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Former Giants defensive captain and two-time Super Bowl-winning DE Justin Tuck is apparently still stunned the Giants did not ardently pursue resigning him in free agency after nine seasons of dedicated service.

Tuck had his best season in three years in 2013 (41 tackles, 11 sacks), but the team dynamic is shifting towards younger players with brighter upsides. Although Tuck is only 31, he's had a myriad of injuries that have slowed him over the years.

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Former Giant defensive captain Justin Tuck purchased an ad in Sunday's New York Daily News. Tuck signed a two-year deal with the Oakland Raiders last week after serving nine years as a DE for Giants.

Photo/image courtesy of the New York Daily News

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The first several hours of the "legal tampering" period have gone without event. We did learn one thing thus far - the Giants floated an offer to impending free agent Justin Tuck, which was obviously turned down.

From Jordan Raanan of the Star-Ledger:

An offer was made to Tuck prior to the opening of the "legal tampering" window on Saturday afternoon, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to NJ.com. It is believed to have been made at some point in the past week, but no deal was struck between the two sides.

This tells us two things. One, the Giants want Tuck back and, second, Tuck is going to play a little hardball with the Giants in negotiating a new deal.

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The Giants will reportedly meet with Justin Tuck's agent this week. It's hard to see the two sides not agreeing to continue their relationship, but in this day and age anything is possible...

From Rotoworld:

Nothing is imminent, especially with Tuck already saying he won't be handing out any hometown discounts. And the Giants -- along with other teams -- should be wary of the fact that Tuck didn't turn it on until the home stretch of his contract year. He had 9.5 sacks in the final six weeks and 10.5 sacks in the 37 games before that. Although Tuck's agent calls him "by far the most complete d-end in the class," we have him eighth behind Greg Hardy, Michael Johnson, Lamarr Houston, Michael Bennett, Arthur Jones, Everson Griffen and Jared Allen.

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I am the first to admit that I would love all the Giants star players to play their entire careers in blue.

In my time being a fan, starting in the mid-1990s, Michael Strahan, Tiki Barber and Amani Toomer (though he did sign a deal with the Chiefs but was cut before the season) are the only Giants? greats I remember that played their entire careers in New York.

Hopefully, we can say that about Eli Manning some day, but next up on that list is Justin Tuck, to build off the last post by John Fennelly.

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Justin Tuck, who will be an unrestricted free agent come March 11, is going to test the market.

?I will see what the market is for me,? Tuck said (Post). ?I?ve never been in this situation before, and it?s a great opportunity for myself. I would be doing myself a disservice if I didn?t see what the market is, and I will.?

In December, Tuck said he would "love to retire as a Giant."

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Giants DE Justin Tuck who will be a free agent come March 11, is making the rounds in NYC this week. He's making it hard for the Giants to ignore him.

From ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike: Tuck dishes on meeting Oprah, the dispute between Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan, the Broncos' offensive weapons, why he gives the advantage to offense in today's game and more.

Tuck calls the dispute between Strahan and Sapp as "childish" and that Strahan's accomplishments will "speak for themselves."

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It has been a rollercoaster season for the New York Giants defense. From a time when they were the laughing stock of the league as they rattled off six straight losses to start the season, to the turnaround that kept them in contention in the NFC East.

With a struggling offense that has had a hard time putting points on the board, the Giants defense has been the deciding factor in a majority of games and as of late, they have been the only bright spot of the this New York Giants team, but?that brightness was dimmed and shut off completely yesterday.

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From Craig Santucci / SNYGiants contributor

There is something to be said about loyalty. Most coaches have too much or not enough. The most successful coaches like Mike Tomlin, Bill Belichick, Mike McCarthy, Sean Payton, John Harbaugh and Tom Coughlin are somewhere in between.

