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Jacobs: Even Giants Are Doubting Skills As No. 1 Back

Star-Ledger - Brandon Jacobs is aware Giants fans will compare his productivity and versatility to that of retired Tiki Barber -- and the 6-4, 265-pounder must prove that he belongs somewhere other than the shadow of a former player half a foot shorter and 50 pounds lighter.

He even said there "may be some question within the (Giants') organization" that he can be the team's true No. 1 running back.

But Jacobs has spent the off-season preparing for this opportunity -- retooling his running style and workout regimen, embracing the motivation provided by the arrival of Droughns, and inspired by the birth of his first child.

All while remaining ever-confident and defiant.

"I don't give a damn what people say," Jacobs said. "I have talent, I can catch the ball, I can run with it. I don't have to run somebody over all the time. I actually am a running back."
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DEF - NYG - Giants GM Ree Says DE Strahan Might Retire

Source: e Garofolo, Newark Star-Ledger

New York Giants GM Jerry Reese just finished addressing reporters on the field regarding the reports of DE Michael Strahan possibly retireing. "Last night, I talked to his agent (Tony Agnone) and his agent said to me -- this was about seven o'clock -- (Strahan) was contemplating retiring," Reese said. "That's all I know right now. We haven't spoken to him. We'll get more details about it. We'll put him on reserve/did not report to camp." HC Tom Coughlin said Strahan left him a voicemail last night, and said Strahan didn't mention retirement in his message. The call was returned this morning but the coach got Strahan's voicemail.
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NYG - Giants WRs Toomer And Burress Healthy Again

Source: Michael Eisen, Giants.com

Both New York Giants starting receivers Amani Toomer and Plaxico Burress missed the spring mini-camp and OTAs due to injury but where back practicing at the start of training camp. Toomer ran effortlessly and looked as if he'd never been hurt. However, he is limited to one practice a day. Burress also practiced once today, though Coughlin said he will be evaluated every day. "I felt a little rusty, not being on the football field so long," Burress said. "But a week or two of that, it'll all pretty much go away. It was just fun to get out there with the guys, breaking a sweat, laughing, joking, having a good time, making a few plays."
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Giants Interested In Rice

Newsday - Simeon Rice will be in New York City for a physical Wednesday. Maybe he and Michael Strahan, who presumably is in the city as well, can flip a coin or draw cards to see who wants to be a Giant this season.

Rice then will come up to Albany and meet with general manager Jerry Reese, who said not even Strahan's arrival before Wednesday would derail talks with Rice. The Giants mean business with Rice, a 12-year veteran who for many years was considered the second-best defensive end around, behind No. 92.
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Teammates: Strahan's Not The Retiring Type

New York Daily News - Just in case Michael Strahan is serious about retirement, the Giants are moving on, switching William Joseph to left defensive end and flirting with Simeon Rice.

But most of Strahan's teammates don't believe he's serious. They think his return to training camp is only a matter of time.

"My gut feeling is yes, he'll be back to play," linebacker Antonio Pierce said yesterday. "Maybe he just wants a week or two off. It's a little hot today. Maybe Mike is sitting at home sipping piña coladas thinking, 'OK, I'll give it another week and then I'll be back.'"

"I wouldn't be surprised if you see him tomorrow," added defensive end Justin Tuck. "We're still approaching this camp and this season as though Michael will be our left end."
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Brandon Jacobs starts run at Giants halfback in post-Tiki era

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -Brandon Jacobs got off to a fast start in his first training camp as the New York Giants' No. 1 running back in place of the retired Tiki Barber.

Too fast, in fact.

With tears in his eyes after saying goodbye to his 5-month-old son, Brayden, Jacobs hit the gas a little too hard on Route 17 in New Jersey and got pulled over.

The police officer ran Jacobs' license plate and knew exactly who he was going to be talking to as he approached the car.

Waiting, Jacobs hoped to get off with a warning.

``He didn't even give me that,'' Jacobs said. ``He said: 'You better run the ball this year.'''

Jacobs got the message and left without a ticket.

The harder part will be replacing Barber, who retired at the age of 31 with eight individual team rushing records.

``I'm not here to be Tiki,'' Jacobs said Sunday between practices at the University at Albany. ``I'm here to be me.''

He's different in many ways. Barber was a durable 5-foot-10 back with a tremendous ability to read a play and cut back in his 10 seasons with the Giants.

Jacobs is a monster at 6-foot-4 and more than 260 pounds.

Teammate Antonio Pierce, a 6-foot-1, 238-pound Pro Bowl middle linebacker, said watching Jacobs come through the line is akin to seeing an offensive lineman bearing down on you.

It's not just that Jacobs is big.

``But he is fast and he has a nasty attitude,'' Pierce said. ``You talk about guys having a defensive mentality, but this guy truly has a nasty mentality. He looks to hurt people.''

Jacobs didn't get much of an opportunity to run as a rookie in 2005. The fourth-round pick from Southern Illinois via Auburn gained 99 yards on 38 carries as Barber led New York to the NFC East title.

