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NEWARK STAR LEDGER
GIANTS-JETS PRESEASON: GIANTS' CENTER DAVID BAAS FEELING MUCH MORE AT HOME IN SECOND YEAR
Excerpt: "It wouldn’t take long for David Baas to dial up some game tape that shows he wasn’t very good at times in 2011.
The first play of the regular-season opener against the Redskins, former Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield shoved him to the ground. On two of the next three plays, Cofield again nudged Baas to the FedEx Field grass.“Oh, I hate looking at film from last year,” the Giants’ center said this week, recalling the beginning of the loss to Washington. “I did some good things, but you see some of that stuff and you’re like, ‘God!’ You know you can be so much better.“It’s good. It motivates me because I know I’m so much better than that.” Read more...
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
GIANTS' 3RD RECEIVER SLOT BEHIND HAKEEM NICKS AND VICTOR CRUZ STILL UP FOR GRABS
Excerpt: "Victor Cruz has watched the other Giants receivers all summer, waiting to see who would step up into the third-receiver role. He’s seen them all take turns grabbing the spotlight with Hakeem Nicks stuck on the sidelines.
If he had to choose the one who has had the best preseason, he said he couldn’t settle on just one.FIVE THINGS TO WATCH WHEN THE GIANTS PLAY THE JETS
“Ironically enough it’s been a little bit of everyone,” Cruz said. “It’s going to be tough for these coaches. I’m glad I’m not a coach or anybody working up top because it’s going to be tough to pick one of those guys.” Read more...
Excerpt: "Victor Cruz once lit up the Giants-Jets preseason game in such a remarkable way that two summers later we’re still asking him about it. The site of him ripping the Jets for six catches, 145 yards and three touchdowns – much to the amazement of Jets coaches, whose surprise was caught on HBO’s Hard Knocks – is still burned into Giants’ fans memory.
The truth is, that’s one of the few truly memorable moments in my nearly 20 years of covering NFL preseason football, where the real action is usually much farther out of the spotlight. Preseason games are measured in small gains by established starters and usually unnoticeable ones by players much farther down the depth chart.
And by far, the most important thing is always hoping that nobody gets hurt." Read more...
NEW YORK POST
BATTLE FOR GIANTS' 3RD WIDE RECEIVER SPOT WIDE OPEN
Excerpt: "The sight of Hakeem Nicks gently running routes with his teammates early in Thursday’s practice allowed the Giants to move closer to becoming whole on offense. Nicks is a huge piece of the puzzle and his return from a broken foot is on schedule.
He won’t play tonight, though, leaving the Giants with Victor Cruz as the only proven receiver to take the field against his favorite team to dominate, the Jets. Once Nicks is back for good, he and Cruz command the two starting spots and the search continues for the third receiver needed to really get Eli Manning’s passing attack cranked up." Read more...
COUGHLIN: GIANTS MUST IMPROVE RUN DEFENSE
Excerpt: "Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he presented to his players 10 areas of improvement he wanted to see coming out of the 32-31 preseason loss to the Jaguars but added there probably could have been “12 or 14’’ items to stress to his team. There’s no doubt which item sits atop the list and is a priority for tonight’s game against the Jets.
“The physical nature of the run and stop the run certainly is one right off the bat,’’ Coughlin said.
The Giants allowed 156 rushing yards in Jacksonville, and it wasn’t just second- and third-teamers getting beaten at the line. The starting defense, on the opening series, was shredded for 38 rushing yards on six rushing attempts by Rashad Jennings, who was filling in for missing starter Maurice Jones-Drew." Read more...
BIG BLUE'S BACKUPS CAN MAKE A NAME FOR THEMSELVES TONIGHT AGAINST JETS TEBOW
Excerpt: "Sometime soon after the young man wearing green-and-white No. 15 trots out to the Jets huddle tonight, and electricity crackles inside Tebow Life Stadium on the night the Ringless Bros. and Ryan & Tebow Circus makes its New York debut, he will drop back to pass and hold the ball in his left hand because no one is open, and feel the pocket closing quickly around him, feel the hot breath of rabid Giants pass rushers not named JPP, Osi or Tuck if he is lucky, and transform into this crazed, wild-eyed, 250-pound raging bull.
There will be danger waiting for Tim Tebow even should he escape, because eager to make his acquaintance will be salivating reserve Giants fighting for their professional lives, ALL IN no-names looking to make a name for themselves, desperate to keep their improbable dream alive. And if, by some chance, the opportunity to intercept one of Tebow’s notoriously errant passes fails to present itself, not to worry, he’ll do what he does best, rumble in the jungle of predators, with an absence of fear or finesse and maybe an absence of malice as well." Read more...
REVENGE ON JETS' MINDS
Excerpt: "When the Jets and Giants played last Christmas Eve, Giants coach Tom Coughlin walked away from the game with a limp, but it was Jets coach Rex Ryan who was left with the scar.
Ryan did not suffer the physical injury Coughlin did when a player crashed into his leg on the sideline, but the Jets coach was left red-faced. He had boasted all week about the Jets being the “big brother” in town. When the game was over and the Giants had won, 29-14, Ryan’s promises looked emptier than ever.
“[There are] a lot of things you’d like to erase in your memory, but that unfortunately will stay in there,” Ryan said. “As most coaches, you remember almost all the losses. But that one stung, no question about it.” Read more...
