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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012 - 6:16 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: DT CHRIS CANTY

    "Today’s installment of the Giants
    summer questionnaire
    is a bit of a changeup to our usual routine because
    it’s a “live” Q&A instead of the ones we usually collect at minicamp and
    then spread over the next six weeks.



    I spoke with Chris Canty on Thursday at his “Camp of Champions” event at
    George Washington High School in Washington Heights, New York. Canty is a guy
    who actually, truly enjoys the charity work he does because of the strong
    influence of his parents
    . Together with the Police Athletic League, the
    United Way and Verizon, Canty and a handful of other NFL players (including
    Giants linebacker Michael Boley) put youngsters through football drills and plan
    to do so once again this morning for the final day of the camp.




    Canty, who missed all of the on-field work during the spring while
    recovering from knee surgery, talked about his charitable work as well as his
    desire to get back on the field very quickly. The Bronx native also showed his
    unselfish, charitable side when asked about his goals for this upcoming
    season.




    You’ve done this camp in Charlotte, where you spent many of your
    formative years, but you felt the need to make it happen here?




    Well I’ve been doing the Camp of Champions for six years now and this is the
    first year we’re doing it in the New York area. Obviously, I recognize I’m here
    all year round, my platform is here, I play here, I’m originally from here. So I
    definitely want to have the opportunity to bring my guys and be able to give
    back to this community.




    You’ve done a couple of other events here – the Thanksgiving-week
    dinner at a food shelter and a Christmas toy drive.




    Absolutely. Because I’m here and because I’m playing for the Giants and
    originally from here, I’ve had a tremendous platform to be able to give back and
    be of service to my community. I’ve been blessed and I’ve been given a lot. And
    to whom much is given, much is required. So I try to take time to give back to
    the community and I try to inspire others to give back as well. Out here, we’ve
    got all these guys from around the NFL, they love kids. To have them here to
    share and build that platform even bigger to give back to these kids is going to
    make a huge impact in their lives.




    What have you heard from the kids this week that has stuck with
    you?




    ‘I’m tired.’ (Laughs) They’re telling me they’re tired. I said, ‘Guys, we
    don’t have time to be tired. We’re here to work.’ Obviously, we want to show
    them anything is achievable through hard work and discipline. That’s the biggest
    thing, to be able to instill a small measure of discipline and let them
    understand in order to achieve any kind of success you have to discipline
    yourself, you have to make priorities in your life and when you have that
    discipline on the gridiron, through these lessons we teach them in football
    drills, it permeates through every aspect of their life, through their academic
    life, their social life, their life at home. If we can provide that spark for
    them and get them thinking a little different way, the sky is the limit for all
    of them.




    What have they said in regard to the Super Bowl?




    Well, we’ve got some adamant Giants fans. I had one of my buddies from the
    Patriots (James Ihedigbo) speak and it’s clear these kids around here aren’t
    Patriots fans.




    They gave him the business?




    Oh yeah, they gave him the, ‘Boooooooooo!’ I told them, ‘Champions are
    respectful, even if the guy speaking is from Boston.’ But it got ugly for a
    second.




    Do all of these drills have you thinking of camp and wishing it was
    here?




    Absolutely. It does.




    Really? I was only kidding.




    No, I’m serious. It brings it out, man. It’s football. When you love ball,
    you love ball. You can’t help it.




    Will you be ready to go day one?




    I think I’ll be ready to go. Obviously, we have to defer to (team physician
    Russ) Warren and the medical staff, but I feel great. There’s no swelling in my
    knee or anything like that. There’s nothing inhibiting me right now. I feel
    good. We want to be smart about it, but also I have the itch right now and I’m
    ready to get back into football stuff.




    I bet you’re in the minority there. I’m sure a lot of guys don’t want
    to get back into camp right now.




    I’ll tell you what, I know what it’s like when you don’t have football. I
    know what it’s like. I don’t want to go without that. I remember my first year
    here (in 2009 when he missed eight games to injury). It was an awful year. So I
    know what it’s like to not have ball and I never want to go through that
    again.




    What are you looking from yourself this season?




    I want to make my teammates better through my performance and my leadership
    in the locker room. I think last year I was able to have a small measure of
    individual success (a career-high four sacks), but I didn’t feel like I did
    enough to elevate the play of the guys around me and that’s definitely something
    I’m looking forward to doing this coming year.




