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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012 - 3:18 P.M.








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    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

    GIANTS' SUMMER QUESTIONNAIRE: KICKER LAWRENCE TYNES

    "Victor Cruz has a book coming out next month. That news surprised no one.
    But what would you say if I told you kicker Lawrence Tynes is working on a book
    as well?



    Tynes is an opinionated player and has
    been outspoken in his defense of his brother,
    who is currently serving time
    after being convicted of marijuana trafficking, as well as many other issues in
    the game of football. So his book could be an interesting read.




    Tynes' opinionated nature is also why we believed he would be a good
    addition to our group of Giants
    summer questionnaires
    .




    How's the book coming?




    It’s just in the early stages. It’s an autobiography. No title for it yet.
    It’ll be out late this year or early next year. Damon Amendolara, the guy up in
    Boston. We used to have a radio show together in Kansas City, I had a spot once
    per week. He wants to put a book out. We thought it would be a good idea to do
    it on me and see how it goes. We’ve done a little bit of work together.
    Obviously, it’s going to take some more time 1-on-1. We’ll see how it goes.




    Any dark secrets to reveal?




    No, I don’t have anything that’s going to be like that. I should, though. I
    should have something that makes it pop, right? You’ve gotta have some shock
    value. If I had some crazy double life or something, that would work. I mean,
    there’s gotta be something they can grab and say, ‘Wow, he said this about this
    player?!’ I may talk about a GM, but I’m not going to talk about a player like
    that.




    You talked about how healthy you were last year when you set a
    career-high with 34 touchbacks. How do you feel this year?




    Great. Strong. I’m working out with Steve (Weatherford) a lot, so I’ve gotten
    a lot stronger. This is the strongest I’ve ever been. I definitely feel
    good.




    Working out with Weatherford will do that for you?




    Yeah, at this point in my career, it’s good to have a guy like that in here
    because he kind of challenges you physically in the weight room. It’s good. He’s
    got energy that never stops and it’s rejuvenated what I’ve been doing in the
    weight room.




    John Mara has talked about eliminating
    kickoffs
    in an attempt to take away a dangerous play. What are your thoughts
    on that?




    Well, obviously, I don’t like it. But I don’t think it’ll ever happen. You’re
    taking away possession. I’ve always said they should use the CFL rule where,
    after a field goal, it’s an option (to kick off) and after a touchdown you have
    to kick off. That would make sense.




    But you’d still need kickers for place kicks. It’s not like you’d
    become obsolete.




    It’s less work, though. But I don’t think they’ll ever be eliminated. I think
    people enjoy them. It’s the start of a game and people really look forward to
    that play. The touchbacks kind of put a damper on it last year, but it did
    improve the safety and concussion rate. I don’t know, I just don’t think they’ll
    ever eliminate them.




    At least not in your time?




    I hope not. I actually enjoy doing them, so I hope not."

    GIANTS, JETS LAWSUIT TO STOP AMERICAN DREAM PROJECT AN "INSULT", DEVELOPER SAYS

    "A spokesman for the developers of the American Dream Meadowlands project on
    Monday called a lawsuit filed by the New York Giants and Jets to stop
    the project
    "an insult" to New Jersey residents who could benefit from the
    complex.


    In a statement prepared
    for The Record
    , Alan Marcus said the teams displayed a desire to "exert
    monopolistic control over the entire complex."




    "They want to tell us when and how we can operate our business," Marcus said.
    "I am sure they would not want us to tell them when they can play their football
    games."




    The Giants and the Jets, who play next to the planned complex at MetLife
    Stadium, said Triple Five, the developer of the American Dream project, never
    got permission to expand the project beyond the abandoned Xanadu structure, The
    Record reported Friday
    .




    Triple Five plans
    to add an indoor water park and amusement park
    to the proposed mall.




    Marcus said the American Dream development would be compatible with the
    teams' use of MetLife Stadium. He called for the Giants and Jets to drop the
    "frivolous" lawsuit."

