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    "David Wilson
    likes to chase to rabbits
    and can complete a series of
    backflips in a row
    . He also was a track star and a pretty productive running
    back at Virginia Tech -- he was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year after
    rushing for 1709 yards and nine touchdowns his junior season. Now the Giants' --
    somewhat surprising -- first-round pick is expected to step in and help replace
    Brandon Jacobs alongside Ahmad Bradshaw.

    In the latest installment of our Giants
    summer questionnaire series
    , Wilson talks about his transition to the NFL,
    the finesse label he's been given and his fashion statement at

    Rookie running backs, especially first-round
    picks, are expected to step right in and contribute. Has the transition been as

    Yeah, it's what I expected it to be. I've had to learn the whole playbook and
    just try to catch on as fast as possible. It's been pretty

    Anything you need to work on in particular before the start
    of the season?

    Just knowing the playbook. Knowing what I got to do on every play no matter
    what the play call is.

    How much more complicated is it than what
    you had to learn at Virginia Tech?

    As far as catching on, I'm at about the same spot that I was when I was Tech
    during this time.

    Where do you see yourself fitting in within this

    Right now we're just going through drills and everybody's getting reps. Right
    now there's no particular order. It's too early to tell.

    been showing off your quickness in practice, but how much can you learn and get
    in non-contact drills?

    A lot because just going through the motions, it helps you a lot. Especially
    when you're trying to learn the playbook. A lot of times stuff happens in the
    film room and you see it on the board or in the playbook and you'll be like, 'I
    don’t know how exactly that works.' When you get out there and run it then you
    say, 'Oh, OK, I get it now.'

    Popular thinking is that since you
    ran track that you're a speed back that likes to go to the outside. Do you agree
    with that?

    I don't know how I got that title because in college a lot of my runs came
    through the middle and between tackles and I broke a lot of tackles and I led
    the country in yards after contact. So being called a speed, finesse back – I
    don't know where that came from.

    Do you take that as an

    No, it's not a bad thing, but I never – even watching the highlights – I'm
    not making a lot of guys miss. So I just find it funny that I don't know where
    they got it from.

    You have your own look at practice because you
    tie your jersey up at the bottom. Is that a fashion or a comfort

    It's just something I've always done. It's hot. It's just hot. It's my way to
    cool down. When I run, the wind keeps me cool. It's something I've always



    "Amani Toomer may have
    raised the ire of the Giants fans who once cheered him on but he didn't back off
    Tony Romo is better than Eli Manning
    remarks Friday.

    Toomer, appearing on ESPN Radio with Michael Kay, said he researched the
    stats beforehand and that they point to the Cowboy QB.

    "I'm not dissing Eli," he told Kay. "It's more of an affirmation of Tony
    and how good he is."

    Toomer's argument is that Romo's stats are better and that Manning has been
    on better teams with better support, hence his eight playoff wins (and two Super
    Bowls) to Romo's one.

    "Of course he's proved he can do it but he's proved that he could do it
    within the function of a great team, a great organization, the same head coach
    and he's been in the same system the entire time," he said of his

    "I talked with Zach Thomas who played with Tony Romo under Wade Phillips and
    he said it was a joke. They were listening to rap music before the practices.
    They weren't focusing in at all. And what's Tony Romo going to do in that type
    of situation?

    "There are a lot of advantages that Eli has had and I realize that he's taken
    advantage of them but you've got to look at the numbers and how productive Tony
    Romo has been over his entire career and you've got to match up the

    In fact, Toomer took that a little further.

    "I think you belittle the rest of the Giants by saying Eli's won eight
    playoff games, Eli's won this," he said. "He has but he's been on some really
    good teams that jelled well together on these playoff runs."

    Toomer said he was ready to pile on Romo a couple of weeks ago, but was doing
    some show prep for his SIRIUS radio show with Tom Ryan when he began to look at
    Romo differently.

    "I was all set ... Romo's no good, he's a fourth-quarter choke and then I
    started doing my job," he said. "I started looking at the numbers, I started
    looking at the fourth quarter statistics. I started looking at the quarterback
    rating and was shocked. I was shocked at how good Tony Romo's statistics really
    were. This guy is very impressive."

    Then, on Thursday his co-host, Tim Ryan, said that Manning was the best QB in
    the NFC East and predicted that the Giants would win the division again.

    "And I was like, 'wait a minute.' All this information I had gathered on Tony
    Romo, I couldn't let him get away with it," Toomer said. "So I said, 'you know
    what? Tony Romo could be statistically a better quarterback.'"

    Kay asked Toomer if he had to pick either to win a game with, which QB he'd
    pick. He said it was an unfair question because he played with Manning who is
    No. 1 in his heart.

    "I love Eli. I respect the hell out of him," he said. "But I've got to do my
    job and go beyond what the perception is because perception doesn't go hand in
    hand with the reality."

    Kay asked Toomer if he understand the reaction of Giants fans who have lumped
    him in with Tiki Barber, another Manning critic.

