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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012 - 4:04 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

    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
    seasons.




    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
    Tuesday evening.

    “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
    touchdown.

    "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
    quarter.

    "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
    Ramonn."


    ##

    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
    negotiations.




    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
    through Sunday.




    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
    $385,652.




    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
    basis.




    The Giants will officially announce all of their undrafted free agent
    signings this week. When they do, we'll let you know."


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

    NY DAILY NEWS

    GIANTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH "JPP" OF TIGHT ENDS

    "The Giants have signed the man Jerry Reese called “The JPP of tight
    ends”.


    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
    on.

    “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.”

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


    NY POST

    FORMER GIANTS' QB PHIL SIMMS SAYS ROBINSON WAS ALWAYS HAPPY

    "His coach and quarterback recalled Stacy Robinson as a team-first player with
    a perpetually upbeat disposition who could flash a quick wit as part of Giants
    teams that won the first two Super Bowls in franchise history. Robinson, 50, passed away Tuesday after a battle with cancer.



    “We always hear that ‘so and so’ is a nice guy, but it really was true about
    Stacy,” said Phil Simms, the Giants’ quarterback during Robinson’s six years
    with the team, in comments posted on Giants.com. “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.”




    Robinson played for the Giants from 1985-90. He caught 48 passes in 43
    regular-season games for 749 yards and seven touchdowns. He made a mark after
    his playing days, working for the NFL Players Association. He oversaw steroids
    and drug policy issues; most recently he was the union’s director of player
    development.




    Tom Coughlin, Robinson’s position coach from 1988-90, said “He was a class
    act who was always a real, real pleasure to be around. 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.”




    Robinson in 2009 was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, cancer of the plasma
    calls in the bone marrow, according to a family statement posted on
    CaringBridge.org, a hospice website.




    In the Super Bowl XXI victory over the Broncos, Robinson led the Giants with
    62 receiving yards, making three catches.




    “He had a couple of big catches in the Super Bowl – and he could’ve had many
    more,” Simms said. “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. 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, ‘Alright.
    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.”




    Robinson retired after the Giants beat the Bills in Super Bowl XXV.




    “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,”
    Coughlin said. “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 “My gosh, I don’t remember him being in a down mood - I swear,
    never. I don’t know if I can say that about anybody. We all have mood swings.
    I’m sure he had them, but it never showed. 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 Ramonn."




    ##


    GIANTS' ELI MANNING STRESSES CONCUSSION PROTOCOL

    "Eli Manning has never been diagnosed with a concussion, but amid the swirl of
    discussion and controversy regarding head trauma around the NFL, the Giants
    quarterback admits “It’s a scary deal.’’



    On the night of Aug. 16, 2010, the sight of Manning bleeding profusely from a
    3-inch gash on his forehead and looking dazed as he jogged off the field during
    a preseason game against the Jets was a troubling image for the Giants and their
    fans. Manning’s wound was caused when he was slammed in the head after his
    helmet had come loose and off during a hit from behind by Jets linebacker Calvin
    Pace.

    Manning needed stitches to close the laceration but was not diagnosed as
    having a concussion.



    “I’ve been fortunate where I haven’t had any,’’ Manning said Monday night,
    promoting a charity golf tournament for the Guiding Eyes For The Blind. “You
    try, obviously, to be in the best helmet and have air and you take precautions
    that way, but once you’re on the field I think the best thing you can do is just
    play your hardest and hope you don’t take a big hit.




    “But if you do, be smart about it and tell the trainers and make sure you’re
    doing everything you can to try to prevent any damage down the road.’’




    Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner made headlines recently by stating he
    would not want his sons to play NFL football, fearing for their quality of life
    because of possible head trauma in the wake of the Saints bounty scandal and the
    recent suicide of Junior Seau.




    Amani Toomer, Warner’s teammate with the Giants in 2004, responded by ripping
    Warner, saying the former QB “should keep his opinions to himself’’ and adding,
    “For him trying to trash the game, it seems to me it’s just a little
    disingenuous.’’




