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NEWARK STAR LEDGER
GIANTS SIGN DT MARCUS THOMAS
Excerpt: "After months of waiting for a call that just wouldn’t come, Marcus Thomas eventually told his agent not to ring his phone unless he was notifying him about a job opportunity.
That call came earlier this month. Thomas answered it. He did not say hello.
“Where am I going?” the veteran defensive tackle, who was training in Florida, immediately asked.
To East Rutherford, where the Giants were suddenly enduring a run of injury issues in the middle of their defensive line. Thomas arrived here last week, impressed the team in a workout, passed a physical and signed a one-year deal for the veteran-minimum salary of $700,000." Read more...
GIANTS' HOT TOPIC: HALFWAY THROUGH PRE-SEASON, WHAT QUESTION REMAIN TO BE ANSWERED?
Excerpt: "The Giants
' season opener against the Dallas Cowboys is exactly two weeks away, and Friday's preseason game vs. Chicago likely will be the most telling as to where Big Blue is heading into the season.
Sure, there will be some backup position battles decided in the final preseason game, but the third game is often the final tuneup for starting units to get a good indicator of where they stand.So right now, Giants fans, we want to know how you're feeling about the team after seeing them halfway through the preseason. What questions do you have that still need to be answered Friday night and maybe even next week against New England?' Read more...
GIANTS' RB DAVID WILSON ALTERNATES WITH AHMAD BRADSHAW AT PRACTICE
Excerpt: "Since David Wilson arrived in East Rutherford this spring, he’s been engaging, outgoing and confident. Not once through minicamp, training camp and two preseason games had he shown a bit of nervousness.
Until Monday, when the rookie first-round pick practiced with the starters for the first time.
“It had to sink in. I got out to practice yesterday and you could tell I was a little bit jittery and nervous,” the former Virginia Tech running back told reporters today: “Even in college when I went with Tyrod (Taylor), I wasn’t nervous. That was the first time in a long time I felt nervous was (Monday).” Read more...
GIANTS' HAKEEM NICKS INCREASES HIS WORKLOAD IN SECOND DAY OF PRACTICE
Excerpt: "Hakeem Nicks' second day of practice included a heavier workload and no setbacks.
Nicks returned to the practice field yesterday after taking the mandatory limited three-day period off following his activation from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and he took 50 percent of the reps. Today, the total increased to 75 as he continues to patiently work his way back to full strength."I feel good. No setbacks," said Nicks, who fractured his right foot on May 24. "I'm getting my feet back under me, working on my releases a little bit, trying to get the timing back down and the routes and the plays." Read more...
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
GIANTS' DAVID WILSON GETTING A CHANCE TO SHOW WHAT HE CAN DO WITH AHMAD BRADSHAW INJURED
Excerpt: "He has videotaped himself doing backflips and has run with such flair that teammates have to tell him to tone it down.
WILL BEATTY HOLDING OUT HOPE FOR THE OPENER
So maybe this next part won’t come as much of a surprise. David Wilson likes to amaze.
“Any time I’m in a game, I try to get people to say, ‘Wow,’ ” Wilson said. “I want to wow people.”
This week, Wilson is finally getting the chance to have that effect on his own coaches. The Giants’ first-round pick was elevated to the first team on Monday, and he could see extensive time with the top unit on Friday against the Chicago Bears." Read more...
Excerpt: "There was a time not too long ago when Tom Coughlin’s updates on Will Beatty sounded more hopeful. Now the daily questions are met with a shake of the head. The longer Beatty is sidelined with a sciatic nerve issue in his back, the more frustrated the Giants coach seems to become at his left tackle." Read more...
WILSON RUNS WITH FIRST TEAM, CAN'T WAIT TO DO IT FRIDAY
Excerpt: "He’s videotaped himself doing backflips and run with such flair in practice that his teammates have tell him to tone things down.So maybe this next part won’t come as much of a surprise. David Wilson likes to amaze.“Any time I’m in a game, I try to get people to say, ‘Wow’,” Wilson said. “I want to wow people.”This week, Wilson is finally getting the chance to have that effect on his own coaches. The Giants’ first-round pick was elevated to the first team on Monday, and he could see extensive time with the top unit on Friday against the Chicago Bears.“He’ll get many snaps,” coach Tom Coughlin said Tuesday. “He probably won’t start, but he’ll get many snaps.” Read more...
