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WR Steve Smith helped the Giants upset the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

Former New York Giant Steve Smith has announced he will retire from the NFL after only six seasons.

Smith was a member of the 2007 Super Bowl Championship team after being drafted in the second round in the '07 draft.

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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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The Rams have signed wide receiver Steve Smith to a one year deal, according to beat reporter Jim Thomas. The former Giant was rumored to be interested in returning to New York, but nothing ever materialized.

With the 49ers signing Mario Manningham, the Giants' #3 wide receiver job is wide open for the second year in a row. Some had thought Smith would be a candidate for that job, which would have meant moving Victor Cruz away from the slot. Instead, Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden and Jerrel Jernigan will be looked at to fill the void. The Giants could also draft or sign another receiver.

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According to Mike Garafolo, Martellus Bennett's contract with the Giants is worth just under $1.8 mil, not the $2.5 mil that had been previously reported.?Bennett will wear #89, a number that was worn by popular Giants tight ends Mark Bavaro and Kevin Boss.

Two more reason to like this deal.

Garafolo also hears that Chris Horton has signed a one year minimum deal with the Giants.

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Former Giants tight end Kevin Boss will be released by the Oakland Raiders tomorrow, according to?Jason La Confora.

Boss is an obvious fit with the Giants since he had played with Manning and company for four years. He had more than his fair share of injury issues, but his pricetag will certainly be lower than what the Raiders gave him last offseason (four years, $16 million with $6 million guaranteed). Add him to the list of possible free agent tight end targets.

Wouldn't it be funny to see the Giants re-sign both Boss and Steve Smith, who caused quite a stir among the fanbase by leaving via free agency? Hey, it could happen, and they'll certainly come cheaper this year...

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The Giants re-signed WR Domenik Hixon yesterday to help fill out their roster, which is about to be bare come March 13, the first day of the NFL's free agency period.

With Mario Manningham most likely out of the Giants' price range, the team will be looking for solutions for their third - or slot- WR. Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz are the team's top two receiving options and Manningham was No. 3. There is an opening and the Giants want a reliable, familiar player in that role.

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Counting down Jerry Reese's eleven best draft picks/ undrafted free agents

Steve Smith: Second Round (Pick 51), 2007

The year before Steve Smith suffered a season-ending and career-threatening knee injury, the USC product put up one of the greatest receiving seasons in New York Giants history.? Although he has since moved on to an unsuccessful stint with the division rival Eagles, Smith was everything the Giants could have hoped for from the tenth receiver taken in the 2007 draft.

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There are reports that Steve Smith would entertain coming back to the Giants. ESPN's Adam Schefter has stated that Smith "is open to returning to the Giants next season once his contract expires after this year.?

Good for him. Too bad the Giants won't be interested. Smith shouldn't sit by the phone waiting for Jerry Reese's call. It ain't comin'.

The Giants were willing to bring Smith back and work with him this summer, but Smith had something else brewing. He came to TIMEX, met with Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin, then went down the turnpike and signed with Philadelphia.

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Remember how hysterical some got when the lockout ended and guys like Kevin Boss and Steve Smith jumped ship. Jerry Reese was not a popular man in these parts. But time heals, and while things can quickly change, some of the decisions that were made over the summer seem to be paying off for the Giants through the first six weeks of the season.

Take for example Boss and Smith - who were effectively replaced by Jake Ballard and Victor Cruz. In four games for the Raiders, Boss has seven receptions for 149 yards and one touchdown. In six games for Big Blue, Ballard has 15 catches, 273 yards, and two touchdowns. In six games for the Eagles, Smith has five receptions, 63 yards, and no touchdowns. Cruz, meanwhile, has 21 receptions, 398 yards, and three touchdowns in six games for the Giants.

Total production: Giants - 36 receptions, 671 yards,?five touchdowns. Eagles and Raiders - 12 receptions, 212 yards, one touchdown.

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Steve Smith was at MetLife Stadium last night as a member of (gulp) the Philadelphia Eagles. In a session with reporters, Smith debunked the Giants' story that they were in hot pursuit of his services....from Zach Berman of the Star-Ledger:

There remains two very different sides to?the departure of Smith, who in 2009 set a Giants record with 107 catches. In a radio interview on Aug. 17, Giants president John Mara said that the team tried signing Smith before his injury to ?a huge deal that would have made him one of the highest-paid receivers in the league.?