    * * * *




    Canty is the face of his event and certainly puts a lot of work into it, but
    his brother Joseph does a lot of the hustle work for Chris' charitable
    endeavors.




    "I see a dream come true, a whole lot of work that's paid off, a whole lot of
    prayers and being consistent in what you stand for," Joseph Canty said of the
    increased charity work the family has done in this area. "And it's worked out
    tremendously well. It's one we hope a lot of kids try to emulate and that a
    whole lot of families realize they can give back. It's not about how much you
    do, it's about doing something."

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

    NY DAILY NEWS

    GIANTS' CHRIS CANTY SAYS HIS SURGICALLY REPAIRED KNEE IS BETTER AND SHOULD BE IN TRAINING 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


    NY POST

    GIANTS' PLAYERS SAY ELI IS NO. 1, NOT 31

    "There are 30 players in the NFL better than Eli Manning? Huh?



    “He’s No. 1 in my book, there’s not even any question about it,’’ Giants
    defensive tackle Chris Canty said Thursday at his Camp of Champions at George
    Washington High School in Washington Heights. “What he does for our football
    team, what he means for our football team, he’s my MVP. I’m sure Eli’s not
    losing any sleep about being rated No. 31. He’s thinking about how to make our
    football team better for the upcoming season.’’




    Canty clearly doesn’t think much of an NFL Network poll that has the Giants
    quarterback rated as the 31st-best player in the league, but he does have an
    idea why Manning is ranked so low.

    “I think first of all he’s a little brother, he’s Peyton’s little brother and
    his persona, how he presents itself is not brash, he’s not outspoken and I think
    humility gets a bad rap in our league,’’ Canty said. “Unfortunately it’s become
    a talking league, everybody wants to talk, talk, talk. There hasn’t been a lot
    of performance. He lets his play do the talking.’’



    In the poll, voted on by NFL players, Manning — a two-time Super Bowl MVP —
    was ranked as the fifth-best quarterback in the league, behind Aaron Rodgers
    (overall No. 1), Drew Brees (No. 2), Tom Brady (No. 4) and Ben Roethlisberger
    (No. 30).




    Linebacker Michael Boley, on hand to help Canty with the more than 250 kids
    attending the two-day camp, also didn’t give much credence to Manning’s No. 31
    ranking.




    “It’s just a poll, I guess,’’ Boley said. “Obviously he’s a lot better than
    31st. He definitely should be top five, if not No. 1. Eli would have definitely
    got my vote for No. 1. He’s not the flashiest, but he wins games.’’




    Canty has not yet been given medical clearance coming off knee surgery, but
    reiterated he expects to be ready for training camp on July 26. He had no
    trouble at his camp bounding around the turf field, moving from
    station-to-station as city kids ages 8-16 got the chance, for free, to train
    with NFL players. This is the sixth year the Chris Canty Foundation has run a
    camp, but this is the first one to take place in his hometown. Canty grew up in
    The Bronx, near Co-op City, before his family moved to North Carolina during his
    high school years.




    “To come back to where it all started for me and to be able to give back to
    my community, it’s just a great feeling,’’ Canty said. “It’s an honor and a
    privilege. When I was their age, I would have died to have an NFL player come
    out and coach me for a few hours.’’




    The United Way of New York City and the Police Athletic League of New York
    City partnered with Canty for the camp.




    “He’s a guy who can say ‘I grew up in The Bronx,’ he’s a guy who can say ‘I
    know what it’s like to have to push hard and have to push through and
    everybody’s not always going to believe in you,’ ’’ said Jennifer Jones Austin,
    senior vice president at United Way NYC.




    Alana Sweeny, PAL executive director, believes what Canty delivered will last
    a lifetime.




    “These children will never forget this experience,’’ Sweeny said. “When they
    turn on a football game they’re going to be able to say ‘Hey, I knew him, he
    worked with me, he’s my friend.’ These children will have an experience that
    they will never forget.’’

