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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012 - 6:20 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


    GIANTS WAIVED SAFETY CHAD JONES

    "The Giants today announced the waiving of Chad Jones, a third-round draft
    choice who seriously injured his leg in an auto accident two months after the
    Giants selected him in 2010.


    Jones was waived last season but it was with the intent of putting him on the
    reserve/non-football injury list. This move, however, does not share that
    purpose because under the 90-man roster established this offseason, there are no
    roster exemptions for players on reserve lists. In short, Jones is being waived
    for real this time.




    The team said in a press release, it will continue to work with Jones in his
    rehab, and if he recovers sufficiently to return to the field, the team would be
    open to that coming in a Giants uniform. After two years of rehabilitation on
    the left leg that suffered multiple fractures and nerve damage on June 25, 2010,
    in New Orleans, it seems the Giants feel Jones is still a long way from
    returning to the field -- if at all.




    “Chad had a severe injury to his left leg, involving a complex tibial
    fracture with associated injury to muscle, nerves, and vascular structures,”
    said Scott Rodeo, a Giants associate team physician, in a statement released by
    the club. “This type of injury is often limb threatening, and can sometimes
    require amputation. He has made a remarkable recovery to date, with successful
    salvage of the leg. However, at this time he has residual sensory loss, muscle
    weakness, and tenuous soft tissue coverage in the involved lower leg. The
    resultant functional impairment precludes his ability to perform physically at
    the level required for professional football.”



    The club also announced it has signed three undrafted rookie free agents who
    attended a team minicamp last week on a tryout basis, Brandon Collins, Jake
    Muasau and former St. Peter's standout Will HIll.




    Hill is a safety who excelled at special teams, in particular, at Florida,
    where he left in in 2011 after his junior season. The 6-1, 194-pound Hill, a
    starter in 15 of 38 career games at Florida, was not selected in the 2011 NFL
    Draft and played in the Arena Football League last season. At St. Peter's, Hill
    was a three-year starter as a quarterback, safety and kick returner. He was The
    Star-Ledger's Offensive Player of the Year in 2007.




    Collins is a 5-11, 176-pound wide receiver from Southern Louisiana who
    previously spent two seasons at Texas. Last season he caught 61 passes for 746
    yards and five touchdowns.




    Muasau, an outside linebacker who is 6-1, 245 pounds, was named over the past
    two season as Georgia State's Most Valuable Defensive Player."

    GIANTS' COACH TOM COUGHLIN TO RECEIVE OUTSTANDING CIVILIAN SERVICE AWARD

    "For years, Tom Coughlin has honored the servicemen and women who, as he likes
    to put it, allow us to "sleep under the blanket of freedom."


    This month, one branch of the military will return the favor by honoring the
    Giants' coach.




    On May 23, Coughlin will be one of five recipients of the Outstanding
    Civilian Service Award, the third-highest public
    service honor
    the U.S. Army can bestow upon a civilian. The award will be
    presented to Coughlin by Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the current Chief of Staff of
    the Army, a Dover native, an avid Giants fan and a close friend of Coughlin, at
    Quarters One (the home of the Army Chief of Staff) in Arlington, Va.




    Among the others scheduled to be honored that day are: Ravens coach John
    Harbaugh and Bob Delaney, a Paterson native and former NBA referee who now works
    with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.




    Coughlin is being recognized for his work with active military personnel,
    such as his taking part in the NFL-USO Coaches Tour of the Persian Gulf three
    years ago, and his acknowledging veterans, as he does each Veterans Day by
    inviting Wounded Warriors to practice and to that week's game. In 2008, Coughlin
    took the team to Walter Reed Medical Center before the visit to the White House,
    where they were honored by then-President Bush. The team is planning to involve
    service members in this year's visit as well.

    Coughlin, who shows
    reverence toward the troops during each game's National Anthem
    , has also
    welcomed Lt. Col. Greg Gadson into the Giants' inner circle since former
    assistant coach Mike Sullivan introduced Gadson to the team in 2007.


    Gadson, who lost both of his legs in Iraq, will remain an inspirational
    presence for the Giants, despite Sullivan's joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers'
    staff this offseason. Gadson also has a a role in the movie Battleship
    and will attend the premiere aboard the USS Intrepid on Tuesday. Justin Tuck is
    scheduled to attend the screening."