This came as a surprise to Smith, who said twice last night that he knew of no such offer.

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Two weeks ago, we (and many others) bought the baloney that WR Steve Smith was "4-6 weeks" from practicing, meaning he would likely miss the first month of the season.

Smith was checked out by Giants doctors and sent on his way. They figured he would revisit and sign a contract. If needed, the Giants would provide him extra time to convalesce his surgically-repaired knee. He was likely headed for the PUP list had he signed with the Giants.

Instead, Smith snubbed the Giants and signed with the hated Eagles leaving the Giants at the altar, so to speak. Now we find out that Smith, who was placed on active PUP after signing with Philadelphia, is now off that list and practicing with the team.

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In a revealing interview with the New York Post, Steve Smith made it clear that the Giants are now the enemy.

"I used to hate the Eagles, now I don't like the Giants," Smith told the Post. "I've still got ex-teammates that are friends there, but I definitely want to get on that field for the Eagles now. I want to say I won a Super Bowl for both teams."

The former Giant wide receiver also seemed to take a shot at Big Blue's offense.

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New Philadelphia Eagles receiver Steve Smith believes he will be ready to go when the season begins on Sept 11. According to Steve Patton of the Reading Eagle:

Smith admitted the repaired knee feels weaker than the other, "but it feels great when I'm running and cutting and stuff....I haven't had any setbacks and everything's good, so hopefully we just continue on this pace," Smith said. Smith also said he doesn't think he needs to practice for the team to make a decision about his status on the 53-man roster."We're out here working out and doing running and stuff," he said. "That's how they gauge me."
Smith has left Giants in his rearview mirror. He thinks they will understand: "They're angry, you know...it's like me going to UCLA from USC. But it's business."
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Recently I wrote a piece about the Philadelphia Eagles placing WR Steve Smith on the Physically Unable to Perform list or PUP. ?I stated that Smith would be ineligible to play until the Eagles' seventh game of the season. ?That part is true.

What I did not state was that the Eagles could pull Smith back at anytime before they set their 53-man roster the week before the first regular season game. Right now, he is on active/PUP, which precludes him from practicing with the team until either activated or placed on inactive/PUP, which then would relegate him to a six-game hiatus.

My viewpoint was that since Smith was not going to participate in training camp, he would most likely be placed on inactive/PUP. ?Eagles fans seem to think Smith will be part of their 53 man roster at the start of the season. ?Knowing what we know about microfracture surgery and NFL rosters, it seemed like a longshot that the Eagles would carry a player on their 53 that had no shot at playing the first month of the season, especially one who was new to their system and had not practiced with the team.

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Jerry Reese has been taking a ton of flak over his handling of the Steve Smith situation.

Today the Eagles confirmed Reese's assessment of Smith by placing him on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which will make him ineligible for the first six games of the season.

Reese said Thursday that Smith "was in to take a physical, we wanted to see where he was physically. We got that information and he had made the decision to go somewhere else and we?re ok with that. We?re ok....We really don?t talk about what our doctors? information is, but there were some concerns about his health."

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Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was surprised Wednesday when Steve Smith signed with the Eagles. Coughlin said Smith didn't give?the Giants?a chance to?counter?Philadelphia's offer.

"We were constantly told that if and when the market did develop that we would always be included in what was going on," Coughlin said per ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk. "I am upset. So is everybody. But we are disappointed in the fact that ... it's like lining up for the race and you are in the locker room and nobody tells you that the race is going to be run. That is the disappointing thing here. I don't believe that we were given the opportunity to do what we can do."

Smith's agent, Ben Dogra, said he never told the Giants that they would have a chance to counter any offer.

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GM Jerry Reese has not had a presser since the beginning of training camp. He has not given us any insight into what the franchise is thinking nor what the overall plan is.

All we can do for you is draw conclusions based on his actions (or inactions) by connecting the dots. Right now, the dots are hard to find and few and far between at that.

Some very good players are no longer with the club and by all accounts they will be missed. WR Steve Smith is the

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There's a new No. 12 in town.

Just hours after Steve Smith signed with the Eagles, the Giants gave his No. 12 jersey?to rookie wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan. He had been wearing No. 3.

