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Traveling North today so I can attend the Dallas game. The excitement is building, trash talk is in the air. What better way to start the 2012 season than to play against the Dallas Cowboys?
NEWARK STAR LEDGER
GIANTS RE-SIGN WIDE RECEIVER BRANDON COLLINS TO PRACTICE SQUAD
Excerpt: "The Giants signed wide receiver Brandon Collins to their practice squad this afternoon. To make room, they released offensive guard Stephen Goodin.
Collins, an undrafted free agent from Southeast Louisiana who began his college career at Texas, impressed in the spring but didn't flash too much in camp and during the preseason. In fact, Collins didn't record a reception in three preseason games before being waived when the 90-man roster was cut to 75." Read more...
JOHN MARA: GIANTS HAVE NO ILL FEELING FOR JERRY JONES
Excerpt: "Giants co-owner John Mara will attend a corporate event Wednesday morning with his Cowboys counterpart Jerry Jones, and yes, he said the playful offseason banter between the two teams will continue right up to game day.
“I’m going to have a little fun with him, believe me,” Mara said in the days leading up to the season opener between the NFC East rivals. “There’s that new Papa John’s commercial where he’s rapping – that might get mentioned once or twice.” Read more...
FORMER GIANTS' LB ANTONiO PIERCE SAYS GIANTS ARE BEING OVERLOOKED, BUT PICKS PACKERS TO WIN SUPER BOWL
Excerpt: "Antonio Pierce is aware of the predictions circulating on the eve of the NFL upcoming season. The Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and a number of other teams are discussed as Super Bowl favorites ahead of the Giants. Well, you can add Pierce to the list.
"I think you got really have to look at the Packers," the former Giants linebacker said at an autograph signing in Manhattan this evening. "I think them picking up Nick Perry and some guys that they picked up in free agency and the draft will help them. Hell, they did have a 15-1 record last year. I don't think their defense will be last again. I think they'll be better, kind of where they were in their Super Bowl year." Read more...
THE STAR LEDGER GIANTS 2012 SEASON PREVIEW
Excerpt: "1. Will there be a Super Bowl hangover?
This year’s slogan is "Build the Bridge," and last time the Giants were defending a Super Bowl title — in 2008 — construction began smoothly as they started the season a blistering 11-1. Then Plaxico Burress shot himself in the thigh at a New York City night club and the season deteriorated. The Giants finished the regular season 1-3 and were bounced in the Wild Card round of the playoffs by the Eagles. Of course, Burress wasn’t the only reason for the poor finish, but the distraction didn’t help. An off-field incident of that magnitude is unlikely to occur again, and the Giants will have a difficult enough time with the toughest schedule on the NFL (based on last season’s winning percentages). And with the Eagles — perhaps the league’s most talented squad — and Dallas Cowboys gunning for them, the Giants will have to earn it." Read more...
GIANTS KNOW THEY'LL NEED TO CONTROL THEIR EXCITEMENT FOR SEASON OPENER AGAINST COWBOYS
Excerpt: "Kenny Phillips recalls being inside the west tunnel of Giants Stadium four years ago, waiting to run out on the field with his teammates to begin the Giants’ title defense.
Phillips, a rookie first-rounder, hadn’t seen an atmosphere like that. And he probably hasn’t since, until Wednesday night when the Giants host another party like that to get this season under way.“It was crazy. After (Michael) Strahan came out of the trophy, the ... stands were rocking,” the Giants’ safety said Monday. “I had some butterflies, a little nervous being a rookie on that type of stage. At the same time, it was a great feeling. The crowd was nuts.” Read more...
MITCH PETRUS, RE-SIGNED BY GIANTS AFTER BEING CUT SATURDAY, TAKES EXPERIENCE AS A WAKE UP CALL
Excerpt: "Many NFL players face a harsh reality the first time they’re cut and are out of the league for a period of time.
For Mitch Petrus, though that period was only one day, it was a wake-up call nonetheless.“That’s what I’ve been calling it. I never go out there and take it for granted,” the Giants’ fifth-round pick in 2010 said Monday, one day after he was re-signed by the team. “I know you have to go out there every day and work hard. I’m not out there going 50 percent or 80 percent. I try to go out every play." Read more...
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
REPEAT AFTER US: GIANTS BEGIN AGAINST COWBOYS
Excerpt: "There are 13 current Giants who remember running out of the tunnel as defending champions in 2008 and they know how invincible that team felt for most of the season. So many others had viewed their Super Bowl title eight months earlier as a fluke.
JONES FIRES BACK AT KIWANUKA...SUBTLY
They saw it as a beginning.
