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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012 - 8:57 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

    NY POST

    CHARITABLE BLACKBURN SHARES HIS TALE PERSEVERANCE WITH LESS FORTUNATE

    "Chase Blackburn was an expectant father, but the Tumi suitcase that sat on
    his bedroom floor at his home in Marysville, Ohio, wasn’t for a mad dash to the
    hospital. It was there packed and ready for when Blackburn got a call from an
    NFL team wanting his services.



    It sat there for months as July turned to August, August to September and
    September to October. It was the last remnant of what had been a fully loaded
    motorcycle trailer Blackburn had filled with his family’s belongings, ready for
    transport when the NFL lockout ended last summer.




    Blackburn wasn’t resigned after playing six years with the Giants. But he was
    sure he would get a call from another team. But it had not come, and little by
    little Blackburn unpacked the trailer he had borrowed from his father. But he
    kept a suitcase packed with jeans, a couple of pairs of shirts, and dress shoes.
    He left enough space for a suit and his bathroom toiletries, which would be
    last-minute additions.

    “I never lost faith,” Blackburn said recently. “I was just waiting for an
    opportunity to arise. I just didn’t know when.”



    Blackburn’s phone didn’t ring until the morning of Nov. 29 — a Tuesday — when
    the Giants called. Injuries to their linebackers had created an opening.
    Blackburn grabbed his suitcase and by that night was in East Rutherford ready to
    play football again.




    He would start the final four games and become a Super Bowl hero when he
    intercepted a pass from Tom Brady in the Giants’ 21-17 victory over the Patriots
    in Indianapolis. He is signed for the 2012 season and is the early front-runner
    for a starting position.




    “To be home and forgotten about to coming back and being a part of what we
    were able to accomplish, it’s pretty awesome,” Blackburn said.




    Since the Super Bowl, he has been sharing his turnaround story with those who
    need to hear from someone who stayed optimistic in the face of adversity. On
    June 2, Blackburn will take cancer fighters and survivors and their friends,
    family and supporters on a fishing cruise off the coast of New Jersey.
    Partnering with the charity “Kick Cancer Overboard,” Blackburn has planned a
    relaxing afternoon for those affected by cancer.




    “My mother-in-law beat breast cancer four years ago, and my wife’s best
    friend’s little brother passed away from cancer when he was in high school,”
    Blackburn said. “Me and my wife [Megan] know a little bit about going through
    radiation and chemo and how much of a toll it takes and the medical bills that
    pile up. This gives those who are going through it and have gone through it a
    free trip so they can think about having fun and relaxing.”




    It’s the latest worthy cause Blackburn has been involved with since the Super
    Bowl. Last February, he spoke to a group of inner city kids and offered his
    support for a project to revitalize McGinley Square, a historic neighborhood in
    Jersey City. It is one of 17 neighborhoods around the country that have been
    awarded the Choice Neighborhood grant from Obama administration.




    The project will create housing for all levels of income, retail shops and
    parks where kids can play. One of the streets to be developed will be named
    Blackburn Boulevard.




    “You won’t be able to drive on it, but it will be like Times Square,”
    Blackburn said. “It’s going to be more of a festival street. It’s where people
    will hang out, be safe and have some fun.”




    With the Giants slated to visit the White House on June 8, Blackburn now has
    a common cause with nation’s leader.




    “I’ll be interested to know when we go to the White House whether [President
    Barack] O’Bama will know whether I’m part of that project,” Blackburn said with
    a grin.




    Being a Super Bowl hero and having a date with the President seemed
    far-fetched last fall when Blackburn was waiting for his phone to ring. But the
    packed suitcase was a reminder he wasn’t giving up on his career and his
    dreams.




    “That’s how quickly things can change for the better,” he said.




    It’s a message that can resonate on the streets of Jersey City or a boat ride
    off the Jersey Shore."


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

    THE BERGEN RECORD


    PLAXICO BURRESS TO NEW YORK GIANTS: SPECULATION THAT JUST WON'T DIE.

    "The moment wide receiver Hakeem
    Nicks
    went down with an injury, it was inevitable that speculation about a
    Plaxico Burress, New York
    Giants
    reunion would resume. Many fans took to it immediately, while the
    media remained a bit more reserved … at least until Sunday.


    Gary Myers of the New York Daily News became the first journalist to revisit the likelihood of reunion, wondering aloud if it's a
    realistic possibility.





    "Could Hakeem
    Nicks
    ’ broken right foot lead the Giants to look into bringing back Plaxico
    Burress
    ? He’s not returning to the Jets — they’ve already reassigned his
    locker — and is still on the market as a free agent. He would give the Giants a
    veteran presence, especially in the red zone," Myers wrote. "Burress would be
    much less of a distraction with the Giants one year later after they won another
    Super Bowl."




    Earlier in the offseason, Burress named the Philadelphia Eagles as the team
    he'd most like to play for in 2012. After that didn't pan out, he
    allegedly sought a workout with the Miami Dolphins and was denied. He remains a free agent with what appears to be
    very little interest around the league, and is a step closer to forced
    retirement than a return to football.




    All that said, Burress has never closed the door on a return to the Giants.
    In early March, he said they were still very much a possibility, but that possibility became highly
    unlikely when they drafted Rueben
    Randle
    in the second round of the NFL Draft.




    And then Nicks went down with a fractured 5th metatarsal, potentially missing upwards of 15
    weeks (as Prince Amukamara did in 2011). Suddenly, an impossibility once again
    becomes a possibility pending the healing time of the Giants' premiere receiver.
    If it only takes 4-6 weeks for him to return, as it's been rumored, then they
    have no need to add anyone else. However, if rehabilitation takes longer than
    expected and he does miss the first 3-4 games of the season, the team may look
    to add a veteran.




    Co-owners Steve Tisch and John Mara have never been shy about expressing
    their love for Burress, as both a person and a player, and have never completely
    dismissed him or a potential return. So in that regard, maybe Myers' thoughts
    aren't so unwarranted. After all, stranger things have happened."


    ##

    GIANTS WILL VISIT WHITE HOUSE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 8TH

    "In what will be the final leg of their Super
    Bowl XLVI
    journey, the New York Giants are scheduled to visit the White House on
    Friday, June 8th. After that, their desire will only be to look forward; leaving
    the 2011-2012 where it belongs … in the past.



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




    In the mean time, Big Blue will prepare for a face-to-face with President
    Barack Obama, who called Coughlin moments after they defeated the New England
    Patriots 21-17. During their five-minute conversation, the president called the
    Giants “courageous, mentally tough, resilient people who believed in each
    other."




    For some members of the New York Football Giants, this will be their second White House
    visit. In April of 2008, following their Super Bowl XLII victory over the
    Patriots, the team met with then President George W. Bush on the lawn of the
    White House, where he praised both Eli Manning and David Tyree, as well as Lt.
    Col. Greg Gadson."

    CONTRACT DISPUTE ASIDE, GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA REMAINS "ALL-IN"

    "For the New York
    Giants, all is currently quiet on the #72 front. Just kidding; it’s peaceful as
    far as the c-word goes (C-ontract, folks).


    Organized Team Activities have begun and the focus is back on the team – at
    least for the team. OTA’s, first off, are voluntary. Many players “skip” these
    practices for various reasons. No one should be taken aback that Osi
    Umenyiora
    is not in attendance.




    As the team is getting back onto the field (well, the one at Timex
    Performance Center) and getting that football feeling back, some players continue to rehab and
    others won’t actually show up until Training Camp which should open late
    July.




    While there isn’t talk of a hold-out and such a possibility isn’t unheard of
    for the New York
    Giants (who have most certainly dealt with their share of malcontent players in
    the past), will it be likely? If last year can be used as any type of blueprint,
    then more than likely, no. Unfortunately, there are many fans as well as pundits
    that are quick on the draw to cut off all ties to the right defensive end.




