Tag:New York Giants
Posted on: June 23, 2010 9:01 pm

Giants claim Chris Davis off waiversn

In their quest to replace WR/PR Domenik Hixon – who’s out for the year with a torn ACL – the Giants received WR Chris Davis today off waivers, a day after the Bengals released him.

As the Newark Star Ledger’s Mike Garafolo writes, “Giants general manager Jerry Reese admitted during minicamp he was more concerned about the team's punt returns than kick returns after the loss of Hixon to a torn knee ligament. Davis will join a group of potential punt returners that includes Aaron Ross, Sinorice Moss, Mario Manningham and rookie Chad Jones.”

During his rookie year with Tennessee in 2007, Davis returned 31 punts for a 9.5 yard average. The Titans released him before the 2009 season, following a preseason injury and a DUI arrest, and the Bengals signed him in March before cutting him Tuesday.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 12:46 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 12:48 pm

Lawrence Taylor Indicted

This from the AP:

"Pro football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has been indicted by a suburban New York grand jury on charges of rape, criminal sexual act and sexual abuse.

The indictment Wednesday comes after his May 6 arrest at a Holiday Inn. Prosecutors say he paid a 16-year-old girl $300 to have sex with him.

The former New York Giant was also indicted on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and patronizing a prostitute.

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe says the 16-year-old told investigators that she had been verbally threatened and physically assaulted. She said she was brought to the hotel room by a pimp later arrested by New York City police."

 --Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 19, 2010 10:05 am

Examing the Giants' Safeties

The New York Giant safeties – FS Antrel Rolle; SS Kenny Phillips – believe they can be the best safety tandem in the NFL. They can, if both are healthy. But Phillips, who is coming off ’09 microfracture knee surgery, still isn’t cutting much. At his best, Phillips is perhaps a slightly faster version of the late Sean Taylor. His closing speed and pop at the point of contact are phenomenal.

Still, over the offseason, the Giants brought in veteran Deon Grant and spent a third-round pick on Chad Jones. Grant is somewhat of a journeyman plugger. He had a non-impact in Seattle – particularly when asked to stay out of the box and hold down centerfield – but in Jacksonville and Carolina, he provided consistent stability. Jones is a cover safety from LSU who is still raw. But teams generally don’t spend third-round picks on projected long-term backups.

With Phillips, the Giants are dominant at safety. Without him, they’re still more than adequate. Newcomer Antrel Rolle, a former first-round cornerback, is excellent in coverage. Versatility augments Rolle’s range (he’s capable of shadowing the slot and playing from a backpedal). Rolle is also a first-class playmaker with the ball in his hand and a deft open-field tackler.

Great safeties allow for aggressive cornerback play. New York’s trio of corners, Corey Webster, Terrell Thomas and Aaron Ross, thrived in press coverage under Steve Spagnuolo in ’08. Expect the Giants to get back to this in 2010.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 9:22 am
Edited on: June 18, 2010 9:36 am

More on the expanded schedule

Similar to our interview Thursday with Bengals LT (and NFLPA player rep) Andrew Whitworth – who is rather cool to the idea of an expanded 18-game regular-season schedule unless the players receive increased health care or decreased contact during practices – CBSSports.com senior writer Clark Judge spoke to some New York Giants players Thursday to get their opinions.

Not surprisingly, their thoughts weren’t much different than Whitworth’s.

A sampling of quotes. One from DE Justin Tuck: "You're going to have a lot of disgruntled players if this happens. I don't see how it benefits the NFL. I think it's going to cause more problems than solutions."

And one from C Shaun O’Hara: "It's hard enough to get through 16 (games), and that's our No. 1 concern -- the injury factor. I think everybody knows the injury rate in the NFL is 100 percent. There isn't a player who hasn't been injured. It's not a matter of 'if.' It's a matter of 'when.' So if you tell the players that you're going to increase their opportunities for injury, of course, we're all very hesitant to commit to that."

Even if a change like this doesn’t make sense for the players, it’s not hard to see that this adjustment will be made – perhaps as early as the 2012 season. Yeah, it might suck for the players, who will end up getting concessions from the owners because of the change, while causing more injuries and shortening careers. But it’s a win-win for the fans and the game in general. No matter Tuck’s opinion, an expanded schedule does benefit the game, and that’s probably enough to make it happen.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 9:28 pm

Bulluck keeping his options open

There’s little doubt that LB Keith Bulluck really wants a job. But would he go as far as playing for the Detroit Lions? Well, maybe he doesn’t want a job that bad.

Bulluck, interviewed by Sirius NFL Radio on Thursday, said he’d like to play for the New York Giants, but he also said he could persuaded to return to Tennessee – the only place he’s ever played and where he’s recorded at least 125 tackles five times this decade. But he’s coming off ACL surgery, and though he could return by the first week of the NFL game schedule, he’s also 33 years old.