Four years later, nothing has changed. While the world seemed to spend the offseason trying to knock Big Blue off its championship pedestal, the Giants found their solid footing instead. And beginning on Wednesday night, when they open their defense against the Dallas Cowboys at the Meadowlands, they’ve got a message for all their doubters:
You haven’t seen anything yet." Read more...
Excerpt: "Jerry Jones can admit it. Mathias Kiwanuka was “right” to point out that the Giants have owned the Cowboys in recent years.
But the Dallas Cowboys owner believes something else, too: America’s Team could easily have been where the Giants were last season. When Jones was asked on a Dallas-area radio show about Kiwanuka’s scathing critique of the Cowboys earlier this week, the one in which the linebacker pointed out that the Giants have been “whupping (Jones) *** for a long time,” he agreed, and then subtly fired back." Read more...
NICKS, BOLEY, KIWANUKA AMONG QUESTIONABLES
Excerpt: "The Giants listed seven players as questionable on their final injury report before their Opening Night game, though almost all of them are expected to play.
For the Cowboys, NT Jay Ratliff (ankle) is out, TE Jason Witten (spleen) is doubtful, CB Mike Jenkins (shoulder) is questionable, and WR Miles Austin (hamstring), WR Dez Bryant (knee), C Phil Costa (back), RB DeMarco Murray (wrist) and LB DeMarcus Ware (hamstring) are probable."
NY Giants know that every NFL team, starting with the Dallas Cowboys on opening night, wants a shot at the Super Bowl champions
Excerpt: "'You feel it,' said linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka. 'You sense it. You hear it. People talk about it when they’re out there on the field. We know. We’ve been in this situation, too. You want to measure yourself up against the best.'
NICKS STILL SORE, BUT READY TO TO START OPENER
Excerpt: "“It's not that it's perfect,” Nicks said. “But it's nothing that is going to stop me from playing."
GIANTS' DARK ERA STILL HAUNTS JOHN MARA
Excerpt: "'It makes me feel good, believe me, because those were some pretty difficult years and I cite those often when people ask me about our team,' Mara told the Daily News. 'It serves as extra motivation for me because I still haven’t forgotten those years. Every once in a while, I wake up in the middle of the night with a nightmare thinking about some of those teams we had in the 1970s.' Read more...
GIANTS TAKE AIM AT DALLAS' NEW CBs
Rookies about to make their NFL debut are rarely able to offer advice to veterans with years of experience and tons of success. Rueben Randle is the exception to this, as he has information that could prove invaluable to Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Domenik Hixon.
All the Giants receivers understand facing the Cowboys this time around means a completely different set of challenges, especially dealing with Morris Claiborne, the talented rookie from LSU who was frequently considered the top defensive player in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Cowboys traded up eight spots to get Claiborne and he will make his first start in prime-time against the defending Super Bowl champs." Read more...
GIANTS' PREVIEW: REPEAT NOT IMPOSSIBLE, BUT PLENTY OF CHALLENGES
Excerpt: "Predicting the Giants would go 9-7 in 2011 was no great stretch and, in fact, that was forecast on these pages one year ago. Anticipating that modest record would produce a division title, an improbable playoff run and Super Bowl triumph, well, that wasn’t part of the foreseen scenario.
They did it, and now for the encore. In some ways this Giants roster is more talented and seems more complete than the one that claimed a second Lombardi Trophy in four years. There are areas of concern and a few vulnerable spots, but any serious contender needs a quarterback to rely on and a pass rush to lean on, and the Giants are as established in those two critical areas as any team in the league." Read more...
THE NEW YORK POST
CLOWN CAR JETS CAN UPGRADE RIDE LIKE GIANTS DID
Excerpt: "They don't much like the image they've crafted for themselves through their hijinks and their low comedy, through their coach¹s over-the-top confidence contrasted with their intramural rival's under-the-radar style.
NEW COWBOYS' CB CARR "TIRED" OF GIANTS
"We are professionals," Darrelle Revis said not long ago, standing inside the Jets' locker room at their practice facility. "This isn¹t some fraternity house. We conduct serious business in here."
Revis does. Most of them do, despite the occasional bursts of buffoonery that make their way out of the locker room and onto the back page. The Jets' daily outfit of choice really does involve helmets and shoulder pads and mouth guards and cleats; it only seems to comprise of floppy shoes and red noses and funny hats and water-squirting carnations." Read more...