    "I do and I love the Giants fans as well. I also have a job to do and I don't
    think they'd want me to just sit up there and wave my Giants flag," he said. "I
    don't think I'd have as much credibility on the national stage. I'm

    trying to be as objective as I can and I hope Giants fans understand

    "I loved being a Giant and I love Eli Manning. He was one of the best guys I
    ever played with. He was the guy who after I got released by the Giants, he was
    the only one who stepped up and gave me a phone call and told me how much he
    appreciated my help to develop him as a quarterback."



    "Amani Toomer said it.
    is better than Eli Manning.

    guy who used to catch pass from the two-time Super Bowl MVP may have gone out of
    bounds when he pumped up the mercurial Cowboy at Eli’s expense, even if he got
    his divisions mixed up in the process.

    Really. Manning has been dissed
    before by ex-mated such as Tiki Barber but . . . e tu, Amani?

    “Tony Romo
    is probably -- if you look at him statistically – he’s probably the best
    quarterback in the NFC East,” Toomer said as co-host with Tim Ryan on ‘Move the
    Chains’ on SIRIUS radio. “I mean, you look at Eli Manning and what he does in
    the fourth quarter. But you talk about consistency . . . talk about 31
    touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. That guy can play.”

    Ryan then
    agreed with the Romo love but opined that Manning is still the best QB in the
    NFC East. Toomer held firm.

    “OK, that’s fair,” Toomer acknowledged. “But
    I’m talking about, for me, if I wanted a guy that is going to throw (fewer)
    interceptions and be more productive, higher completion percentage, I’m going to
    go with Tony Romo.”

    “I want a guy who is dropping dimes at crunch time,”
    Ryan countered.

    “At crunch time he’s not as good as Eli but every other
    time he’s pretty darn good,” Toomer said.

    Later, Toomer acknowledged he
    forgot Manning played in the NFC East (huh?) but added, “I stand by what I

    Manning, in the opinion of many, made the jump to the elite level
    in 2011 when he threw 29 TDs against 16 interceptions for a QB rating of 92.9,
    still less than Romo’s 102.5. Romo, however, failed to lead the Cowboys into the
    playoffs and that is where Manning has Romo by a big margin over the course of
    their careers. That includes their only post-season meeting in the 2007 meeting
    when Manning’s Giants knocked off the No. 1-seeded Cowboys in

    Toomer’s comments sparked immediate reaction on

    Giants PR czar Pat Hanlon asked, “QB or golfer?”

    DB Terrell Thomas tweeted, “Man toomer my dog and a great giant, helped me a lot
    as a young rook but aint no way romo better then Eli...both good QB’s but...

    Added Giants DE Osi Umyiora, “"They will be Booing my guy toomer at
    Giants stadium. That we can agree on”

    It should just add to the buildup
    when Romo and Manning collide on opening night.



    "Two Super Bowl wins, two Super Bowl MVPs, but Eli Manning still gets no

    Fresh off of being named the 31st best player in the NFL, Manning once again
    took a hit on the airwaves yesterday, only this time it was a former teammate
    who ripped the Giants quarterback.

    During an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, former Giants wide receiver Amani
    Toomer went as far as to say Manning is not even the best quarterback in the NFC
    East, instead giving that honor to Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

    “Tony Romo is probably — if you look at him statistically — he’s probably the
    best quarterback in the NFC East,” Toomer said. “I mean, you look at Eli Manning
    and what he does in the fourth quarter. But you talk about consistency ...
    [Romo] can play.”

    Romo outperformed Manning in the regular season, throwing more touchdowns
    (31-29), fewer interceptions (10-16), a higher completion percentage (66.3-61.0)
    and a higher passer rating (102.2-92.9). Manning did throw for 849 more yards
    than Romo and led the Giants to victories in both games against Dallas, the NFC
    East title and, eventually, the Super Bowl.

    “For me, If I wanted a guy that is gonna throw less interceptions, [be] more
    productive, higher completion percentage, I’m going to go with Tony Romo,”
    Toomer said. “At crunch time he’s not as good as Eli, but every other time he’s
    pretty darn good.”

    During the 2011-12 season, Manning led the Giants on eight fourth quarter
    comebacks, including ones in both the NFC Championship and Super Bowl XLVI.

    Toomer is the latest person to criticize Manning publicly. In an NFL Network
    poll of players, Manning was voted as the 31st best player in the league and the
    fifth best quarterback, behind Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Ben




    "With the departure of Brandon
    to the San
    Francisco 49ers
    this offseason, the New York
    will spend a significant portion of training camp searching for a
    viable backup running back heading into the 2012 campaign. With sixth-year
    veteran Ahmad Bradshaw as the clear-cut starter, there are several players that
    will compete for playing time in a backup role.

    This offseason, the team used its' first-round draft pick on running back David
    out of Virginia Tech. However, veteran D.J. Ware appears to have the upper hand in securing the
    backup role, at least for the time being.

