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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: JULY 5, 2012 - 8:09 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: WR JULIAN TALLEY

    "The similarities are obvious: both are wide receivers, both were
    signed by the Giants as undrafted free agents out of UMass and both are from New
    Jersey. But while Paterson native Victor Cruz made the quantum leap to NFL star
    last season, rookie Julian Talley -- and Winslow native -- is just beginning.
    The two are friends and Talley said the two are similar in their skill sets --
    he, like Cruz, likes lining up in the slot -- but he's also trying to make a
    name for himself.



    Talley talks about adjusting to the NFL and his relationship with Cruz in the
    latest installment of our Giants
    summer questionnaire series
    .




    Like Victor Cruz, you're a wide receiver out of UMass. Cruz impressed
    quickly when he arrived. How has the transition been for you?




    I'm definitely trying to step it up a little bit. The older guys have done a
    great job of showing me things and helping me come along, but I feel like I've
    come along and things are starting to click for me in the whole offense and I'm
    very excited going into training camp.

    In what ways have things
    started clicking for you?




    Just knowing the playbook. Knowing where I'm supposed to be, the timing. Not
    thinking so much now, just reacting.




    You only got to practice a couple times with Hakeem Nicks, but how
    has it been different without him on the practice field?




    The veteran guys come in and do a good job of stepping in for guys who are
    not able to go at this time so I think they're just doing a good job out there.
    Eli and them are on the same page so we'll see. It's definitely tough, we're
    missing him right now, but he'll be all right and hopefully he'll be back
    soon.

    Do you feel like you're getting enough reps to make an
    impression?




    The coaches do a good job of spreading the reps out. Everybody's getting a
    fair opportunity and we're all just trying to take
    advantage.

    People say rookie wide receivers have the toughest
    transition to the pros.What's the most difficult adjustment for
    you?




    You hear it all the time, from high school to college, college to the NFL:
    it's about the adjustment to the speed of the game and doing the little detailed
    things, the little fundamentals. You really got to stress those and if you get
    those down, you'll be successful.

    It looks like you've been stuck
    carrying Victor Cruz's helmet?




    That was pretty much understood. He has me carrying his helmet. He's been
    here, done that and that's kind of his little way of hazing me as we go along so
    it's all fun.




    Picks you because you guys are boys?




    Right. It's part of the deal. It's all love."

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

    NY DAILY NEWS

    FORMER GIANT AMANI TOOMER: TONY TOMO, NOT ELI MANNING, IS BEST QB IN NFC EAST

    "Amani Toomer said it.
    Tony
    Romo
    is better than Eli Manning.



    The
    guy who used to catch pass from the two-time Super Bowl MVP may have gone out of
    bounds when he pumped up the mercurial Cowboy at Eli’s expense, even if he got
    his divisions mixed up in the process.

    Really. Manning has been dissed
    before by ex-mated such as Tiki Barber but . . . e tu, Amani?

    “Tony Romo
    is probably -- if you look at him statistically – he’s probably the best
    quarterback in the NFC East,” Toomer said as co-host with Tim Ryan on ‘Move the
    Chains’ on SIRIUS radio. “I mean, you look at Eli Manning and what he does in
    the fourth quarter. But you talk about consistency . . . talk about 31
    touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. That guy can play.”

    Ryan then
    agreed with the Romo love but opined that Manning is still the best QB in the
    NFC East. Toomer held firm.

    “OK, that’s fair,” Toomer acknowledged. “But
    I’m talking about, for me, if I wanted a guy that is going to throw (fewer)
    interceptions and be more productive, higher completion percentage, I’m going to
    go with Tony Romo.”

    “I want a guy who is dropping dimes at crunch time,”
    Ryan countered.

    “At crunch time he’s not as good as Eli but every other
    time he’s pretty darn good,” Toomer said.

    Later, Toomer acknowledged he
    forgot Manning played in the NFC East (huh?) but added, “I stand by what I
    said.”

    Manning, in the opinion of many, made the jump to the elite level
    in 2011 when he threw 29 TDs against 16 interceptions for a QB rating of 92.9,
    still less than Romo’s 102.5. Romo, however, failed to lead the Cowboys into the
    playoffs and that is where Manning has Romo by a big margin over the course of
    their careers. That includes their only post-season meeting in the 2007 meeting
    when Manning’s Giants knocked off the No. 1-seeded Cowboys in
    Irving.

