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  • NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012 - 11:07 A.M.

    HERE NOW THE NEWS

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





    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    GIANTS' SUMMER QUESTIONNAIRE: WR DOMENIK HIXON

    "Welcome to the second installment of our Giants
    summer questionnaire
    . We began the summer's worth of posts yesterday with
    Tom Coughlin and continue this morning with wide receiver Domenik Hixon, who is
    coming off his second ACL tear in as many years. Hixon figures to have crack at
    replacing Mario Manningham alongside Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz and is likely
    to play an important role in the return game.



    You're coming off your second ACL tear in as many seasons. Are
    there any limitations for you right now?




    No. Everything's going smoothly. I'm just working hard to get back and
    contribute and do what I know I'm capable of.

    What's the toughest
    part of coming back off such an injury?




    It's just a mental thing man. A lot of things are blown out of proportion as
    far as coming back. It's a lot more mental than it is physical and I feel like
    I've prepared myself for that. I'm going out there and doing minicamp, OTAs,
    it's definitely a benefit. Instead of going out there kind of like last year
    after just two weeks of practice.

    Was there ever a point in your
    rehab that you were so discouraged that you thought 'this isn't for
    me'?




    Not at all. Don't get me wrong, it's probably two of the toughest things I've
    ever been through. Especially mentally more than anything. You just got to keep
    grinding. You got to dream and keep pushing for it and you can't let something
    get in your way, as small or as big as it may be.




    Torn ACLs aren't necessarily uncommon, but sustaining the injury
    twice is. Did you reach out to others who've had to deal with it
    twice?




    I talked to [Amani] Toomer about it. He gave me a lot of advice and I'd say
    the best advice he gave me was the mental aspect of it. Mentally, you're not
    going to want to trust and do stuff like that so he was like 'as soon as you can
    get the mental part out of the way.'




    Given you haven't played in many games over the last couple years,
    will there be some rust to deal with?




    I don't think so. And the reason I say it is because you're doing all that
    now. I'm knocking a lot of rust off now so by the time we get to our first
    preseason game, I don't think anything will be there.

    Victor
    Cruz stepped in and took full advantage of your absence last season. With Mario
    Manningham gone, do you see yourself stepping right in?




    Yeah, for sure. That's what I plan to do and I'm going to keep working hard
    day in and day out and let it be up to the coaches.




    Do you feel like you owe the organization for sticking by you through
    the injuries?




    For sure. That's something I'll always say. They gave me an opportunity when
    I got fired from Denver. They gave me an opportunity after tearing up my knee
    twice so it's time to repay them this year."

    GIANTS' SUMMER QUESTIONNAIRE: OT MATT MCCANTS

    "Our third installment in the Giants
    summer questionnaire
    is rookie offensive lineman and former tuba player Matt
    McCants out of UAB. McCants, the Giants' sixth-round pick, took the majority of
    his snaps at right tackle during OTAs and minicamp and the Giants hope he can
    provide come depth on an offensive that has seen plenty of changes over the last
    couple years.



    You're coming into the NFL with the 'developmental player' label.
    What do you make of that? Do you think you're being underestimated?




    Everybody has their titles and what they think of what a player is. But my
    whole mentality is I try to come in and just try to get better and that should
    be everybody's philosophy no matter if they're sixth round, first round. So my
    mindset is I try to come in everyday trying to learn from the veterans, just
    learn as much of the playbook as I can and I look at it as I'm trying to play
    this year. So I take that mentality to it. There aren't any redshirts in the NFL
    so I'm trying to play.




    What has been most difficult adjustment from college to the
    pros?




    The playbook. Learning what to do, different formations. In college you can
    possibly get away with knowing what you do, but in the NFL as far as the Giants
    offense, you got to know what everybody does because everybody's tied together.
    You got to know the whole concept of the play so just getting used to knowing
    the whole concept of knowing what everybody does. Not just the left tackle or
    the right tackle, but the guard, the center, the back, the Y, the Z so just
    learning the whole concepts for plays.

    You started playing
    football your senior year of high school after being in the school band. Did you
    begin as an offensive lineman?




    Yeah, an offensive tackle. I was big for a high school
    kid.

    How did the beginning go for you?




