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    "The Jets and Giants have sued to halt any attempt at construction of the American Dream retail-and-entertainment complex, according to a report

    In a lawsuit filed in state Superior Court in Bergen County, the football teams claim the stalled project's developer, Triple Five, never obtained their consent for a larger complex, according to the report, citing a 2006 agreement that requires consent if changes could adversely effect game days.

    Triple Five, the owner of Minnesota's Mall of America, is trying to wrap up nearly $2 billion in financing to finish the project, the website said, which was approved by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority in 2003 under the name "Xanadu."

    The mega-American Dream complex is scheduled to have the first indoor snow park in North America, as well as a giant Ferris wheel, and an amusement and water park."


    "It's been almost a year since Da'Rel Scott broke off a
    97-yard touchdown run against the Chicago Bears
    and then added a 65-yard
    touchdown on a fake punt and 114 yards rushing in the preseason
    finale against the New England Patriots

    That success only netted him five rushes for 16 yards in the regular
    season, as the seventh-round pick's biggest contribution came via his 14 kick
    returns for a 24.4-yard average. Now, with the Giants' selection of David Wilson
    in the first round of this year's NFL Draft, Scott must have another impressive
    showing in the preseason to fight for carries.

    Scott talks about that challenge, as well as why he believes he's ready
    for it, in this installment of our Giants
    summer questionnaire

    You said before the Draft you
    hoped the Giants didn't feel the need to pick up a running back
    in the first
    round. They did. What was your reaction?

    Uh, surprised. I'll keep it honest. But I took it as motivation for me. I
    mean, even though I was motivated, that's going to make me that much hungrier.
    That's what made me work (this spring) and make sure I barely made mistakes in
    minicamp and OTAs. I just was more focused and wanted to let them know I'm still
    that guy.

    We saw how
    agile David's been this spring
    and we saw your straight-ahead speed last
    summer. Who wins in a race?

    Me. A hundred percent.

    He's shifty.

    Yeah, he's shifty.

    But straight ahead, you've got him?


    Have you timed yourself in the 40 since before the

    I haven't. But a couple of coaches said even though I got bigger, I look more

    What'd you do to make that happen?

    Just working on my squats and stuff like that. A lot of (power) cleans and
    just more power. More power has made me more explosive, so I wanted to focus on
    my legs more.

    Are you heavier?

    Yeah, I'm up to 215, 217 (pounds). I was between 207 and 210 last year. And I
    feel faster. (Last year's weight) was cool, but to be able to take some more
    carries, I want to make sure my body is ready for it. So I want to be a good,
    solid 215.

    Are you looking forward to the preseason because it'll provide a more
    consistent workload than what you got during last season?

    It was rough for me last year. I mean, hopefully, we'll see how it goes with
    the whole rotation. I'm excited, but you just never know. I had to make the best
    of my opportunities last year and I have to do the same this year just in case
    the same thing happens and we have a rotation. Obviously, it's going to be hard
    to get everybody in the game.

    People haven't forgotten those big runs.

    And hopefully the Giants haven't, either.

    So you're more explosive than that guy who broke those big runs last

    Yeah. So I feel very good about that."


    "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."



    He doesn’t talk of improving his hands, or honing his ability to separate
    from defenders. He doesn’t discuss getting stronger, or mention getting

    No, ask Ramses Barden what
    his goal is this season, and the Giants receiver delivers a simple answer: “I’m
    here to be the man.”

    “Plain and simple,” he adds. “There’s no explanation

    It’s a goal that the Giants would love to see Barden achieve.
    The team had high aspirations when Barden was drafted in the third round in
    2009, but so far the king-sized wideout has only disappointed, with just 15
    career catches.

    Yet when training camp opens in Albany next month, Barden
    will have perhaps his best and maybe his last chance to turn around his stalled
    career. Mario Manningham’s decision to sign with the 49ers has left the Giants
    searching for a new No. 3 receiver.