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With Steve Smith now moving on to the Philadelphia Eagles it is time for Eli Manning to find a new favorite 3rd down target. Look no further than Victor Cruz.

Cruz showed his potential last preseason and has looked completely healthy so far in training camp. He is a sure handed receiver that can terrorize defenses if they try covering him with a linebacker or safety. He also brings a dimension Steve Smith never brought to the slot position and that is a deep threat.

He catches extremely well over his shoulder and may be just what the Giants need on offense. Lets face it, with the lack of depth at tightened we may see more four wide receiver sets from the Giants and when teams spread the field the mismatches are now in favor of the interior receivers.

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[Begin Angry Rant]

I've been sitting at my computer for ten minutes, just shaking my head. I've started and stopped writing posts because I just didn't have the ability to select the correct words to display how unbelievably pissed I am with the Giants' front office.

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At some point the tide has to turn in this rivalry. The Eagles been bullying the Giants the past three years on the field and now they have taken the fight to the front office.

By signing Giants' WR Steve Smith this afternoon, the Eagles showed they are serious about getting to the Super Bowl, while the Giants seem to be stuck in the mud somewhere in the swamps of Jersey (thanks, Bruce).

Yes, I'm overreacting again. folks, but this time I have good reason. The Eagles have signed everyone from Jim Thorpe to Eddie LeBaron this summer while the Giants have been standing like saps in the rain waiting for a bus that ain't comin'.

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In a crazy turn of events over the past 24-36 hours, Steve Smith went from returning to the Giants to becoming a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Giants were kicking around an offer to the injured Smith, pondering how much he would play vs how much he was worth. ?The prognosis was that Smith would proabably miss at least the first month of the season, maybe more. Tom Coughlin said that Smith's comeback would be a "long haul".

The Eagles didn't seem to care. They have been spending like drunken sailors this summer and Smith does two things for them immediately: bolsters their long-term picture at WR and keeps one of Eli Manning's favorite targets from hurting them down the road.

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Giants' free agent WR Steve Smith, who is recovering from off-season knee surgery, will visit with his old team here in the next few days. Smith, who will be unable to run right out of the gate, will likely begin the season on the PUP list making him ineligible to play until late-October at the soonest. ?He has not visited with any other teams thus far, which could be a good sign for the Giants...

After hauling in a Giant record 107 passes in 2009 and becoming the first Giant WR in 40 years to make the Pro Bowl, Smith suffered an articular cartilage injury against the Vikings in the now infamous game played in Detroit last December due to the collapse of the Metrodome.

The Giants were not the same without the reliable Smith, who also missed four games in November and early December due to a torn pectoral muscle. ?Smith is a first-down machine who QB Eli Manning had relied upon in key third-down situations. Without Smith the offense sputtered.

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Remember Steve Smith?

Is he toxic or something? I know he?s coming off microfracture surgery and most likely will miss at least the first four games, but let?s not treat it as the death knell to Smith?s career.

It?s understandable to be skeptical about Smith?s chances to rebound to what he once was (at least this year), but many feel he?s still got game left in his tank. More importantly, Eli Manning loves Smith and wants him back badly. There is a connection between the two that simply can?t be overlooked.

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In 2010 The New York Giants went 10 & 6 and missed the playoffs for the second year in a row.?? They were embarrassed at home against the Tennessee Titans, lost for the fifth straight time against a not as talented Philadelphia Eagle squad, only to suffer the largest collapse in team history against the same team 4 weeks later.

The once mighty NY Giants defense allowed 347 points ranking them 17th in this category.? The fans waited and held their breath for 137 plus days for their beloved New York Giants to take the field after the lock out.

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My take on the state of the Giants after the most chaotic week in league history:

First let?s talk Burress. I didn?t see him coming back to the Giants and quite frankly I was utterly stunned that he planned a visit. We all know how that ended and the former Super Bowl hero is trading in his blue jersey for a ?Sexy Rexy? T-shirt.

All this does is validate the concerns I had been airing (against much opposition) over the past few months. Steve Smith is not healthy. He is not ready to start the season and likely will start the season on PUP (meaning he is ineligible to play until after WEEK 6).

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This was sent to us from out friend over at 30nothings.com,?Don Povia....