GIANTS' VETERANS REMAIN HUNGRY FOR THIRD SUPER BOWL CROWN
Excerpt: "The shining Lombardi Trophy stands tall and proud inside a glass case at the bottom of stairs leading to the offices of John Mara, Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin inside the Timex Performance Center. There are four of them, in chronological order from left to right, emblazoned with Super Bowl XXI, Super Bowl XXV, Super Bowl XLII and the most recent, Super Bowl XLVI. Directly behind them is a photo of Super Bowl XXV MVP Ottis Anderson, flanked to the left by Super Bowl XXI MVP Phil Simms and to the right by Eli Manning, MVP of Super Bowls XLII and XLVI." Read more...
Excerpt: "The Cowboys have Big Blue on the brain, and they’re not afraid to admit it.
Dallas has become so obsessed with the Giants, in fact, that even a player who has been with the team all of about 10 minutes is giving Big Blue bulletin-board material.SITE LINK
Brandon Carr, Dallas’ prized free-agent addition in the offseason, tried to stoke what has become a very one-sided rivalry yesterday by saying his teammates have a case of Giants Championship Fatigue heading into tomorrow night’s opener at MetLife Stadium.
“[The Giants] have had great success, winning two Super Bowls in five years, and I think guys are kind of getting tired of seeing that,” the veteran cornerback said. “Now it’s to the point guys are getting fed up. It’s pretty much the attitude, ‘When is it going to be our time?’ ” Read more...
THE BERGEN RECORD
GIANTS WEEK BY WEEK
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
BEFORE OPENER FOR GIANTS, A LOOK BACK AT THEIR RUN
Excerpt: "Who will be the first person to call for the firing of Tom Coughlin?
(Jason Gay of The Wall Street Journal, cheekily, has beaten everybody to it.)The Giants start the season on Wednesday night. Before fans can develop agita over a Coughlin decision, they have one last chance to savor the 2011 season with a one-hour documentary-style show Tuesday on NFL Network, “America’s Game: 2011 New York Giants,” at 9 p.m. Eastern." Read more...
WALL STREET JOURNAL
GIANTS RESTRUCTURE CONTRACT OF RG CHRIS SNEE
Excerpt: "The New York Giants
announced on Tuesday that they have restructured right guard Chris Snee
's six-year, $41 million deal. As recently as yesterday, it was reported (via Adam Schefter) the team was over the salary cap by approximately $700,000. However, in light of this restructuring, the Giants have now freed up around $3 million in cap space that will not only allow them to play Wednesday night's season opener under the cap, but allows some flexibility in terms of potentially brining in another veteran.
To make it simple, General ManagerJerry Reese basically took $3 million of guaranteed money off of Snee's $5.2 million base salary this season, and spread it out over the remaining two years of his deal. For the Giants, this means more cap flexibility in 2012, but barring another restructuring, the Giants will be paying a veteran right guard over $7 million for the next two seasons." Read more...
GIANTS VS. COWBOYS: WEEK ONE GAME PREVIEW
Excerpt: "It's officially time for the New YorkFootball Giants to defend their Super Bowl championship, as the NFL season is set to kick off with a big time divisional matchup between Big Blue and the Dallas Cowboys.
The Giants beat the Cowboys twice in December last season, including the season finale which decided the division and started the Giants thrilling run through NFC heavyweights on their way to their second Super Bowl victory under Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning.
Now, New York looks to get their season started on the right note – with yet another showdown with one of their biggest rivals on opening night. " Read more...
STEPHEN A. SMITH, SKIP BAYLESS UNLOOAD ON GIANTS' TE MARTELLUS BENNETT
Excerpt: "For tight end Martellus Bennett, signing with the New York Giants was like being given a second chance. After years of limited action behind Jason Witten -admittedly one of the NFL's best- the fifth-year veteran finally has the opportunity to prove himself in the world's largest media market. And hehasn't been shy about his excitement over that opportunity. Unfortunately for the Black Unicorn, that confidence has not been well-received by many.
During a Monday episode of First Take on ESPN, both Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless unloaded on Bennett for some of his recent comments about finally being given an opportunity to shine." Read more...
DALLAS COWBOYS' DEMARCUS WARE: NY GIANTS NEED TO "WALK THE WALK:
Excerpt: "The New York Giants are defending Super Bowl XLVI champions. They've won two Lombardi Trophy's since the 2007 season. And they're 7-2 against theDallas Cowboys in their last nine meetings. However, after linebackerMathias Kiwanuka recently reminded Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that they've been "whupping his ***" for a long time now, opposing linebackerDeMarcus Ware said Big Blue needs to step up and "walk the walk."Read more...
