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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012 - 9:07 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.





    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    GIANTS' SUMMER QUESTIONNAIRE: FB HENRY HYNOSKI

    "Fullback Henry Hynoski went undrafted last season out of Pittsburgh after
    his draft stock plummeted due to an injury during the NFL combine. The Giants
    picked him up and he started primarily as a blocker before his role increasingly
    expanded in the passing game out of the backfield -- in the regular-season
    finale against he caught a career-high four passes for 31 yards and added five
    more in two postseason games.



    Hynoski talks about having a full offseason under his belt, his role in the
    passing game and being one of the last of a dying breed as a fullback in today's
    NFL in the latest installment of our Giants
    summer questionnaire series.


    Like the other members of
    your rookie class from last season, you're going through your first full
    offseason. How has that helped you so far?




    I just feel a lot more confident in everything I'm doing. Everything is
    flowing more smoothly for me just because I have a whole year under my belt and
    I just go out there and I almost know what's going to happen before the play
    even starts so I just have a great feel for everything and really just my
    confidence level is through the roof right now.

    As last season
    went on, you became more of a threat to catch passes out of the backfield. Do
    you see your role in that capacity increasing?

    Oh, yeah.
    Absolutely, absolutely. I think I'm going to be more involved not just from a
    blocking standpoint – I’ll obviously be doing more things with that – but I
    think from a receiving standpoint I think they see me as a weapon and I think
    opponents view me as a weapon out of the backfield so I think it's definitely
    something they’re going to work into the gameplan weekly.

    David
    Wilson provides a level shiftiness that other running backs on the team don't
    provided. Is blocking for him a little different?




    We'll see when we put pads on. Right now it's just full speed until contact.
    We'll see how everything develops when you could actually make a full and
    complete read. But right now there really is no difference. I feel like david,
    like Ahmad, is making all the right cuts and right reads and cutting off me
    properly and the lineman. It's just hard to get a full speed picture until
    you're actually hitting in pads so right now he just seems up to speed with
    everything he's doing.

    We're seeing fewer and fewer traditional
    fullbacks in today's pass-happy NFL. Do you take pride in being one of the few
    remaining?




    Yeah, absolutely. You know what? If you have a good fullback, they're going
    to stick because you always need that lead blocker somewhere to set the tone and
    just throw the hammer down once in a while."

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

    NY DAILY NEWS

    GIANTS' CANTY READY FOR CAMP

    "Defensive tackle Chris Canty, who did
    not participate in the Giants’ offseason training program because he was
    recovering from knee surgery, says his rehab has him on track to return in time
    for training camp next month.



    “All signs point to go,” he said. “I’m feeling pretty good about training
    camp.”




    Canty is preparing to host his annual Camp of Champions for youth on
    Thursday.




    As for his health, he is “progressing” toward running. The knee feels pretty
    good,” Canty said. “It’s pretty strong now. It’s stable."


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




    GIANTS' JOHN MARA: I NEVER LOST FAITH IN TOM COUGHLIN

    "Stability is a staple of success for any NFL team. Organizations such as the New York
    Giants
    , Pittsburgh Steelers, and New
    England Patriots
    have been some of the most successful franchises in sports
    throughout the last decade; and continuity within those franchises has been a
    major contributing factor to each team's success.


    Today, in an interview with Mike Francesa on WFAN, Giants President and CEO
    John Mara expressed how his philosophy of continuity has benefited the
    organization as a whole.





    “The worst thing you can do is be impatient and make quick decisions based
    on pressure from the media or pressure from the fans. You have to have a
    conviction that you have the right people working for you and then you have to
    give them a chance to do their job. You’ve got to be able to stay with them when
    things aren’t going quite so well. Fortunately we’ve been able to do
    that.




    Throughout the last several offseason's, Big Blue's front office has time and
    time again demonstrated its ability to stay objective in its decision making
    process. Most notably, last season when the team was struggling, many fans were
    calling for the team to fire head coach Tom
    Coughlin
    .




    However, both John Mara and general manager Jerry
    Reese
    provided nothing but support to the embattled head coach as the team
    went on to win its' second Super
    Bowl
    in five season. Mara commented on that specific situation during his
    interview with Francesa.





