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GIANTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH "JPP" OF TIGHT ENDS
GIANTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FOURTH ROUND PICK ADRIEN ROBINSON
"It used to be most rookie contracts weren't completed until June or July. But
under the new collective bargaining agreement signed last year, these deals are
a lot less complex and thus easier to negotiate.
Case in point: the Giants
agreed to terms on a deal with tight end Adrien Robinson, the first of their two
fourth-round picks, according to someone informed of the progress of
The person requested anonymity because the deal isn't finalized and won't be
official until Robinson arrives for a physical this week. He and the rest of the
draft picks will participate in the team's rookie minicamp, which runs Friday
The person informed of the negotiations said Robinson's contract is for four
years and is slightly less than $2.5 million. Aaron
Wilson of Scout.com pegs it at $2.48 million
with a signing bonus of
Robinson is a player who didn't have a lot of production receiving-wise in
college. He had only 12 receptions last season, though he was a solid blocker
both on the line of scrimmage and in space.
The Giants believe Robinson's athleticism brings with it untapped potential.
In fact, general manager Jerry Reese called Robinson "the
JPP of tight ends,"
referring to the high ceiling Jason Pierre-Paul had when
the team selected him in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
* * * *
On another note, Memphis OL D'Angelo McCray has not signed with the Giants as
an undrafted free agent, as
had been suggested
. He will, however, attend the rookie camp on a tryout
The Giants will officially announce all of their undrafted free agent
signings this week. When they do, we'll let you know."##
The Giants have signed the man Jerry Reese called “The JPP of tight
That would be Adrien Robinson, the team’s fourth-round pick out
of Cincinnati who became the first member of the Giants’ Class of 2012 to agree
to terms on a contract. An NFL source confirmed that he is expected to sign a
four-year contract worth $2.48 million when the Giants’ three-day rookie
mini-camp opens on Friday.
The 6-4, 264-pound Robinson earned high
praise from Reese after the Giants made him the first of their two fourth-round
draft picks (127th
overall) for his raw and relatively untapped
potential – much like Jason Pierre-Paul had when the Giants drafted him in the
first round in 2010.
“We really think this guy has a huge upside,” Reese
said after the draft. “He is a big, big man (with) long arms. He didn’t catch a
lot of balls for them, but he is kind of a late bloomer who has really come
“We think this guy is kind of a JPP of tight ends.We like these
kind of people.We’re excited about him.We think he can really come on and
develop and be a terrific football player for us.”
Robinson could get a
huge opportunity right away since he’ll likely open training camp as the No. 2
tight end on the depth chart behind free-agent acquisition Martellus Bennett.
Two of the Giants’ other tight ends, Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard, are
rehabbing from torn ACLs suffered in Super Bowl XLVI. Both are expected to open
camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Ballard has said he may
miss the entire 2012 season.
Robinson d***led scouts with his workouts
in the run-up to the draft after an unproductive career at Cincinnati. He had
just 12 catches for 183 yards last season, though, and caught only 29 passes in
his career. He wasn’t even invited to the NFL combine.
“He did an
outstanding job in his workouts,” Tom Coughlin said. “Doesn’t have much to show
for his collegiate career. Not many catches. Wasn’t used that much as a
receiver. We think he can develop.”
GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA AGREES WITH KURT WARNER THAT FOOTBALL MAY BE TOO DANGEROUS FOR KIDS
believes there is a "strong chance" he'll end up in a wheelchair thanks to
football, and he doesn't want his son to end up there, too.http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giant
MANNING ENJOYS "SNL" AFTERGLOW
"When Eli Manning arrived at the Giants practice facility yesterday morning, a
few of his teammates told him he looked good in a dress. That wasn’t all.
GIANTS, ROOKIE TIGHT END ADRIEN ROBINSON AGREE TO CONTRACT TERMS
"The New York
Giants and rookie tight end Adrien
Robinson, who was a fourth-round pick (127th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft, have agreed to terms.
A league source tells Aaron Wilson of Scout.com that the contract is pending
a physical, but should be finalized sometime during rookie mini-camp, which
begins this Friday, May 11th. The deal is for four-years and worth $2.48
million. It includes a $385,652 signing bonus.
After being drafted, General Manager Jerry Reese referred to the
inexperienced Robinson as the Jason Pierre-Paul of tight ends.
