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  • NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012 - 11:28A.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

    DAVID DIEHL KNOWS HE'LL BE PLAYING SOMEWHERE ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE BUT HE DOESN'T KNOW WHERE

    "Like a bunch of Giants offensive
    linemen right now, David Diehl doesn’t know where he’s going to be playing come
    Week 1 – guard or tackle, left or right.


    All Diehl knows is he will be playing, period.




    Despite Will Beatty returning from a detached retina to again compete at left
    tackle, James Brewer coming in as a candidate at right tackle, veteran Kevin
    Boothe making a case for a full-time role at guard and draft picks Brandon
    Mosley and Matt McCants entering the picture as prospects.




    “That’s great to bring in young guys and have depth and create competition,”
    Diehl said this afternoon by phone in an interview in part to promote an
    appearance at ****’s Sporting Goods in Union this Sunday. “I’ve already been
    told, ‘You’re getting old.’ I laugh when people tell me I’m old when I’m 31 and
    have only missed four games. People are asking, ‘Are you worried about your job
    security?’ This isn’t the first time they’ve drafted somebody at my position and
    it definitely won’t be the last time.”




    Diehl was solid at left tackle last season, especially when taking into
    account he played the final month of the regular season and the playoffs with a
    broken hand. Beatty was out with a detached retina but will return this season
    and will probably get his job back on the left side.




    Diehl figures to be a replacement for right tackle Kareem McKenzie, who
    remains unsigned. In the meantime, he’s already reviewed all of his games from
    last season, both at left guard and left tackle, to analyze and correct his
    technique.




    “Competition only makes me better and makes me have a stronger mindset,”
    Diehl said. “Do you think I’m going to let somebody come in and take my job from
    me, take away my chance to provide for my daughter? Over my dead body will I let
    that happen.”




    Diehl understands the addition of Mosley and McCants, as well as top picks
    David Wilson and Rueben Randle, will help a team looking to add depth in
    position where players, such as McKenzie, Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham,
    have been lost.




    “We feel like we’ve got the guys, we feel like we’ve got the foundation, the
    draft picks we brought in are at positions we need players to step in and play,”
    he said. “You bring in young talent with that same work ethic and that
    blue-collar attitude, they’re going to work. It doesn’t matter if these guys are
    rookies; they’re going to have to step up and contribute.”




    * * * *




    Diehl’s appearance at ****’s, which opened today in the Route 22 Retail
    Center in Union, will be from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday. The store, which opens at 9
    a.m., will also be giving away unmarked gift cards ranging from $5 to $500, to
    the first 100 people in line.




    * * * *




    Diehl knew the late
    Junior Seau
    rather well. In fact, he recalls running into him on multiple
    vacations in the Bahamas and elsewhere.




    “When we played (the Patriots) in Super Bowl XLII, he obviously wasn’t like
    he was when he was in San Diego. He wasn’t that same player,” Diehl recalled.
    “But his whole thing was his intelligence and his instincts and they were just
    as sharp.




    “There were times, when he was in Miami and in New England, where he’d call
    out plays and you’re in your stance and want to yell out, ‘Nope, no, no it
    isn’t!’ But he would call them out based on formations and his knowledge, like
    he was the quarterback of the defense.




    “I think about players like Lawrence Taylor, Ray Lewis and Junior Seau. These
    are guys who changed the game and legends of the sport. So it’s just really sad
    to have something like this happen.”

    ##

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

    NY DAILY NEWS

    GIANTS AND RAVENS DISCUSSING TRADE INVOLVING OSI UMENYIORA?

    "When Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell
    Suggs
    suffered a torn Achilles on Thursday, focus immediately turned to
    their previous interest in New York
    Giants
    defensive lineman Osi
    Umenyiora
    . Giants 101 speculated that said injury could rekindle trade talks, and less than 24 hours later, rumors
    have begun to swirl that discussions between the two sides are heating up.



    "RUMOR: Ravens talking to Giants about Osi to replace Suggs," Drew Boylhart of The Huddle Report tweeted.




