New York Giants Notes: Six Days Away 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 fellow Giants fans and I hope you're having an outstanding holiday weekend. I have, and after spending some time with my family this morning, I'm going to spend the rest of Labor Day playing nine holes and then doing my fantasy draft. And while the true meaning of Labor Day is one that relates to observing the contributions of workers to society, it also means that the start of the NFL regular season is only six days away. Actually it's only three days away, but the first football Sunday is always the one that feels awesome, and I'm looking forward to sharing this one with you guys. There isn't a lot of news floating around this holiday weekend after the 53-man roster was announced, but here are a few.....

New York Giants sign RB Andre Brown to practice squad hours after cutting him for 2nd time in career
After a nomadic journey around the NFL, Andre Brown returned to the Giants earlier this summer. On Sunday, he returned again. The 24-year-old running back was signed to the Giants' practice squad, just 18 hours after he was cut by the team for the second time in his career. He will rejoin the team Monday along with six other players who were cut on Saturday as part of the eight-man squad.

Mark Herzlich beats the odds, makes Giants' roster - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Here is a story anyone can get behind. Mark Herzlich(notes) has made it through final cuts with the New York Giants. The cancer survivor, who was an undrafted free agent, beat the odds although it wasn’t a huge surprise. Reports were he performed well in training camp and preseason. It is a little surprising the Giants have four rookie linebackers on the 53-man roster.

Here is another nice piece about Herzlich, courtesy of one of our affiliates, BC Interruption.

Giants rookie 'backer Greg Jones has nose for football, vows he'll take next turnover to the house
Jones can't help thinking big, because he's used to letting his mind race. But the excitable rookie knows he'll need to rein in his emotions if he wants to help the Giants on the field this season. The sixth-round pick out of Michigan State secured a roster spot thanks to a high motor and penchant for always being near the football.

Well, you all know I love this dude, and I can't wait to see what he will do in a Giants' uniform.

Patriots face real rush job -
The New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets [team stats] all have something in common. They’ve been able to make Tom Brady [stats]’s life in the pocket miserable enough to make him look mortal. Actually, much worse than that. You can also add the Cleveland Browns into the mix. With former Patriots [team stats] coaches Eric Mangini and Rob Ryan at the helm, they also concocted a formula to make Brady look bad last season.

Finally, I'll leave you with's Dan Graziano's take on the Giants' final cuts. I have to tell you guys, I'm thrilled that Da'Rel Scott made the team, and I'm taking him tonight in the last round of my fantasy draft, because I just have a feeling this kid is going to do amazing things for Big Blue -- especially with Jacobs and Bradshaw being injury- and/or fumble-prone.

You guys have an excellent rest of the holiday weekend, and thanks as always for reading.

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