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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012 - 11:05 A.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

    ZILCH

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

    NY DAILY NEWS

    AND THAT'S A WRAP (ON THE OFFSEASON)

    "All good things must come to an end, though I’m not sure that “good things”
    is an apt way to describe what seemed like both the shortest and longest
    offseason in recent memory. As defending Super Bowl champions, the Giants had to
    pack a lot into a comparatively little time between Super Bowl XLVI and the end
    of their minicamp last week.



    They got it all in, though, and not just
    the parades and parties and trips
    to the White House
    . They signed all their draft picks, restocked their team,
    cleaned
    up the annual Osi Umenyiora
    mess and even signed
    Tom Coughlin to a contract extension
    .

    And now they rest.

    And
    so do I.

    Before I depart for my much-needed vacation, though, I’ll leave
    you a few thoughts on the offseason and the recently completed minicamp (though
    I caution you to keep in mind it’s impossible to tell much from three days of
    non-contact, no-pads practices). Training camp opens on July 26 at the
    University at Albany. I’ll be back sometime before then to start prepping for
    the title defense.

    In the meantime, in case there is any important
    breaking news, make sure you’re checking the Daily News Giants
    page
    , and you should always be following @TheBlueScreen on Twitter, too.
    You know, just in case.

    Emptying my notebook of a few final thoughts


    -RB David Wilson, the Giants’ first-round pick,
    is very, very quick. Da’Rel Scott is fast, as everyone saw last preseason, but
    Wilson’s straight-ahead speed has to be pretty close. And he has what Scott
    doesn’t – a great burst when he cuts to the outside and lightning quick moves. I
    believe running backs coach Jerald Ingram calls that “shake”. He looks like a
    guy who can make defenders miss and find holes to run through pretty quick.
    We’ll know more when the pads are on, but the
    early returns on the top pick
    are very good.

    -I wouldn’t
    rule out Ramses Barden for the No. 3 receiver job
    , though I hesitate to
    say that because he’s become something of a legendary spring and summer player.
    He had a strong couple of days of practices, which isn’t unusual. However, the
    favorite has to be rookie Rueben Randle, the Giants’ second-rounder. He had some
    drops early in OTAs, but I don’t recall seeing any during this camp and he
    looked good turning upfield after catches over the middle. Barden can catch, but
    the knock on him (OK, one of the knocks) has been his lack of a burst and
    inability to separate from defenders. That doesn’t seem to be a problem for
    Randle. What about Jerrel Jernigan, you ask? Hard to see him winning this job
    outright, mostly due to his size. He could be a useful situational slot
    receiver, though.

    -The Giants screwed up by losing Jake Ballard
    to the Patriots
    , no doubt. The fact is they had a young player they
    liked and they lost him for nothing, all because either Tom Coughlin or Jerry
    Reese didn’t
    want to “waste” a roster spot on him all summer
    when he wasn’t likely to
    play in 2012. What I don’t get about that is rosters have expanded from 80 to
    90, so even if they kept Ballard the Giants still would’ve had nine more players
    in camp than they’ve had in previous years. Plus, they aren’t carrying a second
    punter or kicker and only three quarterbacks, so they certainly had plenty of
    room to “stash” him. … That said, this isn’t a big deal. Ballard isn’t Tony
    Gonzalez. He was a very pleasant surprise last year and seems like a good
    player, but he’s not very fast and wasn’t a great blocker. Add in that he wasn’t
    going to play in 2012 and not everyone comes back from microfracture surgery and
    is the same player, there’s no guarantee that he’d ever duplicate what he did
    last year. Ballard was a nice player. If they could’ve kept him, that would’ve
    been great. But it’s not a loss that figures to have any impact on the Giants
    long-term.

    -Alarm bells went off when the Giants re-signed DT
    Rocky Bernard
    , because they sure seemed overloaded with players at that
    position. Chris Canty and Linval Joseph are the entrenched starters and Marvin
    Austin and Shaun Rogers seem to be the backups. Then again, Canty is recovering
    from knee surgery and Joseph is recovering from ankle surgery and Rogers missed
    all of spring with an elbow injury. Also, Rogers is listed at 350 but looks
    much, much more. And then there’s Marvin Austin, the Giants’ second-round pick
    in 2011 who hasn’t played a game since the end of the 2009 season. He missed
    2010 because he was suspended for his senior season at North Carolina and then
    2011 with a torn pec. And now, word is he’s overweight. Defensive coordinator
    Perry Fewell didn’t say that in so many words, but …”It will be up to Marvin to
    come back in peak condition,” Fewell said. “So these next five weeks he has off,
    I assume he will really crank it up and get into better condition.” Told that
    Austin looked a little big, Fewell said “You know what, he doesn’t look big
    besides Shaun Rogers and Linval Joseph and Chris Canty and those guys. So hey,
    I’ll go for it right now.”

