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  • NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012 - 6:19 P.M.

    HERE NOW THE NEWS

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





    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    GIANTS' SUMMER QUESTIONNAIRE: LB CHASE BLACKBURN

    "Chase Blackburn had a memorable 2011 season, to say the least. After six
    seasons with the Giants, predominately as a special teamer, Blackburn spent the
    first 12 weeks of the 2011 regular season unemployed, awaiting for a team to
    call at his home in Ohio. He was on verge of becoming a math teacher when the
    Giants gave him a call.



    Four days after reporting to East Rutherford, Blackburn was at middle
    linebacker against the undefeated Packers and picked off Aaron Rodgers. He would
    start the remaining eight games for the Giants -- four in the regular season and
    four in the playoffs. He capped of the improbable run with a crucial
    interception of Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLVI.




    He then became a free agent again, this time he would surely land somewhere.
    The question was where. That was answered in April when the Giants brought him
    back again.




    Now, Blackburn is the Giants' starting middle linebacker entering training
    camp next month. He talks about being a free agent, the stiff competition at
    linebacker and how his life has changed since the Super Bowl in this latest
    installment of our Giants
    summer questionnaire series
    .




    There was a while there where your future was up in the air again
    as a free agent. How was that for you?




    I was just trying to focus on where I was going to be at. Obviously, being an
    unrestricted free agent again you never know what can happen. Obviously, I'm
    glad to be here and be part of this team again. I'm going to try to do good
    things here. It's been an honor and a privilege to be here my entire career.
    That's unheard of at a lot of places.




    Was there a point where you thought you wouldn't be back with the
    Giants?




    Not really. I guess there's always a doubt I guess because of what may
    happen. Another team can come in and offer something or the Giants may have not
    offered anything, it's just one of those things where you never know until the
    offers come in.

    You were signed late in the season last year. How
    different is this season, having an offseason and all that?




    It'll be nice. It'll definitely be nice actually getting to be part of it the
    whole way through, being part of the journey the whole way and obviously getting
    a little more time with the playbook and getting used to the other guys and how
    they play and the other guys.




    There's a lot of competition at linebacker. How has that been so
    far?




    It's good. Anytime you have depth, it increases competition and it makes
    people play harder. It puts more stress on the job and makes you want it a
    little more. Obviously, I know I have to be at my best at all times because
    there are guys trying to take my spot.

    In your first stint with
    the Giants you were almost exclusively a special teams player. But last season
    you played plenty of linebacker and made a few big plays -- especially that pick
    in the Super Bowl. How has your life changed since that play?




    Obviously, I've been recognized more this year than in the past whenever I go
    out and all that because of the media stuff that happened with me coming back
    and also being part of the Super Bowl and having an interception, it always
    helps."

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

    NY DAILY NEWS

    CANTY" "ALL SIGNS POINT TO GO"

    "Defensive tackle Chris Canty, who did not participate in the Giants offseason
    training program because he was recovering from a knee surgery, says his rehab
    has him on track to return in time for training camp next month.


    “All signs point to go,” he said. “I’m feeling pretty good about training
    camp.”




    Canty, who is preparing to host his annual Camp of Champions for youth on
    Thursday, has spent his offseason in New York and is rehabbing at the Giants
    practice facility daily. He said he is “progressing” toward running and hopes to
    try that soon.




    “The knee feels pretty good,” Canty. “It’s pretty strong now. It’s
    stable.”




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




    JUSTIN TUCK CALLS ELI MANNING'S NFL TOP 100 RANKING "A JOKE"

    "A year ago, New York
    Giants
    quarterback Eli
    Manning
    wasn't even considered to be one of the top 100 players in the NFL according to
    his peers. In 2012, Easy-E skyrocketed to #31 on the NFL's Top 100 List, but even that isn't enough says teammate Justin Tuck, who was ranked #62 on the list.



    "That's a joke," Tuck said of Manning's No. 31 ranking. "No question. He is
    top five, hands down. Top five."




