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    "Many players dream about playing for their hometown teams, in places where
    family and friends can easily come to see them play.

    Not Janzen Jackson. Playing for, say, the Saints might’ve been detrimental to
    his career.
    “I had to get away from home,” the Lake Charles, La., native
    said. “Sometimes home can be bad.”

    Jackson’s new home is East Rutherford after signing as an undrafted free
    agent. The former McNeese State safety is trying to establish himself as a
    reliable professional after a rocky college career that began at Tennessee and
    included a few major off-field issues.

    As a freshman, Jackson was arrested for armed robbery (the charges were later
    dropped) and reportedly failed a few drug tests. It led to his dismissal from
    the Volunteers program and was a major blow to his NFL Draft status.

    The Giants were one of five teams that showed interest and Jackson signed
    with the team to, as he put it, “keep his word” after the organization spent
    time looking into his background and recruiting him as a potential free

    Jackson has said all the right things to the team, as he did in a session
    with reporters during this past weekend’s rookie camp.

    “Just being a boneheaded young player,” he said of the issues in his past.
    “Coming in, I started as a freshman, so I kind of didn’t think rules applied to
    me. … You have to learn from the mistakes that you’ve made in the past, move
    forward and keep a level head because you’re going to have the controversy with

    “Just keep a level head and stay positive. That’s been my motto.”

    General manager Jerry Reese said in a recent interview with WFAN the team
    would “read (Jackson) the riot act” upon his arrival, much like they warned
    Ahmad Bradshaw after drafting him. Jackson said a detailed conversation of that
    sort hasn’t occurred yet.

    “They kind of warned me about being early, 10 minutes early for each meeting
    and stuff, and being out there on the field early,” said Jackson, who was one of
    the team’s non-local player visits before the draft. “So I’m staying on my p’s
    and q’s.”

    In addition to proving he’s matured, Jackson must show he can play at the NFL
    level. His five interceptions as a sophomore at Tennessee showed his ability,
    but he’s well under his listed weight of 190 pounds and must bulk up after
    recent wrist surgery limited the weight he could lift during workouts.

    Physical and character concerns aside, Jackson has a chance to start anew
    well away from the distractions that have bogged him down in the past.

    “I’m blessed to be here,” he said when asked if he was disappointed when he
    went undrafted. “I don’t really focus too much on other players. I focus on
    myself and get better on and off the field.”

    * * *

    The Giants signed a pair of players who were tryouts at rookie camp this past
    weekend: LB Jake Muasau (Georgia State) and WR Brandon Collins (Southeastern
    Louisiana), according to their Twitter accounts. Collins had 35 catches as a
    sophomore at Texas but was dismissed from the program after being arrested on
    suspicion of driving a vehicle involved in a robbery, charges that were later



    "Last season, just as Tom Coughlin was pleading with his players to do the
    same, Dave Johnson was telling Adrien Robinson to “finish.”

    The Cincinnati Bearcats’ tight ends coach was impressed with Robinson’s
    initial contact against defenders. He just wanted to see more, those next few
    driving steps needed to complete the block.

    On New Year’s Eve, less than a minute into the second quarter of the Liberty
    Bowl against Vanderbilt, Robinson finished.

    He kicked out the defensive end and passed him off to a teammate and then
    engaged the cornerback with his right hand as the defender tried cutting inside.
    Robinson shoved the corner to the ground with both hands, taking out another
    defender like a bowling pin. He then ran stride-for-stride with running back
    George Winn for about 25 yards before blocking one more Vanderbilt player who
    tried to submarine him.

    “He’s not quitting and understanding we’re going to finish every single
    play,” Johnson said by phone last week while recalling Robinson’s blocks on the
    Bearcats’ first touchdown that day. “Catching the ball and running routes,
    that’s fun for guys. You do that ever since you’re a little kid. But the
    blocking part of it is the one that takes discipline and want to.

    “Once he understood what the blocks were for and the footwork and all of the
    different things that go along with it, that made him better.”

    What the Giants see in Robinson, their fourth-round pick in last month’s NFL
    Draft, isn’t evident on the stat sheet, where he’s credited with only 12 catches
    last year and a total of 29 in his four college seasons.

    By those standards, he’d be lucky to be one of the tryout players at Giants
    rookie camp this weekend.

    What Robinson could bring to the NFL is more evident in moments such as his
    handling four Vanderbilt defenders, his wowing scouts at his pre-draft workouts
    this spring with a 4.51-second 40-yard dash and the glimpses of athletic ability
    the 6-4, 264-pound Robinson showed Giants coaches in four practices over the
    past two days.

    Such moments prompted Giants general manager Jerry Reese to call Robinson
    “the JPP (Jason Pierre-Paul) of tight ends.”

    An underutilized weapon in a Cincy offense that featured running back Isaiah
    Pead, he’s a bit of a project with the chance to contribute immediately at a
    position of need for the Giants.

    “Obviously the more a guy’s done something and been asked to be a focal point
    in the passing game, the further he’s progressed. So I’m sure he’s starting it a
    little bit further back,” offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said. “But he
    looks like a big guy that can run. You just like to see a guy that has the
    physical potential to do some things. He looks like he has that.

    “Now, how quickly he can assimilate our offense, how quickly he can recognize
    what defenses are doing and make the appropriate and correct adjustments, that’s
    a long way off.”

    Robinson could surprise in that department, though. He’s already made a
    couple of impressive catches in practice – one on a short dart above his head he
    quickly located and snatched (Coughlin called that play “a plus”) and another on
    the final play of Friday afternoon’s practice when he made the catch with a
    defender on top of him, even though he broke the wrong way on his route.

