Jun 292011

Eli Manning Continuing to Work With Hakeem Nicks and Jerrel Jernigan: Although the relatively well-attended, player-organized workouts ended earlier this month, according to The Star-Ledger, QB Eli Manning worked out with wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Jerrel Jernigan for three days last week at Duke University.

“Just going out and (Eli) showing me where I’m supposed to be on my route running and just teach my offense,” Jernigan said. “I’m getting my timing down, getting my face in the playbook and starting to see some of the routes of stuff.”

“He called me to ask me if I wanted to go up there, he was going up there to get some work in,” Jernigan said. “I was like, ‘Yeah I’ll be there.'”

Article on DT Barry Cofield: Labor Strife Leaves Giants’ Cofield in Limbo by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Jun 282011

Latest on New York Giants Safety Chad Jones: ‘I’ve Been Through a Long Journey’ by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com

New Name for New Meadowlands Stadium?: MetLife Eyes the Meadowlands by Terry Lefton of SportsBusinessDaily.com

Quotes: DT Chris Canty on DE Osi Umenyiora, who would like to have his contract re-structured: “He’s a terrific player. We need him.”

QB Eli Manning on who would be more welcomed on the Giants, HB Tiki Barber or WR Plaxico Burress: “Probably Plaxico just because he has probably fonder memories of winning a Super Bowl and that catch for the touchdown in Super Bowl XLII. Tiki ended on a bad note and it’s really a shame, he should be remembered as a great Giants running back and a terrific player, because he was. Just kind of the way he went out and burned a few bridges with the fans and kind of went after me a little bit, it’s unfortunate. I’m not happy about it in that sense, so I think Plaxico would probably be welcomed back a little quicker.”

Manning on how the lockout is negatively impacting the young players: “That’s kind of one of my biggest concerns, the rookies, and even the guys who are going into that second year. The rookies, it’s almost going to be like a red-shirt year for them just because they’re going to come in whenever we get back to training camp and everything’s going to be brand new for them…(During the unofficial mini-camp, WR Jerrel Jernigan and I are) talking plays and concepts, different reads that he has and the second day he’s kind of looking at me and he goes ‘Can I just get the formations? Can you draw some formations for me?’ He’s just trying to figure out where to line up. They don’t have any meeting time to learn some things, to sit down with the coach and sit down with the players and pick a few things to work on.”

Jun 242011

Report – Giants Hire Larry Izzo as Assistant Special Teams Coach: According to The Star-Ledger, though not official until after the lockout is over, the Giants have hired former special teams standout Larry Izzo as their new assistant special teams coach.

Izzo replaces Thomas McGaughey who left the Giants in March to join LSU’s coaching staff.

Thomas Quinn remains the Giants’ head special teams coach.

Izzo played 14 years in the NFL with the Dolphins (1996-2000), Patriots (2001-2008), and Jets (2009). He was a three time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection as a special teams player (2000, 2002, and 2004).

This is Izzo’s first coaching job.

Questions for the Giants After the Lockout: Whenever the Lockout is Finally Over… by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

More on DE Osi Umenyiora: Will Osi Force Giants’ Hand? by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Article on the Giants Training Camp and Albany: Albany Businesses Dreading a Summer Without Giants by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on Former Giants HB Tiki Barber: Tiki Barber: ‘Right Now, I Need the Game’ by The Associated Press

Quotes: RG Chris Snee on the 2011 Draft and the offensive line: “I think everyone, especially in our offensive line room, were expecting an offensive lineman taken in the first or second. Listen, I know obviously Jerry Reese and everyone there is going to do what’s best for the team. But I’m very close with everyone we have and I really dread the day when someone in that room is gone. If we can steal another season or two together, that would be really special and hopefully we can.”

Jun 172011

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Article on WR Domenik Hixon: One Year Later, Hixon Ready to Return by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin and Former Giants WR Plaxico Burress: Giants’ Coughlin Ignores Burress Bash by Brian Costello of The New York Post

Jun 142011

More on the Recently-Completed, Player-Organized Mini-Camp: As previously reported, last week the New York Giants’ players organized an impromptu mini-camp at a local New Jersey high school that was relatively well attended.

“It’s kind of the best we can do under the circumstances,” said QB Eli Manning. “It’s not great work, but it’s better than doing nothing.”

“It was really to just kind of get some of the young guys out there, to get (WR) Jerrel (Jernigan) and some of the draft picks, to get them to meet some of the guys, learn a little bit of the terminology,” Manning said. “You get worried. You don’t know how long this lockout is going to be, where if it goes too long they’ll never be able to catch up and it’ll be a wash of a year for them. You’re trying to prevent that.”

“You can get your timing in training camp,” Manning said. “We were throwing routes and we got decent work in the number of days we’ve thrown. We’ve got guys that have been there before. I was trying get with Jerrel and some of the new guys and get them caught up some more (so) they’re doing the right thing. That’s really what it is. It’s kind of also the trust issue. You’ve got to trust a guy to run the right route, get the right depth, read the coverage the correct way. That’s kind of where the timing comes, just guys doing what they’re supposed to be doing.”

“You see it all over the league and I didn’t expect anything different from our players,” said General Manager Jerry Reese. “You always worry about guys’ injuries, but I think those guys know how to take care of themselves. I don’t think they’re going full speed, the kind of speed to have injuries. Injuries happen, but hopefully they’re being mindful of that and take care of that.”

“I’m glad to see there’s an attempt on the part of the players to do some things together,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “A big part of what we do in the offseason is team building. We haven’t had the opportunity to do that. Any time you get to spend together is a good thing.”

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Jun 132011

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Jun 112011

Unofficial New York Giants Mini-Camp Ends: The relatively well-attended, player-organized mini-camp at Bergen Catholic High School ended yesterday. After a peak turnout of 39 players on Tuesday, attendance fell the remainder of the week.

It is reported that 27 players practiced on Friday: QB Eli Manning, QB Sage Rosenfels, HB D.J. Ware, HB Da’Rel Scott, WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Ramses Barden, WR Domenik Hixon, WR Victor Cruz, WR Duke Calhoun, WR Darius Reynaud, WR Samuel Giguere, TE Travis Beckum, TE Jake Ballard, TE/FB Bear Pascoe, OC Shaun O’Hara, OC Jim Cordle, OG Chris Snee, OG Mitch Petrus, OT David Diehl, OT William Beatty, OT Jamon Meredith, OT James Brewer, DT Dwayne Hendricks, LB Jonathan Goff, LB Greg Jones, CB Bruce Johnson, and long snapper Zak DeOssie.

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Article on WR Domenik Hixon: Giants Wide Receiver Domenik Hixon Feels Fully Recovered One Year After Tearing Knee Ligament by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Jun 102011

Despite Heat, Many Giants Continue NFL Lockout Workouts: Despite extremely high temperatures, approximately 30 New York Giants practiced again yesterday at Bergen Catholic High School in New Jersey.

For more information on yesterday’s practice, see It’s Getting Hot In Here by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com.

Article on the Giants and Training Camp: Giants Still Plan to Head to Albany by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Article on Former Giants’ WR Plaxico Burress: ‘Just Give Me a Playbook’ by Aditi Kinkhabwala of The Wall Street Journal

Jun 092011

Another Well-Attended NFL Lockout Practice for the Giants: For at least the second day in a row, almost 40 Giants attended a players-organized practice at Bergen Catholic High School in New Jersey.

For more information on yesterday’s practice: