The Blue Knight Rises, Gotham’s G-Men Building Dynasty

April 6, 2012

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, it’s been a while since the last article. I have been basking in the Super Bowl XLVI victory a bit more then usual. It’s fun talking to friends you’ve known your entire life when your team is one Super Bowl win away from being a dynasty. If the Giants win another Super Bowl within the next 3 years, they are a dynasty. To be even more specific, the Giants have until 2017 to win another one, which would give them 3 Super Bowl rings in a single decade. I honestly believe the Giants and QB Eli Manning are going to do it. Manning is elite, Manning is a Pro Bowl QB, 2x Super Bowl MVP, 2x Super Bowl Champion and has an Iron Man streak for most consecutive games without missing a start going. The guy is simply a winner and a family man. It’s hard not to like him and root for him.

The team is going to have a lot of players returning from injury this year. Some of the more important names to keep an eye on are CB Terrell Thomas, OL William Beatty, WR Domenik Hixon, TE Travis Beckum, TE Jake Ballard, TE Martellus Bennett, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, LB Clint Sintim, DT Marvin Austin, RB Da’Rel Scott and S Chad Jones. All of these players had injuries last year or have had a major career move. The G-Men need to avoid the rash of injuries that has plagued them since the 2009 season. If they can avoid loading up the injured reserve list and play at full strength one season, they have a nice chance of making it back to the big game and winning it again. Big Blue has proven how deep the team really is.

The 2012 NFL Draft is coming up in a few weeks and there seems to be a mix of areas that fans think are important. I don’t think the Giants will take a RB in the first round but you never know. A linebacker, offensive lineman or tight end could be on the top of the list. I would not be surprised to see them take another defensive back in round one since DC Perry Fewell is a DB guru. I like the extra pick the Giants will get in the fourth round as a compensation pick. Of course, if the best available player on the board is too good to ignore, they will draft him, no matter what the position. Even if it is another defensive end you say? Yes, I do. Nothing surprises me anymore with the Giants drafts. I really want to see the Giants invest in protecting QB Eli Manning this year. I want to see a few new big guys on the roster to contribute to the rotation. I’m convinced this is the year to invest heavily on offensive linemen in the draft and free agency. Surely it’s on both GM Jerry Reese and HC Tom Coughlin’s mind.

What do you think about the Giants roster moves thus far?

RD – nygreporter.com – Happy Easter Weekend!

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Giants Will Strike Quickly When Free Agency Begins in 24 Hours

March 12, 2012

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, the NFL free agency madness begins tomorrow. I fully expect GM Jerry Reese to have a plan in place, that will be put into motion when the clock strikes. His plan is already in motion, we are in motion right now, can you feel it? Areas that could be effected include the offensive line and the running backs. OL Kareem McKenzie might meet his replacement if reports are correct. RB Ahmad Bradshaw, RB DJ Ware and RB Da’Rel Scott should all be on the final roster. Who the fourth running back will be is a mystery. Expect Reese to dig out a solid RB from the draft in the mid-rounds. This could also be addressed via free agency where Big Blue could make a run for tier-two talent. Making a play for a solid tight end is not out of the question either. The offense would benefit from an experienced veteran at the position. An offensive lineman with experience would make sense as well. Some should check in on OL Shawn Andrews and see what he has been doing. The return of OT William Beatty will be a plus as well.

That about covers the offensive options in my opinion, on the defensive side of the ball, I see linebacker as the primary area of interest. If the Giants were to lock up DE Osi Umenyiora for 3 years and then spend a little on a solid linebacker via free agency, they may have something there. Of course, you have to include locking down LB Chase Blackburn for 3 years as well. Both of those guys are very important to what happens on the field on defense and special teams. It’s a smart move that makes sense, plus both guys want to retire as Giants one day and possibly make it into the Ring of Honor. You can go to bed at night knowing both of these guys will be worth what they are paid three years from now. DE Justin Tuck, DE Osi Umenyiora and DE Jason Pierre-Paul together for the next three years means at least one more Super Bowl ring for the Giants Dynasty Team. Another ring means all of the NFL “experts” and haters are silenced for a decade. And you know what? Eli is going to do it.

