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Got a few questions I will try to address for you this morning.....

Do you think the Giants will take a LB high in the draft this year?

Let's see....after having a rich history at LB back in the day, their track record for drafting linebackers the past thirty years has not been very good. In fact, it stinks. The last LB of worth they got out of the draft was Jesse Armstead in 1993, and he was taken in Round 8, which means he would not have been drafted in today's seven-round format.

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Hey, football weather is finally here in NY. The only thing missing now is the football. Even if the Giants were in it this year, this would be the quietest week of the season. ?Unless you plan on watching the Pro Bowl (let me know how that goes). ?The Manning brothers, who are both in Hawaii this week, have vowed to restore legitimacy to the Pro Bowl, which has become a running joke the past decade or so.

"The past two years, the play in this game has been unacceptable," Peyton Manning said. "If it was a walkthrough, your coach would say it was a bad walkthrough. And that's why (the league) could try to cancel this game."

Speaking of brothers.....The Harbaugh Bowl is not off to a great start from a fan-interest perspective. First off the brothers are among the least-liked coaches around the league. Jim has been cagey with the media and John is a low key guy. Both are passionate, intelligent and not going anywhere for a long time. Their players and fans love them, the rest of the league not so much (I chalk that up to jealousy)....too bad because this is a historic event.

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Good morning. The first Monday in many months we come to you with very little Giants-related news. A little depressing, I know.....

**The Giants announced over the weekend they were no longer going to hold training camp at the University of Albany. Camp will be held at the Timex Performance Center beginning this summer. We like this move. I had said last summer that the Albany trip was becoming inconvenient for everyone: players, coaches, the team and the media. The fans were the only ones who benefited. It no longer made sense from financial and logistics perspectives to uproot the entire infrastructure for 14 practice sessions.?

**Marc Ross, the team's director of college scouting, will interview for the Jets' GM vacancy today and for the same position with the Panthers tomorrow. In both cases, Ross would be inheriting the prior regime's head coach: Rex Ryan with the Jets and Ron Rivera in Carolina. Both owho ners have stated the coaches would be back in 2013.

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As we enter into Week 16, the Giants are facing their annual season-defining game - the one we'll be referring to for years to come when quantifying 2012.

It could be simply "The Ravens game," going forward if they win. If they lose it could take on a personality of it's own, such as 1978's "The Fumble", "The Music City Meltdown" of 2006 or The Implosion" vs the Eagles in 2010.

With the Ravens tanking right now, the game could go either way. It may be a case of who plays worse rather than who plays better. Baltimore was 9-2 and flying high in the AFC North before losing their last three. QB Joe Flacco has likened them to an "0-14 team" rather than one that is headed toward the playoffs - which they are.

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SNYGiants executive editor John Fennelly appeared on 107.7 WRRC The Bronc (Rider U) with Stuart Kovacs this afternoon to discuss tonight's Giants-Redskins matchup.

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Working on a Monday night schedule is a bit strange for the Giants. Thursday is the Wednesday, Friday is Thursday, etc. Tom Coughlin held his presser yesterday and outlined what the team's plans were: take one game at a time but this next one vs Washington was the "most important game of the season" for his team. He is under no illusions. The Redskins are one of the league's hottest clubs right now:

"We?re excited. In the division, against the Washington Redskins, obviously a team that?s won two games in a row in the division, and feel very good about themselves. Following our game with them, they lost a couple of tough games to Pittsburgh and to Carolina, and they bounced back and scored 69 points in the last two weeks, so obviously they do have the ability to score. They?re 12, they?re offense is seventh overall, 26.8 points per game. They do an outstanding job of that. Defensively, they?re third in the league against the run. They?ve always been a very difficult, sticky, team against the run. Their pressure package has been turned up a little bit in the last couple weeks; that?s how we remember them playing. They?ve forced 22 turnovers. They have 14 interceptions. They?ve done an outstanding job along those lines. As I said, they?re 12, we?re 13. They?re 11th in kickoff coverage. They?re sixth in punt coverage. They have Banks as the outstanding returner. They have a well-rounded football team and we?re anxious to get back out on the field and start to work against this Washington Redskin team."

The Giants defeated the Redskins 27-23 in their first meeting in Week 7. They needed last-minute heroics from QB Eli Manning and WR Victor Cruz to pull out the win. Yesterday, Manning was asked what he needs to do better this time around:

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The Giants' big win over Green Bay left the team and the fans optimistic that a legitimate title defense is still a real possibility. No win comes without a cost, however, and Sunday's high was immediately tempered by reality that RB Andre Brown will miss the rest of the season after breaking his leg against the Packers. Tom Coughlin announced yesterday the team was placing Brown on injured reserve-designated to return and surgery might be needed to aid the healing process.

