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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012 - 3:38 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: WIDE RECEIVER DAN DEPALMA

    "Had this been last year and I'd told you folks veterans were raving about
    Dan DePalma and saying he could really make an impact this upcoming season, most
    of you would've rolled your eyes. But thanks to Victor Cruz, we realize it's
    actually possible for a guy to come out of nowhere.



    Don't misconstrue here. I'm not saying the 5-11, 200-pound DePalma is
    going to set franchise records after spending all of last season on the practice
    squad. (The
    Giants signed DePalma
    in September after he spent training camp with the
    Jets.) What I'm saying is I believe the veterans who have noted all of the tools
    the Verona native showed in practice and will be keeping a close eye on him in
    Albany because we haven't seen him do much at all, on account of the fact the
    team portions of in-season practices are closed to the media.




    DePalma, who played the role of the New England Patriots' Julian Edelman
    in practices leading up to Super Bowl XLVI and could prove to be as versatile as
    Edelman, talks about the lofty expectations his teammates have of him in this
    installment of our Giants
    summer questionnaire
    :




    You sat out most of this spring following hip surgery. How much work
    will you be able to do before camp?




    Just stick with my routine really. I’ll go back to my regular workout regimen
    and will hopefully be cleared to go fully for camp. I’ll just continue to do the
    rehab in the meantime.




    Has the rehab gone as scheduled?




    Absolutely. I’m actually ahead of schedule, so I’ve been doing a lot more
    route running and stuff like that, whereas usually people are usually running
    straight-ahead (during rehab). The cutting and stuff like that has all gone
    perfectly – no problem, no inflammation, doesn’t hurt – so they’re real happy
    with the way it went.




    A lot of veterans have spoken highly about you and mentioned you as a
    potential sleeper. When you hear that kind of stuff, what do you think?




    It’s just motivation. I want to be that guy. ‘The Secret Weapon,’ that’s what
    they called me in high school and that’s what I’d like to be. Nobody knows about
    you and you just come out of nowhere. That’s kind of been the story of my life.
    So I’ll just keep working hard and push myself to make my dreams come true.




    You made the jump from Division II to the NFL. Was there a point when
    you said, ‘I can compete here'?




    Absolutely. As an athlete you always question, ‘Can I play at that next
    level?’ When I was in college, I always wondered if I could’ve played at the
    big-time schools. When you make that jump and come to camp and realize, ‘These
    are guys my age and, relatively, my size and speed.’ You start running routes
    and you beat a guy here and there. And you start learning that the more you
    study and practice that, at this level, the better you become and you think, ‘I
    can do this. I can play at this level.’ And from there, you just keep building,
    keep studying and it all comes down to how much work you’re willing to put
    in.




    So that was you last year on the practice squad, beating guys here
    and there?




    Yeah, I’m working my way up. I’m going to put in the work, study and do
    everything I have to do to make sure I play on Sundays.




    What can people expect from you this year?




    Hopefully, big things. I know my role will be on special teams mostly. Play
    some special teams, make some big plays and make some tackles. Just pretty much
    contribute anywhere I can. I’m that all-around guy that can play a little bit of
    defense on the practice squad, they can move me around on special teams.
    Wherever the coach needs me is where I’ll be and I’ll do it to the best of my
    ability."

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

    NY DAILY NEWS



    GIANTS' KEVIN GILBRIDE SAYS BEAR PASCOE IS "STARTING TIGHT END" -- FOR NOW

    "Tight end/fullback Bear
    Pascoe
    is often the forgotten man in a New York Giants offense that sports extreme athleticism
    and a number of current and budding superstars. During the 2011-2012 season, he
    hauled in only 12 passes, but averaged an impressive 11.3 yards per reception
    with seven first downs. He also came through in a big way during a playoff run
    that led to another Lombardi Trophy, as he caught an additional five passes for
    39 yards and a touchdown.

    While Pascoe is never going to light up the box score, he brings the Giants
    unique versatility and, as offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride says, unbelievable toughness.





    "You are hoping to have Bear as a swing guy, a second tight end – he could
    motion back and play the fullback position, give you what he has always given.
    you which is unbelievable toughness and somehow making plays that maybe you
    don't think that he should be able to make," Gilbride said. "He always seems to
    make [those plays] for you."




    With Jake Ballard now in New England and Travis Beckum still recovering from
    a torn ACL, Pascoe has rocketed up the depth chart. And despite the team having
    signed former Dallas Cowboy Martellus Bennett and drafted Adrien
    Robinson
    out of Cincinnati, Gilbride says that, for now, Pascoe is the
    starting tight end.





    "Right now he is the starting tight end. Martellus was out and just barely
    got back. Adrien
    Robinson
    missed [OTAs]. So right now we have a long way to go at that spot,"
    Gilbride said. "You are hoping Martellus [steps up]. … That is why he was
    brought here. You are hoping that Adrien
    Robinson
    down the road would be the guy. If not, Bear is going to be the
    guy."




