California natives Ramses Barden and Justin Tryon have been selected to attend the second annual “NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp” at Universal Studios this month in Los Angeles.
The wide receiver and cornerback will join 20 other current and former NFL players for a four-day boot camp offering a comprehensive overview of creative disciplines in the film industry, including screen writing, directing, producing and film financing.
“We are excited to continue providing opportunities for active and former players to explore and develop valuable professional contacts in a wide range of career fields,” said Troy Vincent, senior vice president of NFL Player Engagement.
“We are excited to work with the NFL on the second Pro Hollywood Boot Camp, which exposes players to life beyond the field, “said Jeff Friday, CEO of Film Life Inc., which created the Pro Hollywood initiative. “Pro Hollywood was designed to provide an in-depth overview of the film business as well as a mentorship program for those who come out of it serious about building a career in film.”
The program, which runs from March 11-15, is being directed by NFL Player Engagement and the New York-based production company Film Life Inc., and participants will have the opportunity to shoot and edit a short film at Universal Studios. NFL Player Engagement now offers current and former players 10 training programs for post-NFL careers, including the NFL Business of Music Boot Camp, which Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin attended last year.
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USA Football will instruct DiGaetano and other football experts – including high school coaches and former NFL and college players – as Heads Up Football Master Trainers during a workshop March 2-3 in Indianapolis.
Following their training in Indianapolis, DiGaetano and other Master Trainers will teach USA Football’s Heads Up Football program to youth league leaders across the country. This encompasses teaching USA Football’s Heads Up Tackling techniques, educating leagues on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concussion recognition and response protocols and instructing on proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting.
“Heads Up Football promotes a safer, better game,” USA Football Executive Director Sscott Hallenbeck said. “We are proud to have Vincent help us lead America’s youth football community as a Heads Up Football Master Trainer, helping to set the highest standards of player safety and coaching education across youth sports.”
“USA Football is establishing a set of standards by which a person becomes certified to coach and I endorse that 100 percent,” New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. “Only allow your child to play when you know that USA Football certification is there for the coach and you know that your child is being taught the proper fundamentals of the game and that real intelligence has gone into the preparation of practices.”
DiGaetano has been the defensive coordinator at SUNY-Maritime since 2008 and has coached every defensive position as well as special teams since the program started nine years ago. The Maritime defense has had 16 first-team all-conference defenders under his watch. Prior to Maritime, he was the defensive coordinator at DeWitt Clinton (N.Y.) High School for four years. DiGaetano also is a recruiting coordinator for the Long Island and New York Public School Athletic League.
USA Football is the national governing body of the sport in the United States as well as the official youth development partner of the NFL, all 32 teams and college’s Atlantic Coast Conference. Youth tackle football is played by 2.8 million American children age 6-14. USA Football has trained more than 100,000 volunteer youth coaches to better teach the sport’s fundamentals and to address player safety with CDC protocols.
About USA Football: USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, hosts dozens of football training events annually offering education for coaches, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions and provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.
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As Tom Coughlin prepares for the 2013 season, he will do so as the head coach with the most experience within the NFC East for the first time.
With Andy Reid’s departure from Philadelphia, Coughlin’s nine years in the division with the Giants now trump the other three teams who have all seen turnover in the past three years.
Reid previously held the Eagles post since 1999.
“Andy is a good friend of mine,” Coughlin said Friday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. “He went through a tremendous personal loss, very difficult season for him. Our hearts went out to Andy and his family, Tammy. He’s an excellent football coach. It’s very difficult to think that he was there for 14 years and probably won 70% of his games; I don’t know what the exact number is, but (he’s) just an outstanding football coach, outstanding person.
“It’s an unusual thing to say, but to not have him in the division, I’ll miss him. He’s on the Madden Committee and I’m on the Madden Committee, so we got the chance to spend some time together this week. It was good. I’m happy for him and his family. I’m sure he’s looking forward to his new adventure.”