“We think this guy is kind of a JPP of tight ends," Reese said, later adding:
"He is just a big, gigantic man with long arms. And he is really a good athlete.
This guy is almost 6-5, 270 pounds. He ran 4.57. He has got those freakish
athletic numbers. He hasn’t scratched the surface with respect – like
If he turns out to have any of the success JPP has had, Big Blue got
themselves a hell of a deal."HAKEEM NICKS READY TO MENTOR RUEBEN RANDLE AS HE COMPETES FOR STARTING JOB
"It seems New York
Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw isn’t the only veteran looking to bring a rookie under his wing. In regards to the
early expectations of Rueben
Nicks told ESPN on Monday that "I've been in that situation
before…I'm ready to teach him."
Unlike his tutor, Randle enters the league amidst speculation of his ability
to contribute immediately. Hailing from an LSU program that relied primarily on
its rushing attack, Randle may still have quite the learning curve to navigate
before he can be the dangerous big man the Giants are hoping he’ll become.
Ready or not, Randle will be competing for a starting spot. The Giants plan to utilize Cruz as the slot receiver as often as possible
and this opens up the second outside spot. Randle’s competition consists of Domenik
Barden, and Jerrel
This isn’t Hixon’s first opportunity at a starting job in New York.
During Burress’ first suspension in 2008, Hixon stepped in opposite Toomer and
recorded four receptions for 102 yards and a TD before leaving the game with a
concussion. Hixon would fail to establish himself as a permanent starter in the
2009 training camp and remained either buried on the depth chart or sidelined
with back-to-back ACL tears for the following three seasons.
Barden has failed to produce since his arrival in 2009. Thought to be a
replacement for Burress’ unique body type, the 6’6 Barden found himself as a
healthy scratch through the Super Bowl run last season. He has shown flashes of
potential in the past, but those rays of hope were quickly dashed by injury. If
the 6’3 Randle is able to be an immediate weapon, then Barden’s height and
wingspan become even more expendable.
Jernigan’s spot on this team is safe, as mid-round draft picks are typically
given at least three years to prove themselves. However, he might not be the
outside option that New York is currently looking for. Wielding dangerous
speed, Jernigan has a solid chance at earning the KR/PR duties in ’12. His
opportunities at receiver may still be limited until he can prove that he has
the hands to be a reliable target.
Should Randle fail to instantly compensate for the loss of Mario Manningham,
the Giants will still enjoy the services of two star WRs; a luxury that Nicks
did not have when he was drafted.
Instead, the UNC alum was expected to pull his weight immediately thanks to
the loss of an aging Amani Toomer and a penitentiary bound Plaxico Burress. He
met the challenge by playing in 14 games, recording 47 receptions for 790 yards,
and hauling in six TDs. His explosiveness allowed Eli Manning and the Giants
offense to stretch the field and by season’s end, Nicks had notched 13 plays of
longer than 20 yards and wrestled away Manningham’s starting spot.
Manningham, who was in the second season of his professional career, had just
begun to establish himself as a dangerous NFL receiver. Unlike Nicks, the former Wolverine was
unable to make an impact as a rookie. Ideally for the Giants, his replacement
avoids following in his footsteps.
The crux of Nicks’s advice to his new protégé is to "Just play the game the
same way you've been playing that got you to this point, Be patient with
yourself and don't get down on yourself, you're going to make some mistakes,
that's part of the game, that's part of being a rookie.”
If Randle can shake off the missteps, mimic his mentor, and contribute in
2012 he will have the rare opportunity of a starting job waiting for him."
GIANTS' KEVIN GILBRIDE: VICTOR CRUZ WILL REMAIN SLOT RECEIVER
"While appearing at Southern Connecticut State University alongside wide
receiver Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin
Gilbride fielded a wide range of questions on Monday night. Among them
were inquiries about wideout Victor
Cruz and which role he'll play on offense during the 2012-2013 season.
Ending all the previous speculation, Gilbride said Cruz would remain the slot
“[The slot receiver] was what Cruz was this year. He can play the outside,
but he was much more proficient inside," Gilbride said. “You need that third
guy. Hopefully, if not one of our returning veterans, Randle will be able to
give us what we’re looking for.”
In other words, it will be an open competition between Jerrel
Hixon and Rueben
Randle for the second outside spot. And although it's not necessarily a
scenario that benefits the 5'9'' Jernigan, whom head coach Tom Coughlin once
jokingly referred to as "One Play JJ", Gilbride feels he has the mental tools
required to learn and adapt to the new position.
