Jason Pierre-Paul played injured for New York Giants in 2012

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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.

Giants’ Will Hill opens up about drug use

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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.

New York Giants 2013 training camp primer

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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 .

Jerry Reese: Giants are ‘on notice’

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.

New York Giants: Justin Tuck Has the Most to Prove Next Season

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.

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Wood Pitches, Hits Cubs to 2-1 Victory Over Giants

Giants safety Will Hill says stress led to marijuana use

Welington Castillo also homered for the Cubs, who won their third straight and five of seven. Pablo Sandoval drove in a run for the Giants, who have lost four straight and seven of eight. Tim Lincecum (5-11) had two hits in addition to pitching seven innings. He gave up two runs and four hits. He walked two and struck out 10. Wood (7-7) allowed an unearned run while walking four and striking out seven. Wood was 1-4 over his previous nine games. on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Join the Discussion You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer.

Giants center David Baas is back after offseason ‘tune up’

He had two separate operations, and doctors addressed different issues during each surgery. Nonetheless, after missing all of the organized team activity practice sessions and the June minicamp, Baas is practicing in a limited capacity, meeting his goal of being ready at the start of camp. “I feel really good,” he said Sunday. “I have to admit, things like that you might have your doubts, but just working with the Giants medical staff and doing the right thing, we havent had a problem. It was a good tuneup. It was much needed.” Baas, entering his third season with the Giants, started all 16 games last season and underwent his first round of operations shortly after the season. He said he doesnt like to talk about his injuries because so many other players do. “My thing is no matter how many surgeries youve had, you have to come out here and prove it every year,” he said.

Giants linebacker Dan Connor explains airport arrest

While some thought the second suspension might lead to Hill’s release before the start of camp, Hill believes his job is safe. “I talked to the team and they just told me to keep on moving forward, keep being positive,” he said. “Just take the suspension and leave it at that and don’t have any more mishaps.” Coach Tom Coughlin didn’t have much to say about Hill’s second suspension. “We’re disappointed and hopefully Will is going to get his life straightened out,” Coughlin said. If there is a hard part for Hill, it’s knowing that he would miss the first four games. “I wouldn’t say it’s going to be a total distraction or what I need to do for this team,” Hill said. “I know all the plays, I know everything.

Giants not feeling urgency before Trade Deadline

“We want to put everyone on notice that is not our more? info… standard. Being to the playoffs one time in four years is below our standards.” Actually, Reese has set a standard as Giants GM that many of his peers should envy. He took over from Ernie Accorsi after the 2006 season, and the team promptly won the 2007 title – capped by that memorable upset of undefeated New England in the Super Bowl. His Giants are 8-1 in the postseason in his tenure. Obviously, though, there’s that significant blemish that in half of his six seasons as general manager, the Giants went home after Game 16. There’s also added incentive for the Giants to get to the NFL’s big game this time around: The Super Bowl will be played at MetLife Stadium, which was in full sight as Reese spoke Saturday. “It’s 190 days until the Super Bowl over there,” Reese noted. “There is a sense of urgency for our team.” Like most teams, the Giants have loads of questions to answer in training camp. Their best pass rusher, Jason Pierre-Paul, is coming off June back surgery.

New York Giants GM Jerry Reese says ‘Everyone on notice’

He leads the NFL in touchdown catches as a slot receiver in that span with 15. Will Nicks earn a new deal Cruz’s receiving mate Hakeem Nicks is entering the final year of his rookie deal. Nicks’ yards per game declined from 86.1 in 2011 to 53.2 last season. Nicks has had to battle injuries. He’s missed seven games over the last three seasons. Cruz and Nicks are vital to the Giants success. Seventy percent of Manning’s passes have been targeted at them over the last two seasons. Can David Wilson replace Ahmad Bradshaw? David Wilson is projected to make the transition to full-time running back, replacing Ahmad Bradshaw .

Breaking Down New York Giants’ Biggest Training Camp Battle

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Despite being on equal footing with Thomas, Connor lets him take a path toward the corner of the end zone 10 yards later. If it wasnt for the two Cowboys by the goal line, Thomas would have easily scored. The 16-yard catch and run is a nice consolation prize, though, and the main reason it happened is due to Connors lack of speed. The second example demonstrates Connors quickness and agility issues in space. This time, well be looking at a 17-yard run by running back Darren Sproles. Again Connor has his man squared up, this time with less than three yards between him and the target. Sproles easily jukes him and gains a surprising amount of distance between Connor and himself in the span of several yards traveled to the left. To be fair, Sproles is one of the quickest backs in the NFL.