    Toomer’s comments sparked immediate reaction on
    Twitter.

    Giants PR czar Pat Hanlon asked, “QB or golfer?”

    Giants
    DB Terrell Thomas tweeted, “Man toomer my dog and a great giant, helped me a lot
    as a young rook but aint no way romo better then Eli...both good QB’s but...
    Well”

    Added Giants DE Osi Umyiora, “"They will be Booing my guy toomer at
    Giants stadium. That we can agree on”

    It should just add to the buildup
    when Romo and Manning collide on opening night.






    ##




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




    NY GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA URGES FANS TO FORGIVE TIKI BARBER

    "When running back Tiki
    Barber
    announced his plans to retire during the 2006 NFL season, many
    fans were left stunned at his timing. He was still at the top of his game and
    appeared to have several years left ahead of him. However, a poor relationship
    with head coach Tom
    Coughlin
    was more than the Pro Powler cared to handle in his remaining
    years, so he opted to step away from the game and pursue a career in
    broadcasting.


    Although a bit bitter that he left due to several disagreements with the
    coach, fans accepted Barber's decision to retire, expressed their gratitude and
    wished him well. It wasn't until August of 2007, when Barber criticized
    quarterback Eli
    Manning
    's "lack of leadership" on National television, saying his pre-game
    speeches were "almost comical", that the bridge began to burn.




    That bridge was ultimately reduced to ashes over the next several years as
    Barber continued to criticize Manning (despite a championship) and former coach
    Tom
    Coughlin
    , who Barber felt tried to "vilify him."




    However, while watching highlights of seasons past over the weekend,
    defensive end Osi
    Umenyiora
    decided it's time for the fans to forgive Barber and to simply
    respect what the man did for the team. He made a simple plea, via Twitter, for
    Big Blue faithful to let bygones be bygones.





    "Watching a highlight video from Giants 2005 season. Tiki
    Barber
    was ridiculous. Giants fans please forgive that man. No more boo's.
    #legend," Umenyiora tweeted.




    While fans will acknowledge Barber's talent and contributions to the team,
    many refuse to forgive the running back and a plea from Umenyiora will not
    likely change that. The vast majority insist on a public apology from Barber,
    and anything short of that will only continue to result in boos."

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: GOV. CHRISTIE IS ANGRY EDITION

    "Good morning, New York Giants
    fans! Here is your Thursday morning, post-Fourth of July, notebook.



    New
    Jersey governor not happy with Jets, Giants | ProFootballTalk

    We noted
    last week that the Jets and Giants are taking some criticism over their lawsuit
    to prevent the construction of a huge mall next to their stadium in East
    Rutherford, New Jersey. Now the teams' critics include the governor of New
    Jersey.




    Derrick
    Ward announces his retirement - Yahoo! Sports

    Running back Derrick Ward
    announced on Twitter that he is retiring from the NFL.

    Ward, who spent
    eight years in the league, was drafted by the New York Jets, but
    also spent time with the New York Giants, Tampa Bay
    Buccaneers
    and Houston Texans in
    his career.

    The former seventh-round pick ran for a career-best 1,025
    yards with the Giants in 2008.






    Wiley: Giants Heading For
    Another Wild Card - ESPN Video - ESPN

    ESPN NFL Analyst Marcellus
    Wiley
    predicts another Wild Card berth for the Super Bowl Champion
    Giants.




    Ex-New
    York Giants coach Ray Perkins says he believes current Giants coach Tom Coughlin
    has "15 or 20 years’’ left in him - NYPOST.com

    "Tom Coughlin’s got
    another 15, 20 years in him,’’ Perkins told The Post. When that remark was met
    with laughter, Perkins quickly added, "He does. He works out, he takes care of
    himself, he feels good. He’s a great coach, and I mean it. He’s got 15 or 20
    more years in him. And he is totally wrong if he starts thinking of retirement,
    in my opinion.’’

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



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    AHMAD BRADSHAW'S HEALTH AND ITS IMPORTANCE TO TOE 2012 SEASON

    "If you play in the NFL, and you go about your offseason business—that time in
    between New Year’s day (for non-playoff teams) and the start of preseason camp
    in late July—by actually taking significant amounts of time off from the game,
    chances are you’re not one of the truly elite players in the League. There are
    exceptions, of course, and plenty of guys spend their free time away from
    training centers, film rooms and athletic environments, choosing instead to hit
    up the party scene or lounge by the pool or whatever it is professional athletes
    do to relax these days. There’s another portion of the NFL populace that, once
    the final whistle blows on game 16, spends every waking moment of every day
    tirelesslyworking to become a better player. Some of these guys are just wired
    that way, and it’s quite impressive.