    Robinson made tough catches in college, too. He had a 72-yarder against Miami
    (Ohio) last year when he got better position than the defender and outjumped

    “Creating mismatches against linebackers and high-pointing the ball in the
    red zone,” Robinson said when asked what he can provide, “because I’m taller and
    I can jump, so it’s to my advantage.”

    Robinson also has very good hands, which he displayed yesterday by catching a
    ball away from his body as former Florida safety and St. Peter’s Prep grad Will
    Hill was bearing down on him. In fact, Robinson claimed he didn’t drop a pass
    last season.
    Well, not quite, said Johnson.

    “The one in question, we debated it for a while,” Johnson said with a laugh.
    “It was a low ball behind him. Kind of behind his calf and he was running away
    from the ball. It would’ve been a tremendous catch, but he’s made those

    Robinson should get the chance to catch passes up the middle of the field, as
    Jeremy Shockey, Kevin Boss and Jake Ballard have done in recent years. But those
    players first had to show Giants tight ends coach Mike Pope they could block
    well enough to earn the starting job. Robinson is trying to do just that, and
    Pope was already tinkering with his form this past weekend by telling him to get
    his hips more into the initial contact.

    Robinson has no problem proving himself as a blocker before getting passes
    thrown his way. After all, that’s what he did in college.

    “It’s just part of football and being a team player,” he said.

    Johnson, a former assistant at Georgia, once told future NFL tight ends
    Leonard Pope and Ben Watson they’d have to become better blockers to succeed in
    the NFL. He gave Robinson the same advice, and his pupil heeded it.

    Such dedication combined with untapped athleticism is why Johnson believes
    Robinson has a bright future.

    “Football’s a game of movement, and Adrien can move. His size and the ability
    to get vertical make him very attractive,” Johnson said. “His ball skills are
    very good. And his desire to block is developing. I don’t think he’s reached his
    potential in that area at all.

    “So he has a lot of potential and, if he continues to work hard and carry
    over the things how we finished the season, he’ll be very successful.”


    "It appears as though Osi Umenyiora still isn't a fan of LeSean McCoy.

    After creating an account on May 3, Umenyiora has let his presence known on
    the medium and this morning he rekindled the feud between he and the Eagles
    running back.

    morning the defensive end tweeted
    , "Happy Mothers Day Lesean Mccoy! Enjoy
    your special day!!"

    Former teammate and current 49er Brandon Jacobs replied "omg hahaha" and
    Umenyiora confirmed that he still isn't too fond of McCoy.

    "hahaha u know the beef is never over. Never," Umenyiora tweeted at Jacobs.

    An hour and a half later McCoy
    , "Lol let the beef begin."

    Last June it was McCoy who took an
    unprovoked shot at Umenyiora by tweeting
    that Umenyiora is
    "Overrated n soft 3rd best d-line on his team honestly."

    Umenyiora then fired back.

    "I mean, he’s a girl, man. Who does stuff like that?" Umenyiora told the Star-Ledger. "If he has more of
    these things to say, he can say ‘em to my face. Don’t be no Twitter gangster

    Umenyiora also referred to McCoy as "Lady Gaga" and "she" and said the two
    "hate" each other."


    "It's been one of the looming questions surrounding the Giants this offseason:
    Who will be the middle linebacker?

    That's usually been followed by: Does it even matter?

    The most notable competition heading into the season will be who emerges as
    the team's two-down middle linebacker in the base set. Fewell said it is Chase
    Blackburn's spot now, but that can change. He expects Mark Herzlich, Greg Jones
    and traditional outside linebackers Michael Boley and newcomer Keith Rivers to
    compete for the position.

    Fewell emphasized that Boley has the ability to play the role, but it's up
    for grabs.

    "Whoever can take the bull by the horn and lead us will have the opportunity
    to step up to the plate," Fewell said.

    Last season, the Giants played a sizable amount of packages with three
    safeties, having just two linebackers on the field and leaving a traditional
    middle linebacker off of it. Fewell said the team would like to continue
    providing a does of three-safety looks, but he believes the personnel in place
    at linebacker allow them to be more creative.

    "We might have to redefine [the middle linebacker position] a little bit as
    we continue to evaluate what offenses are continuing to do in the national
    football league," Fewell said.

    * * *

    Rookie minicamp practices are usually displays of confusion, inefficiency and
    organized chaos as players attempt to learn on-the-fly. So it's not a surprise
    that one of the camp's standouts for the Giants has been a non-rookie.

    Cornerback Brandon Bing, who spent last season on the Giants practice squad,
    himself a strong couple days of camp
    and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell
    was impressed, enough to create a nickname for the 5-foot-9 Rutgers product:
    "Bada" Bing.

    "It's not a surprise because he's enthusiastic," Fewell said today. "He
    worked last year on the practice squad and then coming into this camp he's shown
    what he can do. We're excited about him competing for one of those jobs this
    spring and going into the fall. And he's picked up where he left off from
    practice, the playoffs, etc."

    * * *

    Julien Talley knew the Victor Cruz comparisons were coming. It's too easy.
    Both are from New Jersey, both attended UMass, both went undrafted and both
    signed with the Giants.

    Talley isn't against it. If anything, he agrees: Talley believes he's the
    same type of player Cruz is.

    "We're one in the same type player," said Talley, who is wearing the same No.
    3 Cruz wore when he first got to the Giants. "We can stretch the field, get in
    and out of routes; speedy guys in the slot that can make plays."

