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Jeff Feagles remembers punter Dave Jennings

Posted by Dan Salomone on June 26, 2013 – 5:24 pm

The 88-year history of the Giants has produced an incredible fraternity of alumni. “Once a Giant, always a Giant,” the late Wellington Mara preached. And in that brotherhood, there is a group within the group. They aren’t the most visible or celebrated, but they are important and beloved. They are the punters, and they lost a member one week ago when Dave Jennings passed away at the age of 61.

From Jennings to Sean Landeta to Jeff Feagles, the link of special teamers who once wore the New York Giants uniform litters the top of the NFL record books as all-time greats at the position.

PHOTOS: DAVE JENNINGS CAREER

“You look back at Dave and you’ve got Sean Landeta and myself and you look at those three names, and you see a lot of years with the Giants organization,” Feagles said in a phone interview the day Jennings died after suffering from Parkinson’s disease since 1996. “I’d say we’ve got a nice little group there. It’s kind of a fraternity, and it means a lot to me and just for my name to be associated with those two guys is very special.”

Spanning four decades, Feagles’ NFL career began in 1988, a season after Jennings retired from the New York Jets, which he joined after Landeta succeeded him as the Giants’ punter.  Feagles, playing for the Eagles at the time, first met Jennings in 1991 when he was a finalist for a punting award, which Jennings presented at a banquet in Tampa Bay. But it wasn’t until Feagles arrived in New York in 2003 – when Jennings was in the Giants radio booth — that the two punters got to know each other personally.

Feagles, through the Giants’ alumni network, kept up with the diminishing health of Jennings and had been thinking of him in the weeks leading up to his death.

“I heard the news, and it was a real sad day for me,” Feagles said. “Being a punter and following Dave Jennings and his career and what he did for the position, it’s kind of ironic because Dave Jennings was the player that got the Inside-the-20 statistic put in the NFL, and I’m the all-time leader in that category. So it’s synonymous and it’s sad. I was happy that I had the chance to spend time with him when he was somewhat healthy and still working for the Giants’ broadcast team. We spent many hours in the back of the plane just talking punting, which doesn’t happen very often. We just really got into the nuts and bolts of the position and how it’s just transformed into what it is today.”

Feagles said two memories stand out above the rest when thinking about Jennings – one good, one bittersweet. The former was a picture taken from the awards banquet when he first met Jennings after his third season in the NFL. He doesn’t have the photo but remembers the lineup: former Pro Bowl punters Tommy Barnhardt, Reggie Roby, himself, Dave Jennings, and Rich Camarillo.

The other memory took place in 2011 and is still hard to swallow.

“One of the worst memories I have is, unfortunately, it was a great day in his life, a great day in Giants nation, if you will, when he got inducted to the Ring of Honor,” Feagles recalled of the ceremony, which took place at halftime of the Giants’ Week 13 loss to Green Bay at MetLife Stadium. “Just seeing the state that he was in that day, he had to be in a golf cart.”

As far as appreciation goes, Jennings will always have a special place in the hearts of Giants fans. But Feagles thought Jennings deserved more credit around the NFL.

“I honestly believe that Dave Jennings didn’t get the respect that he deserved,” Feagles said. “I think that he was a pioneer. I think that he had great vision, and he was very, very passionate about the position as a punter and really wanted people to understand it by what he got the NFL to do — to put that Inside-the-20 statistic in. Because when you think about what punters do, it’s about field position, and that is such an important statistic. So with that in mind, I don’t think a lot of people know that he’s the man that did that.

“If you’re a little bit of a historian for the position like I am, you would understand that he should have got a lot more credit and he should have got a lot more respect.”

*There will be a memorial service for Jennings on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at St John’s Episcopal Church, 301 East Main St, Ramsey, New Jersey.


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Key Dates for 2013 NFL Season

Posted by Dan Salomone on June 24, 2013 – 10:00 am

June 23-29 — Rookie Symposium, Aurora, Ohio.

July 11 — Supplemental Draft (if necessary).
July 15 — Deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multi-year contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 2013 season, and such contract cannot be extended until
after the club’s last regular season game.
July 22 — Signing Period ends for Unrestricted Free Agents to whom a “June 1 Tender” was made by prior club.

August 3 — Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, Canton, Ohio.
August 4 — Hall of Fame Game, Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins, Canton, Ohio.
August 6 — Deadline for players under contract to report to their clubs to earn an Accrued Season for free agency.
August 6 — If a drafted rookie has not signed with his club by this date, he cannot be traded to any other club in 2013, and may sign a player contract only with the drafting club until the day of the draft in the 2014 League Year.
August 8-11 — First Preseason Weekend.
August 27 — Clubs must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 75 players on the Active List.
August 31 — Clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.