    Most Super Bowl winning teams, at least theoretically, should be composed
    largely of the latter category, and while it’s near impossible to calculate with
    any measure of accuracy a percentage of hard working players, I’d bet there are
    few players on the Giants roster who don’t qualify.







    To reiterate: the offseason matters…a lot. With training camp fast
    approaching, and the regular season beginning to creep into our late summer
    calendars, we’re reaching a crucial juncture where offseason training—what you
    do when you’re not at team facilities working with team-affiliated personnel and
    coaches at team facilities—starts to matter more than any other time. For some
    players, especially those fighting to get under that contract weight barrier or
    finishing up rehab on a nagging injury, these last few weeks before minicamp are
    hugely important; others, not as much. In my mind, one player on Big Blue’s
    roster really needs to hit it out of the park in workouts and pre-camp
    preparations over the next few weeks, and it might surprise some of you: Ahmad Bradshaw. The rationale for my decision might not be so
    obvious, so I’ll try and explain my thinking.




    The Giants’ lack of running back depth is, by all accounts, a big problem.
    While the offense survived last season largely on the back of Eli Manning’s remarkable consistency, there’s little doubt the
    running game factored largely in Big Blue’s Super Bowl run. Brandon Jacobs and Bradshaw, the Giants’ two primary backs last
    season, combined for 155 rushing yards in the wild card round win against
    Atlanta, 85 in the division round win against Green Bay, 87 in the championship
    round against San Francisco and 109 in the Super Bowl win over New England.
    While the division and championship round games don’t project quantifiable
    evidence of a run-heavy game plan, minimizing the run game’s impact in the two
    hard-fought contests would be to overlook how it facilitated the passing game.
    Eli is an elite quarterback, run game notwithstanding, but so much of his
    success is contingent upon deceiving opposing defenses at the line of scrimmage
    by hinting at the run. The threat a viable running game poses forces defenses to
    stack the box with extra defenders, which opens up space for Eli and his
    targets. With Bradshaw and Jacobs, as effective a one-two running back do as
    you’ll see in today’s league, Big Blue’s running game was not only viable, but
    formidable, often imposing its will on the opposition in demoralizing and
    unstoppable ways.




    Running the ball remains pertinent to the Giants’ title defense effort, and
    without Jacobs, who in four postseason games last year rushed four 164 yards on
    37 attempts, the ground game—which ranked last among NFL teams last season—longs
    for a replacement of similar worth. As it stands, the Giants simply cannot
    replace Jacobs. To quote a favorite movie of mine, (Moneyball): Oakland
    Athletics’ general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt): “Guys, you’re still trying
    to replace Giambi. I told you we can’t do it. We can’t do it. What we might be
    able to do is recreate him.” Not that the New York football Giants are
    a money-strapped, small market baseball team that suddenly needs to exploit
    market ineffeciences to win football games, but there’s a striking
    parallel here. Jacobs, like it or not, does not exist on the Giants’ current
    roster, meaning offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride will need to find ways to
    replace not Jacobs himself—remember, “We can’t do it”—but his production.




    One thing’s for sure, it won’t be easy, especially not when, outside of Danny
    Ware, a career backup himself, Big Blue’s running back core is constituted
    mostly of unproven young players, none of whom fit Jacobs’ mold or niche.




    Which brings me back to Bradshaw, and his pivotal role in the Giants’
    offensive attack this season. He’s Big Blue’s only proven back, yet he’s always
    functioned best in a part-time role. Don’t get me wrong: Bradshaw can tote the
    rock and has been Big Blue’s bellcow back for the past two seasons. But he’s
    always been most comfortable with a partner, or even two—does Derrick Ward ring a bell? It’s not that Bradshaw isn’t talented
    or well-rounded enough as a runner to take on a Peterson/MJD/Foster-like
    workload, rather that his body simply won’t allow it. He missed four games with
    a foot injury last season and slashed his workload towards the end of the
    regular season to stay fresh for the playoffs. He underwent a procedure during
    the offseason and is expected to be 100% by training camp.




