New York Giants' news, 4/3: Pat White, Steve Smith, Mike Patterson, more

MIke Patterson - Win McNamee

What is happening today with the New York Giants? Read on and find out.

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Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Yours truly is still at the beach, but finding just a little bit of time to stay connected to what is happening around your favorite team. With that in mind, let's look at what is making news around the Giants this morning.

Let's start with a quick thought about Pat White. I thought it was odd when news broke recently that White was going to work out for the Giants. He has now cancelled that visit and will reportedly sign with the Washington Redskins. No big surprise that White wouldn't want to be a Giant. He would never have a chance to play, anyway. Is the interest from the Redskins a hedge against Robert Griffin III not being ready at the beginning of the season?

The Giants certainly are busy this week. Former Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson headlines several players being brought in for workouts. The question about Patterson is not ability, it's health. He underwent brain surgery in January of 2012, but did return to play five games. If he checks out physically the nine-year veteran would likely be a better option that unproven Markus Kuhn or Marvin Austin in a rotation on the defensive line.

Former Giants wide receiver Steve Smith is now a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Smith has caught only 25 passes since leaving the Giants at the start of the 2011 season. He will be re-united in Tampa Bay with his former wide receivers, Mike Sullivan, now offensive coordinator with the Buccaneers.

Another former Giants wide receiver, Domenik Hixon, visited the Carolina Panthers Tuesday but came away without a contract.

NFL Draft Notes

Alabama offensive tackle has visits scheduled with four teams -- none of whom are the New York Giants. That really doesn't mean anything, but it is interesting.

Tony Pauline (DraftInsider) is convinced that Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown, the subject of much conversation around here, will be a first-round pick. He also mentions that North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper might not get past the Dallas Cowboys at No. 18, one pick prior to the Giants.

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