    D.J. Ware
    stands 6'0" while weighing in at 225 lbs. He has good size and runs the ball
    hard in between the tackles. However, he is not particularly fast and is neither
    a big play threat nor a great receiver out of the backfield.

    That being said, Ware is still extremely valuable to Big Blue's passing
    attack. His emergence as the favorite to take over the backup running back role
    is heavily dependent upon his advanced knowledge of the offense compared to that
    of his competitors. He is not as explosive as David
    or as fast as Da'Rel Scott, but he has been around long enough to
    become an asset as a pass-blocker. The team used Ware last season primarily in
    passing situations and he performed well in that role. Furthermore, Ware had a
    few nice runs on draw plays out of the shoutgun, which proved that he is capable
    of making the occasional big play.

    D.J. Ware's
    biggest competitor for the backup running back role is this years first-round
    draft pick David
    . Wilson is a fast, explosive player that was used in a multitude of
    roles during his three seasons at Virginia Tech. He earned 4,349 all-purpose
    yards for his career, while integrating himself as an indispensable aspect of
    the team's rushing, passing, and return games. His diversity is a major reason
    why general manger Jerry
    selected Wilson with the team's first-round pick. In a post-draft
    interview, Reese stated the following:

    "He’s fast. He’s productive. He can do anything you want him to do. He can
    catch the ball. He can return kicks. I think he was overall ACC Player of the
    Year and Offensive Player of the Year there. He’s an early-out junior. Terrific
    football player."

    The other competition for the backup running back position comes from
    Da'RelScott and Andre

    Da'Rel Scott is widely reported to be the fastest player on the Giants'
    roster (4.34 40-yard dash). Although he showed flashes of brilliance during the
    preseason last year, Scott only saw five carries in the regular season and he
    averaged a mere 3.2 yards per carry. However, because of the NFL lockout,
    this offseason the second-year players out of Maryland's first opportunity to go
    through the full gauntlet of workouts and OTA's. With a year of experience under
    his belt, Da'Rel Scott could become a contributor at some point this season.

    is perhaps the biggest mystery on the Giants' running back depth
    chart. In his four-year career at NC State, he averaged over 4.4 yards per carry
    each season. However, after being drafted by the Giants in the fourth-round of
    the 2009 NFL Draft, Brown
    ruptured his Achillestendon in training camp the same year. He was waived by
    the Giants the following offseason.

    After bouncing around the league in 2010, Brown was brought back by the
    Giants and spent most of last season on the practice squad. Although Brown saw
    no regular season action with Big Blue in 2011, he has has shown the capability
    to be both a rushing and receiving threat out of the backfield in practice. If
    demonstrate an understanding of the offense, Brown could make the 53-man

    The situation at backup running back will be one of the most contested
    positional battles throughout training camp. There are several players that each
    have their own strengths and weaknesses that they bring to the table. However,
    D.J. Ware is
    the only player being considered that has any significant experience in that
    role. Look for him to see the majority of the snaps as the second running back
    on the depth chart during the beginning of the season.

    However, as David
    , Da'Rel Scott, and Andre
    each learn the playbook and pass protection schemes more thoroughly,
    Ware will most likely see a decreased role within the offense as the season


    "The New York
    Giants made linebacker Greg Jones from Michigan State University their selection
    in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. After a season ending injury to Jonathan
    , Jones found himself unexpectedly thrust into the starting middle
    linebacker position as a rookie. Following some sub-par performances, the Giants
    then re-signed Chase
    to fill in at middle linebacker because of his familiarity with
    the defense. Now, Defensive Coordinator Perry
    has moved Jones to outside linebacker where he feels he can be more
    effective and can push for more playing time.

    In Fewell's system -a system that is known for having backwards linebacker
    lingo that can be confusing- the SAM is actually the weakside linebacker,
    meaning he lines up away from the tight end. During a sit-down with Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger, Jones
    explains what Fewell told him about the switch.

    "Yeah, he said, ‘We want to try it.’ Originally, I thought he said they might
    switch it back during camp. I didn’t know if they meant minicamp or training
    camp. Obviously, I guess it’ll be training camp when I might go back to ‘Mike.’
    But if not, I’m still fine at ‘Sam.’ I intend to build from there," Jones

    Jones is another second-year player who lost out on OTA's and part of
    training camp last off-season as a result of the lock-out. He's taking full
    advantage of a full off-season and is working diligently on learning his new

    "I’m playing a new position, but I’d rather be doing that with OTAs than with
    not having OTAs and coming in to learn something I really never had any time
    playing. So this gives me an opportunity to learn the defense from a new
    position and giving me a better perspective on what I need to do," he

    Jones finds himself in the middle of a log jam at the linebacker position
    where the Giants have a multitude of young talent. Currently, Mathias
    has the starting role at the weakside. Other young players
    including Jacquian Williams, Keith
    , and possibly Mark
    -although he played in the middle last season- will also be
    competing for the spot. Jones is confident that his new position will benefit
    his performance.

    "If and when I get thrown in there, I feel ready to go and would be ready to
    produce and help the team win," he said.