    --I’m a long way away from making my
    prediction, but
    I’m astonished by the number of starters this team
    returns. Really all they lost was RT Kareem McKenzie, TE Jake Ballard and CB
    Aaron Ross. But they have last year’s No. 1 pick (Prince Amukamara) and the
    previous starter (Terrell Thomas) competing to replace Ross, their top
    free-agent target (Martellus Bennett) to replace Ballard, and even without
    McKenzie they’ll still start five offensive linemen with starting experience. I
    don’t know if the Giants will win the Super Bowl, but if they stay healthy I see
    them getting off to a 2008-like start, where they built on the confidence of
    their surprise Super Bowl run and began rolling. The Packers did the same thing
    last year.

    -Eli Manning looked off during the three-day
    minicamp
    , proving that everyone was right about his No.
    31 ranking on the NFL Network’s Top 100
    . It was obviously way too high. …
    OK, I’m just kidding. Clearly there’s no reason to worry about Manning. I also
    can’t get overheated about the NFL Network’s stupid list. The players voting on
    it (whomever they are … I’ve yet to find any) are doing the same bang-up job
    they used to do on the Pro Bowl. Absolutely, Manning should’ve been higher. A
    little higher, anyway. I don’t know where I’d rank him, but I don’t think I
    would’ve complained if he were anywhere in the Top 20. I also don’t have a major
    issue with him being ranked behind Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. I’m
    a little surprised he’s behind Ben Roethlisberger (30), but I can at least
    understand the arguments for the other three. Bottom line, though, Eli Manning
    is the reigning Super Bowl MVP, so who cares?

    --One last word on
    the NFL Network Top 100
    . I do have an issue with this: Jason
    Pierre-Paul (24) being ranked ahead of Manning. Pierre-Paul is a beast and is
    probably one of the Top 5-10 defensive players in the NFL. But Manning is the
    best and most important player on the Giants. Period.

    --I sensed
    a little worry in Kevin Gilbride’s voice about injured WR Hakeem Nicks
    ,
    who has a broken foot and likely won’t be back until the middle of training camp
    … the Giants hope. Maybe it’s nothing, or maybe it’s just a coach fretting over
    depth. There is some potential depth at receiver, but not a lot of proven depth.
    And as good as Victor Cruz was last season, no one knows how he’ll fare without
    Hakeem Nicks or Mario Manningham to take away some of the attention of the
    defense. If it’s Cruz and Randle or Barden lining up as the starting WRs on
    opening night, the offense could look a lot different.

    --No,
    Martellus Bennett did not look fat.
    Hey, he
    asked
    .

    --Some of the young and relatively unknown players
    that stood out
    to the coaches at minicamp included third-year safety
    Stevie Brown, rookie receiver Brandon Collins (Texas and then Southeast
    Louisiana), first-year safety Will Hill (Florida), rookie LB Jake Muasau
    (Georgia State), and third-year tight end Ryan Purvis. A few others to keep an
    eye on during training camp: Third-string QB Ryan Perrilloux, who has a cannon
    for an arm and has looked very sharp; first-year WR Dan DePalma, who has drawn
    raves from teammates and some team execs;second-year DE Justin Trattou, who is a
    good bet to fill the Dave Tollefson role as the Giants’ fourth defensive
    end.




    ***
    And that’s that

    This will be the final blog
    entry of the 2012 offseason. As I said earlier, I’ll be back somewhere in
    mid-to-late July to begin previewing the Giants’ training camp at the University
    at Albany which begins when players report on July 26. (For
    the full training camp schedule, click here
    ).

    Things happen, of
    course, when you least expect them so seriously, keep checking the Daily News Giants
    page
    throughout the rest of the beginning of summer, and as always make sure
    you’re following @TheBlueScreen
    on Twitter
    too.

    And here’s another reason to follow @TheBlueScreen on Twitter:
    Inspired by the NFL Network’s ridicu-list (otherwise known as their Top 100)
    I’ll be unveiling my Top 10 Giants players. You can only view them on Twitter
    over the next few weeks, so make sure you’re following. I may throw in another
    Top 10 li"st or two, too.