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

    NY DAILY NEWS

    THE SUPER BOWL RING IS THE THING FOR THE GIANTS

    "The Jets can have their three-ring circus. All the Giants need is the
    ring.


    Those championship rings, which will feature all four of the
    franchise’s Super Bowl trophies inside a ring of blue, will be given to the
    Super Bowl XLVI champions at a private ceremony at Tiffanys in Manhattan on
    Wednesday night. But
    punter Steve Weatherford provided his Twitter followers a sneak peek at the
    jewelry on Tuesday
    .

    The ring, according to the picture provided to
    players, is made of 14-karat white gold and is covered with diamonds – and
    diamond footballs – surrounded by a sapphire band. In all there are 1.36 carats
    in diamonds and 1.11 carats in sapphires. The words “New York Giants 2011 World
    Champions” surround the face of the ring.

    The design – which appears
    identical to the preliminary version Tweeted by Giants linebacker Clint Sintim
    and running back Andre Brown in late March – also features the Giants’ “ny” logo
    outlined in blue with the four Super Bowl trophies hovering behind it. The blue
    sapphires represent a big change from the rings the Giants earned by winning
    Super Bowl XLII after the 2007 season. Those rings had no color at
    all.

    On one side of each of the Super Bowl XLVI rings will be each
    player’s name and number. The other side will feature “GIANTS” in block letters
    above the Super Bowl XLVI logo and the final score of the game
    (21-17).

    And as Weatherford said in his Tweet: “She sure is
    pretty.”

    The ring ceremony won’t be the last time the Giants celebrate
    their championship season together. The team has also been invited for the
    traditional champions’ visit to the White House as guests of President Barack
    Obama. A date for that has not been set, though it’s expected to take place next
    month."


    ##

    THOMAS HAS NO DOUBTS HE'S STILL A STARTER

    "Terrell Thomas may have lost a full season of his NFL career, but he hasn’t
    lost any of his confidence.


    He also is sure he hasn’t lost his starting
    job.

    Though the Giants drafted cornerback Prince Amukamara in the first
    round less than four months before Thomas tore his ACL last August, the
    four-year veteran isn’t ready to concede anything to the second-year player.
    Asked if he still considers himself the starting cornerback, opposite Corey
    Webster in the Giants’ defense, Thomas said “I am. I don’t care what they
    say.”

    “There’s no disrespect for any of the guys in the locker room,”
    Thomas said today before playing in Chris Canty’s Champions Golf Classic at
    Manhattan Woods Golf Club in West Nyack, N.Y. “It’s just my mentality. As a
    rookie I said I was going to be a starter. I just worked my butt off and finally
    became one. Especially at the corner position you’ve got to be confident in that
    manner in my opinion. I can’t be sitting here saying, ‘Well, we’ll
    see.’”

    The Giants haven’t said what their defensive depth chart will
    look like, but nothing is really a certainty behind Webster in one starting
    spot. Thomas – who got what could be a four-year contract from the Giants that
    could be worth as much as $28.4 million -- is still recovering from ACL surgery
    last summer and likely won’t participate in the team’s minicamp in June.
    Amukamara, who recently had a procedure done to help heal his broken foot, might
    also have to skip minicamp, too.

    Which one starts in the spot vacated by
    Aaron Ross, who left as a free agent for the Jacksonville Jaguars, could depend
    on which one is healthiest. Thomas, for his part, said again that his rehab is
    “ahead of schedule”. Right now, he said the biggest thing is “protecting” his
    knee “and keep on building strength and be ready for hopefully that game against
    Dallas (on Sept. 8).”




    ***
    The ring isn’t the only thing

    Thomas said he
    will have a “bittersweet” feeling on Wednesday night when the Giants are
    presented their Super Bowl championship rings in a private ceremony inside
    Tiffany’s in Manhattan. Not surprisingly he’ll be glad to get the ring. He just
    wishes he had been on the field to earn it.

    “I would love to have been
    out there,” he said. “But I’m proud of my team. I know I’m a part of a Super
    Bowl champ. I’ll wear it that day and put it away. I’ll probably never wear it
    again. That’s just the competitor in me. I want to have my own. I thank my
    teammates for it and everything, but it’s a goal that I want to reach on my
    own.”

    Thomas’ timing with the Giants has been remarkably bad. He was
    drafted in the second round in 2008, just three months after their Super Bowl
    XLII championship. Then he tore his ACL six months before they won Super Bowl
    XLVI.