    The 6-6 Barden will battle veteran
    Domenik Hixon, second-year man Jerrel Jernigan and hyped second-round pick
    Rueben Randle for the role behind Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. It will be a
    lengthy audition, too, especially if Nicks, as expected, rests his broken foot
    for most of training camp.

    Barden is the long shot in this competition,
    so much so that he wasn’t even mentioned by Kevin Gilbride when
    the offensive coordinator was asked to assess the receiver landscape after last
    week’s three-day minicamp. Gilbride said Jernigan showed “flashes,” Randle
    displayed “down-the-field speed,” and even said undrafted free agent Brandon
    Collins looked “really, really impressive.”

    What did Gilbride say about
    Barden? Not a word. And Barden was hardly surprised. He’s perhaps the most
    unique wideout on the roster, with otherworldly size (6-6, 244) and solid
    athleticism, and he routinely d***les in practice, but he has struggled to
    deliver in game situations.

    His performance in the Giants’ Christmas Eve
    win over the Jets was emblematic of that. With the Giants pinned on their own
    1-yard line in the third quarter, Eli Manning twice looked to the big wideout
    who so often posts up cornerbacks in practice. But Barden couldn’t make a
    critical catch; it was Victor Cruz who saved the team with a 99-yard third down

    “I practice well,” Barden says. “The next step for me is
    to carry that over with confidence to the game. Everybody knows what I can do.
    It’s (about) being able to do that in September.”

    Barden hopes that the
    first injury-free offseason of his career will help prepare him to do that.
    While he says that “there’s nothing like game reps,” he does believe that he
    will be more comfortable in Gilbride’s offense after participating in all the
    Giants’ Organized Team Activities and making several impressive catches in

    And as soon as minicamp wrapped up, he headed to California to
    do more training, working out with teammate Keith Rivers and a handful of other
    pros. “It’s great to have a completely healthy offseason to build on,” Barden
    says. “It’s great to have a brand new opportunity, a clean slate, essentially,
    to make my mark.”

    It will be a heated “competition,” Barden admits. But a
    more grizzled Barden will be ready.

    “I’m not going to walk around looking
    over my shoulder,” he says. “It’s fun, and I can’t wait to see how this season

    Here's a closer look at the training camp
    contenders for WR:

    BARDEN, 4th year, 6-6, 226

    SKINNY: Had a "good camp," according to
    Eli Manning, but there's still work to do, says WR coach Kevin Gilbride Jr.: "He
    still has areas that he needs to improve on such as creating separation from
    defenders and things like that. He's working hard at

    BRANDON COLLINS, rookie, 5-11, 176

    SKINNY: Signed out of rookie minicamp
    and continued to emerge in last week's veteran minicamp. Says offensive
    coordinator Kevin Gilbride: "Good speed, great quickness, but also picking up
    the offense pretty quick."

    DOMENIK HIXON, seventh year, 6-2, 197

    SKINNY: Receiving corps' elder statesman
    hasn't been tentative after tearing ACL for second straight year last season,
    but possesses little upside. "Very very steady, very consistent," says coach Tom
    Coughlin. "He is a tough guy. And, again, he is a great

    JERRELL JERNIGAN, second year, 5-8, 189

    SKINNY: Seemed comfortable in veteran
    minicamp after struggling last season. "You see flashes with Jerrel Jernigan,"
    says Gilbride. "That guy, he can help us."

    RUEBEN RANDLE, rookie,
    6-2, 210 pounds

    SKINNY: Second-round pick was
    billed as NFL-ready coming out of LSU, but Gilbride cautions he's still figuring
    out pro game: "There is so much thinking going on. You can see it slows him

    JULIAN TALLEY, rookie, 6-1, 192

    SKINNY: Undrafted free agent was held
    back because he missed some practice, and Gilbride says he will "reserve
    judgment." But can you really rule out a quick WR from Victor Cruz's alma mater



    "This little fan sure got his money’s worth.

    Ex-Giant Brandon Jacobs made good on his promise to repay a New Jersey boy
    who broke his piggy bank in a failed effort to keep the running back from
    bolting to San Francisco.

