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NEWARK STAR LEDGER.
GIANTS' JUSTIN TUCK SAYS NEW IR RULE EXCEPTION IS "GOOD AND BAD"
Excerpt: "The NFL and NFL Players Association agreed today to amend the injured reserve rules so that one player who goes on IR can return to the active roster after eight weeks.
Surely that will make everyone happy.Well, partly.“That’s a good thing and a bad thing because a lot of teams are going to use that to their advantage,” Giantsdefensive end Justin Tuck said today. “But for the people who do that the right way, that can really help a guy because there are parts of the season when guys just can’t get out there and go. You get a couple of weeks off, they get healthy and they can go out there and go. I see the good in it and I also see the bad in it.” Read more...
GIANTS' FINAL 53-MAN ROSTER PROJECTIONS FROM STAR LEDGER STAFF WRITERS
Excerpt: "So I was getting tweets from people on asking when I'm going to do my Giantsfinal roster projection and I honestly didn't know if I'd ever done one.
Turns out I did. And former co-beat writer Zach Berman edged me out in that one.Against my better judgment, I've decided to do one again. And this time, I'm taking on current co-beat writer Jorge Castillo in a battle with a friendly wager attached to it.If I win, he has to drive me to MetLife Stadium on game days. (My wife is pulling for me here.)If he wins, I have to resign." Read more...
GIANTS' WILL BEATTY COULD BE READY FOR SEASON OPENER
Excerpt: "Though Will Beatty did not suit up for a preseason game and is dealing with the constant uncertainty with his back injury, Tom Coughlin believes there's a chance the Giants' left tackle could be ready for Wednesday's season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
"I’d like to have Beatty back without a doubt to put us back in at least a three-tackle situation. We’ll have to see how Beatty is," Coughlin said today on a conference call with reporters. "If he continues to make progress, then we should be able to get him back for the game." Read more ...
GIANTS' PRINCE AMUKAMARA AND JAYRON HOSLEY HOLDING OUT HOPE FOR OPENER
Excerpt: "If Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley have it their way, they will in uniform Wednesday night's season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. But the cornerbacks won't and they'll need to prove over the next few days that they can step on the further without a hitch.
Both players are out of their walking boots. Hosley, nursing a turf toe injury, ran earlier this week, but Amukamara, who has a high-ankle sprain, has not run yet and is likely further away from taking the field. Both injuries surely won't be 100 percent healed anytime soon and it's more about whether they can handle the nagging pain." Read more...
GIANTS BEAT PATRIOTS, 6 - 3, COMPLETE COVERAGE OF THE PERSEASON FINALE
Excerpt: "The preseason is over for the Giants, following
their 6-3 victory over the New England Patriots." Read more...
GIANTS FINAL PRESEASON GAME - THREE THINGS WE LEARNED
1. We’re calling it: WR Ramses Barden’s roster spot is safe.
Excerpt: "“Yeah, the touchdown,” linebacker Chase Blackburn said Wednesday night. “Who was that again?”Uh, okay. Maybe not forever. But for the time being, Tommie Hill became the favorite rookie among the veterans with his last-second interception return to beat the Panthers.
One week after catching three passes for 46 yards and grabbing his first career touchdown, Barden had four receptions for 31 yards and had another grab for a first down on a crossing route with a defender all over him to seemingly bail out QB David Carr. We say “seemingly” because the play was negated by a holding penalty. Still, Barden showed what he and his large frame (6-6, 224 pounds) can do on that play and more." Read more...GIANTS MAY KEEP DE ADEWALE OJOMO AFTER BIG SACK
Three years ago, a young man learned the best way to endear himself to veteran players for a lifetime was to make a play to prevent a dreaded preseason overtime period." Read more...
Excerpt: "Wednesday night, Adewale Ojomo made some friends with a strip sack of Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer with 2:27 remaining to set up a game-winning 32-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes in the Giants’ 6-3 victory to close the preseason." Read more...
GIANTS' HAKEEM NICKS LOOKS GOOD IN 6 - 3 WIN OVER PATRIOTS
Excerpt: "Hakeem Nicks hopped up and down in the Giants’ huddle and sprinted out of it before it even broke. The extra spring in his step, usually absent in a preseason finale, was the product of a preseason without live action due to a fractured foot he sustained in May.
Split out wide right, he ran a drag route four yards downfield where he and Eli Manning connected for the first time since Super Bowl XLVI against the same — on paper, at least — New England Patriots. He fought through cornerback Tavon Wilson and linebacker Mike Rivera for a couple extra yards to complete his six-yard gain and begin the Giants’ second series." Read more...