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

    THE BERGEN RECORD

    ZILCH

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


    NY GIANTS' TEAMMATES BELIEVE ELI IS TOPS IN NFL

    "Although they may be a tad bit biased, several of Eli
    Manning
    's teammates came to his defense on Thursday during Chris
    Canty
    's "Camp of Champions", saying the New York Giants quarterback got gypped on the NFL's Top 100
    List for 2012 despite a ranking of #31. Like defensive end Justin
    Tuck
    , who called the ranking a "joke", linebacker Michael
    Boley
    said the two-time Super Bowl MVP deserved at least a top five nod.





    “It’s just a poll, I guess. Obviously he’s a lot better than the 31st, he
    definitely should be top five, if not No. 1," Boley said. "His stats, winning
    two Super Bowls, that speaks for itself. Eli would have definitely got my vote
    for No. 1. He’s not the flashiest, but he wins games."




    Canty also chimed in on this ongoing debate, saying that Eli's demeanor is
    what sets him back in the eyes of his peers in a "talk, talk, talk" league. And
    if it's not his quiet persona, it's that he continues to live in the shadow of
    his older brother, Peyton Manning … despite owning more rings.





    “When you break Johnny Unitas’ record for fourth-quarter touchdown passes I
    think he deserves to be a little higher than 31," Canty said. "He elevates the
    play of everybody around him. He allows the defense to play with more
    confidence. We know if we get him the football late in the game we don’t have to worry about
    winning. What he does for our football team and what he means to our team is
    invaluable…He’s number one in my book."




    Manning may not have received the recognition befitting of him on the NFL Top 100
    List, but he certainly did in the Pro Football Focus Top 101 Players of 2011 where he ranked
    eight overall. He was the third ranked quarterback behind Green Bay Packers
    signal caller Aaron Rodgers and New Orleans Saints gunslinger Drew Brees.




    In addition to Manning, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (17) and wide
    receivers Victor Cruz (37) and Hakeem Nicks (50) also cracked the PFF top
    101."

    GIANTS' VICTOR CRUZ; "I AM ALWAYS GOING TO HAVE THAT CHIP ON MY SHOULDER"

    "New York
    Giants wide receiver Victor
    Cruz
    has had a tumultuous career up to this point. After not receiving a
    Division 1 scholarship offer out of high school, the Patterson, N.J. native went
    on to play at UMass. Cruz did not see significant playing time until his Junior
    year, when he garnered Colonial Athletic Association All-Conference honors.
    After college, Cruz was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York
    Giants. He suffered through an injury riddled rookie year; however, last season
    he went on to break the Giants single-season record for receiving yards, while
    helping Big Blue secure its fourth Super
    Bowl
    Championship.


    Although Victor
    Cruz
    is now considered an elite NFL wide receiver, he does not plan to forget where
    he came from and how many obstacles he had to overcome to achieve the success he
    has earned. While speaking atWilliam and Mary’s Colonial All-Pro Camp, Cruz
    stated the following:





    “To be from a small town in Jersey, play at UMASS and have to make an NFL team and
    then become a catalyst in the fourth Super
    Bowl
    in team history, it’s just an amazing feeling that I’m glad to be a
    part of. I’m always going to have that chip on my shoulder. The NFL seemed kind
    of far-fetched at that point," Cruz said.




    For the 2012 New York Giants, it is beyond essential that Cruz keep
    playing with the same drive and intensity that we saw from him last season. With
    veteran Hakeem
    Nicks
    ' durability issues, Cruz will be heavily relied upon to be a key
    contributor to the offense.




    However, ever since Cruz helped lead the Giants to their 2011 Super
    Bowl
    Victory, he has developed his own fashion line and also has a book
    coming out later this summer. It would be easy for one to say that his focus has
    meandered away from the football field and into other ventures throughout this
    offseason.




    Cruz is a young, talented athlete that is living his life in the spotlight,
    so it would be hard to expect anything else from him. Let's just hope that by
    the time training camp comes around, number 80 will be ready to put all his
    offseason endeavors behind him and help the Giants defend their Super
    Bowl
    title."

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    NY GIANTS: BETTER OR WORSE ON PAPER?