    It was hard. it was very difficult at first. it was the same attitude I have
    today: everyday I'm just trying to get better and better. so if you're not
    getting better, you're getting worse. That's my whole mindset.




    What made you want to play football?




    I always wanted to play football, but my mom she never let me play. Being the
    only child she was very protective of me. She didn't want me to get hurt or
    anything like that. But she finally let me play my senior
    year.

    When you were in the band did you perform at football
    games?




    Yeah, we'll do the halftime shows, we'll be playing in the stands during the
    games so I always wanted to get out there, but my mom wouldn't let me. I used to
    ask her a million times, 'Mom, come on.' But she wouldn't let
    me.

    Which instrument did you play?




    The tuba.




    Were you any good?




    Yeah, I was good. Anything I do, I'm good at it.

    Do you have a
    tuba now?




    No.




    Have you heard jokes about it?




    I still get them, man. I played tuba in the band like seven years ago and I
    still get them so I don't think they're going to stop. To this day, everybody
    rips me on that about that.




    Do you expect your band experience to be part of your
    hazing?




    I mean, I guess. I hope not."

    GIANTS' SUMMER QUESTIONNAIRE: OFFENSIVE LINEMAN KEVIN BOOTHE

    "School is not out for summer. Not for Kevin Boothe, anyway.


    The Giants' guard/center (and former tackle) is taking part in a
    specialized executive MBA program
    that fits his NFL schedule because of the
    way the courses are structured.




    The Cornell grad, who is coming off a
    fine performance against the Patriots' Vince Wilfork
    in Super Bowl XLVI and
    is currently the projected starter at left guard, talks about his advanced
    schooling as well as his desire to eventually lock down one spot on the line in
    this installment of our Giants
    summer questionnaire
    :




    You’re sneaking in some schoolwork during the break?




    It’s a two-year program through George Washington University. Six weeks this
    offseason, six weeks next offseason in class with online work done in between.
    It’s broken up into two-week periods. We had a two-week session in D.C. in
    February, we were at Columbia in April for two weeks and this month we go to
    UCLA for two weeks.




    So after a year like this where you’re bouncing
    around the line
    , winning a championship and giving everything you have, the
    first thing you do during your break is go to school?




    (Laughs) Yeah, it was actually pretty funny. They were shocked I decided to
    show up. Nah, it was 10 days after the Super Bowl I was in class. It’s a unique
    experience that works very well with our schedule and they accommodate us in
    terms of workout facilities and things of that nature. So I feel as though I’m
    not missing anything and am gaining at the same time. It was a no-brainer for me
    and I’m happy to be a part of that program.




    And you’ll do what with your degree?




    Not sure yet, not sure yet. That’s why I’m in school right now. I have no
    clue what I want to do. I’m pretty open to anything, so I’m hoping this will
    open up more opportunities for me.




    You know the Giants appreciate your versatility but are you thinking
    this year is your chance to lock down a spot and keep it?




    Well, yeah, no matter who you are, you want to start. That’s always the goal,
    is to start and contribute. Last year I was able to experience that for an
    extended period of time, more than four or five games, for the first time since
    my rookie year. You always want to play and, sure, it’s an opportunity. So I
    just have to take advantage of it and play to the best of my abilities.




    Where would you play if you had your druthers?




    (Smiles) Wherever.




    I knew you weren’t going to answer that question.




    (Laughs) You know that, you know that."

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

    NY DAILY NEWS

    BEFORE SHOWING UP FOR "WORK" AT DUNKIN DONUTS, ELI MANNING PREPS FOR REAL JOB AS GIANTS' QB

    "
    Eli Manning spent
    Tuesday morning at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Secaucus, working behind the counter as
    part of his new partnership with the donut chain. But a few hours before that,
    he was working out at the Giants facility.



    "Obviously, I've tried to manage my time well," Manning said. "I was able to
    get up, get a workout at the facility today, kind of get my preparations
    done."




    It was a sign that Manning has not lost his focus. The Giants' Super Bowl
    XLVI victory has led to an offseason of increased visibility for the normally
    low-profile QB. He hosted Saturday Night Live, threw out the first pitch at the
    Mets game on Father's Day, and then on Tuesday, he was working behind the
    counter at Dunkin’ Donuts. Over the next few months, he'll appear in a series of
    ads for the company.




