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    "Brandon Bing spent last season on the Giants practice squad after being
    released by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent. The 5-foot-9 Bing
    wouldn't say he feels more comfortable with an offseason under his belt after
    not having one last year due to the lockout, but he looked it during the spring.
    And coaches noticed -- they praised the second-year cornerback out of Rutgers
    from rookie camp on through minicamp.

    The energetic "Bada" Bing, as coaches and teammates call him, talks about
    winning a spot on the active roster, how having an offseason has helped his
    development, what he needs to improve and what's happening at Rutgers in this
    latest installment of our Giants
    summer questionnaire series

    Coaches have spoken highly of you this spring. After a season under
    your belt, do you feel that much more comfortable?

    I feel a little bit better. I wouldn't say comfortable. I try not to be
    content with anything. If anything, I'm trying to be discontent. I'm just trying
    to be a student of the game and learn from the guys in front of me. Obviously,
    rookie camp helped me a whole lot. It slowed a lot of things down and I got a
    lot of reps that I wouldn't have gotten before. Because on paper you may be able
    to get it down, but once you get out on the field it's a whole new game; you got
    to react. So I'm definitely feeling a little bit better and confident only
    because the material in the classroom is something I wanted to improve and
    something I still strive to improve on now.

    How much did not
    having an offseason last year hurt you?

    Seriously, OTAs and minicamp and rookie camp and all those things are huge,
    in my opinion. I think it affected me a whole lot. Me going out to Denver with
    the season a month away, they had their draft picks and they had all these guys
    so you didn't get much of a chance. There's only one practice [per day] and not
    two so you don't get that many reps. So with the reps you get, you got to
    basically catch a pick every time you get out there to open up some eyes. But
    now I was able to go to rookie camp, I was able to be in OTAs and minicamp and
    show some of the things that I'm capable of. So I think last year versus this
    year, I think it's a huge advantage for the guys that had it versus not having
    it at all.

    Is being on the practice squad basically a tryout
    every day?

    I feel like even if you made the team, it's a tryout everyday. You got to
    work everyday as if you could be cut that day because that is a possibility.
    I've seen guys who've been in the league for years get cut, I've seen guys that
    have been here a few days get cut. So it's a consistent grind. I feel like
    everyday you go to prove yourself and not just prove those guys, but prove it to
    yourself. I view myself as a perfectionist. I'm my own biggest critic. That kind
    of strives me to improve. The possibility of improving and becoming a better
    player is what keeps me going.

    What do you need to improve on as you look to get on the active

    Weight was a problem at one point. I'm up to like 182, 183, but that was one
    problem and I got that out of the way. Now I think it's more about the classroom
    and taking advantage of the reps that I'm given and taking the mental reps and
    turning them into reps on the field. A lot of times we don't get as many reps as
    the first or second team so those missed reps are important for us to be able to
    pick up versus a guy who's doing it. You got to be able to watch it and then do
    it so it's not a problem. 'oh this guy doesn't even know what he's doing.' So
    it's in the classroom, just being a student of the game.

    close do you follow what goes on at Rutgers?

    Not too close, but I'm pretty close. I was over there for the spring game and
    the singing and I spoke to Coach [Kyle] Flood and a lot of the players. I speak
    to a lot players still. I was close to a lot of players there. I know enough
    coming from the players and meeting up with Coach Flood at a Rutgers basketball
    game or a spring game or something like that so I have some insight. Obviously,
    we got one of the guys [Joe] Martinek here. I feel like every Rutgers that comes
    out does pretty well in the NFL. not a distraction at all.

    Do you
    keep in contact with [former Rutgers coach] Greg Schiano?

    I talked to him through text a few weeks ago, it wasn't too long ago. We
    don't go too long without speaking because we had like a family environment at
    Rutgers. We all keep in contact, from coaches and players. I'm going over to Ray
    Rice Day, the McCourtys are having a camp so I'm going to that. So we all keep
    in contact. Even in the offseason I was with those guys.

    Rutgers football be different without Schiano?

    No, because Kyle Flood's a great guy and not much has changed. Because he
    knew how things were run over there. He'll have it his way – I'm not saying he's
    going to fill his shoes or anything like that – but he'll don a great job over
    there and it won't be weird because it's Rutgers and we're all family and it's
    not that big of a deal.