Giants questions may preclude step forward

Sabean has made trades while the club struggled. In 2008, the Giants were eight games out of first place on July 20 when Sabean traded second baseman Ray Durham, a fixture in the lineup since he joined the team in ’03, to Milwaukee. They were 11 games behind in ’07 when right-hander Matt Morris went to Pittsburgh. Otherwise, the Giants have attempted to bolster their roster in recent years at the Trade Deadline. Despite being only marginally in contention in 2005 and ’06, they dealt for outfielder Randy Winn and first baseman Shea Hillenbrand, respectively. While cruising above .500 in each of the last four years, they acquired first baseman Ryan Garko and second baseman Freddy Sanchez (’09), Lopez and right-hander Ramon Ramirez (’10), right fielder Carlos Beltran and shortstop Orlando Cabrera (’11), and Pence and second baseman Marco Scutaro (’12). Ideally, the Giants would latch onto a consistent starting pitcher or a proven hitter to begin restocking the roster for next year.

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“I was flying out to a wedding Eli Manning Jersey in Pittsburgh and had something in my bag, a pocket knife that I didn’t even know about,” Connortold New York reporters.”I hadn’t seen it in over a year. I was a little shocked when they pulled it out. It’s something I have to deal with now. “I was here all offseason, I was able to lay a foundation hopefully with the coaches to let them know what kind of guy I am. But I’m responsible for it and I’ll accept whatever punishment is handed out.” Connor indicated that the Giants were upset about the episode regardless of his mistake. “They don’t want the bad publicity and I don’t want it on myself,” Connor said. “Being a new guy here, I don’t want to put a scar or have a bad mark on a city that doesn’t even know me that well.

Giants sign FB Ryan D’Imperio

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The team announced it waived kicker David Buehler . Hynoski has said he hopes to be ready for the season opener. He had surgery to repair his medial collateral ligament and a chip fracture to the lateral plateau in late May. TE Bear Pascoe is expected to see snaps at fullback in camp. D’Imperio, who went to Rutgers, appeared in two preseason games in 2012 with the Chiefs but did not play during the regular season. He was waived this past May. D’Imperio, who played at Washington Township High School in Sewell, N.J., was drafted in the seventh round in 2010 by Minnesota and spent his rookie season on the practice squad. He played in 12 games in 2011 with a start at New Orleans.

Competition for Giants’ Starting Right Tackle Job Pits Youth Against Experience

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2. WHO’S IN THE RUNNING? Manning is going to have new faces in the backfield. David Wilson, the first-round pick in 2012, is the No. 1 back with the release of Bradshaw in a salary-cap move. Wilson is a breakaway threat but he has to prove he can pick up the blitz. Andre Brown is No. 2 despite coming off a broken leg. The other concern is at fullback.

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9: No practice Saturday, Aug. 10: Giants at Steelers, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11: No practice; players’ day off Monday, Aug. 12: Practice, 1:30-3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13: Practice, 1:30-3:45 p.m.

