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New York Giants News And Notes: Matt McCants Signs, Chad Jones Not Cleared

Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are your Thursday morning notes, one day before the start of rookie mini-camp.

Giants agree to terms with sixth-round pick Matt McCants |
The second of the Giants' seven draft picks has agreed to terms. Offensive lineman Matt McCants and the team reached an agreement today on a four-year contract, according to McCants' agent. The sixth-round pick is expected to sign on Thursday, one day before the start of rookie camp.

Chad Jones not cleared to participate in Giants rookie camp |
Chad Jones' goal of being on the field with his teammates in an organized practice this spring will not be met this weekend.

The former third-round pick, who suffered severe leg injuries in a car accident two years ago, has not been cleared to participate in Giants rookie camp, a team spokesman said, confirming a report by Newsday. Jones would have been eligible to participate in the camp, which runs Friday through Sunday, because he has zero credited and accrued NFL seasons.

Third-down sacks: Seeking biggest stops a defense can get - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Here's a look at all 32 teams sacks to pass attempts on third down last year from the best in the league Baltimore down to Tennessee. The NFL average for sacking a QB in third down situations last year was one sack every 12 attempts. If the Ravens don't drop a pass in the end zone, they were heading to the Super Bowl, and it's no surprise the top two defenses to get a sack on third downs were the Giants and Ravens.

NFL makes plans for replacement officials - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
The NFL used replacement players in the past because of labor strife. The same may be happening with its current cast of officials.

According to a letter obtained by, the NFL has asked its officiating-scouting department to begin assisting the league in identifying potential replacements for the 2012 season. The move comes as the league and the NFL Referees Association have reached an impasse in labor negotiations.

The agreement between the two sides expired at the end of the 2011 season.

Las Vegas now has point spreads for 240 regular season games - Yahoo! Sports
On Wednesday morning, Cantor Gaming—who, in addition to the Palms, operates the sportsbooks at the Venetian and Lagasse’s Stadium, Hard Rock, Cosmopolitan, Tropicana and M Resort—became the first shop in the business to release point spreads for the 240 games that take place from Week 1 to Week 16.