    Jacobs, who now plays for the 49ers, returned to New Jersey this week to pack
    up some of his belongings — and hang out with 6-year-old Joseph Armento, who had
    sent Jacobs $3.36 when he heard talks between Jacobs and the Giants broke down
    over money.

    Jacobs, accompanied by his 5-year old son, Brayden, spent nearly two hours
    Wednesday with Joseph and his 4-year-old brother, Nick, at the Jump On In bounce
    house in Boonton, NJ.

    “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,’’ Jacobs told the Sacramento Bee. “We were just
    dirty, stinky boys, you know?”

    Joseph’s mom, Julie, was thrilled that her sons got to spend time with the
    big kid.

    “They all played, even my husband, Mike, and Brandon, all the kids, even me,”
    Julie Armento told The Post. “We were all jumping around, playing together. It
    was just a fun time for everybody.”

    Jacobs took to Twitter to further describe the experience.

    “The Armento family is great,” he tweeted along with a picture. “I wish them
    the best.”

    The feeling was mutual.

    “When we were saying goodbye, it really did feel like we were saying goodbye
    to a new friend,” Armento said.

    Jacobs received the letter and money in San Francisco and was so moved by
    Joseph’s devotion that he contacted Armento and promised to meet up with the

    Jacobs signed a one-year deal with the 49ers that can be worth $1.575 million
    — his base salary is $950,000 — after seven years with the Giants.

    Jacobs gave Joseph a signed Giants helmet and also gave him a $5 bill, more
    than repaying him for the money he stuffed into an envelope in hopes that Jacobs
    would re-sign with the Giants.

    “He had some interest in there just for being a good kid,” Jacobs said."




    "In 2007-2008, the New York Giants defeated the New
    Patriots 17-14 in Super
    Bowl XLII
    , costing quarterback Tom Brady
    & Co. a chance at perfection. In 2011-2012, Big Blue again defeated the
    Patriots, this time 21-17 in Super
    Bowl XLVI
    , costing them a chance at redemption. It's created some additional
    bitterness between the cities of New York and Boston and helped mold an interesting
    rivalry between the non-conference opponents. It's also caused Brady some
    sleepless nights.

    "We play them every year in the preseason. Geographically, we're very close,
    so yeah, there's something to losing to them twice in the Super Bowl in the most
    meaningful game of the year and the most meaningful game of our lives," Brady told SI. "You think about some bad memories from games
    you lose and there's that blue uniform with white numbers. That's what you think
    about it."

    In Brady's case, it would actually be a white uniform with red numbers, but
    the torturous thoughts are probably just the same. The two biggest losses of his
    career have both come at the hands of Eli Manning and the New York Football
    Giants, and even more than his disdain for the New York Jets, Big Blue has become an ever-lasting thorn
    in his side and subconscious. After all, he now refers to the Giants as the "bad

    "I threw it and when I let it go, I knew we were gonna have a chance. The
    ball got batted up in the air and I saw it tip 60 yards away from me," Brady
    said of the final pass of Super
    Bowl XLVI
    . "But then I got knocked down, so I fell to the ground and I saw
    the ball get deflected. Unfortunately, though, I looked over and saw the bad
    guys running on the field."

    That was enough Giants talk for Brady, however. The next time they were
    mentioned during the Sports Illustrated interview, he snapped back with "Is that
    all you want to talk about? The Giants?"

    The Giants sure are a sore spot for ole' Tom, and after two Super Bowl losses
    at their hands, it's undoubtedly something that will linger for the rest of his
    life. But perhaps that's what he deserves for laughing them off in both 2007 and
    then again in 2011."


    "Over the course of eight NFL seasons, running back Joe
    rushed for more than 5,550 yards and 50 touchdowns. He was a part of
    the Super Bowl XXI winning New York Giants and was named to two Pro Bowls (1985,
    1986). 11 years after retiring, the former second-round draft pick still credits Tom Coughlin for helping to mold him into the player he
    eventually became

    "When I was a freshman at Syracuse Coughlin was the offensive coordinator and
    running backs coach there," Morris said. "He taught me the game and how to read

    Morris had one final opportunity to work with Coughlin in 1988 when he was
    hired as the Giants wide receiver coach, but it was his time at Syracuse the
    running back remembers most.