    Talley said "five or six" teams contacted him after the draft and got offers
    from at least three, but he chose the Giants he felt "comfortable" with the

    * * *

    Seventh-round draft pick Markus Kuhn is not participating in camp because of
    a leg laceration he received while helping a friend move. The cut happened as he
    was carrying a box and a knife stuck through and sliced him. The cut required

    * * *

    Former Eagles center Jamaal Jackson said on Friday that he was participating
    in Giants minicamp to
    see what he had left in the tank
    . Apparently, he didn't have much.

    After participating in both of yesterday's sessions, the eight-year veteran
    told the Giants that he decided to retire.

    "He just said, 'Coach, I just don’t feel like my heart is in it,'” Tom
    Coughlin said."


    "Considering he was a second-round pick and had a big game in the 2006
    National Championship game, Limas Sweed was one of the more
    interesting names on the roster for Giants rookie camp.

    After the past few days, it'll be a shock if he's on the roster come

    The veteran wide receiver struggled to make an impact and this afternoon and
    dropped three passes, thus reinforcing a knock on him from his days with the
    Pittsburgh Steelers.

    On one play, he nearly hauled in a pass up the right sideline but couldn't
    control the ball as cornerback E.J. Whitley (tryout, Abilene
    Christian) got his hand in there. The next two should've been easy catches but
    bounced right off Sweed's hands. Even on a catch he did make, Sweed didn't make
    it a clean grab. Sweed also slipped on one play, leading to an easy interception
    for cornerback Dante Hughes (veteran tryout).

    Sweed came here trying to make an impression. It's extremely unlikely at this
    point it was a good one.

    * * * *

    And now, a rundown of a short final practice for this year's rookie camp:

    --LB Korey Williams (tryout, Southern Miss) came on strong
    at the end. He had a beauty of an interception when he reached up to pick off a
    pass from QB Ryan Perrilloux to WR David
    (undrafted free agent, Arizona), who was running the in cut
    behind Williams. It was a smooth play by Williams, who showed good hands and
    very good leaping ability on that play. To me, it was the defensive play of
    camp. Williams wasn't done, though, as he sniffed out a screen on the final play
    of practice, much to the coaches' delight. We'll see if those two plays and his
    performance on the whole are enough to get him a roster spot.

    --CB Jayron Hosley (third round) is "athletically arrogant,"
    to Jerry Reese
    . What that means is he plays some intense football. After the
    Giants picked Hosley, Tom Coughlin was asked if the coaches will have to let
    Hosley know overly aggressive play won't fly on the NFL level. Coughlin said
    he'd encourage Hosley to remain aggressive. Well, Hosley was a bit too
    aggressive during 1-on-1 passing drills when he jammed the receiver after 5
    yards. There was way too much contact there and that would've been an easy
    penalty for an official to call in a live game. Also, Hosley was playing a bit
    of the nickel corner spot and followed his receiver into the flat while playing
    a zone. That left a gap for a completion in his vacated zone. "Don't take the
    bait," secondary coach Peter Giunta told him.

    --Another player who had to be reminded this isn't college football anymore
    was S Janzen Jackson (undrafted free agent, McNeese State).
    "You can't touch him after 5, J.J.," safeties coach David Merritt said.

    --Douglas looked pretty good out there today and a lot more comfortable as
    camp went along.

    --WR Rueben Randle (second round) and TE Adrien
    (fourth round) both have had impressive camps but had bad
    drops this afternoon. Robinson looked like he might've been crossed up on his
    pass up the seam because, as athletic as he is, he was very discombobulated on
    that one.

    --I'll have more on OT Matt McCants (sixth round) at some
    point in the next few days. For now, know he's looked pretty quick on his pass
    sets coming out of his stance. And considering the competition he'll soon be
    facing in practice, he'd better be.

    --S Will Hill (tryout, Florida) was yanked off the field by
    Merritt after missing an assignment. I just don't think the former St. Peter's
    Prep star is going to stick. We'll see, though.

    --I didn't see WR Damian Davis (tryout, Mary Hardin-Baylor)
    on the field this afternoon. It could be he's headed home for whatever reason.
    If so, that's a shame because he made some plays on Friday."


    "I’d say let’s take a look at some highlights from this morning’s Giants rookie-camp practice, but it was more
    like a bunch of lowlights out there.

    Though Tom Coughlin said Friday morning’s practice was sloppy, that was a
    work of art considering the abundance of mistakes today. Players were jumping
    early, passes were thrown behind players, balls were dropped and the technique
    was shaky at best.

    The moment that encapsulated it all was when tight ends coach Mike Pope told
    Christian Hopkins after a series of false starts from him,
    “You’re offside on every play.”

    That’s a long way of saying it was tough to get a read on the players this
    morning, as 7-on-7 passing drills turned into an exercise in check-down passes
    and the team portion of the workout often had players running into one

    But some guys showed up in spurts, so here we go with the low, er,

    --Former Rutgers CB Brandon Bing, who was on the Giants’
    practice squad for a portion of last season, has had three solid practices now.
    As I mentioned Friday, the guys who have been around always seem to be moving
    the fastest during rookie camp because they know their assignments. Bing has
    looked that way and his technique has been solid as well. This morning, he did a
    great job of staying on top of a go route by WR Rueben Randle
    (second round) up the left side. QB Ryan Perrilloux had thrown
    a perfect pass, so Bing needed to stay tight to Randle. Plus, he had the deep
    third of the field in a Cover-3 look, so he had no help over the top. Also,
    S Will Hill (tryout, Florida) was late breaking to Bing’s side.
    So in all, a nice play by Bing, who got some props from Coughlin after the

    --TE Adrien Robinson (fourth round), who said he didn’t have
    a drop during his senior season (though his position coach disagrees; more on
    that in Sunday’s paper), had one today. It was a bit behind him, but Coughlin
    yelled, “Catch the ball!” This came after Robinson showed good form by catching
    a pass up the seam in traffic with his hands and controlling it quickly before
    Hill came down on him.