    That’s all well and good, but showing up at training camp healthy and
    remaining healthy for an entire season are two entirely different things. It’s
    certainly possible that Bradshaw plays all 16 games injury free; it’s also
    possible he reinjures himself week 1. Injuries, like taxes, death or any other
    absolute, unavoidable truth inhering the lives of NFL players, are
    inescapable—they happen, often times when you least expect, even to the most
    physically fit, well-prepared players. So no, Bradshaw can’t do anything to
    guarantee his good health throughout a 16-game season. What he can do is rehab,
    train and work his foot into the best shape possible before and throughout
    preseason camp. This is something that needs to be done now, and while there’s a
    fair chance his foot problems will resurface irrespective of what he does in
    rehabilitation, anything he can accomplish now will help him in the latter
    stages of the season, when the week-to-week grind is more likely to cause
    injuries.




    Needless to say, an injured Bradshaw, given the lack of experience and depth
    at running back, all but kills Big Blue’s run game, meaning he, perhaps more
    than any other player this side of Eli Manning, needs to stay healthy. A
    productive offseason is unequivocally the most logical path towards that
    end."

    GIANTS' TRIVIA CORNER FOR THURSDAY

    "Tuesday’s question: Which of the below Notre
    Damers was not selected by the Giants in the first round of the NFL
    Draft?



    Eric Dorsey
    Justin Tuck
    Derek Brown
    Luke Petitgout




    The answer…..Justin Tuck, who was taken by the Giants in the
    third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. The Giants did not have a first round pick
    that year – it was part of the deal that yielded Eli Manning the year before, so the Giants only had four
    selections in ’05.




    In the second round that year, the Giants chose LSU CB Corey Webster. They followed with Tuck in the third,
    RB Brandon Jacobs in the fourth and DE Eric
    Moore
    two rounds later. Webster and Tuck are still with the club;
    Jacobs just left vis free agency and Moore has been bouncing around after
    getting released by the Giants in 2006. He played two games for the Patriots
    last season.





    Eric Dorsey was selected by the Giants with the 19th pick in
    the first round of the 1986 draft. He played six seasons for the Giants and
    collected two Super Bowl rings. He recordedjust seven sacks during his time in
    Blue.




    In 1992, the Giants made TE Derek Brown(right) the 14th
    overall selection in the draft. Of all of the Giants’ draft picks in the
    post-merger era, you’d have to agree that this may have been their biggest
    misfire at the draft table. Brown only played three years for the Blue catching
    a mere eleven passes for 87 yards in 45 games played.




    Luke Petitgout was the Giants’ first round selection in the
    1999 draft. Unlike Dorsey and Brown before him, Petitgout was reliable and
    productive, starting 106 games over eight seasons for the Giants. He was
    released in 2007 after a broken leg cut his 2006 season short and finished his
    career with Tampa Bay.




    Today’s question:






    Super Bowl winning coach that never wore a
    Giants uniform:



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    YARDBARKER

    AMANI TOOMER: TONY ROMO A BETTER QB THAT ELI MANNING

    "According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, while appearing on Sirius XM NFL Radio,
    former New York Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer said that Cowboys quarterback
    Tony Romo is better than Eli Manning.


    Either Amani Toomer has gone insane now that he’s retired, or he’s trying to
    be unbiased now that he’s a part of the media. He could also want to be like
    ESPN’s Skip Bayless. I don’t know, you decide.




    Here’s the audio of Toomer appearance on Sirius XM Radio."



    BEST NFL QUARTERBACKS GOING INTO THE 2012 - 2013 SEASON



    "The 2012 season is about two months
    away, and it’s a perfect time to rank NFL players by
    position. A combination of factors such as stats, overall performance, etc.,
    determine where players are ranked. Analysis will be added very soon, I just
    wanted to get these rankings done first.*Player ages are how old they will be on
    September 5th, NFL Kickoff date.