    Osi
    Umenyiora
    will be 32 later this year, but shows no signs of slowing down.
    Why let him free to possibly play against Big Blue? General Manager Jerry
    Reese
    is a very smart man and he knows what Osi brings to the defense. In
    nine regular-season games last season, #72 recorded: 25 tackles, 9 sacks, 2
    forced fumbles and a pass batted down. Career-wise, the RDE (going into his
    tenth year) boasts: 333 tackles, 69 sacks, 3 defensive touchdowns, 30 forced
    fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries and 12 passes defended in 113 regular season games
    played.




    Used more as a pass-rushing end, Umenyiora does struggle against the run and
    in coverage when asked to cover tight-ends and pass-catching running backs.
    However, when his skills are called upon to focus on getting to the quarterback
    – mostly on first and third downs and longer yardage downs – that’s when the
    stats are in his (and the Giants’) favor. Some view this as “just another
    situational player”; Perry
    Fewell
    would say it is all part of the defensive rotational strength. So,
    again – why try to take this type of asset out of the locker room and out of
    blue?




    When activated and playing on game day, Osi is All In. He’s not tearing the
    team concept apart as some have indirectly attempted to do in the past. Head
    Coach Tom
    Coughlin
    and Defensive Coordinator Perry
    Fewell
    are still respected and their weekly game plans are carried out
    without question. He also adds a fire and spark to the defensive line as well as
    to coach Fewell – you ever see footage of the DC during a game when the guys
    come off the field after a huge stop? It’s contagious and something that can
    only help not hurt or hinder.




    Ernie
    Accorsi
    ’s famous draft mantra: “You can never have too many pass rushers”
    remains in Reese’s head as well as in the minds of die-hard fans. So when was
    the last time the New York Football Giants traded one?"

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    NY GIANTS' OTA'S RETROSPECTIVE: DID WE LEARN ANYTHING?

    "Here are three things we learned last week during the New York Giants
    OTAs.

    1. Injuries will happen regardless of how soft
      Commissioner Roger Goodell wants to make practices for NFL teams. Witness the
      torn ACL of Brian
      Witherspoon
      and the broken foot of Hakeem Nicks,
      both suffered in non-competitive drills.
    2. David Diehl will
      play right tackle and Kevin Boothe
      will begin as the starting left guard. Maybe Mitch Petrus
      can take that spot away from Boothe, but installing Boothe in that spot is
      typical of the Giants. Tom Coughlin is nothing if not loyal to players who are
      successful for him.
    3. Running back might be the most interesting
      position to watch unfold throughout the preseason. Ahmad
      Bradshaw
      and first-round pick David Wilson
      are locks. Fullback Henry
      Hynoski
      should also be a lock -- and might have a bigger role in the
      offense. But, the competition between DJ Ware, Da'Rel Scott,
      Andre Brown and
      Joe Martinek
      will be fun to watch as it unfolds."
    http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news



    INSIDE FOOTBALL


    http://www.insidefootball.com/



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    http://www.theredzone.org/

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    http://www.giantsgab.com/



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    YARDBARKER


    ROOKIE RUEBEN RANDLE STEPS UP WITH NICKS TEMPORARILY OUT OF GIANTS' LINEUP

    "The Giants have consistently groomed WRs to step out of the shadows and into the
    spotlight when the chips are down.


    When their number one man Hakeem Nicks went down last week with a broken
    foot, suddenly heads turned towards LSU’s Reuben Randle.




    Let us be clear, Nicks will make big contributions in the Giants offense in
    2012. The evidence suggests that.




    His surgery on May 25th was successful and a screw was inserted in
    his right foot to “hasten the healing process,” according to the New York
    Post.




    Here is the thing, even the casual fan knows that even with the 12-week
    prognosis being downgraded to 4-6 weeks (per Adam Schefter), that there is a
    difference between Nicks being cleared to step on a football field and Nicks
    being able to play up to his previous standard.




    So as Nicks works back up to being at least 95%, Randle has to forget the
    rookie learning curve and prove to his doubters that his less-than-jaw-dropping
    numbers were a result of misuse at LSU and not a reflection of what he can
    do.




