It seems like so long ago that Aaron Ross was the future of the Giants secondary. He was their first-round pick in 2007, a dynamic player who excited the front office. He figured to be a starter for years.
Now, four years later, the 28-year-old Ross knows most people have forgotten how good he used to be. Injuries ruined his last two seasons and shook any faith in his abilities.
With Terrell Thomas out for the season, though, Ross is the Giants’ starting cornerback again. And he’s eager to remind everyone what he’s able to do.
The poll attached to this article asks “Giants fans, do you forgive Plaxico Burress for ruining Big Blue’s run at a Super Bowl repeat?” Really?
A lot of praise was being heaped on Giants kick returner Devin Thomas after his impressive performance against the Chicago Bears on Monday night, but the player competing with him for a roster spot played a big role and shouldn’t be ignored.
That player is Michael Clayton, who delivered some big blocks as the “up” man in front of Thomas. Clayton, a former first-round pick just trying to hang on to a job, is impressing Giants coach Tom Coughlin with his play on special teams and his attitude.
When Jimmy Kennedy won the 1996 New York state football championship with Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, he was one of 20 players. One very big player.
Kennedy, who played on both the offensive and defensive lines, hit a growth spurt early in high school — 6 feet 5 inches and pushing 300 pounds by 10th grade, according to his former coach, Tony DeMatteo.
“I had 20 kids on that team and two of them were girls,” DeMatteo said. “So I would put Jimmy on one side and everyone else on the other. What else was I going to do?”
That team went 12-0
Good read here.
(Cowboys, Redskins and Eagles news after the jump)…
I like Orlando Scandrick. I don’t like him nearly that much. More on that later.
It’s extremely rare to even have 3 kickers in camp. The Cowboys have four.
I like that Tom also add a percentage likelihood of which position categories will be a problem, although the OL and DL percentages are way too low, as is the owner, who is a problem on roller skates 🙂
Suffered a stinger the second week of camp.
Dan Snyder gets his own paragraph:
But most of all professional sports owners don’t have to behave like businessmen. For every disciplined and rational operator like the Patriots’ Robert Kraft or Mark Cuban, there is also someone like Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. Snyder was a brilliant entrepreneur, who at the age of 36 sold Snyder Communications — the marketing company he built from scratch — for an estimated $2 billion. He has subsequently run the Redskins like a petulant 14-year-old fantasy owner. Snyder Communications was a business. The Redskins are a toy. The former he ran to solely maximize profit. The latter he runs for his psychic benefit — as a reward for all the years he spent being disciplined and rational. And it is one of the surreal qualities of professional sports that they are as welcoming and lucrative for those owners who chose to behave like 14-year-olds as they are of those owners who chose to behave like grown-ups.
With tribute videos. As an Eagles fan, I won’t miss Jorrick Calvin as a kick returner (see Lorenzo Alexander’s video).
“He’s exactly what you’re looking for in a nose,” Haslett said.
I think Cofield will do fine, but he’s not “exactly” what you look for at that position.
Lots of interesting nuggets in here.
You may as well just take out “might be,” and replace it with “is.” If Michael Vick goes down early in the season, the clear-cut better QB… right now… is Mike Kafka. From Day 1 of camp, I thought Kafka looked like an entirely different QB than the one he looked like last year, and was thoroughly impressed with his progression. VY, meanwhile, didn’t look good in the limited chances I had to watch him at camp. Obviously Kafka lit it up against the Steelers’ 3rd stringers last week, and that’s fine and good, but my thinking is based more on what I saw in camp. Now, if Vick happens to go down… say… in Week 12… that might be a different story.
Jeff looks at RT, MLB, SS, C, and backup QB.
Tommy, you click-baiting whore… I kiiiid, I kiiiiid. I pretty much agree with the majority of this. Ryan Harris and Phillip Hunt didn’t make the cut. I agree with Tommy’s reasoning on Hunt, although even with Harris’ back issues, he makes my team over Austin Howard. Tommy also goes 6 deep at CB, which I agree with. If Joselio Hanson nets a decent draft pick in return (like a 4?), then best of luck with your new team, Jose… but I’m not about to cut him or deal him for much less. Colt Anderson is a great player for what he does, but I agree there’s no room. the new kickoff return rules affect him as much as they affect kick returners. Teams around the league are going to be watching the Eagles’ cuts very closely. I fully expect somewhere between 4-7 Eagles cuts to be on another NFL roster this season.