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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012 - 1:54 P.M.

    HERE NOW THE NEWS

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




    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    NADA

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

    NY DAILY NEWS

    CHECKING IN WITH TRAVIS BECKUM

    "The Giants may not be banking on having Travis Beckum at the start of the
    2012 season. But there's a pretty good chance that it might happen.


    Beckum was at Sunday's Knicks-Heat game, and he told the Daily News that he's
    still hoping to return by the start of the season.




    "If everything works out, yeah," he said. "I'm just working hard and getting
    it healthy."




    Just two months after surgery, Beckum, who tore his ACL and meniscus in Super
    Bowl XLVI, is already moving around without a brace and feeling next to no pain.
    He had surgery on Feb. 28, then spent three weeks using a passive machine to
    regain his range of motion. He's already progressed to strength exercises, and
    there was no sign of crutches when he showed up at the Garden.




    He said he hasn't run yet, mostly because there's no need to push it this
    early in the offseason.




    There's also no need to rush back to health, and Beckum said that he
    understands that. The Giants acquired veteran tight end Martellus Bennett in
    free agency, and they picked up super-athlete Adrien Robinson in the draft, so
    Beckum knows he doesn't need to rush back.




    "I can take my time and get healthy," he said.




    Beckum said he will be around for the Giants' minicamp this week, but he will
    not take part in any activities."

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



    ELI MANNING WAS COMICAL ON "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE"

    "Five years ago, Giants running back Tiki Barber said Eli Manning was
    “comical.”


    Unfortunately for Manning, Barber was talking about his leadership and his
    public speaking.




    Two Super Bowl titles later, no one is doubting his leadership. And Manning
    certainly wasn’t shy on “Saturday Night Live,” even with occasional raunchy
    subject matter.


    http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html

    GIANTS 101


    GIANTS' ELI MANNING STICKS UP FOR LITTLE BROTHERS ON SNL

    "For New York
    Giants quarterback Eli
    Manning
    , being in the shadow of his older brother Peyton has become the
    norm. His success has been, and will likely continue to be weighted by how he
    performs in comparison with the eldest Manning. Such was the case this past
    Saturday when Easy-E took the stage to host Saturday Night Live.


    Whether or not Eli's performance outranks Peyton's is up for debate, but
    there's no denying that #10 took a hilarious and well-timed shot at his older
    brother.



    "Eli turned in a Pro-Bowl performance. He was superb. But he still should
    stick to day job," Adam Schefter tweeted.




    Manning showed a unique side of himself that you rarely see, but often hear about. And while his timing may have been off in a
    few cases, we at Giants 101 found him quite funny. Considering the writing on
    SNL has gone downhill considerably, Eli really held his own – and in some cases,
    like the trial skit, stole the show.





    "Peyton was funnier, but the variety of Eli's skits must rank in the all-time
    annals of SNL history," Peter King of SI tweeted.




    Now that the laughing is done, it's time to get back to football…"

    http://www.giants101.com/


    BIG BLUE VIEW

    NY GIANTS' 2012 NFL FREE AGENCY: COULD SAFETY STILL BE A TARGET?

    "The NFL Draft has come and gone. The 'sexy' part of NFL Free Agency has come
    and gone, with the available star players having found homes. What is left to
    do, except wait for training camp?



    Well, New York Giants
    general manager Jerry Reese famously says that he uses the draft to find the
    best value and tries to use free agency to fill holes. There are a couple of
    holes Reese could still try to fill free agency -- either now or later in the
    summer when NFL teams release some of their veteran players prior to the opening
    of training camps. The ones that jump out at me are safety and defensive
    tackle.




    Let's look at the safety position today.





    Yes, the Giants drafted Tyler Sash in
    the sixth round a season ago and signed Chris Horton
    as a free agent, yet 'comfortable' is not the word that comes to mind when I
    think of any of the players who could potentially back up Kenny
    Phillips
    and Antrel Rolle. So, I think the Giants could be on the lookout
    for an upgrade here.




    I gave it away way the front-page photo, but the name that jumps out at me among
    available safeties
    is Jim Leonhard,
    formerly of the New York Jets.
    Unfortunately, it seems like Leonhard is not likely to be available for the
    start of the 2012 season, so pursuing him would be pointless.




    Some of the other notable names on the list from
    Walter Football
    are O.J. Atogwe (Washington
    Redskins
    ), Nick Collins
    (Green Bay
    Packers
    ), Melvin
    Bullitt
    (Indianapolis
    Colts
    ) and Yeremiah Bell
    (Miami Dolphins).




