New York Giants Notes: Lots to Be Pleased With Edition

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 1: Mark Herzlich #58 of the New York Giants keeps eyes on the offense during a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Good morning Giants fans, and welcome to this edition of trying to stay positive while we see one more Giant suffering a season-ending injury. But first, a disclaimer--one drawback to living in Wisconsin is that I can't watch the Giants' preseason games (unless they are nationally televised like the Bears' game) until they re-air on NFL Network. I was really pleased, however, to see that our young players helped rally the team to an 18-17 victory over the Patriots. I also was thrilled that Tom Coughlin played the role of riverboat gambler by employing a fake punt and also a two-point conversion to win the game. Of course, the loss of Clint Sintim for the season was yet another blemish on this injury-riddled preseason.

Clint Sintim lost for season again as Giants beat Patriots in preseason with two fourth-quarter TDs
(Sintim's) injury overshadowed any of the good things the Giants did in their finale - such as rallying from a 17-3 deficit after the Patriots' starters beat up on the Giants' second string in the first quarter. They came back thanks to a 65-yard touchdown run by rookie running back Da'Rel Scott on a rare fake punt ordered by Coughlin, and later an 11-yard fumble return by safety Derrick Martin. They took the lead after the Martin touchdown with 9:40 remaining when rookie Jerrel Jernigan made a stellar catch on a two-point conversion pass from rookie quarterback Ryan Perrilloux. It was a significant moment for Jernigan, who later left with an injured wrist, because he earlier had muffed two more punts.

Herzlich makes his case for the Giants - Boston.com
Former Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich played well for the New York Giants, recording one sack against the New England Patriots in the Giants' 18-17 win. "I think I played physical and fast," Herzlich said. "There was some mistakes here and there, which happen, but I just have to improve on it and hopefully it's enough.

North Andover's DeOssie negotiating fine pro career with Giants " Sports " EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA
As the offseason lockout lingered, Zak DeOssie's handicap on the golf course plummeted. "My index is down to 10.6," the fifth-year New York Giants long-snapper relayed after last night's exhibition-closing win over the New England Patriots. If he wasn't busy honing his short game, DeOssie often found himself in negotiations with the NFL owners. DeOssie, whose dad Steve also was a player rep, was tickled with the intellectual tag from his mates.

Young injured in Philadelphia victory | The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton PA - Football
Vince Young led the Philadelphia Eagles on two scoring drives before leaving with a hamstring injury in a 24-14 victory over the New York Jets on Thursday night.

Speaking of the Eagles, this headline kind of caught my eye...

Vick: 'You can't design a defense to stop me' - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
When Michael Vick(notes) thinks back to his final pass of the 2010 season, a looping spiral toward the left corner of the end zone with 33 seconds remaining in a first-round playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field, he wishes he’d been a bit more patient. With his Philadelphia Eagles trailing by five points and a first-and-10 from the Green Bay Packers’ 27-yard-line, Vick dropped back and went for the win, only to watch cornerback Tramon Williams(notes) leap in front of Riley Cooper(notes) for the game-clinching interception. Had Vick checked down to Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson(notes) at the 15, or tucked the ball and run, or thrown it away to live another down, Aaron Rodgers(notes) and friends might not have hoisted the Lombardi Trophy four weeks later.

Ah yes, I remember that play well and feeling just a bit of redemption. I think as Giants' fans, when our team is eliminated as Big Blue was on the final day of the season, the next thing we start thinking about is when the Eagles and/or the Cowboys will be sent packing.

You Could Win The Super Bowl! New York Giants | NBC New York
NFL Training camp season is always a time for irrational exuberance. Every team thinks it can win the Super Bowl, even though 31 of those teams will end being horribly wrong. And so, to preview the upcoming NFL season, which could be the most unpredictable ever, we now give you five reasons why your favorite team could win the Super Bowl. Today, it's the New York Giants.

If you are looking to be uplifted as we prepare to start the season, read this article.

WR Derek Hagan uses experience, hard work to make most of opportunity with Raiders - The Washington Post
Now with only one exhibition game and no practices left before the final cut-down day, Hagan appears to have solidified a spot on the Raiders roster with his hard work in practice and performance on the field. With five years of NFL experience with Miami and the New York Giants, Hagan provides veteran leadership for a young group of receivers in Oakland.

Chris Long leads under-the radar Rams defense – USATODAY.com
Pressure has long been third-year St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo's hallmark from Super Bowl XLII-winning defensive schemer with the New York Giants to ramping up a seventh-ranked Rams pass rush.

Here is another headline that grabbed me, and not because of Chris Long. It was "under the radar Rams defense." I think we all knew Spags would make the Rams into an elite NFL defense the way he did with our Giants in 2007 and 2008, so that headline might induce snickering followed by the feeling of faint heartache that Spags got away followed by the thought that we all wish him well, except in Week 2.

New York Giants team report: Corey Webster has big shoes to fill at CB - NFL - Sporting News
Corey Webster at times is overlooked in the New York Giants secondary because he is a solid, not-spectacular cornerback who doesn’t bring much ego to the field. He lines up, plays the game and doesn’t way a whole lot, unlike many other mouthy cornerbacks. Webster, entering his seventh season, is going to have to shoulder an even greater load than usual, as what once was a well-stocked cornerback position has been depleted by injuries.

New York athletes, coaches remember 9/11 - Arizona Sports News from USA Today
On the day the towers fell, the games stopped. The familiar faces of sport became united New Yorkers, hearing not cheers, but sobs. All-Stars and Pro Bowlers became healers, coaches became mourners. The 10th anniversary of 9/11 touches them, too. Games might fade into the past, but not this. How could it, ever?

The opening Sunday of the NFL season is going to be emotionally charged for all NFL teams, but in particular the New York franchises. I read stories like this and they are just bone-chilling reminders of that fateful day. Sorry to end on a somber note, but I thought you guys would want to read this piece.

Have an awesome and safe holiday weekend, everyone!

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