    In response to inquiries about whether it was an actual rumor or merely
    conjecture based on circulating speculation, Boylhart affirmed that it was a
    rumor.




    Given the history between the two teams, it's not far-fetched to believe Baltimore
    gave the Giants a call. However, Big Blue stands pat in their desire to receive
    at least a second-round pick in any trade involving Umenyiora, while the Ravens
    seem unlikely to part with anything greater than a third-round pick.




    With that said, desperation does change things. The Ravens are in a "win now"
    mode (as are the Giants), and if they don't feel comfortable enough with what
    they have, they may be willing to give Jerry Reese & Co. exactly what they
    want.




    Bottom line: Where there's smoke, there's usually fire, but this rumor is
    still lacking any real substance. Until something more hits the airwaves, take
    Boylhart's tweet with a grain of salt."

    GIANTS' VERSATILE OFFENSIVE LINE NEED TO FIND THEIR FORM, RETURN TO BASICS IN 2012

    "Each NFL offseason is for regrouping, reloading and rethinking. The New York Football
    Giants are already addressing that aspect as far as the big guys in the
    trenches: the offensive line.


    Last season, there were some changes. Center Shaun O’Hara and Left Guard Rich
    Seubert were cut due to lingering injury issues. Both are still not playing football on
    an NFL-level, sadly; they were definite fan-favorites that went above and
    beyond. Replacing their professionalism and strengths (while maintaining
    continuity for Manning) on the line had visibly hit a snag for most of the 2011
    season.




    While Eli Manning wasn’t the most-sacked quarterback in 2011 (not even
    close), he helped himself out of more than a few. The Giants were ranked 6th in
    pass blocking, allowing only 28 sacks in the regular season. The least amount of
    sacks allowed (Buffalo) was 23, most was (yikes) 55 by St. Louis.




    The blatant trench concern was with the more-than-dismal 2011 Run-Block rank
    of 28th in the league. When broken down, the problems lie in running off-tackle
    – both right and left. The percentage of yards gained improved when the
    ball-carrier ran off mid-guard or off the ends/ to the outside – and pretty
    considerably. Looking at the statistics, Big Blue chose to run the ball a
    whopping 42% of the time off mid-guard. 18% was off left tackle, 16% off the
    right, 17% bounced to the outside on the right and 7% bounced to the left. This
    in no way will tell the story of why the Pat
    Flaherty
    -commanded offensive line faltered. So what gives (or doesn’t)?




    Try to look up an offensive line depth chart on an official Giants website.
    You won’t find one. Look forward to an open training camp competition beginning
    the end of July, folks. 2011 had RT Kareem McKenzie, RG Chris Snee, C David
    Baas, LG David
    Diehl
    , and LT Will Beatty as the starting lineup to give Manning time to
    pass the ball and set up blocks for RB Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. The
    only foreseeable non-changes will be Chris Snee at right guard and David Baas at
    center.




    Will Beatty will need to prove that he’s 100% (after eye surgery to repair a
    detached retina) capable of protecting #10’s blindside. David
    Diehl
    has publicly stated that he will play wherever his talent is
    needed:





    “…I’ll play anything I’ve got to play to help our team win games, whether
    it’s left tackle, right tackle, guard. I’m not a selfish guy. I’m a team guy.
    Just like last year, being able to play all those positions down the stretch
    helped us win games, helped us win a Super Bowl …” he answered reporters in
    April.




    Indeed versatility is key on the line. G/C/T Kevin
    Boothe
    stepped into several roles last season and may very well win out a
    starting position in camp due to familiarity and already gelling. G Mitch
    Petrus
    has also shown the world that, given the chance, he can and will win
    the battles put before him. Head Coach Tom Coughlin agreed after Petrus started
    his very first NFL game:





    “…you see his power, you see his ability, you see him up against some very
    good defensive people that are big, sizable defensive linemen and plays well
    against them. I liked his attitude and the way he went about it [battling Green
    Bay NT B.J. Raji]. There was no big eyes, there was no anything. He just went to
    work, trusted himself, trusted his preparation. When given the opportunity, he
    did well…” Coughlin said post-regular season Green Bay game.




