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    ADRIAN TRACY READY TO SHOW VERSATILITY



    "Adrian Tracy was a defensive end in college, a linebacker in
    his first two seasons with the Giants and now is making the move back to
    defensive end.



    It's probably a good thing Tracy tries to emulate his
    game after Mathias Kiwanuka, the Giants' hybrid
    linebacker/defensive end.



    "I kind of fashion some of my game after Kiwi
    because he plays both spots," Tracy said after helping instruct kids at
    Chris Canty's football camp in Washington Heights. "I am not
    shying away from playing linebacker or whatever the team wants me to do and
    whatever they see me at. Versatility has allowed me to stick so far and being
    able to play two positions is a good thing."



    This season, the Giants are looking at Tracy at defensive end as they search for
    a
    replacement for Dave Tollefson
    , who signed with Oakland in
    free agency.



    The 6-2, 245-pound Tracy has dropped his body fat and added
    muscle for the move and is thrilled with the opportunity to potentially provide
    Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi
    Umenyiora
    a breather.



    "It is awesome learning from these guys,
    as far as how they dissect film," Tracy said. "I want to learn and be a student
    of the game. Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora are the two of the best in the
    league. So I am picking their brain left and right to try to see certain
    situations that are going through their minds so I can pick up some things and
    better my game."



    Tracy was a defensive end while at William & Mary
    and then was converted to linebacker after the Giants drafted him in the sixth
    round in 2010.



    Tracy spent his rookie season on injured reserve with an
    elbow injury. He was on the practice squad last season and now will compete with
    Justin Trattou to potentially take Tollefson's backup role.




    "It was a process," Tracy said of the past two seasons. "My rookie year
    I was hurt, so that was kind of a setback. And last year I think I was on the
    practice squad just to learn and so they can see that I am able to play."




    "On the practice squad we did everything like the regular team, except
    we didn't play," Tracy added. "So we are grinding every day. And with my injury,
    just to see if I was durable, if I could stand the whole 20-game season that we
    had, I think that put me in good position ... them seeing what I can do."




    In OTAs and minicamp, Tracy said he saw some time at linebacker in
    certain packages, but defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said
    Tracy has been moved to defensive end.



    "We felt that he's more of a
    defensive end," Fewell said. "After looking at him for the past year or so, we
    feel that's his strength and we can make some progress with him playing
    defensive end for us."



    "He's really strong at the point of attack,"
    Fewell added. "You'd be surprised at how Tracy is strong at the point of attack
    –- much stronger than he physically looks. But I think he'll do well there."




    Tracy says spending his first two seasons in the linebackers room has
    helped him learn the entire defense.



    Now he is ready to show that he can
    replace Tollefson and help on special teams.



    "That is all I can ask for,
    the opportunity," Tracy said. "With my talents and the knowledge that I have
    gained thus far, I think I am in a good position.



    "The opportunity I
    have is great and you can believe I will take advantage of it."
    “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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    Call me a homer, but I think this team will whip some *** this season. We are loaded on both sides of the ball and mad dudes are playing for contracts.
    Originally posted by PennState1
    In and around the end zone and on crucial plays, the ball should go to one of our 3 receivers and no one else if at all possible.

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    • #3
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      I've watched him since he came on 2 years ago. I've been impressed watching him even with the injuries. With the move to DE I think he'll turn some heads this season. Go Giants!!!

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        I remember him as a rookie being disruptive in the pre-season for such a young player making the jump from 1AA college football at W&M..
        No one remembers who came in second.

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          [quote user="Coach Carter"]Call me a homer, but I think this team will whip some *** this season. We are loaded on both sides of the ball and mad dudes are playing for contracts.[/quote]


          YOU HOMER!!! Just kidding, I agree with you!
          ALL IN!

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          • #6
            Re: ADRIAN TRACY READY TO SHOW VERSATILITY

            I like the versatility. Almost the same size as Sintim. Yes, Clint is still on the roster.

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            • #7
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              This guy would provide great depth if he could become an edge rusher . . . . .

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              • #8
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                [quote user="fourth&forever"]I like the versatility. Almost the same size as Sintim. Yes, Clint is still on the roster.[/quote]I believe that Sintim and Beckum and Bardenwill be surprise players this year lol.
                No one remembers who came in second.

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                • #9
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                  Versatility and playing special teams is how you earn a roster spot. He has the right mindset.

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                  • #10
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                    I don't get the excitement over Tracy on this MB.

                    He is a player that not a single NFL team (including our team) thought was worthy of being on a 53 man roster last year.* I'll be shocked if he makes the team.
                    My body was sculpted to the proportions of Michelangelo's David.

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                    • #11
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                      [quote user="gmen0820"]I don't get the excitement over Tracy on this MB.

                      He is a player that not a single NFL team (including our team) thought was worthy of being on a 53 man roster last year.* I'll be shocked if he makes the team.[/quote]

                      yeah but the same coulda been said about ryan grant, cameron wake, james harrison, etc etc

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                        .
                        My body was sculpted to the proportions of Michelangelo's David.

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                        • #13
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                          [quote user="jomo"][quote user="fourth&forever"]I like the versatility. Almost the same size as Sintim. Yes, Clint is still on the roster.[/quote]I believe that Sintim and Beckum and Bardenwill be surprise players this year lol.[/quote]

                          You left out the tooth fairy [:S]
                          “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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                            [quote user="gmen0820"]I don't get the excitement over Tracy on this MB. He is a player that not a single NFL team (including our team) thought was worthy of being on a 53 man roster last year. I'll be shocked if he makes the team.[/quote]




                            I hear what you are saying, but here is where the excitement lies. He has the talent. He is athletic enough to turn heads. Maybe given this new opportunity and new role, he excels in it. This COULD be a boost for him, and maybe him being 100% healthy now, everything clicks and it is a "perfect storm" senerio. Why did every team pass on Tom Brady till the 6th round? Why was Cruz undrafted? Why was Harrison released by the Steelers like 3-4 times before emerging? It is possible...

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                              [quote user="gmen0820"]I don't get the excitement over Tracy on this MB. He is a player that not a single NFL team (including our team) thought was worthy of being on a 53 man roster last year. I'll be shocked if he makes the team.[/quote]




                              That's just a ridiculous statement because everyone knows that NFL teams never look to upgrade the fringes of their roster by claiming players on waivers or off of otherteam's practice squads.

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