Jacobs not only developed into the Giants' short-yardage specialist last year, he also showed flashes that labeled him a future No. 1 back. He carried 96 times for 423 yards, a 4.4-yard average, which is good in anyone's book. His nine rushing touchdowns and 11 receptions for a 13.5-yard average also showed he was ready to carry the load.

If there is any question about Jacobs, it has to be his durability. His run-you-over style may not be the best way to stay on the field for a season.

``Sometimes when you have no choice, you can't do anything else,'' Jacobs said. ``But I've got some stuff up my sleeve.''

The one thing Jacobs doesn't doubt is his ability to replace Barber. He has been asked about it too many times since the end of last season.

``No disrespect, but I am tired of hearing it,'' he said.

There are still some things that have to be settled. The offensive line did a lot of zone blocking so Barber could take advantage of his cutback ability in recent years. The line now will have to figure out what is the best scheme for Jacobs.

``I know one thing, he won't have a hard time running straight ahead,'' center Shaun O'Hara said.

Pass protection will be another issue. Despite his size, Barber was very good at picking up blitzes and keeping defenders out of Eli Manning's lap.

Manning predicted that Jacobs ``is going to stand them up.''

``They are not going to try to bull rush him,'' Manning said.
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NYG - WR's Moss and Smith Solid Thus Far

Source: Arthur Staple, New York Newsday

Both WRs Sinorice Moss and Steve Smith have looked solid thus far for the New York Giants. Moss has been running with the number one's as the third/slot WR and with the 1's when Burress and Toomer are out. He looks fit and strong and is also trying to win both return jobs. Smith made a great diving catch on Saturday, but has been moving along slowly, which is probably what the Giants want.
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Umenyiora Rips Potential Teammate Rice

New York Post - If the Giants actually sign Simeon Rice to replace Michael Strahan, do not expect Osi Umenyiora to embrace the move by welcoming the former Buccaneer with open arms.

Every day the Giants have been in training camp, Umenyiora has spoken with missing Michael. The two are fast friends and have the same agent, Tony Agnone. Connect the dots. Much of what Strahan is thinking and feeling, Umenyiora yesterday was saying and revealing.

"We're not talking about Julius Peppers," Umenyiora said, comparing Rice to the Panthers' stud defensive end. "Simeon Rice is an outstanding pass rusher, but that's what he is."
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Giants defensive end Michael Strahan contacts team during holdout

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -On the fourth day of his holdout, seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan made contact with the New York Giants and was told he would be welcomed back although the team is proceeding as if he is retiring.

Coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese confirmed Tuesday that they had lengthy conversations with the 35-year-old Strahan late Monday afternoon and evening.

``There is no time frame for right now,'' Reese said Tuesday after practice at the University at Albany. ``He could be here tomorrow. He could be here whenever. Who knows? I don't know if he is coming. He didn't commit to say that 'I am coming.' He didn't say: 'I wasn't coming.'''

Reese told Strahan that the Giants are moving forward as if he is not coming.

Neither Coughlin nor Reese gave many details of their talks with Strahan. Both felt the 14-year veteran had a lot to consider but that he needed to make a decision on retirement soon. They were happy that Strahan had at least found time to talk to them.

Coughlin has a timetable for when he wants Strahan to make decision, but refused to share it.

Reese declined to say whether Strahan asked to renegotiate his contract, which will play him $4 million this season. However, the general manager said there are repercussions for missing training camp, an indication the Giants are continuing to fine Strahan $14,288 for each day of camp that he misses. Tuesday marked the fifth day of the holdout.

``I told him we would love for him to come back, but only if he wants to be here 100 percent and to be a great teammate like he has always been,'' said Reese, who did not know where Strahan was when they spoke on Monday.

Coughlin said the Strahan apologized for the timing of the holdout, particularly his indecision on whether he wants to play.

The NFL's active sacks leader with 132 1/2, Strahan has been known to be unhappy with his contract. That he was mulling retirement was not known to the team until Thursday night, when his agent informed the Giants that he would not be at camp the next day.

Coughlin said Strahan that he would not try to convince him to play, saying it was a decision No. 92 had to make by himself.

``That man has to come and play the game, and his heart being in the right place is the whole circumstance,'' Coughlin said. ``If it is, there is no question the quality of the player. Expectations will be very high. No one can come in and play this game with their attitude not being 100 percent about what is going to take place on the field.''

Players with the wrong attitude tend to get hurt, Coughlin said. Strahan missed most of the second half of last season with a foot injury.

The coach also made it clear that he did not want to spend a second straight season with a retirement hanging over his head.

Tiki Barber, the Giants all-time leading rusher, hinted about retiring in training camp last season and it was a distraction all year. Barber announced halfway through the season that he would be retiring.

``Teams and franchises and people in positions of responsibility have to make decisions and move on and do what is best for your team,'' Coughlin said. ``We'll do that. We'll do that.''