    --DE Matt Broha (undrafted free agent, Louisiana Tech) has
    shown a few good quick moves. Today, he got inside OT Brandon
    (fourth round) on a rip inside. But a few minutes later, Mosely
    was ready for the same move and simply rode Broha to the inside as the
    quarterback escaped to his right.

    --Jerry Reese said CB Jayron Hosley (third round), despite
    his smaller stature, will stick his nose in there on run defense and Hosley is
    showing that so far. Now, it’s limited contact so I can’t tell you how he’ll
    finish the play, but he is willing to slip around blockers to put himself in
    good position so far.

    --Speaking of Hosley, he was one of three players returning kickoffs today.
    Randle and Hill were the others. They went “against air,” so it’s impossible to
    evaluate them at this point.

    --Former Rutgers FB Joe Martinek (undrafted free agent) can
    move in space with the ball, as he showed on a screen pass today. The Giants
    like his versatility, so he’ll be an interesting guy to watch moving

    --One guy that made a few plays today was CB Al-Rilwan
    (tryout, San Diego). He had a diving interception off a
    deflection this morning. He also defended a pass on Friday. We’ll see if he can
    close well this afternoon and earn himself a roster spot.

    --When I see an undrafted free agent receiver from UMass wearing jersey No.
    3, I can’t help but think of Victor Cruz, who had that number until changing to
    80. But this year it’s Julian Talley wearing that jersey. As
    with many rookie receivers, he seems to be thinking a bit too much about his
    assignments while running his routes. We’ll give him time, though he had a drop
    today on a quick in cut. It was a low ball but the coaches thought it should’ve
    been caught.

    --Nice pass by QB J.R. Suozzo (tryout, Merrimack) over a
    defender and into the soft spot in the zone for Randle, who ran a perfect sail

    --LB Jay Dudley (tryout, Lousiana Tech) showed up a few
    times as a slippery guy who is able to avoid blockers in space. He’s flashed a
    bit over the past few days.

    --DT Markus Kuhn, who is not participating in rookie camp
    because of a gash on his leg, said he was injured while moving. He sliced
    himself with a knife that was sticking out of a box. So, you know, don't mess
    with Kuhn. As a scouting report said before the draft, he's "German tough."

    --And finally, former Eagles C Jamaal Jackson was not at
    practice today after suggesting on Friday he was thinking about retirement. Sure
    enough, he came in this morning and told the team he was done. “He came in, he
    was very nice,” Coughlin said. “He just said, ‘Coach, I just don’t feel like my
    heart is in it.”



    "The Giants had 37 different players attending all or part of their three-day
    rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis. Receiver Brandon Collins and linebacker Jake
    Muasau were the only two who will be coming back.

    Both players signed
    contracts with the Giants on Sunday as soon as camp was over. The additions of
    Collins, a 5-11, 180-pound receiver out of Southeastern Louisiana and Muasau, a
    6-1, 243-pound linebacker out of Georgia State, give the Giants a full, 90-man
    roster heading into their full-team mandatory minicamp next month.

    Muasau was a playmaking linebacker
    for the brand new football program at Georgia State, which has only been
    fielding a football team since 2010. He was coached their by former NFL player
    and Alabama head coach Bill Curry. He played the “Bandit” spot – a hybrid
    defensive end/linebacker position and was the team’s defensive MVP in both ’10
    and ’11. He is Georgia State’s career leader in tackles for loss (16 1/2) and
    interceptions (3).

    began his career as a promising receiver at Texas, where he caught 35 passes for
    430 yards as a sophomore in 2008. But things quickly derailed. He was suspended
    at one point for academic issues. Then, during his junior year while he was
    redshirting in 2010, he was kicked off the team in January after he was arrested
    on two first-degree felony chargers in Pflugerville, Texas, according to

    Collins was arrested on suspicion of driving a vehicle that was
    engaged in an armed robbery, according to various reports, and was charged with
    aggravated robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity. The charges were
    later dropped and he was eventually cleared to play at Southeastern Louisiana.
    In his two seasons there he caught 117 passes for 1,621 yards and nine

    The Giants are expected to announce the signings of both
    players on Monday. Both Collins and Muasau confirmed they have signed via
    Twitter, and a team source confirmed it, too."



    "Early in the first practice session of Giants’ rookie minicamp on Friday,
    Adrien Robinson dashed six yards upfield, and whirled toward the middle, a
    quick, high pass already on top of him. The ball seemed destined to whistle past
    his helmet, until the big tight end reflexively reached up with his long arms to
    snare the pass.

    It was the highlight grab of the morning, yet all it
    earned Robinson was an earful from tight ends coach Mike Pope.

