May 312012
 

New York Giants Hold Third OTA Practice: The Giants held their third Organized Team Activity (OTA) practice yesterday at the Timex Performance Center. They will hold another today and another on Friday. For the complete OTA schedule, see the Important Dates section of the website.

Players not present at yesterday’s voluntary OTA included DE Osi Umenyiora, DT Shaun Rogers, DT Martin Parker, CB Corey Webster, TE Adrien Robinson, and OC Chris White

For an overview of yesterday’s practice, see the following reports:

Injury Update: LT Will Beatty has been sitting out of OTA workouts due to a back issue.

WR Hakeem Nicks (foot), TE Jake Ballard (knee), TE Travis Beckum (knee), DT Chris Canty (knee), CB Prince Amukamara (foot), and CB Antwaun Molden (hamstring) did not practice at yesterday’s OTA workout.

Canty, who has offseason surgery on the knee, said his goal is to be able to return by training camp.

HB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), WR Dan DePalma (hip), TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring), DE Justin Tuck (shoulder), DT Linval Joseph (ankle), LB Clint Sintim (knee), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), S Kenny Phillips (knee), and S Chris Horton (hamstring) were limited.

Coaches’ Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of yesterday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

Player Media Q&A’s: Transcripts and video of yesterday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Giants.com Q&A With CB Prince Amukamara: The video of a Giants.com Q&A with CB Prince Amukamara is available at Giants.com.

Giants and Umenyiora’s Agent Talking: According to ESPN, the Giants and the agent for DE Osi Umenyiora have been holding discussions on a new contract for Umenyiora. However, ESPN is reporting that the two sides remain far apart on a possible new deal.

Umenyiora has been a no-show at the Giants’ voluntary Organized Team Activity (OTA) workouts.

“(Umenyiora’) situation…he has been under contract in a bad deal for years now and anybody who looks at the situation would say, ‘Well, this should have been taken care of a long time ago,'” said LB Mathias Kiwanuka. “For whatever reason, it hasn’t. So I understand his frustration.”

Umenyiora clearly appreciates the support.

“What I’ve heard from Kiwi, and (Justin) Tuck and JPP (Jason Pierre-Paul), I’ll never forget as long as I live,” Umenyiora told The Bergen Record. “That’s exactly why we are champions. Because we have each other’s back. These days you hardly see that kind of loyalty from anybody. I appreciate it, and honestly it makes things that much harder for me. Because those are the people I need to be around.”

Article on the Giants’ Wide Receiving Corps: Nicks’ Injury Yields More Opportunity by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on WR Victor Cruz: Giants’ Kevin Gilbride Says Victor Cruz ‘Hasn’t Missed a Beat’ This Offseason by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Article on WR Ramses Barden: WR Barden Looks to Make Impact in 2012 by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on DE Justin Tuck: For Giants’ Tuck, a Push for Reading Starts at Home by Sam Borden of The New York Times

Article on DE Justin Trattou: DE Justin Trattou Ready to Seize Opportunity by Giants.com

Notes and Quotes: Domenik Hixon was starting yesterday in place of the injured Hakeem Nicks. “Same ole’ Domenik,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Makes plays; makes plays, makes plays. Very, very steady; very consistent. He never makes a mistake. He is always in the right place; lots of good things. It makes me very anxious to make sure that he gets through the spring and feels real good about himself. He is a tough guy, now. He doesn’t back down from anything. And, again, he is a great example.”

With Will Beatty (back) sitting out, James Brewer started at left tackle yesterday. “We need (Brewer) to develop,” said Coughlin. “We need him to come along. We need him to improve. He has got to, again, understand the work ethic that those guys with lunch buckets come to the office with every day. And he has a little bit of ways to go there but he has made progress. And I think, for him, there will be another little step right here. But come fall we are going to need him to be as intense as he can possibly be and to understand what has to happen at this level for us to succeed and for him to be a part of it.”

Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell on Adrian Tracy: “We felt that he’s more of a defensive end. After looking at him for the past year or so, we feel that’s his strength and we can make some progress with him playing defensive end for us. He’s really strong at the point of attack. If you talk to (Defensive Line Coach) Robert Nunn, and if you watch him on tape and that type thing, you’d be surprised at how Tracy is strong at the point of attack – much stronger than he physically looks. But I think he’ll do well there.”

