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    HERE NOW THE NEWS

    EXCERPTS FROM EXTERNAL NEWS ARTICLES REGARDING THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS ARE POSTED UNDER THEIR SOURCES. MISCELLANEOUS SPORTS ARTICLES ARE POSTED UNDER THE "MISCELLANEOUS" SECTION AT THE END OF THE THREAD. LINKS FOR ALL LISTED SOURCES ARE INCLUDED TO ALLOW MEMBERS TO INDEPENDENTLY BROWSE AT THEIR LEISURE.


    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    GIANTS' DOMENIK HIXON MAKES LEAPING CATCH TO END PRACTICE, HELPS TO PROVE KNEE IS HEALTHY

    Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin was lamenting the fact he had hoped the two-minute drill would last a little bit longer than just three plays - two passes and a run to set up a game-winning field goal.
    "They just looked at me and said, 'What was the objective?'" the Giants' coach said. "To get inside the 20."

    That's just what happened when Domenik Hixon caught a slant past linebacker Chase Blackburn on the first snap. One play later, he went up the left sideline with Prince Amukamara on his hip, leaped for the pass from Eli Manning and came down with it inside that 20-yard line.

    And more importantly, Hixon got right back up." Read more...


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    GIANTS' TERRELL THOMAS TO GET THIRD OPINION ON POSSIBLE ACL INJURY

    Excerpt: "The Giants say there is no update on their end and that nothing has changed since they sent out a press release indicating Thomas has an ACL injury, the full extent of which won't be known until he undergoes a scope. Their doctors reached that conclusion after running tests earlier this week and still believe that to be the case.
    So Schefter's report about "doctors who have examined Thomas so far" believing there's no tear is surely in reference to Arthur Ting, whom Thomas went to see in California earlier this week, and perhaps some of his associates. Ting is the one who performed the surgery on Thomas' knee last year." Read more...

    GIANTS' COACH TOM COUGHLIN DEFENDS SUSPENDED TYLER SASH AGAINST NFL "WATCHDOG"

    Excerpt: "When word broke on Tuesday Tyler Sash had been suspended for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, the Giants’ safety said his “intentions were pure.”
    Today, Tom Coughlin defended Sash.

    “There’s no issue with this young man. He doesn’t need any watchdog over him,” the Giants’ coach said after a rain-shortened practice. “Ignorance is no excuse for the law, I understand, but if he knows what’s expected he does it.” Read more...News


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    HIXON SHOWS NO FEAR WITH BIG CAMP CATCH

    Excerpt: "The play of the day in training camp was one Tom Coughlin didn’t want to see.

    It was one of the last plays of practice during a two-minute drill with the Giants backed up on their own 38 yard line. Domenik Hixon took off down the left sideline and Eli Manning threw a bomb that Hixon caught by leaping over Prince Amukamara.

    Then Hixon went down … and was slow to get up.

    He was OK, but given what just happened to Terrell Thomas, that was a hold-your-breath moment for the receiver who is trying to rehab from two ACL tears in the last two years.

    “Well, you know he’s going to try to make the play,” Coughlin said. “This guy is something else. He has no fear. He just went up there and he got it. If I had scripted it I wouldn’t have done it that way. I probably wouldn’t have had him in there. You see him go down …” Read more...


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    BECKUM TRIES TO BLOCK OUT THOMAS; TEAR

    Excerpt: "Tight end Travis Beckum has never given up hope that he’ll be able to play in the regular season opener on Sept. 5. But he tore his ACL about six months after Terrell Thomas did.

    And yes, seeing Thomas re-tear it 11 months into his rehab, certainly gave Beckum a scare.

    “It did,” Beckum said. “But you can’t try to progress on your knee and think about that at the same time. You’ve kind of got blank that out and just work on your (knee).” Read more...


    GIANTS' DOMENIK HIXON FOR NFL SEASON WITH MEMORIES OF OF TORN ACL ON HIS MIND

    Excerpt: "Domenik Hixon will tell you he feels “great.” He’ll tell you that he thinks about his surgically repaired right knee when only somebody insists on mentioning it to him, and that he’s been going through Giants training camp with “no limitations.”