    There will certainly be a great deal of competition for the position,
    especially if Mathias
    sees more playing time at defensive end with the departure of Dave
    Tollefson. Jones will need a very strong training camp to find some playing time
    as a linebacker this season."



    "By now I'm sure you have heard
    about the comments by former New York Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer

    calling Tony Romo of the
    Dallas Cowboys a
    better quarterback than the Giants Eli Manning,
    whom Toomer used to play with.

    I'm sure by now you have also gotten angry about them, shrugged your
    shoulders in disbelief, maybe uttered a few obscenities about Toomer and his
    analytical 'skills,' etc. In other words, I'm sure you have formed your opinion
    of what the well-dressed Amani had to say.

    If you haven't seen it, and to frame my own commentary, here is what Toomer

    "Tony Romo is probably, if you look at it statistically, he's probably the
    best quarterback in the NFC East," Toomer said. "You look at Eli Manning and
    what he does in the fourth quarter, but you talk about consistency, talking
    about 31 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions, that guy can play."

    He also added:

    "I'm talking about, for me, if I wanted a guy that is going to throw less
    interceptions and be more productive, higher completion percentage, I'm going to
    go with Tony Romo," Toomer said. "At crunch time he's not as good as Eli but
    every other time he's pretty darn good," Toomer said.

    Let me say this. Toomer is entitled to his opinion, just like folks here are
    entitled to voice dissenting opinions -- provided they do it sensibly and back
    up said opinion, not just vitriol.

    Let me also say this. Toomer is right when he says of Romo "that guy can
    play." Hate on him or the Cowboys all you want Romo is a very good, top
    10-caliber NFL quarterback. If you were a fan of the team he played for you
    would defend him fiercely, as many Cowboys fans do.

    Toomer is also right that, throughout their careers, Romo has posted slightly
    better passing statistics than Manning. Which matters if you are choosing a
    quarterback for your Fantasy Football team. It also matters if you are a former
    Giants' wide receiver who played with Eli when he was young and erratic, and you
    have said in the past you had to be an "acrobat" to catch his fluttering

    NFL quarterbacks are, ultimately, not judged by their passing stats, however.
    They are judged by what their teams have won, and how much they have done to
    contribute to said winning.

    On that score, we all know this is not even a debate worth the time I am
    lending it. At this point in their relatively parallel careers the winning --
    the only thing that REALLY matters -- belongs to Manning.

    Romo in the playoffs: 1-3 record, 59.3 percent completion rate, 80.8
    passer rating. Those last two numbers, incidentally, are well below his career
    64.5 completion percentage of 64.5 and his passer rating of 96.9.

    The rap on Romo is that he has not yet won the big one. More damning, his
    performance in the biggest games has been part of the reason his team did not
    win. Romo has 13 fourth-quarter comebacks and 14 game-winning drives in his

    Yet, there are many examples of where, needing one play or one big
    performance to lift his team, Romo has come up short. Remember the 2007 botched
    snap. There was 2008 against the Giants when he threw an interception to the
    Giants' R.W.
    in the closing moments of the Giants' 21-17 victory. There are
    other examples, including last December against the Giants when Romo missed a
    wide open Miles Austin on
    a pass that would have resulted in a long, game-clinching touchdown for Dallas
    that would have propelled them to the playoffs and left the Giants without an
    invitation. Instead, the Cowboys went home and the Giants hoisted the Lombardi

    Romo is terrific quarterback. He can make all the throws. He can move in the
    pocket. He has done everything in the NFL a quarterback needs to do to be
    recognized as great -- except make the biggest of plays at the most critical of
    times. That, of course, being the playoff and Super Bowl stages.

    Manning in the playoffs: 8-3 record, two Super Bowl titles, two Super
    Bowl MVPs, two Super Bowl-winning last-minute drives. In terms of pure numbers,
    a completion percentage of 61.5 and a passer rating of 89.3, both up from his
    regular season numbers of 58.4 percent completions and a passer rating of

    Manning has made the plays that had to be made at the times when they make
    the most difference. The play to David Tyree in
    the 2008 Super Bowl and the game-winning throw to Plaxico
    . The perfect throw to Mario
    that started the 2012 game-winning drive.

    This is the thing that matters when you talk about Romo vs. Manning.

    When Romo's team does it, and he is the biggest reason for it as Manning has
    been twice now, then this is a discussion worth having. Until then? Not so


    "Good morning fellow Giants fans. I'm tired of writing that most of the
    country is sweltering, but I feel like there is sweat dripping from my PC right
    now. It's also really quiet NFL-wise, but here are a few items to start your
    Friday as we head into the weekend.....

    Strahan reportedly a finalist to succeed Regis Philbin on 'Live' |

    Former Giants star Michael
    is a finalist to succeed Regis Philbin and co-host "Live With Kelly"
    according to Showbiz 411. Along with Strahan, the other two finalists are Seth
    Meyers of "Saturday Night Live" and singer Josh Groban. Strahan has been as a
    guest host on the show previously, including last week when his "Magic Mike"
    stripper dance went viral. Showbiz 411 reports that the frontrunner to land the
    gig is Meyers, who will be a guest co-host all next week -- the show's first
    Monday-to-Friday co-host since Neil Patrick Harris late last year.

