--P Jeff Feagles has re-signed with the Giants to be their punter in 2010. Feagles, who will enter his 23rd NFL season this year and his eight with the Giants, made the decision to return to the game back several weeks ago after determining that his right knee, which he had repaired in 2005, could endure the rigors of another year.
"I needed to do some things physically to figure out if I wanted to go and do this again," Feagles said. "So right after the season I took a little break and then jumped into working out on my own, and seeing if I could do some things to strengthen my legs. I thought I had lost a little bit of leg strength last year. I haven't been able to train because of my knee the last couple of years. So I felt that I needed to get into the weight room and do some things and see if it was going to hold up. And I was going to make a decision after that."
The return of Feagles doesn't mean that he won't be without competition. Last month, the Giants signed Jy Bond, a former Australian Rules Football punter to the roster. The 44-year old Feagles, who has never missed a game in his NFL career, said he welcomes the competition.
"In my meeting with (head coach) (Tom Coughlin), it was very, very clear that I was going to compete for my job this year," Feagles said. "And my answer to that was, 'That's fine.' I have been competing for a long time. That is what makes it all better anyway, competition. Plus, we will have another leg in camp which will be good for me, too. So I just have really said to myself, 'Listen, get a contract done and just go compete.' And I'm confident that I will be on the roster."
--The Giants signed S Deon Grant, most recently with Seattle, to their roster. The signing of the 31-year old Grant, who has not missed a game in nine seasons, not only gives the Giants a significant upgrade in their depth at the position, but also provides insurance should projected starter
With Grant in the fold, the giants withdrew their tender offer to S C.C. Brown, a five-year veteran who had been a restricted free agent. Brown, who started last year in place of Phillips before being benched, will now become an unrestricted free agent.
--The Giants' defense is determined to prove that last season, a year in which they gave up more than 400 points in what was the worst showing by a Giants defensive unit since 1966, was an exception. DT Chris Canty, who is emerging as a leader on that unit, is promising that 2010 is going to be a very different year, at least where the defensive line is concerned.
Why is Canty so confident that will be the case? It's because the members of the defensive line, many of whom fought through injuries that caused them to miss chunks of the season, are healthy and renewed in their quest to reestablish themselves as a premier unit in the NFL.
"I don't think we had one game this season where we had (the starters) on the defensive line playing together," Canty said. "That's tough because we were in groups, and you got used to how guys were playing and to a certain rotation. (Suddenly) you have a guy go down and then you don't have that same rotation or that same feel, and it throws everything off a little bit."
To make sure that they don't have a repeat of last year, when as a collective group, the defensive line saw their sack production dip to 26 from 37 in 2008, Canty said the linemen are as focused and are working hard on their conditioning.
"That's why guys are here now working out hard and getting conditioned so we're in great shape and in great condition to try to minimize those injuries," he said. "Injuries are part of the game of football, but the more we can do to minimize that risk by being in great shape, the better off we'll be."
--K Lawrence Tynes will be the guest of honor at a special reception given by the British Consul General in New York City on April 5. The reception, held in cooperation with Sir Alan and Lady Collins, the Scotch Whisky Association, and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, will celebrate the British Parliament's recognition of the Scottish-born Tynes' athletic achievements as the first British-born athlete to participate on a winning Super Bowl team.
--The Giants and Jets will both get the chance to open up their new jointly shared, billion-dollar season in the preseason.
The NFL announced that both teams, who normally face each other in the third week of the preseason, would open their respective preseason schedules against each other at the New Meadowlands Stadium. The contest will be a Jets home game that will be televised live by ESPN on Monday, August 16 at 8:00 PM ET.
Rounding out the rest of the Giants pre-season schedule, they will host Pittsburgh in Week 2, their first preseason meeting with the Steelers since Aug. 14, 1993.
The Giants will then travel to Baltimore the following week to meet the Ravens, whom they had faced every summer from 1996-2004 and again in 2006 and 2007.
The Giants will conclude their 2010 preseason schedule with their sixth straight game against New England. The Giants' final 2010 preseason home game is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 2.
--OL Kevin Boothe, a restricted free agent to whom the Giants gave a minimum tender, has signed his deal with the club. Boothe, who provides valuable depth at both guard and tackle on the offensive line as well as a big-body presence on special teams, is a former sixth round draft pick that began his career with Oakland in 2006, who waived him the following season.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I'll never be a problem here. I have too much respect for the organization, and I love my teammates. I feel like they deserve better than me just coming out and speaking out like that." -- DE Osi Umenyiora, when asked if he would try to force a trade if he doesn't get his starting job back.
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