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New York Giants News And Notes: Schedule Release Tuesday Night

Good morning, New York Giants fans! Let's see what is making news on this gorgeous Tuesday morning.

The NFL will release the full-league schedule Tuesday night, and will do so with all the pomp and circumstance it can muster. and the NFL Network will air three hours of schedule release coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

We know that the defending Super Bowl champion Giants (I know you guys love reading that phrase) will kick off the season on Wednesday, Sept. 5 against the Dallas Cowboys (NBC, 8:30 p.m. ET).

We already know the Giants' 2012 opponents.

Home -- Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers.

Away -- Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers.

Eli Manning 'a little nervous' about hosting Saturday Night Live |

"This will be a new experience for me," Manning said in a team press release today. "I’m a little nervous about it, but excited also. It should be a lot of fun. It will take some work, but it should be something I’ll always remember."

Giants restructure linebacker Keith Rivers' contract to a one-year deal |
The Giants restructured Keith Rivers' contract after acquiring him in a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals. It's a one-year contract worth $1.25 million, per someone briefed on the financials. The person requested anonymity because the details weren't to be discussed publicly.

Players discuss return on Twitter
Several players took to Twitter to talk about returning to the facility for the offseason program!

Paul Schwartz's post on Football | Latest updates on Sulia
New Giants TE Martellus Bennett, signed from the Cowboys, on his first day with his new team: "It's kind of like when when you were a kid and switched schools when your parents moved and you have to meet new students, new teachers. We moved a lot as a kid so it is pretty easy for me to make friends.''

Tom Rock's post on New York Sports | Latest updates on Sulia
Eli Manning via Giants on start of offseason program: "I think it’s always exciting to get back – it’s like the first day of school after the summer. You’re excited to see all your teammates and coaches and try to figure out how we’re going to get better and what we’re going to improve on. You see some of the new faces and get them caught up on what we need to do. It’s always exciting to get back here, knowing we’re getting back to work."