set a Virginia Tech record with 1,709 yards last season.
    His 2,253 total yards broke the ACC record for juniors set by Tiki
    Barber
    in 1995. However, he also fumbled seven times (losing four), which Tom
    Coughlin
    made sure to point out. Wilson likely will be the No. 2 back behind
    the injury-prone Ahmad Bradshaw, whom
    Reese said was still the Giants’ “lead dog.”

    Wilson, though, is one
    interesting cat (or a “live-wire,” as Ross said). He’s an amateur standup
    comedian. He’s known for wearing a suit, tie and fedora to class. And then
    there’s the backflip video he posted on YouTube just two days ago, in which he
    good-naturedly called out Jason Pierre-Paul
    — the Giants’ first-round pick in 2010 who has a viral backflip video of his
    own. Pierre-Paul’s video had him doing 14 backflips. Wilson did seven
    more.

    “When I was making the video I knew I was stirring up something,”
    Wilson said. “Maybe we can get to the bottom of it.”

    GIANTS SELECT BEST ACROBAT IN NFL

    "When the Giants cut Brandon Jacobs it left a big gaping hole in their
    backfield.


    They filled it on Thursday night with a smaller, faster and
    more acrobatic back.

    With the last pick in the first round of the NFL
    draft, the Giants selected Virginia Tech running back David Wilson, a 5-10,
    206-pounder with 4.4 speed. He was the first running back selected in the first
    round by the Giants since they took Ron Dayne in the 2000 draft.

    It
    appeared that the Giants may have been targeting a running back with the
    32nd overall pick – or at least that’s what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    must have though. Just before the Giants picked, the Bucs – whose offensive
    coordinator is former Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan – traded up to 31
    and grabbed Boise State running back Doug Martin. Presumably they thought Martin
    would be the Giants’ choice.

    But Giants GM Jerry Reese said Wilson was
    the second-rated running back on his board – presumably behind Alabama’s Trent
    Richardson, who went third overall. Marc Ross, the Giants’ director of college
    scouting, said it was a “very easy” pick.

    “In our meetings this was one
    of those players where everybody came away saying ‘This guy is a good football
    player,’” Ross said. “That’s very intriguing.”

    “A terrific football
    player,” Reese added. “This guy loves to play football. He’s fast. He’s
    productive. He can do anything you want him to do.”

    Wilson is an
    “outgoing” personality, in Tom Coughlin’s words, who used to wear a coat and tie
    to school and loves to show off his athleticism with a series of backflips –
    just like another former first-round pick by the Giants, Jason Pierre-Paul. In
    fact, in a YouTube video posted just two days ago, Wilson issued a light-hearted
    challenge to JPP. He then called himself the "best acrobat in the NFL" before
    reeling off 21 backflips.




    Wilson rushed for school-record 1,719 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior
    with the Hokies. He caught 22 passes out of the backfield, too, and returned
    kicks. He likely will be the Giants’ No. 2 running back behind the injury prone
    Ahmad Bradshaw, whom Reese said is still the Giants’ “lead dog.”

    The
    only complication in the choice was that there seemed to be far more options on
    the board than the Giants were expecting at 32. Georgia offensive tackle Cordy
    Wilson, projected to be a Top 15 pick, was still on the board, as was Alabama
    defensive end Courtney Upshaw. Speedy Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill and
    Stanford tight end Coby Fleener were still available, too.

    “Yeah, there
    were still several players on the board that we liked,” Reese said. “But David
    was rated our highest player there. He was the best value because he was the
    highest rated player and a little bit of need as well.”

    It was a pretty
    big need, actually, given the absence of Jacobs and the fact that Bradshaw has
    chronic issues with his feet and ankles. The Giants also had the NFL’s worst
    rushing attack last season, and clearly they weren’t comfortable with handing a
    prominent role in the offense to Da’Rel Scott or DJ Ware.

    “You need
    mulitiple runners,” Tom Coughlin said. “At least two that can take the field at
    any time. This is a young man we feel can be a big play threat.”

    GIANTS SIGN VETERAN DT SHAUN ROGERS

    "The Giants were so eager to bolster their defensive line, they didn’t even
    wait until the NFL draft started.


