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Chris Snee, New York Giants (February 5, 2012)

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After 10 prolific season in the National Football League, Chris Snee will walk away. The 32-year-old announced Monday that he will retire from the NFL. Snee spent every year of his career with the New York Giants.

The news of his retirement was first reported by ESPN’s Dan Graziano late Sunday afternoon.

After meeting with the Giants this morning, the guard determined his body could no longer endure the physical trials of the NFL. Snee was rehabbing from offseason hip and elbow surgeries that cost him much of the 2013 season.

Snee announced the decision today as the Giants gathered to begin training camp in preparation for the 2014 season.

“I know it’s my time,” Snee said. “Before OTAs started I was confident. I was moving around great and I was strong enough where I felt that I could play and compete. But then once OTAs came around, I had to punch and stop somebody … obviously, we’re not wearing pads. I wasn’t able to do it. Quite frankly, it hurt.  But I thought maybe it was my joint getting used to that again. But the more I tried to do it, it became a concern to me that it wasn’t responding the way it should and actually my (elbow) strength had started to go down in the weight room.

“After those three days of OTAs, my hips were hurting. I was concerned. The elbow is an old joint and the cartilage is gone and the bone is starting to weaken. That being said, I came and I spoke to (general manager) Jerry Reese after OTAs and kind of told him what was coming. He said, ‘Take your time and still continue to work out.’ So I did that and my strength is still going down. That was an indication that I wasn’t strong enough to play. And that’s kind of what my game’s been based upon. I take tremendous pride in the effort that I put in the weight room and being the strongest player on the field. I’m nowhere near that, so I knew that even if I came here today, I wouldn’t be able to practice. You’re trying to catch up and I’ve been trying to get my strength back, but I think it’s time to just let the arm cool down.

“I’m thankful to the Giants for giving me this opportunity to try to come back, but I also told them, I told Jerry Reese face-to-face, that I would give him an honest evaluation and I’m a man of my word. I would not be able to help the team the way that I expect of myself or the way that they would expect of me.

“I am proud of where I am today,” said Snee. “To come from a small town in Pennsylvania (Montrose) where nobody thought (I would be an NFL player). When I said I wanted to play pro football at a young age, I was serious. And then when I played high school ball, I said, ‘I want to be the first guy from my high school to go to a Division 1 college,’ and I was able to do that. Along every step there were doubters, I’m sure that’s the case with everyone, I’m not trying to make my situation unique. I’ve always been a guy, I like to prove people wrong. I just always have been a guy who has had high goals for myself and really never satisfied until I get them. I’m extremely proud, but also extremely sad.”

“It’s going to be weird,” Snee said of no longer playing. “I bought season tickets a couple years ago. I don’t think I’ll be ready to sit in those seats just yet – but yeah, I’ll be here. I still have some older friends remaining on the team and some of the young guys I’ve gotten to know. I’ll be rooting for them.”

For the better part of nine years, the former second-round pick was one of the top guards throughout the league. Snee’s agility gave him a unique ability to pull and helped create daylight for the likes of Tiki Barber, Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. In 2008, Snee was part of an offensive line that paved the way for two 1,000-yard rushing backs as Jacobs rushed for 1,089 yards and Derrick Ward 1,025.

Snee will be remembered as one of the top offensive lineman to ever wear a Giants’ uniform. The 32-year-old was selected to the Pro Bowl four times (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012) and earned All-Pro honors three times (2008, 2009, 2010.) Snee was also a member of the Giants’ Super Bowl championships in 2007 and 2011.

“I think Chris was everything you could ever hope for in a player: toughness, integrity, and a lot of pride,” said New York Giants President and CEO John Mara. “Winning mattered to him. I think he set a great example for all of the other players. He’s somebody we’re going to miss very much. He was one of the greatest offensive linemen in Giants history, and he’ll be on that Ring of Honor someday.

“Chris has been a great Giant, on and off the field,” said Giants Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch. “And that is the highest compliment we can pay somebody around here.”

“Chris is a pro’s pro,” said General Manager Jerry Reese. “He played the game right. He was as tough and prideful as they come. We will miss him.”