Expect Big Blue to strike like lightning and make a bold move early in the free agency period. When you have the last pick in the draft, 32nd overall, it makes sense to strike quickly in free agency to bolster your squad. At least it makes sense in my mind and justifies an aggressive approach from the onset. I am just as curious as the next guy about which direction they will take regarding talent and managing cap space. Bravo again to captain QB Eli Manning for restructuring his contract to free up over $6.5 million in cap space. What a team player and superb leader he is for this franchise and he has now become the Greatest Quarterback in New York Giants history in my opinion. Put it in the record books ladies and gentlemen. Speaking of quarterbacks, will the G-Men be looking into other backup quarterback options for Iron Man Easy Eli? Some reports say QB David Carr might be on his way out. I’ve always liked Carr and though he brought some stability to the backup QB position. We will find out soon.

Who are some of the free agent players you have your eyes on for the New York Giants?

RD – nygreporter

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12/14/11 Christmas DAC Day 14, The NYG Offense

December 14, 2011

NEW YORK – It feels very strange to talk about how good the Giants offense is. Not because I haven’t seen stellar offense from Big Blue in the past but because New York is known for it’s defense. The truth is the Giants offense is very good. The rushing game has been poor all year but the passing game has flourished. QB Eli Manning deserves to go to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. WR Victor Cruz deserves to go to the Pro Bowl. WR Hakeem Nicks deserves to go to the Pro Bowl. TE Jake Ballard deserves to go to the Pro Bowl. A couple of offensive linemen deserve to go to Hawaii. I would include WR Mario Manningham here but he missed a few games with injury (I know Nicks did too) and it effected his overall numbers. A lot of guys are stepping up in 2011 and no one is benefitting from that more then Eli Manning.

I’m not sure what happened to the Giants running game but it has been non-existent for most of 2011. Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs have both missed time due to injuries. The Giants offensive line got off to a shaky start but have been doing a much better job, despite all of the injuries like LT William Beatty and C David Bass missing considerable time. The Giants have shut out opposing defenses a few times and not allowed a single sack. The Giants and GM Jerry Reese should heed my warning, please draft an offensive lineman in the first round of the 2012 draft.  I was certain the G-Men would take a Center or Linebacker in round one last year but when CB Prince Amukamara fell to our pick, it was clear he was the best available at a skill position.

The Giants will need to protect franchise QB Eli Manning who has one heck of an NFL Iron Man Streak going on, third in NFL history as of today (behind only Brett Favre and Peyton Manning). Prior to the Cowboys game on Sunday night, they showed a graphic of all four NFC East teams and the QB’s they’ve started since Eli Manning was drafted. I think two teams had used seven different QB’s and one team had used eight during the time Manning has been the leader of New York’s offense. That really says something and it is about time these media guys and girls give Manning his due. Easy Eli has already eclipsed the 4,000 yard passing mark for a third consecutive year and it looks like 2011 is going to end up being a career year for him.

Rookie RB Da’Rel Scott has shown flashes of greatness and his speed is undeniable. I expect great things from this young man in the future. Rookie WR Jerrel Jernigan has also had a few opportunities to show what he can do. It is difficult to get playing time right now because the G-Men are so deep at the WR position. RB DJ Ware has helped out and done well when needed. TE Travis Beckum has been getting a little more playing time now, while TE Bear Pascoe is primarily a blocker and bulldozer up the middle. The Giants offense is the real deal and has been carrying this team all year.

DAC Fact

The Giants will play Wellington Mara’s favorite rivalry, the Washington Redskins this weekend (12/18/11 at 1:00 PM EST at MetLife stadium). The Giants lead the all-time series 91-64-4. Did you know the Giants versus Redskins rivalry is the oldest in the NFC East and one of the oldest in the NFL?

What do you think about the Giants offensive performance so far this year?

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NFL Week 12: Giants vs. Saints, Game Notes

November 29, 2011

NEW YORK – It doesn’t get much bigger then Monday Night Football, when it comes to a national stage. The Giants had this game marked on the calendar before the season started. The Giants have been running the table in the NFC East but lately the Cowboys have been working their way back into the mix. Beating the Saints would send a message to the league and get them closer to that ‘ten win’ mark we all think would solidify a playoff berth. But it wasn’t meant to be and the Giants lost 49-24 in a thorough beating by QB Drew Brees and the Saints. Fans were losing their minds in frustration at what was perceived to be a lack of effort. One thing is for sure, the Giants can’t blame the refs for this one. The G-Men (4 penalties) seemed to be getting every call going in their favor and the Saints finished with 11 penalties called against them.