While defensive end Justin Tuck does not have the same burst he had in 2007 when he stepped upon the big stage during the Super Bowl, he still has plenty left in the tank (See RG3) and that is why the New York Giants and Tom Coughlin see value in their Defensive Captain.

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It looked like the Giants were going to have one of those games. On their first drive of the game, the Washington Redskins picked apart the Giants defense, knocking more than 7 minutes off the clock and took an early 7-0 lead, with ease. By halftime, the score was tied at 14, but?Robert Griffin III had completed 16 of 17 passes in the first half and it looked like Big Blue's defense had finally given up on a season that is now purely based on pride.

Who knows what was said in visitor's locker room, but whatever it was, it worked. The Giants defense, led by veteran Justin Tuck who bowed inside FedEx Field?four times last night, took over in the second half and held Washington to just 96 yards in the remaining two quarters.

A clutch play by Will Hill to strip Pierre Garcon in the late minutes of the fourth quarter would seal a victory for the Giants, pushing?their record to 5-7, two games behind the division leaders Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, while eliminating the Redskins from any chance of playoff contention.

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Giants' DE Justin Tuck entered this season hoping to put the past several years behind him. ?After recording 11.5 sacks and 76 total tackles in 2010, Tuck's production had fallen off considerably.

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For decades, the New York Giants relied upon the pass rush and pressuring the opposing the quarterback. Teams would fear the defensive line of the Giants; a unit that could change the momentum of a game instantly. One of the biggest shocks this year, has been the lack of pressure that the Giants defensive line has generated. Combined, the defensive line has a lowly seven sacks all season.

Defensive end Justin Tuck looks as if he is falling into the tail end of his impressive career, while Jason Pierre-Paul still does not seem to be fully recovered from lower back surgery that was performed at the beginning of the year.

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It took seven games, but the Giants have finally found their first win of the season last night against the Minnesota Vikings. While the offense did not play exceptionally well, it was the play of Big Blue's defense that secured a much needed victory that has fans everywhere, breathing a sigh of relief.

Yes, they did just beat the lowly Minnesota Vikings, who started QB Josh Freeman for the first time since acquiring him from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; but defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and the Giants defense, has to be commended for their victory.

Reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson was held to just 28 yards on 13 carries and was bottled up on each carry. With the score close for much of the game, the Giants packed the box in an effort to make sure that AP did not break out for a game-changing run, something that he has commonly done over his stellar seven year career in the NFL.

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"I think what has to happen, for us, is we?ve got to do a better job in these one-on-one situations and also be alert there?s always a chipper around, particularly on the one side, but winning that one-on-one operation and, quite frankly, some of the max protections that we?re facing. Some of our pressure packages we?re not getting home with the kind of speed and timing that we need, so it?s a combination of things." - Tom Coughlin on fixing the pass rush.

The Giants have just five sacks in the first six games. The Giants. I recall Osi Umenyiora sacking Donovan McNabb six times in one game and the Giants taking Jay Cutler down nine times in one half.

What's happened to the pass rush? DE Justin Tuck tried to explain the frustration and the process his group is going through these days...

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It looked like the tape was on repeat for the New York Giants defense last night against the Chicago Bears. Going into halftime, the team had allowed 24 points, two touchdowns to Bears' WR Brandon Marshall and a last second field goal that pushed Chicago's lead to 24-14.

But after it was all said and done,?Big Blue?only allowed another three points in the second half and kept QB Jay Cutler and the potent Bears offense, relatively in check. While the defense was able to stop the bleeding, it didn't transfer over to the offense and the Giants would ultimately lose their sixth straight game this season and remain winless, with the final score tallying 27-21.

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New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has been studying the offense of the Eagles for a while now. Not just the days leading up to the game when most teams study film, but Fewell told the media he?has been preparing his defense for?Philadelphia?head coach Chip Kelly,?"when the Eagles hired him" in the offseason.