“To me, he was the best guard in all of football,” Coughlin said. “No doubt. No matter who you put him against, all of the great defensive tackles in the game, the 350 (pound) guys, the 340 guys, he blocked them. When he first came here, he was so, so committed and so driven to excel at the professional level as he had excelled at the collegiate level (at Boston College)…(This retirement is) different because not only is it a great football player retiring from the game, who has contributed so much to our team and our franchise and has two world championships to show for it, he is a highly-respected and loved member of (the Coughlin) family.”

“He called me yesterday and told me the news,” QB Eli Manning said. “I kind of knew there was a possibility with everything going on with his health. I’m obviously disappointed just because we’ve had a long run together. We came in the same year, were roommates for home games and away games that first year. We’ve won a lot of games and been through a lot together and been great pals, so I told him I’d miss him. He was the last one from our original class that came in together, but he’s got to do what’s best for him. I think he made a decision kind of based on how he’s feeling and also based on what’s best for the Giants. He’s a true team player and just didn’t think he was going to be able to help and wanted to put us in a situation where we kind of knew that early on. We’re going to definitely miss his leadership and his presence around the locker room, around the team, but we’ll still be great friends.”

With Snee now gone, the competition for who will line up at right guard opening day is now wide open. Brandon Mosley, John Jerry and Giants’ second-round pick Weston Richburg will all see time at the now vacant position.

When Snee missed time during the Giants’ offseason conditioning program, it was Mosley who filled in with the first team. Jerry sat out both the organized team activities and mandatory mini-camp while rehabbing a knee injury.

Mosley was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft while Jerry was signed as a free agent this year from Miami.

No matter who comes out on top for the Giants’ this offseason, it’ll be the team’s most youthful offensive line in quite some time. No projected started is over 30 years old. William Beatty is the oldest at 29.

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David Wilson and David Diehl, New York Giants (August 24, 2013)

David Wilson (22) has received medical clearance to return to the field – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Throughout this offseason, New York Giants’ running back David Wilson talked over and over about his injured neck. He reiterated there was no pain, no limitation. All he needed was a photo to assure doctors he was good to go.

It got to the point where he refused to address it anymore, telling reporters at the team’s mandatory mini-camp he wouldn’t answer any questions about his neck. This afternoon, he’ll be fielding another Q and A. But unlike before, he won’t have an issue with the subject of his neck.

Wilson announced via twitter that he has received medical clearance to resume all football related activities.

The news of Wilson’s clearance completes arguably the most trying time of the former first-round pick’s young career. Last year, Wilson suffered a herniated disc versus the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 6. After attempts to wait it out and let it heal on its own failed, Wilson had neck surgery to fuse the vertebrae together on Jan. 16.

The surgery put Wilson’s football career in question.

David Wilson, New York Giants (July 27, 2013)

David Wilson – © USA TODAY Sports Images

“It was hard to worry because I felt nothing,” Wilson said earlier this offseason. “I thought it would be something that would just pass over but then they said I had to have the surgery, it was best to have the surgery. I understood that and I did my research and weighed the pros and cons and felt that it was the best decision.”

After having surgery, Wilson felt himself getting better and better as the days went on. When the Giants reported to East Rutherford for the team’s offseason conditioning program, Wilson took part in the non-contact drills.

There was never a moment a smile wasn’t on Wilson’s face.

“Just staying positive and going out there and still participating,” Wilson said. “I’m trying to focus more on building chemistry with my team and learning this playbook so we can have a better season than we did last year.”

David Wilson, New York Giants (December 9, 2012)

David Wilson – © USA TODAY Sports Images

New York’s first training camp practice will be held Tuesday, July 22 and it’s unclear how much Wilson will participate. Just as cloudy is his role. This offseason, the Giants signed Rashad Jennings and drafted Andre Williams.

While Wilson may not be the team’s featured back, the potential of a thunder-lightning combination with Jennings should put a smile on offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s face.