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

    NY DAILY NEWS

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants


    NY POST

    STRAHAN SAYS GIANTS ROBBING "UNDERPAID" OSI

    "Michael Strahan knows exactly what the Giants were paying his buddy Osi
    Umenyiora and “underpaid’’ doesn’t begin to tell the tale.



    “To be honest with you, it’s flat-out robbery,’’ Strahan said yesterday at
    the Big Daddy Oheka Castle Celebrity Golf Tournament in Huntington.




    Strahan during his 15-year career with the Giants engaged in an occasional
    contract skirmish with the front office, and his protégé at defensive end
    followed in his footsteps before finally declaring peace. Umenyiora, for several
    years unhappy with the deal he signed in 2005, earlier this month agreed to a
    restructuring that will pay him about $6 million this season before heading into
    free agency.

    “If it were me, I would have sat at home and I wouldn’t have played,’’
    Strahan said. “That’s just me. I’ve threatened to do that in my time and I ended
    up getting what I wanted. Osi’s a different mindset than me. I’m probably a
    little more, ‘I don’t care what people think.’



    “For him it works out, he’s going to be fine, he’s going to play well. If he
    played well under the previous situations of being unhappy to being somewhat
    happy now, I’m sure he’ll do great.’’




    During the contract unrest, Strahan said Umenyiora should have taken a harder
    stance with the Giants.




    “He just didn’t take advantage of it at the times when he should have,’’
    Strahan said. “I think Osi has a good heart. He expects for people to do as what
    he would do, you expect people to treat you the way you expect to be treated.
    Sometimes in the game of business it doesn’t work that way and you have to
    understand it as a player sooner rather than later.’’




    Umenyiora last season lost his starting job to Jason Pierre-Paul but still
    registered 12 1/2 sacks in the 13 games (including the postseason) he
    played.




    “There aren’t many players who can do that,’’ Strahan said. “Osi’s gotten a
    bad rap over this, the contract, the contract, the contract. He’s always
    performed well when he’s been healthy. I think he’ll play well and I think next
    year, contract-wise, will be a big year for him and I can get a loan from
    him.’’

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

    THE BERGEN RECORD

    ZILCH

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


    GIANTS' HAKEEM NICKS SAYS "HE'S DEFINITELY MAKING TRAINING CAMP"

    "For the second time in less than a month, New York
    Giants
    wide receiver Hakeem
    Nicks
    , who is recovering from a fractured 5th metatarsal of his right foot,
    has said he'll be back by training camp. This time however, Nicks also told WFNZ Charlotte that he's no longer in a walking boot and
    had, at one point, started running.



    “Definitely making training camp. I started running about two weeks [ago] but
    the coaches don’t really want me to force the issue right now so I haven’t
    [resumed] running yet. They want me to just take my time with it — they feel
    like that’s what’s best. So right now I’m just taking my time with it. But I’ll
    definitely be ready for the season,” Nicks said.




    Nicks said he knew a bone in his foot was broken the moment it happened, but
    didn't really believe it was that big a deal as he was able to walk off the
    field without so much as a limp.





    “Yeah, I know right away. I felt it. I heard it in my body. It was like a
    little snap on the side of my foot. I knew it right away. I walked off the
    field, didn’t nobody even know," he added. "I just walked off the field and told
    the trainers on the side, ‘I think I just broke a bone in my
    foot.’”




    The initial projection was that Nicks would miss upwards of 12 weeks, meaning
    a return sometime in mid-August, but he's remained adamant from day one that
    he'd be able to return much sooner. Since then, there have also been several
    reports that the wide receiver out of North Carolina could return in as little
    as 4-6 weeks. Either way, the Giants will undoubtedly ease Nicks back into the
    fold only when they feel confident that his foot has healed properly. The last
    thing they want to do is have him re-injure his foot and miss the week one game
    against the Dallas Cowboys."

    GIANTS' TOM COUGHLIN RANKED NFL'S # 1 "GOOD GUY"

    "Two-time Super
    Bowl
    Champion and head coach of the New York Giants, Tom
    Coughlin
    , has an impressive resume that proves he's a winner on the
    gridiron. However, what is less recognized is his work off the field … that is
    until now. Coughlin has been ranked the number one "good guy" in the NFL according to National NFL Insider Mike Freeman of CBS
    Sports
    .