    "It's the time of year for NFL writers when creating lists, handing out
    offseason grades and doing a variety of positional and team analysis type pieces
    is the order of the day. The Sporting News recently posted its NFC
    Offseason Grades
    . Here is what TSN said about the New York
    Giants
    :



    "The Super Bowl champion Giants have escaped the offseason relatively
    unscathed. They were able to draft Wilson and Randle to replace the big-name
    vets (Manningham and Jacobs) they lost. The key is having Hakeem Nicks,
    who broke his right foot in May and underwent surgery, ready to go at the start
    of the season. The Giants are in much better position to defend their
    championship than they were after winning Super Bowl XLII."




    Agree or disagree, Giants fans? Is this team, on paper, better than it was at
    the end of last season? Or, do you look at the losses the team suffered and this
    team just isn't as good heading into 2012?"

    2007 GIANTS VS. 2011 GIANTS: THE FINAL TALLY, BY THE NUMBERS

    "



    In wrapping up our series comparing the 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl-winning New
    York Giants teams let's turn back to the good folks at What If Sports. Back when we
    started this little project I ran a simulated game between the two teams 25
    times and found that the 2007 team won 19 of those games.




    That, however, was not a big enough sample to get conclusive results from.
    So, the folks at What If Sports agreed to use their equipment to run a full
    study. They simulated games between the two teams 1001 times. The 2011 Giants
    won 61.6 percent of the simulated games, with an average score of 29.2 to
    24.8.





    A few numbers for comparison from the simulations:




    Quarterbacks
    2007 Eli Manning -- 20.9 completions, 35.9 attempts
    (58.1 percent), 269.8 yards, 1.81 TDs, 1.56 INTs
    2011 Eli Manning -- 23.3
    completions, 33.5 attempts (69.7 percent), 326.8 yards, 2.62 TDs, 0.95 INTs




    Running Backs
    2007 Brandon Jacobs -- 11.1 carries, 59.4 yards, 5.4
    yards per carry
    2007 Derrick Ward -- 8.6 carries, 44.7 yards, 5.2 yards per
    carry
    2011 Ahmad Bradshaw -- 12.1 carries, 44.1 yards, 3.7 yards per
    carry
    2011 Brandon Jacobs -- 7.4 carries, 26.7 yards, 3.6 yards per carry




    Receivers
    2007 Plaxico Burress -- 4.5 receptions, 66.4 yards, 14.9
    yards per catch
    2007 Jeremy Shockey -- 4.4 receptions, 56.4 yards, 12.9 yards
    per catch
    2007 Amani Toomer -- 3.7 receptions, 53.2 yards, 14.3 yards per
    catch
    2011 Victor Cruz -- 5.1 receptions, 85.4 yards, 16.6 yards per
    catch
    2011 Hakeem Nicks -- 5.0 receptions, 74, 0 yards, 14.7 yards per
    catch
    2011 Jake Ballard -- 3.0 receptions, 45.8 yards, 15.0 yards per
    catch
    2011 Mario Manningham -- 3.0 recpetions, 42.3 yards, 14.0 yards per
    catch




    Position-By-Position




    Offensive Line -- 2007
    Tight End -- 2011 (you guys disagreed with me here)
    Wide Receiver -- 2011
    Running Back -- 2007
    Fullback -- 2007
    Quarterback -- 2011
    Defensive Line -- 2011
    Linebacker -- 2007
    Cornerback -- 2007
    Safety -- 2011
    Special Teams -2011"



    ##



    2007 GIANTS VS. 2011 GIANTS: SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS - - SPECIAL TEAMS

    "Our final comparison as we go position-by-position through the rosters of the
    2007 and 2011 Super Bowl-winning New York Giants is
    a look at the special teams. The numbers are below.


    Punting
    2007 Jeff Feagles --
    71 punts, 40.4 yards per punt, 25 punts inside the 20, 36.0 yards net
    average
    2011 Steve
    Weatherford
    -- 82 punts, 45.7 yards per punt, 25 punts inside the 20, 39.2
    yards net average




    Kicking
    2007 Lawrence
    Tynes
    -- 40-of-42, PATs, 23-of-27 field goals
    2011 Lawrence tynes --
    43-of-32 PATs, 19-of-24 field goals