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
NEW IR RULE COULD BE A BIG HELP TO GIANTS
Excerpt: "The NFL and the NFL Players Association finally agreed on a modified injured reserve rule on Thursday morning – one that might just save the season for one of the injured Giants.
The new rule, which the two sides had been discussing for months, will allow each team to place one player on a shorter term injured reserve, which would allow the player to return after an eight-week absence. Previously, any player placed on injured reserve was out for the entire year." Read more...
GIANTS WORK HAKEEM NICKS BACK INTO THE LINEUP IN 6 - 3 WIN OVER PATRIOTS
Excerpt: "As Hakeem Nickscaught his first pass since the Super Bowl, he purposely eased up as he came across the middle. He wanted to take the hit from the three incoming New England Patriots.
GIANTS' MATHIAS KIWANUKA TAKES SHOT BACK AT JERRY JONES AS BIG BLUE TURN ATTENTION TO DALLAS COWBOYS
So he did, and it sure felt good.
“I kind of wanted to absorb the hit a little bit and get my body back into it,” Nicks said after the Giants wrapped up their preseason with a 6-3 home win over the Patriots on Wednesday night. “That’s what I needed to get ready for next week.”Read more...
Excerpt: "When Mathias Kiwanuka heard that Jerry Jones vowed his Dallas Cowboys would "beat the Giants' asses" at some point this season, he wasn't angry at the mouthy owner. In fact, he completely understood why he'd make that guarantee.
OJOMO BORROWS OSI'S STRIP SACK, FIGHTS FOR ROSTER SPOT
"He should," Kiwanuka said in an interview on WFAN on Thursday morning. "I mean, the Giants have been whupping his *** for a long time." Read more...
Excerpt: "Adewale Ojomo may not mean to make Osi Umenyiora feel old, but sometimes it happens.Sometimes, the Giants’ rookie defensive end can’t saying how he watched Umenyiora on TV for years, borrowing the 30-year-old pass-rusher’s moves.“I’ve been watching Osi since high school, college,” the undrafted free agent said. “Sometimes, I make him feel old.”Not that any of the Giants minded when Ojomo borrowed a Umenyiora move – the strip-sack – to lead Big Blue to a 6-3 preseason win over the Patriots on Wednesday night at MetLife Stadium.With 2:38 to play and the score tied, 3-3, Ojomo blew past a Pats lineman and slapped at QB Brian Hoyer, knocking the ball out at the New England 29. Defensive tackle Marcus Thomas scooped up the ball. Thomas fumbled again, then fell on the ball at the 17, setting up Lawrence Tynes’ game-winning 32-yard field goal." Read more...
THE NEW YORK POST.
OJOMO MAKING PUSH TO MAKE FINAL 53 MAN ROSTER
IN NICKS OF TIME
Excerpt: "In less than a week, the Giants open up defense of their Super Bowl title and the NFL season and last night thankfully bid adieu to the preseason with a sight they were waiting and relieved to see: A reception by Hakeem Nicks.
Tucked into the Giants’ immediately forgettable 6-3 victory over the Patriots at lightly populated MetLife Stadium was one play that Nicks badly wanted before the games count for real. Afterward, he stated the word all Giants fans want to hear:
“I feel like I’m ready,’’ Nicks said.
Nicks isn’t a masochist but he did say this week that he wanted to get hit. If that was his goal for the evening, mission accomplished. Nicks’ recovery from a broken bone in his right foot has progressed without a hitch, and the last hurdle for him was to get some action in a game." Read more...
RANDLE IN RUNNING FOR RETURNS WITH GIANTS
Excerpt: "One of the most important unheralded decisions the Giants still have before Wednesday’s season opener against the Cowboys is who will be their starting punt returner. But it looks like Rueben Randle may have emerged as the front-runner.
Randle ripped off two nice returns in the Giants’ ugly 6-3 preseason win over the Patriots last night, and though both were nullified by penalties, he looked more impressive than fellow candidate Jerrel Jernigan. In six days when the Giants and Cowboys face off, it could be Randle — the rookie second-round pick — who get the important job." Read more...
Excerpt: "Another preseason game, another sack for Adewale Ojomo, who is making it exceedingly difficult for the Giants to do anything other than put him on their final roster.