Reid, who took over the reins in Kansas City, was replaced by Chip Kelly, the decorated coach from the University of Oregon. Before his time in Eugene, Kelly was in the coaching ranks at his alma mater of New Hampshire.
“I know Chip from his days at New Hampshire and the tremendous job he did at Oregon,” Coughlin said. “We interviewed him at one point here in New York and he’s done a superior job and he’s an outstanding football coach. He’s going to make it interesting.”
With the coaching changes come new schemes and new players. Just like the division had to try to solve Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris of the defending division champ Washington, teams will anticipate what Kelly will bring to the field this season.
Coughlin was asked if he’s working with defensive coordinator Perry Fewell to figure out a way to stop the read-option.
“You said it as well as I could,” he continued. “Absolutely, right in our division. It’d be foolish not to. We’re doing as much as we can.”
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The Giants, who had that “privilege” last year after winning their fourth Super Bowl, drafted seven players in 2012, three of which saw significant playing time as rookies while another was on his way before suffering a season-ending knee injury 10 games in.
As for the other three, general manager Jerry Reese hopes their roles can increase in 2013.
“When you pick 32nd in the draft, you’re picking down low, so a lot of the guys you’re getting are developmental-type players,” Reese said over the weekend at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. “It’s a privilege to do that and some of the guys you pick are developmental and we picked a tight end [Adrien Robinson] who we think will be a good player for us. We picked a couple offensive linemen [tackles Brandon Mosley and Matt McCants] who we think we can develop. Hopefully those guys will come along and develop for us and contribute this time.”
Mosley, the second of the Giants’ two fourth-round picks, spent the entire season on injured reserve with an ankle injury, and McCants learned the ropes on the practice squad. Meanwhile, Robinson dressed for only two games in 2012 – Weeks 1 and 5 – behind fellow tight ends Martellus Bennett and Bear Pascoe.
Reese was asked what Robinson needs to do to become a key player for the Giants.
“He flashed a lot of good things at practice,” he said of the Cincinnati product. “I just think he needs to get out there and play. I think it’s the number one thing you need to do with players – put them out there and let them play. Hopefully he’ll be able to get out there and play. That’s what’s most important for me – to get him out there.”
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Few can imagine suffering three ACL injuries to the same knee. Even fewer can come back from them and play at an NFL level. But that’s what Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis did last year and has Terrell Thomas inspired to do the same in 2013.
Thomas, who recently signed a new contract with the Giants for the upcoming season, would receive weekly messages from Davis as he started 12 of 15 games in 2012 for Carolina, racking up 105 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles.
“I told him, ‘Don’t give up on your dream, believe in yourself and continue to fight,’” recalled Davis, who tore his ACL in 2009, 2010, and 2011, in a phone interview this week, according to The Star-Ledger’s Jenny Vrentas. “’I’m living proof, and I’m going to do whatever I can each and every week to show you that it is possible. If you continue to work hard and believe in what you can do, then you’ll be in the same position that I was in.’”
Meanwhile, Thomas is currently rehabbing at the Andrews Institute for Orthopedic and Sports Medicine near Pensacola, Fla., trying to return to the field for the first time since the final week of 2010.
“It’s one thing to have confidence when you’re not playing, and it’s a totally different thing to have confidence when you are out there and you’re in the fire,” Davis said. “But play after play after play, you become comfortable with your surroundings and everything that’s going on, and you stop worrying about that knee.”
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The late ‘80s and early ‘90s were good times to be a Giants fan. Carl Banks, who was a great contributor to that success, wants to return to the period.
The former two-time Super Bowl champion linebacker and current president/founder of the apparel group G-III Sports is helping re-launch a line of Satin starter jackets for major sports teams.
“There is a Starter jacket in everyone’s closet or there is a Starter memory in everyone’s closet,” Banks recently said at the unveiling before Super Bowl XLVII. “If you were born anywhere from the ‘70s to the ‘90s, you have a Starter memory. So it’s an iconic piece. There has never been a piece more iconic in outerwear than the Starter satin jacket and the breakaway jacket. So we think it’s going to be a really awesome run.
