New York Giants Make Roster Moves 7/30/10

July 30, 2010

The New York Giants are staying busy and trying to get as much done before the weekend as possible. The Giants have cut linebacker Kenny Ingram and defensive end Ayanga Okpokowuruk. Team sources confirm that cutting these two players, will free up room to sign 2010 1st round pick DE Jason Pierre-Paul and 2nd round selection DT Linval Joseph. Both of these players are expected to contribute on the field this season. How much playing time is another question entirely but these two guys will get on the field.

LB Kenny Ingram became a fan favorite and had a lot of people rooting for him to make the team. Ingram was on the Giants practice squad last year and went to Florida State University. Ingram was a big guy at 6’5″ 239 pounds and wore No.43 with Big Blue. While Okpokowuruk went to Duke University and was picked up as a rookie free agent. Both of these cuts give the team room to sign the two draft picks I mentioned earlier. These signings are something that can happen at any minute now. Especially, because of the fact that we are two days away from the start of training camp.

I imagine the team must be feeling a little better about letting a LB and DE go, since they’ve brought in other free agents. Those were two questionable areas for the upcoming training camp. The front office and coaches must be comfortable with the guys they have left at both positions.

If any deals break or get signed tonight, we will get the news to you. I very seriously doubt that this will drag out beyond tomorrow but you never know. Crazy things like that happen all of the time in the NFL, just not in New York.

Stay tuned and don’t forget to check out the “NYG REPORTER TRAINING CAMP LIVE SPECIAL” coming soon!!

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WR Ike Hilliard Retires as a New York Giant

July 30, 2010

This has been a day full of blasts from the past. Two former New York Giants decided to retire with the G-Men and have it go down in the record books that they are part of the family forever. They are Ike Hilliard and David Tyree. The fans hold both of these players in very high regard, especially WR David Tyree who helped the team win a Super Bowl. Ike Hilliard is a fan favorite because he was with the Giants for most of his career after playing at the University of Florida. Both WR’s David Tyree and Ike Hilliard, were drafted by the New York Giants. Hilliard in 1997 and Tyree in 2003.

I had the pleasure of seeing Hilliard play at the Swamp during the nineties (1996) at the University of Florida. Ike (5’11” 210 pounds) spent eight years with the Giants after they drafted him and then the next four years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was a gifted wide receiver and a fan favorite, just as David Tyree was/is. Two former Giants WR’s coming back to the team, signing with the team, then retiring with the team. This is something that does not happen everyday in the world of football.

Ike played alongside Amani Toomer for a lot of years and I’m sure that Toomer would have nothing but good things to say about No.88 Hilliard. Ike took the heat off of Toomer on more then one occasion allowing Toomer to flourish. Toomer can hold his own in any situation and I do not want to sound like Toomer needed help. It was just a good fit to see them both on the field doing their thing.

Everyone here at the nygreporter wishes Ike Hilliard and his family all of the best!

Are you happy to see that WR Ike Hilliard has retired as a New York Giant?

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WR David “Helmet Catch” Tyree Signs Deal With Giants

July 30, 2010

Sometimes, I feel like the Giants organization checks out our work here on this site. I’m sure that isn’t the case but we did write an article a week or so ago called “Hey Giants, what’s wrong with David Tyree?”. I did not see this report yesterday when they broke the news about signing DE/LB Alex Hall or putting rookie safety Chad Jones on waivers. These reports showed up this morning. Now this could have meant one of two things. First, the team feels like the have someone who can contribute solely on special teams and do some work. Secondly, Tyree signed a one day deal so he can retire as a New York Giant.

The reality is that No.85 WR David Tyree has officially retired from the NFL. He signed a one day deal that would allow him to go down in the record books as retiring with Big Blue. I love that Tyree did this and I cannot think of a better way to leave the game for him. One of our contributors here, Kyle L, had mentioned this is exactly what would happen and he was dead right within weeks of it happening, nice call Kyle.

WR David Tyree will forever be remembered for “the greatest play in Super Bowl history” during the greatest upset in Super Bowl history. The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 17-14 in the most exciting Super Bowl of the decade. He is a Super Bowl Champion and a Pro Bowler, nothing can ever change that. I had the pleasure of meeting David at the NFL draft party in the old Giants stadium. He was a very cool guy and very genuine. He signed a football for me, we shook hands and as I was leaving I said “thanks man, God bless”, he stopped what he was doing, looked right at me and “Thanks, God bless you too”. I knew at that moment that this was a spiritual guy. Kyle tells me that Tyree is very happy with his life and has no regrets. Good for him I say.

Everyone here at the nygreporter, wishes David Tyree and his family all of the best in all that they do.

How do you think WR David Tyree will be remembered in Giants folklore?

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