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Canty driven by the whispers

A few posts this morning to shake the rest of the stories out of the notebook from yesterday’s media availability. I made it a point to talk to Chris Canty, who had a disappointing first season with the Giants. Ravaged by injuries, he was never really able to perform anywhere near his potential.

“I had some spots in a few games last year,” he said of moments when he felt comfortable physically and mentally on the field.

But he’s hoping that his luck (or lack of luck) regarding injuries is changing. In fact, the injury that ended his season may have been the luckiest one. He twisted his knee in the final week of practice and missed the last game of the year.

“I’m just glad it wasn’t anything worse,” he said. “I saw it on tape. It could have been a lot worse than what it was. I’m thankful for that.”

Canty said it took about three weeks to recover from that injury and then he was back at the team facility working out.

“I’m a hundred percent,” he said. “I’ve been pretty good for a while now.”

That wasn’t the case last year when he missed eight of the 16 games – and most of the preseason – with injuries. After arriving as a highly-prized free agent with a six-year, $42 million contract, it was basically a lost season for him.

“To me, last year was definitely a humbling experience,” he said. “Not being healthy, having to come to a new team and get familiar with my new teammates and a new scheme and to not be able to perform to my best, to not be healthy, was definitely frustrating. You try not to let some of the things that people say get to you, but you can’t help but hear some of the whispers. That’s one thing that is definitely a motivating factor going into this season.”

“I understand why this football team brought me here last year and I’m looking forward to reaching that potential and being a dominant force on the football field this year,” he added. “Anything less than that is a failure for me.”
 

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