    1. Aaron
    Rodgers
    , Green Bay Packers


    Height: 6-2 | Weight: 225
    lbs.
    Age: 28 | Experience: 8 Years

    2012 Season
    Stats
    :
    343 of 502 (68.3% CMP), 4,643 Passing Yards, 45 TD, 6 INT; 3
    Rushing TD (122.5 QBR)




    Career Stats:
    1,381 of
    2,113 (65.4% CMP), 17,366 Passing Yards, 132 TD, 38 INT; 16 Rushing TD (104.1
    QBR)


    2. Drew Brees, New Orleans
    Saints


    Height: 6-0 | Weight: 209
    lbs.
    Age: 33 | Experience: 12 Years


    2012 Season Stats:
    468 of 657
    (71.2% CMP), 5,476 Passing Yards, 46 TD, 14 INT; Rushing TD (110.6 QBR)




    Career Stats:
    3,613 of
    5,479 (65.9% CMP), 40,742 Passing Yards, 281 TD, 146 INT; 8 Rushing TD (94.0
    QBR)


    3. Tom
    Brady
    , New England Patriots


    Height: 6-4 | Weight: 225
    lbs.
    Age: 35 | Experience: 13 Years

    2012 Season
    Stats
    :
    401 of 611 (65.6% CMP), 5,235 Passing Yards, 39 TD, 12 INT; 3
    Rushing TD (105.6 QBR)




    Career Stats:
    3,397 of
    5,321 (63.8% CMP), 39,979 Passing Yards, 300 TD, 115 INT; 10 Rushing TD (96.4
    QBR)


    4. Peyton Manning, Denver
    Broncos


    Height: 6-5 | Weight: 230
    lbs.
    Age: 36 | Experience: 15 Years

    2012 Season
    Stats
    :
    DNP




    Career Stats:
    4,682 of
    7,210 (64.9% CMP), 54,828 Passing Yards, 399 TD, 198 INT; 17 Rushing TD (94.9
    QBR)


    5. Ben
    Roethlisberger
    , Pittsburgh Steelers


    Height: 6-5 | Weight: 241
    lbs.
    Age: 30 | Experience: 9 Years

    2012 Season
    Stats
    :
    324 of 513 (63.2% CMP), 4,077 Passing Yards, 21 TD, 14 INT;
    (90.1 QBR)




    Career Stats:
    2,090 of
    3,313 (63.1% CMP), 26,579 Passing Yards, 165 TD, 100 INT; 14 Rushing TD (92.1
    QBR)


    6. Eli
    Manning
    , New York Giants


    Height: 6-4 | Weight: 218
    lbs.
    Age: 31 | Experience: 9 Years

    2012 Season
    Stats
    :
    359 of 589 (61.0% CMP), 4,933 Passing Yards, 29 TD, 16 INT;
    Rushing TD (92.9 QBR)




    Career Stats:
    2,291 of
    3,921 (58.4% CMP), 27,579 Passing Yards, 185 TD, 129 INT; 8 Rushing TD (82.1
    QBR)


    7. Philip Rivers,
    San Diego Chargers


    Height: 6-5 | Weight: 228
    lbs.
    Age: 30 | Experience: 9 Years



    2012 Season Stats:
    366 of
    582 (62.9% CMP), 4,624 Passing Yards, 27 TD, 20 INT; Rushing TD (88.7 QBR)


    Career Stats:
    1,930 of
    3,037 (63.6% CMP), 24,285 Passing Yards, 163 TD, 78 INT; 3 Rushing TD (95.5
    QBR)


    8. Tony
    Romo
    , Dallas Cowboys


    Height: 6-2 | Weight: 228
    lbs.
    Age: 32 | Experience: 10 Years


    2012 Season Stats:
    346 of 522
    (66.3% CMP), 4,184 Passing Yards, 31 TD, 10 INT; Rushing TD (102.5 QBR)



    Career Stats:
    1,672 of
    2,592 (64.5% CMP), 20,834 Passing Yards, 149 TD, 72 INT; 4 Rushing TD (96.9
    QBR)


    9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons


    Height: 6-4 | Weight: 217
    lbs.
    Age: 27 | Experience: 5 Years

    2012 Season
    Stats
    :
    347 of 566 (61.3% CMP), 4,177 Passing Yards, 29 TD, 12 INT; 2
    Rushing TD (92.2 QBR)




    Career Stats:
    1,232 of
    2,022 (60.9% CMP), 14,238 Passing Yards, 95 TD, 46 INT; 4 Rushing TD (88.4
    QBR)


    10. Matthew Stafford, Detroit
    Lions


    Height: 6-2 | Weight: 232
    lbs.
    Age: 24 | Experience: 4 Years

    2012 Season
    Stats
    :
    421 of 663 (63.5% CMP), 5,038 Passing Yards, 41 TD, 16 INT;
    (97.2 QBR)


    Career Stats:
    679 of 1,136
    (59.8% CMP), 7,840 Passing Yards, 60 TD, 37 INT; 3 Rushing TD (84.7 QBR)