“That’s something we’re going to strive to become,” Jennings said following an OTA practice. “He brings an element to the game that’s unique and special. I think every other running back brings something unique and special to this offense. We’ll see how time plays itself out, but I definitely want every running back to contribute as much as they possible can.”

See what fans are saying about Wilson’s return

Jul 202014
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (August 3, 2012)

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Chris Snee and Pat Flaherty, New York Giants (July 27, 2013)

Chris Snee and Pat Flaherty – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Chris Snee May Retire on Monday: A rumor posted on BigBlueInteractive.com that right guard Chris Snee may retire on Monday seems to have some validity as press reports now say Snee with meet with New York Giants team officials on Monday to discuss that very possibility. Players are required to report to training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Monday as the first training camp practice begins on Tuesday.

Snee has been plagued with hip and elbow issues the last few years, and continued problems with the elbow caused him to sit out a number of Organized Team Activity (OTA) and mini-camp practices. Snee was placed on Injured Reserve in October 2013 with a torn labrum in his right hip that required surgery. He also underwent elbow surgery in November. After the 2011 season, Snee underwent surgery on his elbow and left hip.

Snee was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Giants and is one of the few remaining active Giants with two Super Bowl rings. If he does retire, possible replacements at right guard include John Jerry, Brandon Mosley, and Weston Richburg. Jerry was signed in the offseason from the Miami Dolphins but missed all of the offseason work while he was recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. Mosley was drafted in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Giants and Richburg in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Jon Beason Injury Update: New York Giants linebacker told Newsday on Sunday that he is recovering well from the right foot injury he suffered during the team’s ninth OTA practice on June 12. Beason suffered a ligament tear and small fracture to the sesamoid bone in his right foot. The injury did not require surgery.

Beason told Newsday that he will not run during Monday’s team conditioning test, but he told the paper that his toe and foot feel great and he could run if he had to. “We’re hitting all those benchmarks in terms of the prognosis,” said Beason. “It’s getting better and better every day.”

Beason was asked if playing the season opener was a possibility. “Absolutely,” replied Beason. “That’s the goal…I’ve had seasons where I didn’t have any training camp and I went out there and got busy right away.”

“I feel fine right now,” said Beason. “But then again I know that I’m not ready to go full speed and change direction and tackle people.”

Article on RB Rashad Jennings: Rashad Jennings: How he trained for his first training camp with the Giants by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on TE Kellen Davis: 10 Giants you should know when training camp begins: Kellen Davis by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

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Eli Manning and Ben McAdoo, New York Giants (June 18, 2014)

Eli Manning and Ben McAdoo – © USA TODAY Sports Images

New York Giants Report to Training Camp on Monday: New York Giants players are required to report to summer training camp on Monday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The first practice will be held on Tuesday from 1:20-3:30PM. For a complete listing of training camp practices as well as a handy fan Q&A about training camp, see our Training Camp section of the website.

2014 TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
Tuesday, July 22; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Wednesday, July 23; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Thursday, July 24; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Friday, July 25; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Saturday, July 26; No Practice – Players’ Day Off
Sunday, July 27; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Monday, July 28; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Tuesday, July 29; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Wednesday, July 30; No Practice – Players’ Day Off
Thursday, July 31; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Friday, August 1; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Saturday, August 2; No Practice
Sunday, August 3; Hall of Fame Game vs. Buffalo, 8:00 p.m. Canton, Ohio
Monday, August 4; No Practice – Players’ Day Off
Tuesday, August 5; Closed Practice due to MetLife Stadium Event
Wednesday, August 6; 5:40- 7:50 p.m. – Practice
Thursday, August 7; Closed Practice due to MetLife Stadium Event
Friday, August 8; No Practice
Saturday, August 9; Steelers vs. Giants, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 10; No Practice – Players’ Day Off
Monday, August 11; 3:20-5:30 p.m. – Practice
Tuesday, August 12; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Wednesday, August 13; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Thursday, August 14; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice (End Camp)

NY Post Q&A with New York Giants President/CEO John Mara: Serby’s Sunday Q&A with John Mara by Steve Serby of The New York Post