    But Hixon knows that his comeback from last season’s torn right ACL his second such injury in two years isn’t without risks, and cornerback Terrell Thomas’ injury on Sunday provided an apt reminder of that.


    Like Hixon, Thomas was trying to come back from a torn right ACL last season. But that comeback likely came to an end on Sunday, when Thomas partially re-tore the ligament." Read more...

    COUGHLIN: NFL FRUG POLICY NEEDS "COMMON SENSE"

    Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin said he felt “very badly” for Tyler Sash when the safety was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy against performance enhancing drugs. He also said he wished the NFL’s drug policy included a little more “common sense.” Read more...

    MARA TWEAKS JERRY AS CHAMPS STAY QUIET

    Excerpt: "John Mara walked into the Giants’ team dining hall on Wednesday afternoon with a bandage on his forehead. He pointed to it when he saw a couple of reporters and said “You should see what Jerry Jones looks like.”

    That one-liner was the only line any of the Giants offered in response to Jerry Jones’ vow to “beat the New York Giants’ ***.” Beyond that, the Giants’ co-owner had no real comment about his Cowboys counterpart." Read more...


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    HIXON PLAY SUCCESSFUL, BUIT GIANTS' COUGHLIN NOT HAPPY

    Excerpt: "The last play was a great play, although Tom Coughlin would have preferred the player who made it didn’t and that the actual play didn’t happen quite so quickly.

    If this is the worst Coughlin has to worry about it’s going to be a smooth training camp for the Giants.


    Working in the two-minute drill for the first time this summer, the offense got the ball on its own 26-yard line with 1:26 remaining, trailing by two points and two time outs to work with. Eli Manning hit Domenik Hixon for 11 yards and on the very next play, Manning let it fly as Hixon and cornerback Prince Amukamara ran with each other down the left sideline. Amukamara had the desired inside position but it was Hixon who jumped just a bit higher and competed just a bit harder, going up to make a leaping catch before tumbling down to the ground to complete a 45-yard gain." Read more...



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    COUGHLIN FRUSTRATED AFTER GIANTS' FULL-PAD PRACTICE IS CUT SHORT

    Excerpt: "The Giants, for the first time all summer, were decked out in full pads for Wednesday’s practice but they barely got down to some real hitting. Their scheduled two-hour practice was shortened to one hour on the outdoor grass fields before rain and the threat of lightning forced them indoors.

    Tom Coughlin was hoping the storm would pass and his team could resume the outdoor practice but when the storm front stalled, Coughlin has no choice but to ditch his plans. The Giants took off the pads and finished up their abbreviated practice with a walk-through on side-by-side basketball courts.

    Did this frustrate Coughlin?

    “What do you think?’’ he said." Read more...

    GIANTS SET TO SHUFFLE SECONDARY

    Excerpt: "With corner Terrell Thomas partially tearing his ACL, the Giants will have to shuffle their secondary for the second straight season. Prince Amukamara is being challenged by general manager Jerry Reese to “play like a first-rounder,” which he hasn’t done, and safety Antrel Rolle is being asked to play nickel again, which he didn’t want.

    Coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged Thomas’ recovery “is going to take some time.’’ That leaves veteran Corey Webster to man one starting spot, with Amukamara leading a cast of corners — Justin Tryon, Michael Coe and rookie Jayron Hosley — to vie for the other, and Rolle forced to play nickel if no one else steps up." Read more...

    GIANTS, HIXON HOPE THJOMAS RECOVERS FORM LATEST INJURY

    Excerpt: "There is a human face that can be attached to the potentially-devastating repeat knee injury to Terrell Thomas even though he has left training camp, hoping for any shred of encouraging news out in California.

    “I’m devastated for him,’’ receiver Domenik Hixon said yesterday at the University at Albany. “I know how much he was looking forward to coming back. Hopefully he comes back with some good news. It’s just stressful, real stressful.’’

    Hixon doesn’t play the same position as Thomas and, on the field and the depth chart, the possibility that Thomas, a starting cornerback, is done for a second consecutive season has no bearing on him. Yet the bond is real and strong between these two players. Hixon has missed the past two seasons after twice tearing and needing reconstruction on his right anterior cruciate ligament and it was Hixon on Sunday who was working in a one-on-one drill with Thomas when they both slipped and only one of them got up healthy." Read more...