    “It felt
    good to make the catch,” Robinson said. “But Coach Pope told me I ran the wrong
    route. I was six yards deep, and I needed to be at 10 yards, and I ran the wrong

    It was the best and worst of Adrien Robinson, all in one play. The
    catch — one of a handful of plays Robinson made in the camp’s first two days —
    provided a glimpse of the talent and athleticism that caused the Giants to draft
    the unheralded tight end in the fourth round last month. But the little mistake
    served as a reminder of the steep learning curve that Robinson now faces.

    “He’s just real, real raw,” said Giants offensive coordinator Kevin

    This season, that may be Robinson’s blessing and curse. His athleticism,
    backed by a 4.51-second 40-yard dash time, is so stunning that when the Giants
    took him 127th overall, GM Jerry Reese, a man not known for spouting hype,
    invoked the name of super-athletic pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul, referring to
    Robinson as “the JPP of tight ends.”

    But Robinson also hails from the University of Cincinnati, a program that
    rarely utilized that ability. In four seasons in the Bearcats’ spread offense,
    he caught 29 passes and was mainly a blocker.

    How unheralded was Robinson? In four years at the school, he says he did
    exactly one interview with the media. On Friday, he said he was “shocked” that
    journalists were allowed into the locker room, and “a little bit

    “Our tight ends were in-line blockers most of the time,”
    Robinson said of his Bearcat days. “We felt like we could catch the ball more,
    but we were winning, too. We were 10-3.”

    The quiet college career allowed
    Robinson to fly under the draft radar despite his ability. Robinson enters a
    league that is becoming increasingly reliant on versatile, pass-catching tight
    ends, and he has the physical gifts to thrive. He is 6-4, 264 pounds with long
    arms, and he’s long been a stellar athlete.

    As a freshman at Warren Central High in Indiana, he ran an 11-second
    100-meter dash. He starred on the school’s basketball team.

    “I’ve always
    been athletic,” he said. “I’ve always had good weight room numbers and

    Can that boundless athleticism compensate for a lack of experience? It
    happened just last season, when second-year tight end Jake Ballard, coming off a
    35-catch college career at Ohio State, stepped in for Kevin Boss and caught 38
    passes. And there could be room for playing time; Ballard and backup Travis
    Beckum are both fighting their way back from torn ACLs suffered during the Super
    Bowl, leaving Bear Pascoe and free agent Martellus Bennett as the Giants’

    Still, Gilbride says Robinson will need time.

    “How quickly he can assimilate to our offense, how quickly he can recognize
    what defenses are doing and make the appropriate and correct adjustments, that’s
    a long way off,” Gilbride said.

    Robinson believes he can figure it out over time, especially with Pope
    patiently explaining plays to him, sometimes repeating the same thing two or
    three times.

    “When he explains things, it’s kind of dummied down,” Robinson said. “I’m
    taking notes, writing it all down.”
    “The hardest thing will be learning the
    system. But it’s still football.”


    "Veteran safety Deon Grant is gone, while former first-round pick Keith
    Rivers, gritty Chase Blackburn, heady Michael Boley, and a boatload of other
    linebackers are around - so many that Fewell suddenly has more options than he
    can count for that gaping middle linebacker hole.

    That all adds up to the end of the Giants' three-safety alignment from 2011,
    right? Not so, said defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

    "We are just going to wait and see," Fewell said. "Obviously, we like that
    particular package, and we don't want to lose that package. We think that is
    valuable for us. But with the additions of these linebackers that we have, we
    can be a little bit more creative, we think. And so we just have to find out who
    goes where, who can learn the best, and then we will take it from there."

    Fewell often used Antrel Rolle, Kenny Phillips and Grant at once last season,
    in part because of a lack of quality cornerbacks, as well; Rolle often wound up
    covering slot receivers. But even that won't be necessary, because the Giants
    have also deepened their well of secondary talent.

    Jayron Hosley, who spent large portions of minicamp lining up at nickelback,
    arrived in the third round of the draft, while Antwuan Molden, a former New
    England Patriots corner, arrived in free agency. Even better, Terrell Thomas,
    who tore his ACL last preseason, will be back to start the season.

    It's been part of a solid offseason for the Giants. While GM Jerry Reese made
    few big-splash moves in free agency, he has added depth at nearly every
    defensive position.

    It sounds like Fewell plans to play mad scientist with that new talent - he
    even mentioned trying Rivers, a career outside linebacker, in the middle -
    searching for new and dangerous combinations.

    Fewell also thinks the talent pools at each position will lead to an
    ultra-competitive training camp.

    "There is going to be a lot of competition in the secondary, linebackers," he
    said. "I think competition brings out the best in all of us. And in order for us
    to get better this year, we are going to compete . . . And we are looking to add
    more, so some of these guys may make the squad and have an opportunity to
    compete for a job."

    One player who may have vaulted from minicamp
    obscurity to training camp contender is CB Brandon Bing. The 23-year-old Bing, a
    former Rutgers star, went undrafted last season, then caught on with the Giants'
    practice squad. He's spent the last two days emerging as a contender at
    cornerback, though, impressing both Tom Coughlin and Fewell.

    He even has a nickname from Fewell: "Bada." (Get it, right?)

    "He is not a surprise, because he worked and he is enthusiastic," Fewell
    said. "He worked last year on the practice squad, and then coming into this
    camp, he is showing what he can do. We are excited about him competing for one
    of those jobs this spring, as well as this fall. He has picked up where he left
    off from practice, from the playoffs, etc."

    Bing definitely knows the system, and he fit in well in the Giants locker
    room last season.

    Marvin Austin didn't play a down of
    football last season after injuring his pectoral in the preseason, and that came
    on the heels of frustrating final season at North Carolina, where he was spent
    the 2010 season on suspension.

