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    "And now, as we continue our Giants
    summer questionnaire
    series, it's time to visit with one of the more
    overlooked members of the roster, defensive tackle Linval Joseph.

    I say Joseph is overlooked because he plays one of the more thankless
    positions on the team and also because he's careful with what he says and
    doesn't like to draw attention to himself. Well, at least that's the way he's
    been for the past two seasons. But Joseph, who had two sacks as a full-time
    starter next to Chris Canty last year, has a pretty good personality that seems
    to be peeking out now that he's experienced some on-field success and is
    establishing himself as a veteran.

    Here's more from Joseph on his personality's coming-out party as well as
    the foot issue that bothered him last season and required
    surgery this past winter

    How have you been doing this offseason, given youíve been sidelined
    and unable to participate fully in practice?

    Iím doing okay. Iím just working to get back strong, get the mental reps. Iím
    ready for training camp.

    Do you feel you have enough experience to not have to worry about
    missed time in the spring?

    I wouldnít call it like that. I donít want to miss any time at all. But at
    the same time, Iím ready to get back.

    How much was that ankle bothering you last year?

    It was numb. I donít know if youíve ever had a numb foot before. It bothered
    me a lot.

    For the whole season?

    The second half of the season. I just sucked it up, finished out the season
    and won the Super Bowl. It was worth it.

    I donít recall you being on the injury report at all.

    I didnít say anything about it during the season. I told the trainers once in
    a while, but I didnít say a lot about it.

    You didnít want to be listed on the injury report?

    Not at all.

    How did the injury affect you?

    Let me give you an example. Itís like your leg is asleep when youíre walking.
    Thatís what it feels like. But when itís numb for a certain amount of time, you
    learn how to play with it. You adapt to it.

    Was it something that happened at a specific point?

    No, I guess every week it just got worse and worse.

    And now that itís behind you?

    It feels great to get it fixed and be ready to go.

    Youíve been a somewhat quiet, soft-spoken guy the last few years. Do
    you think as you get more comfortable people will see more of your

    Thatís just all part of the game. When you get comfortableÖ

    Rumor has it you have a pretty good personality.

    (Laughs) Everybodyís got a good personality down deep. I guess, like you say,
    when you get comfortable, when you talk to more people, youíll be more

    Do you feel comfortable here?

    I wouldnít say that.

    My bad, thatís the wrong word. I know Tom Coughlin doesnít like that

    Yeah, thatís the wrong word.

    How about this: do you feel closer to comfortable?

    (Pauses) Iím getting there. Iím getting there. After four years, when I get
    my pension, then Iíll be comfortable. (Smiles)"




    "Lawrence Taylor last played in the NFL before any of the 140 kids who
    attended his free football camp Friday at Hackensack
    High School were born.

    They still greatly appreciated that one of the greatest players in football
    history spent an entire day with them.

    "It's not every day that you meet a legend like that, where he comes to your
    school and does an all-day camp for everyone," said Brandon Davis, who'll be a
    senior wide receiver/defensive back for Hackensack
    next season. "It was a good time, a very fun experience."

    Former Giants teammates Stephen Baker, Beasley Reese and Odessa Turner joined
    Taylor in coaching and counseling campers, as did fellow ex-Giant Tiki

    The often-embattled Taylor taught and motivated kids Friday, but the
    Hall-of-Fame linebacker also encouraged them to make smart decisions. He wants
    them to avoid the types of damaging mistakes he has made off the field both
    during and after his celebrated career, most of which were the consequence of
    abusing alcohol and drugs.

    "I was beyond pleased," said new Hackensack coach
    Benjie Wimberly, also a state assemblyman (D-Paterson).
    "I was really impressed with how LT dealt with the kids and the fans.

    "He was really pleasant and the atmosphere was just really, really positive.
    Not to be clichť, but this was just a great teaching moment, to have him talk to
    kids about what he has been through, persevering and staying together with his

    The camp, which was organized in conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs of
    America, was the idea of two of Taylor's daughters, Paula and Tanisha. They
    contacted Wimberly in the spring through a mutual friend just after the former
    Paterson Catholic coach took over at Hackensack and were instrumental in running the camp.

    "His daughters and son [T.J.] were unbelievable," said Wimberly, who didn't
    hesitate to work with the polarizing Taylor because he felt the camp could help
    so many kids. "They did it for their dad, not for notoriety or anything like
    that, but because he needs to get out and do these types of things. As good as
    it is for the kids to be around him, I think it was somewhat therapeutic for
    him, also."

    Taylor, 53, has remained mostly out of the spotlight since he pled guilty in
    March 2011 to sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute misdemeanors after
    allegedly paying an underage girl $300 to have sex with him two years ago in a
    Suffern, N.Y., hotel room. He received six years probation as part of his plea

    "Slowly but surely, he is getting his life back," said Wayne's Mark Lepselter, Taylor's agent. "His life is going
    forward. He's had his ups and downs ó there's no doubt about that. But he has
    regained a lot of stability, the family has held together and his kids are very
    much a part of his life, thank God."

    Taylor, a Miami resident, was the guest of honor at the Hackensack Football Pasta Dinner on Thursday night in Little Ferry. He told stories at the fundraiser and at
    the camp about all of his fond memories of Hackensack.

    He often trained at Hackensack's field while he
    played for the Giants and lived in Upper Saddle
    . Little Richard's Restaurant, on nearby First Street, was one of his
    favorite eateries.

    "It actually brought back so many memories for me because I worked out on
    that field back in the day," said Taylor, who wants to conduct the camp again
    next year. "My daughters suggested we should do this, and I have to give them
    major applause for making it all come together.

    "The coaches from Hackensack High and really
    everyone who pitched in, I was extremely appreciative."

    The feeling was mutual, especially among the Hackensack players who are eager to begin the Comets'
    first season with Wimberly running the program.

    "It definitely motivated us to work harder," said Jordan Coleman, who'll be a
    senior running back/linebacker next season. "We want to not just make [Taylor]
    proud, but make the rest of the city proud."


    "There are several areas on the New York Giants roster that will have to answer some
    serious questions throughout training camp and into the regular season, but the
    defensive line is not one of them. The Giants have, arguably, the best defensive
    line in the NFL.

    With the trio of Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, and Osi
    at defensive end, opposing offensive lines are going to have a
    hard time keeping Big Blue away from their quarterback as it is. However, after
    getting in his first full season as a starter in 2011, defensive tackle Linval
    Josesph could be the key for the Giants to take their defensive line play to the
    next level.

    Joseph was selected by the Giants with the 46th pick of the 2010 NFL draft.
    Although many expected him to have an immediate impact at defensive tackle,
    Joseph had a hard time getting on the field while playing behind veterans Barry
    Cofield, Chris
    , and Rocky

    In fact, Joseph only saw 63 snaps throughout his entire rookie year, almost
    all of which came in the final two games of the season. Although he played
    fairly inconsistently during the short amount of playing time he saw during his
    rookie campaign, Joseph showed signs that he possessed the potential to
    transform into a capable NFL starter.

    Fast forward to the 2011 season, and Linval
    earned a starting spot at defensive tackle in training camp after the
    departure of Barry Cofieldto the Washington Redskins in the offseason. However, Joseph
    once again began the season with inconsistent play, combining for just 13
    tackles and zero sacks throughout the first six games before the team's bye

    However, Linval
    's coming out party actually occurred during a Week 13 loss to the
    Green Bay Packers. Joseph had nine tackles throughout the course of the game,
    and helped limit the Green Bay rushing attack to 2.0 yards per carry between the
    tackles. For the first time in his career, Joseph consistently overmatched an
    opposing offensive line for an entire contest. He carried his outstanding
    performance into the playoffs, and was rated by ProFootball Focus as the best defensive tackle in
    the postseason (ahead of players such as Vince Wilfork and Haloti Ngata).
    Although Joseph did not record a single sack in the playoffs, he forced more
    quarterback pressures than any other player at his position.

    This season, Joseph should continue to improve. With all the threats that the
    Giant's have coming off the edge, Joseph's size (6'4" / 330lb) and strength in
    the middle should become a massive problem for opposing offensive lines. Without
    the ability to double-team him, team's are going to give LinvalJoseph the
    opportunity to beat them at the line of scrimmage.

    However, the reason the third-year player out of East Carolina could be the
    X-factor on the Giants defensive line this season is mainly because of where he
    plays. Joseph only had two sacks last season. Perhaps it was by design, or maybe
    it was just because he was inexperienced. But he most definitely has the
    potential to improve upon those numbers.

    Furthermore, against a single blocker, Joseph's size and strength will enable
    him to bring pressure right up the middle. Although quarterbacks already have
    fits with the Giants' edge pass rushers, there is nothing worse than to have a
    6'4"/ 330lb monster coming right up the middle every single play. This can be
    disruptive not only to an opposing offenses passing game, but it can force
    running backs to bounce plays to the outside, where the Giants' speedy defensive
    ends should be able to make the play.

    When one closely examines the Giants schedule from last year, the defense had
    a problem in the beginning of the season stopping the opposing team's rushing
    attacks. Whether it was Tim Hightower of the Washington Redskins, Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills,
    or Reggie Bush of the Miami Dolphins, several running backs were able to help
    teams that had significantly less talent than the Giants to stay in the game by
    carving up the team's run defense.

    If Linval
    can step up, improve his technique, and produce on a more consistent
    basis, not only will he open up the opportunities for his teammates on the
    outside, but, along with Chris
    , he can help shutdown opponents rushing attacks between the tackles.
    This could help minimize the fact the Big Blue does not have a true run-stopping
    line backer in the middle of the field.

    The Giants defensive line would be good even without Linval
    . However, for a guy with his size, strength, and athletic ability, he
    has the potential to produce more than we have seen from him. He has yet to hit
    his ceiling as an NFL player, and
    if he comes closer to doing so this season, the Giants could have one of the
    greatest defensive lines in recent NFL history.


    "Almost immediately after he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of
    UMass, New York
    wide receiver Julian Talley began hearing the comparisons to Victor
    . Both are from New Jersey, went to the same college, play the same
    position, failed to get drafted, and signed with the New York
    right out of college. The similarities are striking and it has
    created a stir within the fan base that maybe Talley could be the Giants' next
    breakout star.

    Although those predictions are premature, and maybe even unfair, Talley still
    has a lot to prove if he wants to remove himself from the shadow of Victor
    . As a junior at UMass, Talley caught 56 passes for 747 yards and went
    on to make the All-CAASecond Team. As a senior, he failed to garner any
    postseason accolades; however, he improved his production to 60 catches for 759
    yards. Talley was able to stay consistent in his production even without having
    a talented quarterback to get him the ball. That being said, the transition from
    college to the NFL for a wide
    receiver can often be daunting. When asked about how he expects that transition to go, Talley
    stressed focusing on fundamentals.

    "You hear it all the time, from high school to college, college to the NFL: it's about
    the adjustment to the speed of the game and doing the little detailed things,
    the little fundamentals. You really got to stress those and if you get those
    down, you'll be successful," he said.

    On the field, Talley has an intriguing combination of size (6'1") and
    explosiveness. He does not possess the straight away speed (4.60 40-yard dash)
    that Victor
    has shown. However, he has an athletic build and showed off a 41.5-inch
    vertical leap at the UMass pro day. With his athleticism, Talley could become a
    productive NFL player if he
    can improve his route running ability.

    However, Talley's problem this offseason is going to be that he is trying to
    make the team at one of the hardest positions possible. With Hakeem
    , Victor
    , Domenik
    , Rueben
    , JerrelJernigan, Ramses
    , and maybe even Dan DePalma ahead of him on the depth chart, Talley
    is going to have to make some serious plays to even make the practice squad, let
    alone the 53-man roster. However, the overwhelming odds against Talley are not
    deterring him from being eager to get into training camp.

    "I'm definitely trying to step it up a little bit. The older guys have done a
    great job of showing me things and helping me come along, but I feel like I've
    come along and things are starting to click for me in the whole offense and I'm
    very excited going into training camp," he said.

    The Giants have enough young, talented wide receivers that they most likely
    will not keep Julian Talley after training camp concludes. Furthermore, the team
    has enough project wide receivers in Jerrel
    and RamsesBarden that there will most likely not be enough reps in
    practice to get Talley the opportunities he needs to prove himself. That being
    said, he seems to be saying and doing all the right things, so do not be
    surprised if another undrafted free agent rookie out of UMass turns some heads
    during training camp this preseason."



    "All things considered, it's been a relatively quiet offseason for New York
    Giants rookie running back David
    . Since being drafted in the first-round of the 2012 NFL Draft, he's
    made few public appearances and done very little in the way of drawing off-field
    attention. And as he tells Pat Traina of Inside Football, that's because he needs to be prepared to contribute when called upon by head
    coach Tom Coughlin.

    "I want to learn the playbook, I want to keep myself in the best possible
    shape because when camp starts, I need to be ready to go," Wilson said. "They
    drafted me to come in here to make plays, not mess them up."

    Wilson is often praised for being a tremendously hard worker with an incredible attitude, and he's already demonstrated that
    thoroughly. During a down time in which many NFL athletes, both veterans and rookies, are finding
    themselves in trouble with the law, Wilson has found himself quietly preparing
    for the next big chapter in his life.

    "I just want to go out there, be on the field, and contribute to the team in
    some way. One step at a time," he added.

    Following rookie mini-camp, several of Wilson's teammates and coaches were
    quick to praise him. Not just because of his work ethic, but because of his
    unique athletic ability that offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride called
    "explosive." Quarterback Eli Manning also raved about how quickly he was picking
    up the offense and playbook, but cautioned that Wilson may not see the field
    until he had a full grasp on everything the team was doing offensively.

    Earlier this month, ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk speculated that D.J. Ware had the inside track on the job to back-up Ahmad
    Bradshaw, and obviously nothing has changed since then. If Wilson is to earn
    more reps and an increased role, it's going to happen at Training Camp in Albany
    which begins (first practice) on July 27th."


    "On the heels of Amani
    calling Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo
    the premiere quarterback in the NFC East, tight end Jason
    was quick to accept the compliment on behalf of his teammate, but
    stopped short of agreeing with the retired wide receiver. Although he
    acknowledged his belief that Romo is an elite athlete, he wouldn't go as far as
    to say he's more talented or valuable than Eli Manning.

    "I think he's an elite league quarterback," Witten said of Romo. "Many people have said that. I think
    that's great that Amani said that, but at the end of the day, Eli is a Super
    Bowl champ. He's won two out of the last five years. They're doing a lot of good
    things right up there. They're the poster boys of how you do it and not let
    adversity get in the way because of where they're at."

    It's an interesting stance for Witten to take, but being complimentary of Big
    Blue is nothing new for him. Back in early April, he praised both Martellus Bennet and tight end coach Mike Pope,
    saying he expects big things from his former teammate in 2012.

    More to the point, the support for Toomer's argument has been greatly
    lacking. Even Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in late January that the biggest difference between the two teams is Eli Manning. Needless to
    say, the endorsements for Romo, either before or after Toomer's comments, have
    not been ringing.

    In seven years in the NFL, Romo has one playoff win, while Manning has earned
    himself two Super Bowl MVP awards. If you want to win football
    games, you take Easy-E. If you want to win your fantasy league, you take



    "There are just 10 days remaining until the New York Giants
    report for 2012 training camp at UAlbany, as Mike pointed out earlier on Monday. So, appropriately I think,
    here are 10 questions to ponder about the defending Super Bowl champions as
    football season approaches again.

    1. Will Hakeem Nicks
    Be Healthy When The Season Opens?
    Victor Cruz
    swears Nicks will be ready, and Nicks has also been adamant his broken foot will
    heal in time. But, Ahmad
    and Prince
    serve as examples that foot injuries are tricky. So, we shall

    2. Can Cruz Do It Again? After salsa-dancing his way into the hearts
    of Giants fans, and catching and running his way into the team's record books,
    what kind of follow-up season will Cruz have? The wide receiver spent the
    offseason making what seemed like a gazillion appearances and writing a book.
    Can he focus completely on playing football once camp starts?