An undrafted free-agent defensive end from Miami, Ojomo entered the summer as an extreme long shot but he has made play after play, including the game-winner in the Giants’ 6-3 victory over the Patriots Wednesday night. Ojomo had a strip sack of Brian Hoyer late in the fourth quarter, leading to the deciding field goal.
“Yeah, it’s an Osi Umenyiora move to try to club and come around the edge and strip the ball out,’’ Ojomo said. “He didn’t trademark it.’’ Read more...
NEW YORK TIMES
WALL STREET JOURNAL
GIANTS' MATIAS KIWANUKA ON JERRY JONES: WE'VE BEEN WHOOPING HIS *** FOR A LONG TIME
Excerpt: "Shots fired! Shots fired! Duck and cover! The sound you hear is coming from New York Giants linebackerMathias Kiwanuka, who kicked off the regular season in style while making an appearance on WFAN Thursday morning.When asked about Jerry Jones' desire -and near promise- to beat the Giants' asses this season, Kiwi pulled no punches and laid into theDallas Cowboys owner in such a way that Sheldon Cooper would have serenaded it with a "Bazinga!"
"He should [want to beat our asses]. I mean, the Giants have been whupping his *** for a long time," Kiwanuka said. "It's gotta be tough on the outside looking in on all these championships lately." Read more...
GIANTS' ADEWALE OJOMO MAKES STRONG CASE FOR SPOT ON FINAL 53
Excerpt: "Carl Banks said it best last night during the final preseason game: the New York Giants can't afford to waiveAdewale Ojomo in hopes of stashing him on their Practice Squad because he will end up on someone else's 53-man roster. And with a little over 24 hours until head coach Tom Coughlin has to make his final decisions, Ojomo has certainly given him a lot to think about.
The undrafted rookie free agent out of Miami came into training camp with little fanfare, but quickly began to catch the eye of anyone paying attention. He looked good in practice and then excelled in each preseason game, all but cementing himself a spot on the 53-man roster with a three tackle, one sack performance in a 6-3 victory over the New England Patriots on Wednesday night." Read more...
DEJA BLUE? NO, BUT GIANTS DO DEFEAT PATRIOTS, 6 - 3, IN SEASON FINALE
Excerpt: "It was the long-awaited rematch of Super Bowl XLVI between the New YorkGiants and New England Patriots. The hottest ticket in town! Fans lined up deep into the city as they waited to get into MetLife Stadium! Well, not really, but it was yet another game between the Giants and Patriots. And like so before, Big Blue came out victorious after a late fourth quarter rally.
Alas, winning and losing matters not in the preseason … especially in game four of the preseason. Instead, it was all about youngsters facing last rights. For some, this is the end of the line. For others, it's just the beginning." Read more...
BIG BLUE VIEW...
NEW YORK GIANTS PRE-SEASON IN REVIEW: STATS, ANALYSIS, AND REVIEW
Excerpt: "The preseason is over for the New York Giants. Let's take a look back at the 2-2 preseason, focusing on some of the position battles and whether or not some of the questions that were out there when preseason started have been answered.
First, a look at the preseason statistical leaders:" Read more...
NY GIANTS' 53 MAN ROSTER PREDICTION, KELSEY'S VERSON
Excerpt: "It's Thursday, and by Friday evening the New York Giants will have to cut down their roster to 53 men. It's never an easy task, and so many players this preseason have really stepped their game up. Here is my prediction on what the roster will look like come tomorrow." Read more...
NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: PRESEASON IS OVER EDITION
Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giants fans! After an ugly 6-3 victory over theNew England Patriots the preseason is over, and the Giants begin defense of their Super Bowl title for real. Here are today's news and notes.
Lawrence Tynes on his game-winning field goal:"David Carr said that was the third biggest kick of my career," Tynes said. "That’s pretty funny. Actually, you don’t want to go to overtime, but it was good to be put in that position in the preseason. No matter who you are, it’s still kind of a late game field goal. Those are good to have before you go into the regular season." Read more...
JAY FUND GALA SCHEDULED
Excerpt: "New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin will host the eighth annual "Champions For Children" Gala, to be held on Friday, October 12, at Cipirani in midtown Manhattan. The event will honor **** Ebersol, renowned television and sports executive, Creator of "Sunday Night Football" and Co-Creator of "Saturday Night Live", andCurtis Arledge, CEO, Bank of New York Mellon Investment Management, for their civic leadership and community service contributions.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, which provides financial and emotional assistance to families of children with cancer. WNBC-TV Sports anchor Bruce Beck will serve as master of ceremonies." Read more...
