The masses will come out and challenge you on your virtual pulpit and force you to defend your stance. Then, there's the alternative: you can give in.
Pain in Neck: The biggest blow to the team is loosing Mathias Kiwanuka with a bulging disc in his neck.? After practice earlier this week, Kiwi underwent a CAT scan were he was diagnosed with a bulging cervical disc.?? He is out for a undetermined period of time time.? The versatile? Kiwanuka leads the team with 4 sacks and has had major success from the defensive line and linebacker position in this new Fewell system.
Bum Ankle: The anchor of the offensive line, Shaun O'Hara is still shut down as the Giants try desperately to get him healthy.? Adam Koates takes his place; however his on presence is greatly missed on the field and the in locker room.
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The candidates were Jonathan Goff, who ended the season at MLB last year; Bryan Kehl, who saw some time at LB over the past two seasons; Gerris Wilkinson, a former third-round selection; Phillip Dillard, this year's fourth round selection, and Keith Bulluck, the veteran free-agent coming off major knee surgery.
As time has transpired, the middle linebacker questions have apparently been answered. Goff is running with the "ones", and Bulluck and Dillard will see time as well. Wilkinson has been moved to the WILL in place of Michael Boley in many run-stopping packages.
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"Working mostly with the second- and third-team defense, Dillard has been aggressive in his reads and actions while playing with very good form and fundamentals."
Would they trade up to get Rolando McClain? What do you think of Sean Weatherspoon, or Sean Lee?? Do think Daryl Washington would be a good fit? What about Brandon Spikes?
I personally thought the Giants would have taken McClain had he been there at #15, which he wasn't. The Raiders grabbed him two whole hours before the Giants were called to the podium.? The others could have been Giants, but GM Jerry Reese passed on all of them. He had a plan.
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
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Days Until Camp...5The Giants will open camp on Sunday with a 3:15 PM practice.
Rookie LB Phillip Dillard surrendered jersey No. 53 to incoming veteran Keith Bullluck. Dillard will switch to No. 49.
According to the Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano, Bulluck has downplayed the notion that he'll have issues making the transfer to MLB after a decade playing OLB with the Titans....
According to SNY's Mike Garafolo, the former Nebraska Cornhusker MLB agreed to a 4-year, $2.28 million deal with the Giants today with a signing bonus of $493K.
LB Adrian Tracy, the Giants' sixth round pick, is also in the fold with a 4-year deal worth $1.895 million with a $105K bonus. Tracy played his collegiate ball at William and Mary.
6th Rounder Adrian Tracy Also SignedThe Giants are slowly getting all of their draft choices under contract.? Today they announced that fourth-round selection, LB Phillip Dillard of Nebraska and 6th round selection DE Adrian Tracy of William and Mary have come to terms with the team.
Today's signings leave only DE Jason Pierre-Paul, DT Linval Joseph, OL Mitch Petrus and P Matt Dodge remaining to be signed.? Last week, the Giants inked S Chad Jones of LSU.
According to Mike Garafolo of SNY and The Star Ledger, the Tracy deal is for four years at approximately $1.9 million.? No specifics of Dillard's deal have been released as of yet.
Here's a summary and some thoughts:
Middle Linebacker: Considered to be?the most watched competition in camp as Jonathan Goff, Phillip Dillard, Gerris Wilkinson, and Chase Blackburn try to convince coaches that they have what it takes to replace Antonio Pierce. Goff is said to be the early leader.
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For my first post I thought I would try to establish a rubric, so to speak, for my own dissatisfaction with the MLB situation.? I know it seems sometimes that I (Igs) am only seeing this thing from the ?glass half empty? perspective, but in truth there are a number of important angles that inform my reservations:
How close are the Giants?
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2-Day Camp Gives Little Indication of What Lies AheadThere has been quite a bit bit of grumbling on the net about the Giants' latest draft class being a weak group.
Some say GM Jerry Reese is leaving too much to chance by taking players with so little football experience.
Others believe the Giants will pay a steep price for passing on such linebackers as Sean Weatherspoon, Sean Lee, Daryl Washington and Donald Butler in favor of defensive lineman they don't need.? Now, there are the rumors of how badly the team's rookie camp went, as few players distinguished themselves.
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Fans Shouldn't Be Too Worried About MLB SpotThe Giants lost Antonio Piece to a neck injury last season and then chose to part ways with him shortly after the season.? They had no immediate successor to Pierce, who not only played a whale of MLB in his prime, but was an intelligent, cognizant leader in one of the league's premier defenses.
Since Pierce's departure, fans have been clamoring nervously about who will take Pierce's place.? GM Jerry Reese did little to calm their fears by not signing a veteran in the off-season, claiming he had the answer right in the building, meaning Bryan Kehl, Jonathan Goff and Gerris Wilkinson.
We now know that to be partially untrue.? Had Alabama'a Rolando McClain fallen to the Giants in the draft, they were ready to take him.? But that never came close to happening.
Giants Prefer Nebraska LB Over Other Fan FavoritesThe Giants' fourth round selection, LB Phillip Dillard of Nebraska, is another rising prospect with great upside.
Our esteemed colleagues at? Consensus Draft Services sent us their analysis of this run-stuffing defender...
Played in twelve games in 2009 and started nine. Invited to and participated in both the Senior Bowl and the combine.