It?s not everyday you have the opportunity to share tofu culinary creations with a Super Bowl-winning Pro-Bowl wide receiver in the backyard of the greatest city on earth. Actually, we?d venture to say this sort of thing only comes about once in a lifetime.

So when we saw that New York Giant Steve Smith was serving as brand ambassador for House Foods Super Firm Tofu, we sent our North Jersey correspondents Eddie and Mike to mingle with Smith and sample various dishes featuring the stuff at (of all places) an esteemed steakhouse, River Palm Terrace Restaurant in Edgewater, NJ.

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Remember those last days of school before a big vacation? Those were the days before the holidays or summer, where you reported to class but were too excited to focus on anything else but the anticipation of what was to come. Following Monday?s speculation that the lockout just may be coming to an end, an entire nation of football fans are experiencing that feeling again.

But with a return to football comes an abrupt and intensely condensed free agency period. For the Giants, many current players (on the roster in 2010) are not far from certain to return. TE Kevin Boss and HB Ahmad Bradshaw should be relatively easy to woo back into a blue jersey whenever signings are sanctioned. Equally likely is the departure of veteran DT Barry Cofield. Cofield?s talent is certainly welcome, but his price tag may just be deemed expendable due to the arrival of rookie Marvin Austin.

A handful of expected, and likely unexpected, free agent targets from other organizations are sure to hear from Jerry Reese shortly. One or more of these targets could very likely be a wide receiver.

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We don't like to brag, but the team here at SNY knows their stuff. When it comes to resources, we got 'em. When it comes to experience, we have that, too.

That is why when I scour the net for stories and leads each day, there are always a few clunkers that I trip over. ?Today, it was on a site called OpposingViews.com.

They ran an article that stated the Giants do not need the services of Steve Smith and Ahmad Bradshaw, a sentiment that we here at GFB are largely opposed to.

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According to Adam Schefter's Twitter, "if and when an agreement is reached," players with four, five or six years of NFL service will be unrestricted free agents.

This is major news, and it appears the talks are progressing. ?If true, there will be a massive unrestricted free agent group once the negotiations are concluded, including several key Giants players such as Steve Smith, Ahmad Bradshaw and Barry Cofield.

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Hey, lock out mates. I know you?ve missed me, so I?ll jump right in?.

The rash of injuries at the receiver position in 2010 forced the Giants to bring in an almost entirely new rotation by season?s end. By January, the team had added 3 new receivers that weren?t on the roster on opening day. Two of which (Devin Thomas and Michael Clayton) were not on the roster during training camp. Add them and newly drafted WR Jerrel Jernigan to last year?s contenders and the Giants receiving corps is suddenly more crowded and complicated than ever.

So let?s compound the problem. It was during this week last year that I wrote an article discussing the limbo that Domenik Hixon found himself in. The agile and deceptively fast receiver was lost for the entire season thanks to a non-contact injury on brand new turf. He would have been a solid #2 option on many other squads in 2010. Had he been healthy, he would have been relegated to 4th string duty with the Giants as a result of their considerable depth at the position.

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Jesse Bartolis of NFLMocks.com has compiled his preliminary list of the top 100 players in the NFL, five of which are members of the Giants.

With not much football to talk about, journalists and bloggers need to get creative with what they write about. I'm a big fan of lists and rankings, so I figured I'd pass this along.

The five Giants Bartolis selected were Eli Manning (#8 QB), Hakeem Nicks (#6 WR), Steve Smith (#15 WR), Chris Snee (#6 OL) and Justin Tuck (#2 DL).

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So says ESPN.com's Dan Graziano:

I went with the Giants because I think the three guys we're talking about -- Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith and Mario Manningham-- fit their roles so perfectly. Nicks is the big, sure-handed downfield and red-zone target, a young but supremely skilled receiver who, I believe, will be talked about a year from now as the best receiver in the division. Smith is the possession man, Eli Manning's super-reliable safety net and short-yardage target. Those 100 catches two years ago were no fluke. That's who a healthy Smith is. (A healthy Smith, I said, yes. We'll get to that in a second.) And Manningham is the home-run threat -- a clear No. 3, but a No. 3 with incredible potential on any given play.
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Giants co-owner John Mara joined 1050 ESPN New York's Mike Lupica on Thursday to talk about the NFL lockout. Click here?to listen.