    In the mean time, have a safe and enjoyable
    start to your summer. See you when the Super Bowl title defense begins again in
    late July.



    NY POST

    DAUGHTER MOTIVATES TERRELL THOMAS

    "Terrell Thomas was starting to feel sorry for his circumstance.



    Less than 48 hours had passed since the Giants’ cornerback underwent knee
    surgery, the frustrating and sudden nature of his situation was becoming a bit
    overwhelming.




    Poised for a breakthrough season last summer, presumably with a big contract
    on the horizon for one of the NFL’s rising stars at his position, Thomas’ right
    knee gave out.




    He was poised to make the transition from good player to great, from
    respected in his own locker room to being feared by the opposition.




    Then with a sudden and cruel twist of fate, all of those expectations were
    gone.




    Just when Thomas was on the verge of losing it, though, his biggest fan –
    daughter Tatum Aspen, now 2 – refused to let him.




    "Two days after I tore my ACL, I was on my crutches in the kitchen and she
    walks in and says, ‘Up!’ She didn’t care about nothing and she threw a tantrum
    until I picked her up," Thomas recalled in an interview with The Record last
    week. "She didn’t care about the crutches. She just wanted to be around her
    daddy and it helped me get over [the injury] because I couldn’t let her see me
    down.




    "I was out for the season, but she’s the reason I wasn’t going to give up on
    getting back."




    The silver lining from being forced to the sideline and away from the team
    and the game he loves was the perspective gained from time spent with the person
    closest to his heart.




    Thomas vowed to return and regain his starting job on the Giants’
    defense.




    He would do so with the appreciation of a father motivated to make his
    daughter proud on and off the field.




    "It’s a blessing and a responsibility more than anything. I hold her future
    in my hands," said Thomas, who shares custody with Tatum’s mother. "The way I
    mold her, the way I love her, the way I teach her is the way hopefully her
    characteristics and traits will come out when she gets older."




    Having been raised by a single mother, Thomas promises the lessons taught to
    him growing up have shaped his ideals in parenthood.




    "I take the responsibility – I want to be everything for my daughter," said
    Thomas, 27. "I want to teach her everything and always let her know that her
    father loves her, and I guess that just stems from me not having a father around
    in my life. I want to teach her about morals, discipline and structure, and just
    giving her that foundation of how a man should treat you.




    "If anything, it motivated me to be a better father whenever I had that
    chance."




    A collage featuring the words "My Angel" above nearly two dozen photos of
    Tatum hangs in Thomas’ locker, another reminder of the emotional constant in his
    journey back to Big Blue and the quest to recapture what has been lost.




    The rehabilitation process has been grueling – soothed somewhat by the
    healing powers of a toddler and her willingness to kiss the boo-boos away.




    "It’s easy to say I just want to come back healthy, but why stop there. I’ve
    been kicking my butt in the off-season to get my leg right and get back," said
    Thomas, who led the Giants in tackles, interceptions and passes defended for two
    consecutive seasons prior to his injury. "My goals haven’t changed. I want the
    Pro Bowl and I’m going to push Corey [Webster] – Corey should have gone last
    year – and we’ve been going back and forth.




    "I got a Super Bowl ring because these guys made sure I got one. Now my focus
    is to go earn another one and be out there with my teammates when we do."




    Thomas expects to be on the field with no limitations when the Giants report
    to training camp July 26 in Albany, N.Y.




    He participated in offseason training activities and minicamp, but will not
    fully push his surgically-repaired knee until then.




    "He is in our plans," defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said. "We have a
    backup plan in case he is not ready, but he is heavily in our plans. And we’ll
    have to wait until Albany to see which plan we go with. Like anything we do we
    have a Plan A and Plan B.




    "And he is in Plan A."




    In five weeks, Tatum will again kiss Daddy’s knee and send him off to
    work.




    Being home in California until then is enough of a Father’s Day present for
    Thomas, although he also wouldn’t mind something crafted by Tatum herself.




    "Maybe I’ll get a gift that she made for me in school, a drawing or
    something," Thomas said with a smile. "I can’t wait to be back on the field and
    helping our team go after another Super Bowl and building that dynasty [Justin]
    Tuck and some other guys have talked about.




    "But right now I’m really looking forward to spending time with my daughter
    and making her the center of attention."

