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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY. MAY 24, 2012 - 5:50 P.M.

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    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    GIANTS' HAKEEM NICKS FRACTURES FOOT, OUT ABOUT THREE MONTHS

    "In the Giants' first organized team
    activities session on Wednesday, Brian
    Witherspoon tore a knee ligament
    .


    Today, in the second OTA, a much more integral player suffered a significant
    injury.




    Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot
    while running a route and is expected to miss about 12 weeks, the team
    announced. Nicks will undergo surgery on Friday to have a screw inserted in the
    bone. Noted foot and ankle specialist Robert Anderson will perform the procedure
    in Charlotte, N.C.




    The anticipated time frame for Nicks' recovery means he'll be out of action
    until mid-August, or about half of the preseason.




    Nicks, who had a career-high 1,192 receiving yards last season and drew
    plenty of attention away from Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham, has had issues
    with his left foot and ankle, including a broken toe that required surgery two
    years ago. He now will have to rehab an issue on the other foot.




    Today's OTA was closed to the media, so it's unclear exactly how Nicks
    suffered the injury and there were no quotes from him or anyone else in the
    team's press release.




    While not ideal, this injury isn't devastating for the Giants. Nicks has been
    a reliable route runner for the past few seasons and has developed a solid
    rapport with Eli Manning, so the extra reps aren't as necessary as they would've
    been earlier in his career. Sure, the Giants would have loved to have him on the
    field throughout the rest of the spring program, but if all goes well, Nicks
    should be fully recovered in time for the season opener on Sept. 5.




    Of course, predicting rehabs is an inexact science. Last year, then-rookie Prince
    Amukamara broke the same bone
    as Nicks on Aug. 6. He didn't practice fully
    until almost
    15 weeks later
    .




    Nicks
    has proven his toughness
    during his first three NFL seasons and has been a
    quick healer. While the Giants hope that will again be the case here, they'll
    lean on Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden, Jerrel Jernigan, rookie second-round pick
    Rueben Randle and others to pick up the slack in practice.




    * * * *




    The Giants confirmed what they initially feared: Witherspoon did tear his ACL
    for the second time in as many years. The cornerback/returner was waived with an
    injury designation. His season is over before it even began.




    To fill Witherspoon's roster spot, the team signed veteran CB Dante Hughes,
    who attended their rookie camp on a tryout basis.




    Hughes, 26, was a third-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2007. He
    spent the past three seasons with the San Diego Chargers and played in all 16
    games last year."



    ##

    GIANTS ALREADY MOVING ON FROM SUPER BOWL SEASON WITH BEGINNING OF OTAS

    "The exact start to the NFL season varies depending on who is asked, but in
    today’s NFL, the answer isn’t the season opener or even the first day of
    training camp. For Giants coach Tom Coughlin, it’s the NFL Draft in late April.
    For quarterback Eli Manning, it’s as soon as players file in for workouts in
    early May. Others say it’s the moment the previous season concludes.


    As Super Bowl champions, the Giants have toed the blurry line between
    celebrating last season and preparing for the next one. Sandwiched between their
    ring ceremony on Fifth Avenue last week and the Super Bowl champions’ annual
    White House visit next week, the Giants held their first organized team activity
    of the offseason today and, if everyone hadn’t already, are trying to leave the
    2011 campaign in the rearview mirror.




    “All those things were wonderful experiences,” the Giants coach said. “David
    Diehl mentioned closure, it’s probably not quite closure but it’s time to move
    on.”




    Coughlin and several of his coaches and players have experience when it comes
    to the truncated — and busy — offseason that comes after a Super Bowl win. After
    their Super Bowl XLII triumph, the Giants jumped out to an 11-1 start in 2008
    before Plaxico Burress’ self-inflicted gunshot wound derailed the season, which
    ended with four losses in five games and a wild-card-round loss to the Eagles in
    the playoffs.




    “It starts in the spring, whenever you start working out,” said Manning,
    fresh off his appearance on “Saturday Night Live” on May 5. “When you get
    everyone back and start preparing for the upcoming season.”

    Now the Giants, Super Bowl victors twice in the past five seasons in a league
    known for its parity, are toying with the “D” word Justin Tuck uttered after
    last week’s ring ceremony. Dynasties in football emerged in the 1970s, 1980s and
    early 1990s, but they have become a rarity in the age of the salary cap.


    “That’s not for us to decide,” linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka said. “If you’re
    talking about whether or not, then I don’t think you really have the right to be
    talking about it. It’s not until it’s official and everybody can say unanimously
    that you’re a dynasty, then that’s when you become one.”




    Three Super Bowls in six seasons would put the Giants in the discussion, but
    that would take them becoming the first team to win back-to-back titles since
    the Patriots in 2004 and 2005. That may be far down the line, and plenty can
    happen in the meantime, but for the Giants, the pursuit of another ring has
    already begun — just over three months after earning one and a week after
    wearing it for the first time.




    “It doesn’t matter how many we win, we’re always going to want another one,”
    Kiwanuka said.




    “I think we’re in a good spot. Yeah, we enjoyed the championship. We have the
    rings and they look nice, but we’re ready to move on.”

    GIANTS' PLAYERS ROUNDING INTO "FOOTBALL MENTALITY" AT START OF ORGANIZED TEAM ACTIVITIES

    "The sight of Brian
    Witherspoon writhing on the ground
    as the rest of the Giants’ defensive backs knelt in prayer was
    an all-too-familiar scene for a team that lost a bunch of cornerbacks, including
    Witherspoon, a season ago.


    It was certainly a poor way to begin the first of the 10 organized team
    activities sessions. But the workout continued for the rest of the team in a
    gathering (I’m running out of ways to say “practice” without saying “practice”
    because OTAs aren’t supposed to be called “practices”) that was short and
    limited in contact.








