Tag:New York Giants
Posted on: August 8, 2010 12:24 pm

Kenny Phillips cleared to practice

Posted by Andy Benoit

Giants safety Kenny Phillips has finally been cleared to practice. The electrifying third-year pro has spent the last 11 months recovering from microfracture surgery.

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that Phillips will take the field Monday. The Giants will ease him into the swing of things and initially limit him to one practice per day. If all goes well, Phillips should be able to beat out veteran pickup Deon Grant for the starting strong safety job come September.

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 12:10 am

Two key injuries to offensive linemen

Posted by Andy Benoit

Two key, wide-impacting injuries to offensive linemen today. Patriots right tackle Nick Kaczur has a back injury that, according to Mike Reiss, could sideline Kaczur indefinitely. Second-year tackle Sebastian Vollmer will likely replace Kaczur.

In New York, there has been talk that William Beatty could take over at left tackle for the Giants. This would push David Diehl inside and relegate veteran Rich Seubert to the bench. This scenario has become likely now that Seubert is out indefinitely with a broken hand. Diehl, a natural guard, should thrive inside. The question is whether the athletic but raw Beatty has improved his lower body strength enough to handle a starting role.

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 5:34 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 5:38 pm

Could Brandon Jacobs lose starting job?

Posted By Andy Benoit

It’s obvious Brandon Jacobs wasn’t himself last season. He suffered a torn meniscus in Week1 and became a tentative, plodding runner. His 3.7 yards per carry average fell 1.3 yards shy of his average ver the previous two seasons.
B. Jacobs (US Presswire)
Jacobs admits that he should have had his knee injury taken care of right away, rather than late in the season. Presumably, the 264-pound battering ram is back to 100 percent. But could his down year end up costing him a starting job? Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News writes:

So is (Jacobs) fully healthy now? He's practiced every day, although (Ahmad) Bradshaw - who had surgery on both his feet and his right ankle this offseason - has notably taken the first snap in every practice so far. Jacobs hasn't talked to the media this summer so it's unclear how he's feeling.

Bradshaw is a shifty runner with good open field quickness. And, contrary to popular belief, he’s much more than a third down back. Shrewd vision and a compact, low center of gravity make the fourth-year-pro a quality between-the-tackles runner.

Skill-wise, it’s not unthinkable that New York could slide Bradshaw into the starting lineup – especially if they’ve lost faith in Jacobs.

Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride was asked what was wrong with Jacobs last season. "I don't know. We don't know," Gilbride said. "He wasn't as effective, so I'm going to say it's his knee. That's the only way I can try to begin to explain it, but with anything it's never just one thing. Maybe we didn't block some things so well, maybe he didn't make some good decisions quite as often, maybe I didn't call the plays at the right times. Who knows?"

Having said all this, let’s throw in the grain of salt: it’s early in training camp. Jacobs, when healthy, is a dominator. A lot can happen between now and September.

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 11:29 am
Edited on: August 5, 2010 2:38 pm

Plaxico Burress release in 2-3 weeks 'premature'

Posted by Will Brinson

Rumblings emerged yesterday that Plaxico Burress was scheduled to be released from prison within a few weeks , and that the Giants make 'take a look' at him.

The Giants might certainly be looking, but there's no reason to get too worked up about their interest: Plax's attorney, Peter Frankel, told the New York Daily News that the reports he'd be released within two-to-three weeks were "premature."

"That was somebody going to visit him, and saying he was hopeful he might be moved in two to three weeks, and suddenly that turned into 'He'll be out in two to three weeks,'" Frankel told the Daily News Wednesday. "We're respecting the process.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk countered the original report from yesterday, calling the claim of Plax's release "bogus" and it appears he was right -- if Burress' attorney is clamoring to let people know his client won't be out in that time span, it's safe to say we won't see him floating out of the free agent pool for a little bit longer.

Burress applied for a work release on July 2nd , his second time doing so since entering prison on a two year sentence.

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 3:05 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2010 3:32 pm

Giants might take a look at Plaxico Burress

If you thought the Giants had no interest in perhaps bringing back WR Plaxico Burress – who is serving a two-year prison stint for gun possession but is scheduled to be released in the next couple weeks – think again.

New York general manager Jerry Reese told the New York Post the team will investigate it.

"He says his body feels great and is free of pain for the first time in years," a source who has visited Burress tells the Post’s George Willis. "He's in good shape and he has handled everything well."

It’s obviously unclear what Burress, who turns 33 later this month, possibly has left. But it wouldn’t be outlandish to suggest Burress could help the Giants WR corps. Steve Smith is the team’s No. 1 WR, and Hakeem Nicks (whose MRI today revealed that his knee would be OK) and Mario Manningham are decent enough. Other than that, it wouldn’t be impossible for Burress to have a chance to contribute.

UPDATE (3:30 p.m.):
Pro Football Talk responds. One of Mike Florio's sources called the Post report "bogus" and that Burress might not be released in the next few weeks.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 4:09 pm

Quick Hit news items from the weekend

--It looks like Dwayne Jarrett will be the No. 2 receiver in Carolina this year .

--Trent Edwards opened training camp as the No. 1 quarterback in Buffalo.

--Pisa Tinoisamoa is battling Nick Roach for a starting strongside linebacker job in Chicago (both would be better on the weak side, but that’s neither here nor there.)

--Sidney Rice’s bum hip has landed him on PUP for now .

--Giants safety Kenny Phillips is also on PUP . Phillips is trying to come back from microfracture surgery that wiped out virtually all of his ’09 season.

--David Tyree and Ike Hilliard both signed contracts with the Giants so that they could retire as members of Big Blue.

--Chester Pitts finally found a home. The longtime Texan and his surgically-repaired knee signed a one-year contract with the Seahawks. Seattle runs a zone-blocking scheme that is very similar to the one Pitts worked in under Gary Kubiak in Houston.

--Derrick Burgess has upset the Patriots by not showing up for training camp. He is leaning towards retirement.

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 12:10 pm

Hip surgery recommended to Umenyiora

Colorado hip specialist, Dr. Marc Philippon, who operated on Kurt Warner, Alex Rodriguez and Ed Reed took a look at Osi Umenyiora and recommended hip surgery for the Giants defensive end. Umenyiora visited Philippon earlier this summer.
O. Umenyiora
Umenyiora has had hip pain off and on since tearing his hip flexor in 2006.

Mike Garafalo of the Star Ledger writes:

Umenyiora tried to battle his way through a hip issue this offseason, as he figured it was simply another flare-up of a lingering injury that pops up annually during spring workouts.

One month into summer, the pain is still there for the Giants’ beleaguered defensive end. And one expert says it won’t go away without surgery.

No one from the Giants or Umenyiora’s circle would comment. Umenyiora is expected to take the field on the first day of training camp.

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 10:55 am

A positive Chad Jones update

The Giants are reporting that rookie safety Chad Jones, who suffered a major leg injury in a June car accident, is out of a New York hospital and returning home to Louisiana for recuperation. Jones will be back in New York in 6-8 weeks for more surgery.

-- Andy Benoit

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