THE NEW YORK POST
GIANTS' DAVID WILSON NERVOUS ON VERGE OF FIRST START
Excerpt: "Prior to each season, Giants running back David Wilson determines his goals and writes them down. He still hasn’t done it for his rookie campaign. But it could be finished soon.
“After I go this week and see how it goes, then I can get more detailed into it,” the first-round pick said yesterday, three days before the Giants face the Bears at MetLife Stadium in their third preseason game. “Because you want to make goals ... not that you know you can accomplish, but ... I’m not going to say I’ll have a 2,000-yard season and then in preseason you didn’t even have a run over 10 yards.” Read more...
GIANTS' VETERAN TACKLE LOOKING FORWARD TO OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY
Excerpt: "Sean Locklear has been here before, where he bounces from side to side on the offensive line in hopes of finding a permanent home. The summer comes and goes, and when the leaves turn and the NFL season starts, he has switched again.
This go-around with the Giants, where Locklear has played left tackle on the first unit for the past two days replacing Will Beatty (back), he hopes guarding Eli Manning’s vulnerable blind side can be his place of residency.
“I just look at it as an opportunity to get in there and play,” Locklear said Tuesday after practice in preparation for Friday’s home preseason game against the Bears. “Learn the system, learn the offense and play ball, which they signed me to do.” Read more...
THE BERGEN RECORD
RIVERS LOOKING LIKE BIG BLUE STARTER DUE TO BOLEY INJURY
Keith Rivers is no longer consumed with winning a spot in the Giants’ starting lineup and proving he deserves a chance to stick in the NFL.
NEW YORK TIMES
When his confidence and comfort level were wavering a bit earlier this summer, Rivers was admittedly concerned about the future with his present team instead of letting his play and his talent decide things.
That’s not the case anymore.
"Back at the start of camp, I worried about if there was going to be a spot for me," Rivers told The Record after practice Tuesday. "Once you get going, if you’re thinking about that, you can’t get to where you want to go." Read more...
GIANTS ROOKIE TO PRACTICE WITH FIRST TEAM
Excerpt: "David Wilson should have taken the compliment as a sign of promising things to come.
The rookie from Virginia Tech crossed paths with Giants general manager Jerry Reese after the preseason game against the Jets on Saturday night, and immediately received praise for a fourth-quarter play that went unnoticed and was insignificant to the outcome. Wilson read a blind-side blitz perfectly, stepped up and sealed off the pocket.
"I came in the locker room and Jerry Reese said, 'Good pass-protection pickup,' " Wilson said with a smile after practice Tuesday. "I remember the play." Read more...
GIANTS CAUTIOUS WITH HAKEEM NICKS' RECOVERY
Hakeem Nicks snared a pass in the left flat from Eli Manning during Tuesday’s practice and looked as if he wanted to simply run all day.
Instead, he covered about 30 yards at three-quarters speed until he reached the end zone, turned around and jogged back to the huddle. “Just striding out,” he said nonchalantly.
Each pain-free move, though, comes as a great relief to Nicks as he works his way back from a broken right foot that had sidelined him since May 24." Read more...
WALL STREET JOURNAL
GIANTS' JAYRON HOSLEY WILL MISS FRIDAY'S GAME; HOPING TO PLAY LAST PRESEASON GAME
Excerpt: "New York Giants' corner back Jayron Hosley was seen wearing a walking boot during practice as a result of a turf toe injury he suffered during the last game against the Jets. Hosley is expected to miss the next game against the Bears, but he is hoping to return for the final preseason game." Read more...
GIANTS' MICHAEL BOLEY "VERY CONCERNED" ABOUT MISSING TIME WITH HAMSTRING INJURY
Excerpt: "With serious injuries plaguing the defensive tackle position and headline-grabbing injuries to both Hakeem Nicks and Terrell Thomas, a lingering hamstring issue for New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley has gone largely overlooked. However, with the regular season rapidly approaching, the seven-year veteran is becoming increasingly concerned over the time he's missed and the rate at which he's healing." Read more...
