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Each week, I will be taking a look at the Giants? media notes to pull out some interesting facts about the upcoming opponent.

In Week 11, the Giants (3-6) host the Green Bay Packers (5-4), who lost last week to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Sunday?s game will be the 52nd regular season game between these two teams, and the Packers hold the lead with a 27-22-2 all-time mark.

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The Daily News Live panel discusses whether Jason Pierre-Paul will fulfill his potential with the Giants following his recent back surgery.

http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=27724055&topic_id=6479520&tcid=vpp_copy_27724055&v=3

Loudmouths: Schein and McAnaney discuss whether JPP will be ready for the Giants' season opener.

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The least you should know this morning.....

OTAs ongoing at TPC all week. Thursday is the only session with scheduled media access.

The Giants signed RB/KR/WR Keith Carlos yesterday to fill the last opening on their 90-man roster. RB Jeremy Wright was the player waived last week to create the opening.

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From yestreday's programming.....the Loud Mouths discuss the contract issues facing the Giants and their star receivers, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.

http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=27377909&topic_id=6479520&tcid=vpp_copy_27377909&v=3

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Below are our latest Giants' "hot seat" candidates for the upcoming season...

DE Justin Tuck: It's a make-or-break year for Tuck (we think) as he enters the final year of his contract. He has had two subpar seasons and a third could either den him packing or into retirement. There is also the possibility of him returning at a reduced price, but what point would that serve?

WR Hakeem Nicks: With Victor Cruz most likely scoring a sizable deal, Nicks needs to stay healthy and produce big numbers if he hopes to get a matching one. If he doesn't, the Giants will dodge a bullet by signing him to a modest contract. They may also let him try the free agent market and get him back even cheaper, depending on his health.

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Clouds and rain in the forecast here in the Big Apple today. If you're wondering what the Giants are up to, here it is. They will be at TPC for OTA sessions on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

Scheduled OTAs (voluntary):?May 22-23, May 29-31, June 3-7

Mandatory minicamp:?June 11-13

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GM Jerry Reese feels Ohio OL Eric Herman will compete for a spot on the O-Line.

After a season of watching his team get manhandled by opponents week after week, Giants CEO John Mara sent a mandate to executives on the football side to retool the trenches. On defense, they brought in three new tackles. On offense, they are bringing back all their starters from last season plus two draft picks: the top choice, Justin Pugh of Syracuse, and a seventh-round selection out of Ohio by the name of Eric Herman.

It's way too early to tell who will deliver and who will not, but the Giants may have found their new Rich Seubert in Herman. Then again, they may have another Mitch Petrus on their hands.

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Below is the Giants' current 90-man roster. Uniform numbers have been updated. The chart is sorted by position.

 

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Now that rookie minicamp has come and gone, what have we learned, if anything?

Well, for starters, the team showed us they are still not content with the interior of the defensive line and their linebackers.

At DT, they added another veteran this week in journeyman Frank Okum which now gives them eight DTs heading into minicamp next month. Linval Joseph is currently the only DT on the roster that has played a full season for the Giants.

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OT Justin Pugh

The Giants completed their first day of rookie minicamp at TPC under sunny skies and warm temperatures on Friday. They will not be so fortunate today as clouds, rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast for most of the day.

What you need to know about yesterday:

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The discussion rages on across the internet and talk radio on whether the Giants used their first two picks in last week's draft wisely. ?We believe the team may not have taken the "best players available" according to consensus, but took the best players that fit their model.

Over the years, the Giants have made some curious selections in the early rounds. Some have worked out, others have not. Which of those categories will the this year's top two selections (OL Justin Pugh and DL Jonathan Hankins) fall under?

More from Jimmy Kempski of Blogging the bEast:

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For the second consecutive year, the draft has come and gone and Giant fans protest loudly about the team's failure to draft a linebacker. ?I understand the mindset behind this angst. But I'm not sure most fans understand how the game has changed and why base defense, run-stopping linebackers - much like running backs these days - are not being taken high in the draft any longer.

Today's game is played in front of ?- and behind - the linebackers. The Giants have been getting away from their base defense (4-3-4) in recent years, employing either a nickel (4-2-5) or a dime (4-1-6) package on approximately 50% of the defensive snaps. This is primarily to guard against the new age passing attacks of the league. In the team's final game of the season vs the Eagles last year, only two LBs were on the field for more than half the snaps: Chase Blackburn (73%) and Jacquian Williams (71%) - who happen to be the unit's top two pass defenders.