    Kickoff Returns
    2007 Ahmad
    Bradshaw
    -- 38 returns, 24.2 yards per return, long of 68 yards
    2007 Reuben
    Droughns
    -- 20 returns, 21.9 yards per return
    2007 Domenik Hixon
    -- 8 returns, 27.6 yards per return, long of 74 yards
    2011 Devin Thomas
    -- 25 returns, 24.3 yards per return, long of 40 yards
    2011 Da'Rel Scott
    -- 14 returns, 24.4 yard per return
    2011 Jarrel Jernigan -- 8 returns, 23.3
    yards per return




    Punt Returns
    2007 R.W.
    McQuarters
    -- 42 returns, 7.6 yards per return
    2011 Aaron Ross -- 14
    returns, 7.1 yards per return
    2011 Will Blackmon
    -- 6 returns, 4.2 yards per return





    When I look at these numbers it is obvious neither team could return punts.
    Of course, as long as you catch them and don't fumble I guess that is good
    enough. Not every team can have Devin Hester.
    Placekicking is a wash -- Lawrence Tynes was the kicker for both squads.




    So, this really comes down to punting and kickoff returns. Love Jeff Feagles,
    but the numbers show that Steve Weatherford was far superior in 2011 to what
    Feagles brought to the table in 2011. In terms of kickoff return Ahmad Bradshaw
    of 2007 was better than anybody the Giants tried in 2011, but really not by that
    much.




    For me, Weatherford makes the difference here.




    ADVANTAGE: 2011"

    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: DIGGING FOR BLUE EDITION

    "Good morning fellow Giants fans. We have reached that point in the off-season
    where it's especially quiet as far as NFL news goes. That means we have to dig
    deep, and I'm sure that is the way Tom Coughlin likes it. So let's see what we
    were able to find this morning....



    New
    York Giants players disagree with quarterback Eli Manning being ranked the
    31st-best player in the NFL - NYPOST.com

    There are 30 players in
    the NFL better than Eli Manning?
    Huh? "He’s No. 1 in my book, there’s not even any question about it,’’ Giants
    defensive tackle Chris Canty said
    Thursday at his Camp of Champions at George Washington High School in Washington
    Heights. "What he does for our football team, what he means for our football
    team, he’s my MVP. I’m sure Eli’s not losing any sleep about being rated No. 31.
    He’s thinking about how to make our football team better for the upcoming
    season.’’ Canty clearly doesn’t think much of an NFL Network poll that has the
    Giants quarterback rated as the 31st-best player in the league, but he does have
    an idea why Manning is ranked so low.




    Jason
    Pierre-Paul in mold of Reggie White, Canty says - NFL.com

    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."




    Wow, Canty sure has been a walking sound bite.






    Giants
    summer questionnaire: Tight end Martellus Bennett |
    NJ.com

    Bennett, who claims he's in great shape despite Mike Pope's
    concerns, has plenty to prove on the field. For now, it's clear he talks a great
    game.



    Pettitte
    fractures fibula in Yankees' 5-4 win - Yahoo! Sports

    New
    York Giants
    coach Tom Coughlin will throw out the first pitch on Saturday
    against the White Sox




    I just wanted you guys to see that part about Coughlin in the notes.




    Ranking
    the Top 10 Wide Receivers in the NFL Today: Fan's Opinion - Yahoo!
    Sports

    Today's NFL is a passing league. In order to achieve
    success your team had better have a good air attack. Take my New York Giants for
    example. Eli Manning and wideout Victor Cruz
    torched defenses last year en route to a Super Bowl victory. Since we're on the
    subject of passing I thought that this would be a good time to rank the top 10
    wide receivers in the NFL today. So let's begin the debate. Here are the top 10
    WRs in the NFL today, in my opinion:




    This fan post on Yahoo is remarkable. I am okay with leaving Victor Cruz off
    the list, but how is Hakeem Nicks
    not in this guy's Top 10, or even in HONORABLE MENTION? I felt better while
    reading some of the comments asking just that, but wow. Percy Harvin?
    Stevie
    Johnson
    ? Are you kidding me?"

    2007 GIANTS VS. 2011 GIANTS: SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS -- SAFETIES

    "We are getting near the end of our position-by-position comparison of the
    Super Bowl-winning 2007 and 2011 New York Giants. Today we have the safeties.
    After that, special teams and then we are done.


    Here are the safeties for both teams by the numbers.