With Strahan's status uncertain, the Giants plan to give Simeon Rice a physical on Wednesday. The No. 2 active sacks leader behind Strahan, Rice was released by Tampa Bay last week after failing a physical because of a shoulder injury.

The better option would be for Strahan to return to left end, where he is considered among the top pass-run defenders in the league.

``The most impressive thing about Michael for me is that he always came out like a kid,'' Coughlin said. ``He practiced like a young kid. And if came back with that frame of mind and that love of the game, then naturally he will be a big part of our team.''
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DEF - NYG - Giants Proceeding Without DE Strahan

Source: Michael Eisen, Giants.com

New York Giants GM Jerry Reese met with the media today and said he spoke with DE Michael Strahan. "I talked to Michael last night. We had a really good conversation. He had some things he needed to talk to me about. I had some things that I needed to talk to him about. I won't share any personal information that we shared with each other. The bottom line is that he is still contemplating retirement. I told him, 'Michael, we will move forward as if you are not going to be here. You haven't made a commitment that you are going to come.' It is still a possibility that he could be here. We talked about a lot of things. That is basically what I want to share with you guys. We had some personal things we talked about, and I don't want to share that."
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Osi Hears It From Coughlin

N.Y. Daily News - The theme of Giants camp was supposed to be "Shut up and play," which is essentially the message Tom Coughlin delivered to Osi Umenyiora Monday night.

Hours after ripping Simeon Rice and insisting he won't move from right defensive end if Rice is signed by the Giants, Umenyiora landed in Coughlin's doghouse and got a lecture from the coach. Neither party revealed details of their discussion, although GM Jerry Reese insisted, "I don't think that's a big deal at all.

"Players try to protect players," Reese said. "I don't think Osi meant that in any malicious way towards the New York Giants. Osi's being a good little brother trying to protect Michael Strahan, one of his mentors."

Coughlin told Umenyiora that even if the Giants do sign Rice, who has primarily played on the right side, Umenyiora would not have to switch to the left.

"That was never even a fathom," Coughlin. "There was no discussion about any of that. Osi is a rising young player, he plays right end."
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Source: Strahan Feels Betrayed

N.Y. Daily News - Michael Strahan won't make a quick decision on his future, despite fines and threats of the team "moving on" without him, according to a source close to the defensive end. So far, all the Giants' hard-line stance has done is leave Strahan feeling disrespected and betrayed.

"How could he not feel betrayed?" said one source who spoke with Strahan yesterday. "After spending 14 years, after being a loyal and dedicated player to an organization, and now that he is considering retirement, the most difficult decision in his career, instead of giving him space to make this decision, people are talking about fines and replacements?

"I am really sad that this situation is being portrayed the way it is. This is not about money."

Another source, who speaks with Strahan regularly, agreed with that sentiment but added that the seven-time Pro Bowler has felt "disrespected" by the Giants ever since they declined his request to increase his $4million salary in March. Those feelings have grown even stronger in the past week, the source said, as he has heard some "tough talk" from Giants GM Jerry Reese and read reports that the Giants believe his holdout is driven by money.
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Mara: No New Deal For Strahan

New York Post - Giants co-owner John Mara yesterday reiterated the team stance that there is no room for any negotiation of Michael Strahan's salary, which is $4 million for this season.

"He's under contract and I think you all know what our position is on that," Mara said. "We can't beg him to come back."

Mara said he believes Strahan, who has held out of training camp and is said to be contemplating retirement, in time will decide to return rather than retire.

"Well, I don't think any of us are that troubled by it, to be honest with you," Mara said. "We'd like to have him in, if he decides to come in that's great, we'll be a better team with him here. If he doesn't, then you just move on."
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Rice Takes Physical

Star-Ledger - Simeon Rice's visit with the Giants was almost as short as his chat with a couple of reporters this afternoon.

Rice, wearing a green shirt and camouflage shorts, walked and talked on his way from the Giants' training camp offices to his limo, stopping only shortly to sign a football for a fan.

Will that fan be rooting for Rice as a member of the Giants soon?

"Who knows?" he said. When told he was the one who knows, Rice said, "I don't know anything. I'm just here prospecting, you know?"

The former Buccaneer, who was cut by Tampa Bay last week because of a shoulder injury suffered last year, didn't provide the results of the physical he took earlier in the day nor would he confirm if the Giants had offered him a contract.

"You want to know all that, huh? You want to get personal?" he said with a smile. "You know what, it'll come out in the wash. Right now, I'm going to just chill."
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NYG - Sore Legs Sideline TE Shockey

Source: Associated Press, CBS.Sportsline

TE Jeremy Shockey missed two practices with sore legs at the New York Giants training camp on Thursday. Shockey had complained that his legs were bothering him on Wednesday. Giants HC Tom Coughlin said after the morning practice on Thursday that Shockey had upper leg soreness and would sit out both workouts.
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