    Osi Umenyiora, a newcomer to Twitter, yesterday wrote “Love Toomer that’s my
    Guy but he is dead wrong for attacking Kurt like that.’’




    Umenyiora went on to write football is “an awesome game and has done a lot
    for me’’ but added, “there is a strong chance [I’ll] be in a wheelchair’’ when
    he’s 45 years old. Umenyiora said, “If I can avoid that for my son I will but if
    he wants to play I won’t stop him.’’




    Umenyiora, who has experienced hip, knee and ankle issues in his career,
    later in the day on ESPN said the wheelchair quote was “obviously an
    exaggeration on my part, at least I hope so.’’

    http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants




    MARKUS KUHN ANXIOUS TO COMPETE FOR A SPOT ON CROWDED GIANTS' DEPTH CHART

    "New York
    Giants
    rookie defensive tackle Markus
    Kuhn
    has quite the challenge ahead of him. Selected late in the seventh
    round, the NC State alum will compete for a spot on arguably the best defensive
    line in football.
    He will do so without the security afforded to early and mid-round picks that
    are all but guaranteed a roster spot in their first year.


    To complicate things for Kuhn, there may be no room at the metaphorical inn.
    In the hours leading up to the draft, the Giants acquired a replacement for
    Rocky Bernard when they signed veteran DT Shaun
    Rogers
    . Though both Kuhn and Rogers are listed at 6’4, the latter weighs in
    at 350 lbs; a full 51 lbs heavier than the incoming rookie.




    With Chris Canty and Linval Joseph retaining their starting roles and Rogers
    penciled in as the first reserve, Marvin
    Austin
    claims the fourth slot on the depth chart before Kuhn even enters the
    picture.




    The Giants thought that they were stealing another first round pick in 2011
    when they drafted Austin in the second round. Once one of the most dominant DTs
    in college football,
    the former UNC star missed his final collegiate season due to suspension. After
    his draft stock plummeted out of the opening round, his NFL stock took a
    hit when he needed to be placed on IR after only his second preseason game.




    Still, the Giants are hopeful that Austin can develop into a formidable DT
    despite being away from the game for the better part of two full seasons.





    Though he understands the reality of the crowded depth chart, Kuhn isn’t
    phased. On Monday, he told The
    Wolfpacker
    ,
    "I don't really set myself too many long-term goals, I
    always say if you work hard, good things are going to happen. As of right now,
    the next goal is to get there, be good in rookie minicamp and work hard during
    the strength and conditioning. Hopefully, I'll get a chance and make the 53-man
    roster."




    Kuhn also admitted that though he is officially listed as a DT on the depth
    chart, his role with the Giants is still unclear. While this week’s rookie
    mini-camp will likely shed some light on the team’s plans, Kuhn’s experience at
    DE will help him survive past final cuts.




    His best numbers came during his senior season. In 2011 he notched 50
    tackles, including 4.5 sacks as a DT. His career began, however, as both a DE
    and an OLB.




    The Giants tend to only carry four true DTs on the final roster, due to the
    high rate at which they rotate their outside pass rushers to the interior. With
    the loss of reliable reserve Dave Tollefson, New York will be looking for capable pass rusher that can
    bring pressure from both the inside and out.




    That person could very well be Kuhn. If he can impress as an end rusher, his
    competition shifts from the bulkier Dwayne
    Hendricks
    to the undersized Justin
    Trattou
    .




    Both Trattou and Hendricks spent time on the active roster in 2011 but
    Trattou currently enjoys a better chance of making 2012’s. Far too small to be
    an interior rusher, Trattou is now the fourth DE on the depth chart. Hendricks
    is far too large to play DE and even if he beats out Kuhn, it is unlikely there
    will be a spot for a fifthDT without one of the top four suffering a
    significant injury.




    Kuhn’s best bet to avoid the practice squad or unemployment is to prove
    himself as a utility D-Lineman that can immediately serve as a reliable reserve
    wherever he is needed. If he can do that, he’ll find himself in a fairly even
    battle with an incumbent Trattou."