2013 New York Giants Training Camp Preview: Cornerbacks

In a draft class rich with O-line talent, Pugh landed with the Giants in the middle of the first round. He was a two-time first-team All-Big East selection (2011 and 2012) at Syracuse while anchoring an offensive line that paved the way for a different 1,000-yard rusher in each of Pugh’s seasons as a starter. As Giants general manager Jerry Reese saw it, selecting Pugh with the 19th pick in the draft was a no-brainer. “[Pugh] was the highest guy on our board,” Reese said a day after selecting him (via Adam Schefter of ESPN ). “You guys think I’m joking when I say that, but it’s absolutely true.” Reese wasn’t lying; Pugh possesses everything the Giants look for in an offensive lineman. He is an intelligent athlete, a strong zone-blocker and a clean-nosed, versatile player. Although Pugh worked out exclusively at right tackle in the spring , his short arms lead many to believe that his long-term position could be at guard or even center . Pugh’s biggest asset, arguably, is his mauling attitude. He can be the meanest player on the field, and quarterback Ryan Nassib, a college teammate and fellow Giants rookie, can attest to that. “Oh yeah, absolutely,” Nassib told Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News in May. “He’s one tough dude. I’ve seen him many a time make his opponent quit. It’s almost humorous when guys stop rushing him at the end of games.” For Pugh, who told Vacchiano it’s his “whole objective” to make his opponent quit, 32-year-old David Diehl will be his first challenger. The newly named Quest Diagnostics Training Cener (formerly the Timex Performance Center) will be the site of this showdown, where Pugh will put that nasty inclination to the test. But don’t expect Diehl to roll over and accept defeat that easily Countless times he has seemed out of a starting job only to worm his way into one when everyone least expected it. Whether lined up at either guard or tackle position, Diehl has been a mainstay in the trenches . Since his rookie season, Diehl has started 150 of a possible 160 games, and he didn’t miss a single game until his eighth year in the league. This is the same player that anchored the left tackle position in both of the Giants’ most recent Super Bowl victories (2007 and 2011), the same one who, drafted by New York in 2003 (fifth round; 160th overall), predates every single player on the roster, as well as head coach Tom Coughlin. And some rookie with a propensity to be unpleasant is supposed to uproot him of his spot?

New York Giants Training Camp: Three Things to Watch

What the Giants lacked last season that they desperately needed was depth, and when the Giants brought back Aaron Ross after a year with the Jacksonville Jaguars when free agency started, it was a good move for depth purposes, plus for veteran leadership in the locker room and on the field. At times, Ross looked like he had lost a step in 2011 and the Giants felt it was best to let him depart in free agency after the Super Bowl, but many fans would have taken Ross playing over Coe or Tryon given the circumstances. Ross told the media once he re-signed that he never wanted to leave New York and coming back to the Giants was his first choice. It’s been almost three years since anyone has seen Terrell Thomas play in a regular season game; two consecutive ACL tears and surgeries have taken care of that, which has Thomas playing 2013 on a one-year deal looking to get his career jump-started again. Before the injuries, Thomas was regarded as the team’s best cover corner and was on the verge of becoming a Pro Bowl talent on defense. The Giants still see something special in him, which is why initially they locked him up to a four-year extension in 2012 before the second ACL tear last summer. Some have speculated that Thomas could play some time at safety to help preserve his knees, but the 28-year-old is preparing to come in at corner. The final member of the group that should expect to see time on the field is former third-round pick from 2012 in Jayron Hosley , who is still a bit of work in progress.

Nicks is coming off of a season in which he battled knee and foot injuries while playing in just 13 games for Big Blue. With Victor Cruz now signed, the pressure will be on Nicks and the rest of the Giants’ offense to produce. Cruz and Nicks were one of the league’s best wideout tandems in 2011, when the two combined for a total of 158 receptions, 2,728 yards and 16 touchdowns. The duo still has the chance to be among the NFL’s top wide receivers, but Nicks’ health is the main concern. Nicks needs a healthy season to prove his worth to the Giants in a contract year and after seeing Cruz get his payday, you can bet Nicks will be eager to put up a big season if he’s healthy. 2. The Right Tackle Battle Protecting Eli Manning and creating holes in the rushing game are two of the biggest keys for the Giants’ offense heading into the 2013 season, and much of that depends on who wins the starting right tackle gig. David Diehl has been a starter since 2003 along New York’s offensive line, but the drafting of Justin Pugh in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft could result in Diehl losing his job at right tackle. Although Diehl had a better season in 2012, it’s no secret that he’s been on the decline over the past few years, and the G-Men are looking toward the future.

Giants’ facility to have new sponsor

Cain allowed six hits, struck out seven and walked one and was in line to win consecutive starts for the first time since early May until Romo’s fourth blown save following the Giants’ NL-leading 74th error. The Cubs won only hours after the club completed the Soriano deal with the Yankees. Earlier this month, the team also traded pitcher Matt Garza to Texas and pitcher Scott Feldman to Baltimore. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he isn’t sure if the team is done making moves, but doesn’t want it to become a distraction. “I’m not exhaling yet,” Sveum said before the game. “I don’t really see anything else happening but until that 11th hour is here, I don’t think you can relax. We don’t dwell on it anyway.” Nate Schierholtz, batting in the cleanup spot with Soriano gone, doubled and scored Chicago’s first run to continue a strong stretch for the Cubs slugging right fielder.

