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Giants' Keith Rivers: 'It's good to feel good'

Giants linebackers Keith Rivers, right, and Aaron Curry

Giants linebackers Keith Rivers, right, and Aaron Curry take a brief break between drills during team training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Aug. 8, 2013) Credit: James Escher

The Giants are 4-0 at the colossal home of the Cowboys -- recently renamed AT&T Stadium -- and have accounted for more than a quarter of the team's 15 losses in that building. They were the first team to win a regular-season game there in 2009 and have not lost since. So when they open the season there on Sunday, they should have plenty of confidence, right?

"Us winning in that stadium I guess four [times] straight means absolutely nothing when you are talking about this Sunday," safety Antrel Rolle said on WFAN on Tuesday. "It's definitely going to be a different setting, a different team, a different mindset. We're going to have to go out there and put the hammer down on them once again."

Rivers flowing

The last time Keith Rivers remembers going through a training camp without any injury issues was when he was a rookie on the Bengals in 2008. After emerging from this most recent camp without missing any time, the linebacker had to knock on the wood of his locker before proclaiming: "It's good to feel good."

Rivers has never played in 16 games in a season, and most of the concern about him in his career has regarded his fragility as opposed to his play. He started out strong for the Giants last year but wound up in only 11 games with six starts. This year he's one of the linebackers the Giants are counting on and is expected to start against the Cowboys.

Rivers said he changed his diet to avoid foods that lead to inflammation in his various injuries from previous years.

"If the health can carry over," he said of the regular season, "that would be great."

Giant steps

The Giants have only three safeties listed on their roster, but they could move cornerback Terrell Thomas to that position if needed. It's a move Tom Coughlin brushed aside this preseason, but Rolle spoke about Thomas during his radio interview Tuesday and talked about his versatility and even his ability to play deep safety . . . The Giants are 0-5 in regular season openers against the Cowboys (1965, '86, '95, 2007 and '12), but they won the Super Bowl in two of those seasons.

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