    But don't worry that the demanding offseason workload will hurt Manning come
    the regular season — and don't fret over last week's up-and-down minicamp. The
    QB has his priorities straight.




    "The offseason is a time to try to get some things done and do some things
    you want to do, like Saturday Night Live and those type of opportunities, as
    long as it doesn't affect my preparation for football and my commitment to the
    Giants,” Manning said.




    "I didn't miss a single workout this year, was at every team activity and
    working hard to make sure I'm getting better," he added. "But also tried to do
    some things outside of football and keep busy and have some
    fun."



    On Tuesday, that fun involved running around Dunkin’ Donuts, just two days
    after he begged Mets knuckleballing phenom R.A. ****ey to toss him a few
    pitches. Manning said he enjoyed throwing out the first pitch at Citi Field on
    Sunday; he only wished he'd had more time to talk to ****ey.




    "It's been fun watching him this season," Manning said of ****ey. "I kinda
    asked him if I could get up there and he could throw me a few knuckleballs. I
    just wanted to see what it looked like. But we didn't have the
    time."


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


    NY POST

    GIANTS' ELI MANNING WANTS AT BAT AGAINST ****EY

    "Eli wants an AB vs. R.A.



    No one at the moment can get a sniff of a hit against the remarkable R.A.
    ****ey but Eli Manning, who lately can do no wrong himself, wants to step into
    the batters’ box to see that amazing knuckleball up close.




    “I asked him if I could get up there and he could throw me a few
    knuckleballs,’’ Manning said Tuesday after a quick shift at the drive-thru
    window at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Secaucus, N.J., recounting his Father’s Day
    conversation with ****ey at Citi Field. “I just want to see what it looked like
    but we didn’t quite have enough time.’’

    Probably better for Eli that he never picked up a bat and took some swings
    against ****ey, who is coming off back-to-back complete-game one-hitters.



    Manning paid a visit to the Mets this past Sunday to throw out the first
    pitch, a Father’s Day honor he shared with his toddler daughter, Ava. “I was
    hoping she’d be able to throw it out there but I didn’t want her to get booed if
    she didn’t make it to the plate,’’ Eli said. “I thought I made a wise
    decision.’’




    As a two-time Super Bowl MVP, Manning knows all about being a sensation. He’s
    got more than a few connections with ****ey, who attended the University of
    Tennessee the same time Eli’s older brother Peyton. ****ey, like Eli’s wife,
    Abby, is from Nashville, so there were several conversation starters when they
    chatted over the weekend.




    “I talked to him a few years ago, he was having some issues with plantar
    fasciitis, I’ve become an expert on that, having dealt with it,’’ said Manning
    after the announcement that he’s partnered with Dunkin’ Donuts for a three-year
    promotional deal that will have him appearing in advertisements in the New York
    area. “It’s been fun watching him this season, got to watch a little bit of the
    game last night when he was on the mound.’’




    As for his day job, Manning said he made sure to get a workout in earlier in
    the morning before heading over to the Dunkin’ Donuts appearance just a long
    completion away from MetLife Stadium and the Giants’ practice facility.




    “Try to manage my time well,’’ Manning said. “The off-season is a time to get
    some things done , do some things like you want to do, like “Saturday Night
    Live,’’ those type of opportunities, as long as they don’t affect my preparation
    for football and my commitment to the Giants. I didn’t miss a single workout
    this year, was at every team activity, working hard to make sure I’m getting
    better but also trying to do some things outside of football.’’


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

    THE BERGEN RECORD

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


    GIANTS' ELI MANNING N0.30 FORBES' HIGHEST PAID ATHLETE LIST

    "New York
    Giants quarterback Eli
    Manning
    spent a few moments on Tuesday morning checking out customers and
    handing out donuts at the drive-through after a new sponsorship deal with Dunkin' Donuts was announced, but
    it's not something he'll ever have to worry about doing full time. A day prior
    to his first shift working for the man, Forbes released their list of the world's 100 highest-paid athletes, and sitting comfortably at
    number 30 was good ole' Easy-E, pulling in a cool $26.6 million.



    “[I] bagged groceries at a grocery store in Mississippi, my grandfather’s
    store in eighth grade," Manning said Tuesday. “Did that for a few weeks. That
    was probably my only truly working experience. Never had too much of a formal
    job before."