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Some people try to adapt to it. I know I’m a natural-born leader.” More Headlines The team made its first transaction of training camp , waiving kicker David Buehler to make room for fullback Ryan DImperio. This move all but ends the chances the Giants sign Pro Bowler Vonta Leach, who is reportedly heading back to the Baltimore Ravens . Five Giants will begin training camp on the PUP list, and it’s no surprise that they are Jason Pierre-Paul , Henry Hynoski , Chris Snee , Terrell Thomas and Markus Kuhn . After previously saying he believed he took less money than he deserved, Victor Cruz backtracked. The wide receiver said his comments were ” depicted the wrong way .” ESPN New York outlines the top 10 issues the Giants face entering training camp. Giants.com writer Michael Eisen answered fan questions of the teams defensive philosophy, and discussed how the new-look linebacking corps will fare in 2013. Giants co-owner John Mara is not fazed by the roster uncertainty or a “closing window”; he is confident the Super Bowl could be in the cards for not only this season but the future, too. Around the NFC East Free-agent linebacker Joe Mays , who was recently released by the Denver Broncos , will reportedly visit the Washington Redskins .

2013 New York Giants Training Camp Preview: Linebacker

Rivers is also on a one-year “prove it” deal with the team to see if he can live up to the hype of coming out as the ninth overall pick five years ago out of USC. Curry, on the other hand, is looking for a second chance in the NFL after many considered him to be a huge bust after the Seahawks made him to be their franchise star on defense four years ago. Curry was traded by Seattle to the Oakland Raiders in 2011 and showed signs of reviving his career there, but landed on the IR in 2012 with a season-ending knee injury. Curry signed with the team just after the team’s OTA’s ended and looks to thrive in a defense that best suits his skills; which is attacking the quarterback and being a physical player that’s in the middle of every play. Curry could also factor to start at middle linebacker too if Fewelldoesn’t like Connor nor Herzlich at the spot. Jacquian Williams was one of the surprises in the 2011 season and became a consistent force in the Giants path to winning the Super Bowl in his rookie season. However, in his sophomore season, injuries deterred him from being able to stay on the field and missed six games.

Giants facility is now the Quest Diagnostics Training Center

NFL Giants Reach Practice Center Sponsorship Deal With Quest

The Madison-based company will also work together with the Giants to develop new tests that gauge athlete peak performance. A few players will collaborate each season to help develop those models. “For our league and for this franchise, nothing is more important than player health and safety,” said Giants president John Mara in a press release printed on the company’s web site. “We have made tremendous advancement in this area in recent years. We see our relationship with Quest as the next step in the process of achieving a healthier and safer game during our players’ careers and after their playing days.” More to come following the presser this morning… Like it? Hate it?

Justin Tuck and the NY Giants better hope he has something left

Cue Justin Pugh agreeing to his rookie deal. His agency, Octagon Sports, announced as much on Twitter. The signing should follow soon. That leaves quarterback Ryan Nassib, a projected first-round pick who fell to the fourth, as the only Giant left to sign his deal. He is also the only non-first round pick left to not sign a contract. Mara would not say whether or not Nassib’s deal was contingent on offset language, but did mention it as a concern for the Giants during negotiations. “Thats something that we are concerned about yeah, whether it makes its way into every contract is another question.”

The 20-acre facility, which sits along a major commuter highway in the New Jersey suburbs, will become the Quest Diagnostics Training Center under the agreement, Giants Chief Marketing Officer Mike Stevens said yesterday in a telephone interview. The company also will work with the team in an effort to expand its new sports diagnostic business. We can develop new diagnostic capabilities that would be helpful to the most advanced athletes like the New York Giants, and also people who are mere mortals, Quest Chief Executive Officer Steve Rusckowski said in a telephone interview. Terms of the agreement werent disclosed. Stevens said annual revenue from the contract was in the realm of the teams naming-rights agreement with Timex. Team President John Mara has said that 15-year deal, reached in 2009, was worth more than $35 million. That works out to $2.33 million a year. Five Fields Opened in May 2009, the facility holds the teams headquarters, three full-length grass football fields and a pair of 80-yard turf fields — one indoors and one outdoors.