    “You never know what God has planned for you so you just got to
    take it for what it is,” he said. “I learned a lot of lessons. I got to spend a
    lot of great time with my daughter and family. I learned a lot this year. We’ve
    got a great team, a lot of guys coming back, so hopefully we can get another
    one.”




    ***
    Blackburnin an unfamiliar
    position


    Chase Blackburn has had to fight for everything he’s
    gotten during his seven-year NFL career. He has no plans to stop fighting
    now.

    So the fact that Giants
    defensive coordinator Perry Fewell tabbed Blackburn as his starting middle
    linebacker
    to the media on Saturday hasn’t changed Blackburn’s perspective
    at all. He knows now that, for the first time in his career, “It’s my position
    to lose.” But that won’t mean anything if he can’t hold onto the
    job.

    “I’ve just got to continue to work hard and get better every day so
    I can keep that spot,” Blackburn said. “You’ve got to take it in stride. You
    can’t be complacent with it. You can’t be happy about it. I’ve got to continue
    to work and get better.

    “There’s a lot of things I can work on in my
    game,” he added. “Yeah, I’m a veteran, this is my eighth season, but if you’re
    done improving you’re done in this game. There’s a lot of room for
    improvement.”




    ***
    Canty on target for a summer return

    DT Chris
    Canty couldn’t participate in his foundation’s golf tournament because he’s
    still recovering from relatively minor knee surgery he had about a week after
    the Super Bowl. The good news, though, is he said “The rehab is going really
    well” and he added “I’m looking forward to being ready to go for training
    camp.

    “Obviously there’s a lot of work between now and then for me to be
    ready to get me to that point,” Canty said. “But the doctors feel good about the
    progress and they’re confident that I’ll be ready.”

    That would be
    “ready” for training camp that is expected to start around July 26 – not the
    mandatory, full-team minicamp that takes place in mid-June.

    “I don’t
    really see that,” Canty said. “And I don’t know that I’m going to be losing any
    sleep or shedding any tears for that.”




    ***
    Champions for children

    Canty was hosting his
    first annual Champions Golf Glassic to benefit The Chris Canty Foundation at
    Manhattan Woods. The foundation, run with the help of his father and brother, is
    focused on affecting “positive change in the lives of children through
    mentoring, educational programs, and physical activities thus promoting health
    and well being,” according to the foundation website.

    GIANTS CUT CHAD JONES' COMEBACK SHORT

    "The miracle Chad Jones has been waiting for will have to wait.


    Jones,
    the Giants safety who nearly lost his leg in a car accident just months after he
    was drafted in 2010, was waived by the team on Monday after experiencing what
    his agent called “a minor setback” in his recovery. The Giants made it clear
    that they haven’t abandoned their former third-round pick. GM Jerry Reese even
    said he’s still “part of the Giants family.”

    He’s just a long way from
    being on the field as part of the Giants’ team.

    “Chad had a severe
    injury to his left leg, involving a complex tibial fracture with associated
    injury to muscle, nerves, and vascular structures,” Dr. Scott Rodeo, a Giants
    associate team physician, said in a statement released by the team. “This type
    of injury is often limb threatening, and can sometimes require amputation. He
    has made a remarkable recovery to date, with successful salvage of the
    leg.

    “However, at this time he has residual sensory loss, muscle
    weakness, and tenuous soft tissue coverage in the involved lower leg. The
    resultant functional impairment precludes his ability to perform physically at
    the level required for professional football.”

    Jones had been hopeful of
    participating in training camp this summer. In fact, in an interview earlier
    this offseason he had optimistically targeted last weekend’s minicamp for a
    return. However, the Giants have always had a more realistic feeling about his
    recovery. Several team sources said they never expected him to play or even
    practice with the team this year.

    But Jones – who
    ran a 4.84 in the 40-yard dash in a public workout on his 23rd
    birthday last October
    -- had hope. In fact, he still does. His agent, Rocky
    Arceneaux said in a statement released by the Giants that they “expect a full
    recovery within a few months.”

    Arceneaux added that Jones “will see
    histeammateson the field soon."

    "We would like to thank the Giants
    organization for the manner in which they have supported Chad since his
    unfortunate accident two years ago," Arceneaux said. "Their genuine support and
    caring has far exceeded their obligations and he and his family will be
    eternally grateful.”

