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NEWARK STAR LEDGER.
SEAN LOCKLEAR WIOLL BE GIANTS' STARTING LEFT TACKLE AGAINST DALLAS COWBOYS IN SEASON OPENER
Excerpt: "There were a few moments in theGiants’ preseason game against the Bears when Sean Locklear was a bit hesitant. Tom Coughlin saw it as the natural adjustment for a player getting used to the playbook.
Now that the regular season is two days away, there’s no time for such hiccups, especially for a starting left tackle facing the Cowboys’ pass rushers.Locklear will be protect Eli Manning’s blind side on Wednesday night instead of projected starter Will Beatty, according to someone informed of the team’s plans for this week’s game.The person, who requested anonymity because personnel decisions aren’t supposed to be discussed publicly, said Beatty is expected to dress but will serve as a backup and perhaps a tight end in certain formations, as the team attempts to advance his recovery from a nagging back issue." Read more...
GIANTS' MICHAEL COE TAKES AN INDIRECT PATH TO FIRST CAREER START AGAINST THE DALLAS COWBOYS
Excerpt: "Had Michael Coe stayed put at Arkansas for his senior season, there’s a chance he would’ve been selected earlier than the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Maybe he’d have landed somewhere other than in the Colts’ zone defense, which he doesn’t believe took advantage of his man-coverage ability.And perhaps this Wednesday’s regular-season opener, the 28th game of his career, wouldn’t be his first NFL start." Read more...
PERRY FEWELL PLEASANTLY "SURPRISED" WITH ADEWALE OJOMO
Excerpt: "Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell read what you read this week:Adewale Ojomo said he was going to get a few more sacks.
“He has a lot of confidence in himself: ‘Hey I did it last week, I’m going to do it this week.’ And I’m kind of saying to myself, ‘Yeah, right. Okay,’” Fewell said this afternoon. “And he goes out andhe does it and I’m like, ‘Holy smokes.’” Read more...
GIANTS' KEVIN GILBRIDE SAYS DOMENIK HIXON IS THE # 3 WIDE RECEIVER
Excerpt: "It was, for the second straight season, one of the few position battles entering Giants training camp.
Who will emerge as the third wide receiver?And for the second consecutive year it's Domenik Hixon."Right now, yeah," offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said when asked.Hixon won the role last August after Steve Smith's departure to the Philadelphia Eagles. He caught two passes for 21 yards in the season opener against the Washington Redskins and added two more receptions for 31 yards the next week against the St. Louis Rams." Read more...
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
SHAUN O'HARA OFFICIALLY RETIRES AFTER 11 NFL SEASONS
Excerpt: "As Shaun O’Hara was pondering the end of his 11-year NFL career, he made sure to talk to some of his ex-Giants teammates, including some who didn’t find it so easy to give up the game.“(Michael) Strahan still thinks he can play,” O’Hara said on Monday. “If he was given the chance he’d probably buckle it up and go out there and play Wednesday night. And you know what? So would I.”But O’Hara also realized that “the time has come to move on” so he officially closed a stellar career that actually ended when the Giants suddenly and unceremoniously cut him last summer. He returned to the Giants’ practice facility on Monday to make the announcement that the former undrafted free agent from Rutgers said he never, ever wanted to make." Read more...
TUCK: DALLAS BELONGS TO US
Excerpt: "Justin Tuck knows exactly what the Cowboys want to do on Wednesday. They want to arrive at MetLife Stadium and ruin the Giants’ first game of 2012, putting a quick blemish on Big Blue’s title defense while regaining the upper hand in this NFC East rivalry all at once.
Excerpt: "After four preseason games and an entire training camp, the Giants still don’t have a punt returner. Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said Sunday that the Giants will enter Wednesday’s season opener against the Dallas Cowboys with a committee of return men.
“They definitely want to come here and ruin our opening night, celebrating the Super Bowl, blah blah blah,” Tuck said.
If Tuck has his way, that won’t happen. Instead, the Cowboys will come to East Rutherford and be mere spectators as the Giants’ defensive line establishes itself and sends a message to the rest of the NFL." Read more...
AND THE GIANTS' PUNT RETURNER IS......A COMPETITION
“There’s a collection of guys that we’re looking at,” he said. “We’ve got four guys we feel good with and just decide who’s up, who’s the most healthy and who’s the best for that game.”