    Tuck isn't the only teammate or former teammate who has expressed his
    displeasure in Eli's ranking. Former Giants running back Brandon
    Jacobs
    tweeted that Manning should have been ranked #1 on the list, while
    wide receiver Victor
    Cruz
    said he felt his quarterback should have definitely been ranked
    higher.




    More than just the numbers, Tuck feels Eli should have garnered more respect
    from his peers for the things he did a year ago that didn't show up in the box
    score.





    "You win the Super Bowl, you have the season he had, you are automatically
    top 10," he added. "But it's how he did it, as far as the fourth-quarter
    comebacks, leading a team that really didn't have a super, super star wide
    receiver at the beginning of the year. He made two guys in Hakeem (Nicks) and
    Victor (Cruz), he made those guys what they are now. I really feel as though he
    should have been a lot higher than he was."




    Hakeem Nicks and Cruz were ranked 39th and 90th respectively, with defensive
    end Jason
    Pierre-Paul
    coming in ahead of Manning at No. 24.




    Like many of those in the media, short of actually seeing Manning on the
    field, most of the players' consideration came from what they were able to
    witness on ESPN and other sports highlight shows. As a result, the list is
    nothing more than a bona fide popularity contest similar to NFL Pro Bowl
    voting, which is done by the fans. So to think there are 30 players in the NFL that bring
    more value to their team than Eli does, including one of his own teammates, is
    preposterous. And quite frankly, Tuck hit the nail right on the head."

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    ON MARTELLUS BENNETT, AND FOOLISH THINGS BLOGGERS SOMETIMES WRITE

    "Blogging The Beast editor Jimmy Kempski, known around these parts as
    'JimmyK,' got himself into a bit of hot water with some New
    York Giants
    fans recently when he wrote that the Giants might end up cutting
    Martellus
    Bennett
    , the free-agent acquisition expected to be the team's tight end in
    2012.



    I have avoided the whole subject because, well, because it's a foolish
    position to take to begin with. And, as Jimmy has found out, the reaction from
    some readers of some boards who don't behave as well as you guys do has been,
    umm, less than kind.





    Let's just stick with Bennett and his potential future with the Giants. The
    idea that the team would cut Bennett, foolishly at 291 pounds during OTAs, is
    silly.




    This was part of Inside Football editor Pat Traina's reaction:





    I respect others' opinions, but the idea of the team cutting Bennett just to
    pick up more draft picks next year is ludicrous. And as for him reportedly being
    a headache, trust me when I say that team has put up with bigger headaches in
    recent years and have done so with a smile so long as said headaches have
    produced.




    Knowing Pat the way that I do I am surprised she took the time to write about
    this. I happen to agree with her completely, however.




    The Giants gave Bennett only a one-year contract for a reason. They aren't
    sure about the guy. They see the talent, but they also have to understand that
    Jason Witten's
    presence in Dallas may not be the only reason Bennett did not flourish with the
    Cowboys.




    The Giants, though, are an extraordinarily patient organization. Bennett may
    not be the long-term answer, but he isn't getting cut before he gets a chance to
    fully state his case one way or the other."




    ##

    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: MONDAY MORNING MASHUP EDITION

    "Good morning fellow Giants fans. I'm back, and while I'm definitely here at
    my desk physically, you'll have to excuse my brain, which is three steps behind
    my body in vacation mode. But enough about me. Let's talk about the Super Bowl
    champion New York Giants
    (yes, it still feels good to say that).....



    The
    NY Giants and other champions: The hard road ahead | Washington Times
    Communities

    Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings, Miami Heat,
    and Dale Earnhardt Jr. The month of June brought them true glory. The Miami Heat
    won the NBA Championship for the second time in their history. Lebron James won
    his first championship. The Los Angeles Kings won the NHL Championship for the
    first time in their existence after 45 years of futility. Dale Jr. won his first
    race in four years and has a realistic chance to win his first championship.
    They join the New York Giants, winners of the most recent NFL Superbowl back in
    February.