    Go Mike! But I really don't want to see that stripper dance.

    series: Giants safeties - NFC East Blog - ESPN

    position-by-position look at the teams in the NFC East is checking out the
    safeties today, and here we examine the safety position on the Super Bowl
    champion New York Giants.

    York Giants breakout candidate Domenik Hixon : New York Giants

    it hard to quantify a 27 year old as a possible breakout candidate? Maybe. In
    the case of Domenik Hixon
    though, its not so far-fetched. Hixon has only played in two games the past two
    seasons due to torn ACL’s and will be 28 years old this season. He has been
    prominently used as a kick returner since the New York Giants claimed him on
    waivers back in 2007, however this season may be the time to prove himself as a
    receiving option.

    If he can stay healthy, I've always liked this dude. And we sure did miss him
    on returns last season.

    Coughlin keeps faith with his Brockton scrapper | Dorchester

    But away from the sidelines and the clubhouse and the
    glare of cameras, the hard-nosed "Iron General," as some staffers have been
    known to call him, carries a torch for one of his BC boys from the ’90s, a
    scrapper from Brockton, home of the real "Rocky" of boxing, named Jay McGillis,
    whose untimely death from a fast-track leukemia left all who knew and loved him
    bereft and questioning. Last weekend, as the McGillis family waited on the 20th
    anniversary of Jay’s passing, the Daily
    News of New York published a 3,000-word, four-page account
    of the
    continuing Coughlin-McGillis relationship. Written by Daily News sportswriter
    Kevin Armstrong, himself a BC graduate, it is a story about football, constancy,
    loyalty, life and death – and about Tom Coughlin’s commitment to the memory of
    an athlete whose very being seemingly touched the inner heart of this austere,
    demanding man.

    I know a Boston area music journalist, and he knows the McGillis family...and
    went on and on recently about what an amazing person TC is. I mean, the story's
    origination is very sad, but who among us doesn't love to hear stuff like that
    about our head coach?

    Williams says defense is ready to turn the corner : Sports

    As Eli Manning ran
    out the clock on the Green Bay
    ' once-indelible season one kneel-down after another, Tramon
    didn't need any reassurances. Sure, the loss — a 37-20 heartbreaker
    to the New York Giants in the NFC divisional playoff round in January — may have
    been the epitome of a season of struggles for the Packers' defense, but Williams
    believed deep down it wasn't the true measure of the unit.

    All of these stories about the playoffs from the "other side" keep coming up
    in my Google alerts, and since it's slow news-wise, I will pass them along for a
    few more weeks.

    adjusting to his new role

    Receiver Sinorice Moss,
    a former member of the NFL's New York Giants and whom the Riders signed as a
    free agent this off-season, is represented by well-known sports agent Drew
    Rosenhaus. Rosenhaus has more than 150 clients on his list, including NFL
    standouts Terrell Owens,
    and Chad
    . O'Day found Rosenhaus to be very professional."



    "In part two of our in-depth interview with Giants’ punter Steve
    Weatherford, we meet the man away from the field—the artist and the family

    The Artist
    When it
    comes time to relax, Steve Weatherford likes to sneak away to
    his “man cave,” where he does acrylic painting in his spare time.

    “I don’t know if I’d call it a talent,” he admitted. “It’s something that I
    enjoy doing. It’s like having a hobby; just because you have a hobby doesn’t
    mean you’re good at it. It’s something for me that is very relaxing.”

    Although his other obligations don’t allow much time for him to get away to
    his private space to put his feelings down on canvas, he notes that having the
    hobby helps keep him from bouncing off the walls.

    “I love every minute of being in the NFL,” he said, “But, let’s face it.
    There is a lot of pressure that come with it. Now that I have a family with a
    third child on the way, there’s the pressure to perform at a high very level
    because if I don’t perform, then I can’t feed my kids.”

    Weatherford credits his wife, Laura, for giving him the space he needs to
    unwind. “My wife is unbelievable…there’s no way that I would have made it to the
    NFL at all, much less been successful, without her,” he said. “Painting is
    something that kind of allowed me to get out of the meathead, football frame of
    mind and to kind of relax and put my feelings on a canvas.”

    Besides painting, Weatherford likes to partake in other activities that allow
    him to create something where there was once nothing. “To be honest, art to me
    isn’t just painting a picture. It can be building, like a deck on the back of my

    “I think at the end of the day, whenever I am done with a painting or
    building something, it’s something I can look back on and say, ‘Man, nothing was
    there before, and look what I’ve put there.’”

    The Family Man
    There’s another form of art in which
    Weatherford takes tremendous pride, and that is shaping the lives of his
    children, son Ace (four) and daughter Carney (two).

