New York Giants: Special Teams in Trouble?

June 27, 2010

The New York Giants have just started practicing and they have already lost two players for the entire 2010 NFL season. WR Domenik Hixon tore his ACL during minicamp and will miss the season. This hurts the special teams because Hixon was a very productive punt returner. Next, we have rookie S Chad Jones getting into a serious car accident (get well soon Chad) and almost having his leg amputated. Jones will also miss the 2010 season and could have put his career in jeopardy. All of Giants Nation is wishing Chad a full and speedy recovery. This doesn’t change the fact that losing Jones for the year, puts another hole in the special teams. Jones was in the mix as a replacement for Hixon, as rookies normally earn their pay on special teams, their first year on the roster.

The Giants signed WR Chris Davis to replace WR Domenik Hixon and now Giants GM Jerry Reese will need to find another replacement for S Chad Jones (is WR David Tyree still available for a one year contract?). Special Teams Coach Tom Quinn, will have his work cut out for him in 2010. Quinn has already disregarded rumors that new Giants S Antrel Rolle, will be in the mix as a returner. This is something the fans appreciate because it made no sense to the majority. CB Aaron Ross’ name however was not removed from the list of possibilities. WR Sinorice Moss and RB Andre Brown seem to be a part of the committee as well. Special Teams can easily become the achilles heel for the G-men in 2010, if they do not address the lost players with some talent of equal calibre.

There are a lot of new faces on special teams and losing P Jeff Feagles was a serious blow. K Lawrence Tynes has managed to stay on the roster some how. This could be a situation that changes before the season starts or certainly after the year is over. It was nice to see Feagles at minicamp offering help to the new blood. I hope the team can convince him to coach someday for the Giants. Rookie punter Matt Dodge appears to be the future at the punter position.

In my personal opinion, the G-Men will need to spend some extra time on this group and make sure everyone is on the same page. There were some dramatic changes made in this area and we’ve yet to learn if they have a winning formula. Special Teams will be another area to keep a close eye on during training camp, when it begins August 1, 2010.

Are you concerned about the New York Giants early injuries? Can you foresee this being a problem area Big Blue?

RD – nygreporter.com

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Chad Jones Update, Lucky to be Alive

June 25, 2010

The New York Giants have given an update on rookie safety Chad Jones’ condition. That doesn’t mean that any questions are answered but rather that the surgery went well and he will be in recovery for a very long time. Jones has a broken left leg and ankle with some tissue damage. At one point, the conversation turned to possibly amputating his left leg but reports now confirm that it won’t be needed. He remains in the hospital and we expect a full report sometime tomorrow or certainly by the end of the weekend. Chad Jones was a 3rd round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft this year and just signed a 4-year contract with the Giants last week.

Let’s take a look at what early reports are saying happened. Chad Jones (6’2″ 220 pounds) was driving his 2010 Range Rover in New Orleans at approximately 6:00 AM EST. Jones apparently drove his SUV into a utility pole. Both of his passengers walked away from the accident unharmed but Jones got the worst of it, having to be removed from the vehicle. He was taken to a nearby hospital and was listed as being in “guarded condition”. His father visited him earlier in the day and said his son was alert. His agent gave a brief statement earlier in the day and promised more news soon. The Giants have been quiet about things until they get the full story (something that I completely agree with).

Michael Eisen of Giants.com, gave the latest update on Jones’ condition saying that the team is there for him and his family. I’m sure that Chad Jones’ mind must spinning out of control right now. If you took a look at the photo’s of the accident or the read any of the reports, you would see that his SUV was totaled and it is by God’s good grace, that Chad Jones is alive. Let’s all say a prayer for this kid and hope that everything turns out ok for him.

Are you concerned about New York Giants rookie Chad Jones’ football career? Do you think he will miss the entire 2010 season or return at some point late in the year?

RD – nygreporter.com

GET WELL SOON CHAD!!