The Saints were moving the ball at will against the Giants defense. The first half had me squirming in my seat as usual and the air of hope remained when the score was 7-3 in the 1st quarter, which quickly became 14-3 and then 21-3 at halftime before settling in at 21-10 early in the 3rd quarter. It was still a competitive game and the air of hope, still seemed possible. That is until the Saints scored 28 more points in the second half. The Giants offense did their job in my opinion with putting up 465 total yards of offense and 24 points. They should have scored at least one or two more TD’s though and made the Saints defense look good. My 10 year old nephew will no doubt tell me that the reason the Giants lost was because I fell asleep with a few minutes left in the game. He is convinced we control the fate of sports teams by watching the entire game on TV from beginning to end. Maybe he is right. But sometimes I’m right too, like my pre-game prediction via twitter saying DE Jason Pierre-Paul would have a great game. JPP led the entire defense in tackles. Nice job Jason! Have fun in Hawaii.

In my heart, I believe the Giants lost this game simply because statistically, the defense had one of their worst games of the year. The defensive stat line is empty. No INT’s, no sacks and no forced fumbles. The Giants defense did nothing to prevent Brees from exploding for 4 TD’s and the Saints from scoring 49 points. Our passing game was good, our running game was decent. I thought the G-Men would have put up more points on the Saints defense. A couple of turnovers in a shoot out makes all of the difference when the music stops. Besides the INT, the Giants had 4 fumbles of which they lost one. IDR. IDR is my new term for Injury Depleted Roster. The Giants have IDR and the only known cure for this pandemic, is to get healthy star players on the field. The Giants should have 9 wins right now in my opinion. Instead they fall to 6-5 and drop to second place in the NFC East, behind the Cowboys.

Let’s take a look at some of my notes from the game.

QB Eli Manning – Manning had another good game. He finished with 406 yards 2 TD’s and 1 INT. By the way, Manning just breached the 26,000 career passing yards mark and now has 26,004. Way to go!

RB Brandon Jacobs – Jacobs was running hard but hasn’t been as productive as Bradshaw yet. He finished with 46 yards and 1 TD.

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks manned up after getting hit hard in this game. He finished with 87 yards.

S Chad Jones - Jones was on the sidelines with his teammates and could not stop smiling. Chad was in an auto accident shortly after the draft and hasn’t played yet. We’ve got nothing but love for Chad!

DE Justin Tuck – Tuck was very active in this game but could not get to the quarterback. He finished third in tackles.

TE Jake Ballard – Ballard had another productive game and is playing on an elite level this year. He finished with 47 yards.

S Antrel Rolle – Rolle was making plays all over the field and finished second on the team in tackles.

CB Prince Amukamara – Prince is a good luck charm I think. He recovered a fumble early in the game making it back to back games with turnovers for the rookie CB.

DE Osi Umenyiora – Osi had a quiet night and hurt his ankle. He left the game and did not play in the second half. Get well soon Osi!

WR Mario Manningham – Super Mario missed this game due to a knee injury. Get well soon Mario!

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – JPP led the entire defense in tackles and was playing hard out there. I love this guy!

LB Greg Jones – Jones was in the mix out there and making plays. The ‘Fresh Three’ or Freshman three rookie LB’s are playing good football.

WR Victor Cruz – Cruz is an elite NFL WR. How do I know this? The numbers don’t lie. Cruz finished with 157 yards and 2 TD’s.

S Kenny Phillips – Phillips will no doubt get fined for a brutal hit he made on TE Jimmy Graham. That hurt just watching it.

LB Jacquian Williams – Williams had a good game and I have to remind myself that he is a rookie sometimes with the way he plays.

RB DJ Ware – Ware was out there blocking and contributing. He finished with 23 yards.

CB Aaron Ross – Ross had a good game but also missed some plays out there. He wasn’t alone in his sub par play however.

LB Mark Herzlich – This rookie LB plays like an African Lion on Animal Planet. I mentioned that on twitter last night. Fun to watch.

OT William Beatty - The Giants will be without the starting left tackle for up to a month or so. Get well soon William!

RB Da’Rel Scott – The rookie RB fumbled and turned the ball over. I love the guy and know he will be a huge asset for the Giants down the road.

CB Michael Coe - Coe was lost for the season and has been placed on the IR list. Get well soon Mike!

LB Michael Boley - Giants defensive leader Boley, will miss more time and is already sorely missed by the team. Get well soon Mike!

P Steve Weatherford – Say what you want, we lost by 25 points, I like that Weatherford has enough heart to run if his number is called on a fake punt. He also been solid with punting.

