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New York Giants Wednesday Morning Storylines: Ex-Giant Bruce Johnson Gearing up for CFL Debut

June 25th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Happy Wednesday, New York Giants fans! There will be some good articles heading your way today, but in the mean time, enjoy your first coffee over the following morning headlines.

Former New York Giants DB Johnson figures he's ready for Ricky Ray

Ricky Ray? Blue Bomber Bruce Johnson has heard of him. Never seen him play, though. Except on film, that is.

On Thursday, Johnson will get up-close-and-personal with the future hall-of-fame quarterback when his Bombers host Ray and the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL season-opener for both teams.

Johnson will be part of a green-as-grass Winnipeg defensive backfield, one of three players filling in for injured starters.

“I hear they say he’s a good quarterback,” a casual-sounding Johnson said of Ray. “Has a good deep ball, can look you off and everything. But with film and everything, I think we’ll be fine with what we have out here.”

N.Y. Giants' Dave Diehl Returns to Brother Rice for Youth Football Camp

Dave Diehl's Pro Bowl jersey hangs near the trophy case at Brother Rice High School. The recently retired NFL offensive lineman returned to his alma mater on Monday to help coach the Crusaders' youth football camp.

"I was once in the exact same position as them. I came to these same camps," said Diehl, who wore No. 66 for 11 seasons with the New York Giants.

Years before the 2003 NFL draft, Diehl was a ball boy for the Crusaders. Head football coach Brian Badke remembers seeing Diehl on the sideline while he was playing at Brother Rice.

"It's awesome for these kids to see someone from the neighborhood who has come out of this program and had great success," said Badke, who graduated from the school at 10001 S. Pulaski Road in 1992.

Sizing Up Giants' Return Options

The New York Giants ranked 26th in the NFL in punt-return average and 27th in kickoff-return average in 2013, so it's little surprise that they spent part of their offseason focus on those areas. They signed return men Quintin Demps and Trindon Holliday in free agency and drafted wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who has kick-return and punt-return experience, in the first round.

This gives them options for fixing one of their biggest problems, which they like.

"You've got three different types of returners when you talk about Beckham, Holliday and Demps," Giants special teams coach Tom Quinn said last week. "Obviously, with the speed of Holliday and the shiftiness, the undersized guy. And then you've got Demps, who's got a little more size and does that the straight-line speed. And then you've got Beckham, who's probably a combination of the two. We're real happy with all three of those guys."

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Tags: Bruce Johnson, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Odell Beckham Jr., Quintin Demps, Trindon Holliday

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3 Responses to “New York Giants Wednesday Morning Storylines: Ex-Giant Bruce Johnson Gearing up for CFL Debut”

  1.  Krow says:

    Question … Given that returning kicks is a rather thankless and dangerous assignment … which of those 3 players can we least afford to lose ? I know, it’s a tough one. But do your best.

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