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New York Giants News and Notes: Here Comes the Silence Edition


Good morning fellow Giants fans. Mini-camp is over for the Giants, and training camp begins in less than six weeks. That means we are going to have to uncover some stones that may have a lot of moss on them in order to find things to talk about. It's also what I know Tom Coughlin would call "staying out of trouble season," because he wants these guys to do just that in order to actually stay out of the news. But fear not. We will find things to discuss with you. First, let's see what is being said as mini-camp came to a close on Thursday.....

Defending Super Bowl champion NY Giants quietly back to work, awaiting start of training camp - NY Daily News
There are no self-esteem issues with the Giants. Winning a Super Bowl can have that effect on a team. They don’t need the attention or want it. The way the Tebow-Mark Sanchez thing is playing out with the Jets, it could be Week 8 of the season before anybody notices what’s going on with the Giants.

New York Giants rookie Rueben Randle patiently waiting his turn - NFL -
With the New York Giants working through their last day of veterans minicamp, rookie Rueben Randle stands watching the action, helmetless and arms clasped behind his torso, eagerly shifting back and forth in a small huddle with the other reserve receivers. It's been just a short stay in the NFL for the Bastrop, La., native so far, but already he's experienced prolonged delays.

NY Giants love look of rookie running back David Wilson, Big Blue's first round pick of 2012 NFL Draft - NY Daily News
Kevin Gilbride has had a long list of talented running backs in his six seasons as the Giants’ offensive coordinator. But he’s never had one quite like David Wilson, the team’s first-round pick out of Virginia Tech. Gilbride has raved about Wilson’s speed and explosiveness during spring drills and the full-team minicamp that wrapped up Thursday.

I have a good feeling about Randle and Wilson, or maybe it's just because I keep reading about their potential.

New York Giants close out mini-camp with brief speech and warning to be safe from coach Tom Coughlin -
As coach Tom Coughlin finished up his three-minute and nine-second parting message to the Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw sprinted off the field. A few minutes later, Bradshaw explained his alacrity in making a quick getaway. "It’s great to be free,’’ Bradshaw said. Free is what the Super Bowl champions are, as they concluded a three-day mandatory mini-camp Thursday with a one-hour practice. The rookies will stay around for another week, but that didn’t stop Coughlin from issuing his annual warning as he bid adieu to his veterans until the July 26 report date for training camp at the University at Albany.

New York Giants win offseason by keeping Osi Umenyiora, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck together - ESPN New York
Like the Giants, the most dangerous playoff teams usually have a franchise quarterback. Think Rodgers, Brady, Brees. But Umenyiora, Tuck and JPP have proved they can cancel out even the best opposing quarterbacks. More than Manning, they're what make the Giants unique. Pierre-Paul should be an NFL defensive player of the year candidate if he stays healthy.

Giants head off for the summer after CBA-shortened mini-camp |
Once it set in that summer break was upon them, they became thankful for the offseason restrictions in the new collective bargaining agreement. "I like the CBA. The CBA is huge for veterans," Justin Tuck said. "It might put younger guys behind the eight ball a little bit because they don’t get as much work as we did when we were younger. But I think it’s going to help prolong a lot of guys’ careers and I don’t think you’re going to see as many injuries because it’s giving us a little bit more time to heal our bodies after a long season."

New York Giants’ Osi Umenyiora says New York Jets not Super Bowl focused -
Now that he knows he’s going to remain with the Giants for at least one more season, Osi Umenyiora has no problem speaking out on the team that shares MetLife Stadium, saying the Giants "do things a little differently’’ than the Jets. "We go out there on the football field and play," Umenyiora said last night on NFL Network’s "Total Access." "The Jets, they’re a good football team themselves, but they have a lot of things going on that a lot of people are interested in, and they’re more interested in that than us going out there and actually winning the Super Bowl. "So, there’s nothing wrong with that. Much respect to the New York Jets. Hopefully, things will keep on going that way."

Maybe all we need to do is to put a little camera on Osi these next six weeks--instant material.

Terrell Thomas making progress in knee injury recovery - NFL - Sporting News
His comments Thursday lasted about three minutes, and the advice was the same he has given for decades. Enjoy the next six weeks, work out, lift weights and be ready for the start of training camp July 27 at the University at Albany. Of course, there was the obligatory stay-out-of-trouble warning, which this team probably didn't need in the wake of tackle Dave Diehl's arrest on Sunday for impaired driving.

Former NY Giants Star Tight End Howard Cross Joins Cresa New York as Senior Vice President | New York RealEstateRama
As part of an aggressive initiative to expand its brokerage team, Cresa New York has named Howard Cross senior vice president. Mr. Cross, an accomplished motivational speaker, is a 10-year veteran of commercial real estate, having previously served as senior managing director at Colliers International and as a broker at CBRE.

For Manning, a Golf Tournament With a Purpose -
On Sunday, 79-year-old Pat Browne Jr. won the Corcoran Cup– known as the "Masters of Blind Golf"–held annually at Mount Kisco Country Club in Westchester County in New York. It was the 24th time he had won it. The two-day event, which benefits Guiding Eyes for the Blind, has been hosted by Giants quarterback Eli Manning for the past six years and has raised more than $10 million since its inception in 1978. The money allow the nonprofit school to breed and train its guide dogs and partner them with the visually impaired, the blind and children with autism. (Guiding Eyes places more than 180 dogs annually around the country.)

New York Giants: New NFL Rivalry with New England Patriots? : New York Giants
Yes the Giants have beaten them in two of the past four Super Bowls, but when you play each other once every four years, its hard for that to happen. Now, after the Patriots claimed Jake Ballard on waivers, will that be the straw that broke the camel’s back? My guess is probably not, though I’m sure the Mara’s and the Kraft’s won’t be sending each other Christmas Cards anytime soon.

Interesting take for sure. You know Belichick and Brady hate the Giants more than the Jets right now.

Cowboys petition to open camp to match Giants -
The Cowboys have petitioned the NFL to open the team's training camp three days earlier than planned, on July 27, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Why? Because that's when the Giants are set to launch training camp, and the Cowboys want every advantage their Gotham rivals will enjoy. - Best NFL defense: Steelers or Giants?
The second "In the Trenches" matchup searching for the best defense in the NFL matches up the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants. The fans will decide which team moves on to the semifinals to face the Baltimore Ravens. Here’s what the PFW staff had to say about the two defenses:

Most of these guys picked the Steelers. There is no way I pick against our defense right now. Imagine how good they can be if they stay healthy.