    "My first time with him we watched 25 plays in the field house at Syracuse,
    going through every play and how each and every player was moving and what his
    assignment was," Morris said. "It changed my opinion of how you do things. In
    the NFL, players
    asked me how I knew everyone's route and I told them about the college coach I
    had who told us to know everyone's position."

    Coughlin, who recently signed an extension through the 2014 season, has been drawing incredible praise from some of the youngsters he
    coaches for similar reasons. In fact, it's become a staple of Coughlin's
    coaching style for his players to not only understand all of the positions on
    the field, but to know the assignments and locations of their teammates on any
    given play.

    Bill Parcells implemented a similar coaching style, and retired cornerback
    Mark Collins recently told Giants 101 that wide receivers often accused him of
    cheating in practice because he always knew exactly what routes they were going
    to run and exactly where the ball was going to be thrown.

    It's obviously a successful method of coaching -something that has resulted
    in four Lombardi Trophy's between the two combined- and something Coughlin will
    continue to do until he ultimately decides to retire."



    "Good morning, New York Giants
    fans! Here are your Giants-related news and notes for today.

    departure of Mario Manningham, unproven receiver Ramses Barden ready to "be the
    man" for NY Giants next season - NY Daily News

    He doesn't talk of
    improving his hands, or honing his ability to separate from defenders. He
    doesn't discuss getting stronger, or mention getting faster.

    'I'm still the outside linebacker' - Giants Blog - ESPN New York

    Earlier in the offseason, Giants GM Jerry Reese hinted that veteran outside
    linebacker Michael Boley
    could shift to the middle -- a position the team

    NFL Draft Review: The New York Giants - SB Nation Dallas

    The first in our series breaking down the draft classes of the Cowboys divisional
    rivals. Giants GM Jerry Reese has a proven eye for talent, and he may have
    unearthed a few solid contributors in 2012.

    Football: NFC East Sleepers - Fake Teams

    Fantasy Football Sleepers in the
    NFC East

    summer questionnaire: CB Brandon Bing |

    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



    "It’s time for a special edition of the Friday Five with Big Blue View’s
    editor, Ed Valentine. Below are Ed’s answers to the questions I asked. If you
    want to see what he asked me and what I had to say, pop on over to Big Blue View.

    1. So now that we’ve had a chance to let the dust settle a bit, give
    me your thoughts about the reports out of the mini camp. What has you encouraged
    the most?

    Well, I was interested in some of the reports on unknown
    guys like Stevie Brown and Brandon Collins, and encouraged by what seemed like a
    lot of positive comments on David Wilson and Reuben Randle. I am also encouraged
    because it seems like the defense is deeper right now than it has been.

    2. On the flip side, what has you most concerned at this

    Offensive line, especially if there are lingering issues with
    Will Beatty’s back. Tight end as well. I just have to wonder what is between
    Martellus Bennett’s ears bulking up to more than 290 pounds.

    3. Was there any news that came out of camp that surprised

    I touched on some of it with Will Beatty. I didn’t think his
    back issues would last this long. The Jake Ballard fiasco was also a surprise. I
    would have thought Jerry Reese learned from the Steve Smith thing last year that
    when you try to play games with guys you really want to keep that you can get

    4. Typically the Giants tweak the roster if just by a player or two
    before the start of camp. If you had to take a guess about who they might bring
    back given the numbers, injury situation, etc., who would be your

    Well, the obvious guys you are hinting at are Deon Grant and
    Kareem McKenzie. I don’t see either one coming back, to be honest. Grant’s time
    is up. Great guy, great presence but he can’t cover any more and he has a tough
    time making tackles in the open field. McKenzie would be a possibility I guess
    if there are concerns that Beatty’s back will be a long-term issue.