    11. Joe Flacco, Baltimore
    Ravens


    Height: 6-6 | Weight: 245
    lbs.
    Age: 27 | Experience: 5 Years

    2012 Season
    Stats
    :
    312 of 542 (57.6% CMP), 3,610 Passing Yards, 20 TD, 12 INT;
    Rushing TD (80.9 QBR)


    Career Stats:
    1,190 of
    1,958 (60.8% CMP), 13,816 Passing Yards, 80 TD, 46 INT; 4 Rushing TD (86.0
    QBR)


    12. Matt Schaub, Houston
    Texans


    Height: 6-5 | Weight: 241
    lbs.
    Age: 31 | Experience: 9 Years

    2012 Season
    Stats
    :
    178 of 292 (61.0% CMP), 2,479 Passing Yards, 15 TD, 6 INT; 2
    Rushing TD (96.8 QBR)


    Career Stats:
    1,466 of
    2,279 (64.3% CMP), 17,936 Passing Yards, 98 TD, 58 INT; 4 Rushing TD (92.2
    QBR)


    13. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles


    Height: 6-0 | Weight: 215
    lbs.
    Age: 32 | Experience: 11 Years

    2012 Season
    Stats
    :
    253 of 423 (59.8% CMP), 3,303 Passing Yards, 18 TD, 14 INT;
    Rushing TD (84.9 QBR)


    Career Stats:
    1,422 of
    2,538 (56.0% CMP), 17,912 Passing Yards, 111 TD, 72 INT; 33 Rushing TD (80.9
    QBR)


    14. Jay
    Cutler
    , Chicago Bears


    Height: 6-3 | Weight: 220
    lbs.
    Age: 29 | Experience: 7 Years

    2012 Season
    Stats
    :
    182 of 314 (58.0% CMP), 2,319 Passing Yards, 13 TD, 7 INT;
    Rushing TD (85.7 QBR)


    Career Stats:
    1,541 of
    2,521 (61.1% CMP), 18,283 Passing Yards, 117 TD, 86 INT; 6 Rushing TD (84.5
    QBR)


    15. Cam Newton, Carolina
    Panthers


    Height: 6-5 | Weight: 248
    lbs.
    Age: 23 | Experience: 2 Years

    2012 Season
    Stats
    :
    310 of 517 (60.0% CMP), 4,051 Passing Yards, 21 TD, 17 INT; 14
    Rushing TD (84.5 QBR)




    Career Stats:
    310 of 517
    (60.0% CMP), 4,051 Passing Yards, 21 TD, 17 INT; 14 Rushing TD (84.5 QBR)

    ##

    ADRIAN TRACY CAN BE A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

    "Adrian Tracy didn’t really have that much hype
    surrounding him when the Giants drafted him in the later rounds of the 2010 NFL
    Draft.


    He played defensive end at the College of William and
    Mary in Williamsburg, Va.—a school known more for its academic prowess than its
    sports program.


    After two years as mainly a practice player, Tracy is
    actually getting some attention this offseason as a viable candidate along the
    Giants defensive front. Of course, it would be in a reserve role since the
    Giants currently employ Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul, not to mention Osi
    Umenyiora.



    But once Dave Tollefson signed with the Oakland Raiders,
    Tracy’s role automatically increased. The Giants experimented with using him at
    linebacker, but his main spot is defensive end, and hopefully he can settle into
    a rhythm of seeing a handful of snaps each game.



    Why is this such a big deal for me?



    Well, I graduated in 2010 with Tracy from William and
    Mary. We were actually in a few classes together as well as Kinesiology
    majors.



    He was a beast for the Tribe’s defensive front, but
    Colonial Athletic Association football isn’t exactly the NFL, let alone the
    extremely tough NFC East.



    It’s definitely cool to see Tracy get some of the
    spotlight, and I wish him the best. We’re not expecting him to immediately break
    into the starting lineup, but having a solid reserve player like Tracy will keep
    the defensive front fresh.



    Good luck to Tracy, go Giants and go Tribe!"

