Happy Thursday, New York Giants fans! As we move one step closer to training camp, we can find a little bit of an NFL appetizer beginning tonight with the start to the CFL season. In the mean time, enjoy your morning coffee over the following headlines.
Retired American football pro Michael Strahan is giving back to his alma mater, Texas Southern University, by donating a whopping $100,000 to the marching band.
“Ocean of Soul,” as the marching band is called, will be using the funds to travel to Canton, Ohio so that they can play when Strahan is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. The 42-year-old Strahan announced the news on Tuesday morning on Live with Kelly and Michael!, ABC’s morning show that he co-hosts with Kelly Ripa.
The marching band needed $150,000 and they surpassed their monetary goal with Strahan’s donation, Kevin Hart’s $50,000 donation, and other donations. Strahan said, “I can’t let Kevin do it all alone, so I’m going to give them $100,000. Thank you, Kevin for the $50,000, and I’ll give the hundred and we’ll get the band there and hopefully the kids will have a great time. And I appreciate all the support.”
The Giants had a plan when they released safety Will Hill following his third suspension in three years. It began with reinserting Stevie Brown into a starting role and utilizing offseason signing Quintin Demps as their third safety.
At least that's the way it seems right now heading into training camp. The Giants envision the veteran Demps as the third piece in the three-safety sets defensive coordinator Perry Fewell likes to employ.
"Having Stevie, having Antrel [Rolle], having Quintin Demps, it's going to be very important for all three of those guys to work together and get that chemistry developed as Deon [Grant], Antrel and Kenny [Phillips] had before," secondary coach/safeties David Merritt said last week."
The Giants did their best to manufacture some linebacker depth this offseason with the additions of Jameel McClain in free agency and Devon Kennard in the draft.
But an injury to Jon Beason — one that will optimistically put him in the starting lineup opening weekend but could realistically sideline him for a little longer — changes things quickly.
That's why the Giants have been rotating plenty through their second-string base defense during OTA's and minicamp. One of the most frequently-seen faces was Dan Fox, an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame.
"It was really cool to be in there with some guys who have been in the game a bunch," Fox said after a minicamp practice last week. "Once I figure out where I need to be and the objectives I need to get done on each play, it's fun and it's easy. It's just playing football."
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