New York Giants Notes: Pre-Game Reading Material

Here are a few more New York Giants-related stories for you today. I know you're anxious for tonight's first preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. Maybe these will help you fill the time.

Pierre-Paul is next Big Blue monster - NYPOST.com

When the Giants made Jason Pierre-Paul the No. 1 pick of the 2010 draft, they were doing backflips in the war room, and now we know why.

Reese, we have learned, has the courage of his convictions, and even those Giants fans apoplectic over his free agent inertia cannot possibly complain that he had a strong conviction about Pierre-Paul.

Reese may be proven to be dead wrong about trusting Travis Beckum and Bear Pascoe to replace Boss, and about Domenik Hixon or Victor Cruz or Darius Reynaud to replace Steve Smith. But no one, on the morning of the Giants' preseason opener tonight in Carolina, should question whether he was right on Pierre-Paul, who is the young lion destined to be The Next Monster of the Meadowlands. Who teammates believe is ready to lead the league in sacks.

Yep. This is why I don't care as much as I otherwise might about the Osi Umenyiora saga. He's a terrific player, but whether he is or is not a Giant will not be the make-or-break factor in the 2011 season.

Cashman comes to Reese's defense - Giants Blog - ESPN New York

"You turn on the radio stations. The New York Giants just lost their third receiver to the Philadelphia Eagles. Not their first receiver, it's not their second receiver, it's a guy coming off microfracture surgery, relax," Cashman said. "It's the same thing with A.J. Burnett. A.J. Burnett is not pitching anywhere close to as bad as people reflect and they got him pulled out of the rotation and I just think it's a stupid reaction. That's all."

Interesting. Depending on your feelings about Cashman you may or may not think that the general manager of the New York Yankees coming to the defense of the general manager of the Giants is a good thing. Oh, and I'm not sure Cashman is right about Burnett, either.

Bye Bye from the Bossman | New York Daily News
Boss' departure to Oakland for a four-year, $16 million contract that the Giants couldn't or wouldn't match happened quickly last week, and it left no time for Boss to say goodbye. So he did that today via his Twitter account -- @KevinBossman -- which has unfortunately now covered in silver and black.

New York Giants' Mark Herzlich looks back on his victory over cancer - ESPN New York
His NFL debut upon him, Mark Herzlich looks back on his victory over cancer.

New York Giants Worked Out Former Cincinnati Bengals Safety Chinedum Ndukwe - Cincy Jungle

According to ESPN Senior Writer John Clayton, the New York Giants worked out former Bengals safety Chinedum Ndukwe on Thursday. If you would have told us during the winter months earlier this year that the Bengals wouldn't try to bring Chinedum Ndukwe back, considering the state of the team's safety position, we be hard pressed to believe you.

It's not that we believe Ndukwe is an irreplaceable talent, though he was solid, posting nearly 90 tackles in 2009 and on pace to reach something similar in 2010. Coverage-wise he was average, maybe slightly above. Of the 23 passes targeted to receivers he covered, 17 were completed for 206 yards receiving and an opposing quarterback rating of 82.9. He didn't give up any touchdowns and only allowed three passing plays of 20 yards or more.

N.F.L. Will Again Test Use of Extra Downfield Official - NYTimes.com
The N.F.L. will use an extra official — a crew of eight over all — in 12 preseason games this year, starting with Friday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Giants’ preseason opener, against the Carolina Panthers on Saturday night in Charlotte, N.C., will have spare stripes on the field, too.

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