    ##

    GIANTS REVEAL JERSEY NUMBERS FOR DRAFTEES ATTENDING MINI-CAMP

    "With rookie mini-camp only a few short days away, the New York
    Giants revealed on Wednesday the jersey numbers their draftees will be wearing
    come Friday morning. However, all fans should be advised not to immediately have
    custom jerseys made with the numbers recently issued as all are subject to
    change.


    The distribution of numbers went as follows:


      [*]RB David Wilson will wear #34[*]WR Rueben Randle will wear #82[*]CB Jayron Hosley will wear #36[*]TE Adrien Robinson will wear #81[*]OL Brandon Mosley will wear #67[*]OL Matt McCants will wear #71[*]DT Markus Kuhn will wear #78[/list]

      Perhaps not relevant, it is nonetheless interesting to see Deon Grant's #34,
      Kareem McKenzie's #67 and Mario Manningham's #82 on other players. Stranger yet
      is seeing Amani Toomer's #81 on a young, inexperienced, but potentially talented
      tight end.




      Albany QB Dan Di Lella not invited to Giants' rookie
      mini-camp




      On an unrelated note, the agent of Albany QB Dan Di Lella has informed Giants
      101 that his client was not extended an invite/tryout to rookie mini-camp. The
      Giants hosted Di Lella for a workout and had thoroughly scouted him prior to the
      2012 NFL Draft.




      As it stands, Ryan Perrilloux will act as the quarterback at rookie
      mini-camp.


      ##

      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
      JPP."




      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
      Randle
      , Hakeem
      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
      Hixon
      , Ramses
      Barden
      , and Jerrel
      Jernigan
      .




      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."

      http://www.giants101.com/


      BIG BLUE VIEW

      GIANTS' 2012 FREE AGENCY: IS DT STILL A NEED?

      "Earlier this week we talked about the New York Giants
      possibly still targeting the safety position for potential upgrades via free
      agency. Another position I believe might be worthy of attention is defensive
      tackle, so let's take a look at who might still be available on the free-agent
      market.



      Before we get into who is available, though, let's take a quick look at why
      the position might need attention.





      The Giants return both starters from last season, Chris Canty and
      Linval
      Joseph
      . Both are quality players, but Canty is recuperating from offseason
      knee surgery, so insurance would be nice. Last season the Giants had veterans Rocky Bernard
      and Jimmy Kennedy,
      and even rotated Dave
      Tollefson
      in at tackle on some occasions. Tollefson is gone, and it seems
      unlikely Bernard or Kennedy will be brought back.




      The Giants did sign Shaun Rogers,
      the 340-pound three-time Pro Bowler. Rogers, though, has not been more than a
      bit player for the past couple of seasons and his best football is well behind
      him. The also drafted Markus Kuhn
      from North Carolina State in the seventh round.




      The only other recognizable defensive tackle on the Giants' roster is Marvin
      Austin
      , the 2011 second-round pick. The Giants have admitted concern about
      Austin, though, since he missed all of last season with a torn pectoral muscle
      and has not played football in two years. Remember, Austin did not play his
      final season at North Carolina after being dismissed from the team for receiving
      improper benefits.




      So, are there any defensive tackles worth considering still available on the
      free-agent market?




      The full list of available players can be found
      at Walter Football
      . There are only a couple of players I found on the list I
      thought were worth consideration. Here they are:




      Marcus Thomas, Denver Broncos -- A
      26-year-old four-year veteran. A 6-foot-3, 314-pound player who has only one
      sack in four seasons, but comes with a reputation as being a solid run defender.
      In 2011, Pro Football Focus graded Thomas +9.7 against the run, 10th-best in the
      NFL among defensive tackles.




      Fred Robbins,
      St. Louis Rams -- The
      35-year-old former Giant is still around, and still playing much better football
      than the Giants thought he could when they let him go before the 2010 season. He
      was +9.0 overall last season, according to PFF, including +11.1 against the run.
      He doesn't get to the quarterback like he once could, but is still a useful
      player.