Kelly, the former Oregon Ducks?head coach, has incorporated his college-style offense, which relies heavily on the read-option and a fast-paced attack, into the Eagles playbook, but so far he has not had much success; and the Giants hope they can keep the trend going.

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The Giants defense made sure that Peyton Manning did not have another record setting week through the air and for much of the game, a victory was within reach. One thing the Giants could not do, was figure out the balancing act by the Denver Broncos offense.

During the much anticipated Manning Bowl III,?we saw the elder brother, Peyton, run his no-huddle offense to near perfection not only with the passing attack, but also on the ground. Peyton finished with 307 yards with two touchdowns, while Broncos' RB Knowshon Moreno carried the ball 13 times for 93 yards and reached the end zone twice.

More importantly, the Giants defensive line could not force any pressure on Manning and finished the game without a single sack. DE's Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul were basically invisible on the field and behind Manning's quick offensive approach, the Giants defense was confused, leaving receivers wide open at times.?Too much time and too many options?allowed Manning to pick apart?Big Blue's defense.

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Justin Tuck... linebacker?

With the Giants trying a few different looks on defense, Tuck might see some snaps standing up.

"We?re toying around with a lot of things, and that?s one of them," Tuck said, according to Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger. "I?m always open for new things, any time you get an opportunity to showcase your versatility."

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?MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, was the site of the eighth annual Celebrity Softball Challenge presented by Celebrity Sweat. The game was played July 12 and featured New York Giants? players Justin Tuck, Justin Pugh, Matt McCants and Justin Trattou.

Team Tuck took on Team Nelly, led by hip-hop singer Nelly ? spokesman for Celebrity Sweat and a top-notch baseball player back in high school ? in a competitive but rain-soaked game. The game ended in a 10-10 tie after five innings.

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Giants' DE, defensive captain and all-around good guy Justin Tuck has been an exemplary Giant both on and off the filed since his arrival here in 2005. His leadership and production on the field and his off-field charity work have him a favorite son here in the NY Metro Area for the better part of the past decade.

But a difficult decision looms for the Giants after this season ends. Tuck will be a free agent for the first time next March, when he turns 31. Surely he would like to stay with the Giants, but as we know, the NFL is unforgiving. If Tuck has a third-straight subpar season, the Giants may be looking for a new defensive captain.

Tuck, who has dealt with multiple nagging injuries and deaths in his family the past few seasons, isn't worried about next year. It's this year that he's concentrating on. From Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN NewYork:

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Giants' defensive captain Justin Tuck knows the loss of Jason Pierre-Paul could prove to be an insurmountable hurdle for his unit to overcome. There is no silver lining here, but it doesn't hurt to continue to stay positive. Tuck sees this as one door closing and another opening for the young DEs on the roster.

On the loss of Jason-Pierre Paul:"Losing JPP for the time period that we will lose him ? will hurt this defense. He is an awesome football player. But we have a lot of people that are vying for the opportunity and they are hungry and want that opportunity and a lot of times that is the spark that a lot of other people need. So we will see what happens. The fastest that he can get back, obviously, it would be better. Like you just said, a lot of people have to step up, me included."

What is your message to those younger guys that have a chance to impress the coach?"Keep doing what you are doing. Football doesn?t change. So my message is continue to work and we have a great coaching staff; great schemes. You continue to work, you will start seeing things turn your way. And I think that is what they have. But that?s how they?ve approached it."

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It had been speculated earlier this offseason, but Mathias Kiwanuka will almost certainly be moving back to the defensive line.

Jason Pierre-Paul?s recent surgery and Justin Tuck?s string of injures over the past few seasons have all of a sudden made the depth at defensive end ? normally a position of strength for the Giants ? a bit lacking.

Even with question marks still at linebacker, Kiwanuka should factor into the Giants? rotation at defensive end. He was drafted as a d-end out of Boston College and has experience as a successful pass rusher.

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Anthony Anderson, Vivica A Fox and Rudy Gay with Justin Tuck at Tuck's 5th Annual Celebrity Billiards event in NYC last week.