    3. What Can Marvin Austin Do? The Giants drafted the big, talented
    defensive tackle from North Carolina in the second round a season ago. But,
    after spending last season in injured reserver with a torn pectoral muscle
    Austin has not played in two years.

    4. Who Will Be The Middle Linebacker? Chase
    will be listed as No. 1 when camp starts, but Mark
    and Keith Rivers
    will be banging on the door trying to take some -- or all -- of the playing time
    at that spot.

    5. Will Will Beatty Be Healthy? Beatty's eye is fine after he suffered
    a detached retina. Beatty, though, did not practice during OTAs or mini-camp due
    to a back injury suffered while working out. Offensive coordinator Kevin
    Gilbride has expressed concern about his starting left tackle, so Beatty's
    health will be a major focus in Albany.

    6. Who Will Be The Third Wide Receiver? We have talked about this at
    great length. Your candidates are Ramses
    , Reuben
    , Jerrel
    and Domenik

    7. Which Undrafted Free Agents Will Make The Team? There are plenty of
    candidates here. Safety Will Hill, safety/cornerback Janzen
    , wide receiver Brandon
    , running back Joe Martinek
    and middle linebacker Jake Muasau
    are the most likely possibilities.

    8. Can The Giants Run The Ball Better? They have first-round draft
    choice David Wilson,
    and they have made some changes to the offensive line after their league-worst
    rushing effort a season ago. Will it help?

    9. Which Running Backs Make The Team? Behind Ahmad Bradshaw and
    Wilson, that is anybody's guess. Martinek, D.J. Ware, Da'Rel Scott
    and Andre Brown are
    likely in a dogfight for two spots. Your guess is as good as mine when it comes
    to who will end up on the 53-man roster from that group.

    10. What Will Martellus Bennett Do? The Giants signed Bennett in hopes
    that he would fill their tight end void this season. There are plenty of
    doubters, so watching how Bennett progresses will be interesting."


    "Today we move to the defensive side of the ball as we continue or
    position-by-position voting to determine the Big Blue View Preseason All-NFC
    East Team.

    Here are your nominees.

    Chris Canty, Giants -- Canty
    is a player who's value is not truly reflected in his numbers. He is a
    space-eater who takes on double teams and allows others to make plays. Canty had
    four sacks, 63 tackles and +5.6 rating from Pro Football Focus last season.

    , Giants
    -- Proved to be a solid player in his first season of
    regular action a year ago. Joseph had two sacks, 63 tackles and a PFF rating of
    +1.1. His best football is likely still ahead of him.

    Jay Ratliff, Cowboys -- The
    Dallas nose tackle has made the Pro Bowl four consecutive years. Last season he
    had two sacks, 39 tackles and a PFF rating of +18.6.

    Barry Cofield,
    The former Giant transitioned from defensive tackle to pure nose tackle in his
    first season with Washington, and did an acceptable job. He had three sacks, 26
    tackles and a PFF score of -5.7.

    Fletcher Cox,
    Philadelphia drafted Cox, from Mississippi Stat,e, 12th overall in the first
    round in an effort to shore up the middle of their defense. The SB Nation
    scouting report calls the 6-foot-4, 285-pound Cox a "top-end athlete with
    excellent speed."

    , Eagles
    -- Had 5.5 sacks and 48 tackles in 2011, his first year
    with Philadelphia after seven seasons with the Green Bay
    . Jenkins received a +15.3 grade from PFF.

    Vote in the poll below.

    Who should be the defensive tackles on the 2012 Big Blue
    View Preseason All-NFC East Team?