    “I never lost faith in Tom [Coughlin]. I knew he was a good head coach. I
    knew he could win for us. It was just a question of us providing him with the
    right players and getting a break here and there and being able to stay healthy
    and fortunately we’ve been able to do that. And obviously we’re very pleased
    with the way things have turned out.”




    Team's such as the Oakland
    Raiders
    , Miami
    Dolphins
    , and St. Louis
    Rams
    that have seen a revolving door at the head coach position throughout
    the last decade coincidentally have been bottom dwellers in the NFL for the past
    several seasons. The Giants are fortunate not only to have a coach like Tom
    Coughlin
    as part of their organization, but they are also fortunate to have
    a man like Tom Coughlin lead the team week in and week
    out.




    John Mara knows this better than anybody. His patience and objectivity have
    been major factors not only in Big Blue's recent success, but in the New York
    Giants
    being widely recognized as a first-class organization by owners,
    coaches, players, and fans alike."



    ##

    THE STORY BEHIND JUSTIN TUCK'S FACEMASK

    "If you thought last season's facemask of New York Giants' Defensive End and Captain Justin
    Tuck
    was over the top, then you might find his new design slightly
    terrifying. His new facemask looks like something out of a comic book. You may
    ask yourself how a facemask so bulky could prove beneficial. Well Tuck explains
    that there is actually a reason for the new design; it's not just to be flashy
    or stand out from the other players, though it certainly does that also.


    Tuck revealed that his opponents were aware of his nagging neck injury and
    would grab his facemask in an attempt to aggravate it further by jerking his
    head to the side. Justin got together with the Giants' equipment manager and
    created a design that leaves very little space for fingers to grab on to.





    “We’re just trying to give people not as much surface to be able to grab my
    face mask”




    The design was sent to Schutt Sports and was finished this off-season. There
    were concerns that a facemask so large would make the helmet too heavy, which
    could affect Tuck's performance. However, Schutt used titanium, a very light
    metal, to build the facemask, making the weight a non-issue.




    So not only will the new mask eliminate an advantage for his opponents, but
    many find it to be stylish and flashy. Tuck admits that other players have
    approached him and asked if they could get the same one.





    “Everybody is like, ‘Can I get that facemask?’ No, it’s exclusive to me, no
    one else can have it. But it’s a copycat league in everything people do so I
    wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few of those floating around before we
    play.”




    Hopefully the new mask gets the job done, and keeps Tuck healthy. That way
    his play on the field can stand out like his facemask certainly will."

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    HAKEEM NICKS: BEST WR IN GIANTS' HISTORY?

    "Let's see here.



    Six-foot-1. Meh, could do better. Just about average.




    208 pounds. Meh, could do better. Just about average.




    4.53 40-yard dash. Actually not that good. Kind of slow.




    He's no Amani Toomer. He's no Plaxico Burress. He's no Victor
    Cruz
    .




    He's the forgotten man in the national media, who are slobbering over Dez Bryant's
    "potential" or salivating over Desean Jackson's speed. He's never, ever
    mentioned among the top WRs in the game. Hell, he's almost an afterthought when
    talking about these WRs anyway.




    We've got rookies ahead of him in that blasted NFLN Top 100. It's not Eli Manning
    that's the Rodney Dangerfield of this New York Giants
    team, its this team's number 1 WR: Hakeem
    Nicks
    .





    Let's take a look at Hakeem Nicks' stats for his first three years and
    compare them to WRs that are often thought of as "good as", "better than," or my
    personal favorite..."have a much higher ceiling than" our superstar.




    First, lets look at Hakeem Nicks:




    2009 (14 games): 47 rec, 790 yards, 16.8 YPC, 6 TDs




    2010 (13 games): 79 rec, 1052 yards, 13.3 YPC, 11 TDs




    2011 (15 games): 76 rec, 1192 yards, 15.7 YPC, 7 TDs





    Now, a player that is often regarded as one of the top WRs in the game, Vincent
    Jackson
    (last 3 healthy years):




    2008 (16 games): 59 rec, 1098 yards, 18.6 YPC, 7 TDs




    2010 (15 games): 68 rec, 1167 yards, 17.2 YPC, 9 TDs




    2011 (16 games): 60 rec, 1106 yards, 18.4 YPC, 9 TDs





    Let's take a look, now, at Desean Jackson's first 4 years in the
    NFL:




