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New York Giants News And Notes: Devin Thomas Signs With Bears

Good morning, New York Giants fans. Here are a few notes for you as you begin your day.

Former Giants WR Devin Thomas agrees to terms with Bears |
Giants unrestricted free agent wide receiver Devin Thomas agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears, the team announced tonight.

NFL points of emphasis point to NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A confusing judgment call favoring the New York Giants enabled their comeback victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4.

Was Giants receiver Victor Cruz really down when he lost the football late in the game? A fumble in that situation likely would have killed the Giants' chances for a comeback.

Who knows, an Arizona victory might have changed the course of NFL history given that the Giants later sneaked into the playoffs with a 9-7 record, then won a Super Bowl title.

Would they have been a postseason team at all without that victory? Tough to tell, and irrelevant now.

But the issue relating to the Cruz play lives on. The NFL apparently had that situation and a few others from NFC West teams' games in mind when identifying officiating points of interest for the 2012 season.

Bill Parcells open to coaching New Orleans Saints |
If Bill Parcells decides to come out of retirement for a third time to coach the New Orleans Saints this season, it will be for one reason only.

"If this guy says to me, 'Bill, I need you to do this,' " Parcells said today in an interview with Newsday. "That's what friends are supposed to be for."

Daily Blitz - Mar. 28: Eli talks Peyton, Tebow
Eli also commented on former Bronco and current Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow.

"I had a feeling he wasn't going to the Giants," said Manning. news: NFC East team needs: Giants, Cowboys eyeing WR depth
Needs: WR, RT, DT, MLB, TE, CB

It's easy to forget the Giants finished 9-7 last season after the way they sliced through the NFC and Patriots on their way to a Super Bowl victory. In fact, they scored fewer points than their opponents in the regular season (394 to 400) and rushed for only 89.2 yards a game. Even so, the Giants didn't add a lot to the offense via free agency. They signed Bennett away from Dallas to bolster the tight end group until Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum can return from ACL injuries suffered in the Super Bowl. But No. 3 receiver Mario Manningham took his talents to San Francisco, leaving a big hole that must be filled in the draft. Unless 2011 fourth-round pick James Brewer takes over at right tackle for Kareem McKenzie, or the team brings the veteran back, that position needs to be addressed, too.

General manager Jerry Reese and coach Tom Coughlin built a champion through their defensive front seven and undoubtedly will continue to add strength in the interior line with free agents Rocky Bernard and Jimmy Kennedy possibly not returning. It would be a great story if cancer survivor Mark Herzlich could start at middle linebacker, as he did before a broken ankle ended his rookie season prematurely, but he'll probably see some competition. Aaron Ross' signing with Jacksonville makes finding more cornerbacks a priority in the middle rounds of the draft -- even with Terrell Thomas re-upping with a four-year, $28 million contract and 2011 first-round pick Prince Amukamara ready to make a larger contribution.

2012 NFL Mock Draft - Projecting the first two rounds - ESPN
Todd McShay's latest draft projection covers the first two rounds, including some quarterback intrigue and a handful of players breaking into Round 1.