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New York Giants Notes: So Now What?

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The lockout is still on, and the NFL draft is in the rear view mirror. So it's conceivable that we have silence for 4-6 weeks. Of course, there is a lot of post-draft chatter that should last at least until the weekend, so let's get to it....

Giants, Jerry Reese still have roster holes to fill after NFL draft due to lockout, free agency hold
.....as good as the Giants' draft appeared - their first two picks, CB Prince Amukamara (first round) and defensive tackle Marvin Austin (second) were being hailed by experts as steals - they still left themselves with holes in some obvious areas. The biggest one is along the offensive line, possibly at center, depending on the health and rehab of Shaun O'Hara (ankle/knee), Rich Seubert (knee) and Adam Koets (knee) and whether or not they bring back tackle Shawn Andrews (back).

I agree, and was hoping they would grab a large offensive tackle or center with the first pick, but you can't argue with taking Prince. You just can't.

Giants get potential with NFL draft picks while other teams fill needs | NJ.com
They came away without any interior linemen and didn’t grab any linebackers until the sixth round when they took Michigan State’s Greg Jones and South Florida’s Jacquian Williams. But they believe they got two top 15 players in Amukamara and defensive tackle Marvin Austin (second round), and they think they upgraded their speed and special-teams play in the final five rounds, beginning with Troy wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan in Round 3.

Those of you who are excited about Amukamara, you can chat with him via Twitter today at 2:30 p.m. ET.

You wouldn't think Rex Ryan shooting his mouth off would draw so much ire from the Giants, but it did. By saying that his Jets would be the most important team in New York, it fired up the likes of Justin Tuck, but, surprisingly, it also fired up Giants' PR director Pat Hanlon.

Former New York Giant McQuarters Shot In Oklahoma
Former Chicago Bears and New York Giants cornerback R.W. McQuarters was shot in Oklahoma but escaped without serious injury, Tulsa World reported Sunday.

Of course, we all know McQuarters best for his end-zone interception that iced the divisional playoff game in January 2008 in Dallas. Let's all hope for a speedy recovery for R.W.

Lawrence Tynes has had a rough offseason | National Football Post
The New York Giants kicker had three surgeries this offseason, news he revealed this morning when he showed up at the team’s facility for treatment. Tynes told Ohn Youngmisuk of ESPN New York that he had hernia surgery at the conclusion of the season. Afterward, he had procedures on his left ankle and right heel.

Mets Win on Field in 14 Innings, but Big News Was Buzzing in the Crowd - NYTimes.com
A long, emotional Sunday night came to a happy conclusion on Monday morning for the Mets, who beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1, in 14 innings in a game that became a backdrop for the nation’s reaction to the news of the death of Osama bin Laden.

Not that we can ever compare killing the most-wanted terrorist with a sporting event, but this vaguely reminded me of when the Giants were playing on Monday Night Football 25 years ago, as the Mets were winning Game 7 of the World Series against Boston. The cheers in Giants' Stadium that night were at weird times during the football game. Anyway, again, it's not football-related, but I sure feel great today as I wake up to the news that we finally got bin Laden.