    Anyone on this list appeal to you at all? The Giants, of course, could wait
    until later this summer and see who else shakes free. Looking at these names,
    that might not be a bad idea."

    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: SNL AND MORE EIDTION

    Excerpt: "Good morning fellow Giants fans. Eli's SNL performance is in the books, as
    the NFL draft was the week before, and next we look forward to rookie mini-camps
    and more team workouts later this month. It's all part of the whole "there is
    not offseason" that is today's NFL. Also in today's NFL, an ominously recurring
    theme lately has been the post-concussion syndrome reality check theme, and the
    fact that with each passing day, we are starting to realize we really may have a
    problem here with this game we all love. Hopefully all can be resolved in a way
    that we can still enjoy the games, and the player safety is something that is
    continually refined as much as possible to make that happen. But it's Monday,
    and I really didn't want to start the week off on a down note, so let's have a
    look at all of the Giants-related news (much of it about Eli's SNL performance)
    this morning..." Read more...


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



    INSIDE FOOTBALL


    http://www.insidefootball.com/



    THE RED ZONE

    ELI MANNING GETS BROTHER REVENGE ON "SNL"

    http://www.theredzone.org/

    GIANTS GAB




    http://www.giantsgab.com/



    GMEN HQ



    http://gmenhq.com/



    YARDBARKER



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

    SPORTING NEWS

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

    NYG REPORTER



    http://nygreporter.com/



    NFL.COM


    DRAFT FALLOUT: DO THE GIANTS HAVE BEST SKILL LAYERS IN NFL?

    "253 draft picks transformed the NFL in a matter of days. Around the League
    will examine the aftershocks by asking one post-draft burning question for all
    32 teams. The AFC is done; let's kickstart the NFC with the defending
    champions.





    With David Wilson and Rueben Randle, do the
    Giants have the best skill position talent in the NFL?






    When the New York Giants won their first
    Super Bowl under Tom Coughlin, they were known for the offensive line and their
    defensive line. The pass rush remains fearsome, but the identity of this team
    has changed. Eli Manning has become one
    of the best quarterbacks in football, in part because he's surrounded by
    incredible skill position talent.




    Giants general manager Jerry Reese is known for drafting talent over need,
    but he combined the two with No. 32 overall selection running back David Wilson
    from Virginia Tech. Wilson should be a serious upgrade over Brandon Jacobs, who was
    in decline and couldn't help on passing downs. Wilson is a dynamic, three-down player just like Ahmad Bradshaw. His
    addition will give Tom Coughlin options.




    LSU wideout Rueben Randle was taken late in the second round, but we wouldn't be surprised
    if he played starter snaps sooner than later. Imagine: Hakeem Nicks on one side,
    Randle on the other, and Victor
    Cruz
    playing out of the slot. Randle is a deep threat who should effectively
    replace Mario Manningham. Last
    year's third-round pick, Jerrel
    Jernigan
    , will be fighting for snaps.




    The Giants don't need their two rookies to be stars right away. They have
    plenty. They just need Wilson and Randle to fit in as contributors to what might
    be the deepest group of explosive skill position talent in football. Coughlin
    and Manning have a lot of toys to play with this year, and they can all take it
    the distance."



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    YAHOOSPORTS

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl


    FOX SPORTS



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


    NBCSPORTS



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



    CBSSPORTS



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



    SI.COM





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





    ESPN.COM

    ROOKIE CAMP PREVIEW_ JAYRON HOSLEY

    "With rookie camp set to begin this weekend, we're taking a look at Scouts Inc.'s
    breakdown of each New York Giants' draft pick leading up to Friday's camp. I'll
    give you my own first-impression analysis of the guys when I see them up close
    this weekend.

    Here's Scouts Inc.'s breakdown of third-round pick
    Jayron Hosley
    . Tomorrow we look at fourth-round pick Adrien
    Robinson
    .

    THIRD ROUND: JAYRON HOSLEY, CB, VIRGINIA
    TECH


    What he brings: “Hosley's an instinctive
    corner that displays good, short-area quickness, and top-notch ball skills. He
    needs to get stronger in jump-ball situations and improve as a tackler.” –-
    Scouts Inc.

    How he fits: “There are a lot of question
    marks at the corner position in this defense, although if everybody is healthy,
    and they play up to expectations, they're not that bad. They want to play a lot
    of man-to-man coverages on the backend and Hosley could contribute immediately
    versus multi-receiver packages as he has good instincts and ball skills.” –-
    Scouts Inc.