    Throughout his seven-year stint as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and his first couple years as the
    Giants' head coach, Coughlin was known to have a strict, almost militaristic
    style of coaching. He received criticism from some of his own players for being
    too strict at times. For example, he fined Michael
    Strahan
    for failing to arrive five minutes early to a team meeting. However,
    during the Giants' 2007 championship season, the players credited the team's
    success to Coughlin's ability to change coaching styles.




    The team had struggled at times during the regular season that caused many to
    believe that his job was on the line. Doubters continued to question before last
    year's Super
    Bowl
    Championship if the Giants would extend his contract. Coughlin has
    since been signed though 2014. Freeman cites Coughlin's ability to thrive while
    on the hot seat to justify him earning the top spot in the rankings.





    "No. 1: Tom
    Coughlin
    :
    Yeah, that Tom
    Coughlin
    . This isn't just about his charity work. Jerks do charity work.
    This is about Coughlin's perseverance. Over the past few years, the only person
    who didn't fire Coughlin was Donald Trump. A handful of New York
    media were vitriolic and unfair, and Coughlin mostly kept his cool and should be
    a Hall of Famer."




    Freeman chooses not to delve into his charity work, probably because it would
    take up too much space. Coughlin has been a great servant to his community and
    has touched many lives. In 1996 he began the Tom
    Coughlin
    Jay Fund Foundation who's mission statement states is "to assist
    children with leukemia and other cancers and
    their families by providing emotional and financial support to help reduce the
    stress associated with treatment and improve their quality of life." He also
    recently received the U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Award for his work
    with the troops.




    The fact that he is a family man doesn't hurt either. He is the father of
    four children. Ironically, his daughter Keli is married to starting right guard
    Chris
    Snee
    . Together, he and his wife Judy have ten grandchildren. With all of
    these reasons considered, Coach Coughlin is extremely deserving to be ranked at
    the top of this list. He is a stand-up coach for one of the classiest
    organizations in the NFL."

    GIANTS' TERRELL THOMAS EXPECTS TO BE A STARTING CORNERBACK THIS SEASON

    "Terrell
    Thomas
    ' injury in last season's second preseason game against the Chicago
    Bears
    was perhaps the team's most devastating injury in an offseason that
    included the loss of several other key players. However, the New York
    Giants persevered through it all, and went on to win their second Super Bowl in
    five seasons. While speaking at his own youth football camp, Thomas addressed how he felt after his injury last
    preseason.



    "It was a big-time situation for me. I had contract talks on the horizon, I
    was picked to really break out that year, so it was tough. A lot of hard work
    went in throughout the lockout. It was a time to get ahead, but you take
    everything as a lesson, and that is what I did. I feel I'm a lot stronger as an
    individual, as a man," Thomas said.




    With the last year's extremely up and down season, Thomas became a forgotten
    man in many circles. The fifth-year veteran out of USC actually led the Giants
    in tackles in 2010 and was looking to have a Pro Bowl caliber season in 2011.
    Although his replacement, Aaron
    Ross
    , played relatively well in Thomas' absence, General Manager Jerry
    Reese
    decided to let Ross leave via free agency and resign Thomas to a 4
    year/ $28 million deal.




    Thomas' return to the team should provide a needed boost to a Giants'
    secondary that looked bad at times last season. However, although Thomas is
    expected to be the starting cornerback alongside Corey
    Webster
    , there is stiff competition for the position heading into training
    camp. Second year player Prince
    Amukamara
    recently had this to say regarding his goals for this
    season:





    "I wouldn’t say ‘start over,’ ” Amukamara said. “Just ‘keep going.’ I still
    have a job to win and that’s my mentality, to come in and be one of the starting
    cornerbacks.”




    Thomas was not brought back to the team to play in a back-up role, but he
    does have to prove that he has fully healed from his torn ACL before the team
    will anoint him as the starting cornerback in training camp. While addressing
    the media, Thomas talked about the role he expects to play for the team this
    season:





    "I've said I'm the starter, and they brought me back to be the starter, and
    that is the mindset I have. I'm not going to go in saying, 'Oh, I want to
    compete for a job.' No, I'm the starter," he said.


