NFL Pre-Season Schedule announced…Sort Of

March 31, 2010

Hello Giants Fans,

The NFL released a partial list of pre-season games today. That means there is good news and bad news. The good news is, we will know who the Giants play during the four weeks of pre-season football. The bad news is, we do not have all of the dates or times locked down yet. The really good news is that the Giants play the Jets (the Jets are the home team) for the first Monday Night Football game of the pre-season, in the brand new Meadowlands Stadium. This is going to be a good game, even if it is a pre-season game. These teams have chips on their shoulders when it comes to NFL supremacy of the New York Metropolitan area. I expect a fight to the end and a great game. Here is what I have learned so far about the up coming games.

Week 1 – 8-16-2010 – Monday – 8PM – ESPN – New York Giants @ New York Jets

Week 2 – Date: TBA – Time: TBA – Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Giants

Week 3 – Date: TBA – Time: TBA – New York Giants @ Baltimore Ravens

Week 4 – Date: TBA – Time: TBA – New England Patriots @ New York Giants

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Incredible Interview with former Giant George Martin

March 29, 2010

I wanted to post this tonight, so that members could view this great Steve Adubato interview with George Martin. Some of you have known me for a very long time and know how much I support what this man is doing for the 9/11 first responders. I have written 2 full articles about Big George and unfortunately, my efforts to get him a key to New York City did not work out. George Martin is just an incredible man and I hope you enjoy checking out this interview. I will add another full story, at a later time, with all of my opinions and thoughts about this true American Hero. I hope you will also visit his non-profit charity website and make a donation for the 9/11 first responders, if you are able to.

The link to the interview can be found in the comment area below. Enjoy!

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New York Giants: Voluntary Workouts Going Well

March 27, 2010

The New York Giants have been back in the stadium for about a week now getting ready for next season. They have been attending the voluntary off season workouts (I use the term voluntary loosely here) in preparation for the 2010 campaign. The official site of the New York Giants had a bunch of videos recently posted there showing brief interviews with players. Everyone seemed very up beat and happy to get back to work. There was a great sense of pride on behalf of the players, who were interviews in the new facilities. The new locker room caught my attention on more then one occasion because it is so much of an upgrade from the old Giants stadium locker room (I had the pleasure of checking out the old locker room before they tore down the old stadium).

The best news I heard from all of the interviews, was the fact that the running backs seem to be doing much better. We talked about the Running back situation a little bit in our previous story called New York Giants: Danny Ware are you? Hearing that kind of positivity straight from the mouths of the players helped me relax. Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw in particular, seemed to be ready to get going, almost eager to start the season. These guys play with a lot of pride and you could almost see the enormous chip on their shoulders as they spoke to the reporters. I like that, in fact I think the whole team will be playing with a chip on their shoulders this season. Last year was an embarrassment to the team and something they will surely rectify in 2010.

Did you get a chance to watch the short videos on What did you think about them?

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New York Giants: The Young & The Restless Osi

March 26, 2010

The soap opera surrounding All Pro Giants DE Osi Umenyiora is becoming distracting. Giants fans are reading reports about him participating in the voluntary off-season program, otherwise known as, get to the stadium if you know what’s good for you. The coaches are giving him praise and have clearly said that they want him to remain on the team. Tom Coughlin not guaranteeing Osi a starting position is nothing new. Every year you can count on one thing when training camp starts and that is a sound byte of Coughlin saying that “competition is good”. Coach Coughlin believes in fair and honest competition and there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, I am on Coughlin’s side with this one. The only person on the team, who I think you can honestly say is guaranteed a starting position, is QB Eli Manning.

I think the media is turning Osi into an issue. I think Osi is very happy in New York and just needs to shrug off a bad year in 2009. It happens to the best of them and how he conducts himself from this moment forward, will show what his character is made of. It seems like these media guys are constantly trying to get a “money shot” or “money quote” from Osi. Leave the man alone and let him go about his business is what I say. These same media guys will be all over his jock when he gets 15-20 sacks this season and re-emerges as a top tier defensive end. The guy missed an entire season not too long ago and needed some time to get his mojo back. His ego was bruised with embarrassment because of his down year and that is why reporters got some crazy statements from him at the end of last season. I think he will prove a lot of people wrong this year and I am glad the Giants organization will be keeping him.