Sure, he could be ready to play by September, but he likely wouldn’t be 100 percent until a few months into the season. He’s coming off a 108-tackle season in just 14 games, but is he worth the risk?

The Lions, though, could be looking (along with the Titans, for the record) for somebody just like him. One positive aspect about playing for the Lions: he’d be reunited with former Tennessee defensive coordinator and current head coach Jim Schwartz.

"I'm very familiar with their system and very familiar with those people,” Bulluck said in his interview. “That coaching staff, I know they're working to go in the right direction at Detroit. How many wins did they have last year? I'll tell you, (the Lions) are one of those teams that's up-and-coming. But honestly, to be 100 percent honest, I want to play for a championship. If it comes down to it, if my option is to go to Detroit, yeah, all right, that's what we gotta do. Because I'm gonna play football, regardless.’’

To answer his question, the Lions won two games last year - a huge improvement over their zero-win 2008.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 8:55 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2010 8:57 pm

Questions arise about cause of Hixon's injury

It sounds like New York Giants GM Jerry Reese and S Antrel Rolle disagree on what caused WR Domenik Hixon’s ACL injury Tuesday.

Reese said it had nothing to do with the new FieldTurf surface at New Meadowlands Stadium. Rolle said the turf is exactly what caused the injury.

"I was right there when it happened and I saw it right away," Rolle told ESPN New York’s Ohm Youngmisuk on Thursday. "And I was like, 'Damn, it don't look good.' He didn't make a cut or anything. It just got caught in the turf."

Reese, however, said the injury could have occurred on any surface, and although coach Tom Coughlin originally said he thought Hixon’s foot got caught, he later recanted that story after watching film of the practice.

Giants players told reporters that the turf felt slippery, and Rolle said it felt like his feet were burning and that “it just didn’t feel good to me at all.”

Youngmisuk also spoke to a FieldTurf representative. From the story:

Chip Namias, a spokesman for FieldTurf, said it typically takes a few weeks for the surface to settle in and he was told the team did not believe the field was responsible for Hixon's injury. "With all due and sincere respect to Antrel Rolle, who is a wonderful player, he is simply not medically trained or qualified to make such a statement," Namias said on Thursday. "The people who run NFL teams are ultra conscientious, and there's a very good reason why 21 of the 32 member clubs use FieldTurf."

It seems unlikely that the turf would be replaced, but if so, it’d have to be a joint decision between the Jets and the Giants.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 5:18 pm

Toomer feels better about the NYG

Do you remember when former New York Giants receiver Amani Toomer ripped into his old team after the 2008 season? Do you remember him taking great offense when the coaching staff began to decrease the then-34-year-old’s role to make way for younger receivers? Do you remember when he said the Giants had an agenda to phase him out of the picture?

This, after a long career in which he recorded nearly 10,000 receiving yards while catching 54 touchdown passes for the New York squad. True, it wasn’t the nastiest divorce in history, but it wasn’t pleasant either. Remember?

Well, everything seems to be cool now.

“I had been with the team for 13 years,” Toomer told the New York Daily News . “If you have a 13-year relationship with anyone, the breakup is going to be bad. But cooler heads prevailed.”

Still, Toomer couldn’t help himself from ripping somebody … anybody. So, he focused on the last team for which he tried to play – the Kansas City Chiefs who cut him before the regular season began last year.

“Going from an organization like the Giants to the Chiefs, it’s a big difference,” Toomer said. “It’s like going from the varsity to the junior varsity. “

Now, for the really cool part. Toomer – who’s never participated in a race longer than 3.1 miles – will run the New York City marathon in November and start the race in last place. For every runner he passes, he will donate $1 to the New York Road Runner’s youth programs.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 17, 2010 12:42 pm

Good-Spirited Drama Along the Giants DL

In a follow up to the Osi Umenyiora story from yesterday, Mathias Kiwanuka spoke about the situation at the right defensive end position.

"That's my goal and that's where my focus is,” Kiwanuka said of keeping his starting job. “There's no other thought in my mind "Once I get it, I have to keep it."

"We can maintain a friendly competition because that's where we need everybody's mind to be. This is the NFL. There are battles at every position up and down the line."

Umenyiora and Kiwanuka (who, by the way, also has a contract situation), won’t be competing for the same spot on third down, apparently. Yesterday the Giants revealed a four-man nickel front consisting of first-round rookie Jason Pierre-Paul and Kiwanuka as the ends, and Justin Tuck and Umenyiora as the tackles. Tuck is as versatile as any player in the game and has the strength and technique to be dominant inside. Umenyiora has generally been a space player though could give guards fits with his initial quickness.

--Andy Benoit

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