    “I think being a father is like being an artist because everything you put
    into your kids as far as their morals, their discipline, and the way that you
    love them is going to build them into the adults they’ll become,” he said.
    have two kids now, and am about to have my third (in August), so I don’t get to
    go up to my little ‘man cave’ and paint like I used to because, to be honest, I
    don’t have as much time as I used to. So I kind of use my kids as my canvas now
    because when it’s all said and done, and the game of life is over, that’s the
    most important piece of art you can have.”

    While Weatherford is very much the “cool dad” who lets his kids take turns
    riding in the muscle car he keeps out at his California home, or who teaches his
    son about giving back to the less fortunate or who paints his daughter’s
    toenails in different colors, he also is deeply devoted to his wife, whom he met
    in college.

    “It’s funny,” said Kuhn. “Steve is a funny guy and all that, but if it’s just
    you and him, and you’re driving somewhere, what he talks about the most is his
    family. Every time we’re in the car together, he’s on the phone with his wife
    and his kids. You can tell with them being in San Diego how much he misses them,
    and he isn’t afraid to say, ‘Man, I miss them so much.’ It’s actually nice to
    see that even though he’s so far away, the first thing on his mind is always his
    family, and that’s something that really stuck out—what a devoted husband and
    father he is.”

    “It’s important to be with the kids, but it’s also important to make sure
    that my wife still feels loved and special,” Weatherford said.

    To do this, he devotes one night a week, either a Monday or Tuesday, for a
    date night with his wife. Then, later in the week, usually on a Friday, he and
    Laura pack up the kids for a family fun night, which might consist of a trip to
    Chuck E. Cheese’s, Dave & Buster’s, the park, or a stay-at-home night in
    which a family board game is the entertainment choice of the evening.

    “We try to do something fun together,” he said. “The kids are getting to an
    age where numbers and colors and memory games are fun for them, so we try to
    incorporate that into our family fun nights.”

    No Regrets
    With all he’s doing between football, looking
    out for his teammates, and being a husband and father, Weatherford doesn’t have
    much free time for himself. But he wouldn’t want it any other way.

    “During the season, (Laura) does a lot, so it’s not like I can ask for much
    for myself then,” he said. “During the off-season, I turn into ‘daddy day care’;
    I take off my helmet and put on my daddy hat, because it’s a long football
    season, so I try to help as much as I can so she can relax a little bit.”

    In the locker room, while he’s been embraced by his teammates with open arms,
    he looks at how revered former punter Jeff Feagles was during
    his time as a Giant, and he hopes to be as successful as the longtime punter

    “Jeff was an incredible punter, and he was a good athlete when he was
    younger, and I think they kind of see a little bit of Jeff in me as far as being
    an athlete is concerned,” Weatherford said.

    “Jeff was a leader on the team for a long time; he’s someone I really look up
    to, and there are a lot of similarities between Jeff and me athletically and as
    far as a work ethic go.”

    Weatherford might wear many hats in his life, but unlike some who tend to
    evolve into “a jack of all trades, a master of none,” Weatherford remains driven
    not just because he aims to prove his critics wrong, but because when each phase
    of his life is over, he doesn’t want to be a man with any regrets.

    “I’ve been in the NFL seven years, and you see a lot of people come and go, a
    lot of talented guys come in and take it for granted, and then before you know
    it, they’re out of the NFL,” he said. “There are guys I still talk to who say,
    ‘man, I wish I could go back and do it again.’

    “I don’t ever want to be a guy who has regrets about
    anything—football, the way I train for football, my marriage, about being a dad,
    or any of that stuff. I’m going to make mistakes along the way, but I’m going to
    try to enjoy every minute I have because you never know when you might check

    Hopefully, Weatherford will be able to enjoy the type of longevity that
    Feagles had for so many years."





    Rushing 2008 (NFL rank) 2011 (NFL rank)
    Rushing yards per game 157.4 (1) 89.2 (32)
    Rushing yards per carry 5.0 (1) 3.5 (32)
    Rushes of 20+ yards 24 (1) 4 (32)
    Rushes of 40+ yards 3 (10) 0 (32)

    Passing 2008 (NFL rank) 2011 (NFL rank)
    Passing yards per game 198.6 (18) 295.9 (5)
    Passing yards per attempt 6.8 (18) 8.4 (3)
    Passes of 20+ yards 34 (28) 67 (5)
    Passes of 40+ yards 4 (28) 18 (1)


    "Yesterday’s question was a bit of s trick……Super Bowl winning coach that
    never wore a Giants uniform:

    Don McCafferty
    Tom Landry
    Tony Dungy
    Sean Payton

    The answer…..Sean Payton, the Super Bowl-winning coach of
    the New Orleans Saints coached for the Giants, but never wore the uniform.
    Payton served as Jim Fassel’s QB coach in 1999 before moving on to OC from
    2000-02. Payton did play in the NFL, for what it’s worth: he was replacement
    player for the Bears during the 1987 players’ strike.