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes went 1/2 on FG attempts for the night and made all 3 of his extra point attempts.

Giants Offense – I think the Giants offense did their job. Turnovers cost them points but they were moving the ball.

Giants Defense – This was probably the worst performance I’ve seen from this group all year in every aspect. I’m glad it is out of the way now. They finished with 0 sacks, 0 INT’s and 0 forced fumbles.

Giants Special Teams – Still, the achilles heel of the Giants and three headed monster of all NFL teams, Offense, Defense and Special teams.

What did you think of the Giants performance against the Saints on Monday Night Football?

RD – nygreporter.com

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Happy Thanksgiving to our Readers and Giants Fans

November 24, 2011

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, I would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! I would also like to wish the players, staff and coaches a very Happy Thanksgiving and their families as well. This includes Kate Mara (follow back @nygreporter or have your agent email me, I want to interview you) and both the Mara and Tisch family owners. I would like to thank all of you for the classy way you conduct business and for the entertainment you have given my family for generations. I still firmly believe the Giants will be back in the playoffs this year.

I hope all of you can think of something to be thankful for this holiday season. I have heard a saying that goes “You buy the ticket, you take the ride”. It means no complaining, you take the ride of life and one thing leads to another and based on your choices, an outcome blossoms. Today is the perfect day to call an old friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in a while. Have them pass the phone around the room and catch up with everyone. Some of you can’t be home for the holidays, I have been there myself once or twice. Keep your head up and maybe things will be different next year. To the military stationed all over the world, you are not forgotten. Thank you for your service for your country. I hope all of you have some peace this year and get to enjoy yourselves a bit. If you see someone in uniform, stop them and shake their hand.

The Giants play the Saints and QB Drew Brees on Monday Night Football. This is going to be a very difficult game to win but knowing the G-Men, they could end up blowing them out by 25 points. I believe the Giants can beat anyone but the Saints and Packers were clearly the top two teams we had to play all year. The first of the two is about to go down on Monday night. The Giants must stop Saints TE Jimmy Graham (force the Saints to use a TE as blocker in defensive scheme), RB Darren Sproles and the defensive ends must get to Brees often. QB Eli Manning must have one of his standard big games to get Big Blue that seventh win of the year. Be safe and be smart, drink responsibly.

Turkey Day NFL Games/Times/Stations

12:30 PM EST – Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions on FOX Sports.

4:15 PM EST – Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys on CBS Sports.

8:20 PM EST – San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens on NFL Network (Boo!)

Monday Night Football

8:30 PM EST – New York Giants vs. New Orleans Saints on ESPN.

What is your all time favorite Thanksgiving family tradition? What is your traditional meal?

- The traditional Thanksgiving day meal in my family has always been turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, peas, carrots, cranberry sauce, apple sauce, biscuits, brown gravy, pie, beer and wine.

RD – nygreporter.com – Happy Thanksgiving!

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Giants Become King of the Mountain in NFC East

October 18, 2011

NEW YORK – The New York Giants have done what they needed to do before the bye week. They have won more games then they’ve lost and have entered the bye week on a high note. They are in first place in the NFC East and face the lowly Dolphins (0-5) upon their return to the field in two weeks. Only three teams in the entire NFC have a better record then Big Blue (Packers, 49ers and Lions) which will help them out with their playoff hopes down the line. Other NFC East teams like the Cowboys and Eagles will find it extremely difficult to make it to the playoffs this year with their pitiful records. The Redskins have played surprisingly well this year including beating the G-men in week one. The Giants will have an opportunity for some payback in week fifteen when they face the Redskins again at home.

Enough about the future for now, let’s enjoy the fact that New York is in first place and playing pretty good football considering they lost 1/5 of the team to injury. Even Coach Coughlin couldn’t help himself in a press conference this week by saying he hopes to get some of his guys back after the bye week. Don’t we all Coach! We have to give credit to these rookies and second string players who have really stepped up and made a difference. Rookies like LB Jacquian Williams, LB Greg Jones, S Tyler Sash and LB Mark Herzlich have really made an impact. RB Da’Rel Scott has shown flashes of what he can do when given an opportunity. Other players like CB Aaron Ross, P Steve Weatherford, WR Victor Cruz and TE Jake Ballard have also helped out tremendously. With week six behind us, the Giants find themselves ranked the 12th best offense in the NFL and the 20th ranked defense. Keep in mind, the defense took a particularly brutal hit with injuries that decimated their secondary and linebacker corps.