New York Giants Training Camp Preview Articles:

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

Article on OC Weston Richburg and Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo: Rookie Weston Richburg studies Giants playbook as offense prepares for Ben McAdoo’s new system by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on the New York Giants Tight Ends: Giants Training Camp Battle No. 1: 5 tight ends in the wild competition by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Line:

Jul 182014
 
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John Mara, New York Giants (October 28, 2012)

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Some Pre-Camp Thoughts From John Mara: New York Giants President and CEO John Mara spoke briefly to the press at a charity event on Thursday. Some interesting tidbits:

  • On the Giants very busy free agent period: “It’s not going to happen every year. We’re not going to have that kind of cap room every year. And listen: If you’re that aggressive every year, there’s something wrong with your organization. But you have to do it every once in awhile.”
  • On the team’s secondary: “(It is) a stronger secondary than we’ve ever had before.”
  • On whether RB David Wilson (career-threatening neck injury) will be able to play: “We expect him to be playing this year, but that is going to depend on what the doctors tell us. So far, all signs are that he’s going to be ready to go.”
  • On new Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo: “I like what I’ve seen so far, but he hasn’t called a play in a game yet. (The new offense) looks great on the practice field.”
  • On his prediction for the Giants in 2014: “I was the same idiot who said last year it was the best team we’d had in years and look what happened. So, yeah. The fans do deserve better and we did our best in the offseason. It’s not just a question of doing it on the field. We think we have the pieces in place, but until we start playing games it’s just hard to tell.”
  • On DE Justin Tuck playing for the Raiders: “It’s gonna hurt seeing him in a different uniform. This one’s really gonna hurt, because he was such a great player and a great citizen for us.”

Giants.com Q&A with Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo: The video of a Giants.com Q&A with Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo is available at Giants.com.

Giants.com Q&A with QB Eli Manning: The video of a Giants.com Q&A session with QB Eli Manning is available at Giants.com.

NY Post Q&A with Giants Play-by-Play Man Bob Papa: The positional battles Bob Papa will be watching at Giants camp by Justin Terranova of The New York Post

Article on the New York Giants Quarterbacks: Giants Training Camp Battle No. 3: Ryan Nassib vs. himself and Curtis Painter by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on the New York Giants Fullbacks: Giants Training Camp Battle No. 4: Henry Hynoski vs. John Conner at fullback by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on DT Johnathan Hankins: 10 Giants you should know when training camp begins: Johnathan Hankins by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on S Nat Berhe: 10 Giants you should know when training camp begins: Nat Berhe by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Jul 172014
 
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Antrel Rolle, New York Giants (December 15, 2013)

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For the first time since Antrel Rolle signed with the Giants in 2010, the 31-year-old safety played, well, primarily safety.

There was enough depth to keep Rolle in his most natural position. No more need for him to player nickel corner, outside corner or down in the box.

The result? 98 tackles (career high), two sacks (career high), six interceptions (career high), a forced fumble and the acknowledgment as the third-most dynamic safety in the league.

NFL.com analysis Bucky Brooks has spent the last week compiling a list of ‘Bucky’s Best,’ taking a look at the NFL’s best at certain attributes. A former NFL player himself, Brooks has found the NFL’s top blind-side blockers, complete running backs, clutch quarterbacks, hybrid tight ends and players with the best hand-ball skills.

Earlier, Brooks named Giants’ cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie the seventh-best coverage safety. Rolle is the highest ranked Giant on any of his lists to date. Brooks has yet to debut his best “Defensive signal-callers.”

Brooks had the following to say on Rolle:

The cagey veteran remains one of the top playmakers in the game despite entering his 10th season in the league. In fact, Rolle is fresh off his best professional campaign. As a former cornerback, he’s comfortable manning up against tight ends and receivers in the slot, but he’s also adept at patrolling the deep middle. His versatility allows defensive coordinator Perry Fewell to use him in a variety of roles in the Giants’ sub-packages to keep quarterbacks guessing in the pocket. Rolle is a proven playmaker with a knack for picking off passes (23 career interceptions, including six in 2013) and creating disruption on the second level. He’s an ideal Swiss army knife to counter the versatile offenses setting the pace in today’s NFL.

