THE BERGEN RECORD
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.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
THE NEW YORK TIMES
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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?"
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
will be fun to watch as it unfolds."
THE RED ZONE
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
ST’s (3): Lawrence Tynes, Drew Weatherford, Zack
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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
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."
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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
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
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