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GIANTS, JETS FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST AMERICAN DREAM DEVELOPER
"The Jets and Giants have sued to halt any attempt at construction of the American Dream retail-and-entertainment complex, according to a report byNorthJersey.com.
In a lawsuit filed in state Superior Court in Bergen County, the football teams claim the stalled project's developer, Triple Five, never obtained their consent for a larger complex, according to the report, citing a 2006 agreement that requires consent if changes could adversely effect game days.
Triple Five, the owner of Minnesota's Mall of America, is trying to wrap up nearly $2 billion in financing to finish the project, the website said, which was approved by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority in 2003 under the name "Xanadu."
The mega-American Dream complex is scheduled to have the first indoor snow park in North America, as well as a giant Ferris wheel, and an amusement and water park."
"It's been almost a year since Da'Rel Scott broke off a
97-yard touchdown run against the Chicago Bears and then added a 65-yard
touchdown on a fake punt and 114 yards rushing in the preseason
finale against the New England Patriots.
That success only netted him five rushes for 16 yards in the regular
season, as the seventh-round pick's biggest contribution came via his 14 kick
returns for a 24.4-yard average. Now, with the Giants' selection of David Wilson
in the first round of this year's NFL Draft, Scott must have another impressive
showing in the preseason to fight for carries.
Scott talks about that challenge, as well as why he believes he's ready
for it, in this installment of our Giants
summer questionnaire series:
You said before the Draft you
hoped the Giants didn't feel the need to pick up a running back in the first
round. They did. What was your reaction?
Uh, surprised. I'll keep it honest. But I took it as motivation for me. I
mean, even though I was motivated, that's going to make me that much hungrier.
That's what made me work (this spring) and make sure I barely made mistakes in
minicamp and OTAs. I just was more focused and wanted to let them know I'm still
We saw how
agile David's been this spring and we saw your straight-ahead speed last
summer. Who wins in a race?
Me. A hundred percent.
Yeah, he's shifty.
But straight ahead, you've got him?
Have you timed yourself in the 40 since before the
I haven't. But a couple of coaches said even though I got bigger, I look more
What'd you do to make that happen?
Just working on my squats and stuff like that. A lot of (power) cleans and
just more power. More power has made me more explosive, so I wanted to focus on
my legs more.
Are you heavier?
Yeah, I'm up to 215, 217 (pounds). I was between 207 and 210 last year. And I
feel faster. (Last year's weight) was cool, but to be able to take some more
carries, I want to make sure my body is ready for it. So I want to be a good,
Are you looking forward to the preseason because it'll provide a more
consistent workload than what you got during last season?
It was rough for me last year. I mean, hopefully, we'll see how it goes with
the whole rotation. I'm excited, but you just never know. I had to make the best
of my opportunities last year and I have to do the same this year just in case
the same thing happens and we have a rotation. Obviously, it's going to be hard
to get everybody in the game.
People haven't forgotten those big runs.
And hopefully the Giants haven't, either.
So you're more explosive than that guy who broke those big runs last
Yeah. So I feel very good about that."GIANTS' SUMMER QUESTIONNAIRE: CB BRANDON BING
"Brandon Bing spent last season on the Giants practice squad after being
released by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent. The 5-foot-9 Bing
wouldn't say he feels more comfortable with an offseason under his belt after
not having one last year due to the lockout, but he looked it during the spring.
And coaches noticed -- they praised the second-year cornerback out of Rutgers
from rookie camp on through minicamp.
The energetic "Bada" Bing, as coaches and teammates call him, talks about
winning a spot on the active roster, how having an offseason has helped his
development, what he needs to improve and what's happening at Rutgers in this
latest installment of our Giants
summer questionnaire series.
Coaches have spoken highly of you this spring. After a season under
your belt, do you feel that much more comfortable?
I feel a little bit better. I wouldn't say comfortable. I try not to be
content with anything. If anything, I'm trying to be discontent. I'm just trying
to be a student of the game and learn from the guys in front of me. Obviously,
rookie camp helped me a whole lot. It slowed a lot of things down and I got a
lot of reps that I wouldn't have gotten before. Because on paper you may be able
to get it down, but once you get out on the field it's a whole new game; you got
to react. So I'm definitely feeling a little bit better and confident only
because the material in the classroom is something I wanted to improve and
something I still strive to improve on now.
How much did not
having an offseason last year hurt you?
