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Giants Re-Structure Contracts of Snee and Weatherford: As first anticipated by BBI cap analyst Optimus-NY, the Giants re-structured the contracts of OG Chris Snee and P Steve Weatherford on Wednesday.
Snee’s 2013 base salary of $6.7 million was reduced to $4.2 million. However, his 2014 base salary will increase from $6.95 million to $7.2 million.
Weatherford’s 2013 base salary of $1.825 was reduced to $925,000 with the rest converted into a bonus.
The moves created approximately $1.925 million in cap space.
Giants Pick Team Captains: QB Eli Manning, DE Justin Tuck, S Antrel Rolle, OG Chris Snee, and LS Zak DeOssie were voted team captains by their teammates for the 2013 NFL season. It is the sixth consecutive season Manning has been elected a captain, the fourth time for Tuck, and the third for DeOssie.
“These guys were all elected by the players,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Am I happy they were selected? Yes, I am because I think the number one thing is always ‘team’ and people have to lead by example, first, and ‘well done is better than well said.’ Yet, through the course of the long and difficult, challenging season, you’re going to see an opportunity for people to show what they’re made of in good and bad and that’s where leadership comes from. Adversity, remember, makes you stronger, according to John Wooden.”
“They have demonstrated over the years, honestly, not just this fall, a true, true interest and concern in the well-being of our team, not their own individual thing. I think there’s tremendous growth in each individual. You watch and listen to Antrel, and I think that you know that his heart and mind is in, and has been in for quite some time, the right place. I just think they’re guys that work in different ways and have demonstrated exceptional leadership and have done more than their part. You open the door to the offensive line room and there’s one guy sitting behind that machine every time you peek in there and it’s 76 (Snee).
“You know where Eli stands. I think Tuck has come back this fall and really he’s not been very verbal, but he’s demonstrated and shown good example, and I think that’s really what the challenge was for Justin based on a year ago. And Zak has been steady and he has been, as a captain, is this his third year already, he has been very forthright and never leaves a stone unturned in terms of what he thinks with regard to his effort on special teams or his contributions in the meeting room.”
Injury Update: Not practicing on Thursday were OC David Baas (knee), OT David Diehl (thumb), and TE Adrien Robinson (foot).
FB Henry Hynoski (knee), WR Victor Cruz (heel), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back), and DE Damontre Moore (shoulder) were limited in practice.
CB Jayron Hosley (ankle) fully practiced.
Coach Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:
- Head Coach Tom Coughlin (Video)
- Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride (Video)
- Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell (Video)
- Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn (Video)
Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:
- RB David Wilson (Video)
- RB Da’Rel Scott (Video)
- OG Chris Snee (Video)
- OT Justin Pugh (Video)
- DE Mathias Kiwanuka (Video)
- CB Terrell Thomas (Video)
- S Antrel Rolle (Video)
Article on RB Da’Rel Scott: RB Da’Rel Scott Next in Line vs. Cowboys by Dan Salomone of Giants.com
Articles on the Offensive Line:
- Giants’ Will Beatty Has Hands Full with Cowboys’ Ware by Art Stapleton of Newsday
- Giants’ Justin Pugh Silently Preparing for His First Start Under the Bright Lights of the NFL by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger
Article on DE Adewale Ojomo: Adewale Ojomo: ‘I’m Much Closer to the Field This Year’ by Tom Rock of Newsday
Articles on the Defensive Backs:
- Can Giants’ Webster Turn the Corner? by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal
- Sunday Will Be Emotional for Thomas by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com
- Cooper Taylor Hopes to Show That Three True Safeties are Plenty by Tom Rock of Newsday