From Kyle McMorrow of NY Giants Rush:

He traded in his helmet for a pair of reading glasses in 2008, and now Justin Tuck is one of the leaders in tackling illiteracy.

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Justin Tuck will host the 5th annual Tuck?s Celebrity Billiard?s Tournament presented by RXR tonight at Slate NYC (54 West 21st Street Bet. 5th and 6th Ave).

This premier fundraiser is sponsored by one of the leading real estate operating companies in the New York Tri-State Area, and has been a signature event in Manhattan?s philanthropic scene for the past four years. Emceed by renowned actor Anthony Anderson, the exclusive competition features over 35 celebrities shooting for a title and Grand Prize Luxury Package in support of the Pro Bowler?s main charity platform: Tuck?s R.U.S.H. for Literacy. ?To purchase tickets, register a team or for more information, please contact:?celebritybilliards@justintuck.comIn 2008, a passion to encourage children to READ, UNDERSTAND, SUCCEED, and HOPE led Lauran and Justin Tuck to start Tuck?s R.U.S.H. for Literacy. This initiative has provided 10,000 students in the Tri-State and Central Alabama communities with new books and materials to embrace literacy. Not only have the Tucks donated over 55,000 books and raised over $1.5 million dollars since founding the organization, but they have also supported other high-performing non-profit organizations for underserved youth with over $150,000 in grants. This year, in addition to benefiting Tuck?s R.U.S.H. for Literacy, the Tucks have teamed up with United Way and will be donating $25,000 of their net proceeds to the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.

Expected to attend: Eric Alexander (NY Red Bulls), Anthony Anderson (Actor), Jerome Bettis (NFL Legend), Craig ?Speedy? Claxton (NBA Legend), Anthony ?Treach? Criss (Rapper, Naughty by Nature), Victor Cruz (NY Giants), Zak DeOssie (NY Giants), Jared Fogle (Subway), Vivica A. Fox (Actor), Walt ?Clyde? Frazier (NBA Legend), Rudy Gay (Toronto Raptors), Santonio Holmes (NY Jets), Dhani Jones (Spike TV personality), Jeanette ?Black Widow? Lee (professional pool player), Damaris Lewis (Supermodel), DJ Mad Linx (DJ, TV, and radio host), Ronnie Lott (NFL Legend), Eli Manning (NY Giants), Dax McCarty (NY Red Bulls), Ryan Meara (NY Red Bulls), Earl ?The Pearl? Monroe (NBA Legend), Heath Pearce (NY Red Bulls), Justin Pugh (NY Giants), Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens), Vin Rock (Rapper, Naughty By Nature), Steve Schirripa (Actor), Michael A. Smith (ESPN TV personality), Chris Snee (NY Giants), John Starks (NBA Legend), Terrell Thomas (NY Giants), Courtney Upshaw (Baltimore Ravens), Buddy Valastro (TLC?s Cake Boss), Hezekiah Walker (Gospel Artist), James Wirt (Actor) and more.

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The Giants' three captains (Zak DeOssie, Eli Manning and Justin Tuck) pose with members of the English football club Manchester City at the Timex Performance Center this week.

Justin Tuck, the Giants' defensive captain, is a facing perhaps the final crossroads of his career. He is entering the last year of his five-year, $30 million contract and is coming off two seasons of subpar play and nagging injuries. This season could be his last as a Giant.

Tuck is not planning on going quietly. He is determined to make the Giants' decision to retain him past this season an easy one. He has deviated from his usual offseason workouts, walked on hot coals and sought counsel from the renowned life coach Tony Robbins to help refocus his flagging career.

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Today marks the first of two New York Giants organized team activity sessions set for this week at the Timex Performance Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

And for a team that did not make the playoffs in 2012, there are a plethora of storylines as new faces and veterans in need to reviving their image return to the field.