    2008 (16 games): 62 rec, 912 yards, 16.6 YPC, 2 TDs




    2009 (15 games): 62 rec, 1156 yards, 18.6 YPC, 9 TDs




    2010 (14 games): 47 rec, 1056 yards, 22.5 YPC, 6 TDs




    2011 (15 games): 58 rec, 961 yards, 16.6 YPC, 4 TDs





    Jeremy
    Maclin
    is often thought of as Hakeem Nicks' main rival:




    2009 (15 games): 56 rec, 773 yards, 13.8 YPC, 4 TDs




    2010 (16 games): 70 rec, 964 yards, 13.8 YPC, 10 TDs




    2011 (13 games): 63 rec, 859 yards, 13.6 YPC, 5 TDs





    And now my favorite, Dez Bryant, ye of greater fame but lesser
    production:




    2010 (12 games): 45 rec, 561 yards, 12.5 YPC, 6 TDs




    2011 (15 games): 63 rec, 928 yards, 14.7 YPC, 9 TDs





    As you can see, just based on the raw stats here, Nicks is awfully close to
    VJax. If he stays healthy, his numbers look pretty much identical. He's
    outplayed Desean Jackson last year, and their career stats look pretty
    comparable. Nicks ends up beating out Maclin every year and destroys Bryant as
    well. So much for that.




    But those are just raw stats. Volume stats, if you want to be fair about it.
    Take a look at this great fanpost here by AntonioNickerson, a Cowboys fan.




    Dez's Production vs All 1st Round Picks Since 2005 Through First
    Two Years




    It was intended as a post for Dez Bryant, but it proves Nicks' brilliance
    just a bit more. It compares production of 1st round WRs through 2005 in their
    first two years. Hakeem Nicks was among the top performers in all categories,
    but what really took me by surprise that Nicks has led those WRs in TDs per
    game and Yards per game
    . And yes, this list includes the current top WR in
    the league, Calvin
    Johnson
    .




    FootballOutsiders, which has its own methods of determining success via their
    DYAR stat, ranked Nicks as the 6th best WR in the league in 2010, and 9th in
    2011. You can find their stats and methodology here:
    http://footballoutsiders.com/stats/wr




    Taking a closer look into last year's numbers, what made what Nicks did so
    impressive is when he produced his plays. When the Giants were behind, an
    astonishing 74.2% of his catches went for 1st downs. When behind, he had
    13 plays of 20+ yards and 3 of 40+.




    He did his best work in the 4th quarter, with 4 TDs (more than any other
    quarter)
    and 7 catches of 20+ yards (more than any other quarter). We
    credit Eli Manning for being incredibly clutch. He can't do it alone.




    On top of that, Nicks is consistent. In the past two years, he's had
    only 6 games of less than 50 yards. That's it. For the most part, he's
    always shown up to play, and almost always produces.




    Finally, I'd be remiss without talking about Nicks' performance in the
    playoffs. Just take a look at this:




    vs ATL: 6 rec, 115 yards, 2 TDs




    vs GB: 7 rec, 165 yards, 2 TDs




    vs SF: 5 rec, 55 yards, 0 TDs




    vs NE: 10 rec, 109 yards, 0 TDs




    444 yards (2nd most in NFL playoff history - behind only the great Larry
    Fitzgerald
    ). 4 TDs. 3 out 4 games surpassing 100 yards (and the one game he
    didn't he was injured early in the game).




    Everybody remembers Mario Manningham's catch from the Superbowl, but Nicks
    had the quietest 100 yard game in recent memory. Nicks is a statistical monster,
    even if nobody realizes it. It's not easy to be a 1200 yard WR in this league,
    yet Nicks achieved just that last year (well almost, but we can round up 8
    yards!).




    Okay, so we looked at the statistical aspect of Nicks' game. Let's look at
    some games of his (the ones available on YouTube by the very great resource
    NYGiantsCentral)




    I've described what I look for in a WR in this fanpost about Rueben Randle,
    right here:




    Rueben
    Randle and WR Film Study




    Let's take that methodology and look at some plays and why I think Nicks is
    just swell.





    Hakeem Nicks vs Cardinals (2011)
    (via NYGiantsCentral)




    So what we'll do here is just take a small tour of a couple games of Nicks,
    starting with a very recent example in the Arizona desert. Forward to about
    0:50. A small example of his adjustment skills. He will dive, jump, muscle, and
    squeeze his way to any ball within his catch radius. In this one, he's battling
    a contested ball with the Cardinal corner, and has the wherewithal to stretch
    out and jump for the catch.