GIANTS' MID-SUMMER STORYLINES: DEFENSIVE EDITION
Excerpt: "In the first edition of our New York Giants mid-summer storylines, we talked about a young receiver who who might be playing himself out of a job, a veteran whose preseason performance is not inspiring much confidence and an offensive line unit that's struggling to find answers in the running game." Read more...
GIANTS' DAVID WILSON GETTING REPS WITH FIRST TEAM
Excerpt: "During Monday's team practice, New York Giants' first round pick David Wilson, was spotted taking reps with the first team offense. Starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw suffered a contusion in his hand that kept him from participating in practice. The big question is; has Wilson passed D.J. Ware for the second string running back position?
" Read more...
BIG BLUE VIEW
MARCUS THOMAS A "VERY INTERESTING STORY"
Excerpt: "When the New York Giants suffered a rash of injuries at the defensive tackle position last week, they made a flurry of roster moves. The most interesting, and maybe the one that will pay the biggest dividends, was the signing of Marcus Thomas." Read more...
JPP OUT FRIDAY WITH BACK SPASMS
Excerpt: "New York Giants
defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul
won't play Friday night against the Chicago Bears
due to back spasms, according to multiple reports on Twitter.
I can just hear the snotty remarks and the potshots heading Pierre-Paul's way." Read more...
NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: WILL HILL, MICHAEL STRAHAN, AND MORE
Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giantsfans! Here is your Wednesday morning notebook." Read more...
SEAN LOCKLEAR: LEFT OR RIGHT? GIANTS' TACKLE DOESN'T KNOW FOR SURE
Earlier on Tuesday I wrote about how the back issue being experienced by Will Beatty
could cause shuffling on the New York Giants offensive line
. Turns out that one of the players most affected by the Beatty situation, isjust as confused as the rest of us
about what might, or might not, happen.
"I wish I knew. I don’t know. I come in every day and I don’t know how Will’s feeling but I’ll take advantage of the opportunity to learn and play," Locklear told reporters on Tuesday. " I wish I could know what they were thinking, but I don’t. I just come in and I know what I signed up for. I come in and compete, play both left and right and now I’m at the left and just take advantage of it."Locklear knows that if Beatty can't get on the field for the opener he could stay on the left side. He knows he could switch sides with David Diehl, since Diehl has more experience on the left and he has more experience on the right. He knows, or at least has to know, he could wind up on the bench and second-year man James Brewer could wind up starting one one side or the other in Beatty's stead." Read more...
2012 SEASON PREVIEW: EST OF THE NFC EAST
Excerpt: "The NFC East has a reputation for producing Super Bowl champions via an always tough division. Each team features a high profile quarterback and several other playmakers throughout their respective rosters. 2012 promises to be another intriguing year in the East.
QB – Eli Manning, NYG
With 2 Super Bowl rings and his propensity for being clutch, Manning gets the nod over Tony Romo and Michael Vick. Since RG3 hasn’t even played an NFL down yet, there is no way he can be on this list. Romo and Vick have a combined 3-6 playoff record, compared with Manning’s 8-3 mark. Also, 4th quarter comebacks and game winning drives don’t measure up. For Vick, he has 10 comebacks and 11 game winning drives. For Romo, 13 and 14, respectively, and Manning dwarfs them both with 23 and 25, respectively." Read more...
HUMBLED HILL FOCUSED ON IMPROVING
Excerpt: "There was a time in his life when safety Will Hill
had a sense of self-entitlement.
Unfortunately, that thinking nearly cost him his dreams of playing professional football.
These days, Hill, the talented young safety that has repeatedly impressed the coaches going back to the spring mini camps, has a much different attitude when it comes to his expectations.
simply put, the only expectation the Jersey City, NJ native has is to continue to do what it takes in making the most of his opportunities to show the Giants coaching staff that he is worthy of a spot on the 53-man roster." Read more...