    "Ramses Barden swears he has what it takes to contribute. And he shows it
    in flashes during practice, as he did during OTAs and at last week's minicamp.
    But Barden, a third-round pick out of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in 2009, has been
    a disappointment when it matters most in his three seasons -- he has 15 career
    catches for 174 yards and is still without a touchdown. Now entering a pivotal
    fourth season, the 6-foot-6 wide receiver aspires to finally translate his
    success on the practice field to gamedays and step in for the departed Mario
    Manningham. He talks about that and more in the latest installment of our Giants
    summer questionnaire series

    In your first three seasons, you haven't produced at the rate
    expected for a third-round pick. What's the next step for you?

    I've practiced well here. That's been consistent. I think the next step for
    me is to carry that over with confidence in the game. Everybody knows what I can

    When they bring a guy like Rueben Randle in instead of
    depending on you, does that concern you?

    When you have draft picks, you're going to use your draft picks. You're not
    going to not draft guys because you think a position is solid. You always want
    to add bits and pieces. As far as my thought process, I'm worried about myself.
    I'm worried about earning the job in the role that I want and I wish everybody
    the best of luck, but I'm not going to walk around looking over my shoulder.
    It's competition, it's fun and I can't wait to see how the season

    Do you feel more pressure entering the 2012 season than
    in the past?

    I can put enough pressure on myself, I don't need anybody else. You can try,
    but I got enough on myself, which makes it fun and exciting for me. I think the
    only time you can really reach your eventual accomplishment is when your own
    toughest critic and you're trying to prove certain things to

    Is this a make-or-break year for you?

    I don't think about it like that. I think about it as an opportunity.

    What do you think you can improve on to take advantage of the

    I want to be in great condition. I'm always in good condition, but I want to
    be in every-down condition, every-down great condition."



    "If you happened to be at the Jump On In bounce house in Boonton yesterday, you
    saw quite a sight: a 6-foot-4, 266-pound NFL running back flailing about on
    inflatable castles and slides like a first grader hopped up on Sweet Tarts.

    That running back was the 49ers’ Brandon Jacobs, who took 6-year-old Joseph
    Armento and his 4-year-old brother for an outing they likely won’t forget.

    Armento is the New Jersey boy who, when told the hometown New York Giants
    could no longer afford to keep Jacobs, emptied his piggy bank - all $3.36 - and
    sent it to California in an effort keep his favorite player with the Giants.

    Jacobs was touched by the gesture and told Armento’s mother, Julie, that he
    would be in the area for a short time this week while he packed and moved his
    family to the Bay Area. He thought his original idea for a meeting place, Chuck
    E. Cheese, might cause too much of scene. So they settled on the bounce houses.

    Jacobs, 29, brought his 5-year-old son, Brayden, and the four kids - Jacobs
    included - played nonstop for nearly two hours. No one even took a water break.

    "He told me he really wanted to get out there with the kids," Julie Armento
    said in a phone interview. "He really wanted to enjoy it, and he did. It was

    Said Jacobs: "It was just us in the whole place, and we were just going room
    to room - just bouncing and flipping all over the place, hitting each other with
    balls, sweating, our shirts filthy. We were just dirty, stinky boys, you know?"

    Joseph was blown away. Jacobs also gave him a signed Giants football helmet.
    Jacobs signed it with his former number, 27. (He wears No. 45 with the 49ers.)
    It reads: "To Joe: Thanks for being a fan. God bless, Brandon Jacobs."

    Julie Armento said she sent Joseph’s letter in March, soon after the 49ers
    signed Jacobs to a one-year contract. She sent it to Candlestick Park in San
    Francisco, but Jacobs and the 49ers practice in Santa Clara. Jacobs didn’t get
    the letter until earlier this month, and he called the Armentos the next day.

    "When we first spoke, he said that he was genuinely touched by the letter,
    that it almost brought him to tears," Armento said. "He said it came at just the
    right time for him."

    Said Jacobs: "I’m at a point in my career when people have stopped believing
    in me and not believing that I can still play. But that’s not the case. Joe
    believes in me, gave me a lot of confidence and a lot of want-to.

    "And I’m ready to go. I can’t wait until the season starts."

    Jacobs had one final gift for Joseph - a $5 bill. After all, Jacobs ended up
    signing with the 49ers, so it was only fair the boy get his piggybank money

    "He had some interest in there just for being a good kid," Jacobs said. "He’s
    worth a lot more than that $5 bill I gave him."