The first-team linebackers currently are Michael Boley, Chase Blackburn, and Mathias Kiwanuka. The second-team linebackers are Jacquian Williams, Mark Herzlich, and Keith Rivers. “Mark Herzlich had a great play out there today,” said Fewell. “He had a clinic play out there today. He’s done some nice things. When you see that, you want to expand him a little bit more. You want him to grow some more.”

Fewell on linebackers Greg Jones and Jake Muasau: “We’re going to try (Jones) on the outside. We like the young kid that we have, Jake (Muasau), playing middle backer. We’ll probably split the time with Greg a little bit there. If we try to expand Greg more, we think we can get a little more out of him in what he can do, so it’s a little bit of an experiment with us now. We’ll play him on the outside, and then probably later on in camp move him on the inside…(Muasau) looks like a natural Mike, even though he’s not played it, than some of the guys we have. (Linebackers Coach Jim Herrmann) has really done a nice job with him. Mentally, he has a visual picture of what we want and how we like to fit. I’ll be very interested in how he performs when we get to training camp and when we get to preseason because he’s just doing what we ask him to do. Sometimes that’s just the best thing: just go out and play.”

Fewell on S Will Hill: “I’m very impressed with Will Hill. He’s 30 minutes early for the meetings. When I go into the meeting room, he’s always in there studying. He’s a very athletic young man. This is his second chance, so to speak. He is being the ultimate pro by the way he is preparing for his opportunity. Will made a play last Thursday, phenomenal, in our OTA practice. Absolutely phenomenal. If he can continue at this pace, and if he continues to learn and grow, he’s another guy when we get to the preseason games I hope that we’re talking good things about him because he is preparing to make this football team.”

The Giants have moved Janzen Jackson from safety to corner.

May 302012
 

OTAs Begin Again Today: The Giants will hold three consecutive days of Organized Team Activity (OTA) workouts at the Timex Performance Center starting today.

Hakeem Nicks Optimistic He Will Return Soon: WR Hakeem Nicks underwent surgery last Friday to have a screw inserted into the broken bone in his right foot. Nicks fractured the fifth metatarsal last Thursday during the Giants’ second Organized Team Activity (OTA) workout.

The Giants said before the surgery that Nicks would be out of action for 12 weeks. Nicks believes he will return much earlier than that.

“‘I’ll be back for training camp’ were his final words (to me on the phone on Sunday),” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “I said OK. I would accept a day or two after the start of camp, (that) would be fine. I really appreciated his optimism. He has a cast and is elevated. He told me he was pretty much pain-free.”

Last summer, CB Prince Amukamara broke his fifth metatarsal early in training camp and also had a screw surgically inserted into his foot. Amukamara missed all of the preseason and the first nine regular-season games. Amukamara had a stem cell injection procedure performed in March 2012 to facilitate further healing.

“Some people can come back in six weeks, and some people take three months,” Amukamara said of the injury.

WR Domenik Hixon suffered the same injury in 2006. “It takes about three months or so,’’ Hixon said. “It’s not really the healing part, it’s getting back into shape and doing all that. (Nicks) stays in shape so that won’t be a problem.”

CB Prince Amukamara Begins Running: CB Prince Amukamara, who fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot last August, has begun running again after having a follow-up stem cell injection procedure in March 2012. Amukamara missed most of training camp, all of the preseason, and the first nine games of the regular season with the injury after having a surgical procedure to insert a screw into the foot in August 2011.

“The bone wasn’t healing as fast as they wanted it to even though I said I felt great,” said Amukamara, speaking of the injection procedure. “But they just wanted to make sure everything looked good and matched with how I felt.”

“It feels great,” said Amukamara. “I started running on the grass today. Just doing some little stuff… running some sprints, doing the figure eight to feel if there is any tenderness. First time I ran since the procedure.”

“I think it just depends on how I’m feeling,” Amukamara said. “If I start feeling 100 percent everyday and there’s not soreness, I think they’ll let me (practice at next month’s mini-camp).”

Quotes: DE Justin Tuck on DE Osi Umenyiora’s contract situation: “It’s hard. He signed a contract and I believe in abiding by that contract, but also I think he’s outplayed that contract in today’s market. I think he deserves to get paid. Obviously I’m rooting for him to end his career as a Giant.But you also understand the business aspect of things and at the end of the day I just hope everything works out for him and his family and the Giants.’’