    ELI: GIANTS HAVEN'T DONE ENOUGH TO BE CALLED A DYNASTY

    Excerpt: "Don’t use the ‘D’ word in front of Eli Manning.

    The Giants quarterback was direct in saying that his team is not a dynasty in an interview on NFL AM despite them winning two of the past five Super Bowls.

    “No, no, we’re not,” Manning said on the NFL Network show. “We had a little break — the two years prior to last year we didn’t make the playoffs. We’ve got work to do. We have good players on this team, we have the potential to be a playoff team and to make a run once we get into the playoffs.” Read more...

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    A GIANTS' GOAL: BEOMCE REFINES, BUT NOT TOO FINE

    Excerpt: "
    Jason Pierre-Paul, at his best, creates chaos. Batted passes. Collapsed pockets. Skittish quarterbacks.

    Last season, he became a standout defensive end for the Giants, with 16 ˝ sacks and a consistent ability to cause jaws to drop with his athletic ability and his 81-inch wingspan. His teammate Kenny Phillips has predicted that he will be the league’s defensive player of the year this season, his third." Read more...

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    DOCTORS INFORM GIANTS' BRIAN WITHERSPOON HE WILL BE ABLE TO RETURN TO THE FIELD IN NOVEMBER

    Excerpt: "In late July, New York Giants cornerback Brian Witherspoon, who had suffered a second consecutive torn ACL on the first day of mini-camp, tweeted that he was ahead of schedule and still had hopes of playing this season. On Monday, that optimism was given additional traction when doctors informed him that he should be able to return to the field in November." Read more...

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    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: JOHN MARA JABS JERRY JONES

    Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here is your Thursday morning notebook.

    John Mara laughs off Jerry Jones’ boasting, jokes he wasn’t aware of Cowboys owner’s dig at Giants because of all of the Tim Tebow news - NY Daily News


    "We'll show up (to play the Cowboys)," Mara said. "But that is actually the first time I've heard that comment. I have been so caught up in the (Tim) Tebow coverage that I haven't had time for anything else." Read more...


    TERRELL THOMAS INJURY: GIANTS HOPING FOR GOOD NEWS

    Excerpt: "New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas reportedly visits famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews today in Florida. When a baseball pitcher visits Andrews it usually means bad news. Conversely, there seems to be some optimism that the Giants will get good news from Andrews about Thomas' right knee.
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that "doctors who have examined Thomas so far do not believe he has a torn ACL and are optimistic he may play again this season." [via ESPN New York]." Read more...


    NY GIANTS' TRAINING CAMP: ON DAY 5, TOM COUGHLIN WAS NOT HAPPY

    Excerpt: "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin was not a happy camper when he spoke to reports following Wednesday's abbreviated practice at UAlbany.
    The weather, the suspension of Tyler Sash, and the continued worry about the health and well-being of injured cornerback Terrell Thomas were all quite obviously weighing on the coach when he spoke to reporters." Read more...

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    THE DAY AT TRAINING CAMP: AUGUST 2, 2012

    Excerpt: "I understand that there are questions about any player who had an ACL injury and if they had concerns about re-injuring it. So I get the need to talk to Domenik Hixon, who makes you hold your breath every time he goes down on the ground, or even Travis Beckum, who’s currently recovering from a torn ACL.
    But let’s face it – everyone is different and just because Terrell Thomas re-injured his ACL (supposedly), that doesn’t mean that every guy who had ACL surgery is a candidate for getting re-injured." Read more...


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    CLEARING UP CBA RULES

    Excerpt: "Head coach Tom Coughlin wasn’t the only one who had questions about what the new CBA allows as far as training camp practices go — plenty of people have asked me what the rules are, so I looked it up and I believe I have the answers to some of the questions." Read more

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    CB HOSLEY: I'M LIKE A GREEN BANANA

    Excerpt: "A day after veteran tight end Martellus Bennett likened himself to a black unicorn, rookie cornerback Jayron Hosley offered a unique comparison for himself: a banana.