    "What was a flier from the outset in signing Shaun Rogers already is looking
    like a failed — and expensive — experiment by the Giants.

    A surprise signing by Big Blue in April, the veteran defensive tackle didn’t
    do much of anything during the offseason program that wrapped up last week
    except cost them promising young tight end Jake Ballard.

    With Rogers unable to participate due to a mysterious elbow condition that
    neither he nor the Giants will talk much about, general manager Jerry Reese
    exposed Ballard to waivers for roster purposes so he could bring back reserve
    defensive tackle Rocky Bernard.

    The move backfired when Ballard was claimed by the Patriots, leaving the
    Giants with no Ballard, an injured Rogers and a marginal player in Bernard at
    what already was by far the deepest area on the team.

    The whole situation also had the famously grouchy Rogers in anything but a
    good mood when reporters dared to even stop by his locker during the Giants’
    recently concluded mini-camp.

    “I would like to think I’m the expert about myself, but that’s not usually
    how y’all [reporters] write it,” the former Lion, Brown and Saint said in
    response to an innocuous question about his general health. “Y’all [reporters]
    are pretty much all the same.”

    The Giants’ decision to sign the 33-year-old Rogers was curious from the
    outset. Although he played in all 16 games for the Saints last season, he
    managed just 14 tackles and wasn’t re-signed even though New Orleans knew its
    defense was probably going to be decimated by free agency and the NFL’s bounty

    Even Rogers admitted when the Giants inked the former first-round pick and
    three-time Pro Bowl selection that he was halfway expecting to be forced into
    retirement, although Rogers claimed last week that there were other teams
    interested this offseason.

    The Giants appeared to signal a desire to get bigger and bulkier in their
    defensive interior with the addition of the 6-foot-4, 340-pound Rogers, who had
    been a Casey Hampton-style nose tackle in Cleveland.

    But with Rogers unable to do anything more than study the Giants’ playbook,
    the combination of the elbow and the surprise re-signing of Bernard are leading
    Big Blue watchers to wonder if Rogers will ever play a snap for the reigning
    Super Bowl champions.

    “He is in the classroom,” Tom Coughlin said when asked about Rogers recently
    before quickly changing the subject.

    Rogers isn’t exactly making any guarantees when asked if he expects to be
    available for the start of training camp in Albany next month. The lack of vigor
    in his voice indicates Rogers himself wouldn’t be surprised if the Giants
    decided to end their relationship soon.

    “That’s up to them to decide,” Rogers said. “I feel like I can play football
    at any point in time. What my role is will be determined by the coaches and how
    they feel.”




    "A day after the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17
    in Super Bowl XLVI, the MGM Grand’s sports book in Las Vegas released the odds for Super Bowl XLVII … and Big Blue wasn't
    even the favorite to win their own division. Instead, the Patriots topped the
    odds at 5-1 with the Green Bay Packers (11-2), Pittsburgh Steelers (6-1) and Philadelphia Eagles (6-1) all coming in ahead of the
    Giants who had 8-1 odds.

    While appearing on Sirius XM radio Wednesday night, retired Giants
    quarterback Phil
    took issue with the odds and the disrespect his former team has
    received so far this offseason.

    "Super Bowl champs should be considered favorites," Simms

    Although it's the Eagles who are favored over Big Blue in the NFC East, Simms
    instead directed his attention to the Dallas Cowboys, 20-1 favorites according to the MGM Grand
    sports book.

    "If Cowboys don't feel motivated now, with their backs against the wall, then
    when," he questioned.

    Both the Eagles and Cowboys have been yammering on about how great and
    talented they are this offseason, and it's been largely followed up with pundits
    declaring the same. It's become a common mantra each year, with the Giants
    frequently dismissed and overlooked. But rest assured, they have no real issue
    with it; they thrive on being the underdogs and enjoy having the spotlight
    shined elsewhere. They excel when others doubt them, and would likely prefer
    this course be kept."


    "New York
    Giants wide receiver Domenik
    went throughquite thestring of bad luck withthe injurybug over the
    last few seasons. He has torn hisACL twice inthe lasttwoyears, the second
    time comingon an acrobatic touchdown reception against the St. Louis Rams last
    season.During his rehab he has managed toaddabout20 poundsof muscle and is
    expected to fullyrecoverin time for training camp. Now, after losing Mario
    to free agency, Hixonis looking to stepin and become the third
    wide receiver on the roster.