The Giants will get an entire week off to rest and then get back to work next week for the remainder of the season. I hope the players get a much deserved rest and come back ready for the fight of their lives. Giants fans will have to wait out the bye week to see their team play but it may be prefect timing. You never want your bye week to arrive too early or too late in a season. Having a week seven, eight or nine bye week is preferable to the week five or eleven bye weeks. So in that sense, the G-men were lucky. I really believe the Giants have a good shot at winning the NFC East this year. They will need to win six of their final ten games to have a shot at doing that and a shot at making it to the playoffs. Winning seven games would be even better but for now, the G-Men are King of the Mountain. The Giants next game will be October 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM EST against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife stadium.

Do you think the Giants can continue their winning ways after the bye week and the beginning of their brutal schedule?

RD – nygreporter.com

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New York Giants Final 53 Man Roster Analysis

September 4, 2011

NEW YORK – The New York Giants have missed the playoffs for the past two years straight. Do you know what happens when an NFL team fails to make it to the playoffs in back to back seasons? Change happens. Passionate fans have been expressing their concerns or displeasure with the Roster moves that were made. I feel bad for the players that did not make the roster because I know they worked hard to shine. But I will not criticize GM Jerry Reese for having the guts to make bold changes after two down seasons in a row. There are a lot of new faces on the team this year and fans had to say goodbye to a few of their favorite players. If anyone thinks that Jerry Reese or Tom Coughlin made these moves to hurt the team, they are simply out of their minds.

The most surprising area of the team in 2011 will be the four rookies playing the linebacker position. A lot of people expected a big free agent signing to help out this young group but it did not happen. In fact, Reese kicked the table of conformity over completely and chose to keep four rookie LB’s (Herzlich, Jones, Paysinger and Williams) on the roster. I understand that player injuries forced a lot of the player moves made but the linebacker group is purely taking a shot in the dark at glory. I’m confident this young group of players have the talent to excel but they have to believe it themselves. It is going to be very exciting to see these guys flying around the field and making plays. My best advice to the rookies is simple, study the playbook as much as possible. Once your brain catches up to your body, you are going to be dangerous. The Giants have never had an Offensive Rookie of the Year and the last Defensive Rookie of the Year for Big Blue was LB Lawrence Taylor in 1981. Someone needs to fire up these youngsters to shoot for the ROY goal.

Were there some surprise moves made? Of course there were, like every single year there are. One move that wasn’t a surprise to me was P Steve Weatherford replacing P Matt Dodge. Dodge was given every chance to make improvements this year and will probably end up being a very good NFL punter, just not this year. That forced the Giants to make the hard choice of letting him go. I wish the kid well in his career and I’m sure that he will land on his feet someplace. The Giants special teams are just terrible and any roster shake up for the sake of improvement is welcome. Some were surprised by QB David Carr taking over the backup role for QB Eli Manning and QB Sage Rosenfels landing on the IR list. This is another smart move in my opinion because of the uncertainty surrounding the new offensive line. The G-Men need to be sure they have enough QB’s on the team in case the unthinkable happens. The running backs and wide receivers are two of the bright spots on the team and will be fine this season. However, the tight ends could end up being a problem. Reese will have to address this group sooner or later if Beckum or Ballard do not play well.

The cornerbacks and offensive line will need to step up the most this year. For obvious reasons we need the offensive line to gel together quickly and begin to play relaxed football. They need to feel confident that the man beside them will know their role and responsibilities. The cornerbacks were decimated by injuries this offseason and a couple of the guys will find their roles increased two-fold. If these guys can give the defensive ends enough time to reach the opposing quarterbacks, things will be fine. I’m extremely confident in the last line of defense with our safety group and their ability to deny any touchdowns if the CB’s get overwhelmed. Rookie S Tyler Sash has had an outstanding preseason and deserves his spot on the roster. DC Perry Fewell is smart enough to know how to use his guys the right way and will most likely get creative with the backfield this year.

In conclusion, I expect the Giants to make it back to the playoffs this year. It will be tough getting through that schedule but I think the injection of so much young talent will blend nicely by mid-season. Players will answer the call and step up big time in order to get Big Blue back where they belong in the postseason. The regular season starts in seven days.

What are your thoughts about the Giants final Roster? Do you think this group has the talent to return to the playoffs in 2011?

RD – nygreporter.com

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