    "All of these workouts are important for everybody to get back into a
    football mentality," coach Tom Coughlin said. "Our first thing
    out here is we try to be safety-first. We don't have any pads on; we don't even
    have any shells on. We can go against each other a little bit in this phase.




    "But the development of these young guys is real important. Just to learn the
    new language is real critical."




    As you'll see below, some of the young guys are very early in the development
    process.




    A few notes from the session, and beyond:




    --The following players appeared to be limited in some form or fashion: RB
    Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), CB Corey Webster
    (unknown), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), LT Will
    Beatty
    (eye), DT Linval Joseph (ankle), LB
    Clint Sintim (knee), TE Travis Beckum (knee),
    CB Prince Amukamara (foot) and WR Dan DePalma
    (hip). Amukamara says he’ll begin running next week. DePalma revealed
    he had hip surgery this offseason after practicing through a torn labrum. He’s a
    guy a few veterans have mentioned as a possible breakout player, so we’ll keep a
    close eye on him when he begins working fully. It sounds like that won’t be
    until training camp, though.




    --TE Martellus Bennett left practice midway through with a
    sore hamstring. But that doesn’t stop the learning. “(The trainers) can wrap you
    over here,” TEs coach Mike Pope yelled toward Bennett, meaning
    he wanted him closer to provide instruction on what the other players were
    running.




    --These players were not in attendance: DT Chris Canty
    (knee), TE Jake Ballard (knee), TE Adrien
    Robinson
    (finishing school) and DE Osi Umenyiora, who
    has yet to make an appearance around these parts this offseason. (I'm guessing
    Ballard wasn't around because he comes in early for rehab. I'm not sure if
    Canty's absence on the field had to do with his knee, which he had scoped this
    winter.)




    --Here’s how the first-team offensive line looked: LT James
    Brewer
    , LG Kevin Boothe, C David
    Baas
    , RG Chris Snee, RT David Diehl.
    Pretty much what we expected, save for Brewer in for Beatty. Expect Brewer to
    get plenty of reps at right tackle, too.




    --Your starting LBs were Mathias Kiwanuka, Chase
    Blackburn
    and Michael Boley. Newly acquired Keith
    Rivers was working with the second team. Rivers received some instruction from
    defensive coordinator Perry Fewell because he was peeking in
    the wrong gap on a running play. On the next play, Rivers was upset with his
    drop into a zone when WR Jerrel Jernigan caught a ball on a
    hook inside him.

    --S Tyler Sash worked with the starters in Phillips'
    spot.


    --DT Markus Kuhn (seventh round) was in action after missing
    rookie camp with a leg laceration. All's well, apparently, as he got up to bat
    down a pass late in practice.




    --CB Jayron Hosley, the team’s third-round pick, made a nice
    play in team drills when he slipped underneath WR Isaiah Stanback
    on an in cut from QB Ryan Perrilloux. Hosley was
    playing over top of Stanback but drifted even with him and then got inside his
    shoulder to get position and knock the ball away. Hosley showed good instincts
    on that play. A little later, though, he didn’t drop into a zone properly and
    allowed WR Ramses Barden to catch an easy intermediate pass
    near the sideline. “Get your depth,” secondary coach Peter
    Giunta
    said. And Hosley struggled to read a comeback route late in
    practice. His momentum carried him too far upfield on that play. “Watch the
    three-step (drop),” Giunta told him. In short, Hosley has the ability but like
    many rookies, needs to work on his technique.




    --With Witherspoon likely done for the season and CB Antwaun
    Molden
    suffering an apparent hamstring injury today, depth at corner
    remains paramount for the Giants. One player who could help in that department
    is CB Justin Tryon, who was playing well last season before breaking
    his arm
    . Tryon looked pretty good out there today, including on one play
    when he defended a pass from QB Eli Manning to WR
    Victor Cruz on a double move. Tryon didn’t bite and stayed with
    Cruz as he ran the corner route. Giunta thinks it could’ve been an ever better
    play if Tryon had turned back to find the ball. “Play the ball and that’s an
    interception,” Giunta told Tryon.




    --Speaking of the coaches’ commentary, Giunta and safeties coach
    David Merritt liked what they saw from undrafted free agent S
    Jojo Nicolas on one play when he stayed on top of a deep pass
    from QB David Carr to WR David Douglas that
    fell incomplete, thanks in part to Nicolas’ coverage. On the next play, Nicolas
    came from down low in the box to cover the deep half of the field, as the Giants
    are wont to do with their safeties. Nicolas, who signed with the Giants in part
    because of fellow former Miami Hurricanes Phillips and Antrel
    Rolle
    , will have to fend off Will Hill and
    Janzen Jackson for a roster spot. That figures to be a very
    interesting competition.




    --RB David Wilson, the first-rounder, ran into the flat on
    one play when he should’ve run the short hook over the middle. Carr just pointed
    to the area in which Wilson should’ve been standing when he was left without a
    check-down option. This is all part of the learning process for Wilson.




    --On the play Molden was injured, veteran S Stevie Brown
    covered some serious ground to get to a deep ball up the sideline. He looks
    spry. S Chris Horton, another veteran free agent, isn’t moving
    so well and was saying in the locker room he doesn’t have a burst because his
    hamstring has been tight lately. There’s apparently a lot of that going around
    right now.




    --Perrilloux has really been throwing the deep ball well this spring. Today,
    he laid one on the hands of a diving WR Brandon Collins, though
    Collins couldn’t hold on. Yeah, I said Collins was diving, but Perrilloux didn’t
    have much to work with on that play. Trust me, it was a good ball.




    --OT Matt McCants, the
    sixth-round pick I wrote about on Tuesday
    , showed real nice balance on one
    play when he handled LB Jacquian Williams to one side and then
    stoned him as Williams tried to bounce the other way. McCants has looked pretty
    good so far. Again, the hitting isn’t live yet, so let’s not make any snap
    judgments on guys playing the more physical positions. In fact, that’s why you
    won’t see much here about the players in the trenches because it’s just too
    difficult to gauge them when no one is wearing any pads. But from a footwork
    standpoint, McCants has been sharp when I’ve spotted him.