    “We consider Chad to be part of the Giants family,
    and we'll continue to work with him in his rehab,” general manager Jerry Reese
    said. “As we've said since his accident, we're thankful he is alive and able to
    lead a normal life.”




    Jones’ roster spot was filled by former University of Florida safety Will
    Hill, a former New Jersey schoolboy sensation who was at the Giants’ rookie
    minicamp last weekend for a tryout. The Giants also officially announced the
    signings of two other tryout players – receiver Brandon Collins of Southeast
    Louisiana and linebacker Jake Muasau of Georgia State."

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


    NY POST

    ROSTER LIMIT FORCES GIANTS TO CUT CHAD JONES

    "Despite some remarkable progress following a horrific car accident that
    nearly cost him his life and then the use of his left leg, safety Chad Jones is
    not close to being able to compete at an NFL level. The Giants had to
    acknowledge that reality yesterday when they waived him as injured after he
    failed his physical.



    Jones, a 2010 third-round draft pick, was expected to develop into a sturdy
    and athletic safety coming out of LSU, but his career was derailed after he was
    behind the wheel in a one-car crash in New Orleans two months after he was
    selected. He reported last month to the Giants’ offseason conditioning program
    to continue his rehabilitation, but was not cleared to participate in football
    activities.





    “We consider Chad to be part of the Giants family, and we’ll continue to work
    with him in his rehab,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “As we’ve said since
    his accident, we’re thankful he is alive and able to lead a normal life.”




    Jones spent two seasons on the reserve/non-football injury list with the
    Giants. This year, offseason rosters are expanded to 90 players but it is a hard
    count, with no room to stash anyone on any sort of reserve list. Jones suffered
    multiple fractures and nerve damage to his lower left leg in the June 25, 2010
    accident and nearly died because of a loss of blood. He also was in danger of
    having his left leg amputated. After more than 20 surgeries, his left leg is
    held together with a metal rod and multiple screws.




    “Chad had a severe injury to his left leg, involving a complex tibial
    fracture with associated injury to muscle, nerves, and vascular structures,”
    said Dr. Scott Rodeo, a Giants associate team physician. “This type of injury is
    often limb-threatening, and can sometimes require amputation. He has made a
    remarkable recovery to date, with successful salvage of the leg.




    “However, at this time he has residual sensory loss, muscle weakness, and
    tenuous soft tissue coverage in the involved lower leg. The resultant functional
    impairment precludes his ability to perform physically at the level required for
    professional football.”




    Giants players said they were inspired to see Jones running on the field last
    month. His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, said the Giants waiving Jones is “a minor
    setback’’ and predicted his client will one day play for the Giants.




    “Their genuine support and caring has far exceeded their obligations and he
    and his family will be eternally grateful,’’ Arceneaux said of the Giants. “Chad
    is experiencing a minor setback and we expect a full recovery within a few
    months. He thanks everyone for their continued support and prayers. He will see
    his teammates on the field soon.”




    * The Giants reached the 90-player limit by signing three undrafted free
    agents: Safety Will Hill (Florida), wide receiver Brandon Collins (Southeast
    Louisiana) and linebacker Jake Muasau (Georgia State). All three attended last
    weekend’s rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis.




    Hill has local ties, as he’s a native of East Orange, N.J., who starred at
    St. Peter’s Prep. But he has had off-field problems: He served a two-game
    suspension at Florida and while in Gainesville was arrested for driving with a
    suspended license.




    Hill has said he believes he was not drafted after leaving Florida one year
    early because word of his marijuana use in college became common
    knowledge.



    ##

    ROOKIES RESTOCK GIANTS' SKILL POSITIONS

    "A week before the NFL Draft, Giants quarterback Eli Manning was asked by The
    Post what he hoped for from the team’s newly imported young talent, and he
    didn’t hesitate.



    “Get a skill position guy who can help us get carries, get catches, in some
    ways get that same production from the guys we lost last year,’’ he said.




    Manning is at the top of his game after his second Super Bowl MVP award, but
    he realizes the more the merrier when it comes to putting playmakers around him.
    He knew the losses of running back Brandon Jacobs and wideout Mario Manningham
    in free agency and tight ends Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum to injuries left
    the offense somewhat shorthanded.

    The Giants try to make Manning happy, and there’s no doubt they heeded the
    wishes of their quarterback in their draft selections. They used three of their
    first four picks on skill-position guys, and judging from some very early
    returns at the rookie minicamp, the newcomers could be capable of producing in
    their first season.