Earlier that day on 1050, Giants wide receiver Steve Smith was on with Ryan Ruocco and Robin Lundberg?discussing the lockout and his?offseason rehab. That interview is?here.

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According to ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk, Giants pro bowl wide receiver Steve Smith's rehab is going "as planned."
?I just got out of a really tough workout in the pool right now,? Smith said on ESPN New York 1050's?Ruocco and Lundberg show on Thursday. ?I am running in the pool, doing a lot of strength work and I am doing pretty good. Things are looking good for me. I?m really excited and I can?t wait to get this lockout done.?
At this point, it is not known whether Smith will be a free agent, as the collective bargaining agreement has yet to be determined. The Giants gave Smith a second round tender, but Smith is confident that he will be back.

?It is a little bit of uncertainty but I am confident, the Giants want me there and I want to be there,? Smith said. ?I love New York and I love the fans and we have had so much success there, I just hope that we can get a deal done and I will be back.?
It's great to see that Smith is optimistic and that he is determined to make it back and help this team again. He is a fan favorite and one of the most important cogs in the Giants' offense. If Smith is anywhere near 100%, you can be sure that Eli Manning will lobby front office to retain his safety blanket.
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With free agency (hopefully) around the corner, the Giants will soon have to decide whether or not they want to pursue free agent Plaxico Burress.? A lot of factors will go into this decision, not the least of which is the current wide receiver core.? Let?s take a look:

Duke Calhoun, Michael Clayton, Derek Hagan, Jerrel Jernigan, Mario Manningham, Hakeem Nicks, Devin Thomas, Ramses Barden, Victor Cruz, Domenik Hixon, Steve Smith, Travis Beckum

Yes, I am aware that Travis Beckum was drafted as a tight end/H-back, but the Giants don?t use the H-back and he can?t cut it as a tight end.? At this point, his best shot to make the team is as a slot receiver.

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In the 3rd round of the 2011 draft, the New York Giants draft...FUMBLE!

Kordell Stewart...I mean Jerrel Jernigan wider receiver from Troy.?? Really?

The Associated Press announced that the New York Giants have filled their need a wide receiver with standout Jerrel Jernigan.? Need?

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That old football reporter himself, Bill Chachkes (aka Dr. Football) caught up with Giants' great Michael Strahan and Pro Bowl WR Steve Smith at the at the Vaseline MEN Keep Your Grip Challenge event?at Chelsea Piers yesterday. Our thanks to Mike Lynch of RocketXL for his help!

Listen below.....

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Our colleague over at NYG Reporter, Rob Domaine, recently interviewed Giants Pro Bowl WR Steve Smith, who is coming off major knee surgery...

NYG Reporter: The amount of recent injuries endured by the G-Men has been staggering from a fans perspective. Steve, you are inside the locker room, how frustrating has it been for you personally and for the other players to have to deal with the wave of injuries the past two seasons?

Steve Smith: It has definitely been frustrating but it?s a part of the game and everybody realizes that. That?s why it is important to have good depth and good leadership.

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Some say timing is everything. The New York Football Giant?s timing is terrible. In likely the most confusing and volatile offseason of the modern era, the Giants find themselves staring at 21 roster members that lack a contract.

Of these 21 players, several are key contributors. TE Kevin Boss is among the players in limbo. Boss is ultimately expected to stay in New York. HB Ahmad Bradshaw, who racked up over a 1,000 yards in 2010 has been told that he is a top priority when negotiations can finally start and thus is expected to remain a Giant as well.

There are three Giants, however, whose futures are less certain. Two of these players could directly affect the other?s future, while the third will need to battle back from a devastating injury.

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Jerry Reese was a guest on This Week in Football on YES last night.? He made several comments about what his team must do to right the ship going forward, none more telling than those regarding QB Eli Manning.

as per out colleague Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN NY...

?I think they have to come from within himself,? Reese told YES Network?s Kimberly Jones in an interview that will air today on ?This Week in Football.? ?When you have a seven-year veteran in the National Football League, you?ve won a Super Bowl, you?ve been the MVP of Super Bowl? I think he?s going to put the onus on him, and that?s where the onus is, it?s on him.?