The praise and accolades are not the first for Rolle this offseason. The former first-round pick was voted the No. 65 player in the NFL on the NFL Network’s ‘Top 100′ countdown and was named ‘Giant of the Year’ by BigBlueInteractive.com (BBI).

BBI will present Rolle with the ‘Hope Johnson’ trophy on July 25.

Jul 172014
 
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Michael Strahan, New York Giants (January 28, 2014)

Jay Glazer will present Michael Strahan into the Hall of Fame – © USA TODAY Sports Images

When Michael Strahan is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 2, it’ll be long-time friend and FOXSports reporter Jay Glazer that first welcomes him to the halls of Canton.

When Strahan was initially voted into the Hall of Fame, it was Glazer that broke the news to him. Sitting around friends and family, Glazer casually glanced down at is phone before beginning to talk.

“Last year was tough because I was like, ‘You’re gonna make it,’” Glazer turned to Strahan and said. “Then I thought, maybe it’s just not going to be this year.

“But, it is this year.’”

Following around Strahan during the entire week, LIVE with Michael and Kelly caught it all on film:

Strahan, who considers Glazer one of his closest friends, described the two’s relationship in an article on Deadspin.com

Jay Glazer

Jay Glazer – © USA TODAY Sports Images

“We always argue and fight and scream. We’ve been in cars before, and I open the door and get out as he’s driving 60 miles per hour down the street,” Strahan told Drew Magary. “We do get to that point where it’s like most people, 99.9 percent who doesn’t know us, they would just go, ‘Oh, these guys are gonna fight, I don’t know if I really want to get into the middle of this.’ And I think we end up laughing at everybody else’s reaction.”

Glazer helped Strahan co-write his biography, “Inside the Helmet: My Life as an Afternoon Warrior.”

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CineSport Video Update: Strahan – Inside His Journey to Canton

Giants.com Q&A with LB Jameel McClain: The video of a Giants.com Q&A session with LB Jameel McClain is available at Giants.com.

Article on OG Chris Snee: Chris Snee remains an unknown for Giants heading into training camp by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

New York Giants Training Camp Articles:

Article on QB Ryan Nassib: 10 Giants you should know when training camp begins: Ryan Nassib by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on WR Marcus Harris: 10 Giants you should know when training camp begins: Marcus Harris by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on OC/OG Weston Richburg: Giants training camp battle No. 5: J.D. Walton vs. Weston Richburg at center Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on Former Giants Quarterback Y.A. Tittle: Awakening the Giant by Seth Wickersham of ESPN.com

Jul 162014
 
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Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning, New York Giants (February 7, 2012)

Manning was ranked the No. 65 player in the NFL by CBS Sports – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Since hoisting his second Lombardi Trophy, it hasn’t been very easy being Eli Manning.

The two-time Super Bowl MVP has fronted a New York Giants team that is on a two-year playoff drought, has turned the ball over 50 times and has yet to have a completion percentage over 60 percent.

He’s now 33-years-old, is learning a brand new offense and dealing with questions on if he’s on the decline. Despite all the above, CBS Sports believes the once-elite Eli is still, well, Elite.

Answering NFL Network’s ‘Top 100′ list, CBS released on of its own and named Manning No. 65 and lone Giant on the countdown. Manning was omitted from the NFL Network’s Top 100.

“Granted he threw a lot of interceptions in 2013, but he always bounces back,” list-compiler Pat Kirwan wrote.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson (50), Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck (49), Atlanta’s Matt Ryan (47), Baltimore’s Joe Flacco (45), San Diego’s Philip Rivers (34), Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger (18) and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (5) all ranked ahead of Manning.

Tom Brady (New England), Peyton Manning (Denver), Drew Brees (New Orleans) comprised the ‘Top 3.’

Giants’ safety Antrel Rolle, who was voted the 72nd-best player on the NFL Network’s ‘Top 100,” was not ranked by CBS.

The complete list can be viewed here.