May 292012
 

OTAs Continue This Week: The Giants will continue to hold Organized Team Activity (OTA) workouts this week at the Timex Performance Center on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. A video focusing on the linebackers during last week’s OTA workouts is available at Giants.com.

NFL Network Interview of Head Coach Tom Coughlin: A video of the NFL Network interview of Head Coach Tom Coughlin from last Friday is available at Giants.com.

Giants.com Q&As Video clips of Giants.com Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • HB Da’Rel Scott (Video)
  • WR Jerrel Jernigan (Video)

Article on QB Ryan Perrilloux and CB Brandon Bing: CB Bing, QB Perrilloux Lean on Experience by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on LB Chase Blackburn: Charitable Blackburn Shares His Tale of Perseverance with Less Fortunate by George Willis of The New York Post

Making of the Giants’ Super Bowl Rings: A video on how the Giants’ Super Bowl rings were made is available at Giants.com.

May 252012
 
Eli Manning, New York Giants (August 3, 2012)

BBI Ceremony for Eli Manning

Eli Manning Wins “BBI Giant of the Year” Award: After a week of fan voting, QB Eli Manning has won the “BBI Giant of the Year” award for his performance during the 2011 NFL season. It is tentatively planned that Manning will be handed the annual BBI trophy at a training camp ceremony in early August.

In terms of percentage of the vote, the final results were:

  • QB Eli Manning: 52%
  • HC Tom Coughlin: 30%
  • WR Victor Cruz: 8%
  • GM Jerry Reese: 7%
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul: 2%
  • WR Hakeem Nicks: 0%

For a complete list of past winners, see the BBI Giant of the Year section of the website.

May 252012
 

Hakeem Nicks Out 12 Weeks With Broken Foot: WR Hakeem Nicks broke the fifth metatarsal of his right foot yesterday during the team’s second Organized Team Activity (OTA) workout. According to the Giants, Nicks suffered the injury as he was running a hook route during individual drills.

Nicks will undergo surgery today to have a screw inserted into the broken bone to help the healing process. The Giants are officially saying the expected recovery time for Nicks is approximately 12 weeks. Training camp begins on July 26.

“Well, it’s probably going to be close (as to whether or not he will be ready for the regular-season opener),” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Hopefully, he will. He feels very confident about it. The doctors have expressed it as something they feel will heal very, very well. Obviously, we’ve got to get about the business of healing right away.”

“If it takes the full three months, you’re going to be sitting right up next to that opening game,” Coughlin said. “We certainly hope that Hakeem is correct in saying that he heals fast.”

“Let’s take the positive side of it,” Coughlin said. “The positive side of it is the doctors are very confident this will be a complete healing and perhaps the bone will be stronger than it ever was.”

Giants Hold Second OTA Practice: The Giants held their second Organized Team Activity (OTA) practice yesterday at the Timex Performance Center. There was no press access at yesterday’s workout.

Giants Waive CB Brian Witherspoon; Sign CB Dante Hughes: The Giants announced yesterday that they have waived/injured CB Brian Witherspoon, who re-tore his ACL in an OTA workout on Wednesday. To fill Witherspoon’s roster spot, the team signed street free agent CB Dante Hughes, who was waived by the Chargers in March.

May 242012
 

New York Giants Hold First OTA Practice: The Giants held their first Organized Team Activity (OTA) practice yesterday at the Timex Performance Center. They will hold another today.

Only four Giants were not present for the first voluntary OTA: DE Osi Umenyiora (unhappy with contract), DT Chris Canty (knee), TE Jake Ballard (knee), and TE Adrien Robinson (finishing school).

“All of these workouts are important for everybody to get back into a football mentality,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Our first thing out here is safety. We don’t have any pads on; we don’t even have shells on now. We do have helmets in this phase. We can go against each other a little bit in this phase. But the development is real important. Just to learn the new language is really critical…to get the communication down, the adjustments down. All this stuff is very, very important, obviously, to the development of our team.

“I just told the players: We have two OTAs this week, three next, four the following, we have the White House (visit), and then we have a mandatory (mini-camp) camp. Before you know it, we’ll be in training camp. We need to have a good focus, a good concentration now, a good learning – everybody kind of build themselves back up to football speed.”

