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Archive for May, 2006

Giants cut Will Peterson

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

After 5 seasons, the giants said good bye to Will Peterson. Sadly, his back will prevent him from playing football. I’m sure everyone else was ecited as I was by his 2004 season, thinking that Peterson (a 3rd round pick in 2001) was as good or better that Will Allen (the Giants 1st round pick in 2001). Now neither is with the the team.

“This is a very disappointing development for our ball club,” said Ernie Accorsi. “Will Peterson was a rising star cornerback and just ran into very tough luck last year with the back injury. We wanted to wait as long as we possibly could on his recovery.”

The Giants also released their new DT. Strange that he was signed and released one day later. I won’t bother learning to spell his name – Junior something.

The Giants also signed a backup QB in Rob Johnson. Tim Hasselbeck, Jared Lorenzen and Josh Harris are the other QBs behind Manning and I’m not clear on how this will play out. You would expect Johnson and Hasselbeck to be #2 and #3 based on talent but the #3 QB is often a developmental prospect. That could be Lorenzen if the Giants aren’t ready to give up on him yet.

Five Things The Giants Must Do To Guarantee Success

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

Over the past few weeks, New York has made some giant, excuse the pun, strides in defending their division title. Signing Arrington and adding a playmaker at the third wide receiver position were big moves and should have a direct effect on the win/loss column. That being said, there are a few things that the Giants have to accomplish to keep their season a good one.

Improve The Defense

Giants sign DT Junior Ioane

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Nothing wrong with having another competitor, but the 6’4″ 330 pound run stuffer does have some injury concerns. In fact he finished his last season on the Texans’ IR. He’s been in the league 7 years and he’s not a starting quality DT. I expect him to push the rookies in the preseason, but if it’s a close call, I’d give the nod to a rookie because of Junior Ioane’s injury history.

Burress & Shockey in Miami

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

Peter King mentioned the Giants briefly in his last article: 9. I think you could fry an egg on Giants coach Tom Coughlin’s forehead when you engage him in a discussion about Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Shockey skipping offseason workouts in New Jersey.

3 wide receiver sets in the Giants offense

Saturday, May 20th, 2006

Danger Moose at BBI posted some great statistics regarding 3 wide receiver sets in the Giants offense and how Moss will ahve a chnace to make big contributions in the upcoming season.

Of Manning’s pass attempts, 287 of 557 came with a 3WR set, 76 came in a 4 WR set, and 373 attempts with 1 TE.

Here’s an good article on a solid character guy, Lavar Arrington.

LaVar Arrington Interview Recap From NFL Live

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

LaVar Arrington was just on NFL Live giving an interview with Trey Wingo, probably the best interviewer ESPN has these days, and he said some interesting things about the Redskins, Giants, and even LT.

To start out with Arrington still seemed pretty confused and upset over what happened at the end of his playing days in Washington. He really made it seem like Joe Gibbs and his staff never gave him a chance to prove himself as a playmaker, despite having made three straight Pro Bowls before they came into the fold. He also took a couple of personal shots at Gibbs, albeit not strong ones. Overall it was clear that he didn

A couple of articles

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Some interesting comments on the Giants competition for wide receiver roster spots:

With Burress, Toomer, Moss and special teams star David Tyree assured of roster spots, Jennings figures to be in a four-way battle for two openings. Two taller, oft-injured speedsters, Tim Carter and Jamaar Taylor, will be trying to stay on the field. And 6-4, 235-pound Anthony Mix from Auburn is an interesting free agent.

A great article by Eric from BBI on possible defensive fronts the Giants may try out. This does an especially nice job of explaining technical words like “over” and “under”.

Kiwi and Wilkinson

Monday, May 15th, 2006

Just a couple of articles, one on Kiwi working hard and one on Wilkinson and his mother who passed away. I like the fact that the Giants drafted guys who work hard because I think that minimizes bust potential. You take good athletes like Kiwi, Wilkinson, and Moss who work hard and you should end up with a lot of good players.

Giants minicamp reports

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

Inside Football has a good report on the practices. They see a 1st round draft pick who probably won’t be contributing right away because he lacks pass ruch moves and can’t disengage from blocks. They see a 2nd round pick who’s shorter than 5’8″, has good hands, and runs nice routes. Sorry there’s no link, but for some reason I can’t copy and paste the URL (yes I am too lazy to type the URL by hand). I can copy and paste every other URL so see the links below:

The New York Times also has an article where they talk about Moss and Kiwi, they just don’t do a good job of explaining what happened on the practice field.

Arthur Staple talks a little bit about what happened on the practice field in his blog. Specifically, he mentions that CB Gerrick McPhearson broke up some passes. Good for McPhearson – a decent CB coming from a late-round pick would be excellent value. I think CB also happens to be our weakest position so if a rookie can emerge, that would be nice..

Giants minicamp begins!

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

New York Giant draft choices and undrafted free agents start their first NFL minicamp today. Justin Tuck talks about how his first minicamp was a big adjustment. In the same article, Osi adds that it will be difficult for the Giants newest defensive end to get the hang of the NFL.

There’s another article, a couple of days old, about Rutgers undrafted free agents (including the QB with the Giants). Again the theme is how adjusting to the NFL isn’t easy. There’s another article where Accorsi talks about how they almost drafted Anthony Mix in the 7th since he dominated in the Senior Bowl. Just goes to show there’s a lot to be excited about.

Coughlin is also excited and has something to say about Jai Lewis at long snapper, Kiwi leading the rookie class, and minicamp in general.