    Hixonhas proven he can be productive in thepast both as areturnman and
    areceiver. In the 2008season,Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride chose
    himas the replacementfor PlaxicoBurress after hisfamous handgun incident. In
    that seasonhehauled in45 receptions for633 yards, proving to be areliable
    target for Eli
    . When askedif he expects thereto be any rust todeal with after
    missing so much time,Hixon seemed optimistic.

    "I don't thinkso.And the reasonI say it is because you're doing all
    thatnow. I'm knocking a lot of rust off now so by thetime weget to our first
    preseason game, I don't think anything will be there."

    Domenik is fully aware thatthe loss of Manningham won't beeasy for the team
    to adjust to. He knows thatthere are other receivers on the Giants roster
    thatwillbegunning for Manningham'sposition as well,including rookieRueben
    .He was asked if hewould stepin and replace Manninghamright

    "Yeah, for sure. That'swhatI planto doandI'm going to keep working hard
    day in and day out andlet it be up to the coaches."

    It is rare in the NFL today to see a team stick witha player throughtwo
    serious injuries, but the Giants havestood by Hixon through all of his ups and
    downs. This comes asno surprise as the Giants are considered one of the most
    stand-up organizationsin the league.Domenikis aware of thisand is very
    gratefulforthemultiple opportunitiesthey have given him.

    "They gave me an opportunity when I got releasedfrom Denver (in2007) and
    then these pasttwo years with knee injuries they stuck with me.They could have
    cut me and let me be on my way andbe done withme. But theydidn't do that.
    They treated me the same andI really appreciatethat."

    Now Hixonknows it's his turn togive back tothe Giants for the loyalty they

    "I know a lot of times in the NFLloyalty isn't that big. But in this situationI
    really feel like I wanted to be here. Theyhelpedmeouttime and timeagain. I
    wanted to stay here and repay that."

    If Hixon can stayhealthy, he can be a niceweapon for Manning tomake use
    of.Because of his familiarity withManning and the offense, look for him
    tostep in as the thirdreceiver whilerookie Rueben
    learns the ropes. In three receiver packages Victor
    will likely shiftto the slot receiverwhich allows Hixon to compliment
    Hakeem Nicks on the outside. Hixon will continue torehabilitatehiskneein
    order to be at full speed for training campwhere he can build an even
    strongerrapport withCaptain Eli
    and the other receivers.



    "Good morning, New York Giants
    fans! It is time for you morning news and notes, so here we go.

    Giant Brandon Jacobs spends the day with six-year-old fan |

    Six-year-old Joseph Armento had sent Jacobs $3.36 to persuade him
    to stay on the Giants.

    of Rogers puzzling -

    What was a flier from the outset in
    signing Shaun Rogers
    already is looking like a failed — and expensive — experiment by the Giants.

    Vikings GM has 'no interest' in trading Percy Harvin; WR leaves minicamp early -

    Star receiver Percy Harvin
    wants out of Minnesota but the Vikings said
    Wednesday they won't trade him.

    Blitz - June 19: Ryan works with QBs

    From quality control to teaching
    wide receivers, Sean Ryan is in
    his first season as quarterbacks coach and hit the ground running this offseason
    with Eli Manning.

    rookie symposium kicks off Sunday | National Football Post

    Players will
    be divided into smaller groups this year.
    Photos - NFL stars throwing the first pitch

    Videos: Justin Tuck's R.U.S.H. for literacy

    Giants DE Justin Tuck does
    more than rush QBs. His Tuck's R.U.S.H. For Literacy promotes reading to kids in
    New York, New Jersey and central Alabama."



    "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

    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!"


    "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

    “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

    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

    “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

    “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.”


    "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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.
    S I am cherishing every moment I have in the NFL and I want to have a
    productive career."
















    "SPOTLIGHT: Who will replace DE Dave Tollefson?

    THE 411: The Giants kept the league's most fearsome
    pass rush intact by restructuring Osi Umenyiora's deal and
    keeping the defensive end relatively happy for this coming season. But they did
    lose Tollefson in free agency to Oakland. Tollefson was a valuable backup who
    gave Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and
    Umenyiora breathers while also being terrific insurance in case of injury and
    proving he could be a capable fill-in starter.