    • [/list]

      115 votes | Results"


    "Good morning fellow Giants fans. No, this isn't your Hump Day countdown. I am
    merely pointing out that training camp for the Giants opens a week from
    Thursday. Football talk is really going to be in the air, and we're talking more
    than when players spout off at promotional appearances, write books or the one
    Tom Coughlin loves--getting in trouble (which, knock wood, has not happened
    since David Diehl got
    drunk and stupidly got behind the wheel). Anyway, that does mean we are still in
    a slow news zone, but only for another week...

    signs in " Pro Sports " Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield,

    was thinking ahead on Sunday. The two-time Super Bowl champion and
    Bluefield native talked about what motivated him to return to the area for a
    "signing event," and what he sees as his role and those of other running backs
    on the roster of the world champion New York

    native, NFL legend proud of Ark-La-Tex honor - Longview News-Journal:

    Heís a seven-time Pro Bowler, a three-time All-Pro
    selection, a four-time NFL Most Valuable Player and had his No. 14 jersey
    retired by the New York Giants. He was even the first professional football
    player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, but a recent bout of
    recognition has legend and Marshallís own Y.A. Tittle grinning from ear to ear.
    Tittle is one of five who will join a group of 118 past inductees as members of
    the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions at a 7 p.m. ceremony on Aug. 4 in the
    Shreveport Convention Center.

    York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz enjoying success -

    A few days ago Victor Cruz
    ran into Vernon Davis,
    the 49ersí dynamic
    tight end, and the two exchanged pleasantries. That is one subtle example of how
    the life of Victor Cruz, in one year, has changed so dramatically.

    York Giants quarterback Eli Manning comments on Saints' pay-for-performance
    program - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -

    spoke Friday during a media session at the Manning Passing Academy, held at
    Nicholls State University. "Obviously, it's big news for the Saints and
    around New Orleans," Manning said. "I still keep up with what's going on. I
    think for the most part, from what I hear, there was a bounty. There was a
    system. It was going on. I think (NFL Commissioner Roger) Goodell and the NFL
    made the right decisions."

    Manning Passing Academy ó Denver Post Photos, Video | Denver Post Photos,

    Photos: Manning Passing Academy
    - Former Lumberton lineman Sean Locklear settles in with Super Bowl champion New
    York Giants

    Sean Locklear
    received one special ring this summer, but hopes to add another sometime next

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    Giants 2012
    Training Camp Preview: Receivers | Inside Football

    Part 3 of our
    2012 training camp preview examines the receivers.

    breakdown: Dents in New Orleans Saints' armor - The Denver

    While the Saints try to right their ship, look for the Green Bay Packers
    and New York Giants to remain NFC powers. The Packers won the Super Bowl that
    closed the 2010 season and were 15-1 last season before being upset by the
    Giants in the playoffs. The Giants won the Super Bowl for the second time in
    five years.

    Wow, did someone actually put the Giants up there where they belong? Uh-oh.
    We actually do not want that to happen too much.

    Cruz Must Have Entenmannís Doughnuts in His House at All Times -- Daily

    When's the last time you drove a car? Two days ago, to a
    7-Eleven. I was running out of doughnuts and I had a craving. I always have to
    have a six pack or twelve pack of Entenmann's doughnuts in my house, no other
    brand. If Entenmann's is reading this, I like the glazed ones.

    This stuff always interests me, but did they actually ask Cruz what his
    favorite medication is? Is that not dangerous territory?"



    "In todayís blog bit, we hear from running back David Wilson, the Giantsí
    first round draft pick.

    Q. Since arriving here, youíve seen pretty laid back as compared to
    some of your fellow rookies. How have you managed to keep your cool, and what is
    going to be the key to keeping it when training camp starts?

    A. I
    think itís important to go with the flow and be yourself. If you are too
    uptight, youíre going to mess up the plays. They drafted me to come in here to
    make plays, not mess them up.

    Q. When you were in college, did you work mostly with or without a

    A. A little bit of both. Iím used to all kinds of
    formations and schemes so if they want me to work more with a fullback than
    without, Iím confident I can adjust.

    Q. I know itís early and you are still trying to get your head into
    the playbook, but have you managed to get a sense about what personality this
    running game is going to have in 2012?

    A. I think it will be
    somewhere between smash mouth and finesse. To me, running the ball is running
    the ball. I can run it inside between the tackles or to the outside. Weíll see
    what happens when we get to camp if thatís something (the coaches) want to
    adjust and work with me and Ahmad and the other running backs to make the
    offense a little more versatile.