NY GIANTS' PRINCE AMUKAMARA RULES OUR FOR GAME 1
Excerpt: "In some expected news, the New York Giants have ruled out Prince Amukamara for the team's week one opener against the Dallas Cowboys. Amukamara suffered a high ankle sprain in Big Blue's third preseason game. Although Prince was hoping to get back on the field for Wednesday's prime time matchup, the Giants are going to err on the side of caution, and keep the second-year player on the sidelines. Michael Coe will start in his place." Read more...
BIG BLUE VIEW...
GIANTS' ROSTER MOVES: PRACTICE SQUAD CHANGES
The New York Giants
have yet to play a game, but the practice squad musical chairs have already begin. Amazingly, Tuesday's move does not involve the re-signing of quarterback Ryan Perrilloux
, released over the weekend. Perrilloux was bounced on and off the team's practice squad 13 times a season ago." Read more...GIANTS VS. COWBOYS, INJURY REPORT AMUKAMARA, AUSTIN, BREWER OUT
Cornerback Prince Amukamara (high ankle sprain), offensive lineman James Brewer
(back) and defensive tackleMarvin Austin
(back) are listed as out for the New York Giants
on Wednesday as they open the season against the Dallas Cowboys
. Tight end Jason Witten
of Dallas is listed as doubtful as he recovers from a lacerated spleen.
Here is the full injury report:" Read more...
FACTS ABOUT WEDNESDAY NFL GAMES
How unusual is it for the NFL to play regular-season games on a Wednesday, which it will this week when theNew York Giants
open the season against the Dallas Cowboys
? Well, really unusual, since it hasn't been done in almost 64 years. The last one was Sept. 22, 1948, when the Los Angeles Rams
defeated the Detroit Lions
, 44-7." Read more...
TOM COUGHLIN MONDAY PRESSER, 9/3/2012
Q: Nicks and Boley sat out practice today?
Coughlin: Boley didn’t. Boley practiced. Nicks didn’t. They held Nicks.
Q: Was it precautionary or were there any setbacks?
Coughlin: Well there’s no setbacks. He didn’t work yesterday, so evidently they thought it was in the best interest not to make him any sorer than he is.
Q: How are you going to list him for the game?
Coughlin: I’ll have to think about that.Q: Do you think Nicks will play Wednesday?
Coughlin: I think he will." Read more...
NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: HAKEEM NICKS, MITCH PETRUS, AND MORE
Good morning, New York Giants
fans! One more day until the 2012 NFL season opens. Here is today's notebook.
Nicks Held Out Of PracticeWide receiver Hakeem Nicks has not practiced the past two days. Coach Tom Coughlin said a few days ago that the Giants would have to 'manage" Nicks' foot as he recovers from a broken bone suffered during the offseason. Nicks is intent on playing Wednesday against the Dallas Cowboys."I know it’s for the better. I know they just want to take care of my foot. We don’t want any setbacks," Nicks said." Read more...WEEK 1 SCOUTING REPORT: NY GIANTS VS. DALLAS COWBOYS
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-Paul
blocked 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...
CN MICHAEL COE IS THE MARKED MAN ON GIANTS' DEFENSED
Excerpt: "Cornerback Michael Coe
quarterback Tony Romo
will test him when the New York Giants
open defense of their Super Bowl title.
It's a given. Coe is not only the new guy in the secondary, the six-year veteran probably is the most unexpected starter for Wednesday's game.
When the Giants reported to training camp, Coe was probably the fourth choice to start oppositeCorey Webster. Projected starter Terrell Thomas aggravated a knee injury that sidelined him last year and has been placed on season-ending injured reserve. Former first-rounder Prince Amukamara suffered a high ankle sprain against the Bears and is out, and rookie Jayron Hosley is battling turf toe.It leaves Coe to make his first career start at cornerback." 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
O'HARA RETIRED WITH "NO REGRETS"
Excerpt: "On Monday, Shaun O'Hara made an announcement he never wanted to make: he officially retired from the NFL.
"I've been dreading this day my entire career," the long-time Giants lineman said. "Admitting to myself, as well as publicly, that my body can no longer keep up with the demands of being a professional athlete. I wasn’t the most gifted athlete, but I learned early on in my life that perseverance is more valuable than talent. I can honestly say that I squeezed every ounce of ability out of my body and I have no regrets."
You'd have to look long and far to find anyone who would argue that point. " Read mopre...
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...
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...
THE POST'S NFL PREVIEW
MICHAEL STRAHAN MAKES DEBUT AS "LIVE WITH KELLY" CO-HOST
LOCKED OUT OFFICIALS WILLING TO SIT OF MOST OF SEASON OR LONGER
NFL STARS WHO WILL DISAPPOINT IN 2012
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).