Granted, the game was a blowout, with the Eagles in passing mode most of the game (37 pass to 27 run plays), but that means little. When the shoe was on the other foot in Week 10 against Cincinnati, only Michael Boley (100%) and Blackburn (92%) played more than half the snaps.

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"A lot of versatility. One of my goals every year is just coming in and improving my run game. I faced criticism my whole career in if I can play the run or I can hold up. I always just thought I got a chip on my shoulder or something to prove.

I?ve been on some pretty good run defenses in my time in the league. I think I?ve even been on a number one ranked defense back in the day. It?s just something to prove being able to play whether it?s inside or outside. Help out wherever. It?s a system that I?m familiar with, with Coach Nunn and some of the things we used to do back at Green Bay. I?m just excited to get out there and be able to contribute."

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, cullen jenkins, New York Giants Defense, NYG, Note

The NFL released their full 256-game regular season schedule tonight. The Giants will appear in primetime five times this season, despite not qualifying for the playoffs last year.

Outside of their required home-and-home contests vs their divisional opponents (Cowboys, Eagles, Redskins), the Giants will face the NFC North (Bears, Lions, Vikings, Packers) and the AFC West (Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers, Raiders).

By virtue of their second-place finish in 2012, the Giants drew the other NFC second-place finishers from last season (Seahawks, Panthers).

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Duke head coach David Cutcliffe was supervising workouts with the Manning brothers at their passing academy in North Carolina last week. He told ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd yesterday he is as impressed as ever with Eli, who he coached in college at Ole Miss.

As per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York:

"His arm was tremendous during this round," Cutcliffe said on ESPN Radio. "We do a lot of pure, solid, good old-fashioned fundamental things that we have been doing with him since he has been coming to camp with me at Tennessee and at Ole Miss.?

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RB Andre Brown is shooting for 22 TDs and 1,300 yards this season.

Giants' little-used restricted free agent RB Andre Brown is setting some lofty goals for himself this season. He is predicting a record-setting season for himself this fall. Considering he's only played in 14 games since being selected in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft, it's appears as if he's just daydreaming out loud right now.

From Rotoworld:

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We went into a news blackout in deference to the events in Boston yesterday, opting to keep the lines of communications open in case of emergency. We are back this morning extremely somber but ready to work.

Being present at the World Trade Center on 9/11, I understand how the people of Boston feel today. Shock, hurt, sorrow, fear, pain. An array of emotions rushing together to form a numbness that for many, will never go away. Our thoughts and prayers are with them this morning.


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Today begins the voluntary offseason program for the Giants at Timex Performance Center. As stated in the previous post, it's "voluntary," but considering how many veteran players around the league are out of work, expect large turnouts this week.

The Giants will be welcoming several new players into the fold, who they recently signed as free agents: TE Brandon Myers; DTs Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson; LB Dan Connor; S Ryan Mundy; WR Louis Murphy and K Josh Brown. CB Aaron Ross is returning after spending a year down in Jacksonville.

Also returning are several of their own players who were retained via free agency: DT Shaun Rogers, OT Will Beatty, OL Kevin Boothe, QB David Carr, CB Terrell Thomas, LB Keith Rivers and RB Ryan Torain.

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Peyton and Eli Manning having some fun with ESPN's Chris Mortensen

According to our colleague at ESPN NewYork, Ohm Youngmisuk, Giants' restricted free agent WR Victor Cruz is among the receivers working out with QB Eli Manning down in North Carolina this week.

The quarterback hopes he will be doing the same this offseason with Cruz at the Giants' practice facility when the team trains.

"I hope so," Manning said when asked by ESPN's Chris Mortensen at the Manning Passing Academy at Duke University. "I know he wants everything to get finished and be with the Giants and get back to work. It was great to get him here for a few days and I haven't seen these guys in a while."Also working out with Eli are Hakeem Nicks, who is coming off foot and knee injuries, and newly-signed free agent Louis Murphy. It's a good sign, folks. Cruz has only a little over a week left to field offers from other teams before his rights revert back to the Giants. Nicks being able to do anything at this point on the field is good news as well.

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Good morning. Getting some early summer weather here in NYC, and we aren't complaining. Hope you're enjoying our coverage of basically nothing these days. We're in Seinfeld mode right now: a blog about nothing. Things will heat up soon. In the interim, I'll be putting up some historical content for the next two weeks as the draft approaches, so stay tuned.