    A few hours before the first pick was
    made, the Giants signed veteran defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, a 6-4, 350-pound,
    12-year veteran. The three-time Pro Bowler will likely backup starters Chris
    Canty and Linval Joseph, adding some depth to what is already one of the NFL’s
    deepest and best defensive lines.

    “I’m kind of honored and I appreciated
    them holding me in a regard enough to put me in along those guys,” Rogers said.
    “Those guys are most definitely top-notch pass rushers, defensive linemen right
    now, especially in their prime. I’m just happy to be a part of that group, those
    guys are going to help me out and hopefully I can help them
    out.”

    Rogers, 33, was the second-round choice of the Detroit Lions in
    2001. He made the Pro Bowl with the Lions in 2004 and 2005 and again in the AFC
    with the Cleveland Browns in 2008.

    Though his best days are behind him,
    he did play all 18 games for the Saints last season, starting four. When New
    Orleans chose not to re-sign him, even Rogers admitted he wondered if he was
    done.

    “When you’re sitting out there you always have that in the back of
    your head being an 11-year vet,” he said. “‘Maybe this is the time. Is it not
    the time? How am I feeling? How am I transitioning this offseason?’ There are a
    lot of variables that play into that whole card.

    “But there was still
    some interest, so I figured as long as they’re still interested I have something
    to offer. I still most definitely feel that I can bring something to the table.
    I might not be exactly like I was in ’06, but I still have some tricks and I
    still have some good push in me.”

    That’s what the Giants are counting
    on, especially since they have some concern about defensive tackle Marvin
    Austin, their second-round pick from 2011. Austin missed all of last season with
    a torn pec and he missed his senior season in college while serving a suspension
    for taking improper benefits, so he hasn’t played competitive football since
    2009.

    Rogers does bring some baggage with him to the Giants. In 2010 he
    was arrested at Cleveland’s airport when a loaded gun was found in his carry-on
    luggage. Rogers was not suspended by the NFL for that incident, but he was fined
    one week’s pay – a little more than $400,000.




    Terms of Rogers' deal with the Giants were not immediately disclosed."


    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giant

    NY POST

    GIANTS DRAFT VIRGINIA TECH RD WILSON

    "In the end, the last pick of the first round of the NFL Draft was “a pretty
    easy pick for us,’’ according to Giants general manager Jerry Reese.



    “Very easy,’’ echoed Marc Ross, the Giants director of college scouting.




    Why not? The Giants won Super Bowl XLVI based on a ferocious pass rush and a
    dynamic passing game, and left behind their usually productive running game.
    They made a move last night to rectify finishing last in the NFL in rushing,
    taking Virginia Tech running back David Wilson with the 32nd overall pick.




    “He’s a terrific football player,’’ Reese said. “This guy loves to play
    football. He can do anything you want him to do. He’s a good piece to add to our
    running back stable.’’

    This was a marriage of need and value. The Giants released Brandon Jacobs —
    who averaged 150 rushing attempts the past two years — and the starting running
    back, Ahmad Bradshaw, has chronically bad feet that forced him to miss four
    games last season and prevented him from practicing for the majority of the
    season.



    What was left on the roster — D.J. Ware, Da’Rel Scott and Andre Brown — did
    not inspire much confidence. Hence, the selection of Wilson, who came out of
    college after his junior year and last season ran for 1,709 yards and nine
    touchdowns to earn ACC Player of the Year honors.




    “He’s the kind of a guy who will add very much to our present situation in
    terms of the big play-potential,’’ coach Tom Coughlin said. “He’s one of those
    guys who has the speed and the maneuverability to make the big play.’’




    The Buccaneers traded up to No. 31 in order to take Boise State running back
    Doug Martin, most likely fearing the Giants would take him at No. 32. Reese,
    though, said Wilson was the Giants’ second-highest rated running back on the
    road, behind only Alabama’s Trent Richardson. Reese did take nearly all of the
    allotted 10 minutes to make the pick, though, willing to trade down for the
    right price.




    “We wanted to stay on the clock and make sure nobody wanted to move up and
    give us a mother lode,’’ Reese said.