Manning threw for 4002 yards and 31 touchdowns. But Manning, who just turned 30, enters his prime coming off a season with 25 picks. Manning was a victim of several passes going off the hands off his own receivers. He had five wide receivers go on injured reserve and lost his most trusted receiver -- Steve Smith ?- for seven games. Also, he had to deal with an offensive line that was in constant flux due to injuries.

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Between the notebook pages, the stats and the film there is a poison that is undetected.? This poison has drained the Giants offense and there winning ways for three years.? That overlooked key element is...Attitude.

This offense has no swagger.

This team should be able to close out games with ease and crush opponents at will.? Why is attitude so important?? Because the New York Giants have one of the most talented offenses in the NFL, but clearly lack the keys to start the engine.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, 2011 NY Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw, Bill Parcells, Brandon Jacobs, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Kevin Gilbride, Mario Manningham, National Football League, New York Giants, NFL Playoffs, Perry Fewell, Steve Smith
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After an embarrassing two weeks, the New York Giants are very likely only 6 days away from beginning preparations for 2011. With the new year approaching, I thought it would be smart to go through some of the current members of the organization whose futures with the club are either hot button issues or otherwise in doubt. The piece is a long one and it is broken up into three sections: Out/On The Bubble/ In. As always feel free to let GFB know what you think.

OutHC Tom Coughlin: While ragging on Coughlin has been an overused go-to option for writers and pundits league wide lately, the blade is swinging ever closer to his neck after yesterday?s loss. There is an argument for keeping him of course. His tenure thus far in New York has been an upgrade from a bleak stretch of time in the team?s history that spanned from 1992 through 2003. After a rebuilding period in 2004, Coughlin fielded an overall competitive squad from 2005 through 2008 and obviously brought New York an impressive Super Bowl win. But things have not been quite the same for the Giants since jumping out to an 11-1 start in 2008. Following up a Super Bowl run with 3 months of utterly dominant football, the Giants stumbled at home against Philadelphia that season and ultimately lost to the Eagles again in their first appearance of the playoffs. 2009 saw a 5-0 start turn into a 3-5 finish and 2010 saw a historical single game collapse, an unspeakable rash of turnovers, and an overall failure to execute on special teams. Coughlin, who is historically quite reliable when it comes to challenges, blew the Giants final challenge of yesterday?s game on an obvious unfavorable ruling and thus was unable to protest against at a late Eli interception on a key drive that was clearly caught out of bounds.

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Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York is reporting that Steve Smith underwent successful microfracture surgery on his left knee, and that the procedure performed is less complex than expected.

Smith did not undergo a mosaicplasty on the articular cartilage as initially expected, according to a source.

The wide receiver, who suffered the injury in a win over the Vikings over a week ago, faces a long rehabilitation process that could take up to nine months. Smith is expected to be on crutches for six weeks before he can begin his rehabilitation.It should be noted that Smith is in the final year of his contract.

Tags: injury, New York Giants, Steve Smith
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As we know wide receiver Steve Smith has a knee injury and the word "microfracture"?surgery has been mentioned as a possibility.? I'm no orthopedic doctor but?we do know rehab?is a long, hard road to recovery, so I looked into the procedure for any one who really wants to know more about it.

?The timetable for a full recovery varies upon how extensive and elaborate the surgery is.? Several small holes are drilled into the knee to promote cartilage growth.? Blood and bone marrow seep out of these "fractures" creating blood clots that release cartilage-building cells.

Over the last few years more and more NFL players are electing to have microfracture surgery done, including current and former teammates of Steve Smith.?? NY Giants safety, Kenny Phillips?can be a great sources of information and motivation for Smith as well as former USC teammate, Reggie Bush who had the surgery done in 2009.

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Steve Smith is headed to IR due to the knee injury that he suffered late against the Vikings. DE Alex Hall has already been added to the 53 man roster to take the place of Clint Sintim and obviously another addition is forthcoming.

Mario Manningham on the other hand is perhaps doing better than expected and just may be able to return for this week's crucial matchup. While he will probably be limited in practice this week, he is reportedly far from ruled out of Sunday's contest.

More coming as we get it.

Tags: Clint Sintim, Mario Manningham, New York Giants, Steve Smith
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