    Although Eli deserves to be paid tremendously after two Super Bowl MVPs, the
    way NFL franchises
    convert salary into signing bonuses skewed his number a bit and likely propelled
    him higher up the list than he would have been prior to his contract being restructured in March.





    Several players, like No. 30 Eli
    Manning
    , had their 2012 salaries converted into signing bonuses and paid out
    in March to alleviate team’s salary cap issues, which further goosed the number
    of NFL players in
    the top 100.




    The $26.6 million breakdown showed that Manning earned $18.6 million in
    salary and an additional $8 million in endorsements – which included neither his
    recent sponsorship with Pampers, nor his his recent sponsorship with Dunkin
    Donuts.




    Other NFL players
    ahead of Eli on the earnings list, from highest to lowest, include Denver
    Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning ($42.4 million), Baltimore Ravens defensive
    tackle Haloti Ngata ($37.3 million), Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry
    Fitzgerald ($36.8 million), Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh ($36
    million), Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson ($34.4 million),
    Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams ($33.2 million), New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis ($28.3
    million), St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford ($27.8 million) and New
    England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ($27.1 million).




    Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., the man they call "Money", topped the list at $85
    million.

    GIANTS' PRINCE AMUKAMARA LOOKS TO MAKE IMPACT IN HIS SECOND SEASON

    "New York
    Giants cornerback Prince
    Amukamara
    had a less than desirable beginning to his 2011 rookie campaign.
    The first-round pick out of Nebraska lost his entire first offseason due to the
    NFL Lockout. To
    make matters worse, Prince injured his foot in only his second NFL practice
    causing him to miss the first nine games of his rookie season. In a season
    riddled with injuries to key players, Amukamara's week 11 return to the field
    gave fans hope that the team could be getting another much needed playmaker in
    the defensive backfield.


    Not so much. During the regular season, quarterbacks posted a 125.0 QB rating
    and completed 70% of all passes thrown in Prince's direction. He was routinely
    benched for his play by Defensive Coordinator Perry
    Fewell
    . It was clear that Prince
    Amukamara
    was not ready to be a productive player for Big Blue. In fact,
    former Giants safety DeonGrant publicly stated what he told Prince during
    halftime of the team's Week 16 loss to the Washington Redskins.





    "I told him, ‘you got every physical attribute to play this game and go
    against any receiver. I said, ‘but right now, you’re just not ready for that.’
    Not saying that he won’t be ready, it’s not taking anything from him, but me
    being in the game for a minute, physically he made plays through the stretch
    since he’s been back, but I’ve just been seeing him struggle.




    To Amukamara's credit, he did improve in coverage throughout the playoffs. He
    did not give up any big plays to the high powered passing offenses of the Green
    Bay Packers or New England Patriots. Furthermore, Prince never let his lack of
    playing time effect his attitude, and he went on to contribute on several
    special teams throughout the course of the playoffs.




    However, Amukamara feels “like this is my rookie year." With a full offseason
    of OTA's and mini camp, Prince will have ample opportunity to learn the in's and
    out's of the Giants defensive playbook. When talking about how he is approaching
    his second season with Big Blue, Amukamara stated the following:





    “I wouldn’t say ‘start over,’?” Amukamara says. “Just ‘keep going.’ I still
    have a job to win and that’s my mentality, to come in and be one of the starting
    cornerbacks.”




    Although Terrell
    Thomas
    ' return makes Prince a long shot to take over the starting cornerback
    role, Prince will have the opportunity to become a major contributor to the 2012
    New York
    Giants. With a full offseason under his belt, Prince
    Amukamara
    's overall skill and athleticism should allow him to become a key
    asset to Defensive Coordinator Perry
    Fewell
    and the New York Giants' defense."

    GIANTS' MARK HERZLICH WORKING HARD TO WIN STARTING JOB

    "Prior to being diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, Mark
    Herzlich
    was widely considered one of the top linebackers in the Nation.
    However, a long battle with cancer saw his stock drop considerably and he was
    ultimately passed on in the 2011 NFL Draft, eventually signing with the New York
    Giants
    as an undrafted rookie free agent. As fate would have it, Herzlich
    and Big Blue would go on to win Super Bowl XLVI only two and half years after he
    was declared cancer free.