Veteran receiver Domenik Hixon, second-round pick Rueben Randle, second-year receiver Jerrel Jernigan and rookie corner Jayron Hosley have all fielded punts in the preseason. Victor Cruz has also worked in that role during practices. But no player has seized the job.“I mean, different guys got hurt at different times, which really affected the competition,” Quinn said. “Rueben got a fair share at it. Hosley got a share, and then Jernigan did. But they all had different things that happened to them during the preseason so we just couldn’t make it one vs. the other.” Read more...
FORGET THE NY JETS, DALLAS COWBOYS ARE THE GIANTS' REAL "LITTLE BROTHER"
Excerpt: "'If we can just extend our play from last year the way we played against them -- we got a pretty good beat on what they like to do. We just want to continue to play well, play the same way we've been playing and take it from there,' said Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz." Read more...
THE NEW YORK POST.
NICKS SITS OUT PRACTICE BUT SAYS HE'LL PLAY
CB HOSLEY HAS "NO DOUBT" HE WILL PLAY IN SEASON OPENER AGAINST DALLAS
Excerpt: "Giants rookie cornerback Jayron Hosley, who's been dealing with turf toe, fully believes he won’t have to miss the season opener on Wednesday night against the Cowboys.
“No doubts for me,” Hosley said this afternoon in the locker room. “I’m good.” Read more...
GIANT MONSTERS READY TO ATTACK ROMO AND CO.
Excerpt: "He knows what he’s seeing, but sometimes Perry Fewell cannot believe his eyes.
The defensive coordinator of the Giants orchestrates what takes place with his unit and, taking full advantage of his embarrassment of riches, is the creator of the four defensive end look — dubbed NASCAR — that puts Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Jason Pierre-Paul and Mathias Kiwanuka — a linebacker who entered the NFL as an end — all on the field at the same time. Fewell has seen this grouping in action in the past and will unleash it Wednesday against the Cowboys, but there are still occasions when he is in awe of the damage it can inflict." Read more...
STATUS OF COWBOYS' TE STILL UNCERTAIN
A day after stating he was feeling fine and having no problems on the field, Hakeem Nicks did not participate in practice yesterday, just three days before the Giants will face the Cowboys in the season opener.
Nicks, though, wanted to allay any fears.
“I’m playing,” he said. “You don’t have to ask me no questions. I’m playing.’’ Read more...
COE AHEAD, MAKE MY DAY
Excerpt: "Michael Coe is calm before the storm. He won’t need to wear a purple jersey with pink polka dots Wednesday night with a HERE I AM sign when the Giants welcome the Cowboys to MetLife Stadium, because Tony
Romo will know who he is, and where he is, at all times.
Coe, who will be making his first NFL start, will be in the eye of the approaching storm, a storm that is certain to rain footballs in his direction, and the danger exists that when he awakens Thursday morning, he will be a Big Blue Pariah, The Most Hated Man in New York Until the Jets Play." Read more...
The crucial question of whether Jason Witten will face the Giants on Wednesday was the talk of Cowboys camp yesterday.
The verdict: No one knows for sure. Still.
Tony Romo is confident a lacerated spleen isn’t going to keep his security blanket of a tight end from suiting up against Big Blue at MetLife Stadium, with the quarterback telling reporters “from what I know” Witten will indeed play.
But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Witten himself aren’t so sure, saying it will depend on the results of a CT scan tomorrow even though the Dallas ironman — who has missed just one game in his nine-year NFL career — practiced on a limited basis again yesterday for the second straight day." Read more...
RESPONDING TO JONES RILES ROMO
Excerpt: "Tony Romo is tired of talking about Jerry Jones’ closing window.
The Cowboys quarterback wouldn’t even let a Post reporter finish his question yesterday before slapping his knees, exclaiming, “That’s it!” and walking out in a huff from his regular weekly media session after just seven minutes.
The reporter was trying to ask Romo about Jones’ comment earlier this year that the owner feels time is running out on Romo and the current version of his team to revive the Cowboys’ tradition of success.
After winning three Super Bowls in a span of just four years in the 1990s, Dallas has won just one playoff game since 1996." Read more...
GIANTS SIGN MITCH PETRUS ONE DAY AFTER RELEASING HIM
Excerpt: "One day after releasing him, the New York Giants re-signed guard Mitch Petrus on Sunday." Read more...
THE BERGEN RECORD
GIANTS BY POSITION
Eli Manning took every snap in 20 games last season en route to his second Super Bowl MVP. He is the team’s unquestioned leader on this side of the ball. The Giants are more than happy to have another former No. 1 overall pick in David Carr as his backup – especially if all Carr does is practice hard every week and hold the clipboard on game days." Read more...