    Now forward to 1:20, for one of his favorite plays, the WR bubble screen.
    He's extremely slippery, and extremely strong. These plays are almost always at
    least 7-8 yard gainers for that reason, he can make moves in that limited tunnel
    and have the strength to fight off the first one or two guys that come after
    him.




    3:36. He's got one of these plays every game that make you say "Ughhh.
    Unbelievable!" but not in the Al Michaels/Chris Collinsworth way. Just a thing
    of absolute beauty and power. Completely contested play, he had no business
    catching that ball, nor staying on his feet. That is what makes Hakeem Nicks so
    special. That combination of his adjustment to the ball, his physicality at the
    point of the catch, his strength to maintain the catch, and his balance to stay
    up and get extra yardage.






    Hakeem Nicks vs Dallas (2010) (via NYGiantsCentral)




    First off, let me be the first to say I got really pissed off when Troy
    Aikman said that Nicks is the Giants' version of Dez Bryant. No. No. NO. Dez
    Bryant can only hope to be what Hakeem Nicks already is. He starts off this
    video with a quick snapshot as to why he is a top WR.




    Let me put it bluntly, Hakeem Nicks' blend of route running and body
    control is virtually unmatched by anybody else in this league.
    The only two
    players I'd put above him in this regard are Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson,
    both of whom are not human in their adjustment to the ball as well as their
    precision route running. Nicks showed that body control in this play. He's not
    the biggest WR at 6'1, 208, but he plays like he's 6'4 230. He starts off with a
    stutter move, quick slant on the outside, and the back shoulder throw by Eli is
    thrown before Nicks even turns around. He times it perfectly, gets elevation,
    and blocks out the corner for a perfectly indefensible pitch and catch.




    The very next play in the video shows how he gets separation with his route
    running. He's not the fastest guy on the field, but he's got what I call "hidden
    speed." His cuts are based on timing, and they are so precise that his
    connection with Eli allows him to catch the ball as soon as he breaks out of
    cut, without having to wait.
    We see that here.




    Don't even get me started on his strength while catching the ball. He's about
    as strong at the point of the catch as any WR I've ever seen. If its in his
    mitts, chances are he's going to hold on to the ball. We see that strength again
    at 2:05. Just so difficult to bring down during and after the catch.




    Please watch 2:37 of this video now. No explanation needed. Seriously,
    just go watch it. Want to talk about catch radius? Yeah.




    The biggest problem with Hakeem comes at around 2:50. He'll have those easy
    drops sometimes. Not too many times, but just lapses in concentration. He's
    nowhere close to Roddy White or
    Braylon
    Edwards
    in that respect, but just something to improve on.




    As for the last play in the video, it didn't count because of a holding (much
    to the glee of our announcers no doubt), but Nicks rolls up everything that
    we've been talking about right there.






    Hakeem Nicks vs Texans (2010) (via
    NYGiantsCentral)




    Here's a game versus the Texans. Go on over to the 2nd play or so. Another
    beautiful example how he strong enough to post up on the defender (in this case,
    1st rounder Kareem
    Jackson
    ) and take him out of the play.




    Move on over to 1:08, and by now I think the Texans realized that
    they're going up against cheatcode. His hands are SO FREAKING BIG. Again, we see
    that adjustment to the ball, leap up, recover, maintain balance, take a great
    angle to the sideline, use a little wiggle, and get a massive gain. That just
    isn't fair. He plucks the ball from the air at its highest point almost like a
    vacuum.




    Oh c'mon now. 1:25. Just stop it, Hakeem, you're scaring the
    children.




    Do you guys want one more? One more? Aw, why not.





    Hakeem Nicks vs Green Bay (2011) (via NYGiantsCentral)




    0:21 - Once again shows his ability to separate when he NEEDS to
    separate. Separation doesn't mean maintaining a 5 yard cushion against the DB.
    It means when its time to catch the ball, your arms and the ball are away from
    the defender. Nicks' physicality provides a great way to create separation.
    Though he's sneaky fast, its his great hands and strength that got him with this
    one. Unfortunately he didn't stay inbounds, but that was amazing.