    Ohm’s take: If he is indeed as tough and
    physical as Jerry Reese says he is and is able to learn
    Perry Fewell’s defense well enough, Hosley could potentially be
    a nickel back. We don't know if Terrell Thomas, Bruce Johnson, Brian
    Witherspoon, Michael Coe
    and Justin Tryon will return
    to their old form this season after suffering season-ending injuries last year.
    Prince Amukamara also needed an injection in his foot which was
    broken last year. If all goes according to plan, Corey Webster,
    Thomas and Amukamara will be the top three corners with Hosley challenging for
    the fourth or fifth spot with a crowded unit that also includes Antwaun
    Molden
    .

    Hosley also could be the starting punt returner this
    season."



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    FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS




    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/


    PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY

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


    PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS


    http://www.profootballfocus.com/

    MISCELLANEOUS

    VERY LITTLE BUZZ ABOUT PLAXICO BURRESS

    "We’re in that weird down part of the N.F.L. calendar. The draft hype and the
    knee-jerking of post-draft analysis have faded away. The Saints bounty scandal –
    which has been a gift from the heavens for off-season N.F.L. writers – has run
    out of thunderous news breaks.


    Rookie minicamps recently got under way. But let’s face it, if you find
    yourself consumed by those, it may be time to re-evaluate your life. This
    weekend’s biggest rookie minicamp news: Mike Shanahan says Robert Griffin III is
    Washington’s starting quarterback this season. Shanahan might as well have
    announced that the 2012 Redskins will also be punting on every fourth-and-25
    situation they encounter in the first quarter of games.




    Really, in early May, sometimes the only remotely interesting news pertains
    to who’s actually not making news. In other words, since nothing is
    going on right now, maybe this is a good time to ask if anyone has heard from
    Plaxico Burress.




    You may not have noticed, but the once-talked-about, once-polarizing red-zone
    receiver extraordinaire is still unsigned. It’s actually remarkable that this is
    the case. Randy Moss was quickly snatched up by the 49ers and drew interest from
    other teams upon announcing that he was returning to the N.F.L. after a one-year
    layoff. Moss has certainly had a better career than Burress, but he wasn’t
    better in 2010 than Burress was in 2011. So why did Moss draw more
    interest on the open market?




    Burress’s first post-incarceration campaign as a Jet last season was not a
    raving success, but it was by no means an epic failure. The 34-year-old caught
    45 passes, eight for touchdowns; his numbers would have been better if Mark
    Sanchez’s play had been at least close to average. Burress did look rusty at
    times, mainly in route running and with other nuances. But he was effective in
    the red zone (which is primarily what the Jets signed him for), and he got
    quicker as the season progressed.




    The point here isn’t necessarily to make a case for some team to sign
    Burress. All 32 teams are fully aware that a 6-foot-5 possession target is
    available; their indifference isn’t one giant collective oversight. Clearly,
    there’s something about Burress that’s scaring clubs away.




    Perhaps we’re just learning now that the only team that wasn’t actually leery
    of the Burress drama last year was the Jets. Or perhaps Burress wants too much
    money. Or maybe there’s an off-field issue — no need to speculate (that’s what
    message boards are for), but there has to be something. Burress is by
    no means great, but he isn’t washed up. The film never revealed him to be awful
    last season, and now that he’s had some time out of prison, it’s not unrealistic
    to think he could be even better in 2012. He’s certainly worth signing to a
    one-year contract.




    More interesting than the utter indifference toward Burress is everyone
    else’s indifference about the indifference. Burress’s name rarely flashes across
    Twitter. No fans are floating the idea of their team signing him. When free
    agency first started, there were whispers about Burress joining the Eagles or
    returning to the Steelers, but those whispers quickly died. Burress wouldn’t be
    more than a No. 4 or No. 5 receiver for either of those teams.




    But Burress could contribute on a lesser team. Jacksonville, for example.
    Buffalo needs receiving depth. Miami needs a replacement for Brandon Marshall.
    Baltimore (not a “lesser team”) is surprisingly thin outside – especially
    considering last year’s fourth-round pick, Tandon Doss, caught zero pass in the
    six games in which he was active. Cincinnati needs receiving help. So does
    Minnesota and Carolina.




    Of course, as mentioned earlier, if those teams needed Burress, they’d be
    pursuing him. So maybe he is washed up. Who knows? It’s May, nothing’s
    going on….if Burress can’t generate any attention right now, maybe he never
    will."


    HARGROVE: SAINTS TOLD ME TO "PLAY DUMB"



    "Former Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargove describes in a sworn statement
    how he was told by ex-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and current New
    Orleans assistant head coach Joe Vitt to deny the existence of a bounty program
    to NFL investigators.

