Giants.com takes you around the locker room as the defending Super Bowl champs prepare for their third preseason game against the Chicago Bears.
QB Eli Manning gave his thoughts on the upcoming game:
“It should be a good opportunity for us, to go against another good defense. I think it’s been good this week, having three days to game plan and treat it like a normal work week. So, that’ll be good. Everybody should know their assignments, and have a good plan to go in, we should be able to execute, and do some things well.”
Breaking a bone in his foot nearly three months ago, WR Hakeem Nicks said he’s right on schedule:
“Definitely. I feel like I’m right on schedule. No setbacks thus far, so we just have to keep going the way we’ve been going and just keep it simple and go out there and do what I need to do.”
First-round draft choice RB David Wilson is looking to show what he can do on Friday night:
“They got me going with the ones so I look at it as really my first preseason game. Getting a real feel and going against a first team defense and out there with the starters and see how productive I can be.”
Veteran offensive lineman Sean Locklear spoke about meshing with a new system in his first season with the Giants:
“It’s a learning process. Just getting out there with the ones and learning the entire system, which I’m still probably about 90 percent, 95 percent there, so it’s still a learning process. I felt I’ve done well over the two games that I did get to play.”
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Calling all NFL fans! The NFL Back to Football Run will be held on Thursday, August 30, and will serve as the official start of 2012 Kickoff Week in New York. Held in iconic Central Park, the run will bring together thousands of runners from across the country to celebrate the return of football and the Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants. The run will feature NFL-themed elements and include former NFL greats.
On race day, registered entrants can enter a raffle for the chance towin two tickets to the 2012 NFL Kickoff Game on September 5 between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys or a signed football from Eli Manning, Tony Gonzalez, or Andrew Luck.
Prior to the main run at 7:30 p.m., families will be able to take part in the NFL PLAY 60 Fun Run at 6:00 p.m. This event will give youth the opportunity to take part in the evening’s festivities while getting active and moving. NFL PLAY 60 encourages kids to get up and active for at least 60 minutes each day.
All race participants will also receive a Nike® Legend Dri-FIT® T-shirt.
Registration will close at 11:45pm on Sunday, August 26.
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For Bears quarterback Jay Cutler — the upcoming opponent on Friday night — that means a heavy dosage of the Giants’ pass rush that he’s all too familiar with.
In Week 4 of 2010, the Giants totaled 10 sacks in a victory over the Bears, nine of which were of Cutler before he left the game with a concussion. While Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora each notched a hat trick that night, the sack parade didn’t even include Jason Pierre-Paul, who was unable to reach the quarterback in the fourth NFL game of his career.
“I don’t think anyone else in the league has five, six guys that can rotate in that front four that can play like those guys,” Cutler said on Monday, according to ESPNChicago.com. “So it’s going to be a tough test for (the offensive line).”
Fast-forward to last week against the Jets, the Giants tallied seven sacks despite the interior of the defensive line being banged up. They’ll see if they can continue with that same pressure on Friday at home in the best test of the preseason.
“Those front four that they have are some of the best in the league,” Cutler said. “They’re really long, they’re fast, they can bull rush, they can speed rush.
“It’s going to be a challenge for those guys.”
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