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NEWARK STAR LEDGER
GIANTS' GAMEDAY: THREE POSITIONS TO WATCH IN BEARS VS. GIANTS
Excerpt: "Three positions to watch
CornerbackMore specifically, Prince Amukamara. The second-year cornerback was the one Jason Pierre-Paul tossed into the cold tub on the video that has the NFL buzzing and, in the meantime, has solidified himself as a starter opposite Corey Webster. Teammates this week admitted Amukamara has been the target of extra humiliation as the effort to have him develop an edge and swagger continues. They noted he has gained confidence in training camp and it has a resulted in better play, but tonight will be a significant test against the Bears’ potent passing game, and he should see plenty of time on the field." Read more...GIANTS' PRINCE AMUKAMARA TRYING TO FOCUS AMID UNWANTED ATTENTION
Excerpt: "Prince Amukamara limits his news intake. He doesn’t read it, he doesn’t watch it. But this week, he didn’t need to. The media crush around his locker and the texts from friends and family served as the windows into the widespread outcry centered on the video Steve Weatherford posted on Twitter of Jason Pierre-Paul tossing him into a cold tub.
The video, he said, was taken about three weeks ago up in Albany, ancient history on the training camp timeline. Read more...
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
GIANTS FEELING ABSENCE OF MICHAEL BOLEY
Excerpt: “I can’t say enough about what Boley brings to the table,” said linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka. “(It’s) because of his awareness of situations, whether he’s playing the (middle) or playing the (weakside) or anything else. He’s one of those guys who helps everybody else be a better player when he’s out there on the field.”
Boley has long been one of the most underrated players on the Giants’ defense. He’s the quarterback of the unit out on the field who has the radio receiver in his helmet to get the play calls from the sidelines. Not only is he instinctive and quick, he’s often hailed by teammates for his ability to point them all in the right direction.
When Boley is not there, his absence is notable — such as when he first injured his hamstring midway through the Giants’ regular-season game in San Francisco last year. The Giants went on to lose that game, and with Boley out of the lineup, they lost their next two games, too." Read more...
THE NEW YORK POST
GERMAN BORN ROOKIE MARCUS KUHN AIMS TO "BE BACK" WITH GIANTS
Excerpt: "It was not exactly a shocker to hear “Born In The USA” blaring from the gigantic speakers last Saturday night at MetLife Stadium during a break in the Giants-Jets preseason game and, without really thinking, Rocky Bernard, who was sitting on the bench, began singing along to one of Bruce Springsteen’s most popular rock anthems.
THE BERGEN RECORD
Alongside Bernard in the cluster of defensive tackles, rookie Markus Kuhn listened to the lyrics of the chorus and couldn’t help but feel just a bit slighted.
“That’s just messed up, man,’’ Kuhn said to his humming-along teammate.
“He’s from Germany,’’ Bernard explained." Read more...
CORNERBACK LIVING BIG BLUE DREAM FOR HIS MURDERED BROTHER
Excerpt: "Let Victor Cruz tell you what is at stake for all the long-shot dreamers of the New York Football Giants in the make-or-break preseason game tonight against the Bears:
“People all over the world want to be a New York Giant,” Cruz said. “They see us and they see the tradition that’s here and they see the type of players and the character that’s a part of this team and it’s just a tremendous honor to be a part of it.”
Cruz was one of those long-shot dreamers two summers ago, and look at him now, one of the inspirational reminders who walks among Giants that all things are possible. A symbol of hope. Mark Herzlich, the linebacker who beat cancer, is another one." Read more...
GIANTS' MANNING LOOKING FOR A BIG NIGHT AGAINST BEARS
Excerpt: "Might Eli Manning go through the entire preseason without throwing a touchdown pass?
If so, might anyone care?