    Coughlin said one of the reasons Wilson is an important addition is because
    of Bradshaw’s history of foot problems.




    “You have to think of that,’’ Coughlin said. “If it becomes an issue again
    you have to have some outstanding, talented people to pick up the slack a little
    bit.’’




    Wilson is not tall — he’s 5-9. But he is extremely fast — he ran a 4.41. He
    also is a kickoff returner and Reese called his balance “incredible.’’




    He has had a problem with fumbles in his career — seven last year — because
    of what Coughlin described as “flamboyant all over the place stuff’’ but added
    “he just has to learn.’’




    Wilson is the first running back taken by the Giants in the first round since
    2000, when they took the Heisman Trophy winner, Ron Dayne.




    Wilson this week posted a video on Youtube playfully calling out Jason
    Pierre-Paul, challenging him to a back-flip contest, calling himself “the best
    acrobat in the NFL.’’




    Reese said Wilson is “wound tight’’ and Ross described him as “a live-wire,
    energetic, personable.’’




    Wilson said he was thrilled to be coming to the Super Bowl champions.




    “I’m a good team player,” he said. “In this league one running back can’t do
    it all. I look forward to working with those guys.’’




    The Giants were happy with the direction the first round took, leaving
    several quality prospects on the board when it came time for their selection.
    They had their pick of tight end Coby Fleener, offensive lineman Cordy Glenn,
    receivers Rueben Randle and Stephen Hill, defensive lineman Jerel Worthy and
    linebacker Courtney Upshaw."

    BALLARD SAYS GIANTS WI BE OK AT TIGHT END

    "Giants tight end Jake Ballard said he will likely miss the 2012 season, but
    still didn’t expect his team to draft a replacement in the first round last
    night.



    “They’re not going to,’’ said Ballard, at yesterday’s Mets game for the Citi
    Field kids program. “I just don’t see us taking a tight end first round. We have
    too many other needs and we just signed Martellus Bennett and they have Bear
    Pascoe still, so it’s not like they’re huge needs right now. I guess they could
    surprise everybody, but I just don’t see it the way my coaches are
    talking.’’




    It’s easy to see why the Giants might draft a tight end, like Coby Fleener,
    Andrew Luck’s target at Stanford.



    Ballard tore his ACL in the the Giants’ Super Bowl win over New England, and
    while he still is holding out at least some hope of returning for the second
    half of the season, it’s slim at best.



    “I kind of knew I’d miss a year with the microfracture part, and ACL.




    “I kind of expected to miss a year, but I’m hoping to be back,’’ he said."

    http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants

    THE BERGEN RECORD

    GIANTS SELECT VA TECH RUNNING BACK DAVID WILSON

    "David Wilson is a character with character.


    He has created an Internet stir of sorts with his ability to do back flips,
    similar to the way Jason Pierre-Paul showed off his freak athleticism coming out
    of South Florida.




    Not only do the Giants believe Wilson can contribute to their quest of
    defending as Super Bowl champions, but the Virginia Tech running back has the
    potential of being the franchise’s future star on the ground.




    Oh, and Wilson also wore a coat and tie to class in college, which obviously
    appealed to Tom Coughlin’s no-nonsense philosophy as well.




    “Getting that New Jersey [phone] call, my hands sweating and I just started
    screaming,” Wilson said. “I answered and it was the best call I got in a long
    time.”




    Wilson joined some elite company – and not just with the quarterback of his
    new team.




    Being chosen 32nd overall in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Giants
    is something special, basically because they don’t go there very often.




    Becoming the first running back taken in the first round by Big Blue since
    Ron Dayne in 2000 comes with a different distinction, considering how Dayne
    failed to live up to expectations.




    There were plenty of smiles and no talk of Dayne and first-round busts
    Thursday night, only compliments and yes, a few verbal back flips from the
    Giants along the way.




    “He can do everything,” general manager Jerry Reese said.




    The 5-foot-9, 206-pound junior will plug a vacancy in the backfield created
    by Brandon Jacobs’ departure to San Francisco alongside Ahmad Bradshaw, D.J.
    Ware and Da’Rel Scott.