What do you think about the Osi situation?

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New York Giants: Danny Ware Are You?

March 25, 2010

The New York Giants recently signed RB Danny Ware to a one year contract. It makes me wonder why? Now, Danny Ware is a New York Giant and I mean no disrespect to the man personally but when you look at the numbers, anyone with common sense would ask why. Ware is entering his 4th season in New York and his overall numbers are 88 total yards, 1 TD and 1 lost fumble. That is amazing to me because I thought it would be much more before looking into it. To be fair, Ware has been hit by the injury bug pretty frequently in his short career. He played in only one game in 2007 for 0 yards 0 TD’s and only six games in 2008 for 15 yards 0 TD’s. Last season was his most productive playing in eight games for 73 yards 1 TD 1 lost fumble. Some have said that he is a favorite of Jerry Reese and that is the only reason why he remains on the team. I’m not sure to be honest, perhaps he is just a guy who has yet to get a shot at proving what he can do on the field. As a Giants fan, I hope that is the case because I would love to see Danny performing well. But with this being his fourth season, I think the clock is running out on the fans patience. That is a valuable roster spot he occupies and if Ware doesn’t show the team and fans something this season, he will most likely be gone next year.

As of today, the Giants have 6 running backs on the roster. They are Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw, Danny Ware, Andre Brown, Gartrell Johnson and Jerome Johnson. By the time the regular season starts, one of these guys will be gone for sure. Will the G-men invest time and energy into pursuing another running back? I don’t know. I have not lost faith in Jacobs and Bradshaw being a powerful one-two punch in this league. I hope they are fully healthy this season and can perform at a high level, like they have in the past. I believe they will. I am also extremely excited to see what Andre Brown can do. I love Madison Hedgecock as our fullback, plowing through defensive lines and making holes for our RB’s. I hope he stays with the team for the remainder of his career.

What do you think about the current running back situation in New York?

RD –

DE Dave Tollefson resigns with the Giants

March 25, 2010

The New York Giants resigned defensive end Dave Tollefson yesterday to a one year contract. Tollefson has spent the past three seasons with the G-men, after being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2006. This is a good sign that Jerry Reese is paying attention to the pass rush and wants to keep his DE’s deep. With Justin Tuck and Osi as the clear starters, it’s nice to know we have Kiwi as a primary backup to the stars. Kiwi is someone who could probably start on most NFL teams right now. Behind those three guys we have some depth with Tollefson, Canty who can play both DT and DE and Tommie Hill. Much to my surprise, the defensive end position is not as deep as I thought it was. The Giants have 5 DT’s and 5 DE’s with Canty as a flip flop guy who can play both spots. That’s 11 players between the two positions with only 5 true DE’s. I would not be surprised to see Jerry Reese bring in another DE via free agency.

The Giants might look to grab another hybrid type of player in the upcoming NFL Draft. Someone who can play both the DE and DT positions like Chris Canty. Some have said that just because the Giants have signed Tollefson, a restricted free agent, there is no guarantee that he will still be on the team when the season starts. After taking a look at the roster, I think it is more then likely that he will be. Tollefson knows the system and has been a serviceable player thus far. The Giants also have a bunch of players on the cusp of being signed.

What do you think about the Giants current defensive end situation?

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TE Darcy Johnson signs with the Rams

March 23, 2010

Things are moving so quickly, that it is difficult to keep up with the player exodus to St Louis. Not only did CB Kevin Dockery sign with the Rams yesterday but so did TE Darcy Johnson. St Louis might as well be called “New York West” from this point forward. Rams Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo (beloved former Giants defensive coordinator) continues to grab former Giants players and make them a part of his roster. Johnson, like Dockery, spent his entire NFL career with the New York Giants. Johnson was used as more of a blocker then a true tight end but none the less, he was effective at his job.

At this point, I think this is truly a rebuilding process that we are witnessing. Call it what you want, trimming the fat or shedding dead weight but there is no denying that the 2010 New York Giants will have a ton of new faces but on the field and in the coaches offices. Not a major rebuilding but yet a two story house maybe. Most Giants fans should take a step back at this point and assess where we are at, as of today. How many players have we lost and at what positions? Who have we brought in and what positions are still vulnerable? Who is still left in free agency that might help the team? How does the recent player transactions effect who the G-men take in the NFL Draft?

