New York Giants Notes: Trying to Stay Positive Edition

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 08: Antrel Rolle #26 of the New York Giants and Jason Pierre-Paul #90work out at New Meadowlands Sports Complex on August 8, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

It's hard to stay positive these days. It feels like things have not gone our way so far as Giants fans -- with our secondary suffering two serious injuries, including top pick Prince Amukamara; and with Osi Umenyiora's contract dispute hanging like a black cloud over training camp. But we must soldier on, because crying in our beer will get us nowhere. Also, because the season has not begun yet, and because we should all feel good that there is football at all, right? Here are some bits of news floating around Giants-land....

Giants DE Osi Umenyiora to receive second opinion on his sore knee | NJ.com
Giants DE Osi Umenyiora will fly to Atlanta in the next few days to see a specialist for a second opinion on his knee, according to Umenyiora's agent, Tony Agnone. The hope is that the second opinion can help Umenyiora reach the field.

This was reported on BBV last night, but here is a full article on the situation.

Shorthanded and short-tempered, Coughlin soldiers on - NFL - Sporting News
Every day Tom Coughlin trudges to the microphone, glumly surveys the room, tightens the scowl that’s already stretched across his face and begrudgingly addresses the latest irritations to stalk the New York Giants.

Most of us love TC for who he is, but he is definitely short-tempered and it's sometimes hilarious to see how he reacts to questioning. But if I was in in shoes, I am not sure I would be any different.

Webster and Rolle alter contracts - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
There have been several questions about the New York Giants’ cap situation with other teams spending money left and right. With the NFLPA website now up and active, a few contracts have changed and it looks like Corey Webster and Antrel Rolle both restructured their deals to help the Giants’ cap situation.

New York Giants training camp: Giants remain strong at cornerback - NFL - Sporting News
The news that rookie CB Prince Amukamara will be out at least two months with a broken bone in his left foot left the Giants stunned, considering their first-round pick reported a week late to training camp and did not make it through his second NFL practice before getting hurt. The Giants are fortunate that cornerback is a position of strength, with starters Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas and nickel back Aaron Ross all established players.

I'm not gonna lie. I thought that with Prince in the secondary, we'd have the best secondaries the Giants have ever had. That still might be true, but we'll have to wait several weeks to find out. Meanwhile, as this article suggests, our secondary is still not too shabby.

David Baas adjusting as New York Giants new center - WSJ.com
If the New York Giants had wanted a little reassurance before signing David Baas to take over at center, all they had to do was talk to linebackers coach Jim Herrmann. Herrmann spent 20 years coaching at Michigan before coming to the NFL in 2006, and he remembers Baas at practice going against his defense when he was the Wolverines' coordinator. "He's road grader," Herrmann said of Baas (pronounced BOSS) on Monday. "He is a tough human being. I hated going against him. I love that about him. He is a tough guy. Whatever they ask him to do, he'll do at 100 percent."

For as grouchy as Coughlin is these days, I bet he loves this dude.

NFL Power Rankings Preseason - National Football League - ESPN
The lockout ended, mercifully. Players changed teams in droves. Training camps opened almost all at once. Yes, the past few weeks have been a whirlwind. As the dust begins to settle, where does your team stand? With the 2011 regular season in sight, our voters (ESPN.com's John Clayton, ESPN.com's Ashley Fox, AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky, NFC West blogger Mike Sando and AFC North blogger James Walker) have taken the first stab at separating the contenders from the pretenders. Predictably, the defending Super Bowl champs were held in high regard, but, as you'll see, not every playoff team from 2010 was afforded the same kind of respect.

The Giants are at No. 11 on this list, and I don't think anyone should be surprised by that. It's hard to look at this and see the Eagles at No. 3, but it warms my heart to see Dallas sitting at 16 and Washington at 29. They do have to play all sixteen games, however.

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