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Fact or Fiction: Special teams weapons


This is the most weapons the Giants have had on Special Teams since 2004**

  • MICHAEL EISEN: Fact -2004? Maybe ever. Trindon Holliday scored on both a punt return and kickoff return last season; the Giants did neither. And Quintin Demps finished third in the NFL in kickoff return average. The Giants can finally put returners on the field that are equal to those on other teams they have to stop every week.
  • JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -If David Wilson comes back, the Giants have legitimately three of the most dynamic kick returners in the NFL on the same team at the same time. They have had trouble finding one the last decade. On punts, Trindon Holliday is just as dangerous, and I wonder if Jerrel Jernigan will be given one more chance to win that job as well. Don't sleep on Jayron Hosley, who can also contribute on punt return duty and make a big play too.
  • DAN SALOMONE: Fact - No one is happier than special teams coordinator Tom Quinn right now. He now has the first player in NFL history to return a punt and kickoff for touchdowns in the same postseason game. A healthy David Wilson would just be a bonus along with the addition of Quintin Demps.

Ryan Nassib will get more reps this offseason than Curtis Painter

  • MICHAEL EISEN: Fact -The Giants might not have the roster flexibility to again keep three quarterbacks. They have to determine if Nassib has the goods to be the No. 2 quarterback.
  • JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -The Giants traded up to use a fourth round pick on Ryan Nassib last year, and if you had to guess, one would think if the Giants had their druthers, Ryan Nassib would be their backup quarterback next season. They know what Curtis Painter can do, but they want to find out what Nassib can do. More snaps for the young guy will also be beneficial since he (like everyone else) is learning a new system.
  • DAN SALOMONE: Fact - This is simply about known vs. unknown. More or less, the Giants know what they have in backup quarterback Curtis Painter. On the other hand, they don't know exactly yet what they have in Ryan Nassib. I've said it before, but this will be an interesting secondary storyline throughout the spring and summer because who knows if the team will carry three quarterbacks again.

John Jerry will be the swing player along the offensive line

  • MICHAEL EISEN: Fact -Jerry has experience playing both guard and tackle. The Giants' backup linemen must be versatile and Jerry could back up at several spots.
  • JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -It depends what you mean by swing guy, but Jerry certainly profiles as a vet that can backup a number of different positions along the offensive line. He has played guard and a little tackle in the NFL, and he should be a steady presence that is insurance against injuries. Brandon Mosley and James Brewer could be in the mix here, too.
  • DAN SALOMONE: Fact - Tom Coughlin and Pat Flaherty value flexibility on their offensive line more than most. They lost their Mr. Versatility last month when Kevin Boothe signed as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders. Jerry can be that guy. David Tyree's helmet catch is the best play in Giants History
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MICHAEL EISEN: Fiction - **It might be, but I can't choose one and say definitely that it is the best ever. I actually like Plaxico Burress' catch a few minutes later in Super Bowl XLII; it was far less spectacular, but it was the winning touchdown reception. How about Victor Cruz's 99-yard catch, Mario Manningham's sideline grab in Super Bowl XLVI or Jason Sehorn's interception in a 2000 postseason game? Tyree's catch was one of the most significant plays in franchise history, but was it absolutely the best – maybe, maybe not.

  • JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -It might be the best play in Super Bowl history, so that makes it top the Giants charts rather easily. It has everything. The Houdini-like escape from Eli, followed by the heave in the middle of the field, and capped by an unbelievable show of athleticism (and good fortune) from Tyree to beat Harrison to the ball and hold onto it as he hit the ground. It also happened on the game-winning drive of one of the biggest games in team history that, oh, by the way, also ended the Patriots' bid at an undefeated season. Yup, that's #1, no question about it.
  • DAN SALOMONE: Fact - When a play gets brought up with the best in NFL history -- let alone franchise -- then you're onto something. And that's how Manning-to-Tyree is regarded. It's a once-in-a-generation play. Starting with Eli's amazing escape, the play is memorable to not only Giants fans, but football fans in general.  
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