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What is the story with Amani Toomer? I would think that the Giants would want to keep the experience on the roster. After all, he can still play the game!
Amani Toomer's contract expired and the Giants chose not to re-sign him. Yes, he has a wealth of experience and he is the most productive receiver in franchise history. But the Giants decided it was time to go in another direction and get younger and faster at that position. Toomer is free to sign with any team, but no team has yet added him to its roster.
Another great draft for Reese. I am wondering if the Giants are looking at Stoney Woodson, with his speed, as a possible return man. If not, who are the leading KR and PR candidates? I would think if Hixon wins a starting job that he would give up his return duties.
It's June, so everybody but David Diehl is getting a look as a return man. The more serious candidates include Ahmad Bradshaw (who is fourth in franchise history in kickoff return yardage), Sinorice Moss, Mario Manningham, Andre Brown, Hakeem Nicks and yes… Stoney Woodson. Hixon is also in the mix. All of them will get a shot to show what they can do in training camp and perhaps the preseason.
Mr. Eisen For the first time in recent memory the Giants have a great crop of young and potential filled LB corps. I live in SEC country and I had really high hopes for MLB Jon Goff. Despite an injury filled season last year, could you tell me his current status. Also, do you think that he is the "MLB of the future" after Pierce either moves on or hangs up his cleats?
Jonathan Goff was limited to five games as a rookie last season because of injuries, but he is now healthy and a regular participant in the offseason program. I suspect he will contribute immediately on special teams and perhaps get some limited snaps at linebacker. I don't want to speculate on the post-Pierce middle linebacker for fear of angering the current starter at the position. Pierce has plenty of good football left.
Michael - I see where Clint Sintim left practice with a hamstring injury. It seems like every year that at least one or more of our high profile rookies gets a hamstring injury or other type of injury during the pre-season that limits their participation in practices. Having recently been through the NFL combine and other events leading up to the NFL draft, why aren't these individuals coming into camp in better shape or at least better prepared to avoid early season injuries? Thx.
First, Sintim's injury is not serious. Better to have it now than in August or September. I agree with you that at least one rookie seems to suffered this type f injury each spring (or early in camp). It's not a question of being out of shape or unprepared. Almost all the rookies are in top condition, because they know how important it is to make a good impression. I think part of it is getting accustomed to the physical demands of pro football, even in the spring. Some of it, frankly, is bad luck