Given that tonight’s preseason game with the Bears is 12 days before the regular-season opener against the Cowboys, figure it will be Manning’s last extensive playing time before the real thing. Manning and most of the starters might sit entirely or at most make cameo appearances on Wednesday night in a preseason finale that will have the Giants and Patriots no doubt featuring a cast of backups.
Thus far this preseason, Manning has completed 11 of 22 passes for 122 yards, one interception and no touchdowns for a quarterback rating of 47.9. The meager numbers are of little consequence, but Manning would like to finish up on a positive note." Read more...
GIANTS' TACKLE SEAN LOCKLEAR WILLING AND READY TO PLAY ANYWHERE NEEDED
Excerpt: "Sean Locklear knows one thing about his current assignment with the Giants, especially tonight against the Chicago Bears in the third preseason game for both teams with the regular-season opener just 12 days away.
The pressure is coming regardless of what side he lines up on, whether he is protecting Eli Manning’s blind side from the likes of Julius Peppers – which is the plan – or if he is asked to flip to the right where he would face underappreciated pass rusher Israel Idonije.
While the challenge is going to be a great one, it’s not any more daunting than when the Giants go against themselves." Read more...
NEW YORK TIMES
GIANTS STILL AWAITING DEVELOPMENT OF MUCH IMPROVED RUNNING GAME
Excerpt: "Time after time, the Giants looked to establish the run Saturday in their preseason game against the Jets, only to have their backs repelled with as much force as they used to hit the line of scrimmage.
The Giants ran 32 times for 58 yards, a meager 1.8-yard average, which represented one of the few blemishes in their 26-3 victory, though one that surely was not overlooked by Coach Tom Coughlin or his players." Read more...
WALL STREET JOURNAL
GIANTS' MARCUS THOMAS ON BEING OUT OF THE NFL: "I HAD A REALITY SHOCK"
Excerpt: "As the New York Giants begin to set their sights on week one of the regular season, nobody predicted the team would be facing serious questions on their vaunted defensive line. However, with Shaun Rogers possibly out for the year, along with the questionable health of Chris Canty and Marvin Austin, Big Blue has been forced to search the free agent scrap heap for added depth at defensive tackle. In came Marcus Thomas, the sixth-year veteran who last saw action with the Denver Broncos. " Read more...
GIANTS VS. BEARS: WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Excerpt: "It's the most highly anticipated preseason game – game number three, when the first team often plays well into the third quarter. In other words, Friday night will be the dress rehearsal for the New York Giants going into their week one showdown with division rival Dallas. The Giants have looked solid this preseason, but Head Coach Tom Coughlin would like to see less mistakes and more crisp play on both sides of the ball, but particularly so offensively. " Read more...
MIGHT GIANTS CONSIDER WAIVING TERRELL THOMAS IF HEALTH REMAINS A CONCERN
Excerpt: "Yesterday we passed along a tweet from WFAN's Paul Dottino that suggested a later-rather-than-sooner projection for the return of injuredNew York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas and indicated that injured reserve remained a possibility. Naturally, that got us talking around here: can the Giants afford to carry Thomas in the roster even if it's far from certain when he'll be able so suit up?" Read more...
BIG BLUE VIEW
NFL KEY DATES: THE TURK IS COMING
Excerpt: "Friday night's preseason game between the New York Giants and Chicago Bearsis not only critical for the front-line players who will get the bulk of the snaps. It is critical for fringe players who may only get a handful of plays to prove they deserve to stick around. First cuts (from 90 to 75) are due Monday. With that in mind, here is a list of key dates released recently by the NFL. These are the dates that will be critical in building a 53-man roster and practice squad." Read more...
2012 NEW YORK GIANTS' PRESEASON ROOKIE REPORT
Excerpt: "Soon the 2012 NFL preseason will come to and end. Some players have proven where they belong on the roster, and some players' time is running out. Here is a look at what the drafted rookies have done so far this season and what to expect." Read more...