    But Austin will be ready to start the season. He told the Daily News that
    he's "fully back," and he has full strength and range of motion in his

    "I"m strong as an ox," he said.

    Fewell isn't concerned about Austin, either. He said there may be some rust,
    but the Giants plan to use Austin extensively in the preseason so he can work
    that out and be ready come the regular season.

    "We are going to try to give him as many reps as we possibly can in the
    preseason to knock that rust off," Fewell said. "If you can play football, you
    can play football. And I think Marvin is a good football player."

    Former Eagles center Jamaal Jackson
    was in camp on Friday, doing his best to hang in and revive his career. He
    wasn't there on Saturday, however, and Coughlin says the veteran has

    "He came in, he was very nice," Coughlin said. "He just said, 'Coach, I just
    don't feel like my heart is in it.'"

    Jackson walked away of his own volition, while the other (somewhat) big name
    in camp, former Pittsburgh Steelers second-round pick Limas Sweed, may not have
    a choice.

    The 27-year-old wideout, who was supposed to be the future of the Steelers
    pass game when he was chosen in the 2008 draft, arrived in camp trying to hang
    onto his career. But he's struggled to hang onto the ball. Sweed dropped three
    catchable passes in the afternoon session Saturday, all on short throws. He
    managed just one catch on a short hitch.

    That likely won't cut it, especially on a Giants team that is deep at
    wideout. Sweed entered the camp with an outside chance to stick. The Giants
    likely want to keep Victor Cruz in the slot in three-wide sets, and Sweed's size
    (he looked even taller than his listed 6-4 on the field) gave him a chance to
    serve as an outside threat in such situations. ButJerrel Jernigan, Ramses
    Barden and second-round pick Reuben Randle, who made several nice catches in the
    afternoon, are all vastly better options.

    Rutgers tailback/fullback Joe Martinek,
    meanwhile, looks like he could stick. The undrafted free agent pickup enjoyed a
    solid two-day showing with the Giants.

    "He has been pretty good the whole camp, to be honest with you; very steady,"
    Coughlin said. "I think probably he can play both spots. That would be

    The Giants lost their hammer back in Brandon Jacobs, and while David Wilson
    has impressed with his speed and wiggle, he's not much bigger than veteran
    starter Ahmad Bradshaw, who battles injuries nearly every season. And aside from
    D.J. Ware, the Giants' other backfield options - Da'Rel Scott and Andre Brown -
    are unproven.

    The six-foot, 225-pound Martinek, a New Jersey native, offers size and
    versatility and is likely to stick around come the season."



    "Look Janzen Jackson in the face and ask him, point blank, if he is a bad guy.
    He doesn’t flinch, doesn’t wince and doesn’t show much of anything, really.

    “I believe I’m a young guy who did some dumb things,’’ Jackson said yesterday
    in between practices at Giants rookie minicamp. “Real boneheaded things. You got
    to learn from your mistakes. I’m happy it happened when I was young and I’m able
    to learn from it.’’

    Jackson still is young, only 21, and the Giants are giving him a chance to
    prove that all the missteps, while costly, do not have to derail his football
    career. In the 2009 recruiting season, as a defensive back, Jackson was the No.
    2 prospect coming out of the state of Louisiana. The No. 1 player was a
    receiver, Rueben Randle, who stayed home and went to LSU. Jackson, wanting to be
    a part of something new with first-year coach Lane Kiffin, opted for

    Three years later, Randle left LSU a year early after a fine career and the
    Giants made him their second-round pick in the NFL Draft.

    As for Jackson: “My path was a little wild, a little bumpy.”

    Jackson started nine games at free safety as a true freshman at Tennessee,
    playing alongside Eric Berry, who went on to become the fifth overall pick in
    the 2010 NFL Draft by the Chiefs. Berry told the Daily Comet in Lafourche
    Parish, La., that Jackson was “the most talented cover man he had seen in the

    Trouble, though, was Jackson’s constant companion. He was suspended for one
    game for what Kiffin described as “administrative reasons’’ and missed two games
    after he was arrested, along with three others, for attempted armed robbery. The
    charges eventually were dropped. He started all 13 games as a sophomore but was
    kicked off the team for unspecified reasons, although reports surfaced that
    substance abuse was involved.

    After playing last season back home at McNeese State, Jackson wasn’t even
    drafted. The Giants were one of five teams — the Buccaneers, Texans, Eagles and
    Raiders were the others — seeking to sign him after the draft.

    When assessing the eight undrafted players signed by the Giants, general
    manager Jerry Reese singled out Jackson, along with Rutgers fullback Joe
    Martinek, as two he was most anxious to see on the field. Jackson is a slight,
    athletic safety who will come to training camp as a long shot but says he has no
    doubt he will play in the NFL.

    “I never doubt myself at any level or any stage because negative thoughts
    beget negative play,’’ he said.

    Reese warned that Jackson will be on a short leash with the Giants, and coach
    Tom Coughlin said players with suspect history are closely monitored.

    “See how he interacts, what condition he’s in, how serious is he, how good is
    he at meetings, how does he communicate on the field?’’ Coughlin said. “All of
    those things.’’

    Jackson says his biggest mistake was “not staying out of trouble. I probably
    could have been a little more mature in college. I started as a freshman, I
    didn’t think rules applied to me.’’

    Jackson did not take offense when told he looks like a cornerback, as his
    6-foot-1, 190-pound frame doesn’t have much bulk.