Seriously, OTAs and minicamp and rookie camp and all those things are huge,
in my opinion. I think it affected me a whole lot. Me going out to Denver with
the season a month away, they had their draft picks and they had all these guys
so you didn't get much of a chance. There's only one practice [per day] and not
two so you don't get that many reps. So with the reps you get, you got to
basically catch a pick every time you get out there to open up some eyes. But
now I was able to go to rookie camp, I was able to be in OTAs and minicamp and
show some of the things that I'm capable of. So I think last year versus this
year, I think it's a huge advantage for the guys that had it versus not having
it at all.
Is being on the practice squad basically a tryout
I feel like even if you made the team, it's a tryout everyday. You got to
work everyday as if you could be cut that day because that is a possibility.
I've seen guys who've been in the league for years get cut, I've seen guys that
have been here a few days get cut. So it's a consistent grind. I feel like
everyday you go to prove yourself and not just prove those guys, but prove it to
yourself. I view myself as a perfectionist. I'm my own biggest critic. That kind
of strives me to improve. The possibility of improving and becoming a better
player is what keeps me going.
What do you need to improve on as you look to get on the active
Weight was a problem at one point. I'm up to like 182, 183, but that was one
problem and I got that out of the way. Now I think it's more about the classroom
and taking advantage of the reps that I'm given and taking the mental reps and
turning them into reps on the field. A lot of times we don't get as many reps as
the first or second team so those missed reps are important for us to be able to
pick up versus a guy who's doing it. You got to be able to watch it and then do
it so it's not a problem. 'oh this guy doesn't even know what he's doing.' So
it's in the classroom, just being a student of the game.
close do you follow what goes on at Rutgers?
Not too close, but I'm pretty close. I was over there for the spring game and
the singing and I spoke to Coach [Kyle] Flood and a lot of the players. I speak
to a lot players still. I was close to a lot of players there. I know enough
coming from the players and meeting up with Coach Flood at a Rutgers basketball
game or a spring game or something like that so I have some insight. Obviously,
we got one of the guys [Joe] Martinek here. I feel like every Rutgers that comes
out does pretty well in the NFL. not a distraction at all.
keep in contact with [former Rutgers coach] Greg Schiano?
I talked to him through text a few weeks ago, it wasn't too long ago. We
don't go too long without speaking because we had like a family environment at
Rutgers. We all keep in contact, from coaches and players. I'm going over to Ray
Rice Day, the McCourtys are having a camp so I'm going to that. So we all keep
in contact. Even in the offseason I was with those guys.
Rutgers football be different without Schiano?
No, because Kyle Flood's a great guy and not much has changed. Because he
knew how things were run over there. He'll have it his way – I'm not saying he's
going to fill his shoes or anything like that – but he'll don a great job over
there and it won't be weird because it's Rutgers and we're all family and it's
not that big of a deal.
GIANTS' SUMMER QUESTIONNAIRE: WR RAMSES BARDEN
"Ramses Barden swears he has what it takes to contribute. And he shows it
in flashes during practice, as he did during OTAs and at last week's minicamp.
But Barden, a third-round pick out of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in 2009, has been
a disappointment when it matters most in his three seasons -- he has 15 career
catches for 174 yards and is still without a touchdown. Now entering a pivotal
fourth season, the 6-foot-6 wide receiver aspires to finally translate his
success on the practice field to gamedays and step in for the departed Mario
Manningham. He talks about that and more in the latest installment of our Giants
summer questionnaire series.
In your first three seasons, you haven't produced at the rate
expected for a third-round pick. What's the next step for you?
I've practiced well here. That's been consistent. I think the next step for
me is to carry that over with confidence in the game. Everybody knows what I can
When they bring a guy like Rueben Randle in instead of
depending on you, does that concern you?
When you have draft picks, you're going to use your draft picks. You're not
going to not draft guys because you think a position is solid. You always want
to add bits and pieces. As far as my thought process, I'm worried about myself.
I'm worried about earning the job in the role that I want and I wish everybody
the best of luck, but I'm not going to walk around looking over my shoulder.
It's competition, it's fun and I can't wait to see how the season
Do you feel more pressure entering the 2012 season than
in the past?
I can put enough pressure on myself, I don't need anybody else. You can try,
but I got enough on myself, which makes it fun and exciting for me. I think the
only time you can really reach your eventual accomplishment is when your own
toughest critic and you're trying to prove certain things to
Is this a make-or-break year for you?
I don't think about it like that. I think about it as an opportunity.
What do you think you can improve on to take advantage of the
I want to be in great condition. I'm always in good condition, but I want to
be in every-down condition, every-down great condition."
WITH THE DEPARTURE OF MARIO MANNINGHAM, WR RAMSES BARDEN READY TO "BE THE MAN" THIS SEASON FOR THE GIANTS
"He doesn’t talk of improving his hands, or honing his ability to separate
from defenders. He doesn’t discuss getting stronger, or mention getting