    If Terrell
    Thomas
    is healthy, he has the potential to be the best defensive back on the
    team. He makes plays on the ball in the air and is also an outstanding open
    field tackler. There is no reason that a healthy T2 should not become a key
    contributor to Big Blue 's defense throughout the 2012 campaign. However, knee
    injuries can be extremely unpredictable in terms of their long term effects on
    an athlete, especially an athlete that relies heavily on his ability to keep up
    with some of the fastest players on the field. If Terrell
    Thomas
    can demonstrate that he has fully recovered and is the player we have
    all known him to be, look for him to have a big season in 2012."

    KEITH RIVERS READY TO TURN CAREER AROUND WITH NEW YORK GIANTS

    "Expectations were extremely high for linebacker Keith
    Rivers
    when he was drafted in the first round (9th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the
    Cincinnati Bengals. He was supposed to help solidify the
    Bengals' front seven and rapidly develop into one of the most dangerous
    linebackers in the game. Unfortunately for Rivers, that didn't happen and a wide
    range of injuries have plagued his young career. As a result, Cincinnati waived the white flag on the former USC Trojan
    and traded him to the New York Giants for a 5th round pick earlier
    this offseason.


    Now facing a fresh start in a new location with a new team, Rivers has been
    able to refocus himself and get himself mentally and physically prepared for the
    season ahead. And with no distractions or first-round expectations, he's been
    able to process and move on from the "bust" label that was applied to him in Cincinnati.





    "I don't think it was a situation of being a 'bust.' It was a situation where
    I was injured a lot, and it was unfortunate injuries — some things were out of
    my control," Rivers said. "It happens like that, and hopefully the injuries are
    gone and we can move forward from there."




    In New York,
    Rivers has only one goal in mind: to help Big Blue win in any way that he
    possibly can.





    "Hopefully I can come in there and contribute and do whatever they need me to
    do, whatever position at linebacker they need me to be," he said. "I've been
    working really hard this offseason to get out there and make the plays I need to
    on the field and stay healthy."




    As it will be for every other player on the Giants, health is going to be
    key. Rivers is very athletic and very talented, but that means absolutely
    nothing in the NFL if you can't
    stay on the field. However, if he can remain healthy and get a firm grasp on the
    style of defense Big Blue plays, the 6'2'', 245 lbs. linebacker brings a lot of
    versatility to a unit that's already very deep. And having too much of a good
    thing is exactly what Tom Coughlin and Perry Fewell want headed into training
    camp."


    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    2007 GIANTS VS. 2011 GIANTS: COMPARING SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS - -DEFENSIVE LINE

    "As we continue comparing the 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl-winning New
    York Giants
    let's finally turn our attention to defense. Today, we look at
    the defensive lines of the two teams.



    We know by now that the Giants build their defenses around their front four,
    and when the front four is good then the defense is good. In both of these two
    seasons, especially when it came to the playoffs and the Super Bowl, these
    defensive lines were very, very good.




    Below are the regular season numbers for both teams.




    2007 Regular Season




    Osi Umenyiora,
    DE -- 52 tackles, 13 sacks, 5 forced fumbles
    Justin Tuck, DE
    -- 10 sacks, 64 tackles, 1 forced fumble
    Michael
    Strahan
    , DE -- 9 sacks, 57 tackles, 1 forced fumble
    Fred Robbins,
    DT -- 5.5 sacks, 42 tackles
    Barry Cofield,
    DT -- 1 sack, 34 tackles




    Jay Alford (DT)
    and Dave
    Tollefson
    (DE) were bit players on this team much of the regular season.




