New York Giants News and Notes: Osi's Friends, Hakeem's Foot and More Edition

Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's Friday and there are some news items flowing out of "OTA No. 3" as they are calling it. It's mostly the same stuff though--players defending Osi Umenyiora during his contract holdout, talk about Hakeem Nicks' foot and whether or not he will be ready for the September 5 opener, Victor Cruz making kids cry with his salsa dance, Rex Ryan wanting the Jets to be the Giants....whoa, wait a minute. What were those last two items? I thought you'd want to read more, so here are all of those stories....

New York Giants' Osi Umenyiora parts ways with agent Tony Agnone amid pursuit of new contract - ESPN New York
Osi Umenyiora says he has mutually parted ways with agent Tony Agnone as he continues his pursuit for a new contract with the New York Giants.

In Defense Of Osi Umenyiora: Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka Lobby For Teammate - SB Nation New York
Osi Umenyiora and the New York Giants have been squabbling about Umenyiora's contract for years. Now, a pair of Umenyiora's long-time defensive teammates have taken his side, agreeing that the seven-year, $41.3-million contract the defensive end will finish this season makes him underpaid.

Rex Ryan wants New York Jets to be like New York Giants - ESPN New York
Let the record show that, on Thursday, May 31, Rex Ryan received his first "Do-you-feel-pressure?" question. Tough town, New York. A coach slips up after two almost-championship seasons, and suddenly people are wondering if he's feeling the heat. "Pressure? It's not a security thing for me," said the New York Jets coach, who has three years remaining on his contract. "I want to win, I want to be special. Just like the Giants were last year, I want to be special. So that's what's driving me."

He wants to be special like the Giants? And if my aunt had a sack...ah, never mind.

Eli Manning sees room for improvement in NY Giants, not so Suped up about 9-7 record last regular season - NY Daily News
"We got to have the mind-set that we were a 9-7 team last year, not a Super Bowl-winning team," he told the Daily News on Wednesday. Will that be a hard position to sell in the locker room? "It’s not hard to sell it to me," he said. "You look at the film, you kind of take the big picture out of it and you look at the small picture, you look at individual plays, concepts of plays watching on film — we got to get better."

Jake Muasau journeys from living in a van to NFL
The players gathered into a huddle. They chanted "1-2-3 Team" and dispersed. Crushed, Muasau, 22, began the green-mile walk toward the end of his football career when a hand reached out of him. "Jake, I'm here to let you know the team loves you," a Giants scout told him. "We want to sign you."

Wow, hard not to root for this kid now.

Giants counting on Victor Cruz to take on leadership role | masslive.com
For Cruz, picking up the offseason slack for Mario Manningham's free-agent defection to San Francisco and key playmaker Hakeem Nicks' fractured fifth metatarsal, won't be as hard as the task that faces Hixon. Cruz's 82 catches and a team-record 1,536 yards gave him that credibility.

Victor Cruz Salsa Dance Makes 8-Year Old Girl Cry [VIDEO]
Cruz recently shared a great moment with an 8-year old girl. When Victor Cruz busted out his signature salsa dance, the young girl started dancing along with him. It was a great moment. The interaction touched the girl so much that she was crying afterward. Good stuff.

David Tyree hosts Giants fundraiser | NewsOK.com
David Tyree, the 2008 Super Bowl hero for the New York Giants, has enlisted a dozen players from this year's NFL champions for a charity bowl that will benefit two organizations. The bowl on June 5 at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan will benefit Children of the City and The Legacy Center.

New England Patriots say they've moved on from Super Bowl loss - ESPN Boston
The theme at the New England Patriots' organized team activity on Thursday was clear: It's time to put the Super Bowl XLVI loss to the New York Giants in the past and start thinking about the upcoming NFL season.

There is one thing that struck me about this article--the photo of Vince Wilfork. Wow, that is a large man.

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