SULLIVAN: ELI MANNING HAS WHAT TONY ROMO NEEDS, HOW TO BE A WINNER
Excerpt: "Every year, the starting quarterback for America’s Team comes under this same scrutiny, answering the same questions about winning an elusive NFL championship, facing the same interrogation whether his 32-year-old arm finally can climb through a window of opportunity that is threatening to slam shut. Romo knows there is only one way to stop the annual inquisition, and over time, he’s trained himself to accept his inquisitors with equanimity.
But when he takes the MetLife Stadium field Wednesday night to take the first step of his latest quest for a Super Bowl win, Romo will look across the field and once again see the man who has what he doesn’t." Read more...
NEW YORK TIMES
FOR THE GIANTS, A LEADER AND SOME FRESH FOLLOWERS
Excerpt: "The Giants appeared to be stacked at cornerback entering this season, well equipped to counter the N.F.C. East’s passing attacks from Michael Vick, Tony Romo and Robert Griffin III. Alongside the eighth-year veteran Corey Webster and the 2011 first-round draft pick Prince Amukamara, cornerback Terrell Thomas was re-signed in March for four years and $28 million despite having missed all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
The plan was to have Webster, who had a career-high six interceptions last season, and Thomas, who led the team in tackles in 2010, provide experience on the field and tutelage for Amukamara. Read more...
WALL STREET JOURNAL
NEW YORK GIANTS' DOMENIK HIXON EMERGES AS THE # 3 WIDE RECEIVER
Excerpt: "Needless to say, New York Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon has had a rough go of it over the last two seasons. Not only has he torn his ACL twice in as many years, but the emergence of Victor Cruz, along with the addition of Rueben Randle got many thinking that Hixon's days with Big Blue could be numbered. However, today, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride announced that for the second consecutive season, Hixon would be the team's number three wide receiver heading into week one." Read more...
GIANTS RE-SIGN MITCH PETRUS AFTER DJ JONES FAILS PHYSICAL
Excerpt: "Saturday was a rough day for offensive lineman Mitch Petrus. After surviving finals cuts and beginning to prepare for the Dallas Cowboys, the 2010 fifth-round draft pick was informed the team would be going in a different direction, claiming tackle D.J. Jones off of waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles, and that it was time he packed his bags." Read more...
BIG BLUE VIEW...
WEEK 1 SCOUTING REPORT: NY GIANTS VS. DALLAS COWBOYS
Excerpt: "The defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants will kick off the NFL season against their division rivalDallas Cowboys on Wednesday, Sept.5th. In 2011 the Giants swept the Cowboys in their two-game series, both in dramatic fashion. In the first game the Cowboys had a chance to tie with a field goal, but Jason Pierre-Paulblocked it to end the game. In Week 17, the Giants ended the Cowboys season at MetLife Stadium before going on to win the Super Bowl.
The Cowboys finished another year of disappointment in 2011 finish third overall with an 8-8 record in the NFC East. Here is where the Cowboys finished in their stats from last year:" Read more...
NEW YORK GIANTS' DEPTH CHART: OPENING DAY EDITION
Excerpt: "Here is a look at the New York Giants' depth chart as the 2012 NFL season opens on Wednesday night against the Dallas Cowboys." Read more...
NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: PERRY FEWELL, KEVIN GILBRIDE, AND MORE
Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Today's news and notes come from the transcripts provided Sunday by the Giants. As a reminder, always remember to check our 'Transcripts' section. Just because we haven't pushed a story out front yet doesn't mean we haven't been provided with the information." Read more...
GIANTS VS COWBOYS INJURY REPORT
Excerpt: "Here is your official injury report from Sunday's practice as the New York Giants prepare to open the season against the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday night." Read more...
GIANTS' SEAN LOCKLEAR WILL START AT LT IN SEASON OPENER
Excerpt: "According to Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Legder, Sean Locklear will start at left tackle for the New York Giants on Wednesday night." Read more...
FOLGER'S FORECAST: GIANTS VS. COWBOYS
Excerpt: "It’s not every day that the Giants get to defend a Super Bowl championship, but apparently the national media wasn’t impressed, as no recent Super Bowl winner has been so summarily dismissed the following season.
The good news is that the Giants always react well to this lack of respect treatment. And let’s give the Giants credit this off-season for keeping things low-key and humble, and leaving the headline-hunting to others. It’s the Giants’ belief that respect and headlines are earned from winning. Media talk and circus atmospheres in the end mean nothing." Read more...