    Following a solid rookie campaign, which was cut short due to a broken ankle,
    Herzlich is looking forward to taking the next step … this time earning a spot as a starting linebacker.





    "I'm working hard toward winning a starting role this year," said Herzlich.
    "I am looking forward to the challenge. It's always a tough competition every
    year — the guys who play the best get the jobs. I know opportunities will arise
    during the preseason and I just have to take advantage of those
    opportunities."




    A former All American at Boston College, Herzlich is no stranger to
    overcoming long odds. And despite fierce competition expected at the linebacker
    position, he feels confident in not only his athletic ability, but his ability
    to make the necessary adjustments on the field in only his second NFL season.





    "We just finished mini camp and everything went well," Herzlich said. "Now I
    need to keep working out and staying fresh because training camp is starting
    soon."




    Herzlich began the 2011 season on special teams, but eventually started two
    games in place of an injured Michael Boley. In 11 games last season, 6-foot-4,
    246-pound linebacker collected 12 tackles and had begun to show significant
    improvement prior to his injury. If he's able to continue his improvement and
    return to form, there's no reason to believe he couldn't win himself a starting
    job."

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: WEDNESDAY READING MATERIAL

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



    INSIDE FOOTBALL


    SUMMERTIME BLOG BITS RETURNS

    "Wondering how you are going to fill the down time until Giants’ training camp
    starts? Wonder no more, as I’m proud to announce the
    return of our annual “Summertime Blog Bits,” a collection of odds and ends
    straight from my reporter’s notebook that haven’t yet made it to print.


    For the next four weeks, I should have enough material to bring you
    full-length articles, player Q&As, miscellaneous observations, leftovers
    from past articles, and little tidbits from the locker room to help fill the
    downtime.




    Summertime Blog Bits will run every Monday, Wednesday (except for
    July 4), and Friday. Then about two weeks before the start of training camp, I
    will be running down each unit, pointing out the battles and offering some
    insight about how I see things playing out.




    All of this coverage should help fill the downtime until we fire things up on
    July 26 when the Giants report to training camp. So make sure you visit the blog
    starting June 18, 2012!"



    SUMMERTIME BLOG BITS SERIES: ADRIAN TRACY HOPES TO CONTRIBUTE THIS SEASON



    "For most players, a season-ending injury in their rookie season can be a
    devastating occurrence. But don’t tell that to Giants defensive end/linebacker
    Adrian Tracy, who in his rookie campaign two years ago suffered
    a season-ending elbow injury that in a way turned out to be a blessing.




    Tracy, listed as 6-2, 245 lbs. is a second-year player out of William &
    Mary. Originally a sixth round draft pick in 2010, he was projected to play
    linebacker at the pro level after having a successful college career as a
    defensive end.




    However, a pre-season elbow injury cut n his rookie season short Tracy’s
    rookie year, as he was placed on injured reserve. Moreover, last year, thanks to
    the lockout, Tracy didn’t have as much of a chance to advance his knowledge of
    the defense as he would have liked. As a result, he landed on the team’s
    practice squad last season.




    This year, Tracy, who as well as playing linebacker has moved back to his
    roots at defensive end, is hoping that the time spent off the field actually
    works to his advantage.




    “I think what happened to me needed to be done,” he said of his two-year
    absence away from live competition. “I think I needed to be set back and learn
    and understand my role. Now that I’ve done that I can push forward.”




    Tracy said that in looking back, he realizes that he probably wasn’t mentally
    ready to take the leap from college to the NFL. Now that he’s had a chance to
    get acclimated, he feels he’s in a better position to begin contributing to the
    defense.




    “It wasn’t anything as far as my mind-set,” he said. “It was just gaining a
    greater understanding over being asked to play at different position at the
    highest level that I had never played at.




    “I’m a perfectionist; I want everything to be the way it’s supposed to be,”
    he added. “When it doesn’t happen that way, I kind of get frustrated with
    myself, so it was a maturation process that allowed me to re-evaluate and push
    forward.”




    His role this year will be as a pass rusher, where in certain packages he’ll
    line up at defensive end awhile in others, he’ll line up at linebacker. It’s a
    challenge that Tracy said he’s looking forward to mastering.




    “At linebacker you’re pretty much the quarterback of the defense and being in
    that classroom for a year, year and a half allowed me to understand the defense.
    Then when I go back down to defensive end, it just makes things that much
    simpler.