NY Giants and first-round pick Justin Pugh agree on a four-year deal

The real game for him begins on Friday when Giants training camp opens. Thats when Tuck will arrive with as much to prove as anyone on the roster, and maybe with more riding on his shoulders than anyone but Eli Manning. With Jason Pierre-Paul sidelined by back surgery at least through the summer, Tuck needs to prove hes capable of much more than the nine sacks he has totaled the last two regular seasons. Everything about the Giants defense is predicated on generating a pass rush something they might not be able to do without a revived Tuck. And without a revived Tuck there would be a personal cost as well, since hes entering the final season of the five-year, $30 million contract extension he signed in 2008. It was once unthinkable that the Giants would let Tuck, one of their most popular stars, inch so close to unrestricted free agency. Now, based on his recent play, its hard to see them offering any kind of long-term deal. Ron Antonelli/New York Daily News Justin Tuck says he’s not satisfied with his performance for the Giants the last couple seasons. So in other words, theres not much riding on Tucks shoulders this summer: only the Giants defense, possibly their season and maybe his NFL career.

Giants first-round pick Justin Pugh agrees to contract, Ryan Nassib expected to follow

By Ralph Vacchiano / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, July 25, 2013, 12:55 PM Comment Howard Simmons/New York Daily News Giants draft pick Justin Pugh, seen here throwing out the first pitch at a Yankees game earlier this season, is under contract in time for the start of Big Blue’s training camp. Justin Pugh , the Giants’ first-round pick, will report to training camp on time. The offensive lineman from Syracuse, picked 19th overall in the NFL draft, agreed to terms on a contract on Thursday afternoon and immediately began packing for his trip to the Meadowlands. His four-year deal is believed to be worth about $8.34 million and he was expected to sign it when he arrived. RELATED: VACCHIANO: GIANTS BETTER HOPE TUCK HAS SOMETHING LEFT Julio Cortez/AP Justin Pugh wil be on the field for the Giants’ first training camp practice after signing rookie deal. With Pugh on board, the Giants have only one remaining unsigned draft pick fourth-round quarterback Ryan Nassib. On Thursday, Giants co-owner John Mara said they were “pretty close” to finalizing his deal, too. But it’s still strange since, of the NFL’s seven remaining unsigned draft picks, Nassib is the only non-first-rounder. “These things happen from time to time,” Mara said.

Giants owner John Mara says window of opportunity not closing

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(July 21, 2011) Galleries T-Rock’s Take on the Giants John Mara conceded that he thinks every season will be better than the previous one. “What am I supposed to say, that we’re not going to be as good as we were last year?” the Giants president quipped Thursday. This time, though, he’s not only measuring the current squad against its most recent performance — a 9-7 flop that ended without a playoff berth — but against the 2011 team that won a fourth Super Bowl for the franchise. “I look at us on paper and I think we’re every bit as good as that team,” Mara said of the team that finished with the same 9-7 record but won the title. “There’s a long way to go between the paper and proving it on the field. But we have enough talent to compete with anybody.” That talent will assemble Friday as the Giants report for the start of training camp. They’ll participate in a conditioning test in the afternoon and prepare for the first practice of the season on Saturday. The 2013 Giants will be very different from the 2011 version. Many familiar faces have departed — the list of two-time Super Bowl winners on the roster has dwindled to just nine — and even more could be on the way out.

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A Look Back: New York Giants Vs. Philadelphia Eagles from Week 17 of 2012

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New York Giants Have Made Standing Offer to Fullback Vonta Leach

Email New York Giants Have Made Standing Offer to Fullback Vonta Leach July 20th, 2013 at 1:00 PM By Dan Benton Since the moment he was released by the Baltimore Ravens in mid-June , the New York Giants have, in one way or another, been connected to fullback Vonta Leach . In fact, it’s a relatively normal song and dance between the two dating all the way back to 2006 season when the Giants had signed him to a four-year offer sheet , which was later matched by the Houston Texas. Alas, it hasn’t been meant to be at least not yet. And although the Giants have precious little cap space, they remain in the hunt for the fullback, who no longer appears destined for Miami . Despite the aforementioned lack of cap room, the New York Post is reporting that the Giants have gone beyond mere discussions with the fullback and have made him a standing offer. Unfortunately for Big Blue, it doesn’t come close to the $2 million (plus $1 million in incentives) offer also on the table from the Ravens. Still status quo with Giants,” a source told The Post. Wish they had more cap room.” The Giants’ offer to Leach is reportedly for the veteran minimum, making them a long-shot at best.