    2007 Regular Season




    Gibril Wilson -- 92 tackles, 4 interceptions, 7 passes defensed
    James
    Butler -- 61 tackles, 1 interception, 7 passes defensed
    Michael Johnson -- 25
    tackles, 2 passes defensed




    2011 Regular Season




    Antrel Rolle -- 100 tackles, 2 interceptions, 4 passes defensed
    Kenny
    Phillips -- 86 tackles, 4 interceptions, 11 passes defensed
    Deon Grant -- 62
    tackles, 1 sack, interception, 6 passes defensed





    So, I don't know if this your first thought when you looked at the stats, but
    my first thought when I looked back at the 2007 names was 'The Giants won a
    Super Bowl with THOSE safeties?'




    Gibril Wilson? James Butler? Michael Johnson? We thought Wilson was a good
    player, and we know that he was good but not great for the Giants. His career
    pretty much went down the drain once he decided to leave the champs and take big
    money from the Oakland Raiders.




    Butler and Johnson? Only the memory of C.C. Brown makes me shudder less.




    Everyone can look at the 2011 group and have some issues. Phillips is good,
    but maybe not what he would have been without the knee issues that he has
    suffered. Rolle is good, but probably not as good as he believes he is or his
    paycheck says he should be. Grant did a great job in a limited role, but he has
    slowed athletically and he was no more than a box safety who could be effective
    in a limited area last season.




    Yet, comparing 2007 to 2011 there really is no comparison. The 2011 group
    wins by a landslide.




    ADVANTAGE: 2011"

    NFL PUSHES BACK TIME OF SUNDAY DOUBLE HEADER GAMES

    "The NFL announced today that it will move the start time of Sunday late
    afternoon doubleheaders games on CBS or FOX to 4:25 p.m. ET, instead of 4:15
    p.m.



    This is huge news for television viewers tired of missing the end of an early
    game they were interested in because the network was required to switch to the
    opening kickoff of their home team's late-afternoon game.




    League research over the past three seasons found that 44 games required part
    of the audience to be switched to a mandatory doubleheader game kickoff. With a
    4:25 p.m. ET kickoff time, that number that would have been reduced by 66
    percent to only 15 games.




    The 4:05 p.m. kickoff for games not included in the doubleheader package will
    remain unchanged.




    I don't know how anyone -- except maybe football widows -- can complain about
    this. More football to watch on Sunday. Less annoying overlap. It's a
    win-win."

    SI: REACHING PLAYOFFS WILL BE "TALL TALK" FOR NY GIANTS

    "Sports Illustrated has been doing team-by-team offseason breakdowns, and
    today our friends at SI got around to the defending Super Bowl champion New
    York Giants
    . SI concludes that anyone expecting back-to-back Super Bowl
    titles will be "sorely disappointed."


    This does mean the writer, Chris
    Burke, does not think the Giants will be a good team. It's also not a shot at
    the defending champs, just a realistic assessment of the schedule and how
    difficult it is to win back-to-back titles. Here is part of Burke's summary:




    "Last year's team got hot at the perfect time, with a six-game win streak
    allowing them to end the year with a title. It will be difficult to repeat, even
    as NFC East champs. Anyone expecting the Giants to cruise to another division
    crown will be sorely disappointed, as just qualifying for the playoffs will be a
    tall task."





    I know some of you will take issue with this, or will feel like Burke is
    slighting the Giants. Not me. The Giants will be good. The schedule, though, is
    brutal and every team in the NFC East is better than it was a season ago.
    Repeats are rare in sports nowadays, anyway.




    Like last season I would think we will witness another year during which the
    Giants come to the last couple of weeks with a chance. And, if they make it to
    the playoffs they will be a tough out. Pretty hard to be too disappointed by
    that."

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



    INSIDE FOOTBALL

    SUMMERTIME BLOG BITS: LINEBACKER GREG JONES

    "In this installment of “Blog Bits,” linebacker Greg
    Jones
    talks about his work at outside linebacker.






    Q. You’ve gotten some snaps at the outside. How has that
    gone?

    A. It’s gone well. I played outside for two years in college
    and then I played middle. I came in here at the middle, so…




    Q. When they first came to you and asked you to learn the SAM, what
    was your reaction?

    A. I was surprised because there was no heads up
    whatsoever. It was right before we were getting ready to go out for a practice,
    they told me, ‘Hey, you’re going to the outside linebacker spot.’