    David Wilson, the first-round pick, as promised showed some jaw-dropping
    quickness at running back. Rueben Randle, as advertised, is a tall, sure-handed
    receiver who indeed might look “NFL-ready,’’ which was the tag the Giants put on
    him after taking him in the second round out of LSU. Adrien Robinson might not
    yet resemble “the [Jason Pierre-Paul] of tight ends,’’ which was general manager
    Jerry Reese’s comparison for raw athletic ability, yet Robinson, a tight end
    taken in the fourth round, is a huge man with long arms and as he learns the
    ropes he’ll still be big.




    “It’s definitely needed,’’ offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said of the
    reinforcements. “We lost a lot of guys. We lost five starters the year before on
    offense, you lost a couple other guys, you certainly needed to start to
    replenish the troops.’’




    Wilson admitted at times he was trying “to wow the coaches,’’ and he caught
    Gilbride’s attention for the wrong reason on one play, looking for yards that
    weren’t there by taking the ball to the outside. It’s a trait that will have to
    be monitored with Wilson, who racked up big numbers at Virginia Tech but ran his
    way into too many negative-yardage plays.




    “I kind of got on him the one time, the defensive end jumped upfield and he
    tried to bounce it outside, realized he couldn’t,’’ Gilbride said. “I said, ‘No,
    no, put your foot in the ground and go north-south.’ That may be an example of a
    guy who wants to try too hard to make a favorable impression, trying to make
    something out of nothing and making a bad play into a worse one.’’




    An engaging personality, Wilson wore his shirt tied up above his waist,
    showing off his abs, a style that might not fly once the veterans are on the
    scene.




    “Just get accustomed and learn the plays that they put in front of me and be
    prepared when the veterans come in,’’ Wilson said of what he wants to
    immediately accomplish. “You just go with the flow and be yourself. I think the
    only time I will feel like a deer in the highlights is if I’m running in the
    wrong direction or messing up a play. That’s something you don’t want to do
    because then you feel like maybe they’re second-guessing drafting me. You
    definitely don’t want that to happen. It’s a lot of pressure.’’




    The Giants increased their roster to the expanded 90-player limit by signing
    two players who attended the rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. They signed LB
    Jake Muasau (Georgia State) and WR Brandon Collins (Southern
    Louisiana)."

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

    THE BERGEN RECORD

    GIANTS WAIVE INJURED SAFETY

    "The Giants bid farewell for now to one of their most inspirational players
    and welcomed another seeking redemption Monday.



    Safety Chad Jones was waived by the team after failing a physical because of
    a setback in his recovery from a gruesome car accident two years ago when he was
    a third-round pick.




    Meanwhile, former St. Peter's Prep standout Will Hill was one of three
    players who participated in rookie minicamp over the weekend to earn a roster
    spot with the Giants, joining Southeast Louisiana wide receiver Brandon Collins
    and Georgia State linebacker Jake Muasau.




    Jones had been attempting a comeback and hoped he would be cleared to
    participate in workouts this spring, but that did not materialize as quickly as
    he would have liked.




    "We consider Chad to be part of the Giants family, and we'll continue to work
    with him in his rehab," general manager Jerry Reese said. "As we've said since
    his accident, we're thankful he is alive and able to lead a normal life."




    Hill, considered one of the best high school players to come through North
    Jersey over the past two decades, went to Florida and never lived up to lofty
    expectations. The safety dealt with numerous off-the-field issues and that
    negative baggage – in addition to his lackluster play – led to him going
    undrafted.




    "When I was in college, I was the No. 1 athlete coming out and then going
    straight to a team that won the national championship, that had the possibility
    to win another one, it was just rock star status basically," Hill said. "My head
    got big and I did let my gifts get away and start acting like a fool, basically.
    So I did waste my talent in some aspects."




    Getting a shot with the Giants represented his second chance, Hill said.




    Jones reported to the team's off-season conditioning program last month to
    continue his rehabilitation program but is not cleared to participate in
    football activities. He had suffered multiple fractures and nerve damage in his
    lower left leg in the accident.