    “I’m trying to soak it all in. I’m like that green banana trying to stay green and keep learning, you know, I want to get ripe,” said Hosley, a third-round pick out of Virginia Tech “I don’t want to feel like I’m satisfied or complacent.” Read more...

    JACQUIAN WILLIAMS IS BIGGER, NOT SLOWER

    Excerpt: "There have been times in camp when Jacquian Williams literally makes noise in practice.

    Williams twice stuffed rookie David Wilson at the line of scrimmage and hit him hard enough to make noise with his pads hitting the rookie's pads. Even though this is in non-tackling practices, Williams made sure to let the first-round pick know he could have put a licking on the running back.: Read more...

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    SOURCE: TERRELL THOMAS TO SEE DOC

    Excerpt: "Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he still holds out hope his cornerback can play this season but admitted his optimism is somewhat guarded by what he already knows about Thomas' knee.

    "His knee is going to require some time," Coughlin said. "It is not likely tomorrow morning something is going to happen. I'm always going to hope (for the best). I have enough information, though, to counter some of that hope. I will always hold out hope."


    DOCTORS OPTIMISTIC GIANTS' TERRELL THOMAS WILL PLAY AGAIN THIS SEASON

    Excerpt: "New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas is scheduled to meet Tuesday in Pensacola, Fla., with Dr. James Andrews to determine the extent of the damage done to his surgically repaired right knee.

    But doctors who have examined Thomas so far do not believe he has a torn ACL and are optimistic he will play again this season, a source familiar with the situation told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter." Read more...

    GIANTS QUIET AFTER JONES' JAB

    Excerpt: "The New York Giants heard what Jerry Jones said to fans the other day about kicking the Giants' rear ends.

    But they barely wasted their breath talking about it Wednesday. As if they all got the same memo, the team's players refused to engage in a war of words with the Cowboys' owner.

    "Because talk is cheap," defensive end Justin Tuck said. "Play the game." Read more...

    BENNETT: "I'M KIND OF LIKE A BLACK UNICORN"

    Excerpt: " Tight end Martellus Bennett may not have responded to Jerry Jones' boast, but he still delivered some gems.

    Bennett has quickly become the most entertaining quote on the Giants, and here's a sample of why from Wednesday: " Read more...


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    Last edited by RoanokeFan; 08-02-2012, 07:08 PM.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2
    good stuff Ro...
    thanks
    "Measure Twice......Cut Once"
    You couldn't be more full of **** if you were break dancing in a Port-a-Potty.......Kruunch

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    • #3
      Originally posted by GameTime View Post
      good stuff Ro...
      thanks
      You are welcome, my friend. Going to opening day game?
      “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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      • #4
        thanks Roanoke!

        hope the doctors are right about TTs knee and possibly being able to play this season.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by BigBlue1971 View Post
          thanks Roanoke!

          hope the doctors are right about TTs knee and possibly being able to play this season.
          I hope so if only for T2's mental health
          “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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          • #6
            Thanks RF!
            I agree, sadly we don't know if he is or will be the same player. Cautious now or agressive? I think for those players coming back from surgery they need to see Hixon stay healthy. It would be a mental boost all around.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Old Giant View Post
              Thanks RF!
              I agree, sadly we don't know if he is or will be the same player. Cautious now or agressive? I think for those players coming back from surgery they need to see Hixon stay healthy. It would be a mental boost all around.
              Hixon was interviewed and he said ACL tears should be a 2 year rehab but that's just not realistic in the NFL.
              “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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              • #8
                thanks rf....nice reads

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by derekunion28 View Post
                  thanks rf....nice reads
                  It's good to have football happening lol
                  “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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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RoanokeFan View Post
                    Hixon was interviewed and he said ACL tears should be a 2 year rehab but that's just not realistic in the NFL.
                    Maybe it needs to be?? I hate seeing these kids going down.
                    No one remembers who came in second.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks RF, great contact practice from what the reads mentioned. Lets keep on praying for no more mayor injuries the rest of camp.
                      " Success is never final, but failure can be " B.P.

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