Chase Blackburn’s interception in his first game back last year was one of the memorable moments during the Giants’ chase for the postseason. At home without a team for the first 12 weeks of the 2011 season, Blackburn, then a free agent, was signed to the Giants’ active roster on the last day of November. On Dec. 4, he was intercepting Aaron Rodgers of the undefeated Packers.
The Giants eventually lost the shootout to the Packers on a field goal, but Blackburn’s play provided yet another spark that kept the postseason dream alive. It also left him sore, tired, and on the verge of what he admits was his worst game in an abridged season. A week after his return, he was in no physical condition to travel 1,500 miles to play the Dallas Cowboys.
“I felt better in the Green Bay game,” the linebacker said. “My second game there against Dallas, that was probably my worst game of the whole season that I was a part of because of just how tired I was. Normally you have a lot of time to come off of getting your first contact in and everything. I was pretty sore, my legs were sore, just from everything. That was probably my least favorite game of last year from a personal standpoint.”
Twelve weeks behind everyone else, it’s understandable as he recorded only one tackle while the defense gave up 34 points (14 in the fourth quarter), needing Jason Pierre-Paul’s blocked field goal to win the game. But with a full preseason in the Giants program, he’s gotten all the bumps, nicks, scrapes and cuts out of the way, feeling fresh as ever heading into the season opener.
He has also gotten in some extra cardio this summer, along with Perry Fewell.
All throughout training camp, the two held foot races in between periods in practice to see who could get to the football first. A giddy linebacker and an even more excitable defensive coordinator could be seen boxing each other out as the rest of the unit worked their way over for the next drill.
“I guess last year I was always running around, and this year I was always the first guy out,” Blackburn said. “And I guess he didn’t want someone else to be the first guy there anymore. So we started racing and it was fun. It gets everyone going a little bit and gets everyone in the right mentality going into every period.”
But now the fun and games are over as the Giants prepare for Dallas.
“It’s game time,” Blackburn said. “It’s regular season. The speed picks up. Obviously your practice reps pick up. There is more time in the film room just trying to figure everything out and get all the details instead of just what we do. We have to figure what the opponent does, game plan and everything like that. It’s time to go.”
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Cornerback Jayron Hosley was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round this past April. Each week, the Virginia Tech alum and Florida native will provide an inside look at his journey of making it in the NFL. This week’s post begins the day after NFL rosters were finalized, meaning it is now full speed ahead to Wednesday night’s opener against Dallas.
We’ve made it to the 53-man roster, and coaches have made their decisions on who they want to be here and did it for the best of the team. The mood changes now that we start actually game-planning for the opponent. It’s only days away now from the prime-time lights of Giants vs. Cowboys.
Back at the facility, I also moved to a permanent locker like the rest of the new guys. I’m right next to my former Tech teammate David Wilson. Before, us rookies and guys new to the team had temporary metal lockers in the middle, but those are cleared out now. You really feel like you’re at home now. You don’t want to get complacent because there’s still a lot of work to do, but this is home now.
From the draft to rookie minicamp to training camp and preseason, it was a great experience out there. It was good to get out there with an NFL team, the New York Giants, and get that work in. We really got that quality work in that you need, and you could see us progressing every day. It’s time for the real season, when it counts, so I’m looking forward to it.
There was good news as I got back onto the practice field today after missing the final two preseason games. Now I’m just trying to take it day by day leading up to the Dallas game, and we’ll see how the toe injury thing goes. Right now, I’m feeling very confident playing on it, but we’ll just see how it goes. There’s going to be a lot going on Wednesday night and it’s going to be a very exciting game, but right now I’m just trying to take it day by day.
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QB Eli Manning
“Well, you always want to get off to a fast start and play well in the first week of the season, but all we can concentrate on is having a great game and understanding what we need to do, what are roles are and execute it to the best of our ability. We need to adjust as the game goes on and see what their game plan is going to be and just try to execute and make plays when you have opportunities.”
Safety Antrel Rolle
“Last year is last year, it has no effect at all on what’s going to take place this year. I think we’re a different Giants team, I’m sure they’re going to be a different Dallas team and we’re going to have to go out there and expect greatness…it’s going to be a great battle come Wednesday night.”
WR Victor Cruz
“Anytime it’s the first game of the season, and you’re under the lights and you know, you’re the only game on television for the night and you got Mariah Carey opening up and all that good stuff. I’m excited, I’m excited to start the season off on the right foot against a division rival and it’s going to be a real good test for our team.”
DE Jason Pierre-Paul
“When it’s all said and done, we’re going to go out there and play some football…at the end of the day it’s going to be a great game, I can tell you that and it’s going to be a fight to the end. They’re going to give us their best shot, we’ll definitely give our best shot so we’ll find out what’s going to happen Wednesday night.”
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