So many questions and not enough answers. We must have faith in GM Jerry Reese and the genius he has shown in previous off seasons. I am a fan of Jerry Reese and have faith that he will do the right thing and make us a better team. 2009 was not his fault. Last season was the worst season in recent memory for player injuries and that is what destroyed our season, period. Hopefully, fans will not have to endure another painful season such as last year. We have players coming back at full health and new players to add to the mix. This is good news for Giants fans.

What do you think about Big Blue letting TE Darcy Johnson go to the Rams?

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CB Kevin Dockery signs with the Rams

March 22, 2010

Coach Spags has done it again. First the news came out about him signing DT Fred Robbins and now he has signed former New York Giants CB Kevin Dockery. Dockery spent 4 years with the G-Men and was beginning to blossom into a serviceable cornerback with the team. Does this latest move mean that Jerry Reese will now have to target a cornerback and a middle linebacker via free agency? I have to admit that I am a bit surprised by this move. Cornerbacks are difficult to come by and I thought he would remain on the team. Just goes to show you how much us fans know lol. The Giants are making so many off season moves, that this is beginning to resemble a re-building year. What else does Jerry Reese have up his sleeve?

What do you think about the Giants letting CB Kevin Dockery go?

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What will Giants GM Jerry Reese Do?

March 22, 2010

The internet is exploding with ideas and strategies about how the New York Giants should handle the 2010 NFL Draft. I have heard everything you can imagine thus far on who the G-Men should take with the 15th overall pick in this years draft. The fan favorites seem to lock in on two LB’s, Rolando McClain and Sean Weatherspoon. Some have suggested the Giants take the best available player at the 15 spot, even if that means drafting a defensive end, a position that isn’t really on the Giants “need list”. DT David Price is another name that has floated around for over a month now, well before Fred Robbins left to go to St. Louis. I have even heard some people clamoring for Jerry Reese to draft a running back in the first round.

As for me, I’m not sure what Jerry Reese is going to do. All I can do is look at the team and identify the weak areas where improvement is needed. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to diagnose the fact that the Giants need a reliable middle linebacker. This is something that will be addressed one way or another. Everyone has their own list (in order) of team needs based on what they deem is most crucial. If all of the stud LB’s are off the board and it comes down to making a choice between what is left on the board and drafting for need, I would go with drafting another safety. Either Taylor Mays or Earl Thomas with the 1st round pick. I’m still concerned about Kenny Phillips’ health and the reality is we have only 3 safeties on the team, a mistake the Giants made last season that should not be repeated.

I still believe the solution is to get a MLB via free agency, plus the draft but to also bolster our safety position. This is just my opinion. What do you think?

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New York Giants sign Punter Jy Bond

March 19, 2010

The New York Giants signed a new punter yesterday. His name is Jy Bond and he is from Australia. Signing the 30-year old Bond, sends a message to current Giants punter Jeff Feagles. Jeff Feagles is going to be in the Hall of Fame one day, there is no question about that. He is about as reliable a punter as the NFL has ever seen and probably the best directional punter ever. The problem is that Jeff Feagles is 44 years old and father time has taken it’s toll on him (like so many other great players). He hasn’t been able to get the distance the team would like to see the past couple of years and last season might have been the worst in his career.

No one can argue the fact the G-men are taking this off season extremely seriously. Jerry Reese has been methodically improving the team piece by piece. He was not joking around when he said he would be aggressive this free agency period. As a fan, I have to say that I am both impressed and in agreement with every move the team has made thus far. I would have liked to have kept QB David Carr as our backup QB but that was a situation, that was out of the front offices control. This is going to be a very different team that takes the field in 2010. We are going to have to wait and see how quickly the players can bond (pun intended) and get down to business as a unit. I can already see the headlines and sound bytes comparing him to James Bond, Mr. 007 himself. That is, if he is still on the team when the season starts.

What do you think about the Giants signing punter Jy Bond and all of the other moves they have made so far?

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