    Jones spent the last two seasons on the reserve/non-football injury
    list."

    http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/

    WALL STREET JOURNAL

    ZILCH

    http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-sports-nfl.html

    THE NEW YORK TIMES

    SETBACK IN COMEBACK FOR GIANTS' CHAD JONES


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

    GIANTS 101


    OFFICIAL NEW YORK GIANTS' SUPER BOWL XLVI RING REVEALED

    "Back in late March, a photo of the rumored New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI ring was
    released
    . At the time, many players, including defensive end Justin Tuck,
    denied any knowledge of that being the ring, claiming there were several
    different design left to choose from. An employee of Tiffany's later informed
    Giants 101 that the released photo was, in fact, the official ring, and on
    Tuesday is was confirmed when punter Steve Weatherford tweeted a photo of the
    release that was sent to players.



    "She sure is pretty," Weatherford tweeted.




    The release reads:





    New York
    Giants Championship Ring




    14K white gold 30MM ring with surrounding diamonds, sapphire band and diamond
    footaballs. "New York
    Giants 2011 World Champions" wording surrounds the ring. Total carat weight 1.36
    in diamonds and 1.11 in sapphires.




    Big Blue will receive their rings on Wednesday during a special ceremony at
    Tiffany's, but it will not be their final stop on the celebration tour. They'll
    make one last pitstop at the White House as guests of President Barack
    Obama.




    A date for their White House visit has not yet been set."



    ##

    GIANTS' TOM COUGHLIN TO RECEIVE US ARMY OUTSTANDING CIVILIAN SERVICE AWARD

    "On Wednesday, May 23rd, New York
    Giants
    head coach Tom
    Coughlin
    will be honored for his continued work with active military
    personnel, including the Wounded Warriors and the NFL-USO Coaches Tour, by being awarded the U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service
    Award
    . Said award is the third highest honor that can be bestowed upon a
    civilian.


    Over the years, Coughlin has gone above and beyond to show his respect and
    admiration for our Nation's military, and has often welcomed them into the
    Giants' facility. Each year on Veteran's Day, the coach allows members of the
    Wounded Warriors to participate in practice and then hosts them for that week's
    game. He also regularly takes members of the team to veterans hospitals and in
    2009, visited members of our armed forces in the Persian Gulf.




    Former New York
    Giants
    quarterback coach Mike Sullivan, who was once a U.S. Army Ranger,
    introduced Coughlin to Lt. Col. Greg
    Gadson
    . You might remember that Gadson played a pivotal motivational role
    during the 2007 championship season, and has remained friends with Coughlin ever
    since.




    Gadson recently took up acting and played a role in the upcoming film
    Battleship. He, along with defensive end Justin Tuck and members of
    Giants 101, will be on hand for a private screening of the film aboard the USS
    Intrepid on Tuesday night.




    Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the current Chief of Staff of the United States
    Army, will present Coughlin with the award."

    GIANTS WAIVE CHAD JONES, SIGN SAFETY WILL HILL

    "The remarkable comeback story of LSU safety Chad
    Jones
    hit a bit of a snag on Monday as the New York
    Giants
    announced they have waived the defensive back following a failed
    physical. In his place, they have signed safety Will Hill,
    the high school superstar who spent his college years at the University of
    Florida.



    “We consider Chad to be part of the Giants family, and we'll continue to work
    with him in his rehab," General Manager Jerry Reese said. "As we've said since
    his accident, we're thankful he is alive and able to lead a normal
    life."




    In the press release sent out to the New York media, Jones' agent also alluded to a "minor
    setback" that will prevent him from a "full recovery" for another few months.
    They remain hopeful that he will someday be able to return to the football
    field.





    “Chad had a severe injury to his left leg, involving a complex tibial
    fracture with associated injury to muscle, nerves, and vascular structures,”
    said Dr. Scott Rodeo, a Giants associate team physician. “This type of injury is
    often limb threatening, and can sometimes require amputation. He has made a
    remarkable recovery to date, with successful salvage of the leg. However, at
    this time he has residual sensory loss, muscle weakness, and tenuous soft tissue
    coverage in the involved lower leg. The resultant functional impairment
    precludes his ability to perform physically at the level required for
    professional football.”




    Jones nearly lost his life in a single-car accident in New Orleans on June
    25th, 2010. He has since wowed the medical community as he was not only able to
    avoid amputation of his badly damaged leg, but was recently able to run a 4.84
    40-yard dash.




    Since the NFL moved to an
    90-man offseason roster, there are no longer any exemptions for non-football
    related injuries. As a result, Chad
    Jones
    ' release is official and he is now a free agent.