    * * * *




    Coughlin
    was asked about receiving the Outstanding Civil Service Award
    from the U.S.
    Army during a ceremony in Virginia this evening.



    "I think it’s a tremendous honor. I’m very humbled in receiving this honor,
    and I look forward to spending an evening with Gen. (Raymond T.) Odierno and the
    other people being honored," he said. "I have learned a little more what this
    honor is over the last week or so. It’s very humbling. It’s an honor to be in
    that company and to realize the historical significance of where we will be when
    this takes place tonight, where all the Chiefs of Staff have lived going way
    back to the 1800’s, and what this represents in terms of our support for the
    military, our men and women who serve our country.




    "If you think back going all the way to back to 9/11 and how that changed the
    way, I hope, all Americans feel about our armed forces, the changing of the way
    in which war is conducted and what (the military does) for us on a daily basis,
    so we can work in this great National Football League and all Americans can
    sleep under the blanket of freedom. It is a very, very humbling experience that
    I’m looking forward to."




    Asked what he's learned about the honor he's receiving, Coughlin replied,
    "Just the nature of what this represents. It’s the third-highest civilian honor
    that can be bestowed on any non-military persons. I’m deeply, deeply moved by
    this."




    * * * *




    And one final note: the Giants will be honored by President Obama at the
    White House on Friday, June 8. So, you know, if you’re in the neighborhood, stop
    on by."

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

    NY DAILY NEWS

    HAKEEM NICKS FRACTURES FOOT, SURGERY SET, COULD BE OUT 12 WEEKS

    "On the first day of organized team activities, the Giants lost a reserve
    cornerback. On the second day, they watched an even more important player get
    injured.



    Wideout Hakeem Nicks, who
    teamed with Victor Cruz to form give the Giants the league's lone pair of
    1,000-yard wide receivers last season, fractured the fifth metatarsal in his
    right foot during Thursday morning's workout. He suffered the injury early in
    the day, while running a route during individual drills in the team's field
    house.




    Nicks will have surgery on Friday in Charlotte, N.C., where foot and ankle
    specialist Dr. Robert Anderson will insert a screw into the broken bone. His
    recovery time is 12 weeks.




    Nicks' injury comes just one day after the Giants lost corner Brian
    Witherspoon to a torn ACL. Witherspoon, who was battling to return from a torn
    ACL sustained in the 2011 preseason, suffered the injury while doing a routine
    defensive backs drill and was carted off the field.




    The Giants waived/injured Witherspoon. He was replaced on the roster by
    defensive back Dante Hughes, a six-year vet who took part in the team's rookie
    minicamp two weeks ago.




    But while Witherspoon was again lost for the season, Nicks could conceivably
    return in time for the defending Super Bowl champs' season opener against the
    Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 5. According to the Giants, Nicks' recovery time is
    expected to be 12 weeks, which would put him on track to return to action
    sometime in mid-August.




    This is just the latest injury for the 24-year-old Nicks, who has never
    played a full season in the NFL. In 2010, he missed three games to be treated
    for compartment syndrome in his right leg. Last season, he battled through a
    hamstring injury.




    But Nicks' injury may have an uptick. Once again, it seems highly probable
    that he will be back to full strength come the season opener. And while he is
    out, the Giants will be able to take a closer look at second-round draft pick
    Reuben Randle, second-year man Jerrel Jernigan (who looked good in Day One of
    OTAs), and veteran Domenik Hixon."


    ##

    THOMAS PLANS TO BE "FULL GO" IN TRAINING CAMP

    "He’s not quite sure how that very first full-speed, all-out tackle will feel,
    or how his body – and perhaps his psyche – will hold up when he begins that
    first backpedal while shadowing an elite receiver in Week 1.


    But Terrell Thomas does know this much: Come the start of Giants training
    camp in Albany, his right knee, the same knee that’s undergone two ACL
    reconstruction surgeries in the past six years, will be ready to go.




    “Training camp, I’ll be a full go, without a doubt,” Thomas said on
    Wednesday. “The way my knee’s feeling right now, I should be able to do
    everything by then.”




    Thomas made that statement shortly after providing the latest evidence of his
    recovery during the Giants’ organized team activities (OTAs) on Wednesday. Ten
    months after tearing his ACL in a preseason game, Thomas felt healthy enough to
    participate in the OTA session.




    He began by playing catch with safety Antrel Rolle, then did some drills with
    the corners. He did not participate in seven-on-seven drills, but the successful
    workout session still buoyed his confidence, so much so that Thomas insisted
    that he will be able to handle a full two-a-day load in training camp.




    “I feel my knee is ready to do all these things,” he said, “so I had to just
    jump right back in.”




    Thomas knows he needs the reps, because while his words exude confidence, his
    mind may remain fragile until he finally delivers on the field, in live action.
    The 27-year-old has spent the past few weeks insisting that he will reclaim his
    starting job opposite Corey Webster, rising above the defensive backfield
    competition.




    GM Jerry Reese has stockpiled corners over the past two seasons, drafting
    Prince Amukamara and signing vet Antwuan Molden. But Thomas believes the
    four-year, $28-million deal he inked in March cements his position in the CB
    pecking order.




    “I feel that’s why they brought me back,” he said. “Obviously, come training
    camp, there’s going to be a lot of competition, with me, Prince, Corey, young
    guys, Molden. There’s no position set, except for probably Eli (Manning). But
    starting, that’s my mindset going into it.”




    “My best thing is to prove that the knee is 100% back,” he added, “not that
    the player is back.”