    In a document obtained Monday by The Associated Press,
    Hargrove acknowledges that he acted on Williams' and Vitt's instructions to
    "play dumb" if asked whether he was aware of bounties being placed on former
    Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre or any other player.



    The declaration does not go into specifics, however,
    about just what Hargrove knew or did not know about the bounty program in New
    Orleans, and for that reason it has become a point of contention between the NFL
    and the NFL Players Association.



    From the union's perspective, Hargrove's statement does
    not say that he lied to anyone, nor does it state that he or any other Saints
    participated in a bounty program that offered cash bonuses for hits that injured
    targeted opponents.



    The NFL, by contrast, has said that Hargrove's words
    acknowledge the existence of a bounty program and show that Hargrove initially
    lied to NFL investigators about it.



    In describing Hargrove's declaration last week, Mary Jo
    White, a former U.S. attorney hired by the NFL to review its investigation, said
    the player, "acknowledges the nature of the program and his participation in it,
    and, which is really the thrust of the declaration, that he was told to lie
    about it, and he did when he was asked about it in 2010 by the NFL
    investigators."



    Hargrove, currently with Green Bay, was one of four
    players who received suspensions of various lengths in connection with the
    bounty probe. Hargrove was suspended eight games, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma for
    the entire season, Saints defensive end Will Smith for four
    games and Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita for three
    games.



    Vilma's attorney, Peter Ginsberg called the NFL's
    characterization of Hargrove's statement "misleading."



    "All we know from the declaration is that a couple of
    coaches were in trouble and hoped for support from him," Ginsberg said.
    "Anthony's declaration in no way supports that he lied, that a bounty system
    existed or that players participated in any kind of inappropriate program. It's
    a shame that the NFL needed to have mischaracterized that declaration in order
    to justify these punishments. It's just another reason to conclude that the NFL
    has no evidence to justify what it has done to the players."



    The NFL has said the Saints' bounty program was run by
    Williams from 2009 through 2011. Williams has been suspended indefinitely by the
    league and has apologized for his actions.



    All four players are appealing. The NFLPA also has filed
    grievances with the NFL, arguing that Commissioner Roger Goodell lacked the
    authority to punish players for off-the-field matters that predated last
    August's new collective bargaining agreement, and that Goodell should not hear
    the appeals of the players' suspensions in the bounty matter.



    No other players are mentioned in Hargrove's sworn
    statement, which also does not contain any description of payments being
    pledged, made, or received.



    In his declaration, first published Monday by Yahoo
    Sports, Hargrove describes how he was called into a late February 2010 meeting
    with Williams and Vitt. The coaches said they had heard Hargrove might have told
    Minnesota Vikings player Jimmy Kennedy - a friend and former teammate in St.
    Louis - that there had been a bounty on Favre in the NFL title game near the end
    of the 2009 season.



    The statement then describes Williams saying, in
    obscenity-laced terms, that league officials, "have been trying to get me for
    years," and "if we all stay on the same page, this will blow over."



    It also describes Vitt reminding Hargrove that he
    brought him into the league with St. Louis and later brought him to the Saints -
    a second chance Hargrove had sought in the NFL after being suspended for drug
    abuse.



    Hargrove's statement says that in March 2010 he met with
    NFL investigators, who asked him a range of questions about a bounty program in
    New Orleans, and that he denied knowledge of any of it, in line with the "clear
    directions" he had received from Williams and Vitt."


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    DOCUMENT: ANTHONY HARGROVE WAS TOLD TO LIE BY GREGG WILLIAMS, JOE VITT ABOUT BOUNTY PROGRAM

    KURT WARNER RESPONDS TO CRITICS: I LOVE FOOTBALL, BUT NOT THE VIOLENCE

    TEBOW WILL PLAY SPECIAL TEAMS ROLE ON JETS NEXT SEASON

    REDSKINS SAY RGIII ALREADY THE STARTING QUARTERBACK

    JETS SIGN MATT SIMMS AFTER TRYOUT
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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012 - 1:54 P.M.

    TY. Interesting that RGIII already has the QB slot assigned to him.

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012 - 1:54 P.M.

    thanks much Roanoke!

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012 - 1:54 P.M.

    [quote user="ashleymarie"]TY. Interesting that RGIII already has the QB slot assigned to him.[/quote]

    It just goes to show how fleeting a starting position can be.
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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012 - 1:54 P.M.

    [quote user="BigBlue1971"]thanks much Roanoke![/quote]

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