Gilbride also touched on the offensive line and the potential alignment,
saying David Diehl at right tackle and Kevin Boothe at left guard will likely be
"That would certainly seem to be the most likely way to do it," Gilbride
said. "Those are your five guys starting. If we keep Beatty healthy, he's
already out now. You have five starters but you got to get some guys behind that
come to the forefront in case one of them goes down."
Finally, the offensive coordinator answered some questions on the newly
signed Martellus Bennett, saying the tight end has everything necessary to make
a big impact for Big Blue.
“I think he has the chance to be a very good all-around player; blocker,
receiver, the whole bit,” Gilbride said. “He just hasn’t done it to the
satisfaction of the Dallas people. We look at him and we see as a guy that
physically has the chance to be very good.”
The Giants have done a great job amassing bodies that can fill in at a number
of different positions, and they continued to do that through the 2012 NFL Draft.
Ultimately, one word comes to mind: Dynamic.
So long as the offensive line can stay healthy this season, New York's
offense could very well field more firepower than we've seen of any Giants team
in recent memory."http://www.giants101.com/
BIG BLUE VIEW
OSI UMENYIORA TO THE BALTIMORE RAVENS?
"A report surfaced on Twitter today that the Baltimore Ravens
have offered the New York Giants a
third-round draft pick in exchange for Osi Umenyiora.
We have been seeing
speculation about Umenyiora to the Ravens ever since it was announced a few days
ago that the Ravens would be without Terrell Suggs
for the 2012 season due to a torn Achilles Tendon. Does any of this make any
sense? Would this be something the Giants would actually do?
Let's take a closer look.
From the Giants' perspective
We speculated prior to the 2012 NFL Draft that the Giants might be willing to
deal Umenyiora, and reports at that time indicated the belief that the Giants
would take a third-round draft choice for the supremely talented yet perennially
disgruntled defensive end.
No trade happened during the draft, of course. Were there offers? We will
never really know. If, however, the Giants did not trade Umenyiora for a draft
pick they could have used to stock the 2012 roster why would they trade him for
a draft pick now? That makes no sense to me.
By now, general manager Jerry Reese is used to Umenyiora's whining. In some
fashion it happens every offseason, and it has really just become nothing more
than background noise.
The Giants hold all the cards here. Umenyiora is signed to a contract for
another year. He can certainly complain all he wants, but if he wants to get
paid at all he has no choice but to play out the contract he signed. If he was
going to go all Jeremy
and blow up his relationship with the Giants with verbal grenades he
would have done that by now.
The Giants' best play at this point is to simply ride out the Umenyiora storm
and have No. 72 in uniform -- happily or unhappily -- next fall.
From the Ravens' perspective
Clark Judge of CBS Sports can go on and on all he wants about how Umenyiora
is the obvious pass-rushing choice for the Ravens to target
Suggs replacement. All that does is make me question how much Clark Judge
How does Umenyiora in a Ravens' uniform make any sense at all?
Last time I checked the Ravens play a 3-4 defense. Umenyiora is a classic 4-3
pass-rushing defensive end. He barely acknowledges the existence of the running
game and does an adequate at best job against it when he does try to play the
In the 3-4, defensive ends are generally not premiere pass rushers. They are
really glorified defensive tackles, anchoring against the run and swallowing up
blockers to allow the linebackers behind them to make plays. That is not
How about Osi as a 3-4 outside linebacker? I don't see how that would work,
either. The Giants love to drop linemen into coverage, but Umenyiora is almost
never asked to do that. Justin Tuck
, even Dave
when he was a Giant would do that at times. Umenyiora? Almost
Heading into his ninth year in the league and with troublesome knees standing
up and dropping into coverage is not a skill I can see Umenyiora mastering at
this point in his career.
