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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
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."
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
"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…"
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?
NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: SNL AND MORE EIDTION
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
Let's look at the safety position today.
Yes, the Giants drafted Tyler Sash
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
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
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
are O.J. Atogwe (Washington
), Nick Collins
) and Yeremiah Bell
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."
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...
THE RED ZONE
ELI MANNING GETS BROTHER REVENGE ON "SNL"
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
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
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
playing out of the slot. Randle is a deep threat who should effectively
replace Mario Manningham
year's third-round pick, Jerrel
, 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
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
Here's Scouts Inc.'s breakdown of third-round pick
Jayron Hosley. Tomorrow we look at fourth-round pick Adrien
THIRD ROUND: JAYRON HOSLEY, CB, VIRGINIA
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.” –-
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.” –-
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
Hosley also could be the starting punt returner this
PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY
PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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."
DOCUMENT: ANTHONY HARGROVE WAS TOLD TO LIE BY GREGG WILLIAMS, JOE VITT ABOUT BOUNTY PROGRAM
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