    Hill, meanwhile, was a high school standout who ESPN, Rivals.com and
    Scout.com all ranked as top safety recruit in the country following his senior
    year. Despite some solid years at the University of Florida, Hill never lived up
    to his immense hype and went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft. There
    were also some questions about his character, as his Twitter account was once
    used to post some heinous remarks and photos that put a strain on his marriage.
    He remains insistent that he had nothing to do with those tweets and that his
    account was hacked.




    Hill was with the Giants last week for rookie mini-camp."

    GIANTS' CHRIS CANTY UNLIKELY TO PARTICIPATE IN JUNE MINI-CAMP

    "Shortly after Super Bowl XLVI, New York Giants defensive tackle Chris
    Canty
    underwent a somewhat mysterious surgery on his knee. The team provided
    no details about the procedure, but head coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged that it
    was serious. Then again, he also said all surgeries are serious. Now, three
    months later and with full-team mini-camp right around the corner, Canty feels
    he may be forced to sit out as he continues to recuperate.



    "I probably won't lose any sleep over [sitting out]," Canty said.




    Back in April, while appearing at an autograph signing in upstate New York,
    Canty noted that he was going to be careful about how he handled his recovery
    and when he would return.





    "I think we're gonna be smart with that, try to be cautious a little bit.
    Physically I should be pretty good but I think we're gonna exercise some
    caution," Canty said in April.




    Canty initially suffered the injury during the NFC Championship game against
    the Green Bay Packers and needed to be helped off the field. At the time, the
    Cheese Heads were booing him, insinuating that he had faked the injury, but
    during the postgame press conferences he insisted he did no such thing. In fact,
    he thought initially that he had seriously injured himself.




    The injury was promptly lost in the hoopla of the Super Bowl and would not
    again resurface until word of his surgery. Given the five-month recovery time
    (from surgery to training camp), it's clear the injury was quite significant
    despite the seven-year veteran playing through it.




    Prior to joining the Giants, Canty had never missed a game in his life. He
    missed eight games in 2009 due to a calf injury."

    http://www.giants101.com/


    BIG BLUE VIEW

    ADRIEN ROBINSON "VERY EAGER" FOR OPPORTUNITY WITH GIANTS

    "Adrien
    Robinson
    , the tight end from Cincinnati drafted in the fourth round by the
    New York Giants,
    admitted during rookie mini-camp last weekend that he is "very eager" to get
    some passes thrown in his direction.



    Despite saying that he feels like he has always "naturally been good" at
    catching the ball, the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Robinson had only 29 receptions in
    four seasons with the Bearcats,




    "We had a great running back in Isaiah Pead. My role was to be a blocker," he
    said.




    Robinson said he was not frustrated by the lack of pass-catching
    opportunities at Cincinnati.




    "You can't cry about not getting the ball, it's just part of being a team
    player, especially when we're winning. Even if we're losing you've got to be a
    team player. I can't call the plays. Coach calls the plays, you just go out
    there and run 'em. I never got frustrated."





    There were not a lot of opportunities for Robinson to flash his pass-catching
    skills during last weekend's rookie mini-camp, either, especially with tryout
    quarterbacks who often could not put the ball in the same area code as their
    intended targets.




    Robinson did, however, make one play that showcased the hands and athleticism
    that led the Giants to use the 127th overall selection of the 2012 NFL Draft on
    him. He reached to snag a short bullet pass thrown well over his head, getting some praise from coach Tom Coughlin for making a
    "tough grab."




    Robinson did not see the play as anything out of the ordinary.




    "It was just a high ball but I feel like I would be expected to make that
    play," Robinson said.




    Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride liked what he saw from Robinson during the
    mini-camp.




    "Obviously the more a guy has done something, he's been asked to be a focal
    point in the passing game, the further he's progressed. I'm sure he's starting a
    little further back, but he looks like a big guy that can run. He made a great
    catch on the last play. Of course he ran the wrong way. He was supposed to be
    going inside and stole the curl from the Z, but that's kind of what I think
    we're going to be battling for a while," Gilbride said. "The good thing is you
    just like to see a guy that has the physical potential to do some things. He
    looks like he has that. How quickly he can assimilate our offense, how quickly
    he can recognize what defenses are doing and make the appropriate and correct
    adjustments, that's a long way off."




