T-Rock's Take on the Giants

Antrel Rolle: It's my defense now!

Antrel Rolle reacts in the second half of

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On Tuesday, Antrel Rolle downplayed the significance of being the only returning captain on the Giants' defense. With Justin Tuck gone and Jon Beason entering his first full season with the team, it is clear that Rolle will assume a much larger leadership role with the team this season. He just didn’t see it that way.

“I just go out there and play ball,” he said when he spoke with reporters...

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Coughlin talks Tuck, Nicks

Tom Coughlin, left, talks with wide receiver Hakeem

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Justin Tuck and Hakeem Nicks are no longer Giants, and the idea that the team let them sign elsewhere as free agents without much of a financial fight – and in the case of Nicks, not even an actual offer – would have been astounding just a year and a half ago.

Tom Coughlin spoke about both players at the NFC coaches breakfast on Wednesday morning at the NFL’s annual meetings.

First,...

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Tisch on Tuck: 'exceptional'

Justin Tuck of the New York Giants prepares

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ORLANDO – Just because Justin Tuck no longer plays for the team doesn’t mean he’s not a Giant.

At least that’s what the team’s co-owner said less than a week after the two-time Super Bowl winner and defensive captain signed with the Radiers.

“It’s not goodbye, I think, and this is me, I think it’s see you soon,” Steve Tisch said at the NFL’s League Meetings in Orlando. “You can’t separate...

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Report: Hakeem Nicks willing to take one-year deal

Hakeem Nicks celebrates his first-down catch in the

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Hakeem Nicks’ first contract year didn’t go so well. He may have to do it again.

According to ESPN, the Giants’ free agent-to-be would be willing to accept a one-year “prove it” contract as the offers start flying in the coming days. Nicks, who did not have a touchdown reception in 2013, also circulated letters to all 32 teams from foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson and knee specialist Dr....

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Jerry Reese outlines 'significant changes' to roster

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck (no. 91) looks

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Indianapolis – Promising that there will be “significant differences” on the roster in 2014, Giants general manager Jerry Reese spoke about some of the veteran players who are in one way or another on the verge of becoming former Giants. Among them are some mainstays on the team – Justin Tuck and Chris Snee – along with others such as Hakeem Nicks, Jon Beason and David Baas.

“It’s a big puzzle,”...

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Coughlin catch-all: Eli, JPP, Tuck, etc.

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul raises his arms

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INDIANAPOLIS – We’re here at the NFL Scouting Combine to talk about the future players, but inevitably when coaches come to the podium questions turn to the players already on the roster. Particularly the ones who are coming off of injuries or heading into free agency. So here’s a roundup of the current Giants that Tom Coughlin spoke about on Friday:

ELI MANNING

“We’re very confident...

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Justin Tuck: I want to retire a Giant

(L-R) Michael Boley, Justin Tuck and Kenny Phillips

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Justin Tuck said on Monday he’d love nothing better than to retire as a Giant. And after a season in which he recaptured the form that made him one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, it looks as if it’s possible he’ll get his wish.

Tuck, who finished with 11 sacks (his most since 2010), goes into the off-season as an unrestricted free agent. But he already has a meeting scheduled with team...

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Justin Tuck warns Seahawks can embarrass teams 'and laugh about it'

The Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman celebrates after the

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The Giants’ first game as a non-playoff team this season comes against a brash squad from Seattle that is poised to clinch the top seed in the NFC. That could lead to a lopsided score if the Giants aren’t careful.

“The last thing you want to be is embarrassed and this is a team that, if you’re not ready to play, they will embarrass you and laugh about it,” Justin Tuck said on Wednesday, the...

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Osi Umenyiora texts Justin Tuck about 4 sacks, tells him he's glad he didn't get 6!

Free agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora speaks to

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Justin Tuck said that when he came off the field from last night’s four-sack performance against the Redskins, one of the first texts he saw on his phone was from Osi Umenyiora. The two had been teammates for years and remain close friends even though Umenyiora is playing for the Falcons this year.

So what did Osi tell Tuck?

“It was an amazing performance from him and I told him how...

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Justin Tuck: 'Hakeem is fine'

Hakeem Nicks tries to get around Tramon Williams

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Justin Tuck spoke at today’s NFL Play 60 event at Maxson Middle School in Plainfield, NJ, about how his job description as a captain has changed this season thanks to Antrel Rolle. He said he spoke to Rolle during the offseason and asked him to be more of a vocal, rah-rah type of leader “to allow me to, when need be, go talk to guys one-on-one.”

Well, the need was be-ed on Sunday when Hakeem...

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