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New York Giants Notes: Here Comes Irene Edition

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Good morning, fellow Giants' fans. First of all, as we keep hearing about the potential devastation that Hurricane Irene is poised to cause along the East Coast, I wanted to extend my hope that all of you in her path (and I know that means a huge percentage of BBVers) find safety and shelter over the next few days, and that the flooding and damage will be as minimal as possible. As Ed reported Thursday night, the Giants announced that the game on Saturday vs. the Jets has been moved up to a 2pm ET kickoff to allow everyone to get home safely before Irene reaches New Jersey. Meanwhile, now I'll stop being a weatherman and just give you a few bits of Giants-related news......

New York Giants team report: Look for Brandon Jacobs to get more carries this season - NFL - Sporting News
Last season, RB Brandon Jacobs averaged a career-high 5.6 yards per rushing attempt, but he carried the ball only 147 times. In his three previous seasons, Jacobs topped 200 rushing attempts every year, but his workload decreased in 2010 after Ahmad Bradshaw supplanted him as the starting halfback. In retrospect, coach Tom Coughlin said Jacobs probably was underused, and it is likely this season the carries will be more evenly balanced— especially if Jacobs continues to run as effectively as he has in the first two preseason games (nine carries, 64 yards, 1 TD).

The article goes on to talk about Bradshaw being prone to injuries and fumbles, and that reduced carries for him and more for Jacobs will hopefully balance things out in more ways than one. I would love to see the Giants run the ball more this season--without becoming too conservative and predictable, of course, and that's a fine line.

New York Giants' Jimmy Kennedy, a Yonkers native, seeking redemption in New York - ESPN New York
The New York Giants did not just add a native son to their roster when they signed Jimmy Kennedy on Tuesday. They also added the best defensive tackle in the NFL. Says who? Well, just ask the man himself. "You ask me who the best defensive tackle is in the NFL, I'll tell you Jimmy Kennedy," Kennedy said Wednesday.

The good thing is that the Giants did not sign Kennedy to be the best DT in the league. They signed him for depth, but of course the fact that he grew up a Giants' fan is never a bad thing.

New York Giants team report: Eli Manning knows offense must improve - NFL - Sporting News
Still, Manning has not been especially sharp in training camp and has yet to find his stride with the first-team offense. He has completed 48 percent of his 25 passes in the preseason, an unusually low rate considering in the preseason there are usually an abundance of check-downs. One positive for Manning is he has not thrown an interception in the preseason, which is a major point of emphasis this season after he tossed a career-high 25 interceptions in 2010.

One play from Monday's game caught my attention, but it wasn't one that Manning was involved in--it was when Bears' QB Jay Cutler held on to the ball too long. To be honest, I can't remember if Cutler was sacked or was just trying to force a throw, but Jon Gruden mentioned that Cutler needs to throw the ball away more. The same has been said often of Manning, but I worry that he is so focused on not throwing interceptions this year, that it's screwing with his natural ability to make plays. I guess we'll see how it all shakes out, but I'd love to know what you guys think about this.

Why Atlanta didn't keep Brian Williams - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
The Falcons decided sometime between the end of last season and the start of the lockout that Williams wasn’t in their plans. The logic was simple. Williams is 32 and has absolutely no upside. You know what you’re getting with Williams. That’s an experienced guy, who isn’t going to make a lot of mistakes, but isn’t going to make many big plays.

Redskins defensive lineman Barry Cofield isn’t angry at the Giants - The Washington Post
There is, though, the cumulative effect of it all, which helps shape the Cofield who will line up Thursday night for the Washington Redskins in a preseason game at Baltimore, the Cofield who is expected to make a big impact at nose tackle after signing a six-year, $36-million contract as a free agent. Cofield wasn’t the splashiest offseason acquisition in Redskins’ history. His move didn’t send ripples around the NFL. That suits him fine.

It was announced on Thursday that two former Giants-- wide receiver Amani Toomer and offensive lineman Roman Oben, will take to the broadcast booth beginning Friday, September 9 on MSG Varsity's "Friday Night Football." "I’m honored to join MSG Varsity’s broadcast team and look forward to calling the action for promising young football talent in the tri-state area," said Toomer.

Friday afternoon, fans can celebrate the new naming of MetLife Stadium in Manhattan's Bryant Park. ESPN's Mike Golic will interview Giants' coach Tom Coughlin, Jet's coach Rex Ryan as well as quarterbacks Eli Manning and Mark Sanchez, and there will be plenty of interactive fun for kids. Please click here for more information.

MediaPost Publications New York Jets Score With Social Media 08/25/2011
Looking at social media activity -- Twitter, Facebook, blogs, message boards and the like -- the New York Jets grabbed an 11.9% share of all NFL-related social-media activity, the best among all NFL teams. The team, which got into the AFC Championship game the last two years, and recently added former New York Giants troubled receiver Plaxico Burress, was more than two percentage points higher than the Philadelphia Eagles, which tallied a 8.3% share. This is according to recent Nielsen Company research. Crosstown rivals, the New York Giants, were next at a 6.0% share; the Dallas Cowboys were just a bit behind, at 5.9%; with the New England Patriots at a 4.3% number.

Stay safe, everyone, and let's hope (knock wood) that there are no more injuries on Saturday.