    Q. When did they tell you?
    A. The second OTA. The first
    OTA I was at the middle. I thought they might tell me the day before, but it was
    the day of (the second OTA), so I just happened to be looking at that position a
    little bit. I figured I might as well get ready to do that, and I did it and I
    was fine.




    Q. Is you’re head swimming a bit given that last year you worked the
    middle and now you have to learn a new position at this level?

    A. A
    little bit. But it’s part of the job. Some guys have to move. Coach always says
    you have to be able to play every position, so it’s part of the job description,
    and I am getting used to that, and I am understanding what they want. Right now
    my role is to play strong side, so I am just going to embrace that right
    now.




    Q. What can you take from your skill set in the middle to the strong
    side?

    A. Just knowing what that middle linebacker had to do. In
    knowing that, it makes my job a lot easier. And then really I like to come, I
    like to blitz and have fun trying to get the quarterback, and I think that
    definitely suits me.




    Q. Does that make you feel good knowing that your coaches think you
    have what it takes to increase your role in this, your second
    season?

    A. Definitely. Getting thrown into the fire last year
    definitely made me kind of grow up faster and mature in the defense so after
    that and then moving over to the outside, I felt confidential. Being able to do
    it all again. This is actually a better scenario because I have time to learn it
    before I get thrown into a game, preseason, or whatever, so this is actually a
    better situation as far as learning a new position.




    Q. Last year, did you feel like you were drowning a little bit given
    the circumstances?

    A. Yeah, it took some time for me, but I wouldn’t
    say I was drowning. But it was definitely difficult because I was trying to get
    used to these guys and learn what they were doing., their language, and how to
    become a better teammate. It took some time, it I think I am definitely there
    now. We know each other’s abilities and strengths and weaknesses so we’ll beta
    move forward.




    Q. When you look back at your rookie campaign, what lesson do you
    take from it?

    A: Actions speak louder than words. I feel like we
    were thrown into the fire early on against really good teams every week, so I
    think we all came through that baptism by fire pretty well because we went to
    work and didn’t talk about it. We did what we had to do and it helped us win a
    Super Bowl."

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    "Yesterday’s question: K Jay Feely holds the Giants’
    franchise record for most points scored in a single season (148 in 2005). Of the
    top 14 point-scorers in Giant history, there is only one non-kicker. Who
    is it, when did he do it and how points did he score that
    year?



    The answer is…..Joe Morris, who scored a 21 touchdowns in
    1985 for a total of 126 points. His efforts gained him a Pro Bowl berth and
    ranks fourth in team history behind Feely (148, 2005), K John Carney (143, 2008) and K Ali Haji-Sheikh (127, 1983). K Lawrence Tynes is tied with Morris for fourth, booting 126
    points in 2009.




    Morris’ 126 points are the most points by a Giant non-kicker by a mile. Only
    one other player has more than 100 points in a season. HB/FB Gene “Choo-Choo”
    Roberts scored 17 TDs (102 points) in 1949.




    Today’s question…..Allie Sherman took over the reins as head coach in 1961
    and went 33-8 in his first three regular seasons (0-3 in playoff games). From
    1964-68 his team stumbled, going 24-33 which led to his unceremonious dismissal.
    He at least had some success as the head coach….there were a few who
    had little – or no – success."

    GIANTS' TRIVIA CORNER FOR THURSDAY

    "Yesterday’s question: Who led the Giants in receiving yards in
    2008?



    The answer: WR Domenik Hixon with 596 yards on 43 catches.
    WR Amani Toomer was next (48, 580) and WR Steve Smith led the team in receptions with 57, but for only
    574 yards. TE Kevin Boss and RB Derrick Ward each had 384 receiving yards in 2008.




    Today’s question: K Jay Feely holds the Giants’ franchise
    record for most points scored in a single season (148 in 2005). Of the top 14
    point-scorers in Giant history, there is only one non-kicker. Who is
    it, when did he do it and how points did he score that year?"