September 1 — Clubs may establish a Practice Squad of eight players. Also, the final day of preseason training camp for all clubs.
September 4 — Deadline for all NFL Player Contracts, Practice Player Contracts, tender offers, and miscellaneous amounts to fit within each Club’s 2013 Salary Cap.
September 5, 8-9 — Regular Season opens.
September 29 — NFL International Series, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Minnesota Vikings, London, England.

October 7-9 — Fall League Meeting, Washington, D.C.
October 27 — NFL International Series, San Francisco 49ers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, London, England.
October 29 — All trading ends for 2013.

January 4-5 — Playoffs begin.
January 26 — AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii.

February 2 — Super Bowl XLVIII, MetLife Stadium, New York-New Jersey.


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Tuck celebrates birth of son on Father’s Day

Posted by Dan Salomone on June 17, 2013 – 9:00 am

The young Tucks have a knack for special birthdays.

At the rally following the Super Bowl parade in February of last year, Justin Tuck had the Metlife Stadium crowd sing “Happy Birthday” to his first son, Jayce. Sixteen months later on Father’s Day, the Giants’ two-time Super Bowl champion and his wife, Lauran, celebrated the birth of their second son, Jonah Frederick Tuck.

The defensive end shared the news on Twitter:

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Final Minicamp Roundup

Posted by Dan Salomone on June 14, 2013 – 9:00 am

The Giants wrapped up their three-day mandatory minicamp Thursday at the Timex Performance Center. Here are the latest stories, photos, and quotes that you need to know from the final day:

QUOTES:

Coach Tom Coughlin on what  he told the players before they left the facility: “I told them all of the essentials. Count the days until July 26. In this day and age it is about nutrition, about rest, about taking care of yourself; about crossing those days off the calendar. And really, it is not like the old offseasons where we may have had 14-15 weeks. We are into our ninth. So as far as trying to rest a little bit and then pick back up, no, you wouldn’t be able to do that. You have to be ready to change direction and do those kinds of things. I did cite some of the examples in this little time where we have maybe a three-day down time and then go and practice once and have – like the other day – two backs had a hamstring after taking three days off. So anyway, all of those things have been said this morning. We talked about our schedule and what is in front of us and just wrapped it up for the program – the offseason program for the veteran players. And then the rookies are here for another week. ” READ MORE

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell on what the last six months have been like since the end of last season: “It’s always self-evaluation. It’s always an opportunity to look and try to get better in what you do professionally and personally. There’s no time to cry over spilled milk. I’ve just tried to make sure that I get myself together and make sure that we get a good plan for our defensive football team and just evaluate us each and every day to the best of my ability in order for us to improve.” READ MORE

Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride on young players mixing in with the veterans: “It is always an enjoyable time for me because you get a chance to see some of the young guys develop and grow and maybe starting to believe that down the road somewhere when things become familiar enough they are going to actually be able to contribute and help us win some games. So that was the good thing; that was the enjoyable thing to see. The absence of two of our receivers allowed some of the younger receiver corps – particularly – to get more play than they might normally have gotten; more repetitions. I think they certainly prospered and benefited because of that.” READ MORE

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Register now for Chris Snee Lineman Camp

Posted by Dan Salomone on June 13, 2013 – 4:34 pm

Chris Snee is offering an opportunity this summer that he never had growing up – a camp for offensive linemen.

sneeThe Giants’ decorated right guard will host the Chris Snee Lineman Camp sponsored by JF Camps at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., running Monday, June 24th to Thursday, June 27th from 5-8:15 p.m. each day.

The camp is open to boys entering fifth grade to graduating 11th grade, and will be run with Pioneers head coach and camp director Jerry Flora and his staff.

>>REGISTER FOR CHRIS SNEE LINEMAN CAMP AT JFCAMPS.COM

“There are a limited number of linemen camps,” Snee said. “I know growing up, there were none available for me, and I’ve heard of a few here or there in this area. But I thought I should start one and see if we can make a yearly thing out of it. The fact that I’ve had some success and been coached by one of the best line coaches in the NFL [Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty], I have a lot of knowledge I can share.

“It’s going to be a lot of drill work, but then there will also be some fun competitions and some strongman events, which were so key in my training for all my years in the NFL, that kind of got me as strong as I was. It’s going to be fun.”


