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    "A rundown of today's organized team activities session for the Giants, beginning with the injuries.

    These guys weren’t on the practice field, though some were seen in the locker
    room and others were likely around the building at some point as well: DT
    Chris Canty (knee), CB Corey Webster (unknown;
    sat out last Wednesday’s OTA), DE Osi Umenyiora (contract), WR
    Hakeem Nicks (foot), TE Jake Ballard (knee),
    TE Travis Beckum (knee), DT Shaun Rogers
    (N/A), TE Adrien Robinson (finishing school), DT Martin
    (N/A) and OL Chris White (N/A).

    Also, LT Will Beatty was not on the field. He missed the
    last two months of last season with a detached retina but this appears to be an
    unrelated issue.

    These players were limited in some form or fashion: DE Justin
    (shoulder), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), DT
    Linval Joseph (ankle), LB Clint Sintim (knee),
    TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring), S Kenny
    (knee), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), WR
    Dan DePalma (hip) and S Chris Horton

    CB Brandon Bing went down and grabbed his knee after
    slipping during individual drills, a scene reminiscent of Brian
    Witherspoon’s injury last week
    . From his reaction, it was clear he believed
    he had suffered a major injury and he admitted afterward he was scared when he
    felt the twinge in his knee. But he hopped up, jogged a bit on the side and was
    back on the field a few minutes later.

    And now to the highlights:

    --WR Domenik Hixon’s twice-repaired knee looked fine when he
    made a nice leaping catch after fighting through an aggressive jam from CB
    Michael Coe. Hixon received plenty of praise from Tom
    as well as the assistant coaches today for his reliability in
    carrying out his assignments. “He’s a great role model and a great example of,
    ‘We asked you to set up the route this way, take this footwork, do this stem and
    attack this shoulder,’” offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride
    said. “He always does it exactly the way you want him to do it.” Later in
    practice, during 7-on-7s, Hixon got loose up the sideline against a Cover-2
    zone. Secondary coach Peter Giunta told Coe he should’ve stayed
    with Hixon up the sideline because he didn’t have a threat underneath of

    Tight ends coach Mike Pope wasn’t gushing nearly as much about
    his battered group as Gilbride was on Hixon. “I told them today, ‘Not only do
    they not know what they’re doing but I don’t know what they’re doing,’” Pope
    said. “And I don’t know what I’m doing.” There was a moment QB Eli
    seemed frustrated with the angle TE Bear
    took on a ball that sailed over his head. And TE
    Christian Hopkins dropped a ball after running a great route to
    get separation from LB Keith Rivers. But there was one
    highlight from the tight ends and it came courtesy of Larry
    , who made a diving catch with LB Mark Herzlich

    --Rivers wasn’t as tight to the receiver when Hopkins got away from him, but
    he did make a good play to knock down a pass intended for WR Rueben
    cutting behind him. Herzlich nearly caught the deflection for an

    --CB Dante Hughes, the veteran signed last week when
    Witherspoon got hurt, had a very solid practice today. He was on point with his
    drops and coverage every time I watched him. Hughes probably would’ve had a pick
    six when he quickly read Randle’s comeback route but the ball was delivered low
    by QB Ryan Perrilloux.

    --Speaking of Perrilloux, QBs coach Sean Ryan said the team
    continues to work on his decision making. That’s probably Perrilloux’s biggest
    issue. When it’s right, he delivers the ball quickly and with plenty of zip.
    Today, he made a tremendous throw across his body while rolling left on a naked
    bootleg to find Randle on a comeback in front of Bing. “That was an impressive
    throw,” Ryan said. “He got his hips turned. That was a shot. The physical tools
    are there. We just have to make that decision making going. If we get him making
    smart decisions with the football, he’ll be fine.” One decision I believe
    Perrilloux will regret on film was when he took a check-down pass instead of
    throwing for WR Brandon Collins on the in cut behind the
    linebackers. From my vantage point, it looked like he had a window into which to

    --Another questionable decision from Perrilloux was a deep ball picked off by
    S Stevie Brown. Frankly, if Brown didn’t get it by jumping in
    front of the high ball, it would’ve been Hughes with the interception after
    sliding in front of Collins perfectly on the go route. Brown nailed his
    assignments today and, along with CB Bruce Johnson and LB
    Jaquian Williams, forced a couple of quarterbacks to tuck the
    ball and run. Those three communicated perfectly all session long.

    --The one receiver who was able to beat Hughes today was WR Ramses
    . The 6-6 Barden did that by using his body to maintain position
    on Hughes, who drove to close on a route. For all of you who have been down on
    Barden, know that he’s been able to make those kinds of catches as well as can
    be asked. The problem is he needs to be more consistent on the whole to get a
    chance to do so. More on Barden coming here later tonight and in tomorrow’s

    --If it seems like I always have a few things to mention on CB Jayron
    , it’s because I find myself watching him closely every practice.
    Today was a much cleaner session for him than what
    I noted last week
    . One play in particular that impressed me was when he
    maintained his position on a go route from Manning to Randle up the right
    sideline. They were coming right at where the media was standing, so I had a
    good view of Hosley running a straight line down the field and forcing Randle to
    reroute around him. The ball never had a chance of being completed. Very good
    coverage and technique there for Hosley.

