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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012 - MEMORIAL DAY - 7:12 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.




    MEMORIAL DAY IS THE DAY SET ASIDE TO HONOR THOSE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN DEFENSE OF OTHERS.

    R.I P

    NEWARK STAR LEDGER



    GIANTS' WIDE RECEIVERS: LOOKING AT THE BRIGHT SIDE OF HAKEEM NICKS' INJURY

    "The New York
    Giants
    wide receivers suffered a tremendous loss on Thursday when Hakeem
    Nicks
    fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. After last
    offseason and the flurry of devastating injuries that plagued several key
    players such as Jonathon Goff, Prince Amukamara and Osi Umenyoira, one can not
    help but to get nervous that a repeat could be in store this offseason.


    Obviously, nobody wants to see such a great talent like Nicks get hurt;
    however, his absence will give other members of the Giants' young receiving core
    an opportunity to get more reps in practice and more experience in preseason
    games. Let's take a look at who the Giants will turn to while Nicks is rehabbing
    his foot, and we will also examine how they can benefit from the increased
    exposure they will receive.




    Victor
    Cruz
    -
    Cruz shocked the world last year when he came from
    nowhere to break AmaniToomer's franchise receiving record; however, he
    benefited immensely from the attention defense's had to pay to Hakeem
    Nicks
    and even Mario
    Manningham
    . With Manningham gone and Nicks injured, Cruz will see increased
    attention from defenses in both practice and early preseason games. Furthermore,
    Cruz saw most of his success last season while playing in the slot. The injury
    to Nicks will force the Giants to explore playing Cruz on the outside, which
    could increase his versatility throughout the season.




    Rueben
    Randle
    The rookie 2nd round pick out of LSU
    has received rave reviews from the New York
    Giants
    coaching staff, and could be the greatest beneficiary of
    HakeemNicks' absence. Without Nicks in the lineup, Randle will be taking first
    team reps throughout training camp. Increased first team reps can be invaluable
    experience for a rookie, and will also help him build chemistry with quarterback
    Eli Manning.




    Domenik
    Hixon
    Hixon is coming of two seasons of
    back-to-back ACL tears; however, he is healthy again and hopefully able to
    contribute to the team. If Hixon still possesses that break away speed that we
    have seen from him in the past, he could be a natural replacement for Mario
    Manningham
    , who was always a deep threat down the field. Without Nicks for
    at least the beginning of training camp, Hixon will have increased opportunities
    to showcase his ability.




    Ramses
    Barden
    Barden can be viewed as a poor man's
    Plaxico Burress. He does not possess tremendous speed or elite catching ability,
    but he stands 6'4 and weighs 224lbs. Barden is a physical player that is capable
    of taking advantage of smaller defenders. This year is a make or break year for
    Barden, the 4th year player out of Cal Poly, who has been plagued by injury
    throughout his career. With Nicks out of commission for an extended period of
    time, this could be Barden's last opportunity to prove his critics wrong.




    Jerrel
    Jernigan
    The second year 3rdround pick out
    of Troy saw very few opportunities to showcase his abilities last year. Although
    Tom Coughlan and Jerry Reese talked about Jernigan as a potential option at the
    3rd receiver earlier in the preseason, they went ahead and drafted Rueben
    Randle
    anyway. Look for Jernigan to come into training camp with a chip on
    his shoulder and take advantage of whatever opportunities he is given.




    Although Hakeem
    Nicks
    ' initial prognosis called for a 12 week recovery, ESPN's
    AdamSchefterreported that he could be back to full strength within 4-6
    weeks.Schefter'sreport could be optimistic because the Giants surely will not
    rush such a key asset likeHakeemNicks back on the field before he is one
    hundred percent healthy, and it is likely that he will miss at least a portion
    of training camp.




