It truly feels good to be writing this article. A lot has happened not only with the Giants but the NFL in general. We received a bit of a tease a couple of weeks ago, thinking the lockout would be resolved. Players were allowed inside facilities but couldn’t use the resources. I strongly believe the NFL learned that an athlete doesn’t like it when you flirt with talent or progression. Next, we had the NFL Draft, many of you would agree that it had more than a handful of surprises. In my opinion, it was one of the best drafts we have had in recent years. I have stated previously to friends and colleagues that I didn’t agree with Commissioner Roger Goodell hosting the draft. I believe the proof is in the pudding. The Commissioner’s reception was awful and it played out all night. It would have been better and shown more class if an NFL great hosted the Draft to maintain its tradition of fun and excitement. However, that’s just my opinion.
I have faith in all of our draft picks. Beginning from the first to the last pick. The first pick was a wise pick. The last pick was a safe bet. The New York Giants draft displayed careful research and consideration of both character and talent. We have good young men coming into the organization. Whenever there is a training camp, it will be filled with competition. I’m excited to see what happens at cornerback and the linebacker positions. In my best estimate, I believe it’s almost safe to say we have seen the last of DT Barry Cofield’s services.
Eli Manning is showing maturity. Very impressive for a player who many thought was timid. The franchise QB organized a few workouts with a solid number of players. It’s not just the workouts but the response of the players that shows how much respect he has earned. These workout sessions will go a long way for players like Kevin Boss and Victor Cruz. Hakeem Nicks has bulked up and Mario Manningham proved a lot last season but he will surprise a few more people this upcoming season.
Giants Country is growing. I believe we will surprise not just the NFC East but the entire NFL. We have great talent. However, the Giants have always been known for great coaching. With great coaching, preparation, and healthy players the sky will be the limit. The NFL can’t lock out passion. The players are ready to compete and get back to work. Hopefully the lockout ends soon, so both the NFL fans and Giants fans can finally breathe.
Andrew G. – nygreporter.com