“The whole Starter evolution for me is kind of a 360 process because when I was a rookie with the Giants, Starter was the hot brand, and they signed me as one of their first athlete endorsers. So I got a chance to be a part of the whole sports culture, and they’re the blueprint for everything that you see in sports marketing now, especially around apparel. When I had an opportunity to really take this brand, I had to jump at it because there is nothing more traditional about sports apparel than the Starter brand.”
The limited edition NFL jackets will be the first to come out in late August while the NBA will follow in November, according to ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell. Originally inspired by the wardrobe of Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in the 1988 movie “Coming to America,” Banks first contacted the NFL’s head of licensing, Leo Kane, who told him to go to Iconix, the company which owns the Starter brand.
“Anything from the ’80s today is seen as cool,” Iconix president Seth Horowitz told ESPN.com. “For those that remember the times, they strongly associate with it, and for those that are too young, they’re already into the snap-back hat craze.”
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In the season of improving one’s roster, decision-makers across the NFL are searching for the next impact player to build a team around for the years to come. But if you are fortunate enough, you have already found him.
The Giants, according to NFL analyst Elliot Harrison, are one of those teams.
Setting out to find the best 25 players under 25 years of age — 11 offense, 11 defense, a kicker, a punter and one extra defender accounting for 4-3 and 3-4 alignments — Harrison named Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to his “All-Under-25 Team.”
“Pro football is a young man’s game — no doubt about that,” Harrison wrote. “Nonetheless, it is generally understood that the prime of a player’s career is when he is still in his athletic peak, yet the game has slowed down enough for him, in a figurative sense, that he knows what he’s doing without thinking about it.”
Pierre-Paul, who turned 24 on Jan. 1, fit the bill, having recorded 27.5 sacks and 132 total tackles in his first three seasons.
“Yes, he had a dip in production in 2012, but that’s because teams simply would not let him match 2011,” Harrison continued. “Pierre-Paul still had 6.5 sacks and 21.5 knockdowns/hurries, and even had a pick-six.”
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At this time last year, David Wilson was preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine and the ensuing draft. He would eventually be selected by the Giants with the final pick of the first round, and while there was a learning curve as a rookie, nothing really surprised Wilson. It was just a matter of piecing it together with Eli Manning at the helm.
As he sheds his “rookie” label entering his second season, Giants.com recently caught up with Wilson at the Timex Performance Center.
“In college, it’s a little bit more simple,” Wilson said. “The playbook is a lot more simple than the NFL playbook, and there are a lot more audibles, especially when you’ve got a quarterback who knows everything that’s going on. Eli, if he sees something wrong, he’s going to change it. So you’ve got to know what he’s talking about.”
Before Ahmad Bradshaw was released by the Giants, it was expected that Wilson would receive more touches in 2013. But now that Bradshaw has been released, Wilson is ready for however many carries are put on his plate.
“I can do one, I could do 30,” said Wilson, who was named second-team All-Pro as a kick returner. “Whatever my job is and whatever the team needs me to do, the whole objective is to get back to the Super Bowl.”
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Perhaps more than any other professional sports league, the NFL landscape changes drastically from season to season. So looking at next year’s strength of schedule might not be completely ideal less than a week after the Super Bowl.
However, the Giants entered 2012 with the most difficult slate (based on opponents’ records from the year before), and it’s hard to argue it didn’t hold true. The Giants faced both Super Bowl participants and three of the four teams who competed in the conference championship games.
With that said, the Giants, based on 2012 records, have the 24th-most difficult schedule in 2013, according to the NFL. Around the NFC East, the Redskins are 18th, the Eagles 20th, and the Cowboys come in right behind the Giants at 25th.
Here is a look at the strength of schedules for the 94th NFL season:
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|New Orleans Saints||
|St. Louis Rams||
|Green Bay Packers||
|San Francisco 49ers||
|New England Patriots||
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||
|New York Jets||
|New York Giants||
|Kansas City Chiefs||
|San Diego Chargers||
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