    5. Let’s talk receivers. With Nicks out, guys like Barden, Jernigan
    and Hixon are going to get a lot of reps. ultimately, how do you see the
    receiver situation playing out?

    Your guess is as good as mine. Can
    Ramses Barden FINALLY step up? I will believe it when I see it on Sundays and
    not just during training camp. Can Domenik Hixon stay healthy, and just how much
    does athleticism does he have left after two major knee injuries? Jerrel
    Jernigan? I have never really talked to anyone about him specifically, but the
    vibe that you get is that the Giants just aren’t thrilled with his development.
    Reuben Randle? The Giants can talk about him being ‘NFL ready’ all they want,
    but how many receivers pick up the Giants offense and get on the same page with
    Eli Manning right from the start? It makes me wonder, especially since the kid
    comes out of a passing attack at LSU that was, to put it mildly, terrible."


    "In this installment of Summertime Blog Bits, we hear from undrafted free
    agent Will Hill, a safety out of Florida, and a Jersey City, NJ

    Hill drew praise from both safeties coach David Merritt
    and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, the latter of whom said
    about Hill, “I think he’s a talented young man. The volume of things that we do,
    you could see I taxed him a little bit, but again, we will try to put him in a
    position where he can have success and not have so much to think about in the
    preseason games.”

    Q: Coach Merritt listed you as one of the young guys who really had a
    nice spring thus far. What is it about this defense that has enabled you to come
    in and take to it as quickly as you have?

    A: Well to be honest, the
    defense was a hole at first. You come into this great defense that has Antrel
    Rolle and Kenny Phillips back there. And that defensive front is phenomenal. So
    I think I can contribute my athletic ability to help on the backend, and I can
    also play a little nickel. This has been a crazy experience for me and an
    experience I’ve been cherishing at the same time.

    Q: For some guys, the leap from college to the NFL is like leaping
    across the Grand Canyon. How was the leap for you?

    A: Well for me,
    it was a big leap because I had that year (2011) when I didn’t play. So I had to
    get back into that football mindset. So yeah, it’s been a little bit of a
    challenge for me at first, but I think I’m starting to get my feet back under

    Q: In this defense, the safeties are interchangeable. With that said,
    right now do you feel that you’re a better cover guy or a better box guy?

    A: Both. We have to know both positions. What I end up playing
    depends on the formation. On one play, you might to go down to the right and go
    with the strength of the formation change, on another, you might have to go back
    and the other guy might have to go down. So you have to learn both spots."


    "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."


    "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.”








    Fans of the other NFC East teams were once again subjected to watching the
    Giants celebrate a Super Bowl victory. Why do the Giants win? The New York
    Giants know how to draft. Jerry Reese is a man with a plan. Take for instance
    the decision to part ways with Brandon Jacobs and the selection of David Wilson.
    Out goes a high-priced headache and in comes a young rusher who, if all pans
    out as planned, will replace Ahmad Bradshaw and his troublesome feet in the
    not-to-distant future.

    NY Giants2012 Draft

    1 32 David Wilson RB Virginia Tech
    2 63 Rueben Randle WR LSU
    3 94 Jayron Hosley CB Virginia Tech
    4 127 Adrien Robinson TE Cincinnati
    4 131 Brandon Mosley T Auburn
    6 201 Matt McCants T Alabama-Birmingham
    7 239 Markus Kuhn DT North Carolina State

    The selection of Reuben Randle looked like a luxury until Hakeem Nicks
    suffered a broken foot soon after the draft, now it looksrather genius. The
    Giants know how to work the draft. How many games, if any, Nicks will miss is
    yet to be known, but he’s unlikely to be up to full speed for the start of the
    season and Randle may see a lot of the field early on.

    Adrien Robinson could be a steal where the G-Men snagged him at 127 overall.
    He was under utilized in the Cincinnati Bearcat’soffense but he has the
    athleticism, size (6’4?, 264 lbs.), and speed to perhaps capitalize on
    circumstances that place him on a championship team that has a TE opening due to
    injuries. Keep your eye on the TE competition and how the Giants look to be
    using the rookie in camp. You can see our predraft take on the status of the NY Giants TE
    in this article.