    Second year T James Brewer hadn’t dressed last season, T Selvish Capers was
    on and off the practice squad for 2011 and C/G Jim
    Cordle
    was another practice squad player activated in October. Eight-year T
    Sean
    Locklear
    was recently signed to anchor the depth position from the veteran
    standpoint. As far as the other six players (C/G Chris
    White
    , T Joel Reinders, T Brandon
    Mosley
    , T Mike McCants, G Stephen Gooden and G D’Angelo McCray), it’s more
    than likely a battle of back-ups, training camp bodies and practice squad bubble
    guys.




    The battle on the line of scrimmage is where it starts and what sets the tone
    for the game as a whole. The Giants have already proven that they have fire
    power in the pass game; it’s time to get back to basics. Basic football
    -where the Giants offense controls the time of possession and the battle up
    front- will be the focus in Albany if Big Blue wants to repeat."

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: SNL WITH ELI EVE EDITION

    Excerpt: "Good morning fellow Giants fans. Hey, I don't know about you guys, but I'm
    fired up about Eli hosting Saturday Night Live tomorrow night. Not only
    is it a nice diversion and something different to look forward to during the
    offseason, but it's a pretty big deal for Number Ten--a chance to gain even more
    mainstream celebrity exposure, if that's even possible after leading the the
    football team in the media capital of the world to a second remarkable Super
    Bowl title in five seasons. But there are actually quite a few bits of Big Blue
    news that we've gathered over the past 24-48 hours...." Read more...

    FOUR NY GIANTS IN PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS TOP 50

    "You probably know by now that NFL Network is winding its way through its Top 100 players
    heading into the 2012 NFL season, as voted on by NFL players. We will talk
    enough about that list. Let's talk about another list -- the Pro Football Focus Top
    101 of 2011
    .



    PFF says the list was based entirely on 2011 performance. Here are the New
    York Giants
    on the list:




    Hakeem Nicks
    (No. 50)




    Victor Cruz
    (No. 37)




    Jason
    Pierre-Paul
    (No. 17)




    Eli Manning (No.
    8) -- PFF's bullet points on Manning are listed below. Here is the full article on Eli, and yes it is a free read.


      [*]His O-line allowed 15 more total pressures than any other in the NFL[*]Led NFL with 69.4% accuracy percentage on snaps under pressure[*]Led NFL in percentage of total pressure that turns into sacks with just
      11.5%[*]Best-graded game was the Super Bowl (+8.2)[*]Led NFL in deep attempts (109), completions (43), yards (1,490) on passes
      that traveled 20+ yards in the air[/list]


      By the way, New England
      Patriots
      quarterback Tom Brady was 13th
      on the PFF list.Aaron Rodgers
      of the Green Bay Packers
      is No. 1 on PFF's list."

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

    INSIDE FOOTBALL

    THE FRIDAY FIVE WITH ED VALENTINE

    "It’s time for another special off-season
    edition of the ‘Friday Five’ with Big blue View’s Ed Valentine. Read on to see
    Ed’s answers to my questions and then pop on over to Big Blue View to see what he
    asked me.



    1. Ok, Ed I know we haven’t seen the rookie draft class yet, but give
    me your take on what they did and what they didn’t do.

    They did what
    the Giants generally do — stay patient and let the draft unfold, not try to
    force it. I found it interesting that the ‘best player available’ so
    consistently matched up with Giants’ needs. Amazing how that happens, isn’t
    it?




    2. How about the undrafted guys. Any names in particular jump out at
    you as a guy who might be able to contribute.

    Well, we will of
    course be paying to attention to Joe Martinek of Rutgers because of the regional
    connection. The safety, Janzen Jackson, appears to be a guy that analysts think
    has some ability. And, with apologies to Tyler Sash fans, there really isn’t
    anyone you are sure you can count on behind Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips.