    --LB Mathias Kiwanka had a few good plays today, including a
    pass breakup on a quick out from QB David Carr to Randle.
    (Yeah, the ball had trouble getting to Randle today, if you haven’t noticed.)
    “You got it, Kiwi!” defensive coordinator Perry Fewell yelled
    as soon as the ball left Carr’s hand. Fewell was correct; Kiwanuka had that. And
    he also had WR Victor Cruz on an end around he sniffed out
    perfectly. “He’s gained more knowledge and experience at the linebacker
    position,” Fewell said. “His pass coverage has gotten better. He’s improved each
    session but got a little better (today). As he told me last week, ‘I’ve seen it
    a year now, I’m getting more comfortable, I’m going through an OTA now, I know
    I’m going to be better.’ And it’s true, he’ll be better.”

    --And finally, we’ll have more for you eventually on S Will
    , I promise. For now, know Fewell and safeties coach David
    were both gushing about the guy, with Merritt noting the way
    Hill communicated to other defensive backs during rookie camp was a pleasant
    surprise. However, like all first-year players, Hill is working through his
    thoughts and trying to play quickly. Today, he was a bit slow breaking on a pass
    WR David Douglas caught in front of him. “Yeah, he’s thinking a
    little bit,” Merritt said of Hill."


    "Imagine if someone had told Kevin Gilbride at this point last year Victor
    Cruz would be the most accomplished of the Giants’ healthy wide receivers right

    “Amazing,” Gilbride said while shaking his head today during a session with
    reporters. “Amazing.”

    With Hakeem
    Nicks out for about three months with a broken foot
    and Mario Manningham now
    with the San Francisco 49ers, Cruz’s 82 receptions for a franchise-record 1,536
    yards last season make him the veteran to which all the younger players are
    looking this time of year.

    Cruz doesn’t have a long track record of success, which means even Gilbride
    wasn’t sure how he’d return this offseason and whether the proverbial lightning
    would escape the bottle Cruz was holding.

    Apparently, that hasn’t been the case at all.

    “It took him a while to get going (last season). He didn’t start the year
    real well and then all of a sudden, in that Philadelphia (Eagles) game, he
    made two phenomenal plays for us
    ,” Gilbride said today. “But truly in the
    beginning of the year, every play was an adventure. He was either going to be
    right or awfully wrong but got better and better and better at eliminating the

    “That's what's nice about now. It's like he hasn’t missed a beat.”

    That’s an encouraging sign for the Giants. It means, despite Cruz’s busy
    offseason schedule making appearances all over the place, he’s remained in shape
    and has stayed mentally sharp. While he hasn’t made many big plays in the OTAs
    open to the media so far, he’s carrying out his assignments as well as he did
    late in the season.

    So instead of getting
    berated by Gilbride on the sideline
    , he’s being praised in the coordinator’s

    “Where he was at the end of the year, in terms of, ‘I’m going to do the right
    thing...’ I think he proved he's a special guy inside,” Gilbride said. “He's a
    special guy inside as a slot receiver and now he has the chance to be playing
    some outside.”



    "When Mathias Kiwanuka signed an extension last month -- which was curiously
    kept hushed -- his teammate and friend Osi
    Umenyiora said he was happy for him
    . At the same time, Umenyiora, who is
    again miffed at his own contract situation, expressed
    his displeasure in the offers the Giants have made
    compared to what Kiwanuka
    was given.

    Today, Kiwanuka, whose extension totaled three years for $16.5 million, said
    he didn't find what Umenyiora, who again was absent from today's organized team
    activity, said disrespectful. If anything, he agrees with the defensive end.

    "He's been under contract in a bad deal for years now," Kiwanuka said
    following today's OTA. "Anybody who looks at the situation would say, 'Well,
    this should've been taken care of a long time ago.' For whatever reason it
    hasn't so I understand his frustration. I know that it wasn't a slight at me. I
    know he was just trying to get his point across."

    Kiwanuka said he doesn't know if he would handle the situation the same way
    -- i.e. holding out from voluntary OTAs -- but he understands it's a business
    decision Umenyiora feels he needs to make.

    "If he was signed to a deal that was twice that and performed half of what he
    is, he would've been cut by now," the linebacker said. "That's just the reality
    of this game, but the fact that he's signed to a lower-salary deal and he's
    playing at a high level – 10-plus sacks every year – the fact that has nothing
    been done with it, it's an obvious issue. It'd be an issue for anybody out here
    so I understand his frustration."

    Umenyiora's quarrel with the Giants over his contract began last summer when
    briefly held out of training camp
    before joining the team. He then missed
    the team's first three games following ankle surgery, but came back to record
    nine sacks in nine regular-season games. He added three and a half more in four
    postseason games.