    “As far as on the field, I think I need to show a little bit better focus as
    far as tackling goes because I’m undersized at safety,’’ he said. “I got to show
    that I can wrap up and be a good form tackler. Off the field, just staying
    focused and keeping my priorities right.’’


    "To look at Limas Sweed — all 6-foot-4, 220 pounds of him — is to understand
    why the Steelers made the strapping wide receiver the 53rd overall pick four
    years ago.

    To look at his meager NFL statistics and numerous trips to the trainer’s room
    is to understand why Sweed finds himself reduced to a tryout player in the
    Giants rookie minicamp this weekend.

    “I’m just looking for a chance,” the University of Texas product said after
    the first day of camp at the Meadowlands. “I know what I’m capable of doing in
    this league, but injuries have really held me back. But if I can stay healthy
    and get that opportunity, watch out.”

    Although the Super Bowl champions have Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz and took
    wideout Rueben Randle from LSU in the second round last month, Sweed still sees
    that opportunity with the Giants because of Mario Manningham’s free-agent exit
    and the top-heavy look of their receiving corps.

    Sweed, who has been out of football since Pittsburgh released him last
    September after another stint on the injury list, also won’t have to endure his
    name being little more than a punch line like it quickly became with the

    Pittsburgh doesn’t miss often in the draft, but they whiffed massively with
    Sweed. In the rare moments when he could stay healthy, he appeared in just five
    games over four seasons (including one playoff trip) and caught a mere seven
    passes for 69 yards and no touchdowns.

    As well as the frequent medical maladies, Sweed is perhaps best known in
    Pittsburgh for finally working his way into the lineup then promptly dropping a
    potential TD pass against the Bengals in Week 3 in 2009 — a miscue that resulted
    in a 23-20 loss.

    Sweed is hoping for a fresh start here, although Giants offensive coordinator
    Kevin Gilbride didn’t exactly seem optimistic about his chances after the first

    “He looks like he’s a little bit rusty,” Gilbride said. “He’s got a ways to
    go in terms of sharpening some of the things he was doing in the expression of
    his routes, but he’s a big guy that looks like he can catch it.”

    Whether the Giants give Sweed a second chance to prove he can do that remains
    to be seen."



    "Empty promises on draft day only fueled Joe Martinek’s desire to make sure his
    NFL dream was not deferred for good.

    Not that the former Rutgers standout running back would have preferred being
    selected in the seventh round, which is where numerous teams insisted they were
    going to take him before conveniently going in another direction, chalking up
    those decisions as part of the game’s business side.

    Even Tampa Bay – with his college coach Greg Schiano calling the shots –
    ended up drafting two players in the final round that coincidently fit
    Martinek’s profile: a running back out of Utah State and a tight end/H-back from

    "You could say I’ve had a chip on my shoulder my whole football career," said
    Martinek, who signed as an undrafted free agent with the Giants less than a half
    hour after the draft’s final pick was recorded. "One scholarship offer out of
    high school will do that. Then to have some teams say they were pretty serious
    about taking you late, and then you never get drafted, there’s definitely
    motivation [to prove people wrong].

    "The fact that I’m here right now with this opportunity – I couldn’t ask for

    Martinek isn’t certain where he fits best in order to make a play for a
    roster spot with the Giants. He is sure of one thing: the all-time leading
    rusher in New Jersey high school football history has built quite a reputation
    on doing whatever it takes to fit in, as he did previously at Hopatcong and

    The reigning Super Bowl champions called with an offer he could not

    "You get little chills thinking what type of organization this is and what
    type of opportunity they’re giving me," Martinek said. "So that’s why I’m trying
    to do the best I can at it and get the most out of this opportunity."

    Not a bad fit for a Jersey guy who says all of his childhood friends grew up
    rooting for Big Blue. Martinek did not have a favorite pro team, insisting his
    love for college football was far deeper at the time.

    "My town and my best friends are all huge Giant fans," said Martinek, 23.
    "I’m trying to make the most of this opportunity. I might not get another

    Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride envisions Martinek as a backfield option
    because of the playmaking ability he brings as a fullback, especially as a pass

    "He has been pretty good the whole camp, to be honest with you; very steady,"
    Tom Coughlin said. "He caught it well. I think he learns well and I think he is
    very motivated and I think he has some position versatility."

    It’s still way too early to tell if Martinek can emerge as a possibility to
    work his way into a regular role when the veterans begin to enter the mix next

    Ahmad Bradshaw and rookie David Wilson are expected to begin training camp
    atop the depth chart, while D.J. Ware, Da’Rel Scott and Andre Brown are out to
    prove they can do more.

    Martinek’s strength as a blocker in pass protection could be an asset for the




    GIANTS 101


    "The strength of the New York
    Defense has relied heavily upon the front four. The popularity lies
    mostly with the defensive ends: household names of Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora
    and Jason Pierre-Paul. Perhaps what needs to happen to make these guys even
    better (remember Tom Coughlin’s mantra of “always room for improvement”?) is to
    get more out of the defensive tackle position.

    literally stepped up last year. In his 2nd full season (3rd overall –
    played only 8 games in 2009) in blue, he recorded four sacks, a safety, a
    batted-down pass and 47 tackles (note: these are his best stats to date). Linval
    was right behind him with two sacks, four passed batted, and 49 total
    tackles. Marvin
    (torn pectoral in 2011 preseason) has yet to take a football
    snap since 2010. Now-journeyman Shaun
    can be that big body in the middle, but his production has clearly
    dropped off since his prime (he’s 33 years-old). At 6’4” and 350 pounds, he can
    add a different run-stopping dimension to Perry Fewell’s defense, but can
    hopefully still push the middle of opposing offenses back and ultimately disrupt