Maybe there is something here. Maybe the Giants would be better off to just
cut their losses with Umenyiora and move on. Maybe the Ravens would play some
4-3 in passing situations to accommodate Umenyiora's skills. Right now, though,
I am not able to wrap my head around how this move would make any
NY GIANTS' 2009 NFL DRAFT: CBS RE-GRADES THE CLASS
"We have discussed the various drafts of Jerry Reese's tenure as New
York Giants general manager many times. I believe the general consensus at
this point is that the 2009 draft ranks as the worst of Reese's time with the
NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: CASTING A WIDE NET EDITION
CBS Sports is currently re-grading the 2009 draft
s of every NFL team. Here
is how Dana Brugler of CBS views the Giants' drop crop from that year:
1 (29) WR Hakeem Nicks,
North Carolina; 2 (45) LB Clint Sintim,
Virginia; 2 (60) OT William Beatty, Connecticut; 3 (85) WR Ramses
Barden, Cal Poly; 3 (100) TE Travis
Beckum, Wisconsin; 4 (129) RB Andre Brown, NC
State; 5 (151) QB Rhett Bomar,
Sam Houston State; 6 (200) CB DeAndre Wright, New Mexico; 7 (238) CB Stoney
Woodson, South Carolina
THE GOOD: Although four receivers were drafted before him, wide
receiver Hakeem Nicks has been one of the top producers at his position from
this draft class with 202 career catches for 3,034 receiving yards and 24
THE BAD: After a record-breaking collegiate career, wide receiver
Ramses Barden was a third round pick, but has produced only 15 career catches
and zero starts as a three-year pro and is in jeopardy of losing his roster
JURY STILL OUT: Offensive tackle Will Beatty has
had a roller coaster career thus far, missing the final 10 games of the Giants
Super Bowl run because of a detached retina, but is expected to return healthy
I have only a couple of quibbles with this assessment. I think you have to
put Clint Sintim in the 'bad' category. After all, Sintim has more knee injuries
(two) than career sacks (one) and has to be right there with Barden as a guy who
is anything but certain of being a part of the Giants' 2012 53-man
roster.Probably Travis Beckum, too. I am also not sure I agree about Beatty. I
think he is a good player and I don't worry about left tackle when he is on the
field. Certainly, though, since he has not done the job for a full season I see
the argument for saying the jury is still out on him."
Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giants
fans! Not much Giants news to report this morning, so today's notebook is more
of a look around the league.
Manning: I wasn't nervous hosting 'Saturday Night Live' -
According to Manning, though, the cast of the long-running NBC
show was surprised that he wasn't nervous. "I do live every Sunday," he said he
told them. "If I mess up (on stage) I just say, hey, I’m a football player, not
an actor, no big deal. Sundays, I don’t have that excuse."
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THE RED ZONE
ELI MANNING GETS BROTHER REVENGE ON "SNL"
OSI UMENYIORA: "I'LL BE IN A WHEELCHAIR WHEN I'M 45"
"New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora has already provided a
multitude of classic tweets after creating his Twitter account last week, but
the implications from his latest tweet have most scratching their head. Osi has
dealt with his fair share of injuries during his career, there is no doubting
that, but come on man, get real.
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Its an awesome game and
has done a lot for me, but i know when im 45 there is a strong chance il be in a
A wheelchair? How many other former NFL
players do you see rolling around in
wheelchairs only a decade or so after retiring? Not many. I could be making a
dangerous assumption there, but it cannot be that many, if any. Osi’s first
major injury came in 2008 when he tore his ACL in a preseason game and was lost
for the season. He came back in 2009 but was obviously not at full strength. A
hip injury he played through plus that knee slowed him down and he had one of
his worst seasons as a pro.
He came back with a vengeance in 2010, tying the NFL record for sack/fumbles
he shares with former Miami
Jason Taylor. After that season is when you started hearing
Osi tell the media about how much he’s sacrificed his body for the Giants. He
used this as a major argument as to why he deserves a long term contract
This latest tweet reeks of this. He is trying to subtly tell fans how much
he’s given to this team. Give me a break. You’re not the only one to play
through injuries. I love Osi as a player, he’s obviously one of the best pass
rushers in the NFL, but there is a way to go about these contract negotiations.
This ain’t it.
I wish Osi could see the Giants’ side of this. He was obviously due to make
some serious cash before 2008, but when you sustain a serious knee injury like
that, it’s in the team’s best interest to make sure you can play at a high
level. Now that Osi has been playing well for two years (though he missed seven
games in 2011), he deserves to get paid. But by which team is the burning
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; ADRIEN ROBINSON
"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 fourth-round pick
Adrien Robinson. Tomorrow we look at the Giants' other
fourth-round pick Brandon Mosley.