      Oh, and Albert
      Haynesworth
      is available, too. But, I think we know that isn't
      happening.




      Thoughts? Am I right that the Giants could use more depth and competition at
      the tackle spot?"



      ##

      NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: HUMP DAY HODGEPOGE EDITION

      Excerpt: "Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's Hump Day, and you know what that means,
      right? Calendar time! There are 17 weeks until the start of the 2012 NFL regular
      season, Giants vs. Cowboys on Wednesday
      night, September 5. And since we're all about perspective on Hump Day, 17 weeks
      ago the Giants had beaten the Atlanta Falcons in
      the wild card round and were preparing to upset the Packers on
      divisional round Sunday. It's interesting to look at it that way, isn't it?
      Anyway, the Giants had their first workout of the off-season with coaches
      present on Tuesday, and this Friday rookie mini-camp begins. And of course,
      there is Osi and the will-he or won't he stay saga. Let's see what is happening,
      shall we?


      Giants
      rookie camp is this weekend - NFC East Blog - ESPN

      Now, the Giants
      don't generally rush their rookies, but the fact of what Youngmisuk says is
      there will be opportunities for someone like Hosley to contribute. Other than Corey Webster,
      the cornerbacks on the Giants' roster all seem to be coming off of serious 2011
      injuries. And Prince Amukamara, whose training-camp injury healed enough to
      allow him to play late last season, isn't all that far ahead of Hosley in terms
      of his experience in the Giants' program." Read more...

      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
      Shockey
      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 as a
      Suggs replacement. All that does is make me question how much Clark Judge
      actually knows.




      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
      run.




      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
      Umenyiora.




      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, Jason
      Pierre-Paul
      , Mathias
      Kiwanuka
      , even Dave
      Tollefson
      when he was a Giant would do that at times. Umenyiora? Almost
      never.




      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.




      Conclusion




      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
      sense."

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      MISCELLANEOUS

      JACOB BELL RETIRES; CALLS JUNIOR SEAU'S DEATH THE "CHERRY ON TOP" THAT CONVINCED HIM

      "A couple of days ago, I wondered if Junior Seau's suicide would force NFL
      players to confront an uncomfortable question that would leave them
      asking how much their current occupation could adversely shape their
      futures.

      Since Seau's death, it seems to me, players are beginning to
      openly ask what life will be like after they retire. Like, for instance, when
      Giants defensive end Osi
      Umenyiora
      wonders whether he'll be wheelchair-bound by the time he's 45 -- though this idea
      was contrasted by LaVar Arrington, who decried the so-called sissification of the game.

      Either way, it's clear that
      Seau's death has affected current players, probably moreso than any other recent
      retiree's death. In one case, Seau's actions have led a current player to step
      away from the game for good.

      That's Jacob Bell, who started 100
      of 109 games from 2004-11 for the Titans and Rams and who tells the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he's retiring in part
      because he's worried about his future self.

      Simply put, he's concerned
      about head trauma and its future implications. And Seau's suicide was the
      “cherry on top” that convinced Bell to end his career.

      “The reality is
      that for me it came down to risk and reward,” he told the paper. “I think you've
      always got to weigh that out. At some point, you've got to kind of figure out
      what you're in the game for.

      "One of my biggest concerns when it comes to
      the game in general is my personal health. One thing that's obviously on the
      minds of a lot of people lately is brain research and all the stuff that's going
      on with that. One of the big things that I thought about when I was considering
      this is how much do I love the game? How much can they pay me to take away my
      health and my future and being able to be with my family and just have a healthy
      lifestyle?”

      Bell signed with the Bengals a month ago, and on
      Wednesday afternoon, Cincinnati placed him on the reserve/retired list. Bell
      doesn't know how many concussions he has suffered. If the definition of the
      brain injury is “seeing stars,” he figures he was suffering a minimum of 30 per
      season.

      Which is long way off the estimate of former NFL linebacker Gary
      Plummer, who believes Seau suffered a minimum of five concussions per game. But
      it's a scary figure nonetheless.

