Happy Thursday, New York Giants fans! Big Blue will hold their final mini-camp practice today and then it's 30+ days of, well… not much of anything. So enjoy the day because Giants football will go on hold for a bit beginning on Friday. In the mean time, enjoy the following headlines over your morning coffee.
A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday sided with the New York Giants in finding that a sports memorabilia dealer's lawsuit accusing the team of covering up the distribution of fake collectibles shouldn't be remanded to state court because it contains patent claims preempted by federal law.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk's recommendation comes about one month after attorneys for the Giants and plaintiff Eric Inselberg battled in court over unjust enrichment and misappropriation claims in the broader, 16-count suit, which alleges that the team knowingly created and distributed fake "game used" memorabilia.
Like all rookies, Giants linebacker Devon Kennard has about a million questions – every day. Fortunately, he has found a unique and helpful forum for getting them answered.
Kennard is part of a texting group comprised of the Giants linebackers and position coach Jim Herrmann. The members discuss assignments, installation schedules and specific plays and performances, as well as plan social events and trade information on almost anything.
“We do have an open chat room with all of the linebackers’ numbers in it,” fourth-year pro Spencer Paysinger said. “If any linebacker has a question, all he does it say it in the group chat, and whoever knows it can answer it. If nobody knows it, Coach Herm steps in and he answers it. It’s very open. We joke around in there; it’s not all business. It’s a great open forum. I think it’s a good tool just getting everybody, all of the new guys, acclimated to being here and show them our personalities outside the locker room.”
Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul surprised many last season when he recorded a sack in the season opener—less than four months after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back.
Equally surprising was the fact that Pierre-Paul registered just one sack over the rest of the season—a far cry from his 16.5 total in 2011. The fifth-year pro was told by doctors that it would take a year to fully recover from the surgery, which is why he believes "the sky is the limit" in 2014.
"If you can't turn the edge or flip your hips then you can't get around the corner as a defensive end and everybody knows that," Pierre-Paul said at Giants minicamp on Wednesday. "I lost all that, but I got all that back now."
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