    He has one year left on a seven-year, $41.38 million deal he signed in 2005
    and is scheduled to earn $3.975 million this season, but he is looking for a
    long-term agreement."


    "The Giants are optimistic that Hakeem
    Nicks will be able to make a full and speedy recovery
    after breaking the
    fifth metatarsal of his right foot last Thursday. If anything, they hope his
    recovery will be better than Prince Amukamara's last season.

    Amukamara suffered the injury during the first week of training camp last
    August and was off the field for about 15 weeks. He didn't appear in a game
    until Week 9 against the Eagles.

    Amukamara said he felt 100 percent by the end of the season, but still
    underwent a procedure in which an injection was made in his foot to promote

    "The bone wasn't healing as fast as they wanted it to even though I said I
    felt great," Amukamara said today at the annual Giants Foundation golf outing at
    Westchester Country Club to benefit youth-related charities in the Tri-state
    area. "But they just wanted to make sure everything looked good and matched with
    how I felt."

    Today, Amukamara ran for the first time since he the procedure was done in

    "I started running on the grass today," Amukamara said. "They just told me to
    do the little stuff: karaoke, run some sprints, and do the figure eight just to
    see if I felt any tenderness. But I didn't so things are looking good right

    Amukamara said it was easy to stay in shape while recovering because of
    various training techniques that avoid stress on the foot and it's possible that
    he can join his teammates at veterans minicamp next month.

    "I think it just depends on how I'm feeling," Amukamara said. "If I start
    feeling 100 percent everyday and there's not soreness, I think they'll let me


    "Tom Coughlin was standing about half a football field away when Hakeem Nicks ran
    a simple hook route without defenders, or "on air," and pulled up lame during
    the Giants' second organized team activity last Thursday.

    "Oh, he rolled his ankle over," Coughlin thought as his star wide receiver
    hobbled meekly.

    Fellow wide receiver Domenik Hixon, also participating in the drill, said he
    assumed the same. But within minutes, after Nicks had his right foot wrapped and
    was taken off the field, news came that he had broken the fifth metatarsal in
    his right foot.

    The next day Nicks was in Charlotte undergoing surgery and the team estimates
    he will be out around 12 weeks. That timetable would mean a return in mid-August
    during training camp.

    Coughlin said he spoke to Nicks Sunday night and the fourth-year receiver is
    optimistic -- so much so that he hopes to be ready for the start of training
    camp on July 26.

    "'I'll be back for training camp' were his final words," Coughlin said today
    at the annual Giants Foundation golf outing at Westchester Country Club to
    benefit youth-related charities in the Tri-state area. "And I said, 'OK, well I
    would accept it if it was maybe a day or two after the start of camp, that'd be
    fine.' But I really appreciated his optimism and the fact that he was doing
    everything he possibly could."

    Coughlin said Nicks' foot is in a cast, elevated, and "pretty much

    The timetable for such an injury varies case-by-case to some degree. Hixon,
    who broke the same bone when he was training for the combine out of college,
    said it takes about three months. Prince Amukamara suffered the injury during
    the first week of training camp last August and was out for about 15 weeks.

    The team is confident that it will be a matter of how much of training camp
    Nicks misses and not whether he'll be back in time for the Sept. 5 season opener
    against Dallas. Despite not being able to run, there are various techniques to
    keep in shape while avoiding stress on the foot.

    "He stays in shape," Hixon said. "It's not going to be an in-shape thing.
    It's just a matter of time. You can't speed up time."

    Nicks' injury leaves the Giants with 10 wide receivers on the roster and
    Coughlin said the team isn't looking to add a veteran wideout to the mix – and
    that includes former Giant Plaxico Buress.

    "No," Coughlin mouthed as he shook his head when asked if the team was
    considering bringing the troubled veteran back.

    Instead, they'll give the extra reps to those already on the roster.

    "[We'll] look for the next Victor Cruz," Coughlin said. "How's that one?"

    Candidates include Hixon, who has missed the last two seasons with ACL tears,
    and Rueben Randle, whose surprised drop to the end of the second round is now
    more than just a luxury pick for the Giants. But for the rookie out of LSU, his
    approach won't alter in Nicks' absence.

    "Just continue to go out there do what you been doing," Randle said. "It's
    still football at the end of the day. Just keep learning. It's a learning
    process for me each and every day so as long as I keep going out there and
    getting better at practice and getting more reps."



    "There was no sign of Hakeem Nicks at the Giants' OTA session on Wednesday.
    But that opened plenty of playing time for Domenik Hixon.

    Hixon, who is returning from a partially torn ACL suffered early last season,
    was given first crack at Nicks' spot opposite wideout Victor Cruz, and Hixon
    made the most of the opportunity. He caught the very first pass during 11-on-11
    drills, hauled in a deep catch later, and also made a grab on a WR bubble

    It was a showing that made an impression on coach Tom Coughlin.

    "Same old Domenik," Coughlin said. "Make plays, make plays, make plays. Very
    very steady, very consistent. Never makes a mistake, always in the right place.
    Lots of good things. Makes me very anxious to make sure he gets through the
    spring. He's a tough guy now. He doesn't back down from anything."