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Minicamp Roundup Day 2

Posted by Dan Salomone on June 13, 2013 – 9:00 am

The Giants are underway at the Timex Performance Center for mandatory minicamp. Here are the latest highlights, photos, and quotes that you need to know from Day 2:

QUOTES:

Coach Tom Coughlin on what he’s seen from his running backs: “Actually, they have all worked well given the opportunities. The young kid (Cox) continues to do some good things. Between Andre (Brown) and David (Wilson), we’ve had good days, I think, pretty consistently. Da’Rel Scott has had a few good days. Ryan Torain, of course, has the hamstring right now.” READ MORE

RB David Wilson on pass blocking: “I didn’t have many opportunities last year to show that capability due to my reps and that’s an area that I definitely need to show the coaches that I can handle and that’s an area that a running back in the NFL definitely needs to be able to handle. I’m doing all the right things to take steps towards that and be ready for the season.” READ MORE

CB Terrell Thomas on if he’s still wondering how the knee will hold up: “No. Not at all, to be honest with you. I’m able to do everything. It’s more just about getting comfortable and trusting myself without hesitating, without thinking, and just reacting and I’m almost there. Physically, I haven’t swelled up in the last four months and I’ve been progressing every week and each week I get better and faster and stronger, so it’s just a progression. I have to be realistic with myself knowing that I had two ACLs in one year and it’s a long journey, but I’ll be back and I’m going to shock a lot of people.” READ MORE

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Minicamp Roundup Day 1

Posted by Dan Salomone on June 12, 2013 – 9:00 am

The Giants opened up their three-day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday at the Timex Performance Center. Here are the latest highlights, photos, and quotes that you need to know from Day 1:

QUOTES:

WR Hakeem Nicks on the reason why he didn’t tell Coach Coughlin about not attending the OTAs: “Well, I feel where he was coming from. I could have done a better job at reaching out, but I did. We finally got to talk. We got things straightened out on that end. Coach Coughlin…that’s my guy. That relationship can’t go sour. I felt where he was coming from. I should have done a better job at reaching out to him, but I’m here now and they’re excited to see me.” READ MORE

Coach Tom Coughlin on Nicks’ return: It will make a big difference once we get him here for some extended time, which this camp is not going to allow us. But at least he’s here and he’s working.” READ MORE

QB Eli Manning on having Nicks back at practice: “I’m looking forward to having these last three practices and keep working on getting better, working on our offense, improving on things and see if we can… I thought we’ve made some progress these last few weeks of OTAs and hopefully we can finish on a strong note and take that into training camp down the road.” READ MORE


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Eli’s Father’s Day gift? Boxing gloves

Posted by Dan Salomone on June 10, 2013 – 9:00 am

Father’s Day is a busy time in the Manning household. Not only does Archie have his sons, but his two Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks have their own kids to celebrate with as they prepare for a new NFL season.

Eli, in a recent commercial spot, let us in on one of the greatest gifts for his father when they do get together, and it involved boxing.

“Anytime you’ve got three boys in a household, an argument is going to break out,” Eli said. “My dad would kind of like, “All right, you two put your gloves on, you’re going to box. Before we go, you’ve got to punch this bag for three minutes straight.” So we’d be punching, and of course, your arms would be dead and you’re kind of just throwing shoulders at each other and you end up on the floor laughing. Problem solved, and you’re back to having a good day. Now when I walk by and I see boxing gloves, I think I’ve got to make sure my dad has got a couple boxing gloves to solve some of these issues with all the grandchildren.

“It’s really hard to get together, but the greatest gift I can ever give my dad for Father’s Day is just time and spending it together. And that’s what we try to do every year.”

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Coach Coughlin takes “CenterStage” on YES

Posted by Dan Salomone on June 5, 2013 – 9:00 am

Tom Coughlin took “CenterStage” last night on the YES Network. In the interview show hosted by Michael Kay, the Giants’ head coach discussed everything from David Tyree’s Friday practice before Super Bowl XLII to the “contract” he has with his wife regarding how many days he must take off from football.

Here are a few highlights from the interview, which was originally taped in April:

Tom Coughlin talks about advice his father gave him his sophomore year of high school that still sticks with him to this day:

We got beat one afternoon at home, against Clyde-Savannah (N.Y.). After the game, I came home, one of my buddies must have dropped me off ‘cause I went to the front door of the house. As I started to open the door, my dad was standing in the doorway. He looked at me and he said, “If that’s the best effort you’re going to give, you probably ought to find something else to do with your time.” It really hit me hard because, mothers and fathers, (when) they tell you they’re watching the game, they’re watching you. This is the way my dad perceived that particular effort that day (and) he was right.