    Seventh-round pick Markus
    may very well add something, eventually. He’s viewed as more of a
    project tackle, but is quick off the ball, and is more of a force working inside
    against the pass than he is vs. the run, where he can get neutralized at times
    by forward-moving lines. He shows good effort. A feisty interior defensive
    linemen, Kuhn has a high motor but limited from a skills standpoint. An
    underrated athlete, he showed good effort in that year in all areas of his play,
    is good to run down plays from the backside and will be a force working from
    within. Head Coach Tom Coughlin actually called him “a gym rat who has the
    potential to improve.” Project, indeed.

    is still waiting for his chance as a practice squad player since
    his signing in 2009. He was briefly activated to the 53-man roster in October of
    last year – when former Giant DT Jimmy Kennedy was serving his four-game
    suspension. The New Jersey native seems destined for a back-up role waiting for
    his chance. It’s hard being part of this defensive front as a long shot, as UDFA
    DT Martin Parker well knows. Signed as an undrafted in July of 2011, he was
    waived August of 2011 when Rocky Bernard was re-signed. Martin was then signed
    by Big Blue again in February.

    So far, training camp will have seven defensive tackles enter SUNY at
    Albany’s campus to earn their roster spot. Well, technically, Canty and Joseph
    can breathe a bit easier than the other five that will have to push and push
    hard to be a part of the front four (even in rotation) that’s earned nicknames
    over the 2011 season of: “The Kraken” and “The Four Horsemen”.

    What needs to be built-upon or upgraded is beating their opponents on the
    line – stopping the run at the point of attack will help as will the ability to
    own the line of scrimmage, not just from a pass-rush stance. The Giants defense
    was 19th against the run and 29th against the pass – even though they were tied
    for 2nd in the league for total sacks with 48. Most teams opened up their run
    game to help their pass game. Keeping the front four off of and away from their
    strength (umm, rushing the passer) hurt Fewell’s defense in 2011. The Injuries
    were one thing, but basic assignments were another. Running backs getting into
    the second line didn’t help.

    In 2010, the run defense was 8th overall which helped the pass defense be 9th
    overall. While run support comes from all over the defense, it has to be read up
    front and communicated all over. What better ways to find improvement than to
    get the guys up front to interrupt the hand-off or stop a run play for a loss?
    Here’s where the inside guys are going need to make a big “push” in 2012 and get
    the ball back into the hands of Eli Manning and company."



    "New York Giants
    defensive coordinator Perry Fewell made it abundantly clear Saturday who the
    starting middle linebacker is for the defending Super Bowl champion New York
    Giants. At least when training camp opens this summer.

    "Chase goes back to that role. Herzlich will have an opportunity to compete
    for that role. Greg Jones will have an opportunity to compete for that role. And
    we are not opposed to putting Keith Rivers -
    giving him the opportunity to compete for that role, also," said Fewell. "So
    there is going to be competition."

    Fewell did not put Michael Boley
    into the mix, saying "I don't think that is his best position."

    Blackburn, as you likely remember, was let go by the Giants before last
    season began but was re-signed late in the season after injuries felled both Jonathan Goff
    and Herzlich. He helped solidify what had been a struggling unit and made a
    critical interception in the Super Bowl.

    He. obviously, is not guaranteed the job. Someone, though, is going to have
    to take it away from him."










    "It's been a while since we heard about former Steelers second-round draft
    pick Limas Sweed. The Texas
    product was released by the Steelers off injured reserve last September, and
    spent 2011 out of football.

    The New York Giants gave him a
    chance as a tryout player over this weekend but it's apparently not going well.

    "After the past few days, it'll be a shock if he's on the roster come
    Monday," Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger wrote.

    Sweed has struggled with drops, which isn't a big surprise to Steelers fans
    out there. Sweed only has seven catches in his career, the last one coming in
    2009. The Giants have one of the deepest receiver groups in the league, so his
    chances of making the team were slim to none to begin with."









    "The New York Giants finished their second day of practices at rookie camp.

    If this was the last chance for some to make an impression on the
    Giants, some players made favorable ones.

    The Giants saw glimpses of
    some big-play ability out of first-round running back David
    and second-round wide receiver Rueben Randle.

    Wilson showed nice burst and was shifty on cuts during the non-contact
    practices. He also showed an ability to catch out of the backfield, but has to
    continue to learn how to pass protect.

    Randle dropped some passes but
    also made big catches like a deep reception he had on Friday against third-round
    corner Jayron Hosley.

    Defensive coordinator
    Perry Fewell thinks Hosley has talent to work with. Hosley also
    was the main punt returner during rookie camp.

    "Jayron Hosley still has
    a lot to learn," Fewell said. "We see some athletic ability and talent there. He
    has got to progress with the speed of the game in the NFL and the pace of
    practice. But I think there is a lot to work with there."

    end Adrien Robinson predictably had some ups and downs during
    rookie camp. He can make a sensational high catch over the middle in traffic but
    also drop a routine catch, like he did on Saturday afternoon.

    As for
    some of the players who weren't drafted, running back/fullback Joe
    from Rutgers left a good impression on head co
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    Happy Mothers Day to my mother (may she RIP) and all the other mothers out there!

    thanks Roanoke!



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      Happy Mothers Day to my mother (may she RIP) and all the other mothers out there!

      thanks Roanoke!


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