Drops. Besides a few by the wideouts, tight end Martellus Bennett had hands of stone at the worst times. Quarterback Eli Manning would almost always explain the play again post-drop. Not a good look or the Black Unicorn and former immediate fan favorite that was supposed to be a gunslingers security blanket. What/Who to Look Forward to Running Back David Wilson : The more he racked up trust from his coaches, the more he was given the ball. 15 rushes for 75 yards and 1 reception for 15 yards and a touchdown werent poor stats for a rookie that was half of a running duo that included Ahmad Bradshaw (16 carries, 107 yards, 1 TD) and a smooth running game. Bright spot on the Big Blue offense this year. Bank.

San Francisco Giants: Trades That Could Take the Team to the Next Level

Internet giants secretly urged by ministers to pretend they are blocking online porn to let Cameron declare ‘victory’ on the issue

A leaked letter from the Department for Education asks the main internet service providers (ISPs) to rebrand their anti-porn filters as being ¿default-on¿, giving the impression that adult material is automatically blocked

What is the “next level” for a still-struggling San Francisco franchise? The same franchise that won a World Series trophy just last season, and with the same faces, no less? This offseason, the defending champs opted to maintain the same lineup that made them champions. Yes, there were holes and needs that could have been filled, such as a thin outfield and lack of depth off of the bench. But these were areas of improvement that were not un-fixable and insurmountable. However, with the loss of center fielder Angel Pagan to injury, the already thin outfield became thinner. Unexpected problems arose with the starting rotation and even extended to the bullpen. Nobody could have predicted the difficulties staff ace Matt Cain (5-6, 5.06 ERA, 16 HR allowed in 19 games) would face. Cain is not the only member of the rotation undergoing a less-than-stellar season; in fact, only left-hander Madison Bumgarner (10-5, 3.02 ERA) was deemed worthy of the All-Star Game by NL and Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy. What the Giants need is stability in the lineup and consistency from the pitching staff. How do we get there? Let’s make a trade. Assuming the “next level” for the Giants means making a playoff push, the team has few bargaining chips in their farm system for Sabean to move around. While Sabean has proven his willingness to trade away potential star talent in the minors for proven star power (the Zack Wheeler-Carlos Beltran trade circa 2011), his Giants have been in a clearer position to make a playoff run than they are currently. At 43-51, the glimmer of last season is the only hope keeping the Giants on the playoff track in 2013. First and foremost, the Giants need to add a solid starter to the rotation. Even if Cain turns his season around, and Tim Lincecum impresses just as he did in his no-hitter against the San Diego Padres , the Giants still have too many question marks and not enough certainties. Barry Zito’s lights-out run in the 2012 playoffs is steadily becoming a distant memory, and Ryan Vogelsong never found his groove before injury took him out of the equation completely. Pitching wins championships, as the Giants illustrated in 2010 and 2012. Starting pitchers in the trade market currently include Matt Garza of the Chicago Cubs and Bud Norris of the Houston Astros . However, the asking prices for both Norris and Garza appear to be steep, perhaps too steep for Sabean and the Giants.

POSTGAME NOTES: Giants finish first half with 43-51 record, sit 6 1/2 out of first

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Shadow Culture Minister Helen Goodman condemned the move, and warned that it could lead parents to assume wrongly that their children were protected from online porn. It is disgraceful that instead of trying to get the ISPs to switch their filters to a default-on position, they are trying to persuade them to just say they are doing it, she said. It is a deliberate attempt to mislead parents. That is dangerous because it means that people wont be taking the precautions they need to be taking. Morrisons boss says companies should pay an ‘online tax’ because internet sales are damaging the high street Internet giants have successfully lobbied ministers against campaigns seeking an automatic block on website filth. Instead they have agreed to introduce a system called active choice plus, which encourages parents to keep anti-porn filters switched on. Industry sources said they were unhappy about the political bid to make them misrepresent the safeguards they are offering. What this is about is allowing the Government to declare a victory, said one.