    Robinson hopes his athleticism helps make up for the lack collegiate
    opportunities when it comes to learning how to catch passes against NFL
    defenders.




    "I've always kind of naturally been good at that (catching the ball). I
    played receiver in high school, I played receiver when I first got to
    Cincinnati. That's always been my background," Robinson said. "My last two years
    at Cincinnati I was an in-line blocker most of the time."




    With Jake Ballard
    and Travis Beckum
    rehabbing from knee injuries suffered in the Super Bowl there is, of course, an
    opportunity for Robinson to find a role in the offense early on.




    With Coughlin and Gilbride the Giants use of the tight end has always been
    somewhat more traditional than how many teams use tight ends now. Which means
    Robinson's size, experience and obvious willingness to block could get him on
    the field much quicker.




    "I'm used to moving around, being in the backfield, blocking linebackers in
    space," Robinson said. "It's a huge opportunity," "I'm just happy to be here.
    Happy they picked me and gave me the opportunity."

    TERRELL INSISTS REHAB IS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

    "New York Giants
    cornerback Terrell
    Thomas
    today insisted that he is ahead of schedule in his recovery from the
    ACL surgery that cost him last season.



    "I've said all along I'm ahead of schedule and doing good. My biggest thing
    is just protecting, keep building strength and to be ready for training camp.
    and the opening game against Dallas," said Thomas during an appearance at teammate Chris Canty's
    charity golf tournament.




    This is Thomas' second ACL surgery on that knee. I don't know about you guys,
    but I always take these things with a grain of salt. Every athlete who has ever
    been injured is always -- somehow -- ahead of schedule in his rehab.




    If Thomas is right, and he is healthy this season, that will be a big boost
    to the Giants defense. We won't know anything, however, until Thomas and the
    rest of the team hit the field for training camp."

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



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    MISCELLANEOUS

    NFL, NFLPA ANNOUNCE LARGEST YOUTH HELMET REPLACEMENT PROGRAM EVER

    "
    On Tuesday the NFL and NFLPA announced a pretty fantastic new initiative: a
    Helmet Replacement Program to benefit youth football safety.



    Yes, it's
    exactly what you'd expect: the league and players union, along with USA
    Football, the CDC, the NCAA and a
    number of different organizations
    are going into "underserved communities"
    and replacing football helmets that are 10 years or older.

    The
    organizations involved will be doing this at no cost to the leagues who will
    receive the new helmets.

    “We are pleased to be part of this initiative,
    which will give children in underserved communities access to new helmets, and
    to reach coaches and parents with educational information to help protect young
    athletes from head injuries," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. "This program
    is part of our focus on player safety at all levels of the game. We are proud to
    join with these well-respected organizations to make the Helmet Replacement
    Program a reality.”

    The NFL, NFLPA, NCAA, along with the National
    Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE), have committed
    a combined total of approximately $1 million to the program in its first year.
    And beginning in July, the HRP plans to distribute almost 13,000 new helmets in
    "low-income communities" during 2012.

    As indicated in the release, new
    helmets don't mean "unlimited safety" for young football players. But new
    helmets to mean safer helmets and it also means an opportunity to reach
    out to young football players and educate them on the importance of long-term
    health and player safety in football -- any leagues that receive the new helmets
    will be required "to have their coaches complete USA Football's Level 1 coaching
    course" which involves a heavy dosage of "Tackle Safety."

    To apply for
    the program or find out more about the initiative, you can visit USAFootball.com/PlayerSafety.
    "

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    Thanks RF !
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    [quote user="G-Men Surg."]Thanks RF ![/quote]

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    Good read on TT! I am not on board with the negativism about Terrell Thomas' ability. I strongly feel that he and Webster have developed into two of the best corners we had in years. I hope he picks up where he left off...Pro Bowl bound!

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    [quote user="G-Men Surg."]Thanks RF ![/quote]

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    [quote user="hungrrrry"]Good read on TT! I am not on board with the negativism about Terrell Thomas' ability. I strongly feel that he and Webster have developed into two of the best corners we had in years. I hope he picks up where he left off...Pro Bowl bound![/quote]

    TT should be the starter unless someone can beat him out.
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    thanks for the news Roanoke!




    im excited! [<)]




    the ring ceremony should be an outstanding event!


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    thanks for the news Roanoke!




    im excited! [<)]




    the ring ceremony should be an outstanding event!

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