    “In this league, one running back can’t do it all,” Wilson said.




    Wilson’s 2,253 all-purpose yards last season broke the old ACC record for
    juniors set by former Giant Tiki Barber at Virginia in 1995.




    “Brandon’s no longer here,” Coughlin said. “And we do have to balance that
    up.”




    The 2011 ACC Player of the Year should come in and compete for time as
    Bradshaw’s backup right away. With Bradshaw continuing to heal from his
    surgically repaired feet, Wilson could also emerge as a lead back down the
    road.




    When weighing need versus value, the Giants went with Wilson ahead of players
    such as Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and LSU wide receiver Rueben
    Randle – both of whom were high on their draft board.




    There was some pre-draft speculation the Giants would be interested in Boise
    State running back Doug Martin as a backfield complement to Bradshaw. And that
    seemed to be a possibility until Tampa Bay – and former Rutgers coach Greg
    Schiano – traded back into the first round and nabbed Martin in a swap with
    Denver.




    The three teams chasing the Giants in the NFC East made strong moves Thursday
    night.




    The boldest decision was made by Dallas, which traded with Jacksonville into
    the sixth spot and added what they hope will be a shutdown corner in LSU’s
    Morris Claiborne.




    The Eagles pulled off a trade of their own with a deal with Seattle for the
    12th overall pick, selecting Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox to
    bolster their front.




    While those two choices were surprises, Washington’s selection of Heisman
    Trophy winning quarterback Robert Griffin III of Baylor with the second pick was
    a formality."

    http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/

    WALL STREET JOURNAL

    MORE DEALS COMING AS NFL DRAFT CONTINUES?

    "The second round of the NFL draft begins Friday night with St. Louis on the
    clock. Unless, of course, the Rams and the rest of the teams are still in a
    trading mood.

    St. Louis was as active as anyone in the frenzied
    wheeling and dealing of the opening round. The Rams actually got it started
    weeks ago when they moved down from No. 2 to No. 6, receiving a boatload of
    picks from Washington because the Redskins wanted to take Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin
    III
    . The Rams also moved down from sixth to 14th in a deal with Dallas,
    which took LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne.


    When the bartering was over, there were eight trades
    Thursday night involving 12 of the league's 32 teams.


    Those deals affected the rest of the seven rounds, of
    course. Minnesota and Tampa Bay traded back into the first round when it was
    almost complete, surrendering second-round spots to Baltimore and Denver,
    respectively. The Vikings and Buccaneers sent their earlier


    first-round picks elsewhere, too.


    "This is what makes the draft so fun," Vikings general
    manager Rick Spielman said after using the 29th overall pick to grab Notre Dame
    safety Harrison
    Smith
    . "The moving up and down and accumulating picks then using those picks
    to potentially move back up if you target a player. I know the depth at safety
    in this draft was very slim. We wanted to make sure that we started on our
    secondary and improving that area. We feel very strongly that Harrison will
    definitely do that."


    Tampa Bay jumped back into the opening round at No. 31,
    one spot from the end, to get Boise State running back Doug Martin.


    "There was a guy we targeted that we had a lot of
    interest in," Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik said. "For a couple reasons we made
    that trade for Doug
    Martin
    . No. 1 who he is, a great team leader at Boise State ... a productive
    football player. We felt like we wanted to get a back in this year's draft and
    felt he was a complete back. To do that, what happens also is you ... end up
    with a five-year deal on a first-year pick's contract, which is important to me
    because that is extra value you get that isn't always seen."


    Plus, the Bucs sent the fourth-round pick they acquired
    from Jacksonville earlier in the first round - the Jaguars took safety Mark Barron of Alabama
    - to the Broncos, but Tampa Bay still owns another spot in the fourth round.


    "Obviously we have five more selections to go and we're
    very excited about that," Dominik said.


    Not that it's a given the Bucs will keep all of those
    choices.


    The trading frenzy was driven in part by the rookie wage
    scale that helps set costs for picks in the first round. With the extravagant
    salaries and bonuses toned down, teams are much more willing to move up, whether
    it's one spot to ensure getting a player you desperately want - Cleveland
    dealing with Minnesota to grab Alabama running back Trent Richardson
    - or 11, as the Patriots did with two trades.