Aaron Ross says Giants have what it takes for a third Super Bowl run

Giants player Aaron Ross attends the WE tv

Player to watch: How important is Nicks? Though their defensive struggles were a major factor in the Giants’ disappointing 2012, a healthy Nicks could’ve been the difference between the Giants winning 10 games and making the playoffs and winning nine games and missing the postseason. Nicks, who missed three games and struggled with foot and knee injuries, opens things up for Cruz and will be highly motivated to excel in a contract year. If Nicks is healthy again, the Giants and Eli Manning should be running on all cylinders. Potential strength: The Giants could potentially be as deep as they have been at wide receiver in some time. Nicks and Site Link Cruz make up one of the best receiving tandems in the NFL, and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride raved about Randle’s progress during OTAs and minicamp. On top of that, the Giants believe Murphy has the type of speed to give them an over-the-top threat that could make an already dangerous passing attack even more potent. During OTAs, the Giants worked on the long ball with Murphy while Cruz and Nicks skipped the voluntary workouts.

Giants’ unlikely All-Stars thrilled for opportunity

(July 15, 2013) Galleries T-Rock’s Take on the Giants As the Giants prepare for the start of training camp next week, at least one player who already has two Super Bowl rings gets the feeling that this could be another special year. Cornerback Aaron Ross thinks it could end with the team winning a third title in the Tom Coughlin era and becoming the first to win a Super Bowl at its home stadium. “I’ve been seeing everybody has that hunger again like the two other Super Bowls,” said Ross, who re-signed with the Giants after spending the 2012 season with Jacksonville. “I’m not sure what happened last year, but a lot of mental busts and maybe a little bit of complacency set in after the Super Bowl. But this year, you can tell with coach Coughlin — starts with him — how hard he’s pushing the team, how hard he’s pushing everybody.” Ross, speaking at the Manhattan premiere of “Sanya’s Glam & Gold” — a six-part documentary beginning July 25 on “We tv” featuring his wife, four-time Olympic gold-medal winner Sanya Richards-Ross, and the cornerback — said he feels a similar vibe to the start of the Giants’ other two Super Bowl-winning seasons under Coughlin. Not only that, but there’s some added motivation this time with the Super Bowl set to be played at MetLife Stadium. “I do feel that, especially since I came back after being away,” said Ross, who was with the Giants for their championship runs after the 2007 and 2011 seasons. “It seems like everybody has that hunger, plus the Super Bowl is going to be played in our stadium. We can’t have anybody else playing in our backyard.” Ross said a hometown Super Bowl has been a frequent topic of conversation among the players.

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More than a few, actually. “All the time,” Scutaro said Monday. Sergio Romo had those thoughts, too. He comes from Brawley, Calif., but as he puts it, he really came from “nowhere” as a 28th-round pick in the 2005 Draft, a 5-foot-10 reliever relying on one pitch to get out the game’s best hitters. But there were Scutaro and Romo on Monday, sitting alongside Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field as the Giants’ representatives on the National League All-Star team. San Francisco’s unlikely first-time All-Stars will take the field at some point Tuesday night for manager Bruce Bochy, but neither needed to be under the lights in order to appreciate the experience. “Everything about the road that I’ve taken to get where I’m at, I’m very proud of myself,” Romo said.

Camp preview: Wide receivers

I dont want to finish 4th in the division, lose Timmy to FA and be left with a barren farm system. I want to reload for 2014 and stuffing bullets into that chamber starts before end of July. If the 2013Gs rip off a 9-1 homestand then by all means keep the team together. If they go 6-4 or worse put up a for sale OBO sign on about 10 guys. Polioptila Veintiocho For these Gnats Lincescum, with an upside of being a No. 4 or 5 starter, may be worth keeping. Bochy’s Thunderskull July 16th, 2013 at 1:57 pm Lets say, for the sake of argument, Lincecum becomes the corner control pitcher described.

Giants linebacker arrested with knife in luggage, police say

Giants place Arias on DL with appendicitis

Connor was charged with posession of an offensive weapon after the switchblade showed up in an X-ray Saturday morning, Philadelphia Police spokeswoman Christine O’Brien told CNN. Transportation Security Administration screeners called in Philadelphia police, and Connor was taken into custody, O’Brien said. He was released on his own recognizance after being processed and arraigned, she said. The Giants signed Connor as a free agent in the spring after he spent a year with the Dallas Cowboys. The Charlotte, North Carolina, resident played four seasons for the Carolina Panthers before joining the Cowboys. “We’re aware of the situation and we spoke to Dan yesterday and we are cooperating with authorities,” Giants spokesman Peter John Baptiste said in a written statement. Federal authorities banned knives aboard aircraft after the September 11, 2001 al Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington. A proposal by TSA chief John Pistole to loosen that ban to allow knives smaller than 2.36 inches failed in June after fierce criticism from airlines, unions and Congress.