    2011 Regular Season




    Jason
    Pierre-Paul
    , DE -- 16.5 sacks, 93 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 1 safety, 7
    passes defensed
    Osi Umenyiora, DE -- 9 sacks, 29 tackles, 2 forced
    fumbles
    Justin Tuck, DE -- 5 sacks, 41 tackles, 1 forced fumble
    Dave
    Tollefson, DE -- 5 sacks, 19 tackles
    Chris Canty, DT
    -- 4 sacks, 48 tackles, 1 safety
    Linval
    Joseph
    , DT -- 2 sacks, 48 tackles
    Rocky Bernard,
    DT -- 31 tackles





    It is, in my mind, pretty difficult to pick one line over the other. The '07
    line featured a Hall of Fame defensive end (Strahan), and Umenyiora and Tuck
    were both younger and healthier than in 2011. That team also had a dominant Fred
    Robbins on the inside.




    The 2011 team featured the arrival to superstar status of Pierre-Paul, and
    saw Tuck and Umenyiora often limited or unavailable due to injuries. It had a
    trio of solid defensive tackles with Canty, Joseph and Bernard, and often got
    good play from Tollefson.




    In the end, I think the emergence of Pierre-Paul and what seems like superior
    overall depth swings the advantage to the 2011. So, that's what I'm going
    with.




    ADVANTAGE: 2011




    Your thoughts?"

    N Y GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: CHASE BLACKBURN, WILL HILL, AND MORE

    "Good morning, New York Giants
    fans! Here isyour Tuesday morning notebook.



    Giants
    summer questionnaire: LB Chase Blackburn | NJ.com

    Says he's recognized
    more after his Super Bowl heroics.




    New
    York Giants: Safety Will Hill Looking for a New Start : New York
    Giants

    New York Giants safety Will Hill was
    once the number one prospect in the 2008 NCAA recruiting class. Now, he is
    trying to make the NFL.




    Great
    Starts: 2011's best third-day draft picks | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo!
    Sports

    From the blog Shutdown Corner: For the next entry in our Great
    Starts series, we turn our attention to those draft picks who impressed the most
    in 2011 despite their status as third-day picks -- those players taken from the
    fourth through seventh rounds.




    Jay
    Ratliff says Cowboys need less talk, more work | ProFootballTalk

    "We’re
    not going to sit here and talk about what we’re going to do this year or all the
    expectations everyone else has for us," Ratliff told KTCK. "I think the attitude
    for us this year needs to be we’re going to be quiet. To put it bluntly, we’re
    going to shut up, not say a thing and do our jobs."



    MICHAEL STRAHAN: OSI UMENYIORA SALARY IS "FLAT OUT ROBBERY"



    "Osi Umenyiora
    grumbled for years about his contract with the New York Giants.
    Now that the two-time Pro Bowler has a restructured contract with the team he
    appears to be content. That, however, does not mean we are done hearing about
    Umenyiora and money.




    Former Giants great Michael
    Strahan
    has apparently taken
    up the cause
    of complaining about how much the Giants are not paying the
    eight-year veteran, saying the $6 million the Giants are repotedly paying him
    for 2012 is "flat-out robbery."




    Strahan knows what he would have done in Umenyiora's shoes.




    "If it were me, I would have sat at home and I wouldn't have played,''
    Strahan said. "That's just me. I've threatened to do that in my time and I ended
    up getting what I wanted. Osi's a different mindset than me. I'm probably a
    little more, ‘I don't care what people think.' "




    We know that's the truth, too, because we know that Strahan did exactly that
    during his Giants career."

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



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


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

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012 - 3:18 P.M.

    Hey Roanoke. I want to personally thank you for taking the time and gathering all this info on a daily basis. Everyday I come to your thread to see what's new with the GMen.

    Thanks.

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012 - 3:18 P.M.

    [quote user="Cool Papa B."]Hey Roanoke. I want to personally thank you for taking the time and gathering all this info on a daily basis. Everyday I come to your thread to see what's new with the GMen.

    Thanks.[/quote]
    +1

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012 - 3:18 P.M.

    [quote user="Cool Papa B."]Hey Roanoke. I want to personally thank you for taking the time and gathering all this info on a daily basis. Everyday I come to your thread to see what's new with the GMen.

    Thanks.[/quote]

    You are very welcome
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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012 - 3:18 P.M.

    thanks much Roanoke!

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012 - 3:18 P.M.

    [quote user="BigBlue1971"]thanks much Roanoke![/quote]

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