    He must prove the knee’s health to the Giants, and to himself. While Thomas’
    twice-rebuilt ACL held up in workouts Wednesday, he watched teammate Brian
    Witherspoon, another corner trying to return from a torn ACL suffered last
    preseason, collapse in a drill and get carted away. Coach Tom Coughlin said he
    is “afraid” that Witherspoon has reinjured his ACL.




    “It was heartbreaking,” Thomas said of Witherspoon’s injury.




    “That’s the hardest part, coming off an injury, especially when you see
    somebody with that injury,” he added. “When it’s time to go, that first tackle,
    that first blitz, that first coverage, that first fall, you’re going to be a
    little bit hesitant at first. It’s natural, you’re human.”




    Thomas hopes to work that out of his system in Albany.




    “Try to rep that out in camp,” he said, “so when Sunday comes, you’re not
    hesitant.”




    OTHER OTA NOTES
    - I've already told everyone who was NOT
    at Wednesday's workout, but there were also two surprise players in attendance.
    TE Travis Beckum, who is still recovering from a torn ACL
    suffered in Super Bowl XLVI, was at the facility. He rode a stationary bike
    early on, then stood with his teammates during seven-on-seven drills.




    - Another surprise participant? Ahmad Bradshaw. Shortly
    after the Super Bowl, the Giants' top tailback had hinted that he might not
    participate in offseason activities, an effort to rest his chronically injured
    feet. Yet there Bradshaw was on Wednesday, doing drills with the Giants' other
    RBs and even taking a handoff during seven-on-sevens. Worth noting, however: He
    took of his helmet and watched from one knee as the tailbacks did some
    footwork-intensive agility drills, so he was resting his foot just a bit.




    - Perry Fewell said Chase Blackburn was the
    man to beat at middle linebacker, and that's what it looked like on Wednesday.
    Blackburn handled first-team middle linebacker duties during scrimmage action.
    He was flanked by Mathias Kiwanuka and Michael
    Boley
    . Of course, it's very early in the process, second-year man
    Greg Jones is learning a new position, and new acquisition
    Keith Rivers is learning a new defense.




    - The Giants lost two cornerbacks in their first OTA session on Wednesday in
    Antwuan Molden (hamstring) and Brian
    Witherspoon
    (likely a torn ACL for the second straight season). On the
    bright side, some other CBs who battled injuries last season made it through
    practice unscathed. Michael Coe was fine, as was Justin
    Tryon
    .




    Tryon, if you'll recall, was picked up by the Giants early last season and
    impressed Coughlin with his grittiness on special teams. But a broken arm landed
    him on injured reserve at the end of October.




    He was back yesterday, though, and he added that he actually could have
    played for the Giants down the stretch last season. He said his broken arm wound
    up healing in less than a month.




    Either way, Tryon is back now, and he'll compete with the Giants' bevy of CBs
    for playing time this season.




    - Second-year WR Jerrel Jernigan made several nice catches
    during seven-on-sevens, and he seemed far more comfortable than he was a year
    ago.




    - WR Domenik Hixon was also back from the torn ACL that
    wrecked his 2011 season, and he seemed to be running fluidly. He was among the
    options fielding punts - along with Victor Cruz and rookie
    Reuben Randle - and he also ran a handful of pass patterns. In
    one instance, with Tryon in coverage, Hixon ran upfield about eight yards,
    stopped hard, then turned around to make the grab.




    He told me his knee felt "fine," and he wasn't tentative at all.




    "I felt good," he said. "Didn't even think about it."




    Hixon's also bulked up a bit for this season. Hixon told me he weighed around
    190 last season. Right now, he looks considerably bigger, and he said he weighs
    more than 200 pounds. His frame carries the extra weight well, and it doesn't
    appear to have cost him any speed or agility.




    - Rookie RB David Wilson got an earful from RB coach
    Jerald Ingram after running a shaky pass route, but the
    first-round pick did not seem too concerned afterwards.




    "It was more of a tip than a get-on," Wilson said. "Said I want to be more
    shallow. I was three yards from hash. He said be five yards from the hash. It
    was a small tip."

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


    NY POST

    GIANTS' NICKS OUT AT LEAST 12 WEEKS, FRACTURES FOOT

    "The Super Bowl champion Giants on Thursday lost a huge member of their
    championship run when receiver Hakeem Nicks fractured a bone in his right foot
    in a morning OTA session and, following surgery, is expected to be out at least
    three months.



    Nicks was hurt early in practice inside the team’s field house while running
    a route in individual drills. He broke the fifth metatarsal and will have
    surgery in Charlotte, N.C. on Friday to have a screw inserted into the broken
    bone. The procedure will be performed by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert
    Anderson.




    The Giants are saying the recovery time for Nicks is approximately 12 weeks.
    Their regular season begins Sept. 5, meaning if all goes well Nicks will be able
    to play in the opener against the Cowboys. He will miss the remaining seven
    OTAs, the veteran mini-camp and, the way it appears, all of training camp at the
    University at Albany. Camp opens July 26.




    Nicks last season caught 76 passes for a career-high 1,192 yards and seven
    touchdowns and constantly attracted special attention from opposing defenses.
    He’s shown impressive toughness with the Giants while dealing with several leg
    and foot issues, including a broken toe on his left foot, and also ankle and
    hamstring issues.




    If the Giants get Nicks back in mid-August they will consider themselves
    fortunate. Last year, first-round pick Prince Amukamara suffered the same injury
    – a broken fifth metatarsal – and was out of action for 15 weeks.




    The OTAs have already not been kind to the Giants, who lost cornerback Brian
    Witherspoon on Wednesday in the first OTA practice. Witherspoon, for the second
    time in 10 months, tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
    Witherspoon on Thursday was waived/injured and replaced on the roster by
    defensive back Dante Hughes, a six-year veteran who tried out for the team at
    the rookie minicamp two weeks ago.