THE BERGEN RECORD
GIANTS' WATCH: THREE THINGS TO WATCH FOR TONIGHT
GIANTS' DAVID CARR UNDER THE RADAR
Excerpt: "David Carr could not care less about being the fourth-most talked about quarterback in New York/New Jersey football circles, let alone the suggestion he just might be the second-best at his position in these parts.
Asked if his backup warranted such consideration and whether he should start a campaign for the honor, Eli Manning said with a laugh: "I’ll leave that to y’all."
Y’all is a reference to the media, of course, and when it comes to attention paid to quarterbacks in these parts this summer, even the two-time Super Bowl MVP has taken a back seat to the hype that has engulfed Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and the Jets.
So what about the other backup – the Giants’ No. 2 QB — in the Meadowlands rivalry, which continues with another preseason installment tonight at MetLife Stadium?" Read more...
NEW YORK TIMES
AS JETS GRAB SPOTLIGHT, GIANTS ARE HAPPY TO STEP ASIDE
Excerpt: "The prevailing hullabaloo at Giants training camp in Albany arose on Tuesday, relating to uncomfortable dorm room accommodations.
Specifically, the beds were stiff and too small. A few players developed back soreness. A couple of headlines emerged.
“And that was the last day of camp,” tight end Martellus Bennett said. “Somebody should’ve complained about it earlier. They would’ve done something about it.” Read more...
WALL STREET JOURNAL
GIANTS VS. JETS: WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Excerpt: "The opening preseason game for the New York Giants is in the books – an interesting night for the defending Super Bowl champions, who saw inspiring play from Martellus Bennett and Dwayne Hendricks, a mixed bag from Prince Amukamara, and a not so impressive night from Marvin Austin. It was a sloppy game that was quite honestly poorly refereed by the replacement officials, but it was nonetheless the first step in the Giants evaluating theirfootball team and starting the defense of their championship." Read more...
GIANTS' TOM COUGHLIN NOT HAPPY ABOUT FIGHTS AT PRACTICE
Excerpt: "On the next-to-last play of practice on Thursday, safety Tyler Sash and tight end Bear Pascoe got into it pretty good, and eventually had to be pulled apart by their teammates, including rookie defensive tackle Markus Kuhn. Afterwards, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, understandably upset, expressed his displeasure in the situation." Read more...
BIG BLUE VIEW
NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: HEADING TO THE CIRCUS EDITION
Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giantsfans. The Giants visit the circus Saturday night, meaning they face the new York Jetsin a preseason game. As we wait for the 'Snoopy Bowl,' here is a little reading material for you." Read more...
NY GIANTS (0-1) AND NY JETS (0-1) PREVIEW" GAME TIME, RADIO, TV SCHEDULE, AND MORE
Excerpt: "The New York Giants play the New York Jets in the second preseason game for both teams on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium. Giants coach Tom Coughlin has a loooooooooong list of areas in which he wants to see improvement following a 32-31 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars last week in the team's preseason opener.
"There were 10 of them at the beginning of the week," Coughlin said. "There probably could have been 12 or 14. The physical nature of the run and stop the run certainly is one right off the bat. The penalty issue, which was ridiculous. Obviously, ball security in the special teams area because that’s been an area… field position, field position lectures, the special teams’ big plays and what it does for a team, which we’ve been lacking in the return game; all those things have been a part of our objectives all along. We had a nice kickoff return the other night, but we put two balls on the ground. We need to shore that up real fast." Read more...
GIANTS VS. JETS: WHAT TO WATCH
Excerpt: "You know, I'm sure that the New York Giants face the New York JetsSaturday at 7 p.m. ET at MetLife Stadium in the second preseason game for both teams. The preseason game is now dubbed the 'MetLife Bowl.'
Here are my thoughts on things to watch Saturday evening. I will stay off the Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow stuff, because it's pretty obvious everyone will be paying at least some attention to that." Read more...
WHY ELI MANNING'S 2011 SEASON MAY HAVE BEEN A FLUKE
Excerpt: "Few could top the season New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning had in 2011 with stellar performance after stellar performance chocked full of late-game heroics ultimately culminating in the grand prize—a Super Bowl
To be able to duplicate such a season would be outstanding—Manning led seven fourth-quarter comebacks and finished the season with nearly 5,000 yards passing and 29 touchdowns. However, the spectacle that was the younger Manning’s 2011 season may be tough to repeat for more than the difficulty in accomplishing such a season.
Manning’s breakout campaign could very well have been nothing more than, well, a fluke.Giants fans just screamed blasphemy reading that. Some are already scrolling to the bottom of this page to tear me a new one, but please hear me out." Read more...
HAKEEM NICKS PRACTICING IN PADS
Excerpt: "New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nickspracticed in pads for the first time this summer. According to a report on CBSsports.com, Nicks did some light works and participated in individual drills." Read mpore...
THE RED ZONE
GIANTS' COACH TOM COUGHLIN PRIMED TO OUTLAST JETS' REX RYAN
Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin still feels that Christmas Eve pain, the shot he took in the left leg from his own running back, D.J. Ware, who was sent reeling on a late hit delivered by -- who else? -- one of Rex Ryan's guys.
Coughlin never wanted to discuss what Aaron Maybin's mayhem did to his leg last season, not while there was a second Super Bowl with the New England Patriots out there to be won. But in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday, Coughlin revealed that he nearly required surgery on his left hamstring, and that Ryan's New York Jets had left their mark in vain." Read more...
DEMARCUS WARE WON'T PLAY SATURDAY AGAINST THE CHARGERS