    What also makes Hakeem so dangerous is that not only is he a great possession
    receiver, but he can be an equal powerful deep threat. He tracks the ball in the
    air as well as anyone. We see that at 1:00. We also see that strength to hold on
    to the ball once it lands in his hands.




    And of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention 2:20. Incredible
    tracking of the ball, great hands, amazing body control.




    At this point, I sound like a broken clock. But hell, it works. You don't
    always need speed to separate. You need those adjustment skills, that strength,
    that body control. That's uncoachable.




    I'm looking to see Hakeem (with more coverage rolled over to Victor Cruz) to
    really light this league on fire this year. 1300+ yards with double digit
    touchdowns should be attainable for him if he can stay healthy. Maybe this year
    is the year he finally gets his respect."



    GIANTS' VICTOR CRUZ "CAN'T WAIT FOR FOOTBALL SEASON"

    "I came across some interesting comments today from New York Giants
    wide receiver Victor Cruz
    during an appearance at a football camp. [via Pro Football Talk]



    "I can't wait for football
    season to come around, so I can kind of relax and focus on football," Cruz told the Virginian-Pilot.




    This is the kind of thing you have to worry about with Cruz, whose 1,536
    yards set a single-season franchise receiving record last season, and whose
    Salsa dancing touchdown celebrations made him a beloved figure among Giants
    fans.




    Even though Cruz also said "I want to stay the same person as I was when I
    was walking the streets of Patterson. Not let this get to my head, just remain
    myself, and all the good things will continue to happen' you have to worry about
    how well a 25-year-old who has never had this kind of spotlight handles the
    glare and all of the outside commitments (which were listed by PFT) and prepares
    properly for the upcoming season.




    Little lapses in concentration or small differences in physical conditioning
    can make a huge difference at the highest levels of any sport. Cruz seems to
    have kept everything in perspective, but only time will truly tell us how well
    he handles his success."

    2007 GIANTS VS. 2011 GIANTS: COMPARING SUPER BOWL CHAMPS - LINEBACKERS

    "As we continue our position-by-position comparison of the 2007 and 2011 New
    York Giants
    Super Bowl-winning teams we come to the linebacker position.



    This is an interesting comparison, showing defenses that were vastly
    different. The '07 Giants had Antonio
    Pierce
    , Kawika
    Mitchell
    and Mathias
    Kiwanuka
    as every-down linebackers, with Reggie Torbor
    seeing some action. The 2011 Giants had Michael Boley
    and Kiwanuka, but used a plethora of other linebackers, especially in the
    middle.




    Here is a look at the stats.




    2007 Regular Season




    Antonio Pierce, MLB -- 103 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, 8 passes
    defensed, 1 forced fumble
    Mathias Kiwanuka, OLB -- 46 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 4
    passes defensed, 1 forced fumble
    Kawika Mitchell, OLB -- 76 tackles, 3.5
    sacks, 1 interception, 4 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles
    Reggie Torbor, OLB
    -- 39 tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass defensed




    2011 Regular Season




    Mathias Kiwanuka, OLB -- 85 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 interception, 2 passes
    defensed, 1 forced fumble
    Michael Boley, OLB -- 94 tackles, 1 sack, 3 passes
    defensed, 1 forced fumble
    Jacquian
    Williams
    , OLB -- 71 tackles, 1 sacks, 5 passes defensed, 1 forced
    fumble
    Chase
    Blackburn
    , MLB (5 games) -- 28 tackles, 1 interception, 2 passes
    defensed
    Greg Jones, MLB -- 27 tackles





    I think it's pretty clear that the '07 Giants had the better linebacking
    group, mostly because Pierce was superior to anyone the Giants played in the
    middle in 2011. Greg Jones and Mark
    Herzlich
    were young players trying to find their way in the NFL, and Chase
    Blackburn did a nice job but he will never be the player Pierce was at his
    best.




    Boley vs. Mitchell is probably a wash, and Kiwanuka/Torbor is probably about
    the same as Kiwanuka/Williams.




    Your thoughts, Giants fans?"