    Hughes has played for the Colts and for the Chargers the past three seasons,
    appearing in 53 regular-season games with two starts. Last season, Hughes played
    in all 16 games for the Chargers with one start. He finished the season with a
    career-high 42 tackles (32 solo). Hughes was originally a 2007 third-round draft
    pick of the Colts out of California."



    ##

    GIANTS' COACH HUMBLED BY HONOR FROM ARMY

    "Tom Coughlin’s Year to Remember got even more memorable here last night when
    the Giants’ admittedly star-struck coach was honored for his dedication to the
    U.S. Army.



    Although still reveling in his second Super Bowl crown in five years,
    Coughlin was both humbled and, at times, speechless as Army Chief of Staff
    Raymond T. Odierno — a noted Big Blue fan from Dover, N.J. — toasted him and
    four others near Arlington National Cemetery for their volunteer work with the
    military.




    Coughlin wasn’t the only NFL head coach honored during a theatrical annual
    fort ceremony called Twilight Tattoo — the Ravens’ John Harbaugh also was on
    hand to be recognized — but the usually gruff Giants boss admitted he was almost
    moved to tears by his Outstanding Civilian Service Award.

    “When the general was standing there reading off that stuff about me, it was
    almost like I was saying to myself, ‘Who’s he talking about?’ ’’ Coughlin told
    The Post after the hour-long celebration overlooking the Washington Monument and
    the Capitol Building.



    “It was unbelievable to me,” continued Coughlin, who was accompanied to the
    event by wife Judy. “The patriotism just came pouring out of me with all of the
    pomp and circumstance and standing there next to a four-star general. That’s
    what you call humbling.”




    The Army honored Coughlin for allowing soldiers and the families to attend
    practices and games, for repeatedly visiting wounded soldiers at both Walter
    Reed Medical Center and other installations and for flying to Iraq in 2009 as
    part of a USO tour with John Harbaugh, Jeff Fisher, Bill Cowher and Jon
    Gruden.




    Odierno noted the awkwardness of honoring the coach of the Giants in the
    backyard of the NFC East rival Redskins, but Coughlin received nothing but loud
    applause and picture requests from a large crowd made up mostly of civilians and
    schoolchildren bused in from Ohio, North Carolina and elsewhere.




    The Giants had an on-field OTA workout earlier yesterday at their Meadowlands
    complex, but Coughlin said that wasn’t going to keep him from accepting an award
    that Odierno had told him six months ago would be coming.




    “I’ve been fortunate enough to accomplish a lot in my coaching career, but
    this stacks right up there,” Coughlin said. “This means the world to me.”




    Attending the ceremony was even more special to Coughlin because he is a huge
    military history buff, and Fort Myer is the traditional home of the Army Chief
    of Staff.




    Coughlin could barely contain his awe at being honored just yards from where
    former chiefs of staff Douglas MacArthur, Dwight Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and
    John Pershing all lived.




    “Just thinking about that aspect of it blows me away,” said Coughlin, who
    will be back in the area June 8 along with his players and staff to be honored
    by President Obama at the White House for their Super Bowl win.




    Last night’s elaborate ceremony almost didn’t come off — at least not
    outdoors — thanks to a heavy thunderstorm that struck the base just minutes
    before the event was scheduled to begin.




    But after a roughly 40-minute delay, the show went on — featuring everything
    from an artillery salute to soldiers reenacting moments from the Revolutionary
    War and Vietnam.




    Odierno, who became Chief of Staff last September and has visited the Giants
    numerous times, seemed at times almost as in awe of Coughlin as Coughlin was of
    the four-star general.




    “You’re talking about someone who has really dedicated himself over a long
    period of time to caring about our soldiers and their families,” Onierno told
    The Post. “His dedication to the military is quite significant.”




    Asked jokingly if the fact he also bleeds Giant blue had anything to do with
    Coughlin’s award, Odierno smiled and shook his head.




    “Absolutely nothing to do with that,” he said. “Absolutely everything to do
    with what he’s done for the military.”

    GIANTS' TUCK WON'T DUCK TALK OF "DYNASTY"

    "Justin Tuck did not back off the “dynasty’’ comments he made at last week’s
    championship ring ceremony, continuing to claim the Giants — who have two Super
    Bowl victories in a four-year span — can attain that lofty status.



    “Why wouldn’t I feel that way?’’ Tuck said yesterday. “I don’t need to be
    playing the game if I’m not thinking about winning the championship every year.
    I feel very confident in this team’s talent and this coaching staff and we have
    that shot. We do have a shot at it.’’




    Coach Tom Coughlin did not exactly embrace the “dynasty’’ talk, but he didn’t
    shoot it down, either.




    “I would say this: I think we must raise the bar for our own performance,
    whether it be in the meetings, on the practice field, on the game field,’’
    Coughlin said. “That’s what I’d like to see. I’d like to see everyone come in
    here — the young players, the new players — [and] understand the New York Giants
    championship culture ... and try to raise the level of how we do everything so
    that it is championship level.’’

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

    THE BERGEN RECORD

    GIANTS GET BACK TO WORK

    "Eli Manning now has two Super Bowl rings and a pair of MVP awards from the big
    game as well.



    The Giants' quarterback remains a realist, however, and a perfect finish did
    not erase his team's imperfections from last season, no matter how history will
    remember it.




    "Obviously the season ended up well, but if you look at our regular season,
    we still lost seven games," Manning said after the Giants hit the field and
    participated in their first of 10 organized team activities Wednesday. "There's
    a lot of room for improvement. It wasn't an easy regular season where we were
    going out there and playing great every game."




    In taking Manning's lead, the Giants promise they will be focused on getting
    better.




    Just how much better remains to be seen, although Justin Tuck was clear last
    week with his assessment of Big Blue and their chances of building a
    championship dynasty.




    Tom Coughlin did not back down from Tuck's challenge, either, echoing
    Manning's assertion that the Giants have plenty on which to improve and build
    going forward.