    Immediately after Nicks went down, speculation arose that the Giants could
    look to free agency to add depth, andPlaxicoBurress' name was even floated out there. It would be
    uncharacteristic of General Manger Jerry Reese to make a flashy signing at this
    point of the offseason. Therefore, it is more likely the Giants will look within
    their current receiving to core step up until Nicks recovers fully.




    The increased reps that are going to be given to the younger receivers such
    as Randle, Jernigan, and Barden could enable one of them to have a breakout year
    similar to that of Victor
    Cruz
    last year.When Nicks returns, he will be coming back to a receiving
    core that will be more NFL ready than it otherwise would have been. Look for the
    New York
    Giants
    receivers to continue to be extremely dangerous in 2012."


    ##

    NEW YORK GIANTS THIRD MOST POPULAR TEAM IN NFL, PER RECENT ESPN POLL

    "The New York
    Giants are one of the wealthiest, most decorated and recently successful teams
    in all of professional sports. Unfortunately, they still take a back seat to the
    Dallas
    Cowboys, who were once again crowned "America's Team" in a recent popularity poll conducted by ESPN.


    Dallas led
    the way with 8.2% of the vote, followed by the publicly owned Green Bay Packers
    with 7.2% and then the Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers tied at #3 with 7.1% of
    the vote.




    In the 2011 Harris Poll -which contains a significantly smaller sample
    size than that of the ESPN poll- Big Blue was ranked 7th in the NFL. They also
    ranked 7th in 2010 and 8th in 2009. Even after their Super Bowl XLII victory
    over the New England Patriots, they failed to eclipse 7th in said poll. Their
    lowest ranking had been 11th in 2003.




    So what does all of this mean? Well, truth be told, not too much unless
    you're in the cellar like the St. Louis Rams (0.7%) and Jacksonville Jaguars
    (0.4%).




    However, it should be noted that the New York Jets, whom were the talk of the town only a year
    ago at this time, now rank only 19th in the league with 1.5% of the vote. Looks
    the bandwagoners have abandoned ship."

    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."

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    BIG BLUE VIEW

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



    INSIDE FOOTBALL


    http://www.insidefootball.com/



    THE RED ZONE

    http://www.theredzone.org/

    GIANTS GAB




    http://www.giantsgab.com/



    GMEN HQ



    http://gmenhq.com/



    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."


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    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


    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

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


    PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS


    http://www.profootballfocus.com/

    MISCELLANEOUS

    DEADLINE SHIFT WILL HAVE PROFOUND IMPACT; BEARS' EMERY GETS TO WORK

    Excerpt: "Happy Memorial Day. I know for many of you, Memorial Day has become an extra
    day off, or the start of the summer. But it's a day on which we should spend a
    few moments remembering the million men and women who have died fighting for our
    country.



    A bit of history: Memorial Day began as "Decoration Day'' in the 1860s, to
    honor the 625,000 soldiers who died in the Civil War. Think of that amazing
    number: The number of Civil War dead is more than the population of Wyoming
    today. The number of Civil War dead is 11 times the number of American troops
    who died in Vietnam. According to Yale historian David Blight, the first
    Decoration Day event was organized by freed African-American slaves in 1865 in
    Charleston, S.C., where a parade of 10,000, led by 3,000 black schoolchildren,
    took place to honor the dead around a racetrack that had been used as a burial
    ground. In 2010, some leading Charleston residents dedicated a memorial for the
    first Memorial Day -- so re-named in 1882 -- at a reflecting pool in the
    city.




    There's been a Memorial Day parade in Ironton, Ohio, every year since 1868.
    In many towns, local veterans groups place a small American flag on the graves
    of everyone from town who died in any of the wars we've fought. If you've got a
    flag around your home, and can fly it at half-staff, the custom is to fly it
    that way until noon today, to commemorate the dead. For the rest of the day, fly
    it at regular height, noting that the fight for liberty continues.




    There's your history lesson for today. Have a good day with your families, or
    wherever you are, and think of those who've sacrificed so we can lead the lives
    we do.