“It’s real basic stuff, basic install,” said OG Kevin Boothe. “But it’s good to have that refresher and find basic ways to improve on certain plays. I think that’s where the veterans are looking. The rookies are looking to learn the plays. We’re looking to improve the plays. We’re doing a lot of film study of previous years, including last year, and working on our technique and trying to improve.”

For an overview of yesterday’s practice, see the following report:

A Sights & Sounds video of yesterday’s OTA practice is available at Giants.com.

CB Brian Witherspoon May Have Torn ACL Again: CB Brian Witherspoon, who torn the ACL in his knee last preseason, appears to have torn the same ligament during yesterday’s OTA practice.

“I’m afraid it was an ACL again,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Yes, (the same one.)”

“It was heartbreaking,” said CB Terrell Thomas of Witherspoon’s injury. “Just a basic Cover 2 drill, seemed like the knee just gave out.”

TE Martellus Bennett and CB Antwaun Molden left practice early with hamstring injuries.

CB Terrell Thomas, who tore his ACL last August, was limited to individual drills. “I’m in no rush,’’ Thomas said. “I’ve been saying it from day one. I’m in no rush. I’m ahead of schedule and I’m going to do what I can and going to keep pushing it but I’m not going to rush it at all…Training camp, I’ll be a full go, without a doubt. The way my knee’s feeling right now, I should be able to do everything by then.”

WR Domenik Hixon, who tore his ACL last September, practiced. “I felt good,” said Hixon. “Didn’t even think about it.”

CB Prince Amukamara (foot) and TE Travis Beckum (knee) are still recovering from offseason medical procedures.

WR Dan DePalma is recovering from offseason hip surgery.

New York Giants to Be Honored at White House on June 8th: The Giants will be honored at the White House on June 8th for winning the 2011 NFL Championship.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday Press Conference: The transcript and video of yesterday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

Player Media Q&A’s: Video clips of yesterday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Coach Coughlin Earns Special Award by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on QB Eli Manning: Eli Manning is No Longer ‘Peyton’s Little Brother’ by Lee Roth of The Democrat & Chronicle

Article on WR Victor Cruz: Cruz Adjusting to New Role with Giants by Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on OC David Baas: David Baas Establishing Himself at Center by Dave Salomone of Giants.com

Article on OT Matt McCants: Giants Rookie Matt McCants Awaits Challenge of Facing Pro Bowl Ends in Practice by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Article on FB/RB Joe Martinek: Rutgers’ Martinek Trying to Stick as Giants FB by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on CB Justin Tryon: CB Tryon Works Back From Broken Arm by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

May 222012
 

First New York Giants OTA Practices This Week: The Giants will have their first Organized Team Activity (OTA) practices on Wednesday and Thursday this week. OTA practices are voluntary.

Tom Coughlin Wired for Sound at Mini-Camp: A video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin being wired for sound at last week’s rookie mini-camp is available at Giants.com.

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Energized Tom Coughlin Nowhere Near Retirement by Gene Frenette of The Florida Times-Union

Article on DT Markus Kuhn: Giants’ Markus Kuhn Continues to Assimilate Into a Foreign Game by Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger

Article on OG Kevin Boothe and WR Isaiah Stanback: Boothe, Stanback Continue Their Education by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on Former Giants LB Lawrence Taylor and His Super Bowl XXV Ring: Son Auctioning Lawrence Taylor Ring by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com

May 182012
 

Giants Officials and Players React to Receiving Super Bowl Rings: For a good overview of the reaction from Giants’ team officials and players in receiving their Super Bowl rings on Wednesday, see A Giant Night: Players get Super Bowl Rings! and Giants Hungry for Another Super Bowl Ring by Michael Eisen of Giants.com.

Video highlights of the event are available at Giants.com.

Video clips from the following officials and players are also available:

  • President and CEO John Mara (Video)
  • Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch (Video)
  • Head Coach Tom Coughlin (Video)
  • QB Eli Manning (Video)
  • HB Ahmad Bradshaw (Video)
  • OT/OG David Diehl (Video)
  • DE Justin Tuck (Video)

For more information on the actual ring design process, see Giants’ Justin Tuck Heeded Michael Strahan’s Advice to ‘Go For It’ in Designing Bold Super Bowl Rings by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger.