    ##

    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: DOG DAYS HUMP EDITION

    "Good morning fellow Giants fans. In case you hadn't noticed, it's hot
    outside. I don't think it matters where you live right now, the temperature has
    approached "really freaking hot," and it's not even July. The dog days are here
    early, and while that usually means football is around the corner, this means we
    have to wait a little longer while enduring the heat. But hey, it's hump day,
    and that means we should look at our Hump Day Calendar--just ten weeks until the
    start of the 2012 NFL season. TEN WEEKS. Training camp starts in a month. So
    sink your teeth into that though while you sweat through your summer. Oh yeah,
    it's notebook time too......



    Fantasy
    week: The Giants' rookies - NFC East Blog - ESPN

    As fantasy week
    rolls along here on the NFC East blog, we have a couple of video roundtable
    clips from our ESPN fantasy experts that deal with rookies. Specifically, they
    are about rookie wide receivers and rookie running backs, and as you might
    expect there are New York Giants
    players featured prominently in both of them.




    This article talks about Rueben Randle being a Hakeem Nicks
    clone. That has to strike fear in the Eagles and
    Cowboys (and Niners and Patriots). Well, if all the hype is justified.




    Can
    New York Giants defend their Super Bowl title in the 2012 season? (Part I) |
    bettor.com

    When the New York Giants had started their 2011
    National Football League (NFL) season campaign, no one knew how far they would
    go. They eventually won the Super Bowl XLVI after defeating the New England
    Patriots
    in the NFL title game. That is an old story now and the challenge
    in front of them is to retain the title, which is even tougher than winning it
    in the first place. In order to determine Giants’ chances in the upcoming
    season, it is essential to have a brief look at their last season’s
    performance.




    Summertime Blog
    Bits: Linebacker Jacquian Williams | Train-a Thought

    In this
    installment of Summertime Blog Bits, we hear from linebacker Jacquian
    Williams
    .





    New
    York Giants’ Cruz is a hit at W&M football camp | HamptonRoads.com |
    PilotOnline.com

    In the middle of his whirlwind year, at the end of
    a frenetic few days, Victor Cruz
    has some R and R in sight. "I can't wait for football season to come around,"
    the New York Giants pass-catching star said Tuesday at William and Mary's youth
    camp, "so I can kind of relax and focus on football." It's come to this - and
    so, so suddenly - for the formerly overlooked and underappreciated Cruz. One
    prolific, Super Bowl-winning, salsa-dancing season springs from nowhere, and
    Cruz's attention splits like lightning shreds a tree.




    NY
    Giants’ Chris Canty says his surgically repaired knee is better and should be in
    training camp - NY Daily News

    Defensive tackle Chris Canty, who
    did not participate in the Giants’ offseason training program because he was
    recovering from knee surgery, says his rehab has him on track to return in time
    for training camp next month.




    Giants
    summer questionnaire: Kicker Lawrence Tynes | NJ.com

    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?




    It's called "My Foot Still Hurts from Kicking that Game-Winner in Frigid
    Green Bay in 2008."




    Time
    Warner Cable Enters Partnership with New York Giant Victor Cruz | EON: Enhanced
    Online News

    Time Warner Cable announced today that it has
    partnered with Victor Cruz, New York Giants wide receiver and Super Bowl champ,
    to bolster its Enjoy Sports Better initiative that helps customers enjoy the
    sports and teams they love even more.




    New
    Era releases NFL sideline caps for 2012

    New Era released it's
    initial foray into the world of NFL headgear today, showing off the sideline
    caps which will be worn in 2012. In addition to caps, New Era is also providing
    knits, headbands, and its signature 59FIFTY's. The New York Giants will be the
    first team to trot out the headgear when they take on the Dallas Cowboys
    September 5. You can visit the New Era Facebook page to get a look at the rest
    of the league."

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



    INSIDE FOOTBALL

    SUMMERTIME BLOG BITS: RB/FB JOE MARTINEK

    "Former Rutgers fullback Joe Martinek will look to carve
    out a roster spot for himself this summer, most likely as more of a running
    back, though he’ll continue to see work at fullback behind starter Henry
    Hynoski. Martinek is today’s featured player.



    Q: Practices haven’t really been at game speed, so with that said,
    how have you been managing with taking the proper angles when asked to block
    guys from the fullback position?

    A: It’s fine. I did it last year.
    Yes, it’s a different offense and different speed, but everything’s been going
    fine and I think I’ve done well.