    Terrell
    Thomas holds annual camp with Alexander, Clady - San Bernardino County
    Sun

    Nobody would have been surprised if circumstances were
    entirely different for Terrell
    Thomas
    when the Rancho Cucamonga High School graduate held his fourth annual
    youth football camp Saturday at Chaffey College. Instead of spending this summer
    making one last push to convince NFL teams the ACL he tore 10 months is healthy,
    Thomas has long since secured a new four-year, $28million contract. Despite
    suffering one of the most devastating injuries in the game, the cornerback out
    of USC will play his fifth NFL season with the same team that employed him for
    the first four, the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.




    Keith
    Rivers happy to be healthy, playing for New York Giants -
    NFL.com

    After four injury-plagued seasons with the Cincinnati
    Bengals
    , Keith Rivers
    is glad to be a New York Giant. "It's exciting being with a team that is
    contending every year," the linebacker said Saturday at Giants cornerback
    Terrell Thomas' youth football camp in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. "It's been a
    great experience (and) they got some great guys in the locker room. It's been a
    great experience thus far."





    Justin
    Tuck on Eli Manning's 'Top 100' ranking - 06-24-2012

    "Justin Tuck
    didn't mince words Saturday when asked if New York Giants teammate Eli Manning was
    properly ranked by his peers in the annual "Top 100" players survey. "That's a
    joke," Tuck said of Manning's No. 31 ranking. "No question. He is top five,
    hands down. Top five."



    Former
    Spartans take to soccer field to raise funds | Lansing State Journal |
    lansingstatejournal.com

    Greg Jones doesn’t have a background in
    soccer, but the former Michigan State star does know what Ronald McDonald House
    represents. "I do it because of what they stand for and it’s something I believe
    in," said Jones, a Super Bowl champion linebacker with the New York Giants. "I
    had a Ronald McDonald House that was close to me growing up (in Cincinnati), so
    I love to help out." Jones and a number of former Spartan athletes gathered
    Saturday at DeMartin Stadium for the second annual Kick for the House, a charity
    soccer game to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan.




    But will Jones make the 53-man roster? I was and still am high on this kid,
    but I want to see that same explosiveness that I saw in the Greg Jones that
    played for Michigan State.




    Tebow
    headlines guests at W&M Colonial All-Pro Camp -
    dailypress.com

    William and Mary might never be the same after
    "Tebow Mania" comes through this week. New York Jets
    quarterback Tim Tebow
    headlines the list of guest instructors at the W&M Colonial All-Pro football
    camp from June 24-27. He's joined by New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz
    and Arizona Cardinals
    wide receiver Larry
    Fitzgerald
    . The NFL guests join Tribe football coach Jimmye Lay**** and his
    staff in the annual event on the William and Mary campus.




    Amar'e
    Stoudemire's fiancee to flash engagement ring at Calvin Klein fashion show - NBA
    News | FOX Sports on MSN

    New York Giants star Victor Cruz, who
    wore a Calvin Klein tuxedo to the Met Ball this year, also will sit in the front
    row at the Milan show with his girlfriend, Elaina Watley.




    Have Cruz or Manning had any sleep this offseason?




    Spotlight:
    Marvin Austin - Giants Blog - ESPN New York

    If Austin's quickness
    and strength is as advertised, he should split backup snaps at defensive tackle
    with Bernard. Rogers could be a factor as a backup defensive tackle if he is
    healthy but there was enough concern there that the Giants went out and got
    Bernard back.




    I know you guys probably saw this last week, but I had to comment on Brandon
    Jacobs spending some time with the kid
    who sent him three bucks and
    change to come back to the Giants. If you skim that article, the first thing you
    might see is that Jacobs gave him $5 to reimburse him for the $3.36. But the
    signed helmet and quality time Jacobs gave were way more valuable, especially if
    the helmet is the same one Jacobs threw into the stands against the Colts two
    seasons ago."

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



    INSIDE FOOTBALL

    SUMMERTIME B LOG BITS: LINEBACKER JACQUIAN WILLIAMS

    "In this installment of Summertime Blog Bits, we hear from linebacker
    Jacquian Williams.



