New York Giants Notes: Let the Injury Bug Please Leave Now Edition

Good morning fellow Giants fans. I'm not going to harp on the injury to Jonathan Goff that Ed reported on Tuesday night, but I will say this--I'm getting tired of those alerts in my inbox with news that one of our Giants' defensive players is out for the season. Wondering who the bug will hit next is like watching a bad dream unfold before our eyes. And I feel horrible for Goff, who was finally going to get a chance to own the ILB position. But as high as I am on Greg Jones and his football instincts, I'm not sure he's ready for the starting gig he has been thrust in to. That's why it appears the team will sign Kawika Mitchell again--either to start or to spell Jones. Here are some other bits of news floating around regarding the Giants, their first opponent and more....

Brandon Jacobs, Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants not worried after slow start in free agency, preseason
The panic set in early this summer, as soon as the Giants started cutting key players or losing others to free agency. The more their offense struggled, the stronger the worries got. The concerns were always from outside, though. Inside, the Giants looked around and wondered what all the angst was about.

Which NFC East team will have a happy ending?
Do the Giants have enough healthy bodies to be good on defense? The Giants, who were seventh in defense last season, have had a rash of injuries. They began training camp with 10 cornerbacks. Only five made it through injury-free. Cornerback Terrell Thomas, who had five interceptions and four forced fumbles last season, tore an ACL and is out for the year. Cornerback Prince Amukamara, a first-round pick, fractured a bone in his left foot, and backup cornerback Bruce Johnson tore his Achilles'. Cornerback Brian Witherspoon(torn ACL), linebacker Johnathan Goff (torn ACL) and defensive tackle Marvin Austin (torn pectoral muscle) are out for the year, and defensive end Osi Umenyiora had knee surgery

This article is mostly rhetorical, but these are questions that, frankly, are difficult to answer. The Eagles, Giants and Cowboys are all most likely going to contend--but it's also probable that only one or two will make the postseason. Welcome to life in the NFC East.

Plenty of questions loom in Redskins’ secondary - The Insider - The Washington Post
The Redskins enter their final week of preparation for the regular season opener against the New York Giants, but a position once projected as a team strength still has many questions surrounding it.

Colin Powell to serve as honorary captain for Redskins
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell will be at FedEx Field on Sunday as the Washington Redskins and New York Giants take leading roles in the NFL's recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Jaguars release Garrard days before season opener - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
If the timing of the move wasn’t strange enough—five days before Jacksonville’s opener against Tennessee—it came two hours after the team introduced Garrard as its starting quarterback at a kickoff luncheon at the chamber of commerce.

This just blew me away, and it appears like it blew Garrard and some of his teammates away as well. I think it's a low blow to introduce the guy as your starting QB at the kickoff luncheon and then cut him two hours later. What kind of message does that send to your fans? I'm not saying Garrard is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but still.

An all-time favorite final cut story | National Football Post
Yesterday when I was writing the post on the number of undrafted free agents who had made clubs I started thinking about a rookie free agent years ago who was positive he was going to get cut and was going to do everything he could to prevent it. This happened back in 1981 at the New York Giants camp and the player was nose tackle Jim Burt.

This is another great story in Giants' history, and whenever I think of Burt, I'm reminded of a) the Gatorade showers, and b) the hit he put on Joe Montana.

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