    "I would say this: I think we must raise the bar for our own performance,
    whether it be in the meetings, on the practice field, on the game field,"
    Coughlin said. "That's what I'd like to see. I'd like to see everyone come in
    here … and try to raise the level of how we do everything so that it is
    championship level."




    Jason Pierre-Paul and Victor Cruz insisted Wednesday that neither is
    satisfied despite emerging as two of the NFL's biggest breakout stars in the
    Giants' run to Super Bowl XLVI, which resulted in the franchise's fourth Vince
    Lombardi Trophy.




    The final celebration of that victory will come June 8 when the Giants are
    scheduled to visit the White House and meet with President Obama.




    Other than that, the Giants are back to the business of football; and that
    continued with their return to the practice field Wednesday.




    "We had a great ending, but we didn't have a perfect season. Nobody was
    perfect," said Pierre-Paul, who has set his sights on eventually making a run at
    Michael Strahan's single-season sack record of 22.5. "There's a lot we can do
    better. Me personally, every day I'm learning something new. I'm going to keep
    on learning and trying to get better.




    "We were Super Bowl champions, but we know we can be even better."




    Asked if he truly believes the Giants can build a modern-day NFL dynasty,
    Tuck said: "Why can't you? Why wouldn't I feel that way? I don't need to be
    playing the game if I'm not thinking about winning a championship every year. I
    feel very confident in this team's talents and this coaching staff. I believe we
    have that shot.




    "Me saying it – is that going to make it happen? Absolutely not. But we do
    have a shot at it."




    COUGHLIN HUMBLED: Coughlin said he was "deeply moved" Wednesday by receiving
    the Outstanding Civilian Service Award, the third-highest public service honor
    the U.S. Army can bestow upon a civilian.




    The award was presented in Arlington, Va., to Coughlin and four other
    recipients, including Ravens coach John Harbaugh and Paterson native Bob Delaney, by Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, an
    avid Giants fan and a close friend of Coughlin's.




    "I'm very humbled in receiving this honor, and I look forward to spending an
    evening with General Odierno and the other people being honored," Coughlin said.
    "It's an honor to be in that company and to realize the historical significance
    of where we will be once this takes place [Wednesday] … and what this represents
    in terms of our support for the military, our men and women who serve our
    country."




    BRIEFS: Four players were not present: DE Osi Umenyiora, DT Chris Canty
    (knee), TE Jake Ballard (knee) and TE Adrien Robinson, who is finishing up
    school at the University of Cincinnati. … Having returned from consecutive ACL
    surgeries, WR Domenik Hixon called it "devastating" news that CB Brian
    Witherspoon tore his ACL for the second straight season during Wednesday's OTA
    practice session. CB Antwaun Molden also was injured, and he will receive
    further evaluation to determine the severity of his hamstring issue."

    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

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

    GIANTS 101


    CHARLIE SHEEN WINS AUCTION FOR LAWRENCE TAYLOR'S SUPER BOWL XXV RING

    "We have a winner! Or a guy who keeps on winning, as it were. Mr. Tiger's
    Blood himself, Charlie
    Sheen
    , was allegedly the winner of the auction for Lawrence Taylor's Super Bowl XXV ring.

    Mark Lepselter, Taylor's agent, tells Jay Glazer
    they were informed on Wednesday night that Sheen was the winning bidder and ponied up all $230,401 for LT's former bling.



    "Don't know for sure but that is what we were told," Lepselter tweeted on Thursday.




    Although Lepselter and Taylor were informed Sheen was the winning bidder,
    there is still a possibility that it's a bit of misinformation. However, it
    would make sense that Sheen, an avid NFL fan who could afford such a tremendous price tag,
    would be interested in the ring. The two also share several thing in common –
    Sheen was an actor who portrayed an athlete, while Taylor was an athlete who
    tried to act. And, of course, a few other things…




    On the final day of bidding, New York
    Giants
    defensive end Osi Umenyiora attempted to save Taylor's ring and
    have it returned to him, requesting 1,000,000 Twitter followers before he won
    the auction. He later dropped that number down to 500,000, but was unable to
    eclipse even 40,000 followers by the time the hammer dropped.




    Giants 101 will keep an ear out and update fans as this story is either
    confirmed or denied."

    NEW YORK GIANTS' DOMENIK HIXON SAYS KNEE "FEELS GOOD"

    "The last time you saw wide receiver Domenik
    Hixon
    , he weighed about 190 lbs and was being carted off the field after
    tearing his ACL in week two of the 2011 season against the St. Louis Rams. Fast
    forward to Wednesday and the start of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and Hixon
    is back, healthy and considerably bulked up.


    The five-year NFL veteran was
    visibly larger
    than he was in 2011, saying he had put on close to 25 lbs. And despite weighing
    in at 213 lbs., he showed absolutely no signs of losing a step. He was as speedy
    and agile as ever, breaking in and out of his cuts with ease.




    Along with Victor Cruz and rookie Reuben Randle, Hixon returned to a familiar
    role on Wednesday: returning punts.




    In his absence, the Giants have total of 0 punt returns for a touchdown. In
    fact, the last time the team returned a punt for a touchdown was in a December
    2009 victory over the Dallas Cowboys … when Hixon did it. Moreover, the return
    game has struggled in yards per return, averaging only 6.1 yards (Hixon averaged
    10.3 ypr before he was injured).




    A healthy Hixon brings a lot of versatility to Big Blue. Not only is he an
    adequate wide receiver, he also takes their return game to a whole new level.
    And if looks are any indication, you have a man who is determined to stay on the
    field and make an impact in 2012."

    NFC EAST TEAM IDENTITIES: AN EARLY LOOK

    Excerpt: "The 2012 NFL Draft is
    complete, free agency is over, the teams all have their new coaches going into
    next season, and we now have a clearer idea of who the New York
    Giants and other teams are or are trying to be going into the 2012 NFL season.


