Happy Tuesday, New York Giants fans! Exactly two weeks from now, Big Blue will officially hit the field for the very first time during training camp. As we await that glorious day, we present you the following headlines to enjoy over your morning coffee.
There's no time to rebuild in the NFL anymore — especially in the league's biggest market, with an aging coach and quarterback leading the way.
The Giants faced that reality this offseason and began what they hope is a quick, successful makeover with several changes to the offensive staff. One of them was the — ahem — retirement of coordinator Kevin Gilbride, who was replaced by former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo. The change means Eli Manning will get rid of the ball quicker than he has in the past under Gilbride's downfield attack.
Meanwhile, the hopes for a dangerous offense could rest on running back David Wilson's appointment with a neck specialist later this month. Wilson, who had surgery this spring, expects to be cleared for contact, and the Giants will need his explosive presence in the backfield to complement new addition Rashad Jennings.
Wayne Haddix provided Liberty with its first standout defensive back when he came to Lynchburg from Middletown, Tenn., in 1983. Four years later, Haddix left his mark on Liberty’s record books with 151 career tackles (85 solo, 66 assisted), while adding five forced fumbles and eight passes defended.
Haddix’s standout career on Liberty Mountain was recognized on the national scene when he became the first player in program history to get an invitation to the Senior Bowl and the second to participate in the Blue-Gray game.
Haddix extended his playing career when he became the 10th player in program history to sign a free agent professional contract (New York Giants – 1987). He played five seasons in the NFL, spotlighted by his 1990 campaign where he recorded seven interceptions for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, earning him a trip the NFL Pro Bowl game (first alum in program history).
Linebacker Dan Fox
If there’s a silver lining to the foot injury suffered by middle linebacker Jon Beason, it’s that guys who might not have gotten much time in the rotation need to be ready for an increase in snaps.
One such young player sure to see an increase in his workload is former Notre Dame inside linebacker Dan Fox (6’3”, 235 pounds), an undrafted free agent signed this year.
Fox, who led the Fighting Irish in tackles as a senior, comes from a 3-4 defensive system, where he gained experience playing both inside and outside linebacker.
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