ADRIEN ROBINSON, TE, CINCINNATI
What he brings:
“Robinson could be a steal at this point, due to his combination of
size, soft hands and top-end speed. He still needs development in terms of
technique and as an in-line blocker, but has the tools to develop in those
areas.” -– Scouts Inc.
How he fits: “Everybody
anticipated that the Giants would address this position in the draft because of
two key injuries to veterans to Jake Ballard and Travis
Beckum. Though they brought in Martellus Bennett from
Dallas there is no assurance they will have their guys back from injury in time
for training camp. Robinson has an excellent skill set and a chance to develop,
but he's not there yet. He won't add a lot in the passing game.” –- Scouts Inc.
Ohm’s take: Jerry Reese was downright giddy about
landing Robinson in the fourth round, dubbing the guy the “JPP of tight ends.”
The Giants believe they have a raw and athletic gem ready to be developed by
tight ends guru Mike Pope. With Ballard and Beckum recovering
from torn ACL injuries, Robinson should get a chance to show what he can do in
camp. With Bear Pascoe possibly continuing his multi-role of
blocking tight end and H-back, Christian Hopkins and Robinson
could see Beckum’s snaps in the offense while Beckum rehabs. And if Robinson is
truly the Jason Pierre-Paul of tight ends, he'll display
flashes of his potential this season before making a major impact next season
after he learns and develops in 2012.
Tell us below what you think of
the Robinson pick."
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
NICKS LOOKING FORWARD TO HELPING RANDLE
"Rueben Randle can start preparing for sessions with Professor
"I'm looking forward to helping him with anything, as far as off
the field or on the field," Hakeem Nicks said Monday at an
event at Southern Connecticut State University. "I've been in that situation
before. It's something I know he'll be excited about and eager to learn the
offense and I'm ready to teach him."
The Giants drafted Randle in the
second round and he's expected to come in and produce right away, just like
Nicks did back in 2009. There's an opening on the outside opposite of Nicks, and
Randle is going to have a chance to earn that role. Nicks had 790 yards in his
Nicks' biggest advice to the rookie receiver from LSU is to
not put any pressure on himself as he prepares for his first year. As he tries
to help Randle, Nicks is looking forward to being a leader this season, as he
will be the longest-tenured starting receiver.
"Just play the game the
same way you've been playing that got you to this point," Nicks said. "Be
patient with yourself and don't get down on yourself, you're going to make some
mistakes, that's part of the game, that's part of being a rookie. Everything
isn't going to come right away, but when it does, then you're good."
Randle, registering at 6-2 and 208 pounds, caught 97 passes for 1,634
yards and 13 touchdowns in his time with LSU, and earned comparisons from Giants
general manager Jerry Reese to Nicks. Reese mentioned the two
receivers being similar speed wise and how they play, although Randle has a
little more size to him.
"That's a compliment, even for a young guy to
be compared," said Nicks, who caught 76 passes for 1,192 yards and seven
touchdowns last season. "I'm looking forward to playing with him and being out
on the field with him."
Nicks liked what the Giants were able to
accomplish in the Draft, mentioning the numerous additions to the offense as
well as adding a cornerback in the third round. After the offense shined during
the playoffs, Nicks believes the Giants can carry that strong play into this
"I think we can definitely maintain it throughout the year,"
Nicks said. "It's up to us, the sky's the limit. We just have to continue to
remain humble and keep playing within the team and the system and I think we'll
GILBRIDE HOPING TOP PICKS HELP RIGHT AWAY
"With the departure of Mario Manningham and Brandon
Jacobs this offseason, the Giants have openings at backup running back
and No. 3 receiver.
Offensive coordinator Kevin
Gilbride is hopeful the team's top two draft picks, running back
David Wilson and wide receiver Rueben Randle,
can help fill those voids.
"That's what we drafted them for," Gilbride
said Monday night.
He added: "You got your fingers crossed, you never
know, but they look like they have enough physical skills to come play."
Gilbride, along with receiver Hakeem Nicks, talked
about winning the Super Bowl to an audience at Gilbride's alma mater, Southern
Connecticut State University. Gilbride played for and coached the Owls, and the
pair answered questions from the audience.