THE DAY AT CAMP: AUGUST 21, 2012
Excerpt: "With the Giants needing to play a second game in less than a week, head coach Tom Coughlin
has been busy trying to get them prepared for Friday’s game against Chicago, a game in which the starters are likely to go deep into the game. To do that, he’s been running cards practices all week, and said he’ll continue to do so tomorrow, the last practice open to the media before the Bears game Friday night.
“Well what happens when you get into these kinds of days, it becomes carded because the weeks are short,” he said. “You have this week every day is carded and that’s the way it is in the regular season and that part of it alone takes just a bit of the sting away from… Playing your own defense and your own offense and that type of thing.”
THE RED ZONE
INJURY REPORT: HOSLEY SHOOTING FOR NEXT WEEK
Excerpt: "Jason Pierre-Paul was a surprising addition to the injury report when he missed today's practice with back spasms.
Tom Coughlin said JPP will likely sit out for precautionary reasons. S Will Hill was not at practice either, due to a death in the family, but he is expected to play against the Bears.
CB Jayron Hosley will miss the game with turf toe. He remains in a protective boot on his right foot but is hoping he can return to practice next week.
"Trying to work the soreness and stiffness out. It’s been going pretty good," Hosley said. "It is different. It is such a small thing that can cause a lot of problems but got to take it day by day to get it right." Read more...
DT THOMAS THANKFUL FOR SECOND CHANC3
Excerpt: " The Giants are suffering through their fair share of injuries during training camp this year. Among the most glaring? Starting left tackle Will Beatty remains out with a sore back, starting linebacker Michael Boley is sidelined with a bad hamstring, and starting defensive tackle Chris Canty is still on the physically unable to perform list due to offseason knee surgery." Read more...
PRACTICE 411: WILL HILL CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
Excerpt: "Safety Will Hill continues to make plays, and look like a guy who can contribute for the Giants this coming season.
Hill recorded another interception during practice on Tuesday, picking off Ryan Perrilloux on a pass intended for Rueben Randle.
"Will Hill played very well in the first preseason game, he played well after he got going a little bit in the second preseason game, and he continues to do a good job with the special teams assignments, he’s pretty much on all those teams," said head coach Tom Coughlin after Tuesday's practice. "There’s definitely improvement there." Read more...
GIANTS' TOM COUGHLIN: ROGERS COULD PLAY
Excerpt: " Shaun Rogers
might play for the New York Giants
this season after all.
Rogers was spotted in uniform at the team's practice on Tuesday -- on the sideline -- and afterward coach Tom Coughlin confirmed that Rogers could suit up for the defending Super Bowl champs at some point in 2012.
"Well, there's a ray of hope, that's all," Coughlin said. "So we're just gonna hang in there as long as we can, see if they can determine where he is and how fast he would be able to play." Read more...
ELI MANNING IS CONFIDENT IN LOCKLEAR AT LEFT TACKLE
Excerpt: "The Giants' regular season opener is just 15 days away, and yet the team still does not know who will be protecting Eli Manning's blind side against theDallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.
Projected starting left tackle Will Beatty missed yet another practice on Tuesday because of his back injury, and there is growing concern that he won't be ready to play by Sept. 5.
In the meantime, 31-year-old Sean Locklear -- signed by the Giants last April -- has been manning the position with the first unit." Read more...
WILSON THRILLED TO BE PLAYING WITH FIRST TEAM
Excerpt: "David Wilson, the Giants' first-round draft pick, got reps with the first team for the second straight practice on Tuesday, and couldn't hide his excitement when talking with reporters afterward, smiling from ear to ear.
The confident young running back also made a startling admission. "I was nervous a little bit when they first told me, that I was gonna go with the [first unit]," Wilson said Tuesday. "It had to sink in. I got out in practice yesterday, and you could tell I was a little bit jittery and nervous or whatever." Read more...
DESPITE REPORT: JAGUARS HAVE NO PLANS TO TRADE MAURICE JONES-DREWBEARS "VERY CONCERNED" ABOUT INJURY TO ADAM PODLESH
JACKSONVILLE WON'T BE THE ONLY TEAM PLAYING A HOME GAME IN THE UK