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New York Giants owner John Mara speaks to media

At an event to announce a $250,000 donation to the East Rutherford YMCA, Giants owner John Mara also discussed a variety of topics involving the team's offseason.


At an event to discuss the Mara Family Center, a new building for the East Rutherford YMCA, New York Giants owner John Mara also took some to discuss the team's offseason and a variety of other topics.

According to, the YMCA will begin construction on the new building in January 2015. Back in May, Giants co-owner Steve Tisch also donated $10 million to concussion research.

Seems like the same common thread we've been encountering throughout the offseason: the Giants seem to have a "time to get back to business" mantra about them, and that includes less talk of talent on paper and other things that might unnecessarily elevate expectations for this season. That seems smart considering the significant makeover the team has underwent on both sides of the ball.

Good news on David Wilson, of course. That jibes with what we've been hearing throughout the offseason regarding the Giants' running back, who underwent neck surgery following a season in which he was limited to five games. The Giants also signed Rashad Jennings in free agency to shore up a running back unit that also includes Peyton Hillis, Michael Cox and fourth-round draft pick Andre Williams.

How many teams in the league could earnestly benefit from heeding this advice? At least a dozen, right?

Again, Mara tempers praise with some caution. Smart move, considering how the Giants' defense has been burned by a weak secondary at various times over the past few years. Big things are expected out of Prince Amukamara, while many consider Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie one of the biggest signings of the offseason. At safety, Antrel Rolle is of course back, and Stevie Brown should be as well. Again, though, he must prove he can stay healthy after missing all of last season with a torn ACL.

Yes indeed. Especially in an Oakland Raiders uniform, of all teams.

Well, that last bit sure is tantalizing. At the very least, you gotta imagine Tuck will retire as a Giant, right?