    Tony Dungy, who coached the Colts to a Super Bowl
    several years ago, played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1977-78 and the 49ers
    in 1979. He was a member of the Giants’ practice squad in 1980. He never played
    in a regular season game, however, but he did suit up as a player. A cheap
    shot, we know….

    Before Tom Landry began his career as the iconic coach the
    Dallas Cowboys in 1960, he spent ten seasons as a player and coach for the
    Giants. Landry was a solid defensive back, but he was an innovator as a coach.
    In 1954, head coach Jim Lee Howell allowed Landry to both play and coach. He
    retired after the 1955 season as a player and dedicated the next four seasons to
    making the Giants’ defense one of the best in the NFL.

    Don McCafferty is a figure not many know much about. He was
    a Paul Brown disciple, having played for the great coach at Ohio State, but
    World War II disrupted McCafferty’s transition from college to the pros. He
    played one season for the Giants (1946) as a wide receiver before turning to the
    coaching ranks at Kent State University, where he stayed for 11 years. From
    there McCafferty moved back to pro ball, joining Weeb Ewbank’s staff in
    Baltimore. He then coached under Don Shula after Ewbank left for the Jets, and
    took over as head coach when Shula moved on to coach the Dolphins in 1970.

    The Colts won Super Bowl V under McCafferty, 16-13, over Landry’s

    Today’s question………..

    Which punter never represented the Giants
    in the Pro Bowl?

      [*] [*] [*] [*] [/list]






    "According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, while appearing on Sirius XM NFL Radio,
    former New York Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer said that Cowboys quarterback
    Tony Romo is better than Eli Manning.

    Either Amani Toomer has gone insane now that he’s retired, or he’s trying to
    be unbiased now that he’s a part of the media. He could also want to be like
    ESPN’s Skip Bayless. I don’t know, you decide.

    Here’s the audio of Toomer appearance on Sirius XM Radio."


    "The 2012 season is about two months
    away, and it’s a perfect time to rank NFL players by
    position. A combination of factors such as stats, overall performance, etc.,
    determine where players are ranked. Analysis will be added very soon, I just
    wanted to get these rankings done first.*Player ages are how old they will be on
    September 5th, NFL Kickoff date.

    1. Aaron
    , Green Bay Packers

    Height: 6-2 | Weight: 225
    Age: 28 | Experience: 8 Years

    2012 Season
    343 of 502 (68.3% CMP), 4,643 Passing Yards, 45 TD, 6 INT; 3
    Rushing TD (122.5 QBR)

    Career Stats:
    1,381 of
    2,113 (65.4% CMP), 17,366 Passing Yards, 132 TD, 38 INT; 16 Rushing TD (104.1

    2. Drew Brees, New Orleans

    Height: 6-0 | Weight: 209
    Age: 33 | Experience: 12 Years

    2012 Season Stats:
    468 of 657
    (71.2% CMP), 5,476 Passing Yards, 46 TD, 14 INT; Rushing TD (110.6 QBR)

    Career Stats:
    3,613 of
    5,479 (65.9% CMP), 40,742 Passing Yards, 281 TD, 146 INT; 8 Rushing TD (94.0

    3. Tom
    , New England Patriots

    Height: 6-4 | Weight: 225
    Age: 35 | Experience: 13 Years

    2012 Season
    401 of 611 (65.6% CMP), 5,235 Passing Yards, 39 TD, 12 INT; 3
    Rushing TD (105.6 QBR)

    Career Stats:
    3,397 of
    5,321 (63.8% CMP), 39,979 Passing Yards, 300 TD, 115 INT; 10 Rushing TD (96.4

    4. Peyton Manning, Denver

    Height: 6-5 | Weight: 230
    Age: 36 | Experience: 15 Years

    2012 Season

    Career Stats:
    4,682 of
    7,210 (64.9% CMP), 54,828 Passing Yards, 399 TD, 198 INT; 17 Rushing TD (94.9

    5. Ben
    , Pittsburgh Steelers

    Height: 6-5 | Weight: 241
    Age: 30 | Experience: 9 Years

    2012 Season
    324 of 513 (63.2% CMP), 4,077 Passing Yards, 21 TD, 14 INT;
    (90.1 QBR)

    Career Stats:
    2,090 of
    3,313 (63.1% CMP), 26,579 Passing Yards, 165 TD, 100 INT; 14 Rushing TD (92.1

    6. Eli
    , New York Giants

    Height: 6-4 | Weight: 218
    Age: 31 | Experience: 9 Years

    2012 Season
    359 of 589 (61.0% CMP), 4,933 Passing Yards, 29 TD, 16 INT;
    Rushing TD (92.9 QBR)

    Career Stats:
    2,291 of
    3,921 (58.4% CMP), 27,579 Passing Yards, 185 TD, 129 INT; 8 Rushing TD (82.1