Sources: Giants, Francoeur reach deal

We’ll see how this plays out. LB Jake Muasau Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Dan Connor’s arrest and Muasau’s shooting stock give the second-year player a chance to survive the last cut. The Giants loved him last preseason before he was relegated to the practice squad, and with the middle linebacker situation far from resolved, perhaps Muasau gets a chance. The G-Men desperately need a middle linebacker to step up (well, a strong-side, too…and a weak-side). Muasau needs another big summer. He is eligible for the practice squad again. CB Laron Scott Rich Schultz/Getty Images Remember his pick against the Pats last summer? Scott has a ton of corners to get past, but people seem to love the guy.

Buster Posey went 5-for-8 with two doubles and a two-run homer for the Giants, who went 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left 18 men on base. “This is as frustrating a game as we’ve had,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. Hoping to add to the Giants’ recent woes will be righty Dillon Gee, who is 6-7 with a 4.45 ERA. Gee did not get a decision on Thursday against Arizona, but pitched well, as he surrendered two runs and six hits in seven innings of his team’s 5-4 loss. Gee has faced the Giants three times (1 start) and is 0-1 against them with a 6.75 ERA. San Francisco, meanwhile, will turn to lefty Barry Zito, who is winless in his last six starts. Zito did not get a decision Official Eli Manning Jersey in his team’s loss to Cincinnati on Wednesday, but gave up just a run and seven hits in four-plus innings of work. He is 4-6 on the year with a 4.44 ERA, but hasn’t won since beating Oakland back on May 30.

Cruz, Giants agree on long-term deal

The Giants confirmed Monday that the Pro Bowl wideout has signed a multi-year extension, which FoxSports.com initially reported to be for five years and $43 million and will run through the 2018 season. Cruz was already under contract for 2013 at a $2.879 million salary, the highest possible tender allowed for a restricted free agent player. Counting this season’s commitment, the entire deal will contain $15.6 million worth of guaranteed money. According to NFL.com, Cruz ultimately accepted an offer from the Giants that had been on the table since he signed his RFA tender back on June 14. “We are pleased to have this behind us,” Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. “Now Victor can focus on football.” The former undrafted free agent is coming off a pair of outstanding seasons. After spending his entire rookie campaign on injured reserve in 2010, Cruz set a franchise single-season record by racking up 1,536 receiving yards along with nine touchdowns on 82 catches during New York’s Super Bowl XLVI championship run the following year.

Dark-Horse Candidates to Make the New York Giants’ Final 53-Man Roster

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The Royals will be responsible for nearly all of the remainder of his $6.75 million salary, with the Giants paying him only a pro-rated portion of the major-league minimum. The Giants, losers of 17 of their past 22 games, wanted to add a right-handed hitting outfielder; center fielder Angel Pagan , a switch-hitter, recently underwent surgery on his left hamstring and could miss the rest of the season. Francoeur is a right fielder, but the Giants figure to use him in a platoon with Andres Torres , a switch-hitter, in left. Hunter Pence plays right for the Giants, and the team has been mostly using Gregor Blanco in center. Francoeur, who has made only two career appearances in left, both with the Rangers in 2010, could take the roster spot of Cole Gillespie , who was promoted last Friday. Francoeur batted .208 with a .571 OPS in 193 plate appearances for the Royals, a sharp dropoff from his career numbers entering the season .264 and .735. The Giants will be his fifth team.

Mets, Giants get back to work at AT&T Park

The Giants placed infielder Joaquin Arias on the 15-day disabled list Monday with appendicitis. Nick Noonan was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to fill Arias’ spot before San Francisco opened a three-game series against the New York Mets. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Arias had an emergency appendectomy after becoming ill Sunday night. Arias will be out at least two weeks, he said. Arias also had strained his hamstring at Dodger Stadium on June 24 and missed the next eight games before returning last week. San Francisco had lost 11 of 13 entering Monday night’s game. “It’s tough news again,” Bochy said. “Really feel for him. He was swinging the bat well.