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Wide Receivers Coach: Mike SullivanOffensive Coordinator: Kevin Gilbride
Tyree only managed to play another year after his moment in the spotlight. In fact, that was his last reception as a pro. Since then, he's faded into the background.
But now, thanks to this year's rematch between the Giants and the Patriots, he's more relevant than ever.
Yesterday, he was at TIMEX visiting his old team, which is about to make a another run at the Super Bowl from the Wild Card chute. Tyree was asked if this current Giants squad reminded him at all of the team that went on that magical run four years ago...
?Honestly, there were just so many points to this season, some moments that make you say ?hmm'...Even the similarities of the Patriot game between our Patriot game in ?07 in the Super Bowl, the Jake Ballard catch, I believe the score when they played Green Bay was the same score that they lost to New England. So it?s is a lot of cool little markers that you can look at that kind of get you wondering and excited. But more importantly, the New York Giants are playing their best football going into the playoffs.?The Giants have some new stars, such as DE Jason Pierre-Paul and WR Victor Cruz, who have never been to the postseason, but Tyree doesn't believe that will matter much.
What does this have to do with football? Nothing. But we are dedicated to bringing you Giants news, and this is what it has come to during the lockout....
Highlighted by an improbable catch by WR David Tyree and a relentless pass rush, the Giants - who were 12 point underdogs vs the undefeated Patriots - shocked the football world by topping Bill Belichick's crew, 17-14, in Super Bowl XLII.
When leaving the field, MVP Eli Manning was as excited as Eli could get.
Tyree was the star of Super Bowl XLII, making one of the most memorable plays in recent sports history.
David Tyree had a strong inkling his NFL career might be over. On Friday, he'll make it official.
With the team he said has given him his "greatest memories."
Several teams, such as the Carolina Panthers, opt to utilize the talent of starting caliber players on special teams. The Giants choose not to but have enjoyed a rare treat in Hixon over the past 3 seasons. Hixon is skilled enough to start as either a returner or a receiver but was stuck in depth chart limbo at 4th option.
"I'm at peace with where my career is at right now. I'm 30 years old and it takes a lot more to be in that optimum shape now. I'm looking for situations where I can be an asset and be the best for myself and my family. There's only a few teams I would like to play for and hopefully it will work out with one of those teams."
Myself and Dr. Bill Chachkes (aka Dr. Football) sat down with Super Bowl XLII hero David Tyree, who is currently a man without a team after his contract with the Baltimore Ravens expired earlier this year.
Q: What are you up to these days?? It appears that you are in shape and ready to play. Have you been talking to teams?
The New York Giants have to officially cut their roster down to 53 players by 6 p.m. tonight, and Tyree was one of the first of the day to get the bad news.
Other players not making the cut include DE Maurice Evans from Penn State, S Sha'reff Rashad, and DT Anthony Bryant.
CB Aaron Ross, G Chris Snee, MLB Antonio Pierce,? S Kenny Phillips and DTs Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard are all very doubtful.? CB Corey Webster and DT Fred Robbins may see limited action.
In their place, Terrell Thomas and Kevin Dockery will again be at CB; Kevin Boothe at OG; C.C. Brown or Sha'reff Rashad at S, Jay Alford at DT and Chase Blackburn and Jonathan Goff at MLB.
Marshall was recently sent to the scout team in practice and said he wasn't even close to learning the new playbook. Clearly Marshall wants out, but if we look at the recent history of OchoCinco and Anquan Boldin it is clear?that these polarizing (a 20 dollar word thrown in for no reason)?moves don't usually work out. Denver has been ?adamant that they have no interest in trading the troubled wide-out,?BUT?I WANNA DISCUSS (throwing tantrum)?
Let it be known that Marshall, in 07, had 102 catches for 1325 yards and 7 td's. In 08 he had 104 catches for 1265 yards and 6 td's. Let it also be known that short of shooting himself in the leg with a gun Marshall has had his share of problems on and off the field and this is certainly a MAJOR issue for the Giants front office.
The "On the Fringe" articles basically take a player from certain NFL teams that are somewhat proven NFL players being threatened by the possibility of being cut from the opening day roster.
David Tyree fits the bill..
Good thing this is a regular season thing, because I faintly remember a different NFC team beating the Patriots a little more recently. See below:
Right now it looks like there are seven receivers competing for spots on the opening day roster. Of those seven players, six of them have four years of NFL experience or less, including two rookies.
And then there's Tyree, who is in his sixth year. As of now, it doesn't look like NFL experience is working as an advantage for him.
Eli Manning said he was "confident" that the Giants' receivers would be competitive and and play at a high level but warned that it was important for the rookies to get off to a fast start.
Injuries and holdouts are the most difficult obstacles for rookies, but Eli emphasized that there is also a "learning curve" for new players coming into the league and tempered expectations by adding "We'll try to see what they can do and how they can help us next year."
According to the SNY newsroom, Tom Coughlin just announced that the Giants have put David Tyree on the IR.
"It's something that, when he started the season on PUP, we felt that at some point in time he would be ready to go. The unfortunate part of this is, over the three-week period when we could utilize David and he could build up conditioning and do all the things necessary, he was really unable to do that for the majority of the time because of the hamstring."
The sad truth is Tyree simply does not have a spot on the roster. Dominek Hixon and Ahmad Bradshaw have become effective gunners on the special teams unit, and?Big Blue has a gluttony of ?wide outs (Sinorice moss has been left inactive three weeks in a row - after performing admirably against the Seahawks). It is only speculation at this time, but it certainly would be sad to see, last years Superbowl hero, David Tyree on IR. Still, all these roster problems, only means the Giants are that deep. These are nice problems to have.
The Ledger also reports that Gerris Wilkinson has a mild MCL strain, and that David Tyree returned to practice today, however he has not been removed from the PUP list yet.
UPDATE 6:49PM: Ralph Vacchiano at the New York Daily News confirms that Lawrence Tynes will resume kicking duties this Sunday and John Carney will likely be cut soon. Carney has made all 12 of his field goals and all of his extra points in his five-game stint with the Giants.
Derrick Ward intends to practice once a day and eventually get involved into workouts that involve contact while he recovers from his broken leg injury.
Coach Tom Coughlin said he does not know when David Tyree will be ready to return to workouts. He's likely headed to the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Tyree's arthroscopic surgery on his knee two months ago could land him on the physically unable to perform list, which could keep him out until Week 6. Oddly enough, winding up on the PUP list could be the best thing that could happen to him, considering the number of able bodies competing for the receiving core.
He had the surgery after his knee locked up on him during offseason workouts and an MRI revealed that he tore his meniscus, at least partially.
Doctors told him he could opt not to have the surgery and take his chances for next season. But there was a real chance that if he let it heal on his own, he could make it worse.