    The NFC East beat up on each other in 2011, as the Giants won the division
    with a 9-7 record, although they lost both games to the last place Washington Redskins. The G-Men were clearly battle tested
    going into the postseason, and went on to beat the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay
    Packers, San Francisco 49ers, and New England Patriots to win their second
    Lombardi Trophy in five seasons.The Eagles came into the year as the
    self-proclaimed "dream team", but did not live up to their boasts on the field,
    and the Dallas
    Cowboys
    once again played well but came up short at very critical times and
    saw another season end in disappointment.




    Today we take a look at who the New York Giants and their NFC East rivals will look to be
    next season.




    NEW YORK
    GIANTS




    Offense




    It's all about Eli Manning on this side of the ball. The Giants have one of
    the league's three or four best signal callers, and the offense will always be
    geared towards allowing him to decide the Giants fate in big spots, because
    that's where their strength lies. Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz are two of the
    league's most explosive wide receivers and the Giants will put a lot of pressure
    on defenses throwing the football in 2012. The running game is being rebuilt
    around Ahmad Bradshaw and first round pick David Wilson out of Virginia Tech, as
    the Giants look to get more big plays on the ground. The offensive line is the
    biggest question mark for this group, as the team will likely have a different
    starter at both tackle spots and possibly one of the interior line spots than
    they did during their playoff run.




    Defense




    A lot of versatility and big, physical players on this side of the ball. The
    cornerback position welcomes back Terrell Thomas, who brings an aggressive,
    physical style of football alongside a top coverman in Corey Webster. The
    defensive line is led by one of the league's most explosive young defensive
    players in Jason Pierre-Paul, and hopes to have a healthier Justin Tuck, who is
    one of the most complete defensive linemen in football. If the Giants get a big step forward in
    development from Prince Amukamara and solid contribution from third round pick
    JayronHosley, this could be one of the better pass defenses in the NFL. The
    development of Amukamara and the ability of the defensive line to stay healthy
    will be key to pushing this unit to the next level.




    Overall




    Physical football
    team led by one of the best head coaches and quarterbacks in the league. A lot
    of veterans that know what it takes to win on this Giants football
    team. They will look to beat teams with Eli Manning's arm offensively, and
    create a lot of negative plays and turnovers for opposing offenses defensively
    with their pass rush. The Giants will look to improve on their consistency as a
    team in 2012 to make a run at a repeat. "Read more...

    GIANTS' HEAD COACH TOM COUGHLIN DOESN'T SHY AWAY FROM "DYNASTY" TALK

    "When New York
    Giants
    defensive end Justin
    Tuck
    started talking about a potential dynasty during the Super Bowl XLVI
    ring ceremony, you figured head coach Tom
    Coughlin
    would promptly put an end to such chatter. Only … that's not what
    happened. Following the first day of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), Coughlin
    was asked about Tuck's "dynasty" comment, and rather than pooh-poohing it, the
    coach embraced it.



    "I would say this: I think we must raise the bar for our own performance,
    whether it be in the meetings, on the practice field, on the game field. That’s
    what I’d like to see. I’d like to see everyone come in here – the young players,
    the new players – [and] understand the New York
    Giants
    championship culture, which is over the door to the locker room, and
    try to raise the level of how we do everything so that it is championship
    level," Coughlin said.




    Meanwhile, Tuck was grilled about his dynasty comments, but like Coughlin, he
    refused to shy away from them.





    "I feel very confident in this team’s talents and this coaching staff, and I
    believe we have that shot [at being a dynasty]. Me saying it, is that gonna make
    it happen? Absolutely not, but we do have a shot at it," Tuck said.




    Even the rookies have gotten in on the action lately, as running back David
    Wilson
    recently predicted a Super Bowl repeat for Big Blue.




    There's a certain swagger and confidence about the New York Football
    Giants that hasn't been seen in quite some time. They realize the amount of work
    that has to go into the success they desire, but for the second year in a row they appear to be "All In."




    86 of a potential 90 players showed up for voluntary OTAs on Monday. Those
    that didn't show include Osi Umenyiora, Chris Canty, Jake Ballard and Adrien
    Robinson. Of those four, two (Canty and Ballard) are recovering from injury and
    unable to participate, while one (Robinson) was away at school.




    That sounds like a team that's ready to win another ring; a team that's ready
    to start a dynasty."

    GIANTS FEAR TORN ACL FOR CORNERBACK BRIAN WITHERSPOON

    "Wide receiver Domenik Hixon, who is returning after two consecutive ACL
    tears, called it "devastating." He spoke, of course, of New York
    Giants cornerback Brian
    Witherspoon
    , who just moments after returning to the field for the first
    time since tearing his ACL a year ago, went down with what the team fears is
    another torn ACL … of the same knee.



    "I'm afraid it was an ACL again," head coach Tom Coughlin
    said.




    The Giants have had a string of players suffer multiple ACL tears in recent
    years, including the aforementioned Hixon, linebacker Clint Sintim and now
    Witherspoon. One positive Witherspoon can take away from this is that both
    Sintim and Hixon have fought their way back from back-to-back ACL tears and will
    be competing for a spot on the 53-man roster this season.




    Although no longer a death sentence for NFL players, dual ACL tears for Witherspoon put him at
    long odds to return. Whether or not the Giants place him on Injured Reserve (IR)
    or waive/injury him remains to be seen.




    In addition to Witherspoon, recently signed defensive back Antwaun
    Molden
    was also carted off the field on Wednesday after suffering a
    hamstring injury.





    "It’s tough but I’ve been through this situation before so it’s good to know
    what to do," Molden said.




    Welcome back, Giants football!"

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: TERRELL THOMAS, ANDRE BROWN, JUSTIN TRYON

    "Good morning, New York Giants
    fans! Here are some notes from Wednesday's OTA at the Timex Performance
    Center.