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


    NEW ORLEANS SAINTS' ROMAN HARPER WAS ONCE DUE $1,000 FOR KNOCKING BRANDON JACOBS OUT OF GAME

    "Among highlights from the NFL's 93-minute press briefing on Monday, which detailed
    evidence from the New
    Orleans
    Saints' BountyGate scandal, included proof that safety Roman Harper
    was once due $1,000 for knocking New York
    Giants running back Brandon
    Jacobs
    out of a game. It was the second such bounty paid out for injuring a
    Giants player, the first being offensive lineman Kareem McKenzie in 2009.


    A look back at the history between the Giants and Saints indicates that both
    payouts came from the same game; a game in which the Saints defeated the Giants
    48-27. However, Jacobs would ultimately exact revenge on Harper when he
    completely obliterated the veteran safety during a Monday night game in
    2011.



    Jacobs would not miss any time as a result of his injury in 2009, but
    McKenzie went on to miss the following game against the Arizona Cardinals
    because of the groin injury he sustained at the hands of the Saints.




    As evidence continues to mount against New
    Orleans
    , don't be surprised if you hear about more bounties that were placed
    on members of the Giants. In recent years, cheap shots have been quite evident
    against the likes of quarterback Eli Manning and more recently, wide receiver
    Hakeem Nicks.




    In the mean time, we'll have to listen to Saints quarterback Drew
    Brees
    try to dismiss Bountygate any way he can.





    “If NFL fans were
    told there were ‘weapons of mass destruction’ enough times, they’d believe it,”
    Brees tweeted. “But what happens when you don’t find any?”




    It's worth noting that alleged proof exists that Brees was not only aware of
    the bounties, but he was aware that proof of the bounties also existed."

    WILL THE GIANTS STILL USE THEIR THREE SAFETY PACKAGE IN 2012?

    "Although safety Deon Grant was a starter for the New York Giants in last
    year's Super
    Bowl
    , General Manager Jerry
    Reese
    has so far decided not to bring back the 13 year veteran out of Tennessee
    for the upcoming season. Grant was a veteran leader on the field; and even took
    on the role as defensive signal caller while Michael Boley was injured last
    season. However, father time takes his toll on everyone, and DeonGrant is no
    exception.


    With Grant most likely out of the picture, many have speculated that we have
    seen the last of Defensive Coordinator Perry
    Fewell
    'sinnovative three safety packages. However, Fewell disputes this
    notion. He recently stated the following:





    "We are just going to wait and see," Fewell said. "Obviously, we like that
    particular package, and we don't want to lose that package. We think that is
    valuable for us. But with the additions of these linebackers that we have, we
    can be a little bit more creative, we think. And so we just have to find out who
    goes where, who can learn the best, and then we will take it from
    there."




    Last season, the three safety package was used mainly because of a rash of
    injuries in the secondary. With no true nickel corner, the team had no choice
    but to put Antrel
    Rolle
    in man coverage against slot receivers. This necessitated having
    another free safety to put on the field and take on Rolle's traditional pass
    coverage responsibilities. DeonGrant was more than serviceablein filling that
    need.




    This season, however, there is considerable depth in the secondary.
    Cornerback's Prince
    Amukamara
    , Jayron
    Hosley
    , Justin Tryon, and Antwuan Molden are all competing for roster spots;
    and it is more than likely that one of them will be used as a nickel cornerback.
    We could even see one of them moved to safety. Furthermore, do not be surprised
    to see second year player Tyler
    Sash
    take a step forward this season.




    Needless to say, Perry
    Fewell
    will have a lot of options in the defensive backfield throughout the
    2012 campaign. The influx of healthy defensive backs, as well as having a more
    experienced and athletic linebacker core will enable him to be extremely
    creative in utilizing personnel. While it is hard to see how Big Blue would
    still use the three safety look, it has been effective in the past. Therefore,
    look for Perry
    Fewell
    to find creative ways to utilize three safeties at the same time on
    the defensive side of the ball this season; however, do not expect to see it
    used in the same fashion as it was in 2011."

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    SUPER BOWL COMPARISON: BETTER TEAM, 2007 OR 2011 GIANTS?

    "The New York Giants
    have, as you know, won the Super Bowl twice in the last five seasons. But, which
    team was better, the 2007 Giants or the 2011 version?


    For a little summer offseason project I thought I would spend some time going
    position-by-position and comparing. In some cases, like quarterback, that will
    mean comparing the 2007 version of a player to his 2011 version.