Some news....

RB Andre Brown has switched his representation to super agent Drew Rosenhaus.....from Rotoworld:?Brown will play out the 2013 season on his $2.02 million restricted free agent tender. But he'll be an unrestricted free agent in 2014, and will almost certainly be looking to sign with the highest bidder. Brown burst onto the scene last year with 385 yards and eight touchdowns in 10 games before breaking his leg.

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It's draft season and we thought we'd rehash some of the fond memories from my 47 years as a fan of the New York Football Giants. Every other day, from now until the draft, we will cover the Giants' draft history from 1970 to today. Hope you enjoy and please comment with your memories and perceptions as well.

The Giants' media guys describe the 1970's as such: The Giants in the 1970s could best be described as a team in transition. The team called four different stadiums home, played in three different states, and did not play in one postseason game. Teams like the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, and Giants, so strong in the NFL?s forma- tive years, gave way to new powers like Dallas, Pittsburgh and Minnesota.

Perfect. Not too specific, kindly saving us the pain of having to re-live that period. The beginning of the decade was spotted with a few winning seasons, but as the decade went on, the Giants became a hopeless mess that prompted NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to intervene in 1979.

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Good morning. Wish we had something tactile for you this morning, but as they say sometimes 'no news is good news'. Here are some tidbits from around the blogosphere....

The Post is pooh-poohing the rumors that RB Brandon Jacobs, who posted overtures on the net that he'd like to return to the Giants, is actually close to rejoining them:

This does not mean Jacobs ? who spent a wasted 2012 season with the 49ers ? is on his way back to the team that drafted him in 2005.

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One week to go before the Giants begin their preparation for the upcoming season. Their offseason program begins April 15.

Yesterday, we told you we felt the Giants would basically remain in their bunker until after the draft. Our friend over at Big Blue View, Ed Valentine gives his take on what the Giants are prioritizing in the remaining days of free agency. READ


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As the Giants continue to tweak their roster with small, insignificant moves the football world hasn't stopped to take a look at the sum of all of these moves. They've done well for the most part.

For anyone who believes the Giants aren't a better team today than they were when the season ended, please write me and explain. I think they're heading into the draft in pretty decent shape. Their shopping list is not a long one.

WR, RB, QB and punter are covered. The team could add another RB along the way, but nothing needs to be done. All the WRs are under contract through the end of this season and Rueben Randle should get an opportunity to display his talents. Former Florida star Louis Murphy could turn out to be a real steal.

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The NFL has released a preliminary preseason schedule. The Giants will play in one of the league's eleven nationally-televised contests....

Week 1 (Aug 8-11); the Giants will be in Pittsburgh

Week 2: (Sun Aug 18): the Giants will host the Colts at 8pm on FOX

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The Giants signed DT Mike Patterson to an undisclosed deal yesterday. The move helps to solidify the team's challenged interior defensive line. Last month, they signed Patterson's former Philadelphia teammate, Cullen Jenkins to a three-year, $8 million contract.

Patterson,29, was the Eagles' first round pick (31st overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft out of USC, where he was a first-team All-American. He played in 115 games over his eight years years in Philadelphia, starting 99. Patterson played in only 5 games last season after undergoing brain surgery in the offseason after he was diagnosed with?cerebral arteriovenous malformation. ?Patterson has never been named to the Pro Bowl and was the recipient of the Eagles' Ed Block Courage Award in 2011.

The Giants are expected to take a look at WR/KR Julian Edelman today. Edelman is a free agent with few prospects after the Patriots replaced Wes Welker with former Rams slot receiver Danny Amendola instead of promoting him.

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According to SNYGiants insider Mike Garafolo, the Giants have pulled the trigger on former Eagles DT Mike Patterson. Terms of the deal are forthcoming.

https://twitter.com/MikeGarafolo/status/319573196099690496

Patterson gives the Giants more than enough depth on the interior of the defensive line now. Doesn't mean they wont bring in more later this month via the draft and the UDFA market, but the signing of Patterson and an another former Eagle, Cullen Jenkins, eases the immediacy to fill the dearth at the DT position.