    3. So with the addition of these rookies, some veterans would appear
    to be in jeopardy. Who do you think is on the bubble as of this
    writing?

    The one name that leaps to mind is Ramses Barden. I think
    the Giants have waited a long time for Barden, and with Reuben Randle and even
    some of the UDFAs they brought in if Barden doesn’t step up and have a big
    training camp/preseason he could be in trouble. Barden is a guy the Giants
    traded up for in the draft, and I thought it was a shot at Barden when Reese
    said this after the draft: “We’re a little bit leery of moving up and taking
    guys. We’ve done that in the past and I don’t think our success has been very
    good.”




    4. Was there a position that they didn’t pick that surprised
    you?

    Well, I would say safety …except that there were only a couple
    of real impact safeties in the draft.




    5. What area do you think they still need to address between now and
    the start of the season?

    Right now I just am not convinced that
    Tyler Sash can be the third safety. It wouldn’t surprise me if they looked to
    find someone there. Also, I know they signed Shaun Rogers but another defensive
    tackle to compete for a roster spot would still be a good idea."



    http://www.insidefootball.com/

    THE RED ZONE

    http://www.theredzone.org/


    GIANTS GAB


    http://www.giantsgab.com/

    GMEN HQ

    http://gmenhq.com/

    YARDBARKER

    JAYRON HOSLEY WAS A GOOD PICK FOR THE GIANTS

    "The pick of Jayron
    Hosley
    may prove to be an important pick for the New York Giants in 2012.
    Corners are much needed in today’s NFL and you can never have enough of them.
    Hosley will fill a need as the Giants move forward in this season.



    Aaron
    Ross
    went and signed with the Jacksonville
    Jaguars
    . The Giants needed to pick up another corner to help them.
    Terrell Thomas
    re-signed and he will start opposite
    Corey Webster
    .
    Prince Amukamara
    in really his first full season will end up playing the
    nickel. Hosley at this point is the team’s fourth best corner. He’s one play
    away from being on the field a lot for the Giants. If Hosley was two inches
    taller he probably would’ve been a first round pick.




    Hosley plays a physical brand of corner and may also help in the kick and
    punt return games. Just because the Giants picked Hosley doesn’t mean they think
    less of what a guy like Amukamara can do. The way teams run wide open offenses
    around the NFL, you need as many good corners as you can to cover the wide
    receivers and maybe even some tight ends. Little injuries come around here and
    there throughout the NFL season, and having depth at every position is
    important.




    Hosley did fail a drug test at the combine which might have caused his stock
    to drop a little bit, and guys who end up failing drug tests will have questions
    about them especially in their first year and being in New York. With all that
    said, I think this was a solid, smart draft pick by Jerry Reese and may prove
    great dividends right away in 2012."

    ##


    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

    UMENYIORA REPLACING SUGGS UNLIKELY

    "It's not hard to connect the dots following TerrellSuggs' torn Achilles'
    tendon injury
    .


    The BaltimoreRavens need a pass
    rusher
    , and New York Giants general manager
    Jerry Reese sounded like he was open to the possibility of trading Osi Umenyiora in comments
    made after the draft. To make it even juicier, The Baltimore Sun and the New
    York Daily News reported last year that the Ravens showed interest in Umenyiora
    for a possible trade.






    Sounds like a match made in speculation heaven, right? Not exactly.




    The Giants didn't trade Umenyiora last year because teams like the Ravens
    balked at New York's first-round asking price. The Giants likely received calls
    on Umenyiora during the draft, but again, no one made an offer Reese couldn't
    refuse.




    It's not in Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome's DNA to give up high future draft picks.
    Umenyiora is especially costly because he would require a big long-term deal to
    make the trade sensible. (And the Ravens are tight to the salary cap.) There
    also are questions about how he'd fit in the 3-4 defense. Newsome probably has
    more confidence in his young pass rushers than the average Ravens fan.




    The biggest obstacle of all here: The Giants aren't motivated sellers. They
    have Umenyiora under contract at a low price. He's valuable to them, and they
    can live through a little offseason drama. After all, they have done it plenty
    of times before.




