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New York Giants’ Justin Tuck Surprised Over Cuts, but Trusts in GM Jerry Reese

February 13th, 2013 at 8:30 AM
By Dan Benton

"In Reese We Trust" is a mantra used not only by fans of the New York Giants, but their players as well. And on Tuesday, while speaking at Founders Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street, defensive captain Justin Tuck said he was surprised over some of the recent cuts, but also expressed his faith in General Manager Jerry Reese.

'Justin Tuck: Calm Before the Storm.' photo (c) 2009, Heath Brandon - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

"Those guys have done a great job over the years of building a team that can be successful, and I don’t see why we can't trust in the fact that they know what they're doing up there," Tuck said. "Those decisions aren’t easy decisions. I'm sure Jerry and everyone up there had some tough times and some tough conversations about them, but they felt as though it needed to happen, and they went forward with it."

Tuck said he understood that the decisions were primarily made for financial reasons, but remains hopeful that the team can bring some of the players back. He also noted that Reese has not approached him about the $4.5 million remaining on the final year of his contract.

As for what lies ahead, Tuck believes it's still too early to consider. With free agency and the NFL Draft around the corner, many things are likely to change and opportunities will begin to open up for everyone.

"Any time when a guy was hurt, or a guy is leaving, or gets cut or anything like that, it's always an opportunity for somebody else," Tuck said. "We've got guys on this team that need to step up and play better and do whatever role is needed from the coaching staff to have a successful football team. As OTAs come in, and training camp comes in, and the beginning of the season comes in, we’ll figure all that out."

After a relatively poor season, Tuck had previously vowed to return to All-Pro form. He stood by that on Tuesday and appears determined to return to the player he once was.

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