1. The health of Hakeem Nicks

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(Photo courtesy St. Francis College)

Giants' defensive end Justin Tuck addressed the Class of 2013 at the St. Francis College (Brooklyn Heights) graduation ceremony.

He spoke about his journey from Kellyton, Ala., to the University of Notre Dame to becoming a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Giants.

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It is only speculation that Mathias Kiwanuka will play along the Giants defensive line, according to Giants.com, though general manager Jerry Reese did hint at the move prior to the NFL Draft last month.

"He will probably play more on the defensive line" this year," the GM said.

With the shakeup along the defensive line this off-season -- losing Osi Umenyiora to the Falcons -- Kiwanuka can serve as another pass rusher to complement Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck, who will line up at numerous positions up front.

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A tradition like none other: the Giants turning heads with their draft class.

The Giants had seven picks in this weekend's draft, adding depth to a number of key positions, including offensive and defensive line, running back and the secondary. Of course, a position that remained untouched was linebacker.

From the top:

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BYU LB/DE Ziggy Ansah

When the Giants pick tomorrow night at No. 19 overall, the top-five best available players could look something like this:

1) Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

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The NFL Draft is a mere three days away, so of course, all the rumors swirling around who is going to land where are beginning to heat up.

Numerous mock drafts have the Giants looking to bolster a couple different directions, including linebacker, offensive and defensive lines and the secondary. Among the players most commonly connected to Big Blue are linebackers Manti Te'o and Alec Ogletree, offensive tackle D.J. Fluker and cornerback Desmond Trufant.

Over the weekend, the New York Daily News diagnosed those same four positions as areas of need for the Giants in this year's draft, pointing out the linebacking unit lost Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn, and Mathias Kiwanuka has returned to the defensive line. It adds the offensive line -- aside from left tackle Will Beatty -- is aging; Justin Tuck and Kiwanuka are aging; and questions continue to surround cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley.

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From our friends at Bader Media...

Giants star DEs Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul were in New Hyde Park on Long Island this week to celebrate the 70th Birthday of long-time Big Blue supporter Umberto Corteo - founder of Umberto's Pizza who provides the team with their lucky pizzas before each game - including their historic Super Bowl victories.

Umberto donated $15,000 to Tuck's youth education charity: RUSH for Literacy, which helps local kids.

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Justin Tuck is not specific about how the Giants settle Victor Cruz's contract situation. He Just wants it done. Tuck said he didn't care if Cruz missed all of the offseason workouts, providing he's there on opening day.

"As long as he's No. 80 for the New York Giants, I'm cool with that," Tuck said at his R.U.S.H for Literacy event at Umberto's in New Hyde Park last night.

Jason Pierre-Paul was also there, rebutting Tom Coughlin's assessment that he was out of shape at the beginning of the 2012 season.

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I came across an article by Adam Martini of Yahoo! Sports, who said that it?s ?debatable? whether or not the Giants have improved so far this offseason.

The team said goodbye to Ahmad Bradshaw, Chris Canty, Michael Boley, Lawrence Tynes, Kenny Phillips, Chase Blackburn and Osi Umenyiora ? all key contributors to the two Giants? Super Bowl runs.

But then again, Big Blue has welcomed Cullen Jenkins, Dan Connor, Aaron Ross, Louis Murphy, Brandon Myers and Josh Brown. The team is also hoping for healthy seasons from Shaun Rogers and Terrell Thomas.

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Osi Umenyiora stated earlier this year that no matter what team he played for, he would be the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year. Justin Tuck is trying to resurrect his career after two disappointing seasons in 2011 and 2012. Now that Osi is with the Falcons, and Tuck will be getting a new start at RDE, who do you think will get more sacks this season?

The Loud Mouths panel compares defensive ends Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck and discusses who will sack the quarterback more in 2013.

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In 2012, the Giants' vaunted pass rush practically disappeared. Veteran stalwarts DE Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora combined for only 10 sacks.