LOCKLEAR HOLDING HIS OWN AT LT
Excerpt: "Giants offensive tackle Sean Locklear, a journeyman who has been with three NFL teams over his nine-year NFL career, is quickly showing the coaches that his accumulated experience is more than sufficient in helping to protect quarterback Eli Manning’s blind side.
“He’s been what we’ve hoped for,” said offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. “He hasn’t hurt us in the pass game at all. His protection’s been excellent– he’s been one of the better performers in pass protection. He’s still learning some of the things with the run game and the way we do it, so I think he’ll get better. When we’ve erred, it’s not been something that he did that hurt us. I’ve been very pleased with him.”
THE RED ZONE
OSI UMENYIORA NOT THINKING ABOUT SUPER BOWL REPEAT
The reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants
will begin their title defense on Wednesday night against the Dallas Cowboys
knowing how difficult it is for a team to win back-to-back Super Bowls in today's NFL.Giants
After winning Super Bowl XLII, the
went 12-4 in the regular season, earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC Playoffs and were sent home by the sixth-seeded Philadelphia Eagles
in the divisional round of the postseason." Read more...SITE LINK
CRUZ "COULD CARE LESS" ABOUT CARR'S GUARANTEE
Excerpt: "Big-money Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr has said that Victor Cruz wouldn't be doing any salsa dancing on his watch.
And he'll have a chance to back up his words Wednesday when the Cowboys open the season against the Giants.
But as far as Cruz is concerned, it's a non-issue. " Read more...
TIKI: "THERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS WITH NYG" - VIDEO - THIS ONE'S FOR YOU, HAROONI
FEWELL: COE SILL START AT CORNERBACK
Excerpt: "Perry Fewell confirmed that Michael Coe will be the starter at cornerback in place of the injured Prince Amukamara.
"He'll get the start," Fewell said. "In the OTAs, Michael performed well and really gave us the confidence that we had another guy that was competing at corner."
"Michael can run, he is very fast," Fewell added later. "Michael is physical and is not afraid. And Michael has a very strong mentality. If he doesn't have success on a play, we can chew his (rear) out and he'll come back and make a play for you. So I like his mental makeup also." Read more...
NICKS, CRUZ, MANNING LOOKING TO HURT DALLAS AGAIN
Excerpt: "New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks stood at his locker and didn't even wait for the question to be asked.
''I'm playing, period,'' Nicks said emphatically after being held out of Sunday's practice for the NFL kickoff Wednesday night against the Dallas Cowboys.
Just hours earlier there was some concern when Nicks rode a stationary bike as the Super Bowl champions stretched, and then he watched the workout.Was the right foot that he broke this spring acting up?" Read more...
STATE OF THE OFFENSE: HIXON STARTS AT WR3
Excerpt: "Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride confirmed that Domenik Hixon will start as the third wide receiver as expected.
Hixon has started as the third wideout the entire camp, and the Giants trust the veteran and know what they have with him.
"Right now, yeah," Gilbride said when asked if Hixon was the starter. "He’s a consummate pro. He’s always going to know exactly what to do. He’s always going to be technically very, very sound. He’s very dependable."
"You can trust that he’ll do the right thing and right now, there’s no evidence that there’s any residual limitations because of his injury," Gilbride added of Hixon, who is returning from consecutive seasons with torn ACLs. "Anything we’ve seen has been very positive from him." Read more...
INJURY REPORT: NICKS SAYS HE WILL PLAY
Excerpt: "Hakeem Nicks was held out of practice on Sunday as a precaution.
Head coach Tom Coughlin said Nicks felt sore but expects the receiver to practice on Monday. And Nicks says he will play against the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday night.
"I'm playing," Nicks said. "You don't have to ask me no questions. I'm playing." Read more...
BRADSHAW'S NEWFOUND BALL SECURITY A DIRECT REFLECTION OF GIANTS SUCCESS
Excerpt: "It's no secret why the New York Giants won Super Bowl XLVI. They had the best four-man rush in the playoffs, and great pass rushers trump great quarterbacks. But there was another element involved that often gets overlooked because it's ... well, because it's so damned basic.And that is this: They didn't screw up.
Yep, it's as simple as that. Their playoff run included no fumbles and only one Eli Manning interception, and you can look it up: The Giants committed one turnover; their opponents committed six. Result: Their second Super Bowl victory in four years, only this one for a team that barely finished the regular season above .500." Read more...
LOCKED OUT OFFICIALS WILLING TO SIT OF MOST OF SEASON OR LONGER
NFL STARS WHO WILL DISAPPOINT IN 2012
REFEREES AND NFL TRY AND FAIL TO REACH AN AGREEMENT
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).
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).