    NY
    Giants' Terrell Thomas promises he will be a starter once again after suffering
    torn ACL - NY Daily News

    "Training camp, I’ll be a full go, without a
    doubt," Thomas said Wednesday. "The way my knee’s feeling right now, I should be
    able to do everything by then."






    Giants'
    Andre Brown appealing Adderall PED ban - NFL.com

    New York Giants running
    back Andre Brown is
    appealing his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing
    substance ban for taking Adderall, a prescription drug he says he's been on
    since he joined the league.





    CB
    Tryon works back from broken arm

    "The arm is stronger than ever," Tryon
    said. "It’s about 120 percent. It’s actually stronger. I’m actually just waiting
    to put it to the test on somebody…I’m just happy to be back on the field, happy
    to be back with the guys. I’m happy to be doing something."





    Giants
    OTA notes: May 23, 2012 – Blogging the bEast

    Giants practices are
    extremely efficient. Great tempo. I’ve seen four NFL coaching staffs run
    practices: The Eagles, Redskins, Vikings and
    Giants. The Giants do the best job of not wasting any time, by far.




    Giants OTA#1: Practice
    Report | Train-a Thought




    Henry Hynoski is Ready
    for a Bigger Role in the Giants’ Offense | Train-a Thought
    "


    DISCUSSION: HOW DO YOU DEFINE A GOOD SEASON FOR THE GIANTS?

    "New York Giants
    defensive end Justin Tuck was
    once again talking dynasty Wednesday after the team's OTA at the Timex
    Performance Center. True, Tuck was prodded by a question about his previous
    claim that the Giants could become a dynasty, but the team's defensive captain
    refuses to believe it can't happen.



    "Why wouldn't I feel that way?" Tuck said. "I don't need to be playing the
    game if I'm not thinking about winning a championship every year.




    "I feel very confident in this team's talent and in this coaching staff, and
    I believe we have that shot. Me saying it is that going to make it happen?
    Absolutely not, but we do have a shot at it."




    Yes, the Giants have two Super Bowl titles in five years. But they did go
    just 9-7 during the regular season in 2011 and had back-to-back seasons before
    that where they did not make the playoffs.




    Can they really be a dynasty?





    I doubt that. In all honesty building a dynasty in today's game with the
    player movement and the number of teams in the league is unlikely. The New England
    Patriots
    have come close, but can't be considered a dynasty with those two
    Super Bowl losses to the Giants.




    Here is a question, though. Tuck is talking about bu
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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    thanks Roanoke!




    looks like we're becoming "ALL IN" with this dynasty idea!







    Go Giants!


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    [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

    thanks Roanoke!




    looks like we're becoming "ALL IN" with this dynasty idea!







    Go Giants!

    [/quote]

    If these guys can take that mentality into the season we will be ahead of the game.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY. MAY 24, 2012 - 1:37 P.M.

    [quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="BigBlue1971"]

    thanks Roanoke!




    looks like we're becoming "ALL IN" with this dynasty idea!




    *




    Go Giants!

    [/quote]

    If these guys can take that mentality into the season we will be ahead of the game.
    [/quote]
    Thanks for news RF!

    I hear that the new SB46 Rings have "ALL IN" inscribed inside the ring.


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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY. MAY 24, 2012 - 1:37 P.M.

    [quote user="lttaylor56"][quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="BigBlue1971"]

    thanks Roanoke!




    looks like we're becoming "ALL IN" with this dynasty idea!







    Go Giants!

    [/quote]

    If these guys can take that mentality into the season we will be ahead of the game.
    [/quote]
    Thanks for news RF!

    I hear that the new SB46 Rings have "ALL IN" inscribed inside the ring.[/quote]

    They do indeed. Where ya been????
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY. MAY 24, 2012 - 1:37 P.M.

    [quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="lttaylor56"][quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="BigBlue1971"]

    thanks Roanoke!




    looks like we're becoming "ALL IN" with this dynasty idea!




    *




    Go Giants!

    [/quote]

    If these guys can take that mentality into the season we will be ahead of the game.
    [/quote]
    Thanks for news RF!

    I hear that the new SB46 Rings have "ALL IN" inscribed inside the ring.[/quote]

    They do indeed.* Where ya been????
    [/quote]How are you big Guy?
    I've been in the shadows, not as much time to post since I started working out of my home office. Personally, I find it more difficult to work at home...more distractions; wife, kids, dogs, phone, deliveries.

    What a blessed year NYG gave us last season! Fans of some teams never experience what NYG has given us since 1986.

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    [quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="lttaylor56"][quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="BigBlue1971"]

    thanks Roanoke!




    looks like we're becoming "ALL IN" with this dynasty idea!




    *




    Go Giants!

    [/quote]

    If these guys can take that mentality into the season we will be ahead of the game.
    [/quote]
    Thanks for news RF!

    I hear that the new SB46 Rings have "ALL IN" inscribed inside the ring.[/quote]

    They do indeed.* Where ya been????
    [/quote]How are you big Guy?
    I've been in the shadows, not as much time to post since I started working out of my home office. Personally, I find it more difficult to work at home...more distractions; wife, kids, dogs, phone, deliveries.

    What a blessed year NYG gave us last season! Fans of some teams never experience what NYG has given us since 1986.

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    [quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="lttaylor56"][quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="BigBlue1971"]

    thanks Roanoke!




    looks like we're becoming "ALL IN" with this dynasty idea!







    Go Giants!

    [/quote]

    If these guys can take that mentality into the season we will be ahead of the game.
    [/quote]
    Thanks for news RF!

    I hear that the new SB46 Rings have "ALL IN" inscribed inside the ring.[/quote]

    They do indeed. Where ya been????
    [/quote]

    Just keep making the big bucks []
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