Budding superstar Jason Pierre-Paul went from 16.5 sacks in 2011 to just 6.5 in 2012. Head coach Tom Coughlin thinks he knows why JPP slumped last season....

"He didn?t play as well as the year before ... He was big when he came to camp ... There?s not a lot of body fat [with Pierre-Paul], yes, but still ..." said Coughlin at the league meetings this week as per the NY Post.

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First up at the podium this morning at the NFL Scouting Combine was Giants GM Jerry Reese, who fielded questions ranging from the team's priorities, to its approach in free agency, to in-house solutions.

Earlier this week, former Colts DE Dwight Freeney -- a native New Yorker who grew up a fan of Big Blue -- said it would be a dream to suit up for the Giants.

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Justin Tuck was surprised by some of the recent roster cuts the Giants have made, but not surprised behind the logic that drove the team to make them. ?That logic, as we all know, has yielded two Super Bowl wins since 2007.

From Tom Rock of Newsday:

"Those guys have done a great job over the years of building a team that can be successful and I don't see why we can't trust in the fact that they know what they're doing up there,'' Tuck said Tuesday night at The Founders Dinner at Cirpiani on?Wall Street.

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I?ve seen that guy in his 15 years take over games....I wish I could have played with him when he was a younger stud. But I feel as though he is a definitely a shoo-in for a Hall of Fame. It?s well-deserved......You think about the success he had and playing on the teams he played on ? he was a focal point for all those years and still being very successful. It?s a testament to how hard he worked and how talented he is.
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The Giants have some tough personnel decisions facing them this offseason. DE Osi Umenyiora and some other veterans will most likely be shown the door as the team looks to get younger and deeper through cheaper options.

Most of those changes figure to be on defense. LB Michael Boley is a prime candidate for either a pay cut or an outright release. From Rotoworld.com:

Due $4.25 million in 2013, Boley was benched for the final three games of the season, playing just 73 snaps after Week 14. The G-Men will surely ask Boley to slash his salary, but the soon-to-be 31-year-old veteran may be better off refusing and earning his release so he can test the open market. Either way, Boley is unlikely to enter 2013 with a starting job.

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This version of the 9-7 Giants didn't translate into a Super Bowl-bound time.

As the media gathers in New Orleans, New York Giants players are watching from their couches as a new king of the football world is crowned on Sunday.

Owner John Mara and GM Jerry Reese expressed their dismay with the team missing out on the playoffs this season. Obviously, change is on the horizon.

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Just work my butt off to become Justin Tuck of old. Do whatever I can do as a leader in a leadership role to prepare this team for a championship run next year. And get some rest and just come back knowing that regardless of what happened this year, we still have a very quality football team that could put it all together again next year and have an epic 2013.
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Defensive lineman, and more importantly team leader, Justin Tuck was not happy with his production this season.

Earlier today, in a draft forecast, I reminded readers of what Tuck's status with the organization was ...

"Neither Tuck nor Umenyiora are sure bets to return to New York next season. Tuck, set to turn 30 in March, started 14 games in 2012, producing just four sacks. It?s the second consecutive season Tuck has failed to finish with double-digit sack totals, finishing with nine in the past two years after registering 11.5 in 2010."
In an interview Tuesday at a Garden of Dreams charity event at Madison Square Garden, Tuck said he had watched his game tapes from 2012 and he played out of character.

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In a pair of ESPN mock NFL drafts, analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. both expect the New York Giants to try and improve on the defensive side of the ball this spring.

According to McShay, New York will look to bolster its defensive backfield by adding Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks.

"The Giants have been successful under general manager Jerry Reese going with the best available athlete on the board, but in this case they find one of the top players available at a priority need area," McShay writes. "Banks is not elite in man-to-man coverage, but he has good length and is solid in press coverage, shows instincts in zone, supports the run and is a ball hawk with 16 career interceptions."
The last defensive player drafted by New York was Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara in 2011. In 2010, the team took Jason Pierre-Paul.