GIANTS (1-1) VS. BEARS (1-1): WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Excerpt: "Head coach Tom Coughlin will be looking for signs on Friday night against the Chicago Bears that his New York Giants understand that the regular-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys is just 13 days away. He is hoping to see a team that is beginning to look like one that is ready to begin defending its Super Bowl title.
"Offensively we need to go. We need to get something done here. We have some people who need to show that. Yes, quite frankly, we had a special teams error in both games. That’s got to be eliminated. We’ve got to put the ball in the end zone, that’s something that’s a challenge for the offensive team," Coughlin said. "The defense played well last week. We had the ball run on us the week before, so it’s a consistency thing. Can we go do that week in and week out? Against a team that scored a lot of points the other day and moved right down the field, advancing the ball in the air. It’s a good football team. It’s time for us to start to move in the direction of the execution and the performance being at a high level."With that in mind, here are some of the things to look for Friday night." Read more...
CARL BANKS INTERVIEW, PART I: EXPECTATIONS FOR 2012, AND THE RUNNING GAME
Excerpt: "[EDITOR'S NOTE: I talked to Giants radio analyst and former great outside linebacker Carl Banks at length on Wednesday. This is the first of a three-part series from our discussion.]
fans! A few quick notes for you this morning." Read more...
Are the 2012 New York Giants going to resemble the under-achieving team that went 7-7 through 14 games a season ago? Or, are they going to resemble the Super Bowl-winning team that won its final six games of the season en route to a championship?
That is the critical question with the Giants as the season approaches. Carl Banks thinks it could come down to a few simple factors."The Giants, if you take apples to apples, they have an opportunity to become a double-digit win team just by improving in a few categories. If they can increase their return yardage on both kicks and punts by three yards it automatically puts them up there in the top 15 teams in the league based on last year's numbers," Banks said." Read more...
NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES" FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS EDITION
Excerpt: "Good morning,New York Giants." Read more...
CARL BANKS INTERVIEW, PART III: DISSECTING THE GIANTS' YOUTHFUL SECONDARY
New York Giants with Carl Banks, the former great Giants outside linebacker and current Giants radio analyst, we talk about the youthful members of the defensive secondary who seem primed to make contributions this season." Read more...
CARL BANKS INTERVIEW, PART II: TALKING ABOUT MIDDLE LINEBACKER
Excerpt: "You cannot talk to Carl Banks, one of the great outside linebackers in the history of the New York Giants franchise, without eventually getting around to the subject of linebackers. With the Giants these days, that means discussing the competition between veteran incumbent Chase Blackburnand second-year man Mark Herzlich.
The opinion has been espoused here at Big Blue View, by yours truly and others, that it is only a matter of time before the young, talented Herzlich takes the job away from Blackburn. Offered that rationale on Wednesday, Banks wouldn't bite." Read more...
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...
NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: JAYRON HOSLEY, DAVID WILSON, MARCUS THOMAS, AND MORE
Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here is your Thursday morning notebook." Read more...
CLOCK IS TICKING FOR RAMSES BARDEN
Excerpt: "I remember being ecstatic when the Giants selected Cal Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
I’ll be honest, I had never heard of Barden, but when I saw he was listed at six-feet, six inches tall, I knew the Giants had found a diamond in the rough." Read more...
PROJECTING THE GIANTS' FINAL 53
Excerpt: "Next week NFL teams will need to make their roster cuts, the first of which will take place on Monday by 4PM when teams drop from 90 to 75, and then the last cuts taking place next Friday, 8/31 by 9PM ET when teams must get down to the final 53.
As I do every year, I’ve outlined how I think the roster might play out any why. I’m sure there will be a few surprises – new injuries or injuries that are more severe than we realize – that will play into the coaches’ decision for the actual roster. But for now, here is my best guess." Read more...