Article on Former Giants LB Lawrence Taylor: Lawrence Taylor Auctioning Off Super Bowl XXV Ring by Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger

May 172012
 

New York Giants Giants Receive Their Super Bowl Rings: The NFL Champion New York Giants received their Super Bowl rings yesterday at a private ceremony event at Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue.

The ring was designed by Tiffany & Co. with input from ownership, General Manager Jerry Reese, Head Coach Tom Coughlin, and the players.

“After a few meetings, Tiffany came up with several different options that they showed us and you kind of picked from there,” said QB Eli Manning. “We wanted it to be little different than the last ring.”

“We wanted it to represent the four trophies and have that feeling that you made the best ring that you could have made,” said DE Justin Tuck. “I think we captured that.”

“First and foremost,” said Long Snapper DeOssie, “we kept our teammates’ best interests in mind, so we wanted something that would appeal to everybody in the locker room. We gave some thoughts on the design and then Tiffany came in with five or six models. They were beautiful. We wanted something a little more modest, but at the same time you can’t help but notice it is a championship ring. The owners deferred to us as the players and we got everything we wanted. We went back and forth three or four times in an email chain. I think everyone was on board with the one we picked and couldn’t be happier about it.”

The top of the ring includes four Vince Lombardi trophies, commemorating the four Giants’ Super Bowl wins, and each set with a marquis diamond representing the football. The four trophies surround the Giants’ “ny” logo which is set with round diamonds on a blue enamel outline. The top of the ring also includes 37 blue sapphires set on the outer bezel. The text around the bezel reads “2011 WORLD CHAMPIONS NEW YORK GIANTS.”

“The blue makes it a little different,” Manning said. “We wanted some blue – the Giants are Big Blue. We definitely wanted to get a little blue to spark it up a little bit.”

“I think all of us wanted to have some blue in the ring, from the ownership down,” Tuck said. “We wanted to make the ring different from the ring we had earlier. The ’08 ring had no color in it – it was just white diamonds. We wanted those to sparkle a little bit more and stand out a little bit more. We talked to guys on the team and the consensus was a lot of guys wanted to see more color in the ring.”

One shank of the ring has the Giants logo, the Lombardi Trophy, the NFL shield, the words “Super Bowl XLVI,” and the final score – NYG 21 NE 17. The opposite shank has the recipient’s name, the Giants circular logo with the player’s number in the center, and EST. 1925 (the year the franchise was founded).  The lower palm side of shanks list the four seasons the Giants won the Super Bowl: 1986, 1990, 2007 and 2011.

Engraved inside the ring are the words “Finish” and “All In” two inspirational phrases that rallied the Giants throughout the season.

“We wanted to get a few things that were significant to this season – (including) ‘Finish’ on the inside,” Manning said. “Things like that make the ring special.”

“We definitely wanted ‘Finish,’ we definitely wanted ‘All In,’” Tuck said. “Those were two things we prided ourselves on, not only during the season, but especially through the playoff run. And we won games that way. So we definitely wanted those in there.”

“We took in a lot of opinions,” said Tuck. “We all came to a decision to make this ring our ring, because everyone loved it. When Tiffany brought it in the last day, there was silence because everyone was thinking, ‘Wow.’ It really captured everything we wanted to capture in the ring. Coach Coughlin was adamant about having ‘World Champions’ on it. Plus they did a great job designing the ring to fit around our fingers and really look good on your hand – not just having a big, ostentatious ring on your hand. They worked on the balance of the ring when it’s on your hand. I think Tiffany did a great job.”

“I couldn’t be happier with everything about the ring,” DeOssie said. “It’s absolutely beautiful.”

Article on the New York Giants and the Future: Giants Entertain Thoughts of ‘Dynasty’ at Super Bowl Ring Ceremony by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Injury Update on OG Chris Snee: As reported earlier (see “News and Notes” from March 30) had arthroscopic surgery on one of his elbows in late March. “I had elbow surgery, I feel good, I’ve been gaining my strength back and doing some work on the field,” said Snee on Tuesday. “I’ll be back there next week for OTAs. Good to go.”

