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    "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 Ė I'm not saying he's
    going to fill his shoes or anything like that Ė 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."




    "Historical New York Giants clips is a weekly Giants 101 feature that
    takes a look back at vintage video of Big Blue, both in color and black and
    white, over the course of their illustrious history. Whether it's a win or a
    loss, the purpose of this feature is to help educate newer generations of Giants
    fans and to bring older generations of Giants fans back in time. Enjoy.

    In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, the nation
    turned their eyes to professional sports as a way to ease their hearts, minds
    and souls. It was a tremendous amount of pressure bestowed on athletes of all
    sports, but something commonly understood and accepted. And less than two weeks
    removed from the devastating tragedy that rocked our country, the New York
    Giants traveled to Kansas
    to take on the Chiefs in what would become a game remembered forever by
    those who witnessed it.

    There was nothing special about the game itself; a game in which Big Blue
    defeated the Kansas
    Chiefs 13-3. What stood out was the unity of the fans and the opposing
    teams. There was a respect, admiration and understanding by all of those
    involved that although this week two game impacted the NFL standings,
    the more important aspect of it was helping to heal a wounded nation.

    Following the game, the two teams would meet and mid-field, kneel in unity
    and say a prayer as the remaining fans cheered Ö cheered despite their team
    falling to 0-2.

    "They deserved that applause," Chiefs fullback Tony Richardson said postgame.
    "It was in their back yard. They actually saw it. They've been down to the site.
    Some of these people were their neighbors, their friends."

    For the Giants, they spent the duration of the game thinking about those they
    met and those they had helped the previous two weeks. The Father's and Mother's
    who had lost their children, the children who had lost their parents and the
    widow's who still had no answers.

    "They would look you in the eye and tell you, `My husband was a season
    ticket-holder,' " Giants linebacker Michael Barrow said. "If Notre Dame can win
    one for the Gipper, we can win one for our fans who were lost."

    The Giants would finish the season at 7-9, but they won the only game that
    year that truly mattered. And in the process, they helped, at least for one
    afternoon, to ease the minds of many in the face of tremendous loss and complete


    has gone a long two seasons without playing meaningful football.
    Heís had enough of watching from the sidelines and wants to make an impact this
    season. The 23-year-old was a second-round pick of the New York
    Giants in the 2011 NFL Draft out of
    the University of North Carolina. The defensive tackle was highly touted after
    his junior campaign and was expected to be a top ten draft pick. However, he was
    suspended his entire senior year for accepting improper benefits along with
    several of his teammates.

    Because of General Manager Jerry
    ís track record of making low risk, high reward moves, it came as no
    surprise when the Giants made him their selection in the second round. Austinís
    path to the NFL took another
    hit after he suffered a torn pectoral muscle during a preseason game in his
    rookie year against the Chicago
    in. Austin would be placed on Injured Reserve (IR) resulting in him
    missing his second straight season.

    But now all that is behind him. Heís looking forward to playing his first
    minutes in a true regular season NFL game, and doing whatever is
    necessary to help his team succeed

    ďJust going out there and playing explosive and quick, and finding what it is
    that I can help the team do to get better. If its special teams or being a scout
    team player, I am all for it. I think Iíll find my exact role by keeping an open
    mind and just going out there, working hard every day, and continuing to try to
    bring value to the organization,Ē Austin told
    Pat Traina of Inside Football

    Another thing the coaching staff is asking him to do for the better of the
    team is to play on both sides of the defensive line. In college, he was used to
    playing strictly on the left side. Defensive Coordinator Perry
    is experimenting by having him switch sides at times to mix it up.
    Austin admits it is taking some adapting to.

    ďIt takes a little getting used to because your steps are totally different.
    If youíre a right-handed person, and now youíre suddenly trying to write with
    your left hand, itís going to be a little slow at first until you get more
    practice to get used to it. So itís pretty much like I am trying to write with
    my left hand, even though Iím right-handed,Ē Austin said.

    After missing so much time, itís realistic to think there would be some rust
    to shake off at first. However Austin doesnít believe that will be a

    ďItís pretty much the same as riding a bike. Itís something that once you
    learn it once, you know how to do it. Maybe youíre 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, Iím working on getting my tricks back,Ē he

    Marvin wants to make it clear that heís working hard to get back to form and
    to reassure the fans that he will be fully prepared for the upcoming season.
    Expect Austin to come to training camp hungry and ready to prove to the
    organization he was worthy of a high draft selection.