    Hixon's play was arguably the highlight of the Giants' latest OTA session.
    Here were a few other things that jumped out

    - DE Justin Tuck didn't practice; instead, he stood on the sidelines and
    watched the entire session. He left the field with ice on his left

    - As expected, disgruntled DE Osi Umenyiora was not at the session. Neither
    was rookie TE Adrien Robinson, who is finishing up classes at the University of

    - CB Terrell Thomas (ACL) did individual drills, but did not participate in
    the scrimmage portion of practice, and safety Kenny Phillips was given similar
    treatment. Additionally, CB Prince Amukamara (foot) did not do drills or
    scrimmage, nor did CB Antwaun Molden, who hurt his hamstring last week.

    - CB Brandon Bing, a player who defensive coordinator Perry Fewell
    highlighted as somebody who had been steadily improving, suffered a scary moment
    midway through defensive back drills, when he slipped in the grass. Trainers
    looked at him for a minute, then he walked to the sideline under his own power.
    A few minutes later, he was back on the field.

    "I got right back up and went back in," he said. "That initial thought was
    like 'damn.' But I'm all right. I'm not hurt."

    - CB Corey Webster and DT Shaun Rogers were not seen on the field."



    "Justin Tuck wants defensive linemate Osi Umenyiora to return to the Giants.
    But he also wants to see his longtime friend get paid, too.

    Tuck made that much clear during an interview with Jim Rome on Tuesday.

    “It’s hard,” Tuck said on ROME, a new show on the CBS Sports Network. “He’s
    signed a contract and I believe in abiding by that contract, but also I think
    he’s outplayed that contract in today’s market. And how some of these defensive
    ends are getting paid lots of money, I think he deserves to get paid.”

    It was a careful statement, as Tuck tried to carefully walk a fine line in
    what could easily become another standoff between Umenyiora and GM Jerry Reese.
    Last season, Umenyiora staged a brief holdout when he was not given a new

    This season, the pass-rusher, who enters the final year of the contract that
    has caused so much discord, has been the lone conspicuous no-show to the Giants’
    voluntary OTAs in East Rutherford. And when his teammates were receiving their
    Super Bowl rings at Tiffany and Co., Umenyiora was in Germany, far from the

    The Giants will learn much about where Umenyiora stands in two weeks, when
    the Giants hold a mandatory veteran minicamp from June 12-14. And Tuck, for one,
    continues to hold out hope that somehow, the Giants and their pass-rushing star
    can come to an accord.

    Tuck has spent the last seven years playing with Umenyiora, and described the
    pair’s relationship as “kind of like a 1-2 tandem.” Yes, the Giants now have
    another pass-rushing demon in Jason Pierre-Paul, but Tuck said his chemistry
    with Umenyiora is unique.

    “He’s very important,” Tuck said. “He is a great defensive end, and has had a
    very successful career with the Giants . . . We know each other very well, know
    how to play off each other, had a lot of success together. So obviously, I’m
    rooting for him to end his career as a Giant.

    “But you also understand the business aspect of things,” he added. “And at
    the end of the day, I just hope everything works out for him and his family and
    the Giants.”

    also discussed the much-publicized online auction sale of former Giants
    linebacker Lawrence Taylor's Super Bowl XXV ring, which was put up for auction
    by Taylor's son, Lawrence Taylor Jr. The ring sold for more than $230,000, but
    Tuck said he didn't think the ring "holds a monetary value."

    "It's about the blood, sweat and tears, the camaraderie between your
    teammates to get to that point," he said.

    Taylor said through agent Mark Lepselter that he was "fine" with his son's
    decision to sell. But Tuck still called it "unfortunate."

    "Hopefully," he said, "I'll never have to experience something like that


    "The Giants tried to bring back former receiving star Plaxico Burress
    once. But they have no plans to do it again.

    With one vigorous shake of his head, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin made that
    clear on Tuesday morning, just before the Giants Foundation Golf Outing at the
    Westchester Country Club. Big Blue lost top wideout Hakeem Nicks to a broken
    foot on Thursday, and aside from Victor Cruz, there is precious little
    experience in the Giants receiving corps.

    But Coughlin quickly dismissed any thought of bringing back Burress, who
    spent last season with the Jets and is currently a free agent. When the
    wideout's name was brought up, the coach shook his head and mouthed one word:

    Burress played four seasons with the Giants and caught the game-winning
    touchdown in Super Bowl XLII, a 17-14 upset over the previously unbeaten New
    England Patriots. The wide receiver’s run with the team ended in 2008 when he
    shot himself in the leg at a Manhattan nightclub on Nov. 29, 2008. The Giants
    were 10-1 before the Burress incident and went 2-3 over the season’s final five
    weeks and lost to the Eagles in the NFC Divisional round.

    Burress served 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to attempted
    criminal possession of a weapon. He signed with the Jets last season and caught
    45 passes for 612 yards. He was tied for the team lead with eight



    "Hakeem Nicks this past Friday had a screw inserted into his right foot to
    help hasten the healing process in his broken fifth metatarsal bone and on
    Sunday he was chatting with Giants coach Tom Coughlin, promising a
    quicker-than-anticipated return.