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According to several sources, the Carolina Panthers have signed former Giant WR Domenik Hixon to a one-year deal.

https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/319554206249918464

Hixon played in 57 games for the Giants, with six touchdown catches. He had 101 catches for 1,400 yards in four years with the Giants. From Rotoworld:

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Good morning. The convergence of sports and entertainment takes another step further as we learn that WR Victor Cruz' agent change has deeper roots than originally reported. From PFT:

There has been plenty of speculation that Jay-Z?s new sports management firm resulted in Giants receiver?Victor Cruz?hiring CAA to negotiate his next contract with the Giants, or whoever he may sign with.

The speculation is accurate.? Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Cruz hired CAA in anticipation of CAA and Jay-Z?s Roc Nation partnering in the overall representation and management of Cruz?s career. READ FULL?

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According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, former Giant WR Steve Smith has signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

For Smith, the move will mark a reunion with former?New York Giants?wide receivers coach Mike Sullivan, who is now the offensive coordinator in Tampa Bay. Smith was one of the best slot receivers in football at the time, but hasn't been the same player since recovering from microfracture surgery.

Smith set a Giant single-season record for receptions in 2009 with 107. His season was cut short by injury in 2010 and he spurned the Giants the following summer by signing with the hated Eagles, where he only caught 11 passes. He moved on to St. Louis last season where he played a bit role once again.

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Not a whole lot happening today, The Giants do not begin their offseason program until April 15th, so don't expect to read about people reporting or not reporting until then.

There is however a few tidbits to report. The Giants are bringing in another DT for a look-see: former Philadelphia Eagle Mike Patterson. an eight-year veteran and former first round selection who was cut the same day as Cullen Jenkins...From Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News:

As part of his visit to the Giants, Patterson will undergo a physical, according to a source familiar with his plans. That?s a key part of the evaluation process since Patterson?s career nearly ended in the summer of 2011 when he suffered a seizure during training camp. Though he ended up playing 15 games that season, with the help of medication, he eventually needed surgery to remove an arteriovenous malformation from his brain in January, 2012.
At the owners meetings last month, CEO John Mara said the team needed to play more physical up front:

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We talked about the LSU pro day and how the Giants might have been impressed by what they saw. Apparently they will not be entertaining CB Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu for a visit....

https://twitter.com/JennyVrentas/status/317674727676203008

More from Jenny:?"Mathieu will not take a "Top 30" visit -- teams are allowed to host 30 non-local players on pre-draft visits -- to either the Giants or Jets facilities, according to a person with knowledge of Mathieu's scheduled visits. That person requested anonymity because many teams do not announce their pre-draft visits.....Mathieu will not book any additional visits, the person added, because he is fully booked between April 2-17."

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The below five-round mock is from one of my favorite websites: WalterFootball.com. I will tell you this, if the Giants walk out of their draft room with these five players in tow, I'll run naked down 6th Avenue......

Round One (19): Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State:?Smart teams like the Giants, Steelers and Ravens always end up getting a prospect who falls during the draft. Teams constantly selecting in the top 15 are stupid, so intelligent front offices take advantage of their dumb decisions on Draft Day. One player who's probably going to drop is Bjoern Werner. He did not perform as well as expected at the Combine, showing much less athleticism than 2008's Chris Long, whom he's been compared to.

Giant fans know that general manager Jerry Reese loves drafting pass-rushers. With Osi Umenyiora entering free agency this March and Justin Tuck having a down year, Reese may select a defensive end early this April.

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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.

http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=25896439&topic_id=21534094&tcid=vpp_copy_25896439&v=3

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Not much happening in the way of roster formation these days. However, a few former Giants were in the news yesterday.

**LB Chase Blackburn, always a fan favorite here, tweeted his thanks yesterday to Giant fans and other well-wishers....

https://twitter.com/Blackburn5793/status/317258908781666304

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It appears former Giant RB Ahmad Bradshaw may have found a home....in Pittsburgh. As always, health could pose a problem for Bradshaw....

https://twitter.com/AKinkhabwala/status/317360660021403649

The Steelers would like to sign Bradshaw if they can. More from Aditi: If everything checks out -- which is no certainty -- Pittsburgh will make an attempt to sign the free-agent running back, according to a source apprised of the visit.

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The Atlanta Falcons signed DE Osi Umenyiora to a two-year contract reportedly worth up to $12.5 million......

From Rotoworld: ...Finally. This has been in the works for almost a week now, and it was just a matter of time before it was made official. The Dolphins were rumored to be sniffing around Umenyiora a little bit, but it never materialized to anything. Umenyiora, 31, brings some much needed juice to Atlanta's pass rush, but he essentially just replaces John Abraham. GM Thomas Dimitroff still needs to be on the lookout for more edge rushers. At this point, Umenyiora and Kroy Biermann are the starters at defensive end for the Falcons. Osi recorded 43 tackles and six sacks last season.