    Nicks will be on the field, but if there is a potential setback or he has to
    ease back into the line-up into a rotational role, how will this play out for
    the Giants in the first three to four games of the year?




    If Randle does not step up and draw attention away from Victor Cruz then who
    will? Ramses Barden is not going to be that guy. Previous standbys such as Mario
    Mannigham are gone.




    The newly recruited TE Martellus Bennett is more than up for the job and
    should see a lot of targets.




    It still comes down to this. Rueben Randle is a talented kid. If his heart
    and his desire can match his talent, he can walk directly into a golden
    opportunity.




    At OTAs last week, ESPN’s 32 Chris Mortensen stated that “they thought he was
    the most NFL-ready receiver in the draft.” What they’ve seen so far has
    justified that.”




    If that is the case, expect Randle to take first team reps when training camp
    starts to prepare to step onto the big stage to face his former college ally Mo
    Claiborne when the Giants face the Dallas Cowboys Week 1."



    ##

    NEW YORK GIANTS 53-MAN ROSTER PROJECTION

    "The New York Giants put together an incredible run to the Super Bowl in 2011
    that few fans will ever forget. Not only did the improbable run give the Giants
    their fourth Super Bowl title, it was the team’s second in five years, which
    gives the G-men an opportunity to turn this run into a dynasty if the team can
    win its third Super Bowl in six years in 2012.


    Talent wise, the Giants appear to be in a solid position to contend. Not only
    is Eli Manning returning after by far his best season. New York has many other
    stars in their prime or just about the enter it. Players such as Justin Tuck,
    Jason Pierre-Paul, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Osi Umenyiora, Ahamad Bradshaw,
    Mathias Kiwanuka, Michael Boley, Antrell Rolle and Kenny Phillips all
    return.




    In addition to the strong core of the team, the Giants also added a few key
    rookies, who will look to add competition to the roster in certain spots. The
    two rookies in the best position to play right away are first-rounder David
    Wilson, a running back from Virginia Tech and second-round wide receiver of LSU,
    Rueben Randle.




    The Giants will also be getting last year’s first-round selection Prince
    Amukamara and former starting cornerback Terrell Thomas, who tore his ACL last
    season, back completely healthy.




    Like any team in the NFL, the Giants are not without questions. There are
    definite concerns along the offensive line and at linebacker, even wide receiver
    with the injury to Nicks is a little concerning. Yet, no one team in today’s NFL
    iswithout weaknesses, it is simply a matter of being good enough in critical
    areas that those deficiencies are covered up.




    With that said, here is the Giants 53-man roster projection:




    QB (2): Eli Manning, David Carr.




    RB/FB (5): Ahmad Bradshaw, David Wilson, D.J. Ware, Darell
    Scott, Henry Hynoski.




    WR (5): Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Jerrel Jernigan, Rueben
    Randle, Domenik Hixon.




    TE (3): Martellus Bennett, Bear Pascoe, Travis Beckum.




    OL (9): Davis Baas, David Diehl, Kevin Boothe, Chris Snee,
    Will Beatty, Sean Locklear, James Brewer, Chris White, Mitch Petrus.




    DL (9): Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Jason Pierre-Paul,
    Chris Canty, Linval Joseph, Marvin Austin, Shaun Rogers, Justin Trattou, Markus
    Kuhn.




    LB (8): Michael Boley, Mathias Kiwanuka,Chase Blackburn,
    Keith Rivers, Jacquian Williams, Mark Herzlich, Clint Sintim, Greg Jones.




    DB (9):Corey Webster, Terrell Thomas, Prince Amukamara,
    Antrell Rolle, Kenny Phillips, Tyler Sash, Chris Horton, Antwuan Molden, Jayron
    Hosley.




    ST’s (3): Lawrence Tynes, Drew Weatherford, Zack
    DeOssie.