    NEW YORK GIANTS' BREAKOUT CANDIDATE: DOMENIK HIXON

    "Is it hard to quantify a 27 year old as a
    possible breakout candidate? Maybe. In the case of Domenik Hixon though, its not so far-fetched. Hixon has
    only played in two games the past two seasons due to torn ACL’s and will be 28
    years old this season. He has been prominently used as a kick returner since the
    New York Giants
    claimed him on waivers back in 2007, however this season may be the
    time to prove himself as a receiving option.


    We all know that the Giants are looking
    for more options behind the big two at wide receiver. Hixon actually started
    seven games back in 2008 catching 43 balls for 596 yards and a couple of
    touchdowns. Out of all the other options, Eli Manning
    probably has the best rapport with Hixon, mainly because he’s been there the
    longest. In a lot of ways, that really does count for something. Hixon isn’t
    going to make a pro bowl as a receiver, but he’s a good depth player.




    If he’s gonna make a pro bowl anywhere, it
    may be as a returner. In 2009, he had over 1200 yards on kick returns. The
    Giants are looking for a returner, especially on punts where it seems like it’s
    been a revolving door of people for the past few years. Aaron Ross had been the guy on punt returns, but he
    signed with the Jacksonville
    Jaguars
    .




    Hixon should be a guy on every Giants
    fan’s radar. He may be a pivotal cog in the 2012 team, doing a lot of different
    things."

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    GRANTLAND

    http://www.grantland.com/

    SPORTING NEWS

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/stories

    NYG REPORTER



    http://nygreporter.com/



    NFL.COM

    AMANI TOOMER: TONY ROMO A BETTER QUARTERBACK THAN ELI MANNING

    "Is it that time again? Like getting an oil change or visiting the dentist, we
    were about due for a story in which New York Giants
    quarterback Eli Manning was
    underappreciated.



    On Thursday, it came courtesy of former Manning teammate Amani Toomer, who
    told SiriusXM NFL Radio that Dallas Cowboys star
    Tony Romo is the
    best quarterback in his division. (Never mind that Manning delivered Toomer his
    only Super Bowl ring, in the 2007 season.)




    "Tony Romo is probably -- if you look at him statistically -- he's probably
    the best quarterback in the NFC East," Toomer said. "I mean, you look at Eli
    Manning and what he does in the fourth quarter. But you talk about consistency
    -- talk about 31 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. That guy can play.




    "For me, if I wanted a guy that is going to throw less interceptions, (be)
    more productive, higher completion percentage, I'm going to go with Tony Romo.
    At crunch time, he's not as good as Eli, but every other time, he's pretty darn
    good."




    It's fairly evident that Toomer was attempting to compliment Romo rather than
    insult Manning, but his logic is way off. Manning -- beyond his Super Bowl
    heroics and late-game prowess -- was a fine statistical player last season,
    putting up 29 touchdown passes, just 16 interceptions, nearly 5,000 passing
    yards and a passer rating of 92.9.




    For Romo, this is the exact type of story that makes his life difficult. It
    leaves him wide open for easy criticism and creates storylines that shouldn't
    even exist. A tweet from Giants PR man Pat Hanlon is our case in point."








    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://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants

    PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY


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


    PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY

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

    PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS

    http://www.profootballfocus.com/

    MISCELLANEOUS

    MICHAEL STRAHAN REPORTEDLY A FINALIST TO BE KELLY RIPA SHOW HOST

    "Former Giants star Michael
    Strahan is a finalist to succeed Regis Philbin
    and co-host "Live With Kelly"
    according to Showbiz 411.



    Along with Strahan, the other two finalists are Seth Meyers of "Saturday
    Night Live" and singer Josh Groban. Strahan has been as a guest host on the show
    previously, including last week when his
    "Magic Mike" stripper dance went viral.




    Showbiz 411 reports that the
    frontrunner to land the gig is Meyers
    , who will be a guest co-host all next
    week -- the show's first Monday-to-Friday co-host since Neil Patrick Harris late
    last year.




    Strahan retired after winning a Super Bowl with the Giants in 2008, and then
    took a job as an analyst with FOX's pregame show.



    ##

    NFL WILL LET FANS IN STADIUMS SEE THE SAME REPLAYS AS OFFICIALS

    "The current video replay system was implemented in 1999 and it has gone
    through tweaks. A couple more will be revealed this season. One change will be
    that all turnovers will be subject to review by the replay booth. The second
    will be much more obvious -- and probably enjoyable -- to fans in stadiums. All
    NFL stadium video boards now will show the exact same replay the lead official
    is viewing under the hood on the sideline video monitor.