    “He was resting comfortably Sunday night and of course he’s very optimistic –
    ‘I’ll be back for training camp’ were his final words,’’ Coughlin said Tuesday
    at the Giants Foundation golf outing at Westchester Country Club, which raises
    money for youth-related charities in the tri-state area. “I said ‘OK,’ I would
    accept it if it was maybe a day or two after the start of camp, that’d be fine.
    I really appreciated his optimism. He was doing everything he possibly could. He
    flew out that very night and the next day he was having the surgery.’’

    The Giants have put a timetable of 12 weeks for Nicks to heal and be ready to
    return, which would put him back on the field the third week of August, after
    training camp wraps up at the University at Albany. Camp runs from July 26 to
    August 14 but the Giants have preseason games on August 24 and 29 and their
    first regular-season game, against the Cowboys, is not until Sept. 5. If all
    goes according to schedule, Nicks should make it back for the opener.

    Receiver Domenik Hixon knows all about coming back from a fractured fifth
    metatarsal, as he experienced that injury in 2006 while training for the NFL
    Scouting Combine.

    “It takes about three months or so,’’ Hixon said, confirming the Giants’
    initial timeframe. “It’s not really the healing part, it’s getting back into
    shape and doing all that. [Nicks] stays in shape so that won’t be a problem.’’

    The big challenge, Hixon said, is conditioning, as the broken foot means no

    “Our trainers staff, they do a great job of having you in condition even
    though you’re not running,’’ Hixon said. “You’d be surprised the stuff they come
    up with.’’

    Cornerback Prince Amukamara fractured his fifth metatarsal as a rookie last
    summer in his second training camp practice and did not play again for 15 weeks.

    “It varies on the person who heals the fastest,’’ Amukamara said. “I’m sure
    he’s gonna come back great.

    “Some people can come back in six weeks, some people it takes them three

    Amukamara still hasn’t fully healed from the broken foot, which was why
    immediately following the season he had an injection to help accelerate the
    healing process. He ran for the first time Tuesday on grass.

    “It feels great,’’ Amukamara said. “They just told me do some little stuff,
    run some sprints, do the figure eight to see if I felt any tenderness but I
    didn’t. Things are looking good right now.’’

    Amukamara figures if he continues to progress he will be allowed to
    participate in the June 12-14 veteran mini-camp. If not, he says he’ll be 100
    percent for training camp."


    "You can’t have it both ways, but Justin Tuck is trying to when it comes to
    the Osi Umenyiora situation.

    Tuck continues to support his good friend and Giants teammate regarding
    Umenyiora’s desire for a new contract. Tuck also continues to toe the company
    line in terms of not ripping the Giants for holding the line on a new deal for a
    player still under contract. There is no doubt, though, that Tuck wants to see
    Umenyiora resigned and back with the Super Bowl champions.

    “It’s hard,’’ Tuck said yesterday on ROME, Jim Rome’s new show on CBS Sports
    Network. “He signed a contract and I believe in abiding by that contract, but
    also I think he’s outplayed that contract in today’s market. I think he deserves
    to get paid.

    “Obviously I’m rooting for him to end his career as a Giant.But you also
    understand the business aspect of things and at the end of the day I just hope
    everything works out for him and his family and the Giants.’’



    "Hakeem Nicks promised Tom Coughlin in a phone conversation he will be back on
    the field for the Giants when training camp begins July 26 in Albany.

    And regardless of how quickly Nicks’ fractured foot heals, Coughlin insisted
    Tuesday morning the reigning Super Bowl champions have no plans of entertaining
    a Big Blue reunion with Plaxico Burress.

    Asked if the Giants would consider signing Burress in light of the Nicks
    injury, Coughlin shook his head and mouthed "No."

    Meanwhile, Coughlin said he talked with Nicks on Sunday night and the star
    wide receiver ended their conversation by saying: "I’ll be back for training

    The Giants estimated Nicks’ recovery from surgery to place a screw to repair
    the fifth metatarsal in his right foot was 12 weeks, which would put his initial
    target date around the middle of August.

    "I said, ‘OK, I would accept [Nicks’ personal timetable] if it was maybe a
    day or two after the start of camp, that’d be fine,’" added Coughlin, who spoke
    prior to teeing off in Tuesday’s golf outing at Westchester Country Club for the
    Giants Foundation, the proceeds from which serve to benefit youth charities
    across the tri-state area.

    "But I really appreciated his optimism … Let’s get him healthy as fast as we
    can. We know he’s going to be back and let’s hope he does get back at the start
    or reasonably close to the start of camp. And then we’ll bring him along slow,
    and with his competitive heart, there’s no question about him getting himself
    ready to play."

    Currently a free agent, Burress and the Giants flirted last summer before the
    Super Bowl XLII hero signed a one-year contract with the Jets, for whom he made
    45 catches with eight touchdowns.