    The Giants also invested two picks in offensive lineman that are
    developmental prospects that shouldn’t see a lot of playing time as rookies.

    Here is how we see theNY Giants2012 Depth
    Chart entering training camp.

    POS 1 2 3
    QB Eli Manning David Carr
    RB Ahmad Bradshaw David Wilson (R) D.J. Ware
    WR1 Hakeem Nicks Rueben Randle (R) Ramses Barden
    WR2 Victor Cruz Domenik Hixon Jerrel Jernigan
    TE Martellus Bennett Travis Beckum (INJ) Christian Hopkins

    WINNERS: David
    (ADP 99 overall/ RB40)

    Wilson walks into a very good situation. He has to prove he can understand
    the blocking schemes well enough not to get Eli Manning killed, but he works hard and we think he will get there
    quickly. This year he will get 115-150 touches even if Ahmad Bradshaw stays
    relatively healthy (a big if with two cranky feet).David Wilson could be the
    Giants feature back as early as next year. He packs a lot of punch into a squat
    frame (5’09, 206 lbs.) and he has the ability to break big runs.Wilson landed
    in a good spot where he can play early on and develop without the immediate
    pressure to be the offensive focal point. Read More on David Wilson in our Fantasy Relevant Rookie

    LOSERS: JerrellJernigan&
    Backup RBs

    The next reception for the second year player out of Troy State will be his
    first as a pro. Jerniganattracted attention as a fantasy football sleeper
    heading into last season and GiantsGM Jerry Reese has spoken highly of him as a
    guy he believes can win a role in the slot. Jerniganis 5’9', 185 lbs, however,
    and now he has to compete with Reuben Randle at 6’3?, 210 lbs for playing time –
    notgood news for the pint-sized 2nd year WR.

    Okay, “Backup RBs” is a bit of a cop-out. We’re just not
    sure how it will shake out but we think there were some long faces among the
    group (Andre Brown, Da’RelScott, and D.J. Ware) when the Giants spent a first
    round pick on another running back. Of this group, Ware is the only one with
    NFL stats and they are less than impressive with just 81 carries for 324 yards,
    and 1 TD in three seasons. One of these backs probably will not be a Giant when
    the season begins and our gut feeling is that Da’Rel Scott will be











    "Earlier in the offseason, Giants GM Jerry Reese hinted that
    veteran outside linebacker Michael Boley could shift to the
    middle -- a position the team needs to fill.

    But right now Chase
    is there, and Boley is on the outside -- something he doesn't
    foresee changing right now.

    "I'm still the outside linebacker," he said
    by phone on Wednesday. "But as things go, you never know. Once camp gets going,
    you never know what coach has planned. So right now, I'm just happy to have a

    Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has said
    Blackburn is currently his starting middle linebacker. But Boley and
    Keith Rivers could see reps at middle linebacker in training
    camp as the Giants explore their options. Mark Herzlich and
    Greg Jones also are on the MLB depth chart although Jones saw
    time at third-team strong-side linebacker in minicamp.

    Boley called OTAs
    and minicamp "not as strenuous as our previo
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2
    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012 - 10:02 A.M.

    Thanks RF !
    " Success is never final, but failure can be " B.P.


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      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012 - 10:02 A.M.

      thanks Roanoke!


      • #4
        Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012 - 10:02 A.M.

        Thank you Sir--have a great weekend all!


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          Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012 - 10:02 A.M.

          [quote user="G-Men Surg."]Thanks RF ![/quote]

          “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: FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012 - 10:02 A.M.

            [quote user="BigBlue1971"]thanks Roanoke![/quote]

            “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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              Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012 - 10:02 A.M.

              [quote user="lttaylor56"]Thank you Sir--have a great weekend all![/quote]

              And you as well my friend, you've been absent.
              “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1