    "We can't predict what's going to happen, so we just
    watch the players as they come off (the board)," Patriots coach Bill Belichick
    said. "When we have opportunities, we take advantage of them. We didn't know we
    would be able to trade up to where we were for the cost we had to pay. But it
    worked out that way, so great."


    THE NEW YORK TIMES

    GIANTS CONSIDERED ALBERT HAYNESWORTH PRIOR TO SIGNING SHAUN ROGERS

    "Mere hours prior to the start of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, the New York
    Giants announced the signing of veteran defensive tackle Shaun Rogers. The news of
    his addition seemingly came out of left field, and buried amidst the hoopla and
    preparation for the draft was word that the team also looked into free agent Albert Haynesworth.


    Haynesworth is a name that seemingly hangs around the Giants every time he's
    a free agent dating back to 2009 when the team reportedly offered him an $80
    million contract. Of course, he instead opted to sign with the Washington
    Redskins, who gave him a seven-year deal worth $100 million. In 2011, he was
    traded to the New England Patriots, subsequently released a few months later and
    then finished the season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.




    Once a Pro Bowl and All-Pro player, Haynesworth's career has recently been in
    a downward spiral. He was unable to get along with coaches in Washington and was
    suspended by the team, which eventually led to him being traded. Then, in New
    England, he got into a face-to-face confrontation with assistant Pepper Johnson
    leading to his release.




    In addition to his issues in Washington and New England, Haynesworth has been
    involved with several questionable and violent on-field actions, including the
    stomping incident of Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode in 2006. He's also been
    in the spotlight for several legal issues away from the field, including
    allegations of assault and an automobile accident that left one person
    paralyzed.




    Whether or not Big Blue's interest fades with the addition of Rogers remains
    to be seen, but either way, Haynesworth is a risk not worth taking at any
    price."

    NY GIANTS' DAVID WILSON BRINGS HOME RUN THREAT, HIGH CHARACTER TO BIG APPLE

    "The New York
    Giants selected Virginia Tech running back David Wilson with the
    32ndpick of the 2012 NFL
    draft
    , a big step in the effort to bolster a running game that ranked worst
    in the NFL in 2011.
    Wilson broke former Giant TikiBarber's ACC record for all-purpose yards his
    final season at Virginia Tech with 2,253 total yards.


    In the Giants 101 yearly positional rankings released at the end of March, I
    had Wilson as the second highest graded running back behind Trent Richardson in
    this draft. To see the rankings and breakdown of the backs, click here.




    Today, we take an in-depth look at the newest member of the New York
    Giants offense and what he brings to the table.




    CAREER NOTES


      [*]ACC record holder for all-purpose yards with 2,253 in 2011.[*]2nd team All American in 2011.[*]2011 ACC overall player of the year.[*]2011 ACC offensive player of the year.[*]Scored 10 touchdowns and carried 290 times for 1,709 yards in 2011 (school
      record). Good for just under six yards per carry. Also added 22
      receptions.[*]Tied ACC single-season record with ten 100 yard games.[/list]


      ANALYSIS




      Strengths:


        [*]Excellent combination of speed and burst. Has that rare gear to break away
        from defensive backs to the end zone at the NFL level. Has the jets.[*]Very tough runner and will not shy away from contact. Lowers the pads and
        looks for the extra yard.[*]Never takes a play off, very hard worker on the football
        field, and also a hard worker off the field. Loves the game.[*]Elusive, strong, and has great balance. Will shake away from one would-be
        tackler and drop his shoulder into the next. Competitive and gains yards after
        initial contact.[*]Dangerous in the open field on the bubble screen and can without a doubt hit
        the homerun.[*]Extremely durable and productive for Virginia Tech. Strong career at a high
        level of competition.[*]Solid hands and can be relied on to catch the swing pass out of the
        backfield.[*]Talked about as an outstanding, high energy, high character
        teammate.[/list]


        Weaknesses:


          [*]Has ball security issues that will need to be addressed to be a full-time
          back at the NFL level.[*]Can get impatient and miss running lanes and can be indecisive.[*]Needs work in pass protection to be effective in blitz pickup and keep his
          quarterback clean.[*]Will need to add some bulk to his frame going into the NFL
          game.[/list]


          NFL
          COMPARISON




          I'm going to give you three names on this one so stay with me –
          DeAngeloWilliams, Tiki Barber, and a bit of LeSean McCoy. That's the mold I see
          in Wilson as a runner. Barber had better instincts and vision, but Wilson is
          similar in his smooth athleticism and acceleration after he breaks past the
          first level. Like Williams, he likes to run low to the ground and can be
          difficult to bring down with his toughness and power. Can hit the home run and
          shake tacklers in the hole like McCoy. I'm not saying he's good to be up there
          in McCoy's league, but the skill set is similar to these guys and if he can tone
          down the fumbling and become a little more patient in the backfield, this is
          going to be another scary weapon for the New York Giants offense.




          PROJECTED ROLE IN 2012 WITH THE GIANTS




          I expect Wilson to come in and step into the #2 running back spot behind
          Ahmad Bradshaw this summer. DJ Ware is a solid all-around utility back and
          Da'Rel Scott is dangerous on the edge, but Wilson is the most talented back of
          the group and could push Bradshaw for more and more carries as the season goes
          on if he stays healthy.




          Wilson brings a home-run hitting, explosive element to the Giants offense as
          a runner and also gives them the best receiver out of the backfield they've had
          in quite some time. Look for him to get 11-13 carries a game along with some
          opportunities as a pass-catcher to start the season, and possibly even some
          return duties.




          I expect the Giants running game to take a significant step forward with this
          addition next season."

          NY GIANTS SIGN DT SHAUN ROGERS

          "Mere hours before the 2012 NFL Draft is set to get underway, the New York
          Giants
          have made waves in free agency, signing veteran defensive tackle Shaun Rogers.



          “I’m kind of honored and I appreciated them holding me in a regard enough to
          put me in along those guys,” Rogers said, speaking of Big Blue's defensive line.
          “Those guys are most definitely top-notch pass rushers, defensive linemen right
          now, especially in their prime. I’m just happy to be a part of that group, those
          guys are going to help me out and hopefully I can help them
          out."




          Rogers, nicknamed Big Baby, is an 11-year NFL veteran having spent most of his career with the
          Detroit Lions, but most recently he was with the New Orleans Saints. He also
          spent three years with the Cleveland Browns.





          “I still most definitely feel that I can bring something to the table. I
          might not be exactly like I was in ’06, but I still have some tricks and I still
          have some good push in me," he added.




          The 6'4'', 350 lbs monster has played in 156 career games, collecting 504
          tackles, 37.5 sacks and 51 stuffs. He's been named to Pro Bowl three times and
          was a second team All-Pro selection in 2004.




          The addition of Rogers likely means the Giants will not draft a defensive
          tackle, while it would also mean the end for either or both of Jimmy Kennedy and
          Rocky Bernard who are currently unrestricted free agents.




          Contract details have not yet been made available."

          http://www.giants101.com/

          BIG BLUE VIEW

          OSI UMENYIORA: FINAL HOURS WITH THE NEW YORK GIANTS?

          "Is Osi Umenyiora
          in his final hours as a member of the New York Giants?
          Anything can happen during the NFL Draft, of course, but it certainly feels
          right now as though that is a real possibility.



          We heard just a little while ago that the Giants had inked defensive
          end/linebacker Mathias
          Kiwanuka
          to a three-year contract extension, meaning he will be in a New
          York thru the 2015 season.




          Umenyiora told
          the Star-Ledger's Mike Garafolo
          via e-mail that he was "happy for Kiwi." You
          know, however, that Umenyiora would love an extension of his own -- something he
          has been publicly pining for for years now. Umenyiora also added "my situation
          will take care of itself soon" in his e-mail to Garafolo.




          Could "soon" be a couple of hours from now during Round 2 or Round 3 of the
          2012 NFL Draft?