    He served nearly 21 months in prison after shooting himself in the leg at a
    Manhattan nightclub in November 2008. Making a run at a Super Bowl repeat that
    season with a 10-1 record, the Giants lost four of their six games without
    Burress, including in the playoffs to Philadelphia.

    Coughlin believes the Giants are in good shape with what they have on the
    roster behind Nicks and Victor Cruz, notably second-round pick Rueben Randle,
    Domenik Hixon, Jerrel Jernigan and Ramses Barden.

    There are no plans to bring in any veteran receivers, Coughlin said.

    "Look for the next Victor Cruz," he quipped. "How’s that one [for a

    BRIEFS: Prince Amukamara (foot) ran for the first time Tuesday and expects to
    be ready for training camp. … The Giants will hold their third of the spring,
    the second open to the media."




    GIANTS 101


    "New York
    wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is incredibly optimistic that he can return from a fractured 5th
    metatarsal of his right foot by training camp, but if his timetable is anything
    like that of teammate Prince
    , it's unlikely that will be the case. In fact, Amukamara had a second procedure done on his foot earlier this offseason and
    only began running again on Wednesday.

    "I started running on the grass [Wednesday]," Amukamara said. "They just told
    me to do the little stuff: karaoke, run some sprints, and do the figure eight
    just to see if I felt any tenderness. But I didn't so things are looking good
    right now."

    The injury caused Amukamara to miss 15 weeks during his rookie season, and
    the non-surgical procedure he had in March will likely keep him out until
    veteran mini-camp in June.

    "I think it just depends on how I'm feeling," Amukamara said. "If I start
    feeling 100 percent everyday and there's not soreness, I think they'll let me

    As Domenik Hixon said regarding Hakeem Nicks on Tuesday,
    Amukamara praised the Giants' training staff for helping to keep him in shape.
    He specifically noted several techniques that avoided stress on his foot, all of
    which allowed him to stay prepared for his return to the field."



    "If you have paid attention to the New York Giants
    defense the past two season under coordinator Perry Fewell, you understand how
    much the Giants have relied on their three-safety package. Well, Deon Grant, the
    third member of that group -- and most often the 'box' safety playing down near
    the line of scrimmage -- is gone.

    Fewell isn't likely to abandon a philosophy that has worked for the defending
    Super Bowl champion Giants. And there is always the possibility that Terrell
    , one of the best-tackling cornerbacks in the NFL, could handle some
    of that responsibility with 2011 first-round pick Prince
    handling duties on the outside.

    Still, it appears right now that the Giants need a safety step up and replace
    Grant. Which makes Tyler Sash,
    entering his second season, today's 'player under pressure' as the Giants head
    into the 2012 season.

    Sash, drafted in the sixth round (198th overall) a season ago would seem like
    the player with the first shot at Grant's role. Sash played just 41 snaps on
    defense a season ago with four tackles. His primary impact was on special teams,
    where he led the Giants with 15 tackles and was the personal protector on the
    punt team.

    Can the former Iowa Hawkeye move from a special teams role into a regular
    role on the defense this season? Judging by all of the moves the organization
    has made in the offseason it seems like the Giants are not sure.

    The Giants did not draft any safeties in the 2012 NFL Draft. There are,
    however, five -- yes, five -- new safeties on the current 90-man roster as the
    Giants work through OTAs and prepare for training camp in Albany.

    Stevie Brown
    and Chris Horton
    were signed as free agents. Brown, 24, is a 6-foot, 215-pound two-year veteran
    who has played for the Oakland Raiders and
    . Horton is a 6-foot-1, 221-pound player who spent three seasons with
    the Washington

    There are also three undrafted free agents -- Janzen
    (McNeese State), Will Hill
    (Florida) and JoJo Nicolas
    (Miami). The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Janzen is an especially intriguing player who
    might be worth keeping an eye on when training camp begins later this

    Would the Giants be stocking up so heavily at the position if they believed
    fully that Sash was ready for prime time? Probably not.

    Could Sash emerge as the third safety? Sure, he could. At 6-foot, 211 pounds
    he has the size. He showed a nose for the ball during the 2011 preseason, and
    his special teams work showed the Giants he can hit and tackle.

    He still, however, has to prove that he deserves a role in the


    "Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's Hump Day, and I know you all can't wait
    to hear this--14 weeks until the start of the NFL season. And training camp
    begins eight weeks from tomorrow in Albany. It sure is nice to not have a
    lockout after last year's depressing start to the summer. Anyway, there isn't a
    ton of Giants-related news floating around, but here is a bit of it....

    Coughlin of New York Giants says Hakeem Nicks plans return by training camp -
    ESPN New York

    " 'I'll be back for training camp' were his final
    words" during their Sunday phone conversation, Tom Coughlin told reporters
    Tuesday. "I said OK. I would accept a day or two after the start of camp, (that)
    would be fine." "I really appreciated his optimism," added Coughlin, who
    attended the Giants Foundation's golf outing at Westchester Country Club to
    benefit youth-related charities in the tri-state area. "He has a cast and is
    elevated. He told me he was pretty much pain-free."