    “I know exactly where to be because I know based on some linebacker
    information where the defensive ends and other people on the defensive line are
    supposed to be lined up. Also in certain packages, I’ll still be playing in the
    linebacker spot.”




    For Tracy, one of the challenges of playing both positions means that there
    is much more information to comprehend. However, that extra information, he
    thinks, will make him a better player.




    “At linebacker, you’re seeing more and you have to process more information.
    So when you move back to defensive end, you have a better understanding of what
    the guys behind you are doing,” he said.




    To get himself ready for a bigger role this year, Tracy worked on improving
    his strength, and cutting down his body fat.




    “I’ve gotten stronger,” he said. “I think my body composition has changed
    which is a plus. But I think if anything, when you’re able to play fast, you’re
    able to play more efficiently.”




    He’s also really hit the playbook harder this year, determined not to let the
    flip-flopping of his position deter his quest for a roster spot. So far, he
    said, he doesn’t feel as though he was set back by spending time at
    linebacker




    “It just allowed me to excel further and I think thus far, practices have
    gone pretty well,” Tracy said toward the conclusion of the team’s three-day mini
    camp. “I’m ready to step forward to step forward in training camp.”



    SUMMERTIME BLOG BITS: Q&A WITH DT MARVIN AUSTIN



    "In today’s installment of Summertime Blog Bits, I bring you a
    conversation I had with defensive tackle Marvin Austin during
    the mini camp.




    Q: There have been reports that you came into camp out of shape and
    overweight.

    A: I’m at a good weight now and my conditioning is
    fine. I’m coming back from a long time away from the game so there was going to
    be an adjustment. But I’m going to be ready for camp and I’m working hard to
    make sure I’m ready for camp and beyond.




    Q: Now that you’ve been able to get back on the field, how have you
    found it? Are you more rusty than you thought you’d be?

    A: Nah, it’s
    pretty much the same as riding a bike. It’s something that once you learn it
    once, you know how to do it. Maybe you’re not as fast or as quick as far as
    doing the same tricks you used to be able to do on the bike, but you can still
    ride it. In my case, I’m working on getting my tricks back.




    Q: This might sound weird, but having been away for as long as you
    were, do you think you have a little different perspective about the game than
    say your teammates who have been here?

    A: I think so. I think I have
    a greater appreciation for the game. If you know me, you know that I try my best
    to be optimistic about every situation. One advantage to being away from the
    game for me physically is that I don’t have much wear and tear on my body from
    the 2 years I’ve been out of the game. At the same time, though, you don’t get
    better at football or anything for that matter unless you’re working on it every
    day. You need to repeat things so that you develop that muscle memory and your
    techniques and motions become second nature.




    Q: It looks like they’ve been lining you up on both sides of the
    line, correct? Didn’t you primarily line up on one side in college and if so,
    how are you adjusting to being moved around?

    A: Yes, I’m used to
    playing the left side. I played the left side in college all my life, so playing
    on the right side here is something new to me, but it’s all part of the job
    interview for this year and it’s been fun being back around the team. Any way I
    can help the Giants win another Super Bowl, I’m cool with that.




    Q: Do you expect they’ll keep you more to one side over the other
    once camp starts?

    A: I think it depends on the play because you have
    a lot of variables to consider. But I can be the three-technique or the shade.
    It depends on what play the offense comes out with or whatever scheme we have in
    place for that week. The only It’s just different playing with your left hand
    down as opposed to your right hand down.




    Q: How difficult has it been for you to work on the new
    side?

    A: It takes a little getting used to because your steps are
    totally different. If you’re a right-handed person, and now you’re suddenly
    trying to write with your left hand, it’s going to be a little slow at first
    until you get more practice to get used to it. So it’s pretty much like I am
    trying to write with my left hand, even though I’m right-handed. When I go to
    the weight room and I want to do something, I use my left leg first so I can get
    my mind conditioned to doing things left-handed.




    Q: Besides getting used to playing both sides, what else have you
    prioritized as far as improving for this summer, besides of course
    everything?