    ***




    Before we get to football, I have one modern, tragic Memorial Day story for
    you.




    A young woman named Marina Keegan died Saturday in a single-car accident in
    Dennis, Mass., on Cape Cod, five days after graduating from Yale. She was 22.
    She wrote for the Yale Daily News while a student there, and her writing
    was so good, so compelling, that the News included her column, "The
    Opposite of Loneliness,'' in a special edition of the paper distributed to all
    students and families at graduation. I
    urge you to read it
    .




    You go to college for many reasons, the biggest of which is probably (but not
    definitely) to get trained for what you'll do for the rest of your life. But
    along the way you experience a collegial feeling that's hard to describe until
    you've been through it. And Marina Keegan writes about it as eloquently as I've
    read.




    "More than finding the right job or city or spouse -- I'm scared of losing
    this web we're in,'' Keegan writes. "This elusive, indefinable, opposite of
    loneliness. This feeling I feel right now.''




    "The first time I read the piece, I cried,'' the editor-in-chief of the
    Daily News, Max de La Bruyere, told me Sunday night. "As a professor of
    ours said today, 'Marina always spoke her mind. She was determined to always be
    herself.' She knew what she wanted to write, and she always wrote it so well.
    She was such a shining light. She found time to do so much. She was the
    president of the Yale College Democrats, which takes up quite a lot of time. She
    wrote fiction and non-fiction, and she wrote a full-length musical last summer.
    And this story about life at Yale was so beautiful. Thank God she left us with
    this.''




    It's beautiful. Read it. It'll make you sad, but sadness is part of life
    too.




    Stories like these got Marina Keegan an editorial assistant job at the New
    Yorker
    , which was she was due to start two weeks from today in
    Manhattan.




    ***




    On the picnic table for your reading pleasure today (and just think -- you
    can read this while you're off, instead of stealing company time on a Monday
    morning to read):




    • The trade deadline was moved from Week 6 to Week 8 the other day. Had that
    been done in 2011, the course of current football history likely would have
    changed radically. And I mean "radically."




    • One hundred nights from tonight, football's back. Cowboys-Giants in New
    Jersey. Will Hakeem Nicks, the Eli Manning security blanket who has averaged
    1,011 receiving yards per season in his career, be there? We shall see, but I am
    stunned how the event was covered in New York.




    • Meet Phil Emery, the Bears general manager. I'll try to educate you on an
    unknown but very significant football executive.




    • It shows my age, I suppose, but there was a shift in the media world order
    on Thursday, and no one paid it much mind. A major American city won't have a
    daily newspaper starting this fall.




    • Mike Tomlin won't be paying any bounties.




    • I'm no lawyer, though I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. But
    two thoughts on the union's collusion case against the NFL, claiming that the
    league's 32 teams conspired to artificially keep spending down in the uncapped
    year of 2010. One: I hope it gets an airing, because if a year was supposed to
    be uncapped, why were teams warned to stay within some fuzzy financial lines --
    any financial lines -- and not dump salaries? An uncapped year should have been
    an uncapped year, with no restrictions. Two: Seems to me the union signed away
    all rights on claims of collusion last August, so I don't see this case having
    legs, even in the friendlier confines of the Minnesota court where it was
    filed.




    We'll start with the rules change from last Tuesday that I assumed was
    meaningless. But you know what happens when you assume things.




    ***




    The Kyle Orton Memorial Trade Deadline.





    Owners agreed the other day to move the trading deadline from the day after
    the end of Week 6 to the day after the end of Week 8. Two weeks. I feel strongly
    the deadline should be around Dec. 1, to stimulate real action to help teams
    trying to win a division and to buttress with draft choices those teams out of
    the pennant race with four or five weeks to go.




    But last year, there's a real chance that moving the deadline by two weeks --
    from Oct. 18, the deadline, to Nov. 1, the day after the end of Week 8 -- would
    have netted the Indianapolis Colts Kyle Orton.