"I think it?s realistic," Coughlin said when asked if he thought Brown could return this season. ?"I think it?s going to provide Andre with great incentive and we want that experience for him. He was very disappointed last night, let?s put it that way, frustrated. He?s had some seasons end in this way before and I think this is a way to, perhaps, motivate, inspire him, give him great purpose and hopefully that will help."

The developments leave the Giants perilously thin at RB. Only the injury-ridden Ahmad Bradshaw and first-round draft pick David Wilson remain on the team's active roster. They also have FB Henry Hynoski, but he has only three carries in his two years here. Coughlin said the team was exploring adding a third RB to possibly fill the open roster spot.

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The Detroit Lions (4-7) lost to the Houston Texans (10-1) yesterday at Ford Field in overtime, 34-31, but it was due to extenuating circumstances. Isn't that always the case with these Lions?

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QB Matthew Stafford leads the NFL in passing yards and WR Calvin Johnson leads in receiving yards. So, how are they only 4-7? They don't put the ball in the end zone when they need to. That will do it every time. Stafford has only thrown 14 TDs to 10 INTs. WR Calvin Johnson and TE Brandon Pettigrew are in the top 10 in dropped passes this season. The Lions also are -7 in turnover ratio.

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Before the season began, Peyton Manning was rated the 50th best player in the NFL in the NFL Network's ridiculous list of the Top 100 Players of 2012. I said at the time the list was a useless exercise and as usual, I am correct. Peyton is tearing up the NFL again and his Broncos will be a force in the AFC Playoffs this coming January.

At almost every fantasy football draft around the country this past summer, Vikings' RB Adrian Peterson's name wasn't announced in the first, second or in some cases, any, rounds. He was not expected to bounce back from the ACL and MCL tears he suffered in a game last Christmas Eve. I personally didn't draft him because I, like many, felt he'd need a year off. Needless to say, I'm paying the price (Peterson is currently leading the NFL in rushing). The team in my league that drafted Peterson, btw, was unaware of his injury. What a story this is, folks....

When I interviewed Wisconsin DE JJ Watt at the NFL Draft last year, I was impressed with him both as a young man and a potential NFL star. "Who the hell is going to block this kid?" I thought to myself. "Good luck to them." ?I'm 6'3", 260 and Watt easily dwarfed me. I'm not surprised at all knowing his temperament, intelligence and ability that he has become so good, so fast.

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The Giants took the wrong week to take their bye. Not for them, they needed it, but for everyone else around here. When there is only one team playing in New York, local media outlets send more resources in that direction. That direction is Florham Park, the headquarters of Woody Johnson's New York Jets.

That media crush will ease as the Jets travel to St.Louis this weekend, where they are 3 1/2 point underdogs to the Rams - a team that has not had a winning record since 2003 and are 18-71 since 2007. If that isn't the worst record over that period, it's close. You get the point. This is where the Jets are at these days. If the NFL Draft were held tomorrow, the Jets would draft either 7th or 8th overall.

The Jets are exposed this week with the Giants on a bye. Their many troubles have bubbled to the surface, and rather than me tell tell you about them, I'll defer to the SNY experts (see left nav bar). They have it covered, ad nauseum.

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Finally, a normal week for once. After two Wednesday games in a row, a Sunday at 1 game is on the schedule this week. Don't get used to it. ?The Giants follow this Sunday's homer against Tampa with a Thursday jaunt to Carolina and a Sunday nighter in Philly. That makes three national games in the first four weeks. The price of success, I guess.

Going into this season, the Giants looked up and down their schedule and shook their heads. The only semi-breathers are this week vs Tampa and another homer against Cleveland. The way these two teams played this week, they may prove to be tough games. The Browns had the Eagles beat yesterday up until the last minute. Tampa held Carolina to 10 yards rushing.

In addition, Washington - who had a lot of the pieces last year except QB - finally have one and they could be a force. RGIII lit up the Superdome yesterday in his NFL debut. The Giants already have problems with the Redskins and now here comes this kid like a reincarnation of Randall Cunningham, the infamous Giant killer.

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Yes, I have been reborn. After three seasons of hiding my head in the sand after Week 17, I have a new sense of purpose. Why? Giants Football is back, that's why.

The past two weeks the Giants went up against a teetering opponent and finished them off. ?The fact that they were the Jets and the Cowboys makes my breakfast taste a little better this morning.

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For those of you asking , no I was not contacted by The New York Times to write an op-ed on the Giants.

SNY's Brian Bassett of The Jets Blog did the Jets piece and Ed Valentine of SB Nation's Big Blue View did the Giants side. These are two friends and both are hard-working, great bloggers and I'm pleased to see them get the opportunity.