    He has just 10 career
    sacks but he collected five of those sacks last season. He started two games
    last year and was a great complement to the Giants' star defensive ends. The
    Giants still have linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, who often went
    back to the front line as the fourth defensive end in Perry Fewell's
    NASCAR package. But Tollefson was another pass rusher they could throw
    in that package and he could play special teams, provided veteran experience,
    often played injured and was also very popular in the locker room.

    THE COMPETITION: Logic would say the Giants should use
    Kiwanuka more as a pass rusher with Tollefson gone. But the Giants insist
    Kiwanuka will remain in his dual hybrid role. Kiwanuka could see more snaps at
    defensive end but the Giants would like a new player to emerge into Tollefson's
    role of providing limited snaps at defensive end to give opposing offensive
    lines a different look while giving Tuck, JPP or Umenyiora a breather.

    Second-year defensive end Justin Trattou and
    Adrian Tracy are competing to fill Tollefson's spot in the
    defensive end rotation. Trattou, 23, has one tackle in six games last season.

    Tracy, 25, was a sixth-round pick in 2010 and is listed as a linebacker
    but is being converted into a defensive end. He has yet to play in a game.

    WHAT THE COACHES ARE SAYING: Fewell was asked if he
    will use Kiwanuka more at defensive end with Tollefson gone.

    "We don’t
    know that right now," Fewell said. "Obviously losing Dave was a blow for us but
    we do have a plan and Kiwi will rotate and play some defensive end. More? I
    don’t know."

    "A guy like Trattou, Tracy and Kiwi is always an
    alternative choice to go there but if one of those guys can come on then we
    don’t have to tax Kiwi," Fewell added. "That is how we look at those guys and
    that’s what we are trying to find out, if they can fill the role that Dave
    Tollefson left."

    CAMP PREDICTION: This should be an
    interesting competition between Trattou and Tracy but my guess is that whoever
    wins likely won't see as many snaps at defensive end as Tollefson saw, and that
    wasn't a whole lot to begin with when Tuck, JPP and Umenyiora were healthy and

    I do think that Fewell will use Kiwanuka a bit more as a pass
    rusher on passing downs, especially now that Fewell has more experience and
    options at linebacker. He has Michael Boley, Keith
    and Jacquian Williams as linebackers who have
    the speed to cover on passing downs. Chase Blackburn, Boley and
    Rivers or perhaps Mark Herzlich could play at linebacker if
    Fewell opts to use Kiwanuka more as a pass rusher on a perceived running play as

    That flexibility should allow Kiwanuka to rush the quarterback a
    bit more. Fewell could also use Tuck, JPP, Umenyiora and one defensive tackle
    like Chris Canty or Austin on the front line on passing downs
    with Kiwanuka rushing from the linebacker spot.

    And if Trattou or Tracy
    emerge, Fewell will have even more options, including the ability to rush
    Kiwanuka from the linebacker spot with one of those two on the line with Tuck,
    JPP and Umenyiora. The team liked Trattou enough to have him on the active
    roster last season for a bit, but Tracy has also stuck with the team on the
    practice squad as a sixth-round pick from 2010.

    Tell us what you
    think the Giants should do with Tollefson gone and what you think of Trattou and
    Tracy below.







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  • #2

    Thanks RF. Interesting read about Shaun Rogers.


    • #3
      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012 - 9:45 A.M.

      [quote user="nygsb42champs"]Thanks RF. Interesting read about Shaun Rogers.[/quote]

      We tend to let some players slip through the informational crack it seems.
      “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


      • #4
        Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012 - 9:45 A.M.

        thanks Roanoke! [B]

        it will be hard to replace Tolley but it appears that several options may be available!

        i hope so. the more pass rushers the better!



        • #5
          Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012 - 9:45 A.M.

          [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

          thanks Roanoke! [B]

          it will be hard to replace Tolley but it appears that several options may be available!

          i hope so. the more pass rushers the better!


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


          • #6
            Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012 - 9:45 A.M.

            I'm always a day late replying to these.

            Rogers better lighten up a bit or the media will eat him up. He might end up being a camp casualty this go around.


            • #7
              Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012 - 9:45 A.M.

              [quote user="Rat_bastich"]I'm always a day late replying to these.

              Rogers better lighten up a bit or the media will eat him up. He might end up being a camp casualty this go around.[/quote]

              I have to say I can see Rogers' point though. How would any of us like to have to answer the same questions over and over again?

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