From Jenny Vrentas of the Star Ledger...

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Free agency has slowed down to a crawl, and it doesn't appear the Giants will be making many moves in the coming weeks outside of monitoring the Victor Cruz situation.

**OL David Diehl took a whopping cut in pay yesterday, agreeing to to play this season for $1 million as opposed to $4.475 million. That's a 77.7% reduction in pay. He must have been faced with being cut to agree to that.....

Diehl will still make more than recently re-signed OL Kevin Boothe, who?a signed one-year, $905k contract earlier this week. Boothe's deal is for $840k with a $65,000 signing bonus.

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Well, another piece of the puzzle solved. Kim Jones of the NFL Network is reporting the Giants and OL Kevin Boothe have reached an agreement on a one-year contract....

https://twitter.com/KimJonesSports/status/316201061440438272

From Rotoworld: Along with LT Will Beatty, Boothe is the second in-house lineman the Giants have re-signed this offseason. The G-Men could return their entire offensive line for 2013 depending on what they do with RT David Diehl. Boothe underwhelmed as a pass blocker last season, but was sturdy in the run game and wasn't penalized. Boothe will turn 30 in July.

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For those who believe the Giants are not bargaining behind the scenes with RFA Victor Cruz, a report has surfaced that the team has a fairly generous offer on the table. By all accounts, things are looking good.....

From Gary Myers of the Daily News:

Sources say the Giants? offer to Cruz exceeds $7 million per year, with a sizable amount of guaranteed money in a long-term deal that would still leave the 26-year-old Cruz time in his career to sign another contract. Switching to agent Tom Condon, who is a deal maker with a good relationship with the Giants, should mean they get a contract done rather than Cruz playing for the $2.879 million tender.

At the moment, it doesn?t appear Cruz is going to get an offer sheet from another team. Condon is Eli Manning?s agent and holds an important place in Giants history. In the days before the 2004 draft, he broke the news to the Chargers that Archie Manning said Eli would not play for them, which forced the draft day trade to the Giants.

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Contrary to public perception, the Giants have been busy in free agency. They just move at their own pace. Little moves here and there to supplement their core. In the past, they have made some under-the-radar moves that worked out well. Last year, they found S Stevie Brown and OT Sean Locklear. Have they found some more gems this year...?

Free agents acquired by the Giants

DT Cullen Jenkins 3/10/2013: Signed a three-year, $8 million contract. The deal contains $3 million guaranteed, including a $2 million signing bonus. 2013: $1.1 million, 2014: $2.45 million, 2015: $2.2 million. Basically traded him for Chris Canty, who got a similar deal from Baltimore. Not a bad player, but not the run-stuffer they need.?

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"It?s stupid. Runners, when you run, you?re automatically tilted. Even a track runner, when they cross the finish line, the first thing there is their head. . . . It?s a stupid rule." - Giants' RB David Wilson on the recently passed 'crown of helmet' rule (Daily News)

"Kevin is a good friend of mine, and obviously I want him back. I think he?s a great player. He?s been very important to us the past couple years. But that?s not my decision to make, and I know (general manager) Jerry Reese will put the best team out there he can. I hope it?s with Kevin Boothe." - OL Chris Snee (Star-Ledger)

"Eli would be willing to do things, I would be willing to do some things to restructure and help other guys out and keep a great teammate (around) like Victor Cruz. I have restructured before in my 10 seasons as a New York Giant. It is not something I am unfamiliar with. That is part of the business in the NFL.? - OL David Diehl (ESPN NewYork)

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Victor Cruz. We all love him. Eli Manning said yesterday that he would restructure his deal to help the Giants keep him. But business is business. Cruz can put his name on an offer sheet from now until April 19th. If that happens, the Giants will have five days to match or lose him to another team.

Of course they will receive that team's first round draft pick in next month's NFL Draft. With that pick, they can get themselves a much-needed LB, OL, CB or even another receiver. If Cruz receives no offers, he will stay with the Giants for at least another year. The best case scenario, however, is getting Cruz' signature on a long-term deal.

The Giants have a healthy Hakeem Nicks returning, along with Rueben Randle and recently-signed speedster Louis Murphy. Keeping Cruz in the fold would make that an even more imposing unit.

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