    Keep following FantasyPPR.com for all the latest NFL news and Fantasy
    Football Analysis."



    http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/teams/new_york_giants/56

    SPORTING NEWS

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/stories

    NYG REPORTER



    http://nygreporter.com/



    NFL.COM


    http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG




    YAHOOSPORTS

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl


    FOX SPORTS


    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-giants/67056


    NBCSPORTS


    AMID CONFLICTING REPORTS OF IS ABSENCE, NICKS HAS SURGERY

    "The bad news for Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is that his foot is still
    broken. The good news is that he may be back sooner than the team has
    acknowledged.


    The better news is that he already has had the injury repaired. Per multiple
    reports, Nicks underwent successful (is there another kind?) surgery on Friday
    to have a screw inserted into his fifth metatarsal.




    Pegged as a 12-week injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Nicks could recover in four-to-six weeks. If so,
    Nicks could be available for training camp and the preseason.




    In his absence, Victor Cruz becomes the top receiver on the
    roster — and rookie Rueben Randle will have plenty of
    opportunities to prove himself."

    GIANTS' CONFIDENCE IN RANDLE GROWING AT OTA'S

    "The Giants may need more early-season impact out of rookie receiver Rueben Randle than they initially
    anticipated, after top wideout Hakeem Nicks broke his right foot.


    According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Giants love what they’ve seen from
    Randle so far at OTAs.




    “They thought he was the most NFL-ready receiver in the draft,” Mort reported
    onESPN 32. “What they’ve seen so far has justified that.”




    With Nicks sidelined deep into August, Randle figures to open Giants training
    camp as a starter and receive first-team practice reps all the way through. The
    Giants need to be preparing Randle to begin the season as a starter, in the
    event of a Nicks setback.




    At the very least, Randle is expected to be New York’s third receiver during
    the NFL opener against Dallas."

    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/3032875/ns/sports-nfl



    CBSSPORTS


    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/p...ew-york-giants



    SI.COM





    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/foo...ts/?eref=sinav





    ESPN.COM

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants



    FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS




    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/


    PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY

    REPORT: HAKEEM NICKS HAS SUCCESSFUL SURGERY

    "
    Giants WR Hakeem Nicks had successful surgery Friday, with a screw inserted
    in his foot to speed the healing of a fractured bone, the New York Post
    reported.



    Hicks broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot Thursday while
    running a pass route during organized team activities. Foot and ankle specialist
    Dr. Robert Anderson performed the surgery in Charlotte, N.C.




    The Giants have said that Nicks should be able to return to action in about
    12 weeks, which would mean that Hicks would miss all of training camp but should
    be back in time for the regular-season opener Sept. 5 against the Cowboys if his
    recovery goes according to schedule.




    The way we see it




    There is a rumor that Nicks might be able to return much sooner than the
    team’s 12-week estimate. Nevertheless, Nicks was the Giants’ second-leading
    receiver last season behind Victor Cruz, and the offseason departure of No. 3 WR
    Mario Manningham, combined with Hicks’ injury, potentially puts more pressure on
    rookie second-round pick Rueben Randle to contribute
    immediately."

    http://stats.profootballweekly.com/team/giants/


    PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS


    http://www.profootballfocus.com/

    MISCELLANEOUS

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012 - 11:03 A.M.



    many thanks Roanoke!




    we need Osi on the team! i hope he is ALL IN for the season!


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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012 - 11:03 A.M.

    [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

    many thanks Roanoke!




    we need Osi on the team! i hope he is ALL IN for the season!

    [/quote]

    We'll see soon enough. I thought it was interesting they are calling for Diehl at RT and Boothe at LG. I was expecting them to wait for camp, but I guess they want to get these guys as prepared as they can.
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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012 - 11:03 A.M.

    I was intrigued by the Burress situation. I don't think it is going happen but I know if he would've got with us last year he would had a job. I so do not care about any news about Osi he is such a lame during the offseason can't wait to see him in pads instead of reading his *%$ quotes

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012 - 11:03 A.M.

    I hope "Drew Weatherford" has a great year in 2012!
    Do not feed the trolls.

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012 - 11:03 A.M.

    [quote user="Mercury"]I hope "Drew Weatherford" has a great year in 2012!
    [/quote]

    Everybody knows he meant Lance []
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