    Q. How realistic do you think it is to expect to see you on the field
    on opening day?

    A. I havenít really thought about that yet. I just
    want to go out there, be on the field, and contribute to the team in some way.
    One step at a time.

    Q. On a lighter note, you and Ahmad are both from Virginia. What is
    it about the football programs down there that sets the stage for success in
    college and the NFL?

    A. (Laughs) I think when you bring a country
    boy to the city, heís still going to be a country boy., meaning we work just as
    hard as anyone and we donít take anything for granted. We also take tremendous
    pride in what we do.

    Q. Beside enjoying the downtime, whatís on your plate for the next
    few weeks before camp?

    A. Lots of studying. I want to learn the
    playbook, I want to keep myself in the best possible shape because when camp
    starts, I need to be ready to go."


    "Part 4 of our 2012 training camp preview examines the tight ends.

    The Players: Bear Pascoe, Martellus Bennett, Adrien Robinson
    (R), Larry Donnell, Ryan Purvis, Travis Beckum

    The Storylines: Last season, starting tight end Jake Ballard
    finished with 38 receptions for 604 yards and four touchdowns. Replacing that
    production shouldnít be too difficult, and the hope is that whoever emerges as
    the pass receiving tight end can show just enough consistency to make opposing
    defensive coordinators pay extra attention to the tight end position, which
    would open up things for the receivers.

    Whatís going to be more of a challenge is finding guys who can contribute to
    the run blocking party. Last year, the blocking from the tight end spot was just
    as much to blame for the difficulties in the running game, so if the Giants can
    get more consistency from the position, the running game should be that much
    more improved.

    The other story line to watch is Bennettís development. In recent memory, I
    canít recall any player whoís been as hotly debated as Bennett, whom, according
    to who you read, is either a misunderstood talent that never really got a fair
    chance in Dallas because of Jason Witten, or who is a total slacker who marches
    to the beat of his own drummer.

    Bennettís showing at minicamp was inconclusive, mainly due to his hamstring
    injury. His weight issue, in my opinion, is not a big deal as any extra bulk, so
    long as itís kept in moderation, should help him with his blocking if that added
    bulk is muscle.

    Bennett may or may not be the long-term answer, but heís going to get the
    opportunity to show that he belongs. What he does with those opportunities
    remains to be seen.

    Keep an Eye On: Robinson, the rookie fourth round draft
    pick, is going to get a crash curse this summer from position coach Mike Pope,
    who is hoping to make up for some time lost between the two thanks to Robinsonís
    school running through the end of May. Robinson has wonderful size, but his
    technique shown in the spring clearly needs some polishing as at times in going
    against a blocking sled, his pads were too high. Heíll also need to adapt to the
    lift and move technique that Pope teaches the tight ends.

    Predictions: Assuming there are no injuries, the tree tight
    ends should be Pascoe, Bennett, and Robinson. As for Beckum, heíll almost
    certainly begin the year on PUP as for him to rush back after having his knee
    surgery at the end of February is probably a risk.

    Once Beckumís time on PUP is up, whether heís added to the 53-man roster will
    largely depend on injuries, of course, and how far along Robinson is in his
    development. If there are no injuries, Beckum, who will be an unrestricted free
    agent after this season, will likely stay on PUP, as I doubt that if the trio of
    Bennett, Pascoe and Robinson are healthy, the Giants will add a fourth tight end
    to the mix (unless fullback Henry Hynoski is sidelined and the team needs Pascoe
    at fullback).

    Also I wouldnít be shocked if the Giants try to get Hopkins back on the
    practice squad following camp. Although the team drafted Robinson and signed
    Bennett as a free agent, given the fact that Pascoe, Bennett, and Beckum will
    all be UFAs after the season, it would make sense for the team to try to keep a
    guy such as Hopkins around given his familiarity with the offense, as the
    likelihood of the Giants re-signing all three of their upcoming UFAs at tight
    end is probably not good."







    "Ramses Barden had big expectations coming out of
    college when the New York
    drafted him in 2009. Barden is a big 6í6Ē wide receiver and
    was to supposed to be the big redzone threat for the Giants in the same vein as
    Plaxico Burress was. Barden has 15 catches in his
    career so far.