GAME PREVIEW: BEARS @ GIANTS
Excerpt: "Third pre-season game is the closest you’re going to get to regular-season speed. The starters will play into the third quarter before taking a seat. Winning the game is a minor objective. Fine-tuning your schemes is a priority but not as high as getting off the field unscathed. By this point most, of the grading has been done. It’s all about getting up to game speed now." Read more...
THE RED ZONE
NEW YORK GIANTS: WE TRY OUR HAND AT THE GIANTS' 53 MAN ROSTER
Excerpt: "We have been getting quite a bit of mail asking who we see making the Giants’ roster. After careful consideration, we have come up with the below. There are a few surprises, and we took the liberty of providing some insight on why we believe some players will stick and others will not. Feel free to agree or disagree…" Read more...
ROOKIE DAVID WILSON GIVE GIANTS REASON TO SMILE
Excerpt: " After giving the New York Giants an extended preview of his explosive and exciting playmaking ability, rookie running back David Wilson put on a dark paisley sports coat that stood out in the locker room.Whether it is on or off the field, Wilson has a knack for standing out.On the night when the Giants lost last year's first-round pick, Prince Amukamara, to a high ankle sprain, this year's first-round draft choice showed that he can be a legitimate weapon to add to Eli Manning's arsenal." Read more...
CORNERBACK COULD BE AREA OF CONCERN FOR GIANTS
Excerpt: "So where do they go from here?
The New York Giants came into the 2012 season thinking they were pretty stacked at cornerback. But if Prince Amukamara doesn't recover from a mild high-ankle sprain in time for the team's regular-season opener against the Cowboys on Sept. 5, who starts oppositeCorey Webster?
"I'm glad it is only an ankle sprain," defensive captain Justin Tuck said. "You get carted off, you start thinking the worst. (Prince) was playing well and making strides. I hope this doesn't set him back too much. He is definitely going to be a part of our success on defense, being that second corner opposite Corey. We are going to need him to get back in a hurry. Hopefully it isn't something that keeps him out for weeks." Read more...
GIANTS - PATRIOTS PRESEASON GAME TIME CHANGED
Excerpt: "The kickoff of the Giants-Patriots preseason game on Wednesday, Aug. 29 has been changed from 7:30 p.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET." Read more...
TIM TEBOW TO SIT OUT VS. EAGLES
IRSAY TWEETS ABOUT "TRADE WINDS" INVOLVING "SERIOUS VET/STARTER"
2012 - 2013 NFL SCHEDULE
Excerpt: "On Wednesday, the NFL released a calendar of its most important dates of the 2012-13 season. Without further ado, here it is (feel free to bookmark and return as often as you need).
Notice that the trade deadline is still in Week 6 and not in Week 8 like the NFL originally wanted (I guess, at this point,all hope has been lost for 2012).
August 23-26 --Third Preseason Weekend.
August 27 - -Clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 75 players on Active List prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.
August 29-30--Fourth Preseason Weekend.
August 31--Roster cut-down to maximum of 53 players on Active/Inactive List prior to 9:00 p.m., New York time. Clubs may dress minimum of 43 and maximum of 46 players for each regular season and postseason game.
September 1--Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12:00 noon, New York time.
September 1--Beginning at 12:00 noon, New York time, clubs may establish a Practice Squad of eight players by signing free agents who do not have an accrued season of free agency credit or who were on the 46-player Active List for less than nine regular season games during each of any Accrued Seasons. A player cannot participate on the Practice Squad for more than three seasons.
September 4 -- Deadline at 4:00 p.m., New York time, for all NFL Player Contracts, Practice Player Contracts, tender offers, and miscellaneous amounts to fit within each club's 2012 Salary Cap, in anticipation of the midnight expiration of the Top 51 Rule.
September 5 -- At 12:00 a.m., New York time, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL Clubs.
September 5 -- Deadline for Clubs to submit written request to receive up to $1.5 million in additional Salary Cap Room for the 2012 League Year, in accordance with CBA Article 11, Section 5(e)(ii).
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