    To give us a starting point, and out of curiosity, I used the simulator at WhatIfSports.com and ran games
    between the two teams 25 times. I thought the results would come out fairly
    even, but the '07 version of the Giants won 19 of those simulated games. I am
    trying to get the folks at 'WhatIf' to run a more exhaustive simulation, which
    might give us more conclusive data.




    Before I begin a full-blown look at every position, though, I might as well
    just put the question out there. Which team do you think was better? Why? Vote
    in the poll, then drop a comment and let us know which team you chose and
    why.


    Poll
    Which New York Giants Super Bowl team was better, the 2007
    team or the 2011 team?



    • [/list]


      71 votes | Results


    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: THE REAL LT EDITION

    Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giants
    fans! Just a couple of notes for you on this off-season Tuesday morning.



    Who
    is the real L.T.? | NFL.com

    Asking who the real "L.T." is is the only way
    to start an argument faster than proposing a discussion on "LeBron v. Jordan".
    Now that LaDainian
    Tomlinson
    has retired, the debate can finally be put to rest. Who has earned
    the right to own the nickname: Tomlinson or Lawrence Taylor? I fully realize if
    we were having this conversation in five years Lauren Tannehill would have to be
    a part of it, but, thank goodness, it's only 2012. There are plenty of
    categories to help us decide the rightful owner, and there must be careful
    consideration, because a nickname can sometimes be more valuable than a Super
    Bowl ring. (Okay, not really, but "Laces Out" Dan Marino might tell you
    different.)




    Valentine's View: You guys know how I feel about this one. In the end,
    NFL.com comes to the same conclusion." Read more...


    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


    COULD JEREMY SHOCKEY RETURN TO GIANTS?

    "Following a bitter breakup with the New York Giants, could
    veteran tight end Jeremy Shockey find his way back onto the
    team’s roster this season? Shockey remains without a job, receiving little
    interest on the free agent market this year, and according to the
    New York Daily News
    , contacted the franchise in March expressing his desire
    to return. New York waived injured tight end Jake Ballard last
    week and he was quickly picked up by the New England Patriots.New York had the
    intention of re-signing Ballard after waiving him and eventually placing him on
    injured reserve for the season.


    The Giants acquired former tight end Martellus Bennett in
    free agency this year, signing him to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million
    dollars. Bennett’s best season with the Dallas Cowboys came in
    2010 when he recorded 33 receptions for 260 yards. Bennett reported to Giants
    offseason workouts this summer weighing in at 291 pounds, significantly more
    than his 265 pound playing weight in years past.




    Ballard’s teammate, Travis Beckum is currently rehabbing his
    knee after undergoing ACL surgery after the Super Bowl and could start the
    season on the PUP list, a move which would ensure that he will miss the first
    six games of the regular season.




    The Giants currently have five other tight ends on their 90-man offseason
    roster. Christian Hopkins, Larry Donnell,
    Bear Pascoe, Ryan Purvis and Adrien
    Robinson
    .




    Shockey’s best seasons have come during his time with the Giants and will
    turn 32 this August. Bennett holds the top tight end position during offseason
    workouts, but given the weight issues he brought to camp, one has to wonder if
    he can become the vertical threat the Giants are looking for from the tight end
    position.




    Shockey’s game his diminished with age, but there are few remaining tight
    ends left in the free agent market. Shockey burned bridges with his departure
    during his first stop with the Giants. Is it possible that the coaching staff
    overlooks his past history while filling a possible need for the Giants? If
    Bennett struggles, it’s possible that the Giants staff could let bygones be
    bygones and make Shockey’s phone ring."

    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


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


    PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS


    http://www.profootballfocus.com/

    MISCELLANEOUS

    PETER KING SAYS EVIDENCE IS "EXPLOSIVE,COMPELLING"

    EX-PROSECUTOR PRESENTS NFL'S FINDINGS IN BOUNTY CASE

    NFL TELLS REPORTERS WILLIAMS ROLLED THE DICE WITH PLAYER SAFETY

    RON GRONKOSKI SAYS HIS ANKLE IS GREAT

    NFLPA OUTSIDE COUNSEL ON BOUNTYGATE SCANDAL

    GOODELL HEARS APPEALS FROM BOUNTY SCANDAL PLAYERS

    “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: TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012 - 11:05 A.M.

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012 - 11:05 A.M.

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