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When I am standing up I don’t have that pain. I can stand up straight. Basically everything is gone. That’s a good thing. I am doing pretty good.” Pierre-Paul believes he can regain the explosiveness that made him one of the NFL’s most-feared defenders. “It’s all on me. How I rehab,” he said. “I am trying to get my core right, stronger, my back stronger. It’s all on me.
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He pointed out two numbers — the number one for the amount of playoff appearances the team has had in the last four years and the number 190 for the amount of days between now and the upcoming Super Bowl held at MetLife Stadium. Reese said he wants the Giants to feel the urgency of getting back to the Super Bowl so much so that the organization is installing a countdown to the game in the locker room. “When you look at it and you see that number jump out at you, 190 days, that’s really not that far away,” Reese said. “The sense of urgency really jumps out at me. We’re going to put up in the locker room a countdown just so guys can see how urgent it is to be ready to go every week. You can’t let games get away from you and expect to make it to the playoffs. We have to have a sense of urgency going into this season.” Reese has won two Super Bowls since taking over as general manager in 2007.
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Hill, 23, would miss the opening four games of the season if he makes the team. He said he has not used any banned substances this year. He recently underwent drug rehabilitation in March and April in Boston, and followed that with outpatient meetings in New Jersey. PHOTOS: 2013 player suspensions Von Miller, OLB, Denver Broncos: 4 games for violating (pending appeal). Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Daryl Washington, OLB, Arizona Cardinals: 4 games. Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State: 4 games. Phil Sears, USA TODAY Sports Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns: 2 games. Ron Schwane, USA TODAY Sports Bruce Irvin, DE, Seattle Seahawks: 4 games. Steven Bisig, USA TODAY Sports Rob Jackson, OLB, Washington Redskins: 4 games. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Isaiah Pead, RB, St. Louis Rams: 1 game Jeff Roberson, AP Rokevious Watkins (right), OG, St. Louis Rams: 1 game. Bill Boyce, AP Gabe Miller (left), TE, Chicago Bears: 4 games. Nam Y. Huh, AP LaVon Brazill, WR, Indianapolis Colts: 4 games. Darron Cummings, AP Weslye Saunders, TE, free agent: 8 games. Robert Scheer, USA TODAY Sports Jarvis Jenkins (left), DE, Washington Redskins: 4 games. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Andre Holmes, WR, Oakland Raiders: 4 games. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Will Hill, S, New York Giants: 4 games. Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports Like this topic?
Head coach Tom Coughlin faces the biggest challenge of his tenure in New York — handling a roster turnover, and installing young players while trying to get the Giants back to dominance. Offseason changes Retaining wide receiver Victor Cruz was the most important step in keeping a semblance of continuity for Eli Manning and the offense. In locking up the team’s most productive wide receiver they ensured they can stretch the field, and that is much-needed on a team with turnover at other key offensive positions. Starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw left for the Indianapolis Colts , and took over 1,000 yards rushing with him. Bradshaw was often maligned by the Giants’ fan base for his inconsistency and ball control issues, but he was a reliable back on a team that’s had one for the better part of a decade. The focus now changes to Andre Brown and second-year back David Wilson — who showed promising flashes as a rookie — but it’s unclear whether he can be an every-down back. The passing attack will rely on Hakeem Nicks returning to form. Rueben Randle was a non-factor during his rookie season, and reliable third option Domenik Hixon has left for the Carolina Panthers .
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Tuck, a player once known around the NFL as one of the more feared pass rushers, has now been reduced to talk of being overrated, most notably by CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco in a June 7 column highlighting the league’s most underrated and overrated players. Tuck really burst onto the scene during the Giants’ 2007 Super Bowl season, racking up 10 sacks despite starting just two games all season. Tuck carried that effort into New York’s magical postseason run, recording two sacks and a forced fumble, including two crucial sacks of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLII. The two-time Pro-Bowler followed the 2007 season up with a 12-sack effort in 2008 and recorded 11.5 sacks in 2010, but he has since struggled. Tuck combined for a mere nine sacks in 2011 and 2012 while missing five games the past two seasons because of various injuries. Given his resume and all of the hype surrounding Tuck and the Giants’ defense, it’s crucial that he steps up and proves his worth to the NFL in 2013. With news coming out that Jason Pierre-Paul may not be ready for the season opener against the rival Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. 8, it’s even more important that Tuck elevates his play like he did in 2007, ’08 and ’10, especially with Osi Umenyiora now playing for the Atlanta Falcons. According to Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger , New York defensive line coach Robert Nunn believes this is the best offseason he’s ever seen Tuck have, which is certainly positive news for Giants fans who are expecting to see the postseason this year.
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Learn more New York Giants: Four Potential Pitfalls to the 2013 Season View Photo Corey Webster will be key to the Giants’ secondary in 2013. COMMENTARY | After missing the playoffs last season, New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese has done his best to improve his team this offseason. He bolstered the offensive and defensive lines through the draft and free agency, and he navigated the salary cap to keep New York in Super Bowl contention. However, the Giants are still vulnerable, just like any other team in the National Football League, to unforeseen circumstances such as injuries and luck, both good and bad. Here are four potential pitfalls — variables that could spoil the season — facing Big Blue in 2013: Injuries to Key Players — Obviously, an injury to quarterback Eli Manning would be disastrous, but I wouldn’t worry about the Giants’ iron man. He hasn’t missed a start since 2004, a streak at 146 games and counting (knock on wood). However, injuries to Hakeem Nicks dealt a huge blow to the offense last year, and Jason Pierre-Paul will be fresh off back surgery when the new season starts. Will both stars be fully healthy? A setback to one of them or injury to a thin position (see my next point) could be ruinous.
New York Giants: Four Potential Pitfalls to the 2013 Season
“Physical, New York Giant defense; tough, physical and hard-nosed defense,” he said. “We’re not that far removed from that and hopefully we’ll get right back to it. You have to get an identity. You have to represent something. You have to be there week in and week out. “You have to have that kind of consistency and you have to control the line of scrimmage. You have to stop the run first before you can rush the pass and we’re capable of both.” ———————————————– NFL Team Report – New York Giants – NOTES, QUOTES –On July 7, Giants linebacker Dan Connor, whom the team signed as an unrestricted free agent in the winter, was arrested at Philadelphia International Airport for allegedly possessing a switchblade in his carry-on luggage.