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The Giants had one of the league?s most prolific offenses last season, ranking ninth in points per game (24.6), fifth in pass yards per game (295.9) and eighth in total yards per game (385.1). These metrics are impressive, but let us not ignore Big Blue?s putrid rushing yards per game average (82.1), good for last in all of football.

The departure of Brandon Jacobs?and his accompanying 152 carries and 571 rushing yards?to the San Francisco 49ers only figured to further debilitate an already feeble ground game, leaving the Giants in danger of reclaiming their spot as the league?s worst rushing team. Help arrived at approximately 11:30 p.m. Thursday night in the form of 5-foot-9, 205-pound running back David Wilson, a shifty speedster from Virginia Tech who immediately slides into the No. 2 spot on the Giants running back depth chart.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, 2012 NFL Draft, Bear Pascoe, Brandon Jacobs, David Baas, Eli Manning, Giants 2012 Schedule, Giants-Cowboys, Giants News, Giants Offense, Martellus Bennett, Mitch Petrus, New York City, New York Giants, New York Giants News, New York Giants Offense, New York Giants Preseason, NFC, NFC East, NFL Draft, Victor Cruz, William Beatty
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With the NY Giants offensive line in need of some help, big blue signed OT Stacey Andrews.? Yes, the brother of Shawn Andrews who the Giants cut last week.? If you want to find some similarities to the every prospering Philadelphia Eagles and your New York Giants...The Eagles had both brothers in Eagles green at one time in 2009.? That experiment did not work.

Only two quick seasons later...Shawn Andrews the 3x Pro Bowler has been cut by the Giants and Stacey Andrews who had been traded from Philadelphia to Seattle has been let go only to resurface as a New York Giant.

Confused?? Me too.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Adam Koets, Chris Snee, David Diehl, Free Agent News, Giants Offense, James Brewer, Jerry Reese, Kareem McKenzie, Mitch Petrus, NFC East, NY Giants Offense, Offensive Line, Shawn Andrews, stacy andrews
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With very little on our plates but the upcoming draft, I have been reading and watching several reports from this week's Senior Bowl.

Several names have kept popping up. One in particular, Ryan Kerrigan of Purdue, continues to impress.

As I wrote in this space several days ago, I would be in favor of him becoming a Giant.? They would have to use their first round selection to get him, but if he is there at #19, he would be a steal.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Bucky Brooks, Linebacker, Mitch Petrus, National Football League, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, NFL, Ryan Kerrigan, Sports
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Several Giants Lineman Scheduled to Go Under the Knife This Winter

Let's get caught up with some injury news and happenings before the season gets too far in the rear view mirror, shall we....

The Giants have several players that will be needing off-season surgery. One of them is DE Osi Umenyiora, whose knee and hip kept him from practicing in full all year.

Tags: Adam Koets, David Diehl, Justin Tuck, Mitch Petrus, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, Osi Umenyiora, Rich Seubert, Shaun O'Hara, Shawn Andrews
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Yesterday the Giants fielded only 2 offensive linemen in their normal slots. While Kareem McKenzie and Chris Snee stayed put on the right, the left saw Rich Seubert at C, David Diehl at LG, and Shawn Andrews debuting at LT.

The results speak for itself as New York stomped Seattle in a 41-7 rout. However, as mentioned earlier this evening, the victory had casualties. Both Diehl and Adam Koets (who spelled Seubert multiple times at C), suffered injuries. While the severity of the injuries are still unknown, the theme will likely be recurring in the near future.

Shaun O'Hara is not getting any younger or healthier. A Pro Bowler, team leader, and local product, O'hara has been a key member of the organization since arriving in 2005. Now, he is out indefinitely with a similar injury to the one that ended Strahan's 2006 campaign prematurely. It is not likely that the Giants will continue to pay out a Pro Bowler's salary in 2011 for an ailing player. Moving to the left, Seubert has enjoyed a resurgence so far this season. After experiencing a sharp drop off in his level of play last year, the longest tenured Giant has helped Ahmad Bradshaw become one of the top backs in the league. That said, he too is not getting any younger. Entering the NFL in 2001, Seubert missed a season in a half when he broke his leg during a 2003 showdown with Philadelphia. Seubert reentered the starting lineup in 2007 and has been a stalwart since.

Tags: Adam Koets, Chris Snee, David Diehl, Giants-Seahawks, Kareem McKenzie, Mitch Petrus, New York Giants, New York Giants News, Rich Seubert, Shaun O'Hara, Shawn Andrews
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Who would have thunk it? Following a training camp riddled with injuries (let alone a 2009 campaign with a disabled list theme) The Giants have only one player ruled out due to injury for their opener.

That player of course is Phillip Dillard, a rookie linebacker who didn't figure to see much playing time today anyway. As reported earlier, Aaron Ross is doubtful.

The Giants, for the first time in recent memory, will have to make as many as 6 healthy scratches to whittle down to 45.

Tags: Adam Koets, Dave Tollefson, Michael Johnson, Mitch Petrus, New York Giants, Victor Cruz
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With final cuts days away, the Giants find themselves in a precarious position. Injuries have thrown the availability of several key players into question and providing adequate depth to remedy the situation may force the team to cut players that deserve to stay.

To help untangle the mess, I?ll be posting installments that break down the depth at each position group over the next week.? Today we start with perhaps the most important position group, the Offensive Line.

There are currently 10 players on the roster that have a legitimate shot at landing a spot on the line. The importance of this position and the recent injury problems it has encountered suggest that the Giants would like to retain between 8-9 players. Nine may be too high however, due to the roster issues we will be discussing throughout this series.

Tags: Adam Koets, Chris Snee, David Diehl, Guy Whimper, Kareem McKenzie, Mitch Petrus, New York Giants, Rich Seubert, Shaun O'Hara, Shawn Andrews, Will Beatty
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Our man over at Ultimate NYG - Glenn Warciski - wrote a nice piece on rookie OL Mitch Petrus - the Giants' fifth-round selection in April's draft.

Petrus is turning out to be everything Jerry Reese and Marc Ross thought he would be. He's a good-natured kid, too, and the fans and the media are beginning to to pick up on that.

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It is difficult to administer a solid grade for Jerry Reese?s 2010 personnel moves because there are less qualitative results to look at and hopefully Reese isn?t finished making those moves. What I will look at is how I think the players project on the team, how much sense the pick seems to make, and what I think Reese passed on.

1) Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida ? Just playing GM in my head, I can think of a number of different ways I would have played this pick. Reese could have gone BPA and taken Derrick Morgan, giving the team a great backup LE, who offers the same kind of element as Big Mike Strahan, including run stopping ability and leadership. He could have gone need and reached a little bit for Sean Weatherspoon to play MLB. Spoon is a projected 10-year starter and another player that offers strong leadership and even a little swagger, a la Antonio Pierce. Instead Reese drafted a third RE, and a very raw one at that, a raw one with high bust potential. Go figure. How good does that aces front look if Tuck and Kiwi slide to the middle and Morgan and Osi are on the outside? I?m just saying? I certainly could be wrong and if this was a team with no needs I would be much more okay with this pick, but as of right now, I hate it: F

2) Linval Joseph, DT, East Carolina ? I like this pick, but why not Taylor Mays, the safety that was projected to go top 5 last draft season? If you ask me what unit I think needs the most help from last season, it?s unquestionably the safeties, especially considering Phillip?s long-term outlook. Mays, so far has proven his biggest fault is that he actually listens to his coaches. Unfortunately that was Pete Carroll at USC last season. Under The Great Mike Singletary Mays appears to be blossoming? so far. At any rate Joseph is a solid pick. He won?t contribute this season as DTs usually are quiet year one, but he?ll make a name for himself in no time and keep the middle solid: B

Tags: Adrian Tracy, Chad Jones, Deon Grant, Derrick Morgan, Jason Pierre-Paul, Linval Joseph, Mitch Petrus, New York Giants, Opinion, Phillip Dillard
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Lawrence Taylor Indicted on Rape Charge

According to the AP...".Pro football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has been indicted by a suburban New York grand jury on charges of rape, criminal sexual act and sexual abuse."

