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CHAD JONES NOT CLEARED TO PARTICIPATE IN GIANTS' ROOKIE MINI-CAMP
"Chad Jones' goal of being on the field with his teammates in an organized
practice this spring will not be met this weekend.
The former third-round pick, who suffered severe leg injuries in a car
accident two years ago, has not been cleared to participate in Giants rookie
camp, a team spokesman said, confirming a report
by Newsday. Jones would have been eligible to participate in the camp, which
runs Friday through Sunday, because he has zero credited and accrued NFL
Jones has been participating
in offseason workouts with his teammates and has
impressed a few with how well he's been moving. However, he realizes
conditioning is an issue at this point.
The Giants begin organized team activities later this month. They also have a
mandatory, full-team minicamp June 11-13, though Jones may not be cleared by
then either. The next possible action for him would come with the start of
training camp in July."
GIANTS' TOM COUGHLIN, PHIL SIMMS REMEMBER THE LATE STACY ROBINSON
"The memories of the late Stacy Robinson, the former Giants wide receiver who
passed away earlier this week, have begun to pour in.
“He was a class
act who was always a real, real pleasure to be around,” Giants coach Tom
Coughlin, Robinson’s position coach from 1988-90, said in quotes provided by the
team today. “Stacy was just a great guy to coach. Great guy to be with, be
around. He was always positive, always thinking in terms of how he could help
benefit the rest of us, the team.”
According to a
journal posting on Robinson's page on the website CaringBridge.org, the
50-year-old was suffering from multiple melanoma and passed away peacefully on
“We always hear that ‘so and so’ is a nice guy, but it
really was true about Stacy,” former Giants quarterback Phil Simms said. “He
might be one of the few people that I’ve ever met or known that everybody truly
liked. I think that’s just personality. He could get along with everybody, no
matter what the situation. Stacy had a tremendous sense of humor and if you were
going to say something about him, you better get ready, because man it was
coming back fast. He was so quick it was hilarious. He was definitely a match
for a guy like Bill Parcells or anybody that has that really quick wit.”
Simms shared many memories of Robinson, including a 49-yard catch against the
San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football in 1986 that set up the winning
"If we had the rules that we have now, they would have
reviewed it and Stacy’s catch would have been a touchdown," Simms said. "But
they marked it on about the half-foot line. That was a huge catch."
Of course, Simms recalls Robinson's big day in Super Bowl XXI, when he caught
three passes for 62 yards, none bigger than a 36-yard reception in the fourth
"Stacy and I must’ve talked 10 times during the Super Bowl. We
looked at each other and I’d go, 'I know it’s there, Stacy. I’m trying to get it
to you.' I couldn’t get to him," Simms recalled. "Finally, in the fourth quarter
I threw that seam pass down the left sideline and hit him after he and I had
been talking about it for three quarters. So we hit it – I think it’s even on TV
– you see us walk by and give each other a really vigorous hand slap because,
'All right, there, we finally got that one done.' We had talked about it on the
bench, during timeouts and in the huddle. We knew there were certain plays that
I could throw to him where he knew he was going to be wide open, but we just
couldn’t get to him."
Said Coughlin, "Stacy was very smart, logical, he
understood the big picture and he reinforced what you believed in as a coach –
the hard work and the effort. He was always a great team guy who was very
supportive of his teammates. He was a pro. He worked his butt off. You could
always talk to him. Whether he was a starter or a backup or however it worked
out, once he understood, he was very supportive."
Simms said he never recalls Robinson, who most recently served as the NFL
Players Association's director of player development, being in a "down mood,"
which he can't say about anyone.
"We all have mood swings. I’m sure he
had them, but it never showed," Simms said. "He always had that little smile on
his face. It’s funny, he did get a little heavy after his playing career. So
that was the butt of many jokes and it didn’t faze him. Like I said, he had the
ammo ready. Man, he would tear up anybody that started picking on him. I think
that’s how most people remember him and that’s why so many people thought so
highly of him."
Robinson is survived by his wife, Nadine, his sons Stacy,
Myles, and Marquis, his sisters Candace and Kim, his brothers Leighton and
FORMER GIANTS' WR STACY ROBINSON DIES AT 50
"Former Giants wide receiver Stacy Robinson, a member of the franchise's first
two Super Bowl teams, died today. He was 50.
The Giants did not release the cause of death, but Robinson was diagnosed
with cancer in 2009, according to a
family statement posted on the caringbridge.org hospice site. He underwent
chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant and a bone marrow transplant provided by
his son, Stacy, but entered hospice care on May 3.
Robinson spent his six seasons in the NFL on the Giants and was a key cog in
the team's Super Bowl XXI victory against the Denver Broncos when he caught
three passes for a team-high 62 yards.
Drafted in the second round (46th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft out of North
Dakota State -- where he won the 1983 Division II national championship -- he
finished his NFL career with 48 receptions for 749 yards and seven touchdowns.
His most productive season came in his second campaign in 1986 when he caught 29
balls for 494 yards.
He was just 29 when he decided to retired and he went on to become an
influential voice with the NFL Players Association. His last served as the
Director of Player Development, in which he worked on developing programs that
aided players in their preparation for careers post-football.
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Stacy Robinson. He was a good man
who was loved and respected by his teammates and everyone in this organization.
His work on behalf of the Players Association was of great benefit to many
players. He will be missed. His family is in our thoughts and prayers."
According to the
caringbridge.org site, Robinson is survived by his wife, Nadine, and three
sons."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 have already
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.
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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."
GIANTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH "JPP" OF TIGHT ENDS
"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.”