I did, however, sit in as host for the Giants hour on Football Reporters Online Presents Pro Football NYC last night.

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Head Coach Tom Coughlin said TE Jake Ballard could miss time due to a twisted knee that is now being classified as a PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) sprain.

Coughlin said it was an old injury that was aggravated in yesterday's game and hopes its not a "season-ender". Ballard left the field right before halftime, but returned for the second half. He only had one catch for 15 yards on the day.

WR Devin Thomas, who was immobilized and carted off the field at halftime, has been cleared to practice. Coughlin said he has a "burner."

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It's taken me all day to get around to putting down the hangover for this week. Usually, it's about a the things we didn't do the day before. Today, I'm not too concerned about those things.

Did Eli throw some passes up for grabs? Sure. Did the white shirts grab most of them? Yes...and that is what counts. Did the defense fade on the next to last drive? Yes, but they had kept the Giants in the ballgame, giving ten a chance to win it.

In a game in which the Giants were missing two of their top statistical offensive players, you could not ask for much more out of the Blue.

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Last year, when the Eagles shocked the Giants at the Meadowlands, several Eagles media people were jumping up and down in glee in the press box as DeSean Jackson backpedalled into the end zone with the clinching score.

I wonder what they were doing yesterday about 3:45 pm...? Getting ready to jump, I imagine - but off the top of the stadium this time.

This is a team that went out and signed almost every free agent with a heartbeat this summer and raised the bar as if they were the neighboring Phillies.

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After a hectic week, the Giants can finally sit back for a few days and regroup. That group is about to get smaller beginning today when the league will ask the Giants for five names. Tomorrow, 27 more will be handing in their playbooks.

One less decision to be made will be at LB, where a position is now open as the luckless Clint Sintim was declared done for the season after blowing out his knee for the second year in a row. You may not like him as a player, but you have to feel sorry for this guy.

In his the wake of Sintim's injury comes the emergence of two excellent young OLBs: Spencer Paysinger and Jacquian Williams.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Giants News, Giants-Patriots, John Fennelly, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Giants News, New York Giants Preseason
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The Giants are in New England tonight to face the powerful Patriots in the final game of the 2011 preseason. Game time is 7:30pm. TV: Ch 4 NY; Radio: WCBS 101.1 FM.

Tom Coughlin plans on keeping his key contributors healthy, so don't count on too many of the starters playing tonight. The Patriots may play some of their big names, but they will be limited, we think...

Bill Belichick plays every game to win. He has already been told by QB Tom Brady that Brady expects to play because of the truncated preseason, and no one would be surprised if that happens. Belichick uses every opportunity to scout and measure opponents...the Giants are scheduled to be back in Foxborough on Nov 6 for a regular season contest...

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The Giants will be back on the practice field today in preparation for their game with the Jets this Saturday. The talk at TIMEX these days is, of course, injuries.

Yesterday, two more joined the legion headed for season-ending IR: CB Brian Witherspoon, who tore an ACL on o punt return in Monday's game vs Chicago and DT Marvin Austin, who will miss the 2011 season with a torn pectoral muscle.

Head coach Tom Coughlin is obviously disappointed in the latest rash of injuries (add in Osi Umenyiora and Prince Amukamara and it just makes your stomach turn). He joked to reporters why no one wanted to talk about the blocked punt, then revealed the team's strategy to address the sudden dearth of experience at cornerback....

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So Jerry Reese came out of the shadows to defend his vision on the Giants, even going as far as predicting a playoff run. Pretty bold stuff for a guy whose team lost a lot more than if gained the past month and must rely on his risky draft choices to step and fill those gaps.

As one of our readers, Tom, wrote me this morning: "Let?s give him a chance. Without a .625 winning percentage behind him, Reese?s certainty might come across as arrogant at best, delusional at worst. Until proven otherwise, it?s proper to believe Reese really does have a plan, and that he?s fiercely following that plan. He?s bought himself the right to feel better about this team than just about anyone else does. If he?s right, he?ll be more bulletproof than Clark Kent....If he?s wrong, he?s riding shotgun with Sonny Corleone."

Reese said the team did offer Kevin Boss a fair deal but he chose to go with Oakland's. Steve Smith left without giving the Giants a chance to counter. He also stated that the team has cap room if they need to bring someone in. Good, then do it....

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The news gets odder and odder around here. We went from losing Osi Umenyiora and regaining Steve Smith to keeping Osi and losing Smith in the blink of an eye. Smith signed with the scourge Eagles yesterday and Osi said he would begin scrimmaging with the team next week if doctors clear him on Monday

Smith is coming back from microsurgery on his knee and his ability to play this year at full tilt is in question. The deal is only for one year, so what is Philly really gaining here?