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This season, the Giants lacked their signature pass rush, which had lifted them over the Patriots in Super Bowls twice and had set the tone for the rest of their defense.

Whether it's via free agency, the draft or trades, the Giants need to upgrade their pass rush, which will allow their linebackers to focus more on stopping the revent and their defensive backs on generating turnovers.

The heart and soul of the Giants D: the defensive line. Let's begin there.

Tags: alec ogletree, Antrel Rolle, Brian Cushing, Brian Urlacher, Chase Blackburn, cliff avril, Corey Webster, danielle ellerbe, dwight freeney, israel idonije, Jason Pierre-Paul, jayron hosley, Justin Tuck, justin tyron, Keith Rivers, Kenny Phillips, kevin minter, kevin reddick, manti te'o, mark herlich, marvin austin, Michael Boley, New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora, prince amukamara, ray lewis, rey maulaluga, Rocky Bernard, Stevie Brown, tim dobbins
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It would have taken nothing short of a miracle for New York to make the playoffs this year, a situation this team positioned itself in by failing to find any semblance of consistency the entire season.

Still, the Giants came out of the gate firing.

In what would eventually prove to be their final contest of the year, the G-Men demolished the visiting Eagles, 42-7, begging the question -- where has?this been all season?

Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Andy Reid, david wilson, DeSean Jackson, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Justin Tuck, Kenny Phillips, LeSean McCoy, Michael Vick, New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora, reuben randle, Stevie Brown, Victor Cruz
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Earlier this year, Falcons wide receiver Roddy White took a shot at Victor Cruz when he called the Giants wide receiver ... a bit soft.

White went on to call himself and Julio Jones to best receiving tandem in the National Football League.

Fast forward about three months and these two receiver duos are set to face off (of course, not against each other) on the same field this Sunday.

Tags: Hakeem Nicks, jacquizz rodgers, Julio Jones, Justin Tuck, Michael Turner, New York Giants, Roddy White, Stevie Brown, Victor Cruz
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The hard-nosed disciplinarian we know as Tom Coughlin uses a tactical approach to reach his players -- in the form of PowerPoint slides and catch phases.

The Giants head coach has made a slogan out of each of the team's goals over the past couple of years, beginning in 2007 when he nicknamed his team the "road warriors" as they embarked on a four-game winning streak en route to a Super Bowl championship.

Every Wednesday, Coughlin comes up with a phrase that best describes his team's goals for the week ahead. Other phrases have included ...

Tags: Justin Tuck, New York Giants, Editorial Aside, Tom Coughlin
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I don?t know what took him so long. I think ?Trel said it best. He?s probably the best athlete on this team. You see it when he scores a touchdown. He does cartwheels and backflips and I?ve been telling him to stop doing that, but he does it with ease. So whenever you put a threat like that back there, it?s only a matter of time. You saw flashes of it early in the year and he kind of got some lulls. With tonight, I think he was the main reason we were able to win this game like we did. A huge shot in the arm, not only to our offense but our defense because he energized the crowd, he energized us on the sideline and now it?s on tape we?re going to expect that from him every game.
Tags: david wilson, David Wilson, Justin Tuck, New York Giants, Quote

The Redskins (5-6) and the Giants (7-4), both coming off big-time wins in Week 12, are now set for Round 2 in the nation's capital Monday night.

Washington is one of four teams vying for the sixth and final spot in the playoffs, while New York can all but lock up the division by trumping their divisional rival.

Of course, what's standing in the way of a Giants victory is RGIII, who is coming off of a four-touchdown performance against Dallas on Thanksgiving. The jaw-dropping rookie has played like a veteran, and for Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, his maturity his driving his outstanding play.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Justin Tuck, Editorial Aside, RGIII
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