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New York Giants News and Notes: Hazy Hump Day Edition

Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's Hump Day and you know what that means--time for our Hump Day countdown--only eight weeks until the start of the 2012 NFL season. That's close enough to smell, isn't it? Wow. I'd better start doing my fantasy research, and speaking of that, I'm going to be starting a twice weekly column on BBV about fantasy projections and recaps, and even sooner than that we'll start discussing who to watch in the upcoming season. Okay, and now let's see if there are any Big Blue nuggets of news this morning...

Aaron Rodgers is Ron Jaworski’s No. 1 quarterback | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports Canada
"When you watch every play, you really get a good feel for a player. Manning is one of the smartest, most aware quarterbacks in the NFL. His development over the last three or four years has been steady and consistent. He is now one of the top-five quarterbacks in the NFL."

I have mixed feelings about this one, and I might might Eli at number 3 right now. Thoughts?

Replacing Brandon Jacobs crucial for New York Giants -
Bradshaw's health looms over everything. He has chronic foot issues and is coming off surgery in the offseason in which he had bone marrow taken from his hip and injected into his right foot. We don't have to tell you these are not the types of procedures you want associated with your starting tailback. Bradshaw is on track to take part in training camp, but the Giants must decide if they have enough cover at the position in the event their workhorse back is unable to stay on the field.

New Jersey megamall builder wants NFL teams lawsuit dismissed | Fox News
The developers of a proposed megamall in northern New Jersey have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the state's two NFL teams, who claim the project in their backyard would create epic traffic problems and interfere with game days.
Giants’ Youth Football Camp coming to Howell, July 16-20 | | News Transcript
Pat Dowling looks forward to running the New York Giants Youth Football Camp each summer. Dowling, the defensive coordinator at Point Pleasant Borough High School, will direct the Giants camp, which will make a stop at Howell Memorial Middle School, Adelphia Road, from July 16-20. This marks the camp’s sixth summer.

Victor Cruz is accustomed to perfecting his craft, but this offseason he's honing his storytelling skills. The New York Giants wide receiver will release his memoir, "Out of the Blue," in one week. Cruz will stop by NFL Network studios on Tuesday to talk about his story and the Giants' chances for a repeat.

NFL safety tour announced -
USA Football wants to drive home the importance of player safety with a "Protection Tour." The governing body for youth football in this country will stage the tour at four NFL team facilities, focusing on educating players and their families, coaches and others on preventive safety measures for young athletes. The tour begins July 21 at the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts training complexes. On July 24, it will visit the New York Giants facility, and four days later will be hosted by the San Francisco 49ers.

Manning Camp marks eighth year in area |
When the Manning Passing Academy first landed in Thibodaux and on the campus of Nicholls State University in 2005, Eli Manning was entering his second season as quarterback of the New York Giants. At the time, his much more famous brother Peyton Manning was heading into his eighth season as the quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts. Now, seven years later, Eli Manning is entering his ninth season as the quarterback of the New York Giants and has two Super Bowl trophies and two Super Bowl MVPs (including one last year), and his brother Peyton Manning has one Super Bowl title, a Super Bowl MVP and is an 11-time Pro Bowl player.

Eric LeGrand has a new job: pitchman |
Paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand has a new job. The inspirational LeGrand was hired by Subway to appear in television commercials with New York Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck to promote the world’s largest restaurant chain. The commercials were filmed two weeks ago and will air this fall.

WPIX Inks Deal to Air Giants Thursday Night Football in September - FishbowlNY
Don’t look now, but the NFL season is just around the corner. Today, the league announced a deal for WPIX/Channel 11 to simulcast the NFL Network’s coverage of the New York Giants game with the Carolina Panthers September 20th in Charlotte.

NFL Pick: New York Giants 2012 Season Preview and Prediction NFC EAST " Sports Chat Place

I can’t say it enough times that repeating is just plain tough and just getting out of the NFC this year is going to be as tough as I can ever remember but the Giants should be competitive and make the post season and as they showed last year that once you get to the playoffs anything is possible.

Wait, did someone just predict the Giants would reach the postseason? Didn't they read the NFL prediction playbook?

Wes Welker, Patriots Remain $6 Million Apart On Contract: REPORT
Wes Welker and the New England Patriots remain roughly $6 million apart with just over a week of negotiating time left for a new long-term deal. Welker was given the franchise tag of $9.5 million by the Patriots just before the start of free agency, a move that was supposed to buy time for the team and the receiver to get together on a new deal.

Is it bad that the first thing I thought of was whether the Giants could snap Welker up in 2013?

Behold the 2012 ESPYS predictions - ESPN
Prediction: Does LeBron take his talents to the stage one more time? Here's guessing ... no. Instead, ESPYS fans will love football just a little too much this year, and go Giants before going home.

This prediction is for Best Team. And to me there is no doubt the Giants will outlast the Miami Heat, St. Louis Cardinals, Kentucky basketball, Alabama football, Baylor women's football and the L.A. Kings.