T-Rock's Take on the Giants

Five things to watch as Giants begin OTAs Wednesday

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Don’t think the first day of OTAs is important? Let’s go back to last year’s and see what kind of tone the opening of team workouts set for the rest of the season.

We all went into the start of OTAs in 2013 thinking the big story would be the absence of Victor Cruz. Well, it turned out that the real issue was the absence of Hakeem Nicks, who had been working with the team throughout the offseason...

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Adrien Robinson says it's not too late to live up to draft day promise

Giants tight end Adrien Robinson practices during team

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Adrien Robinson believes there is still time to live up to the description Jerry Reese saddled him with on the day he was drafted just over two years ago.

“At the time, I didn’t think much of it, people kept talking about it,” Robinson said last week when talk once again resurfaced of his being introduced to Giants fans as “the JPP of tight ends.” This was at a time when Jason Pierre-Paul...

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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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No surgery needed for JPP, who says he will 'never shut it down'

Jason Pierre-Paul rushes during a game against the

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Jason Pierre-Paul said he will not “shut it down” this season because of the injured right shoulder that has kept him out of the last two games, but that may just be semantics because the defensive end seems unlikely to play again this season. A second-opinion on the injury showed no need for surgery, only rest, and with just three games remaining there may not be time for him to heal enough to...

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JPP doesn't want to look 'stupid' going on IR if Giants make playoffs

Jason Pierre-Paul looks on during the second half

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As long as there is hope for the Giants to make the playoffs, there will be hope that Jason Pierre-Paul returns to the field.

“If I can finish the season, I will,” the defensive end said of playing through the shoulder injury that sidelined him last Sunday. “I will continue to rehab because you never know what might happen. We win out, there’s a possibility we can get in. Who knows? If I shut...

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Hakeem Nicks looks unencumbered in practice

Hakeem Nicks

(Credit: Hakeem Nicks has not scored a touchdown this season. (Jim McIsaac))

Hakeem Nicks was showing no lingering effects of the abdominal injury that sidelined him last week. The wide receiver was catching fade passes from the quarterbacks during warmups in today’s practice, stretching high for the football in a move that would seem to be impossible (or at least uncomfortable) with any kind of serious strain to the midsection.

Nicks seemed happy to be on the field....

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JPP, Nicks on sideline as Giants begin prep for Cowboys

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul raises his arms

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JPP said there will be blood on Sunday. But will there be JPP?

Probably, but it’s worth noting that the defensive end was not practicing with the Giants on Wednesday, recovering from the shoulder injury that kept him out of most of last week’s workouts. Tom Coughlin did not seem too concerned about JPP’s absence today, saying that he was just sore, but it’s something to monitor this week.

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Antrel Rolle stands behind JPP's prediction: "There will be blood"

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Antrel Rolle has been the outspoken voice of the Giants defense for the last several years, but there is at least one player on the unit whose words – though rare – even he must adhere to.

“If JPP says there will be blood,” Rolle said, “then there will be blood.”

He was responding to Jason Pierre-Paul’s comments about the upcoming game against the Cowboys. After Sunday’s win over the...

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Some Giants miffed by move from prime time

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Some Giants are feeling a little insulted that NBC has deemed them not ready for prime time players. For the first time since flex scheduling came into the league in 2006, the Giants were bumped from the Sunday night spotlight. And it was a decision made before Aaron Rodgers’ injury, so they can’t even blame it on the nation’s lack of an appetite for Scott Tolzien.

“Anytime you get flexed...

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JPP sidelined in practice by sore shoulder

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Everyone raved about Jason Pierre-Paul’s practices last week and it looked as if the defensive end was finally turning a corner in his return from offseason back surgery. But just when he was starting to make strides in the game on Sunday, bringing Terrelle Pryor down for a sack and causing havoc on the line of scrimmage, Pierre-Paul injured his shoulder.

He returned to the game and wound...

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