    Q. Whee do you feel your progress is at this point?
    A. I
    feel like I’m a little ahead of where I’d like to be. I’m doing what I want to
    do and I’m progressing every day in terms of knowing more. Everything is
    starting to become second nature and that’s what I want in the end, things to
    become second nature. I want to get to the point where when I hear a play or see
    something, I don’t need to think; I’ll know exactly what to do. I’m almost to
    that point.




    Q. Coach Ingram always likes to say that a fullback who knows the
    other assignments on the offense is going to be in a great position to clean up
    breakdowns. Are you at that point yet or have you been focusing on fine-tuning
    your responsibilities?

    A. That comes in with everything and with
    time. I am not where I want to be yet, but I am better than I was yesterday.




    Q. What’s your plan for the next few weeks until training
    camp?

    A. Mentally I’m going to keep working until camp. Physically
    I’ll probably take a week or a couple days off and then probably commute to
    Rutgers everyday until camp starts. I was thinking of driving down there, or my
    trainer is in Pearl River, NY. I haven’t really decided yet."

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    ELI MANNING MORE CLUTCH THAT ROMO, SAYS CANTY

    "Keep in mind that we're hearing this from a member of the New York Giants, but Chris Canty believes his quarterback, Eli Manning, has
    left Tony Romo in the
    dust.


    Canty told ESPN Radio this week that Manning "absolutely" was the guy you
    want in the huddle when the bullets fly. It's worth mentioning because Canty
    spent the early part of his career in Dallas as Romo's teammate.






    "Tony Romo is a terrific quarterback, can't take that away from him.
    Statistically he's a top five quarterback," Canty said, via SBNation.com. "Eli's ability to elevate his
    game and elevate the play of all the guys around him in the most crucial
    situations in the football game I believe is the difference. That's what makes
    him a championship quarterback."




    Canty also took issue with NFL Network's "The Top 100: Players of 2012,"
    which ranked Manning at No. 31: "I just don't understand that," Canty said. "For
    goodness sake, just look at the resume, look at what he's been able to do. He's
    an elite football player, and I think it's time people recognized that."




    Canty doesn't need to sell people on the "elite" argument, not for Manning.
    Quarterbacks with two Super Bowl titles enter that conversation without much
    trouble.




    Romo -- despite Brett
    Favre's backing
    -- faces a different challenge. As Canty points out, Romo's
    numbers aren't the issue. With just one playoff win, he remains a
    polarizing figure
    ."

    JASON PIERRE-PAUL IN MOLD OF REGGIE WHITE, SAYS CANTY

    "The New York Giants
    defensive end Chris Canty played with a collection of talented defensive lineman
    during his first four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.
    However, his current team might have the best line in football.

    When asked to name the most versatile end in
    the game today, Canty came clean, saying the Cowboys' DeMarcus Ware
    has nothing on the Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul.






    "To me, it is no question in my mind," Canty told ESPN New York Radio on Tuesday. "JPP's
    ability to play any position along the defensive front is what makes him
    tremendously special. He can play the shade, the two-technique, the
    three-technique ... he can do it all ... anything you want him to do along the
    defensive front, he can do."




    Pressed to find JPP's equal, Canty dialed up the name of a legend.




    "There is really nobody in the league right now that you can compare him to,"
    Canty said. "The only person that kind of sticks out where you can compare him
    to -- and I can't believe I am saying this -- but he reminds me a lot of Reggie
    White. His ability to play all those different positions and to impact the
    football game the way he does, he is an unbelievable talent."




    The Ware comparison is fair, but Reggie White is heady territory. It's early
    to toss that name around. The Hall of Fame lineman transformed the Philadelphia
    Eagles
    during his time there, and you can argue the Green Bay Packers wouldn't have won Super Bowl XXXI without him.
    We haven't seen anyone White's equal since, but JPP is an intriguing candidate.
    We felt he was ranked too low on NFL Network's "Top 100: Players of 2012,"
    especially after what he did for the Giants down the stretch last season. Canty
    certainly agrees."


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    JOHN MARA REMINISCES ABOUT PICKING ELI OVER BEN

    "John Mara remembers the Giants organization being torn on who
    to take days before the 2004 NFL Draft.

    Eli Manning
    or Ben Roethlisberger?

    We all know what has happened
    since. But it is always fun to look back and Mara fondly reminisced about
    trading for Manning on WFAN radio on Tuesday.