SUPER BOWL CHAMPION GIANTS HJAVE BIG O CAPABILITY
Excerpt: "Coming into the season, Tom Coughlin has asked his New York Giants to bridge the six-game run that carried them to their second Super Bowl win in five seasons into the 2012 season that kicks off Wednesday against Dallas.
Coughlin knows the Giants can't afford another 9-7 regular season if they want to become the ninth team - the Steelers did it twice - to win consecutive titles. Make no mistake though, this team can join the club.
Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is coming off a career-best season and is improving. The defensive line can make life miserable for any opponent with All-Pro end Jason Pierre-Paul,Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora. What many don't realize is the Giants might have even more weapons this year." Read more...
PRINCE AMUKAMARA MAY MISS NEXT WEEK'S OPENER
Excerpt: "New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara will likely miss next week’s season opener. He believes he’ll have a better shot of playing in week two." Read more...
GIANTS 6 - PATRIOTS 3: NOTES & QUOTES
Excerpt: "LB Spencer Paysinger knew coming into this training camp that he had to have a strong showing in order to keep his roster spot. He’s done precisely that, finishing an impressive preseason as the team leader in tackles.
as an added bonus, Paysinger, who had to leave the game at the end of the first half to have tests done on his ankle, which he said someone rolled up on, has also proven his toughness, as he was right back out there to finish his planned reps with the second and third team defenses.
It would have taken death to get me off that field,” Paysinger quipped." Read more...
ADEWALE OJOMO CAPS AN IMPRESSIVE PRESEASON
Excerpt: "Rookie defensive end Adewale Ojomo gets it.
Starting with his preparation before a game right through to how he calms himself down so that he isn’t too jittery or on edge to where he’s making foolish mistakes, Ojomo, the 6-4, 270 lb. rookie free agent out of Miami (Fla.) knows that the difference between ending up as training camp fodder and making the final 53-man roster lies within his control.
THE RED ZONE
PLAYER TRANSACTIONS FOR AUGUST 2012
IT;S NERVOUS TIME FOR MANY YOUNG GIANTS
Excerpt: "he preseason is finally over. But before the Giants move on in earnest to start preparing for the Cowboys next Wednesday, one more important thing needs to happen:
More specifically, the Giants need to trim their roster from 75 players to 53, prior to 9 p.m. Friday.
General manager Jerry Reese, head coach Tom Coughlin and the rest of his staff have some very tough decisions to make in the next 24 hours or so.
"I feel that we put a solid group of guys together," said running back Andre Brown on Thursday. "It’s hard for them to make the choices upstairs." Read more...
GIANTS' NICKS ON HIS HEALTH, COWBOYS, AND MORE
Excerpt: "Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was a guest on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco on Thursday, one day after making his return to the team in the preseason finale against the Patriots." Read more...
NOTEBOOK: BROWN SHINES IN PRESEASON FINALE
Excerpt: "After being cut seven times during his career, he knows the next 48 hours will be nerve-wracking. The Giants will trim their roster down to 53 on Friday and Brown feels he made a good final impression by rushing for a team-high 55 yards on 14 carries and adding two catches for 22 yards in the Giants' 6-3 win over New England.
"[Coach Tom] Coughlin said I ran the ball pretty well," Brown said. "I picked up all pass protection pretty solid there. Went out on special teams, didn't make a tackle but I felt that I did everything I was supposed to do, kept everybody off the punter and ran out there on kickoff and tried to make a tackle and leave the rest to God. ' Read more...
BARDEN BUILDS ON MOMENTUM
Excerpt: "A week ago, people were speculating about whether Ramses Barden would even make the Giants' regular-season roster.
But after his performances in the team's final two preseason games, Barden can sleep peacefully heading into cutdown day on Friday. " Read more..
JEFF LAUIRE WILL EVALUATE ANDY REID'S CONTRACT AFTER THE SEASON
JETS' OWNER: YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH TEBOW
NFLPA APPROVES NEW IR RULE, TRADE DEADLINE
Excerpt: "Just in time for NFL teams to have to make decisions on how to structure their 53-man regular-season rosters, the NFLPA has finally approved the new Injured Reserve rule and the change to the trade deadline that were OK'd by owners during the offseason, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Per Schefter "Teams now will be allowed to re-activate one player from Reserve/Injured during the 2012 season, subject to certain restrictions." Read more...
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).