          Earlier this week Umenyiora indicated it was possible the Giants would trade him during the draft. Since
          Umenyiora's remarks the Giants have added veteran defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, a
          move which really should not impact Umenyiora, and extended Kiwanuka's
          contract.





          What scenarios could find Umenyiora playing for a different team after Friday
          night? Well, the St. Louis Rams have
          three picks in the first 13 selections of Round 2 this evening. Could the Giants
          dangle Umenyiora and a late-round or future pick to move into the first part of
          the second round? General manager Jerry Reese has seemed to indicate there are a
          lot of players on the Giants' draft board with second-round grades.




          One writer has floated the idea of the Tennessee Titans
          making a pitch to get Umenyiora from the Giants before the
          draft is over.




          What about the Denver Broncos? John
          Elway has two second-round selections, the fourth and 25th picks of the evening,
          and a need for help on the defensive line. The Broncos have to be in "win now"
          mode with Peyton
          Manning
          at quarterback. Would they give up that fourth pick, 36th overall,
          for the 30-year-old two-time Pro Bowler?




          Maybe Umenyiora will remain with the Giants beyond Friday night and into the
          2012 season. Maybe he won't. The uncertainty surrounding his future, however,
          makes tonight that much more interesting."


          ##

          NEW YORK GIANTS' 2012 NFL DRAFT GRADES: ROUND 1

          Excerpt: "It is silly to try and grade NFL Draft selections immediately after they are
          made. That, however, is how the business works. With that in mind here are some
          of the grades and reactions from draft analysts to the New York Giants'
          selection of Virginia Tech running back David Wilson
          in the first round (32nd overall) on Thursday night.


          Mike
          Mayock – NFL.com

          Mayock's take: "People talk about how quick and fast
          Wilson is, but he's so explosive north and south. He doesn't just try to make
          you miss laterally. This is a football player. And if you go to New York to play
          for Tom Coughlin, you better be nothing less. Great pick by the Giants."




          Draft
          Analysis - 2012 Draft Tracker - SI.com

          The Giants have a rep as a classic
          old-school offense that pounds away with an array of ball carriers to open up
          the passing lanes for its quarterback. But on draft day the team has devoted
          very few resources to the ground -- just four draft picks over the past 10 years
          went to RBs, fewest in the NFL. With that said, Wilson could prove to be a smart
          pick. The Giants won the Super Bowl last season despite a pathetic rushing
          attack. They averaged just 3.5 yards per rush attempt, worst in the NFL. Great
          needs-based pick for the champs." Read more...

          DAVID WILSON: RUNNING BACK A "BPA" CHOICE? MAYBE, BUT NOT ENTIRELY

          "The New York Giants
          might have a "best player available" philosophy in the NFL Draft. Don't ever let
          general manager Jerry Reese tell you that positional need does not impact the
          value they put on players and how they set their draft board, however. The
          selection Thursday night of Virginia Tech running back David Wilson with
          the 32nd pick of the first round can be viewed as an example that need is more
          important to Reese than he wants anyone to think.



          Before the draft Reese said he was "conscious" of what the Giants needs were. Can it be a complete coincidence
          that when the Giants' turn came the highest-rated player on their draft board
          was at their position of most obvious need? Probably not.




          "Terrific football player. He's a good piece to put in our running back
          stable along with some of the other backs that we have and we're happy to have a
          player of his caliber," Reese said Thursday night. "He can run inside. He can
          run outside. I don't think Ahmad's role is going to change. He's going to be our
          lead dog and again, this guy is going to be a nice piece in our running back
          stable." [Complete Reese Transcript]





          Here is how Giants' coach Tom Coughlin reacted to the selection of
          Wilson:




          "... he's the kind of guy that we felt would add very much to our present
          situation in terms of the big play potential," Coughlin said. "He's one of the
          guys that has the speed and maneuverability to make the big play and that's what
          was very important t
    “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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    thanks Roanoke! [B]




    i love the Wilson pick! he appears to be just what we need!




    i think another great pick by JR and staff!




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      [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

      thanks Roanoke! [B]




      i love the Wilson pick! he appears to be just what we need!




      i think another great pick by JR and staff!




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      I agree [Y]
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