    “They’ll see the exact same angles at the exact same time as he does,’’
    Atlanta Falcons president and NFL competition committee chairman Rich McKay told
    Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com.




    That’s a positive for fans because they didn’t always have that vantage
    point. Prior to this year, it was up to individual home teams to show as much or
    as little replay as they wanted.

    “I think this is another example of the
    league listening to its fans about what they want from the in-game experience,’’
    McKay said. “I think throughout this edition of replay, the league, the teams
    and our broadcast partners have done a nice job of using the available
    technology to make the game better and make the experience better for the
    fans.’’



    JETS WON'T HAVE CAPTAINS THIS YEAR



    "Jets coach Rex Ryan dumped the idea of having captains after putting a “C” on
    players’ chests for the first time last season, Brian Costello of the New
    York Post
    reports. It ended up blowing up with Santonio Holmes, a captain,
    fighting with another captain, Mark Sanchez, and the team’s chemistry becoming a
    focal point when the 8-8 season was analyzed.




    This year, Ryan is ditching the captains. Players say the lack of named
    leaders has had little effect. Some believe it enables everyone to feel like a
    leader, rather than just the few who were chosen.




    “I think in a situation like that where there are no captains named, it kind
    of forces guys to step up and take ownership,” guard Matt Slauson said, “and
    guys like Brandon [Moore] have done a phenomenal job with that. Mark [Sanchez]
    has done a phenomenal job, obviously. Those are just the offensive guys. It kind
    of forces those guys to step up and all the rest of us respect them even more
    because that ‘C’ is not just given to them.”




    Ryan selected Holmes, Sanchez, Moore, Eric Smith, Sione Pouha and Darrelle
    Revis as captains last year. Holmes seemed emboldened by having the “C” on his
    chest, referencing it several times while making remarks critical of some
    teammates. His implosion at the end of the season forced Ryan to reconsider the
    idea of captains. Instead of embarrassing Holmes by stripping him of the title,
    he did away with the idea completely."



    JAWORSKI SAYS FLACCO HAS THE NFL'S STRONGEST ARM

    "ESPN’s Ron Jaworski spent a big chunk of the offseason watching every minute
    of game tape for each NFL starting quarterback, and has spent the past month
    ranking them and then breaking them down for “SportsCenter.”


    On Monday, Jaworski revealed his ninth-ranked quarterback entering the 2012
    season: Baltimore’s Joe Flacco. And while praising the fifth-year Ravens QB, he
    said that Flacco has the strongest arm in the league, Matt Vensel of the Baltimore
    Sun
    reports.




    "That's Flacco's No. 1 attribute," said Jaworski, who made 143 career NFL
    starts. "I get so tired of hearing how arm strength is overrated. It's far more
    important than people think. He has the strongest arm in the NFL."




    "The element always overlooked by those who minimize arm strength is the
    willingness of quarterbacks like Flacco to pull the trigger,” said Jaworski, who
    played for four teams, most notably the Eagles. “Few recognize that because
    there is no quantifiable means by which to evaluate throws that are not made by
    quarterbacks with lesser arm strength. It's all about dimensions.”




    Jaworski said “there are very few quarterbacks in the NFL with the pure
    throwing ability of Joe Flacco.” So why isn’t Joe higher on the list? He feels
    “his production does not always match his skill set.”

    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1






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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: JULY 5, 2012 - 112:10 P.M.

    Thanks, RF. I agree about Hixon's potential to be a key cog in the Giants' machine. Not only has he been our best returner in recent years, he's been a solid receiver when called upon. Let's just hope his knees hold up.

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: JULY 5, 2012 - 112:10 P.M.

    [quote user="Jiffy Jeff"]Thanks, RF. I agree about Hixon's potential to be a key cog in the Giants' machine. Not only has he been our best returner in recent years, he's been a solid receiver when called upon. Let's just hope his knees hold up.[/quote]

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    thanks Roanoke!




    glad to see Adrian Tracy getting some press! hope he can prove it on the field.


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    [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

    thanks Roanoke!




    glad to see Adrian Tracy getting some press! hope he can prove it on the field.

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    Thanks RF. cheers.

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    [quote user="fourth&forever"]Thanks RF. cheers.[/quote]

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    Thanks RF !
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