    "We went right to the last
    day or two before the draft trying to decide between Eli and Ben Roethlisberger,
    who obviously has been a great NFL quarterback as well," Mara said. "They both
    have been brilliant. Really, the decision came down to one guy played in the
    SEC, the best conference in the country, and the other guy played at Miami of
    Ohio against obviously lesser competition."

    "Also, [Manning] was on a
    team at Ole Miss that didn't have a tremendous amount of talent and he kind of
    carried that team on his shoulder," Mara added. "We felt he was the better pick
    for us, but obviously either way they both ended up being great players."


    Mara also recounted how his father, Wellington Mara,
    wasn't keen on paying such a high price to get Manning, who was taken first
    overall by the Chargers. Wellington Mara had a soft spot for Kerry
    Collins
    but the Giants ended up trading Philip Rivers
    (taken fourth overall), their 2004 third-round pick and 2005 first and
    fifth-round picks.

    "It was not an easy decision," Mara said. "It was one
    that even my father was against initially because he had such a strong feeling
    for Kerry Collins, who had played so well for us and kind of resurrected his
    career. I just felt like and Ernie Accorsi felt strongly also
    that this guy had a rare talent and was worth taking a chance on."

    Mara
    admits he had some doubts early on when Manning struggled.

    "I will tell
    you there were times where I had some doubts," the Giants president and CEO
    said. "I can remember so vividly the first minicamp practice that Eli was here
    for. He just had a terrible day throwing the ball in a windy practice field out
    here. It was going all over the place and he was surrounded by media and
    cameras."

    "I remember thinking to myself, I hope it gets better than
    this," Mara added. "Because we just gave up half the franchise to get this guy
    and he is throwing the ball all over the place."

    Mara chuckled as he
    recounted that. It's fun for the Giants to look back on everything seeing how it
    all turned out.

    "It really wasn’t until the second half of the '04
    season when he got into the games [and] he really struggled at first," Mara
    said. "And then we had that final game of the '04 season when we beat Dallas at
    home and he takes us down the field at the end of the game to win and that just
    sort of kicked off his career for us."

    "He certainly has had some ups
    and downs since then," Mara added. "But I will take my chances with the ball in
    his hand at the end the game every day."




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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012 - 11:05 A.M.

    Thanks RF!
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    thanks Roanoke!




    Hynoski is gonna have a big year i feel! he certainly showcased some offensive potentialtowards the end of last year.







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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012 - 11:05 A.M.

    Thanks RF. I like Hynoski's "throwing the hammer down" statement.

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012 - 11:05 A.M.

    [quote user="Jiffy Jeff"]Thanks RF. I like Hynoski's "throwing the hammer down" statement.[/quote]

    [Y] He did a good job as an undrafted rookie. He's a year wiser.....
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    [quote user="G-Men Surg."]Thanks RF![/quote]

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012 - 5:20 P.M.

    Got to love the stories about Manning. I lived in San Diego unitl very recently. I used to get a ton of grief from their fans. That has stopped and now they are all wondering if Rivers is the right guy. Got to love it!

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    [quote user="Captain Chaos"]Got to love the stories about Manning. I lived in San Diego unitl very recently. I used to get a ton of grief from their fans. That has stopped and now they are all wondering if Rivers is the right guy. Got to love it![/quote]

    Proving it's a marathon lol
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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012 - 5:20 P.M.

    Wellington Mara may have liked KC, but during one of the last games prior to drafting Eli. He leaned over and told EA " We've got to put a better product on the field than this " Message recieved. Ea went into total make over mode. From FA to the Draft, and the Coaching staff. Which we all know didn't stop culminating until JR's first draft, and ultimately our 3rd SB. Now as back then, Giant ownership need only voice their concern. Knowing the Giants Brain Trust will do the rest.

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012 - 5:20 P.M.

    [quote user="BlueBlitzer"]Wellington Mara may have liked KC, but during one of the last games prior to drafting Eli. He leaned over and told EA " We've got to put a better product on the field than this " Message recieved. Ea went into total make over mode. From FA to the Draft, and the Coaching staff. Which we all know didn't stop culminating until JR's first draft, and ultimately our 3rd SB. Now as back then, Giant ownership need only voice their concern. Knowing the Giants Brain Trust will do the rest.[/quote]

    Any chance you have a link for that Wellington Mara quote?
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