      Even taking away the death of Seau,
      Bell couldn't help but ponder the effects of football on his family and about
      unknown diseases that could occur because of repeated head trauma. The fact
      deceased players have donated their brains for research gave him pause. And he
      decided it was better to turn off the game rather than risk giving himself an
      uncertain future.

      "It's just crazy to see how someone like Junior Seau
      took his own life over -- God knows what he was really struggling and dealing
      with,” Bell said. “But you have to believe it came from the game of football. I
      want to get out before the game makes me get out, where I can get out on my own
      terms, and I can limit the amount of stress and negative impact that the game
      would leave on me."




      BAN COLLEGE FOOTBALL? BREAKING DOWN A DEBATE

      ##

      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 lower than the general population, with 126
      deaths while the anticipated number was 186.


      The report made several recommendations to former
      football players about maintaining a healthier lifestyle.


      "Though football-related injuries may make it hard to
      exercise regularly," the report said, "it is important that players continue to
      be active or maintain a healthy weight. It is also important to not smoke, eat
      right and treat medical conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes."


      NIOSH also is studying neurological causes of death among
      the NFL players, including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's and ALS (Lou
      Gehrig's disease)."

      ON CONCUSSIONS, PLAYERS AND FANS CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS

      "The death of linebacker Junior Seau has triggered a flurry of comments and
      articles regarding the future of football. Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner
      has said that he would prefer that his sons not play football
      (before later that same day saying he would “love” for them to play). ESPN, a
      network that pays billions of dollars for the right to televise football games,
      is showcasing on the NFL home page of its website a column that makes the case
      for not letting our sons play football. One of
      the men who currently plays the game, Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, believes football will be extinct in 20 to 30 years.


      But here’s the point everyone who is pointing to the Seau suicide as a key
      crossroads for football is badly missing: The NFL already has arrived at the
      crossroads, and the NFL has embarked on the path of safety.




      Against the wishes of most players and fans.




      It happened in 2009 — nearly a year after Ashley Fox of ESPN.com made her own
      personal decision to not let her then-unborn son play football — when Congress grilled Commissioner Roger Goodell
      and others regarding head injuries. That relatively minor investment of
      political resources served as the proverbial shot across the bow, compelling the
      NFL to make a flurry of changes aimed at reducing the number of concussions that
      occur during games, diagnosing more effectively the players who have sustained
      concussions, and ensuring that players who have suffered concussions are not
      allowed back onto the field until their concussions have fully healed.




      Does more need to be done? Absolutely, and I’ve been at the front of the
      line (to the chagrin of more than a few readers) arguing for further changes,
      especially as it relates to the development of safeguards and redundancies
      strong enough to override the all-powerful head coach when a player like Mike Vick has “dirt on his face” or when Colt McCoy clearly had been (as ESPN used to
      famously call it) “jacked up.”




      But the challenge isn’t simply to get coaches, who are driven to win and are
      driven crazy when rules regarding concussions keep their best players out of
      action, to accept the new realities of football. Players and, ultimately, the
      fans must buy in, too.




      As one PFT commenter recently point
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    thanks for the news and notes Roanoke!

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    [quote user="BigBlue1971"]thanks for the news and notes Roanoke![/quote]

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    Great info. Tks.
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    Sad news about Stacy Robinson. RIP Stacy.

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    Thanks RF You are and remain "The Man."

    Sad to hear about Stacy Robinson and surprised to read he had less than 50 career catches. They must have been big catches because it always seemed like he was right in the middle of big plays and comebacks.


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    [quote user="Roswell777"]Thanks RF You are and remain "The Man."

    Sad to hear about Stacy Robinson and surprised to read he had less than 50 career catches. They must have been big catches because it always seemed like he was right in the middle of big plays and comebacks.


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    [quote user="BigBlue1971"]thanks for the news and notes Roanoke![/quote]

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    [quote user="ashleymarie"]Great info. Tks.[/quote]

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