    In addition to the aforementioned Bennett and Robinson, Christian Hopkins, Ryan
    Purvis
    and Larry
    Donnell
    will all be competing for a roster spot come training camp. However,
    with Beckum likely to start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP)
    list, Pascoe has the most experience and familiarity with the Giants' offense,
    giving him the clear leg-up. The starting position will either be his to lose or
    Bennett's to win. Either way, expect Pascoe to play a significant role in
    2012."

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    GIANTS FACE DIFFICULT SCHEDULE, NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT IT

    "Ever since the 2012 NFL schedule came out, we have known that the defending
    Super Bowl champion New York Giants
    face a difficult schedule in their effort to defend their title.



    By traditional methods (combined 2011 winning percentage of opponents), the
    Giants face the most difficult schedule in the NFL. The combined
    winning percentage of their 2012 foes was .547 last season.




    Like Sabermetricians in baseball, however, some folks are never satisfied
    with traditional methods. They have to dig deeper, find more complicated -- and
    possibly better -- ways of measuring things. The folks at Beyond The Bets have done just that when it comes to rating
    schedule difficulty.





    'Bets' combined last season's winning percentage with a couple of other
    factors and came up with a ranking of its own. Guess what? They figured out that
    the Giants schedule is incredibly difficult, though in their rankings the
    Cleveland Browns face a slightly tougher road.




    The point of all of this? I guess it's that no matter how you slice it, the
    Giants have a tough schedule in 2012.







    Giants Schedule








    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: THURSDAY GOODIES



    "Good morning, New York Giants
    fans! A surprising number of links for you today, two weeks from the day players
    report to UAlbany for Giants training camp.




    Summertime
    Blog Bits: Cornerback Terrell Thomas | Inside Football

    Q. You’ve
    always been a spiritual man. Can you share a bit about how your faith has gotten
    you through this challenge?

    A. I’ll admit that I lost my faith when I got
    injured. I wasn’t mad at God. But I kind of questioned Him in a way. I just
    couldn’t understand how, after everything I had been through in my life, why
    would this happen now? I still don’t know, but He’s still teaching me, and He
    restored my faith and I will never lose it again. He taught me, ‘Just love Me,
    and work hard.’ It’s crazy because I got the Bible verse 1 Peter 5:6 tatted on
    me before camp which says, "Humble yourself upon God and in due time He shall
    exalt you." So I kind of took that and said, ‘Wow, I kind of jinxed myself,’ but
    at the same time, I learned a lot from the experience.

    Q. What did
    you learn?

    A. I became a man and it taught me that I could overcome
    anything if I have faith and if I work at it. I’m still overcoming this injury —
    it’s not done at all. Bu t this experience has definitely taught me not to lose
    my faith in God because He definitely has a plan for my and will always be there
    for me.





    Josh
    Gordon tops Supplemental Draft prospects, Ed Wesley next - Tony Pauline -
    SI.com

    The NFL's second draft is set to take place Thursday, as eight
    former college players hope to be selected in the supplemental draft.




    Developers
    of American Dream mall seek to sack Giants and Jets lawsuit | NJ.com

    Just
    weeks after the teams filed suit to block the expansion of the former Xanadu
    mall, the developers went to court today seeking dismissal of the lawsuit.




    Chris
    Canty: Caring for the Community | Pro Player Insiders NFL Players

    Chris Canty,
    Super Bowl-winning defensive tackle for the New York Giants, makes the most of
    his time during the offseason. He is actively involved in the community and
    constantly is looking for ways to help out those who are in need. He established
    the Chris Canty Foundation to help youth in the community.




    Giants
    summer questionnaire: defensive tackle Rocky Bernard | NJ.com




    Adam
    Schefter, Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN NFL insiders, sign multiyear deals - Richard
    Deitsch - SI.com




    Giants
    summer questionnaire: Linebacker Keith Rivers | NJ.com
    "


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    http://www.insidefootball.com/



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    GIANTS' TRIVIA CORNER FOR THURSDAY

    "Yesterday’s question: Of the players listed
    below, the one who did not maintain a 4.0 yards-per-carry average over their
    Giant career:

    “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: THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012 - 11:17 A.M.

    Bout ****ing time!!! []
    And now, in the interest of equal time, here is a message from the National Institute of Pancakes: It reads, and I quote, “**** waffles.”......G Carlin

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012 - 11:17 A.M.



    Thanks RF!




    Add Dan DePalma to the list of guys I need to keep an eye out for in training camp.

    No one remembers who came in second.

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012 - 11:17 A.M.

    thanks much Roanoke!

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012 - 11:17 A.M.

    Thanks bro.

    G'morning all.

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012 - 11:17 A.M.

    [quote user="BeatYale"]Thanks bro.

    G'morning all.[/quote]

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012 - 11:17 A.M.

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

    [Y]
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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012 - 11:17 A.M.

    [quote user="jomo"]

    Thanks RF!




    Add Dan DePalma to the list of guys I need to keep an eye out for in training camp.

    [/quote]

    I thought it was interesting that he practiced with Eli and the receivers last year during the lock out.
    “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: THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012 - 11:17 A.M.

    [quote user="FBomb"]Bout ****ing time!!! [][/quote]

    And a gracious good day to you as well [:O]
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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012 - 11:17 A.M.

    Thanks RF !
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