    A: Just going out there and playing explosive and quick,
    and finding what it is that I can help the team do to get better. If it’s
    special teams or being a scout team player, I am all for it. I think I’ll find
    my exact role on the New York Giants by keeping an open mind and just gong out
    there , working hard every day, and continuing to try to bring value to the
    organization.




    Q: What value have you been able to learn from looking at film of
    yourself from last year?

    A: I feel like I am pretty much my biggest
    critic so when I was watching film, I thought I got too high some times. There
    ewer ea bunch of little things, like “shaking and baking” and things like that
    when I would pass rush. There were times when I just need to go and use my power
    and quickness, but I was doing a little too much moving around which took the
    edge off. I think I am one of the quickest defensive tackle in the game and
    sometimes that hurts me because I go to use quickness when I should use power to
    run straight through a guy. So this year I want to work on mixing it up a bit
    more and playing the chess game within the game of football.




    Q: The defensive line meeting room is tight from what I hear. So with
    that said, what kind of advice have the veterans given you to help you get
    better?

    A: Oh man, they’re always encouraging me. Those guys know I
    have been out of the game for a while, and they want a young guy – any guy
    really – to be able to go out and be successful. So they’ve been helping with
    everything from hand placement to body language. It’s great; everyone in that
    room is like family, so there’s no animosity or anything. We’re each other’s
    biggest fans.




    Q: I’d imagine you’re anxious to get back out there. However,
    sometimes when a guy is wound a little too tight and he gets on the field,
    that’s not necessarily a good thing. What’s the best way then to find a happy
    medium in terms of enthusiasm?

    A: Well, you’re right; I’m so
    ready. But I need to be too pumped up so I can go right though somebody. Yeah,
    football is all about controlled violence, so I want to be as ready as I can and
    play at a very high level within the rules of the game, know what I mean? I’m so
    glad to be back around my teammates. To not have been around the guys was
    extremely hard for me. People don’t understand how much when you’ve been a
    football player all your life, how much being a part of the team atmosphere
    means to you. You hear some former players who, now that they’re out of the
    game, how they miss being around the guys and having structures in their lives.
    So I am cherishing every moment I have in the NFL and I want to have a
    productive career."



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  • #2
    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012 - 11:07 A.M.

    Thanks RF. I wish I was at the Dunkin Donuts Eli was at.

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    • #3
      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012 - 11:07 A.M.



      thanks Roanoke!




      i hope Hixon can stay healthy this season. he can make a difference if available all season!

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      • #4
        Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012 - 11:07 A.M.

        [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

        thanks Roanoke!




        i hope Hixon can stay healthy this season. he can make a difference if available all season!

        [/quote]

        +1

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        • #5
          Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012 - 11:07 A.M.

          [quote user="nygsb42champs"]Thanks RF. I wish I was at the Dunkin Donuts Eli was at.[/quote]

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

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          • #6
            Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012 - 11:07 A.M.

            [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

            thanks Roanoke!




            i hope Hixon can stay healthy this season. he can make a difference if available all season!

            [/quote]

            The thing I like about Hixon is he does exactly what they ask of him. Runs the right routes, each and every time, has good hands, special teams versatility. If he can stay healthy, he can be a positive weapon in the arsenal.
            “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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            • #7
              Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012 - 11:07 A.M.

              [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

              thanks Roanoke!




              i hope Hixon can stay healthy this season. he can make a difference if available all season!

              [/quote]

              The thing I like about Hixon is he does exactly what they ask of him. Runs the right routes, each and every time, has good hands, special teams versatility. If he can stay healthy, he can be a positive weapon in the arsenal.
              “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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              • #8
                Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012 - 11:07 A.M.

                Okay, maybe a dumb question but the Kevin Boothe article got me thinking. Are there any team incentives to completing your education? Do the Giants maybe give roster bonuses or something?

                I know Mara used to really care about his players when he was alive and would want them to succeed after football. Just a question.

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                • #9
                  Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012 - 11:07 A.M.

                  [quote user="Rat_bastich"]Okay, maybe a dumb question but the Kevin Boothe article got me thinking. Are there any team incentives to completing your education? Do the Giants maybe give roster bonuses or something?

                  I know Mara used to really care about his players when he was alive and would want them to succeed after football. Just a question.[/quote]

                  That's a good question and I don't know the answer. I would like to think they would but who knows. We also had at least one rookie missing some OTAs to complete his degree.
                  “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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