    Barden has had a bunch of injuries throughout his career, missing a lot of
    time. Heís really fallen down on the depth chart. Coming out of a small school
    in Cal-Poly, there is going to be and adjustment to the NFL level. The problem
    is is that its year three and the fact that itís time for him to step up and
    stay healthy and play.

    With all the questions the Giants have at wide receiver, heíd be a nice piece
    to fit in that spot. A big guy in the slot or even the redzone producing is just
    the way the Giants drew it up. Heís probably about fifth or sixth on the depth
    chart right now, but a productive training camp and good health you never know.
    If heís not productive, he could be on the chopping block in a roster crunch as

    The way the NFL is right now, you need as many productive pass catchers as
    you can get. If Barden can show that he can produce then he might be another
    option for Eli Manning this year. If not, he may
    not make it to September 6."



    "In 2011, Eli Manning was snubbed by his peers who excluded him fromtheir[/i]top 100 list. Hell, he may not even
    have been in the top 200 for all we know.

    And how did Eli

    By publicly stating he is an elite QB who belongs in the same
    discussion with Brady-Rodgers-Brees, then backing it upwith a fantastic season.
    He threw his team on his back and performed brilliantly in leading them to
    another miraculous win over New England to claim the Lombardi

    That's right - miraculous.

    The first 9-7 team to win a
    world championship - defeating great teams along the way like the Packers, 49ers
    and Patriots.

    We all know it ended with Manning taking home his second
    Super Bowl MVP award byagainout-dueling the great Tom Brady. But his
    path in duplicating the 2007 feat was far more impressive in 2011. Back in 2007,
    the Giants had the league's best defense orchestrated by defensive guru
    coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. The team's formula for success began with defense,
    supplemented by a conservative offensive attack, focused on a ball control
    running game and elimination of turnovers. Manning was more of a 'manager' then
    the prime facilitator of the offense.

    Not many people gave the 2007 wild
    card Giants a chance of getting past the divisional round, no less winning a
    world championship. One big reason was the general perception that Manning
    wasn't capable of leading the team to these heights. Based on his statistical
    record alone, that would appear to have been a reasonable assumption. He had a
    poor touchdown to interception ratio of23 /
    20[/b]. His average passing yards per game was, get this -208.5[/b]. And he sported a less than pedestrian
    passer rating of73.9[/b], the worst since
    his rookie season. Meanwhile, the Giants had one of the league's premier running
    attacks led by Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward. Of course once
    the playoffs began, Eli upped his game committing one lone turnover in 4
    victories and making the big play whenever needed.

    2011's circumstances presented a much greater
    challenge for Manning. Although the defense came around in time for the
    playoffs, it was not one of the league's better units during the regular season.
    This was largely due to a myriad of injuries. The much maligned defense was
    porous and often exploited. So much so that it was incapable of stopping
    opposing offenses or holding leads late in games. Fortunately for the team, this
    is where Manning is at his best. Of the team's 9 regular season victories, he
    led *6* 4th quarter comebacks. His29 /
    16[/b]touchdown to interception ratio was respectable. His average passing
    yards per game was up 100 yards from the 2007 campaign to308.3[/b]. His passer rating was92.9[/b]. And once again Manning was great in
    the playoffs. leading the team to *2* 4th quarter comebacks.

    So if this
    was Eli's response to not being included in 2011's best players, what's he going
    to do after being rated at only 31 on the 2012 player's list?

    I can't wait to see! Go get em Eli."






    "Adjusted Cap Number: $122.743 million

    Cap Room Remaining: $3.119 million

    Best Bargain: In what might be the biggest no-brainer in this entire
    series, wide receiver Victor Cruz was the best
    bargain on the New York Giants' roster last year and, barring an extension this
    season, will be one again in 2012. Cruz is coming off a breakout season in which
    he ranked
    ninth in the NFL
    with 82 passes for 1,536 receiving yards, the third-highest
    total in the league
    . Cruz was also ďNever argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.Ē MB Rule # 1

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    Thanks Roanoke!


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      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012 - 9:09P.M.

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

      ďNever argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.Ē MB Rule # 1