    GIANTS' NEWS AND NUGGETS FOR FRIDAY

    WHAT STATISTICAL METRICS DID THE GIANTS FINISH IN THE TOP 10 AND THE BOTTOM 10 IN THE NFL LAST SEASON

    "I thought it might be interesting to take a look at the most statistically
    impressive and deficient numbers for the Giants in 2011. These are basic
    overview categories that can be found on NFL.com’s team stats area. I didn’t
    drill down too deep, by getting into more subjective advanced stats
    like drops and missed tackles, but thought this might serve as a good overview
    of the areas that needed the most attention for each team heading into the 2012
    season, and where they’re doing just fine.









































































    Top 10 Stat Rank
    Yards per game 385.1 8
    Yards per play 6 7
    First downs per game 20.7 10
    Turnover differential +7 T-7
    Passing yards per game 295.9 5
    Passing TD 29 T-6
    20+ yard completions 67 5
    40+ yard completions 18 1
    Sacks allowed 28 7
    QB rating 92.9 6
    Rush TD 17 6
    Points per game 24.6 9
    Safeties 4 1
    Interceptions 20 T-6
    40+ yard pass plays allowed 7 T-5
    Sacks 48 T-3
    Fumble recoveries 11 T-



    Nothing too surprising here. The one thing that stands out is that the
    Giants, despite finishing dead last in rushing yards per game, rushing yards per
    attempt, and rushes of more than 20+ and 40+ yards, actually had the 6th most
    rushing TDs.




    Bottom 10's after the jump…













































































    Bottom 10 Stat Rank
    Rushing Yards per game – Offense 89.2 32
    Yards per carry – Offense 3.5 32
    Rushes of 20+ yards – Offense 4 32
    Rushes of 40+ yards – Offense 0 6 teams had 0
    Time of possession 29:30 23
    FG’s blocked 2 6 teams had 2
    Punt return avg 6.1 29
    Defensive TD’s 1 7 teams only had 1
    Points per game allowed 25 25
    Yards per game allowed 376.4 27
    Yards per play allowed 5.6 23
    Passing yards per game allowed 255.1 29
    Passing TD’s allowed 28 25
    Pass plays of 20+ yards allowed 60 29
    Rushing yards per attempt allowed 4.5 23
    Rushing TD allowed 15 23



    It’s just staggering that the team that won the Super Bowl was dead last in
    rushing yards and yards per carry, and in the Bottom 10 in points per game
    allowed, yards per game allowed, yards per play allowed, passing yards allowed,
    passing TD’s allowed, rushing yards per carry allowed, and rushing TD’s allowed.
    That just shows what a great QB, a great pass rush, and the mantra of “Just get
    into the tourney” really means."

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    MARTELLUS BENNETT: ELI MANNING "AN UNSELFISH" QB

    "The debate over whether or not Eli Manning is an elite
    quarterback began last summer when he said that he would consider himself in the
    same class as his brother, Peyton
    Manning
    , and Tom Brady. Manning backed up
    those comments by passing for nearly 5,000 yards while leading the New York Giants to their second
    Lombardi Trophy with him under center.




    "To quote one of our captains, you can't spell elite without Eli," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said of his
    quarterback after a regular season win over the New England Patriots.




    Another word you can't spell without E-L-I is "unselfish," which is the word
    newly signed Giants tight end Martellus Bennett used
    to describe Manning.




    "Oh man, I don't think there's a better quarterback than him in the NFL right
    now," Bennett told Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger during minicamp.
    "Watching his approach to the game and the way he coaches everybody up and gets
    everybody involved, I think he's an unselfish quarterback, which is what you
    want. He throws a very catchable ball, which is always awesome. He's a great
    guy, a great quarterback."




    Bennett spent the first four seasons of his career as the No. 2 tight end for
    the Dallas Cowboys behind Jason Witten, who averaged
    122.5 targets per season over that span. Bennett, a former second-round pick,
    was targeted 130 times total with the Cowboys, including a career-low 26 times
    in 2011.




    "I mean, he's just looking for the open guy," Bennett said. "It doesn't
    matter who it is or what number you are. If you're open, he's going to hit you.
    You have to be ready. That's what makes it so fun playing in this offense
    because anytime you beat your guy, you know you could get the ball."




    Bennett recently bulked up to 291 pounds; it will be hard for Manning to miss
    him this season."

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    Thanks for all of the news on this hot summer day.

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    [quote user="nygsb42champs"]Thanks for all of the news on this hot summer day.[/quote]

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