The offensive coordinator
specifically said he believes Randle will give the team the outside threat
needed with Nicks and Cruz receiving double teams. As it stands, Nicks will be
the primary receiver on the outside, while Cruz is in the slot.
slot receiver) was what Cruz was this year," Gilbride said about Cruz being the
team's slot guy. "He can play the outside, but he was much more proficient
That leaves a spot on the outside to be filled, be it by Randle
or by a returning player like Ramses Barden or Jerrel
Jernigan. Gilbride said Jernigan, who has slot receiver qualities, is
going to have to learn how to be more of an outside receiver with Cruz having
the slot duties.
"You need that third guy," Gilbride said. "Hopefully,
if not one of our returning veterans, Randle will be able to give us what we're
OFFENSIVE LINE SHIFTING: The other
question mark surrounding the Giants offense is the status of the offensive line
and how the line will reshuffle. With Kareem McKenzie, the
former right tackle, now a free agent, and left tackle Will
Beatty returning from an eye injury, there will once again be some
shuffle among the unit.
Gilbride said the team hasn't made a decision,
but moving Dave Diehl to right tackle and keeping Kevin
Boothe at left guard is the most likely configuration.
would certainly seem to be the most likely way to do it," Gilbride said. "Those
are your five guys starting. If we keep Beatty healthy, he's already out now.
You have five starters but you got to get some guys behind that come to the
forefront in case one of them goes down."
Diehl started last season as
the left guard before moving to left tackle after Beatty went down. Boothe slid
in as the left guard when Diehl shifted about midway through the season.
The offensive coordinator also mentioned drafted tackles Brandon
Mosley and Matt McCants as replacements and depth, and
is hopeful that one of the young players on the offensive line will emerge this
season. He believes that improved play from the offensive line can galvanize a
32nd-ranked rushing attack.
"There were too many changes and injuries
with the guys so we never really meshed," Gilbride said. "We got better as the
season went on and the playoffs we got it going a bit. Right now, to be honest,
we're throwing the ball so well that it opens up opportunities for the running
NEW TIGHT END: The Giants will have a new
starting tight end this year in Martellus Bennett, the former
Cowboys they signed as a free agent. While Bennett didn't put up glowing
statistics as the backup in Dallas, the Giants see a lot of potential.
"I think he has the chance to be a very good all-around player; blocker,
receiver, the whole bit," Gilbride said. "He just hasn't done it to the
satisfaction of the Dallas people. We look at him and we see as a guy that
physically has the chance to be very good."
OSI?: A fan
asked Gilbride about what will happen with defensive end Osi
Umenyiora, and not surprisingly, Gilbride said he does not know. He
said the Giants want him to stay but Umenyiora is not happy with his contract,
and it remains to be seen how it all is resolved.
PRAISE FOR HIS
QB: Gilbride stayed up to watch Eli Manning on
Saturday Night Live and gave his quarterback a passing grade.
it," Gilbride said. "For me to stay up until 1 o'clock, it has to be pretty
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NFL: STUDY SAYS FORMER PLAYERS LIVE LONGER
"The NFL is telling retirees about a medical study that says former players live
longer than men in the general population.
While player safety issues related to brain trauma and
other football-related injuries dominate the headlines, the study by the
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found 334 deceased
men in a sampling of 3,439 former NFL players. Estimates for the general
population anticipated 625 deaths.
Players in the study participated in the NFL for at least
five seasons from 1959 through 1988 and were observed by NIOSH through 2007.
The study is a follow-up to a 1994 report the institute
did at the request of the players' union to "investigate concerns that players
were dying prematurely." The latest findings, which contradict that idea, were
published earlier this year in the American Journal of Cardiology and on NIOSH's
blog. The NFL sent a newsletter from NIOSH about the study's finding to about
3,200 pre-1993 retired players on Tuesday.
The results come as NFL veterans by the hundreds— from
both recent years and decades ago— are suing the league because of long-term
health effects, many with head injuries they sustained playing football. The
league maintains that player safety was and is a major priority.
The latest study found that players had a much lower rate
of cancer-related deaths, with 85 dying from the disease as opposed to a
projected 146 based on estimates from the general population. One reason for
that could be low levels of smoking among athletes, but NIOSH did not attempt to
contact former players about their smoking habits.
Larger players, particularly defensive linemen, had a
higher level of deaths from heart disease, 41 as opposed to an expected 29.
There were 498 defensive linemen studied.
Offensive and defensive linemen, of course, are likely to
have a higher body mass index, a measuring factor for obesity.
Overall, though, the study showed that the risk of
players dying of heart disease was