    ďIím at a good weight now and my conditioning is fine. Iím coming back from a
    long time away from the game so there was going to be an adjustment. But Iím
    going to be ready for camp and Iím working hard to make sure Iím ready for camp
    and beyond," he added."



    "Good morning, New York Giants
    fans! Here is your Saturday morning Giants notebook.

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    lawsuit filed in state court in Bergen County, the football teams claim the
    stalled project's developer, Triple Five, never obtained their consent for a
    larger complex.

    Ranks: Top 200 - Yahoo! Sports

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    working hard toward winning a starting role this year," said Herzlich, who
    appeared at the Country Club of Darien Monday for the NFL Alumni Connecticut
    Chapter's sixth annual Charity Golf Classic. "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."

    summer questionnaire: Running back Da'Rel Scott |

    Says he's even
    more 'explosive' this year.

    Insider: Center David Baas

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    "The New York Giants' suffered a setback at the wide receiver position when
    Hakeem Nicks broke his right foot during OTAs.

    Even though it could take up to three months to recover from this injury,
    head coach Tom Coughlin said Nicks is onfident that he will return in time for training camp.

    "He was very optimistic. He rushed down to Charlotte to get the surgery taken
    care of as fast as he could. He did that. And that is a great example," Coughlin
    said. "This guy really, really wants to be on the field and out here. We
    certainly hope that the idea of him returning by camp can happen."

    Nicks last season caught 76 passes for a career-high of 1,192 yards and seven
    touchdowns. If there are any further setbacks, who do the Giants turn to?

    [Note by Ed Valentine: Kelsey O'Donnell joins the Big Blue View
    writing staff today. Kelsey has been writing about the Giants for Yes, fellas, a woman writing here at BBV!]

    Mario Manningham left New York for San Francisco, which leaves Victor Cruz as
    the only returning starter. After coming off his injury-shortened rookie season,
    Cruz broke through the NFL making 82 catches for 1,536 yards and nine
    touchdowns. He broke the Giants' all-time yardage record for a single season and
    tied an NFL record scoring a 99-yard touchdown against the New York Jets.

    Opportunities for Domenik Hixon, Jerrel Jernigan, and Ramses Barden await
    when training camp rolls around. Hixon's 2011 season ended early in Week 2 when
    he tore his ACL after making an acrobatic catch against the St. Louis Rams. This
    was the second season in a row with the same injury. Hixon will get playing
    time, but will be a health concern.

    Barden saw some playing time in 2011, making eight catches for 94 yards, but
    no touchdowns. Jernigan, who was picked by the Giants in the 3rd round of the
    2011 draft, did not catch any passes last season.

    Of all of the receivers after Cruz, Hixon has the most experience but has
    been injured for the last two seasons, which leaves Barden with an advantage to
    make an impression coming off the season. It could come down to a battle between
    the two, however, there is still another player to consider.

    Barden looks to focus
    on one thing this training camp
    . "I'm here to be the man," he said. "Plain
    and simple. There's no explanation needed." Barden has shined in past training
    camps, but has disappointed on the big stage with just 15 career catches. The
    injury to Nicks opens a door for Barden.

    "I'm not going to walk around looking over my shoulder," said Barden. "It's
    fun, and I can't wait to see how this season unfolds."

    Rookie Rueben Randle was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft and
    has been impressive thus far.

    In his three years playing at LSU, Randle had 97 receptions for 1,634 yards
    and 13 touchdowns. The First-Team All-Southeastern Conference player ran a 4.55
    in the 40-yard dash, 4.36 in the 20-yard shuttle, and 31.0 in the vertical jump.
    It's possible that Randle could win a role on the roster, even if it's for just
    a few games throughout the season.

    Overall, the Giants have some depth in the WR position. Nicks plays a huge
    role for New York, but with his injury and the departure of Manningham a new key
    player has to step up."