On Frank Maloney’s hiring of Tom as an assistant for his alma mater back in 1974:

Frank (Maloney)’s 33 years old, I approached him at the end of this talk, I introduced myself, and I said, “You know, I played at Syracuse, I’ve been out a couple of years, I’m a football coach; if there’s ever any interest in talking to me, I’d be interested in talking with you.” That was it, I figured, I’m not going to hear another word. Couple weeks later, I got a phone call, Frank invited me to come down for an interview. It was going to be an evening interview, I had it all wired. I worked all day, and I knew exactly when I was going to get home. I was going to shower, shave and dress: (wear a) suit, put a coat and tie on, leave at an exact time, walk in, 10, 15 minutes early for my interview, it would be perfect. Best laid plans of mice and men. We’ve got two little ones at that time, Judy and I. I came home, and I structured this just as I said. Got everything to go, got ready to leave, and kissed my wife and the kids goodbye, started out the door, no car keys. Where are my car keys? Now I start to sweat, I’m sweating right through my jacket and my shirt. Judy and I tear the house up looking for these car keys. I can’t find them.

Finally I call Frank Maloney, and I said, “Frank, you know, I have to tell you, I’m all set to go, but I can’t find the car keys.” He said, “Well, why don’t you take another hour, see what you can do, call me back if you can’t find them.” I couldn’t find them. I called him back, and he started laughing. You know he said, “Hey, I got kids too.” We had found the car keys; they were in a bobby pin basket under the sink. My crawler (toddler) had grabbed the keys, and dropped it in a bobby pin basket. I never got to go that particular night for my interview. Of course, I’m thinking, “Oh my God, I’ve blown it. This was my chance.” I was (horrified) because I didn’t know what to expect. This was a Division I job, I’m in Division III. Frank invited me down a week later, and it all worked out. But for that one moment in time, I thought, “Well, I’ve just blown my opportunity here.”

Tom receives emotional voicemail from John Madden following his decision to play starters against the undefeated New England Patriots in Week 17:

The next morning (I got a) call from John Madden, which meant all the world. When I came, there was a light on in my phone voicemail. I picked up the phone, “Tom, this is John Madden, I just want to tell you what you and your team did last night is the greatest thing that’s happened in the NFL in the last 10 years. I’m pretty emotional about this, but I believe there’s only one way to play a game, and that’s to win. You play every game to win, you play as hard as you can, and that’s what sports are all about.” As a matter of fact, I listen to it once awhile, every now and then.

His thoughts about the New York Giants chances of beating the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII and David Tyree’s Friday practice before “The Catch”:

Absolutely, you’ve got to believe you’re going to win. Now I have to tell you about Friday, which is a great story. We brought in on a Friday practice what we call the green zone and the red zone. You’re going to work on move the field capacity and short yardage, goal line, that type of thing. We get down to the green zone; we had been using David Tyree, who was a Pro-Bowl special team player. David was also very physical, and David would come down and block the safeties. So we decided to employ David in that capacity, but also, to run some patterns for us. He would look as if he’s going to block, and then he would—well, that day was probably the worst practice I have ever seen anybody have. David couldn’t catch the ball. When that practice was over, Eli went to David Tyree and said, “Don’t worry, David, you’ll be there when we need you.” Of course…he makes probably the greatest individual play –I am biased — in the history of (the Super Bowl).

The unique “contract” Tom has with his wife regarding how many days per year are absent of football:

Five days. She calls it her contract. It’s after the season, she gets five days, she’s tried to negotiate for more and I’ve tried to negotiate for less. I’m OK until about the last day (without football), or the last day and a half. Then I get a little itchy because I’ve read the book, I’ve walked around the beach, I’ve sat in the shade. I’ve gone to dinner, what more am I going to do now, besides get back to work?

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Tuck remembers “Sack Master” Deacon Jones

Posted by Dan Salomone on June 4, 2013 – 9:00 am

Over the years, the Giants and their fans have taken great pride in the art of sacking the quarterback. On Monday, the man to thank for coining the term, Deacon Jones, died at the age of 74.

Jones, whose Hall-of-Fame career began in 1961 with the Los Angeles Rams, is considered one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, making eight Pro Bowls (seven straight from 1964-1970) at defensive end and winning two NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards.

Eight years after his final season, the sack became an official NFL statistic in 1982, paving the way for players like Giants great Michael Strahan. On Tuesday morning, the Giants’ all-time sack leader paid his respects:

Same went for Justin Tuck, who leads all current Giants in that department:

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