This is no surprise....if he gets convicted of the rape, now that might be a surprise considering the inconsistent details and evidence.

OL Mitch Petrus, P Matt Dodge Agree to Terms With Giants

According to the Giants, fifth-round selection Mitch Petrus has agreed to a contract with the team.

Tags: Lawrence Taylor, Mitch Petrus, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News
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Injury Issues of 2009 Spilling Over Into This Season

Two years ago two key players for the New York Giants had off season knee surgery.? Fred Robbins and Barry Cofield both went under the knife during the off season to repair torn up knee ligaments and to no surprise...they had terrible? seasons.

Thinking back upon the players injuries, the press reported these surgeries as common place and routine as drinking Gatorade on the sidelines; however, when there production slipped and there reliability was in doubt...the questions came fast and furious.

Now June 2010 and the New York Giants are only weeks away from Camp Coughlin, and I question why some of the key players(Boss) on the team are having "Off Season" surgery so late in the game and what is Gilbride's plan to run the ball when all 3 starting running backs(Bradshaw, Jacobs, and Brown) have had recent surgery.

Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, Barry Cofield, Brandon Jacobs, DJ Ware, Eli Manning, Fred Robbins, Giants Offense, Injuries, Jeremy Shockey, Kevin Gilbride, Mitch Petrus, New York Giants, Tom Coughlin, Training Camp
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There is an old philosophy in football that you win the game in the trenches.? Well, it appears that philosophy is still alive and well these days in Giants' camp.

The Giants are pinning there 2010 hopes on their offensive and defensive lines, stockpiling quality players who are versatile and can be used in multiple formations.? It was the formula for their 2007 championship season, and with many of? the same players still in place, the team feels a need to get back to those basics.

On offense, the Giants have an excellent passing game, if you haven't noticed, led by the veteran (dare I say it) Eli Manning.? Steve Smith has developed into one? of the game's finest receivers.? Their young wideouts are coming along nicely.? Hakeem Nicks could be on the verge of stardom as well as Mario Manningham. Kevin Boss is a quality tight end.

Tags: Chris Snee, David Diehl, Giants Offense, Mitch Petrus, New York Giants, New York Giants News, New York Giants Preseason, Shaun O'Hara
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There were many moments during the 2010 NFL draft; were I thought I might throw something through my TV .? It wasn't going as I had hoped.

I didn't want the NY Giants to draft a project and dress it up by calling it "Raw Talent", I didn't want the fourth or fifth best defensive tackle, I didn't want another safety and I especially didn't want a linebacker who until the fall had lost his starting job and only averaged 7 tackles a game.

However...the gem of the Giants draft came in the fifth round when Tom Coughlin reached out and called Mike Petrus the offensive guard from Arkansas to ask him what he felt? about playing football for the New York Giants.

Tags: 2010 NFL Draft, Mitch Petrus, New York Giants News
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From our friends at Football Reporters Online..

MITCH PETRUS, Arkansas, Senior; 6-3, 307, 5.25.

Mitch Petrus was part of an O-line of Baby ?Backs that served up a lot of sore ribs while clearing the path for Felix Jones and Darren McFadden. An Associated Press All-America Second Team selection, Petrus has a super-strong upper body and legs (no problem keeping defenders at arms? length); but no verification whether that translates to enough of a degree of flexibility needed for lateral acceleration. If you live to run like Buffalo, Carolina and Miami do, Petrus could be a nice addition.
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