Article on OG Chris Snee: Giants Guard Snee Wants Running Game to Improve by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on DE Osi Umenyiora: Giants’ Justin Tuck Says There Are No ‘Flames’ Around Osi Umenyiora’s Contract Situation Yet by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Article on LB Jake Muasau: More from Jake Muasau on Earning an NFL Contract by Doug Roberson of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Article on Lt. Col. Greg Gadson: Lt. Col. Greg Gadson Vows to Remain Inspiration for Giants, Despite Mike Sullivan’s Departure by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Article on Former Giants PK Matt Bahr and the 1990 NFC Championship: Matt Bahr on Kicking the Giants to a Championship While ‘Dinged Up’ by Greg Hanlon of CapitalNewYork.com

Quotes: WR Hakeem Nicks on WR Rueben Randle: “I got to see him a little bit (on Tuesday). We ran some routes. He seemed like a pretty humble kid. It seems like he’s ready to come to work and play football.”

May 152012
 

New York Giants Waive Safety Chad Jones: The Giants waived safety Chad Jones yesterday after Jones failed his team physical.

Jones was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Giants. Two months later, on June 25, 2010, Jones suffered multiple fractures and nerve damage in his lower left leg in the accident in New Orleans. Jones spent the last two seasons on the Giants’ Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.

“Chad had a severe injury to his left leg, involving a complex tibial fracture with associated injury to muscle, nerves, and vascular structures,” said a Giants’ associate team physician. “This type of injury is often limb-threatening, and can sometimes require amputation. He has made a remarkable recovery to date, with successful salvage of the leg. However, at this time he has residual sensory loss, muscle weakness, and tenuous soft tissue coverage in the involved lower leg. The resultant functional impairment precludes his ability to perform physically at the level required for professional football.”

“We would like to thank the Giants organization for the manner in which they have supported Chad since his unfortunate accident two years ago,” said Jones’ agent. “Their genuine support and caring has far exceeded their obligations and he and his family will be eternally grateful. Chad is experiencing a minor setback and we expect a full recovery within a few months. He thanks everyone for their continued support and prayers. He will see his teammates on the field soon.”

“We consider Chad to be part of the Giants family, and we’ll continue to work with him in his rehab,” General Manager Jerry Reese said. “As we’ve said since his accident, we’re thankful he is alive and able to lead a normal life.”

New York Giants Sign Safety Will Hill: The Giants signed street free agent safety Will Hill yesterday. Hill was one of the tryout players during the Giants’ recently-completed rookie mini-camp.

New York Giants to Receive Super Bowl Rings on Wednesday: Giants’ players, coaches, and team officials will receive their Super Bowl rings on Wednesday evening at a private ceremony event at Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue. The ring design was created after several meetings that included Team President/CEO John Mara; Chairman/Executive Vice President Steve Tisch; General Manager Jerry Reese; Head Coach Tom Coughlin; the team’s three co-captains, Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, and Zak DeOssie; and representatives from Tiffany.

Injury Update on DT Chris Canty: DT Chris Canty told The Daily News that he is recovering well from offseason knee surgery. “The rehab is going really well” said Canty. “I’m looking forward to being ready to go for training camp. Obviously there’s a lot of work between now and then for me to be ready to get me to that point. But the doctors feel good about the progress and they’re confident that I’ll be ready.”

Canty said he will not be ready to practice at the full-team mini-camp on June 12-14. “I don’t really see that,” Canty said. “And I don’t know that I’m going to be losing any sleep or shedding any tears for that.”

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Giants Coach Tom Coughlin to Receive U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Giants.com Q&A With HB David Wilson: The video of a Giants.com Q&A with HB David Wilson is available at Giants.com.

Article on CB Terrell Thomas: Thomas Looking Forward to Earning Ring with Giants by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Notes and Quotes: Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell said last week that that LB Chase Blackburn is the starter at middle linebacker heading into training camp.

“It’s my position to lose,” said Blackburn. “I’ve just got to continue to work hard and get better every day so I can keep that spot. You’ve got to take it in stride. You can’t be complacent with it. You can’t be happy about it. I’ve got to continue to work and get better. There’s a lot of things I can work on in my game. Yeah, I’m a veteran, this is my eighth season, but if you’re done improving you’re done in this game. There’s a lot of room for improvement.”