    7. Philip Rivers,
    San Diego Chargers

    Height: 6-5 | Weight: 228
    Age: 30 | Experience: 9 Years

    2012 Season Stats:
    366 of
    582 (62.9% CMP), 4,624 Passing Yards, 27 TD, 20 INT; Rushing TD (88.7 QBR)

    Career Stats:
    1,930 of
    3,037 (63.6% CMP), 24,285 Passing Yards, 163 TD, 78 INT; 3 Rushing TD (95.5

    8. Tony
    , Dallas Cowboys

    Height: 6-2 | Weight: 228
    Age: 32 | Experience: 10 Years

    2012 Season Stats:
    346 of 522
    (66.3% CMP), 4,184 Passing Yards, 31 TD, 10 INT; Rushing TD (102.5 QBR)

    Career Stats:
    1,672 of
    2,592 (64.5% CMP), 20,834 Passing Yards, 149 TD, 72 INT; 4 Rushing TD (96.9

    9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

    Height: 6-4 | Weight: 217
    Age: 27 | Experience: 5 Years

    2012 Season
    347 of 566 (61.3% CMP), 4,177 Passing Yards, 29 TD, 12 INT; 2
    Rushing TD (92.2 QBR)

    Career Stats:
    1,232 of
    2,022 (60.9% CMP), 14,238 Passing Yards, 95 TD, 46 INT; 4 Rushing TD (88.4

    10. Matthew Stafford, Detroit

    Height: 6-2 | Weight: 232
    Age: 24 | Experience: 4 Years

    2012 Season
    421 of 663 (63.5% CMP), 5,038 Passing Yards, 41 TD, 16 INT;
    (97.2 QBR)

    Career Stats:
    679 of 1,136
    (59.8% CMP), 7,840 Passing Yards, 60 TD, 37 INT; 3 Rushing TD (84.7 QBR)

    11. Joe Flacco, Baltimore

    Height: 6-6 | Weight: 245
    Age: 27 | Experience: 5 Years

    2012 Season
    312 of 542 (57.6% CMP), 3,610 Passing Yards, 20 TD, 12 INT;
    Rushing TD (80.9 QBR)

    Career Stats:
    1,190 of
    1,958 (60.8% CMP), 13,816 Passing Yards, 80 TD, 46 INT; 4 Rushing TD (86.0

    12. Matt Schaub, Houston

    Height: 6-5 | Weight: 241
    Age: 31 | Experience: 9 Years

    2012 Season
    178 of 292 (61.0% CMP), 2,479 Passing Yards, 15 TD, 6 INT; 2
    Rushing TD (96.8 QBR)

    Career Stats:
    1,466 of
    2,279 (64.3% CMP), 17,936 Passing Yards, 98 TD, 58 INT; 4 Rushing TD (92.2

    13. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles

    Height: 6-0 | Weight: 215
    Age: 32 | Experience: 11 Years

    2012 Season
    253 of 423 (59.8% CMP), 3,303 Passing Yards, 18 TD, 14 INT;
    Rushing TD (84.9 QBR)

    Career Stats:
    1,422 of
    2,538 (56.0% CMP), 17,912 Passing Yards, 111 TD, 72 INT; 33 Rushing TD (80.9

    14. Jay
    , Chicago Bears

    Height: 6-3 | Weight: 220
    Age: 29 | Experience: 7 Years

    2012 Season
    182 of 314 (58.0% CMP), 2,319 Passing Yards, 13 TD, 7 INT;
    Rushing TD (85.7 QBR)

    Career Stats:
    1,541 of
    2,521 (61.1% CMP), 18,283 Passing Yards, 117 TD, 86 INT; 6 Rushing TD (84.5

    15. Cam Newton, Carolina

    Height: 6-5 | Weight: 248
    Age: 23 | Experience: 2 Years

    2012 Season
    310 of 517 (60.0% CMP), 4,051 Passing Yards, 21 TD, 17 INT; 14
    Rushing TD (84.5 QBR)

    Career Stats:
    310 of 517
    (60.0% CMP), 4,051 Passing Yards, 21 TD, 17 INT; 14 Rushing TD (84.5 QBR)












    "As ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski breaks down his top-30 quarterbacks in the NFL,
    he has Eli Manning of the New York Giants ranked as his fifth best
    quarterback in the NFL
    right now, after watching him take his game to the
    next level last season.

    “You know where I saw significant improvement in Manning last season?
    Progression reading,” Jaworski said.

    There were
    “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, GOSSIP: FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012 - 1:41 P.M.

    thanks Roanoke!

    just saw 1st take on espn. this guy Bomani just dogged Eli concerning "top 5 qbs"!




    • #3
      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, GOSSIP: FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012 - 1:41 P.M.

      [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

      thanks Roanoke!

      just saw 1st take on espn. this guy Bomani just dogged Eli concerning "top 5 qbs"!



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


      • #4
        Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, GOSSIP: FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012 - 1:41 P.M.

        thanks man


        • #5
          Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, GOSSIP: FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012 - 1:41 P.M.

          [quote user="fourth&forever"]thanks man[/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, GOSSIP: FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012 - 1:41 P.M.

            Thanks. so much info in little time.