    Umenyiora-to-Baltimore makes sense on message boards, but we suspect the
    speculation will end there."

    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

    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

    NFL RESPONDS TO NFLPA APPEAL IN BOUNTY SCANDAL


    ##

    TOOMER ACCUSES WARNER OF "TRASHING THE GAME"


    SAINTS' BOUNTY EVIDENCE "STRONG" SAYS FORMER PROSECUTOR WHO VETTED NFL INVESTIGATION

    NFL ANNOUNCES CAMP, OTA SCHEDULES

    "The NFL has released the dates of the rookie and veteran minicamps for all 32
    NFL teams, as well as the organized team activity (OTA) dates.
















































































































































    TEAM




    OTA DATES


    MINICAMP DATES (All camps include rookies and
    veterans unless otherwise noted)


    ARIZONA


    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    ATLANTA




    May 29-31, June 5-7, June 12-15




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21




    BALTIMORE




    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    BUFFALO




    May 29, May 31-June 1, June 5, June 7-8, June 11-12, June 14-15




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21




    CAROLINA




    May 22-24, May 30-June 1, June 4-7




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    CHICAGO




    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    CINCINNATI




    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    CLEVELAND




    May 22-24, May 30-June 1, June 12-15




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 5-7




    DALLAS




    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7




    May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14




    DENVER




    May 21-23, May 30-June 1, June 4-7




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    DETROIT


    May 21-22, May 24, May 29, May 31-June 1, June 4-5, June
    7-8




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    GREEN BAY




    May 21-23, May 30-June 1, June 5-8




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    HOUSTON




    May 21-22, May 24, May 29-31, June 4-7




    June 12-14




    INDIANAPOLIS




    May 15-17, May 22-24, June 4-7




    May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14




    JACKSONVILLE




    May 15-17, May 22-24, May 29-June 1




    May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14




    KANSAS CITY




    May 21-22, May 24, May 29, May 31-June 1, June 4-5, June 7-8




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    MIAMI




    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 11-14




    May 4-6 (rookies), June 19-21




    MINNESOTA




    May 29-31, June 5-7, June 11-14




    May 4-6 (rookies), June 19-21




    NEW ENGLAND


    May 21-22, May 24, May 29-31, June 4-5, June 7-8




    May 10-12 (rookies), June 12-14




    NEW ORLEANS


    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 11-14




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 5-7




    NEW YORK GIANTS


    May 23-24, May 30-June 1, June 4-5, June 7-8




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    NEW YORK JETS




    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4, June 6-7




    May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14




    OAKLAND




    May 14-15, May 17, May 21-22, May 24, June 4-7




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    PHILADELPHIA




    May 22-24, May 30-June 1, June 4-7




    May 12-14 (rookies), June 12-14




    PITTSBURGH


    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7




    May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14




    ST. LOUIS


    May 15-16, May 18, May 22-23, May 25,


    June 5-8




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    SAN DIEGO




    May 29-31, June 5-7, June 11-14




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21




    SAN FRANCISCO




    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    SEATTLE




    May 22-24, May 30-June 1, June 4-7




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    TAMPA BAY




    May 15, May 17-18, May 21-22, May 24, June 4-5, June 7-8




    May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14






















    TENNESSEE


    May 30-June 1, June 5-7, June 11-12, June 14-15




    May 11-12 (rookies), June 19-21




    WASHINGTON




    May 21, May 23-24, May 29-31, June 4-7




    May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14


    “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: FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012 - 11:28A.M.



    thanks Roanoke! [B]




    with Osi i think the Giants are in a good position! id love to get a 2nd for him!




    i think they get what they want! the Ravens need to fill Suggs spot!







    Go Giants!

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    • #3
      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012 - 11:28A.M.

      [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

      thanks Roanoke! [B]




      with Osi i think the Giants are in a good position! id love to get a 2nd for him!




      i think they get what they want! the Ravens need to fill Suggs spot!







      Go Giants!

      [/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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