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New York Giants News and Notes: Quiet Monday Edition

Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's Monday, and hopefully you weren't fooled too badly by April Fools pranks on Sunday. Personally, I wasn't, but I can tell you that they get me every single time. But hey, it's April 2, and it's Monday. There isn't much going on in Big Blue news this morning, but let's see what we can find.... news: Cowboys' Carr intent on keeping Giants' Cruz from dancing
Asked how he would defend New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and keep him from doing his signature end zone dance, Carr said Friday on ESPN's "NFL Live" that he had a game plan for containing last season's NFL receiving leader. "I want to use all my body," Carr said, according to the Dallas Morning News. "I'm 6 foot, 200 pounds. I know he's got to run through me to get wherever he's running, so I'm going to be patient at the line. All that salsa dancing, that's fine, but you've got to come through me. I don't plan on seeing no dancing."

Giants should take notes from Rams, Seahawks; renew DE Osi Umenyiora's contract - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Remembering the ripple effect caused by (Az-Zahir) Hakim’s departure (from the Rams) is instructive when assessing the current Super Bowl champions and their looming decision on how to deal with an unhappy but highly productive pass rusher. With Osi Umenyiora in the final year of a below-market contract with which he has long been displeased, the defensive-end-rich New York Giants are surely reticent to offer a new deal to his liking. The team may be tempted to trade him; more likely, the Giants will let him play out the string and depart a year from now.

New York Giants 2012 Offseason: New York $3.4 Million Under Salary Cap, Per PFT - SB Nation New York
According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio's latest numbers, the New York Giants are near the bottom of the league when it comes to space left under the salary cap. According to Florio, the Giants have $3.4 million, which ties them with the Green Bay Packers and the Oakland Raiders and puts them just ahead of only six teams, including division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys.

Giants fans battling over trademark rights to 'Tim-Sanity'
Jeremy Lin's knee injury has put an end to the "Lin-sanity" craze in New York. But Tim Tebow's joining the New York Jets, sparking yet another fan/media craze. Never one to miss a trick, three New Yorkers (all fans of the rival New York Giants) are trying to claim trademark rights to the term "Tim-Sanity." The trio hope to splash "Tim-Sanity" all over athletic gear and souvenirs to make a buck off Tebow-mania, reports the New York Post. Frank DeGrim put in his claim with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on March 21, just one day before Daniel and Christian Perez put in their claim.

Giants Super Bowl Ring Photo Leaked by Linebacker Clint Sintim (Photo) - New York Giants -
The New York Giants haven't yet released the design of their Super Bowl rings, but we may have received a glimpse of what they will eventually look like, thanks to linebacker Clint Sintim. Sintim, who missed the entire season on injured reserve for the G-Men, tweeted a photo of the supposed rings this past week, accompanied by the caption, "sneak preview!" Sintim has since removed the photo, tweeting, "Saw the ring online not official yet ... official release will be presented by Giants organization ... Sorry."

Of all the players I would expect that from, Sintim would have never crossed my mind.

All-Pro LT Jason Peters out for season - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Eagles Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters has ruptured his right Achilles and is expected to miss the season. Peters injured his leg while training in Texas on Tuesday. He will have surgery to repair the tendon next week. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Peters is widely considered one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL. He spent his first five seasons with Buffalo before coming to Philadelphia in 2009.

Ouch, that is a big loss for our pals down the Turnpike, and frankly news no NFL fan ever wants to see, no matter how bitter the rivalry.

New York Giants Breakout Candidate: Jerrel Jernigan - New York Giants : New York Giants
If he can learn the playbook and keep his head in the game there is no reason to think Jernigan won’t at least contribute something to the Giants offense. He is one of the fastest guys on the team. He has below average height for the position at only 5-9 (really he is just under 5-9 at 5-87 but who is counting?) but his speed, especially with the opponents best corners on Nicks and Cruz should work in his favor. I am naming him a breakout candidate because he should be able to produce something offensively for the Giants this season.

One thing is for sure, though -- Jernigan needs to fix his propensity to fumble. That just won't fly with TC.

CAPUTO: The model for the new Lions should be the same old Packers -
Evidently, the New York Giants are the Packers’ version of Napoleon’s Waterloo. In the 2007 playoffs, the Giants also beat the favored Packers at Lambeau Field, using the victory as a springboard to a surprising Super Bowl championship, each time over the New England Patriots. The Packers, as reigning Super Bowl champions, had gained cache during the last regular season. At one point, it not only seemed probable the Packers would defend their title, but might even run the table without a loss. That the Packers fell considerably short of such lofty expectations knocked them down a rung or two. Yet, none of that should change how the Packers are observed from the Lions’ point of view.

Interesting article and take as to the ripple effect on the Packers after losing to the Giants in the playoffs again, following a remarkable regular season.