    Amukamara Injury Update: Cornerback 'Feels Great' - SB Nation New

    New York Giants
    fans, who are crossing their fingers and hoping wide receiver Hakeem Nicks
    recovers quickly from his broken foot, should be interested in the progress of
    cornerback Prince
    as well.

    Coughlin says NY Giants have no plans to bring Plaxico Burress back to Big Blue
    - NY Daily News

    The Giants tried to bring back Plaxico
    once. But they have no plans to do it again. With one emphatic shake
    of his head, Tom Coughlin made that clear on Tuesday morning, just before the
    Giants Foundation Golf Outing at Westchester Country Club.

    You think Coughlin wants to be answering that question? He can't be happy
    with Gary Myers right now.

    RB Brandon Jacobs getting in shape for San Francisco debut - San Jose Mercury

    Jacobs, now coming off another Super Bowl-winning season with
    the Giants, wants his 6-foot-4 frame to look better than ever when he makes his
    49ers debut
    this season. His goal: weigh less than 260 pounds for the first time in his
    eight-year career -- and for the first time since a college coach threatened to
    move him to defensive end if he eclipsed that weight limit.

    It kind of ticks me off that Jacobs is making that kind of effort now. If he
    returns to bulldozing form because he lost a bunch of weight, he's going to hear
    it from us.

    and 10: Giants WR Rueben Randle - Sports Fans, Teams, Stadiums, Page 2 - Fandom
    Blog - ESPN Playbook - ESPN

    First and 10: ESPN Playbook NFL rookie
    interviews Monday, May 28: Rueben Randle, Giants

    Either this kid has a great publicist, or he is all that. Or both.

    Where the Lions compare to the rest of the NFC -

    The Lions were at their
    very best, and it was before their injuries set in, when San Francisco came to
    Detroit and manhandled the Lions. The Atlanta Falcons,
    another playoff team, did the same the following week. Yet, both those teams
    were beaten by the Giants in the playoffs — Atlanta scoring just two

    Interesting analogy, but that team is really talented, at least on offense. I
    wonder how the playoffs would have shaken out if we had to play them instead of
    the Falcons.

    eager to do more for 49ers | Alexis Terrazas | NFL | San Francisco

    Defense may have not led to the 49ers prevailing over the
    eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants during this past season’s NFC
    Championship Game, but it kept San Francisco in the game. It kept them in every
    game. That was why, during this offseason, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke
    made every effort to retain the possible free agents that made up the vaunted
    squad of ball-snatchers and hard hitters.

    Humana Challenge earns honor of 'Sports Event of the Year' | World Golf

    As the only golf event nominated in the category, the Humana
    Challenge beat out a dynamic field that included the 2011 Carrier Classic
    college basketball game (North Carolina vs. Michigan State), the 2011 NBA Finals
    between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat, Super Bowl XLVI (New England vs.
    the New York Giants) and UFC 129.

    The what won what? And beat out the Super Bowl? Was it Bradshaw's funky
    winning "sitdown?"




    Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon admitted to Sal Paolantonio ofESPN on Wednesday that Hakeem Nicks' goal to
    return from his foot injury by training camp is "overly optimistic".

    Hanlon confirmed that the fractured fifth metatarsal in Nicks' foot is a
    significant enough injury that he's not going to be participating in all-out
    football drills eight weeks after it happened. The Giants still anticipate at
    least 12 weeks worth of recovery for Nicks, and they'd be silly to rush him back
    just for training camp practices. We do expect him to play in the September 5
    NFL opener."








    "Hakeem Nicks' recovery from
    a broken foot was expected to take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks, but the New York Giants are tempering
    hopes for the wideout's hasty return from
    to repair a broken

    Team spokesman Pat Hanlon told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio on Wednesday that
    Nicks' projection of returning to the Giants by training camp is "overly
    optimistic," according to our friends at

    Hanlon doesn't expect the Giants' second-leading pass-catcher from last
    season to participate in drills before the end of the 12-week recovery

    Coach Tom Coughlin is confident Nicks' replacement can be found from within,
    and dismissed the
    of pursuing free agent Plaxico

    We also have this from ESPN New York's Ohm
    Youngmisuk on Wednesday:





    "As the Giants again begin the process of sorting out a dilemma among the wide
    receivers, Victor Cruz and Domenik Hixon will have to provide much-needed

    For Cruz, picking up the offseason
    slack for Mario Manningham's free-agent defection to San Francisco and key
    playmaker Hakeem Nicks' fractured fifth metatarsal, won't be as hard as the task
    that faces Hixon. Cruz's 82 catches and a team-record 1,536 yards gave him that

    But Hixon has to prove that his
    recovery from right ACL tears the last two years is complete, and that his old
    speed and reliability has returned.

    That process has already started, as
    Hixon and Cruz lined up opposite each other Wednesday in their second organized
    team activity session as first-unit wideouts for the Giants.

    "I feel great," Hixon said. "To be
    honest, it's been a long two years."




