Good morning, New York Giants' fans! It's been so busy around here lately that we have not been able to give you your morning notebooks. Well, let's get back to that today with some Giants-related news and notes.
The Giants made the signing of outside linebacker Jameel McClain official on Friday. McClain, cut by the Baltimore Ravens in salary-cap move, considers himself an underdog after entering the league back in 2008 as an undrafted free agent from Syracuse University.
"I've got a chip on my shoulder the size of a golden nugget," McClain said. "I'm all the way there. Every time that I get a little itch, God always slaps me in the back of the head and says, ‘Jameel, you've got a long way to go.' I signed a little deal and then after that I got hurt, that was God slapping me on the back on the head. Once I came back from that injury then I get cut, so that's God slapping me on the back of the head again, just saying, ‘Your job is to be the underdog.' For the world to see that the underdog can make it possible, that's my destination, that's going to be my journey. I know it and I accept it."
McClain looks at his new contract with the Giants as "a chance to re-create myself." He sees no issue transitioning from the 3-4 he played in Baltimore to the Giants' 4-3 defense.
"I really think people do make too much of it," he said. "Football is football. Maybe it's not so much for me because I believe I'm so versatile a player. I've played every position. None of that really scares me at all. It all just seems so familiar."
The Giants also made the re-signing of middle linebacker Jon Beason official Friday. Beason, who came to the Giants last season in a trade from the Carolina Panthers, signed a three-year, $19 million deal with $7 million guaranteed.
"For me, a fresh start was great. But obviously I know who I am and what I've already accomplished, so why can't I continue to do that? I feel like I'm just scratching the surface. I really feel like that," Beason said. "To get a chance to have a great offseason, train and get in good shape to where you can play consistently at a high level is what I'm looking forward to."
Finally, fullback Henry Hynoski was also officially re-signed. After an awful 2013 season that saw him spend the final 13 games on injured reserve the 'Hynocerous' is thrilled to be back. He told Giants.com the 2013 season was "humbling."
"This is where I want to be," Hynoski said. "Don't get me wrong, Detroit was a great place. I really enjoyed the people I met and the visit out there, but this is home for me. This is where I was comfortable and luckily everything worked out. The Giants had a mutual feeling, the same feeling I had about them. They wanted me back, I wanted to be back here and I'm glad it worked out.
"This is a very special place for me, just the way the fans embraced me. I'm very grateful the coaches, the front office all the way from the ownership down have been 100 percent class, one of the best organizations in the NFL, the best organization in the NFL. I'm just very honored and proud to be part of it again."