    And if that had happened, and the Colts had won just one or two more games
    than they did, it would have resulted in Peyton Manning staying a Colt ... and
    Andrew Luck being drafted by somebody else.




    The situation: Indianapolis coaxed Kerry Collins out of retirement in August,
    when Peyton Manning was having neck problems. Collins was the Colts' starter
    until he got a concussion in Week 3 against Pittsburgh, with Curtis Painter the
    backup. When Collins got concussed, the Colts signed Dan Orlovsky off the
    street. Painter started and the Colts hoped Collins would recover to take the
    starting job back. But after Week 7, with Collins' concussion symptoms
    lingering, the Colts cut him. By that time, with no trades possible, the Colts
    had to go with what they had, or pick up another body off the street.




    "I think the deadline being moved last year would have made a difference for
    us,'' said Bill Polian, the Colts president until owner Jim Irsay fired him in
    January. "We would have rekindled our interest in Orton. In Week 6, we knew our
    quarterback situation wasn't great, but after a couple more weeks, we realized
    the situation was bad. We probably would have called Denver, who'd gone to [Tim]
    Tebow by then, and said, 'Hey, we'll give you a three [a third-round draft
    choice] for Orton.' ''




    If that had happened, a source in the Broncos organization told me, Denver
    would have agreed to deal Orton. Denver had been in talks with Miami before the
    season for Orton, and would have dealt him to Miami for a fourth-round pick, but
    there were complications with that deal -- both because the Dolphins questioned
    whether Orton was a long-term answer, and in contract compensation. So if the
    Broncos would have taken a fourth-round pick for Orton before the season, they
    certainly would have taken a three for Orton after he'd been benched for
    Tebow.




    Now, how much difference would Orton have made in the last eight games of the
    season, had he been dealt? Indianapolis went 2-6 with Painter and Orlovsky. In
    four of those eight games, the Colts threw for fewer than 130 net passing yards.




    Polian is convinced Orton would have been responsible for at least another
    win or two ... perhaps in an offensively hapless 17-3 home loss to Jacksonville,
    or a 19-13 loss at Jacksonville, or an eight-point home loss to Carolina.
    Remember, the Colts played better on defense after firing coordinator Larry
    Coyer with five games left, and allowed fewer than 20 points in four of their
    last eight games. Orton's a very quick study. In his first start for Kansas City
    after being released by Denver, he completed 74.2 percent of his throws and beat
    the 13-0 Packers.




    I agree with Polian: With Orton, the Colts would have been better than 2-6 in
    their last eight games. Two wins better, and they'd have held OTA practices for
    the last two weeks with Peyton Manning as their quarterback. That's because
    they'd have been 4-12, and tied, with a .531 opponents winning percentage, with
    Cleveland for the third overall draft pick. In that case, the first two picks in
    the draft would have gone to St. Louis (2-14) and Minnesota (3-13). Who would
    have traded up for Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III in that case, Washington
    and which other team? Or would Minnesota have fallen head over heels for Luck or
    Griffin and picked one of the QBs, even though the Vikes drafted Christian
    Ponder a year earlier?




    It's all silly offseason speculation, but my point is this: It's still not
    ideal, making the deadline in midseason instead of later in the year, when teams
    on both sides of contention would be more motivated to make moves. But this one
    situation -- and maybe it's only one -- shows moving the deadline has the
    potential to have a profound impact on the future of the game." Read more...


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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012 - MEMORIAL DAY - 7:12 P.M.

    Thanks Roanoke!

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012 - MEMORIAL DAY - 7:12 P.M.

    [quote user="Captain Chaos"]Thanks Roanoke![/quote]

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    Nothing on Osi? Man, he needs to start talking again.... or tweeting.

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012 - MEMORIAL DAY - 7:12 P.M.

    [quote user="TuckYou"]Nothing on Osi? Man, he needs to start talking again.... or tweeting.[/quote]

    You whined so much we just ban them now
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