Osi did individual drills yesterday and looked relatively sharp for a guy who hasn't worked out much and is supposedly injured....

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One would think head coach Tom Coughlin's job would get easier as training camp unfolded, but somehow that doesn't seem to be happening. Injuries, holdouts and team synergy are all on the front burner for Tom these days. He is a man who loves a challenge, but I'm sure he doesn't appreciate getting tested this much, this early in training camp.

On the mindset of the team...

No, I think the mindset?s good.? The players are good about that. They?re very good about that. We?ve overcome all this stuff. We?ll do it again.

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Now that the Giants have brought in Prince Amukamara (above), there is no more peering?towards the horizon for the cavalry to arrive. It's here. The only thing that needs to happen now is for Osi Umenyiora to get on the field.

The usual structure of Giants' camp has been usurped by the unprecedented comings and goings of players and the awkward conversion of TIMEX into a summer home. ?That's calmed down the past few days. It's time to settle in and get down to business.

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With the Giants done with Osi Umenyiora and TE Kevin Boss possibly out of the Giants' price range, you have to begin to think where these two guys will end up.

The Jets are still not finished shopping in free agency. Their two main needs: a pass rusher and a second TE. Do the math.

Jets' GM Mike Tannenbaum was on WFAN this morning and did not rule out interest in Umenyiora and is still in the market for a TE after Todd Heap turned them down in favor of Arizona.

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The Giants did not practice yesterday, since Tuesday is traditionally players day off. I know, they've only had three practices...welcome to the new NFL.

Osi Umenyiora will be gone soon. It's a shame his Giant career has to end this way. His agent, Tony Agnone, is currently pondering deals from several teams (we doubt it's the 21 teams Agnone claims it is) and he should have a destination for Osi by Friday or so. The sticking point is the Giants' request for a first-round pick. No takers thus far on that one....

Yesterday, the Giants added a veteran DT to their mix in Arizona's Gabe Watson, a 333-pounder who started for the Cardinals in the Super Bowl two years ago.

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The Giants are just minutes away from their first full practice of the summer.

Not participating in practices until the new league year (Aug 4) are: RB Brandon Jacobs, C David Baas, OL Kevin Boothe, OL Jamon Meredith, TE-FB Bear Pascoe and DE Mathias Kiwanuka.

First round draft choice Prince Amukamara has not reached a contract agreement with the club and will not be here until he does so.

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It's Morning in America

The past 135 days will permanently be erased from my memory should the players agree to the new CBA terms today.?

What a horror this has been. This lockout has drained me -and the rest of the guys here- more than any regular season ever has. ?If I never see Jeff Pash and DeMaurice Smith again it would be too soon.

I feel as if I'm in one of those contrived movie scripts where at the end it all turns out to be a dream - or a nightmare. Well, now its over. Let's put it all behind us and get back to what we do best: talking Giants football.

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A tooth extraction. The smell of Flushing Bay. Sitting through "Gangs of New York."

Classify it anyway you want, but the current NFL labor situation is causing many of us pain and discomfort like the aforementioned items.

The players and the media are beginning to lose their proverbial (insert you own word here) the past week. Players are doing and saying things that no one should ever have to hear and the media is churning it out like Nike churns out (insert your own word here).

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Here's a video from blogger extraordinaire Zennie Abraham (Zennie62.com).....

"NY Giants Expert John Fennelly On The NFL Draft 2011 - I interview NY Giants football blogger and expert Mr. Fennelly at the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall."

I don't consider myself an expert, just a guy who's seen a lot of Giant football in his half-century on this planet. ?I think this was before my coffee on Day Three of the draft...

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Looking back on the weekend, I am generally pleased with the selections the New York Football Giants made in the NFL Draft this weekend.

I knew OL was not the priority Few listened. They would rather parrot each other instead. Knowing Jerry Reese and his staff and their track record, taking an OL that would not play until 2012 made no sense to a team that has to win now.

Many tell me that Reese would have taken an OL had the Prince not fallen "into his lap". Doubtful. He didn't take one in Rounds Two or Three either.

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Jerry Reese, Tom Coughlin, and Marc Ross: Geico SportsNite: Giants

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Join us tonight on Blog Talk Radio (www.blogtalkradio.com/Football-Reporters) as we discuss the recently released NFL schedule for 2011, the upcoming NFL Draft and other hot button topics of the moment In Professional Football In NYC
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Ted Berg of SNY.tv speaks with GiantsFootballBlog.com?s John Fennelly about the Giants missing the playoffs, despite a win over Washington .

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