    Q: Now that you’ve had a full off-season to really sit down and
    understand the intricacies of the play book, how much of a measurable difference
    do you think it will make when you get to camp?

    A: Well from the
    linebackers’ perspective, I think we have a better understanding not of just our
    role, but how our role fits in with the rest of the defense. Last year we were
    just given our playbooks and it was up to us to learn what we could and how
    fast. So I think this year when we get to camp, the linebackers are going to be
    better in terms of making more plays, which is the goal.




    Q: What about the playbook for you personally? How much more have
    things slowed down for you?

    A: Things have slowed down for me a lot,
    and I think for the other rookie linebackers from last year as well. We
    definitely respect this new opportunity we have this
    year.




    Q: How much better are you personally, having gone through the weight
    and conditioning program as well as your personal grasp of your role in the
    defense?

    A: There are still some thing that need to be cleaned up,
    but overall, I’m learning and getting comfortable and more confident.




    Q: What kind of things need to be cleaned up?
    A: Just
    different things from a football aspect like drops and coverage, and
    recognition.




    Q: Last year, there was a belief held by some that the rookies sort
    of had a pass given that you didn’t have the classroom time, the weight room
    time, and all the other stuff that was wiped out due to the lockout. With that
    said, now that you’ve gone through a complete off-season, is there more or less
    pressure when you go out there this year?

    A: I don’t know if there’s
    any difference. There is still the pressure of learning your assignments, the
    new wrinkles that coach wants to run, and all that and then going out there and
    showing that you’re better in your technique. So I guess you could say there is
    more pressure because you don’t want to slow down and rest on your laurels from
    last year."

    http://www.insidefootball.com/



    THE RED ZONE

    http://www.theredzone.org/

    GIANTS GAB




    http://www.giantsgab.com/



    GMEN HQ



    http://gmenhq.com/



    YARDBARKER


    HOW WILL THE GIANTS USE ANTROL ROLLE THIS SEASON?

    "One of the best free agent signings
    that Jerry Reese has made in his time as New York Giants General Manager, has been Antrel Rolle. The Giants clearly needed help at the
    back end of the secondary and when Rolle became available on the free agent
    market, the Giants swooped in and gave him the biggest contract for a safety in the
    league’s history.


    Rolle has been used as a safety and in
    nickel situations moves down to the slot to cover the slot receiver or the tight
    end depending on the team. Deon Grant would
    take his spot in the back end. Grant is now a free agent and it doesn’t seem
    like he’s going to be brought back. The Giants didn’t bring him back last year
    until the middle of training camp
    though with the collection of safeties the Giants have, unless there’s some sort
    of injury or all the rookies aren’t up to par then he could come back.




    The Giants have some quality at corner
    with Corey Webster and the return of Terrell Thomas. Prince Amukamara is now healthy and will participate in
    a full training camp this year and rookie Jayron Hosley
    will get some time as well. Where will Rolle fit in the nickel scheme?




    The answer may depend on the safties as
    well. How will Tyler Sash perform
    in his second year? Will Stevie Brown push him for that spot? Will undrafted
    rookies Will Hill and Janzen Jackson
    step in and take the spot? How Perry Fewell figures this out might be the key to
    defense in the upcoming season."

    http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/teams/new_york_giants/56