    "Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks thinks he’ll be back from foot surgery at the
    start of training camp
    , but the Giants aren’t that optimistic.

    Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio that the team views
    Nicks’ timetable of being ready to go when camp opens on July 26 as overly

    From the team’s perspective, it’s great that Nicks wants to get back out
    there as soon as he can. But they won’t let him go full-speed until he’s ready,
    and they think the most realistic time frame is three months.

    That would still have Nicks ready for the regular season, and the Giants’
    passing game should be in good shape as long as Nicks is at full speed by the
    start of September. But he’s unlikely to be at full speed by the end of





    "With Hakeem Nicks' surgically repaired broken toe elevated and resting in a
    cast, Domenik Hixon moved up to the first team
    and got some valuable reps with Eli Manning.

    Hixon, attempting his second comeback from a torn ACL injury in as many
    years, caught some nice passes in the Giants' voluntary organized team
    activities on Wednesday. And so began life without Nicks for the next couple of

    If there is one positive to come from Nicks' injury, it is that the Giants
    will get a closer look at the receivers behind him and Victor Cruz. By the time Nicks returns,
    perhaps in mid-August, the Giants will have a better idea about what they may
    have in Hixon, Ramses Barden, Jerrel Jernigan and second-round pick Rueben Randle.

    "Losing Hakeem is obviously terrible but as long as he is ready to go by the
    season, that is what is important," wide receivers coach Kevin M. Gilbride said.
    "Moving forward, it is not a bad situation to have. We know what type of player
    Hakeem is. We need to find out about some other guys."

    "The book is still open on all of these guys."

    As the younger Gilbride points out, the Giants know exactly what they have
    with Nicks. And the hope is that Nicks should be ready by the season opener.

    "I don't think so," Manning said, when asked if the team should be concerned
    about losing Nicks for the next few months. "We will have time. He knows what he
    is doing. It won't take long for us to get back on the same page."

    Getting on the same page with a new third receiver is going to be more

    Last year, Manning had to find someone to replace Steve Smith in a matter of weeks before the
    season started. Cruz emerged in Week 3 against Philadelphia.

    This year, he has an entire offseason to find Mario Manningham's replacement.

    Hixon is making his way back from two knee surgeries and understands the
    expectations surrounding him are low. But Giants coach Tom Coughlin raved about
    Hixon for being one of his most dependable players.

    "I don't think people are looking at me at all, to be honest with you," Hixon
    said. "Just kind of flying under the radar, which is fine with me."

    Coughlin, though, is going to be cautious with Hixon's knee. While the Giants
    know what the consistency Hixon brings to the table when healthy, they are less
    certain about Barden and Jernigan.

    The 6-foot-6 Barden has tantalizing size and solid hands but has been slowed
    by injuries throughout his career. The 2009 third-round pick understands this is
    his chance to show the Giants what he can do.

    Barden has displayed glimpses of what he can do, but only has 15 receptions
    for 174 yards in a total of 17 games. The Giants have been waiting for Barden to

    "That would be great if he did," Coughlin said when asked about Barden. "It
    has been a little bit of inconsistency. Some days are very, very good and others
    are not as good. Hopefully it will all catch up with Ramses this spring and this

    Barden knows this is a make-or-break season for him in all likelihood.

    "Contract-wise and where I have been in my career kind of dealing with
    injuries and some obstacles, it is definitely a big year," Barden said. "Play
    like I have nothing to lose."

    Jernigan, last year's third-round pick, is trying to get a grasp of the
    offense and the playbook with the benefit of finally having an offseason
    training program with the team. Last year, the rookies were deprived of valuable
    coaching and practice time due to the lockout.

    "Right now he has a ways to go to get himself back in," offensive coordinator
    Kevin Gilbride said. "I am waiting. … You see it, it is there. There is some
    quickness and some speed and an ability level that you want to see show up on
    the field in a consistent way."

    "I know, within the next few days, we got to get it out of him because he is
    one of the guys that has to play for us," Gilbride added. "He has got to come
    through. Last year Victor had to come through. JJ has to be one of those guys
    for us this year."

    If not Jernigan, perhaps it could be Randle, the second-round pick out of
    LSU. The learning curve is greater for Randle than the others as he adjusts to
    the pro game. But already, Coughlin sees the talent in Randle.

    "Naturally, he has got some things to learn about intensity, studying and
    preparing, and you can't come out here and make an error," Coughlin said. "He
    has only had a few days out here on the field. But all you have to do really is
    watch him catch punts and you know he is talented."

    The most talented receiver on the field on Wednesday also assumed a bit of a
    leadership role with Nicks out. Cruz was seen providing guidance for many of the
    younger undrafted receivers on the roster. Just a year ago, he was in their
    shoes, fighting to prove himself.

    Now, he's the shining example of all that is possible for the receivers on
    the roster hoping to become Manning's newest weapon. With Nicks recovering, the
    Giants wi
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    Thanks Roanoke!


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      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012 - 2:26 P.M.

      [quote user="Captain Chaos"]Thanks Roanoke![/quote]

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