    "Itís time for a special edition of the Friday Five with Big Blue Viewís
    editor, Ed Valentine. Below are Edís 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 weíve 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 Beattyís back. Tight end as well. I just have to wonder what is between
    Martellus Bennettís 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 didnít 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 donít see either one coming back, to be honest. Grantís time
    is up. Great guy, great presence but he canít 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 Beattyís back will be a long-term issue.

    5. Letís 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 arenít thrilled with his development.
    Reuben Randle? The Giants can talk about him being ĎNFL readyí 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, ďI think heís 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.Ē

    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 Iíve 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 didnít play. So I had to
    get back into that football mindset. So yeah, itís been a little bit of a
    challenge for me at first, but I think Iím starting to get my feet back under

    Q: In this defense, the safeties are interchangeable. With that said,
    right now do you feel that youíre 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 todayís 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: Iím at a good weight now and my conditioning is
    fine. Iím coming back from a long time away from the game so there was going to
    be an adjustment. But Iím going to be ready for camp and Iím working hard to
    make sure Iím ready for camp and beyond.

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

    A: Nah, itís
    pretty much the same as riding a bike. Itís something that once you learn it
    once, you know how to do it. Maybe youíre 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, Iím 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 donít have much wear and tear on my body from
    the 2 years Iíve been out of the game. At the same time, though, you donít get
    better at football or anything for that matter unless youíre 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 theyíve been lining you up on both sides of the
    line, correct? Didnít you primarily line up on one side in college and if so,
    how are you adjusting to being moved around?

    A: Yes, Iím 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 itís all part of the job
    interview for this year and itís been fun being back around the team. Any way I
    can help the Giants win another Super Bowl, Iím cool with that.

    Q: Do you expect theyíll 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 Itís 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 youíre a right-handed person, and now youíre suddenly
    trying to write with your left hand, itís going to be a little slow at first
    until you get more practice to get used to it. So itís pretty much like I am
    trying to write with my left hand, even though Iím 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 itís
    special teams or being a scout team player, I am all for it. I think Iíll 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 ďshaking and bakingĒ 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, theyíre always encouraging me. Those guys know I
    have been out of the game for a while, and they want a young guy Ė any guy
    really Ė to be able to go out and be successful. So theyíve been helping with
    everything from hand placement to body language. Itís great; everyone in that
    room is like family, so thereís no animosity or anything. Weíre each otherís
    biggest fans.

    Q: Iíd imagine youíre anxious to get back out there. However,
    sometimes when a guy is wound a little too tight and he gets on the field,
    thatís not necessarily a good thing. Whatís the best way then to find a happy
    medium in terms of enthusiasm?

    A: Well, youíre right; Iím 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? Iím so
    glad to be back around my teammates. To not have been around the guys was
    extremely hard for me. People donít understand how much when youíve 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 theyíre 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 donít 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 Tracyís
    rookie year, as he was placed on injured reserve. Moreover, last year, thanks to
    the lockout, Tracy didnít 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 teamís
    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.

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

    Tracy said that in looking back, he realizes that he probably wasnít mentally
    ready to take the leap from college to the NFL. Now that heís had a chance to
    get acclimated, he feels heís in a better position to begin contributing to the

    ďIt wasnít anything as far as my mind-set,Ē he said. ďIt was just gaining a
    greater understanding over being asked to play at different position at the
    highest level that I had never played at.

    ďIím a perfectionist; I want everything to be the way itís supposed to be,Ē
    he added. ďWhen it doesnít 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 heíll
    line up at defensive end awhile in others, heíll line up at linebacker. Itís a
    challenge that Tracy said heís looking forward to mastering.

    ďAt linebacker youíre 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

    ďI 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, Iíll still be playing in the
    linebacker spot.Ē

    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.

    ďAt linebacker, youíre 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,Ē he said.

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

    ďIíve gotten stronger,Ē he said. ďI think my body composition has changed
    which is a plus. But I think if anything, when youíre able to play fast, youíre
    able to play more efficiently.Ē

    Heís 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 doesnít feel as though he was set back by spending time at

    ďIt just allowed me to excel further and I think thus far, practices have
    gone pretty well,Ē Tracy said toward the conclusion of the teamís three-day mini
    camp. ďIím ready to step forward to step forward in training camp.Ē






















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    Thanks Roanoke!!


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      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2012 - 9:12 A.M.

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

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