    SPORTING NEWS

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/stories

    NYG REPORTER



    http://nygreporter.com/



    NFL.COM


    http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG




    YAHOOSPORTS

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl


    FOX SPORTS


    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-giants/67056


    NBCSPORTS


    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/3032875/ns/sports-nfl



    CBSSPORTS


    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/p...ew-york-giants



    SI.COM




    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/foo...ts/?eref=sinav





    ESPN.COM

    http://stats.profootballweekly.com/team/giants/


    PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY

    BLACKBURN STILL HAS THE EDGE FOR GIANTS' MLB SLOT

    "
    Even though the Giants traded for former No. 9 overall pick Keith
    Rivers
    from the Bengals the week before they re-signed Chase
    Blackburn
    , it appears that Blackburn is a starter now and Rivers is
    not. They don’t play the same position technically, although Rivers could be
    used inside in training camp as a backup to two spots. He also would play behind
    WLB Michael Boley, whom GM Jerry Reese hinted
    could be moved inside. Boley says he believes he is the weak-side linebacker
    going forward, and it appears that Blackburn, the late-season hero who came off
    his couch to start for the Giants’ Super Bowl-winning defense, remains in line
    to play a lot of snaps again. Health obviously will be a factor, but Rivers
    could earn a role as a sub-package linebacker. Observers say that Rivers has
    looked good so far, but that the Giants’ LB depth is quite strong, which could
    limit the bench players’ possible reps."


    http://www.profootballweekly.com/team/giants/

    PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS

    http://www.profootballfocus.com/

    MISCELLANEOUS


    “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: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012 - 8:50 A.M.



    thanks Roanoke!




    the nfl 100 is a joke!




    Eli certainly should be ranked in the top10.




    how can Andre Johnson be ranked as high as he is after missing 8-10 games last year?

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    • #3
      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012 - 8:50 A.M.

      [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

      thanks Roanoke!




      the nfl 100 is a joke!*




      Eli certainly should be ranked in the top10.




      how can Andre Johnson be ranked as high as he is after missing 8-10 games last year?

      [/quote]

      Guy carries his team offensively to the superbowl and that's the respect he gets, only for a NYG>>>

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      • #4
        Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012 - 8:50 A.M.

        [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

        thanks Roanoke!




        the nfl 100 is a joke!




        Eli certainly should be ranked in the top10.




        how can Andre Johnson be ranked as high as he is after missing 8-10 games last year?

        [/quote]

        [B]

        As Bill arcvells has pointed out; You are what your numbers say you are...2 Super Bowl wins in 5 years as MVP? That's what matters.
        “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

        Comment


        • #5
          Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012 - 8:50 A.M.

          thanks Roa

          Comment


          • #6
            Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012 - 8:25 P.M.

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

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            • #7
              Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012 - 8:50 A.M.

              [quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="BigBlue1971"]

              thanks Roanoke!




              the nfl 100 is a joke!*




              Eli certainly should be ranked in the top10.




              how can Andre Johnson be ranked as high as he is after missing 8-10 games last year?

              [/quote]

              [B]

              As Bill arcvells has pointed out;* You are what your numbers say you are...2 Super Bowl wins in 5 years as MVP?* That's what matters.
              [/quote]

              This also makes me think that sometimes the players are as clueless as the fans sometimes. Most of the player voters I'm sure were paying more attention to players in their division or direct opponents rather than the overall teams. That is, until the end of the season when they started getting into the playoffs and the field of competition began to dwindle.

              Think players are just like anyone else and are probably even more cloistered up during the season.

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              • #8
                Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012 - 8:50 A.M.

                [quote user="fourth&forever"]thanks Roa[/quote]

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

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                • #9
                  Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012 - 8:50 A.M.

                  [quote user="Rat_bastich"][quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="BigBlue1971"]

                  thanks Roanoke!




                  the nfl 100 is a joke!




                  Eli certainly should be ranked in the top10.




                  how can Andre Johnson be ranked as high as he is after missing 8-10 games last year?

                  [/quote]

                  [B]

                  As Bill arcvells has pointed out; You are what your numbers say you are...2 Super Bowl wins in 5 years as MVP? That's what matters.
                  [/quote]

                  This also makes me think that sometimes the players are as clueless as the fans sometimes. Most of the player voters I'm sure were paying more attention to players in their division or direct opponents rather than the overall teams. That is, until the end of the season when they started getting into the playoffs and the field of competition began to dwindle.

                  Think players are just like anyone else and are probably even more cloistered up during the season.[/quote]

                  My theory is that Eli doesn't portray the Neanderthal type of personality. He doesn't get rattled, he has never missed a game, he doesn't usually display obvious frustration with his teammates' mistakes.

                  Most NFL players are Neanderthal types and I think they resent Eli.
                  “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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