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Between air guitar lessons, bow tie shopping and medical school research, we're certain that Dhani Jones has found time to circle Nov. 28 on his calendar. <BR><BR>

That's the day the ex-Giant will return to his former workplace with the mighty Eagles and attempt to show the Giants that they made a mistake in allowing him to sign with Philadelphia during the offseason. Ian Allen will join Jones in the Eagles locker room that day, but Barrett Green and David Diehl have been more than adequate replacements for those two ex-Giants at weakside linebacker and right tackle.

Still, Jones is one of five former Giants, excluding kickers and punters, that currently starts for another team this season. Two others, tight end Dan Campbell and right tackle Mike Rosenthal, were starters elsewhere, too, before suffering season-ending injuries. Eleven other former Giants were only an injury or two away from becoming starters, too. Each of the 28 ex-Giants playing for other teams is listed below, with their position, current club, NFL experience and time served with Big Blue.


Morten Andersen, K, Minnesota, 23rd season, 2001.

After two decent seasons in Kansas City, the reliable 44-year-old legend had connected on six-of-eight field goal opportunities and all 18 point-after attempts entering the Vikings' game against Tennessee.

Mike Barrow, MLB, Washington, 11th season, 2000-2003.

A knee injury has prevented him from playing in any of Washington's first seven games, but there's no reason to believe he won't be a tackling machine for Joe Gibbs when he returns.

Matt Bryant, K, Miami, third season, 2002-2003.

The diminutive Texan has traveled almost as much as a flight attendant since Coughlin surprisingly released him at the start of training camp. He was waived thereafter by Dallas and Indianapolis, but was healthy and steady enough for Dave Wannstedt to accept him as injured Olindo Mare's replacement.

Kerry Collins, QB, Oakland, 10th season, 1999-2003.

He supplanted Rich Gannon a season earlier than anticipated when Gannon went down with a season-ending neck injury on Sept. 26, but has struggled noticeably since shining in relief against Tampa Bay that night.

Scott Gragg, RT, San Francisco, 10th season, 1995-99.

The 6-8, 315-pound Man Mountain has outlasted former Pro Bowl RG Ron Stone with the Niners, for whom he has been a solid pass protector for the fifth straight season.

Dhani Jones, WLB, Philadelphia, fifth season, 2000-2003.

He has been steady for the Eagles, but former Lion Barrett Green has been an upgrade on the weak side for the Giants.

Sean Landeta, P, St. Louis, 20th season, 1985-92.

At 42, he has been booming balls this season (nearly 45 yards-per-punt) in the conditioned confines of the Rams' dome, and you get the feeling he'll be able to play as many seasons as Andersen.

Brad Maynard, P, Chicago, eighth season, 1997-2000.

He is kicking better than he has since 1998, his second of four seasons with the Giants, but he still hasn't justified the five-year, $5.25 million deal he got from the Bears before the 2001 season.

Roman Oben, LT, San Diego, ninth season, 1996-1999.

He is responsible for protecting Drew Brees' blind side, but is with his third team in four seasons (Cleveland in 2001, Tampa Bay from 2002-2003), which isn't exactly a positive.

David Patten, WR, New England, eighth season, 1997-99.

After an injury-plagued 2003 season, the speedy Arena Football League alum was on pace to record career highs of 1,039 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns entering the Patriots' showdown Sunday against the Jets.

Matt Stover, K, Baltimore, 15th season, 1990.

A 12th-round draft choice out of Louisiana Tech who never made the team, Stover has been one of the NFL's steadiest kickers over the last 11 years, yet remains underrated.


Ian Allen, LT, Philadelphia, third season, 2002-2003.

Coughlin penciled him in as the starter at right tackle in the offseason, but he was waived and is now the Eagles' insurance policy if Tre Thomas, one of the league's premier pass protectors, gets hurt.

Chris Bober, RT, Kansas City, fifth season, 2000-2003.

He was supposed to replace former first-round pick John Tait, who signed with Chicago, but Eagles reject John Welbourn starts ahead of him.

Barrett Brooks, LT, Pittsburgh, 10th season, 2002.

He only played in two games for the Giants two years ago, and now backs up Marvel Smith for the Steelers.

Ralph Brown, CB, Minnesota, fifth season, 2000-2003.

Things didn't work out in Washington, where Brown believed he could be the nickel back this season, but he is filling that role well with the Vikings.

Jonathan Carter, WR, Jets, fourth season, 2001.

He has already made more of an impact this year than in his first two seasons with the Jets, but rookie Jerricho Cotchery, a fourth-round pick out North Carolina State, is pushing him for the team's fourth receiver spot.

Greg Comella, FB, Tampa Bay, seventh season, 1998-2001.

He is with his third team in three seasons since leaving the Giants and backs up Mike Alstott.

Jason Garrett, QB, Tampa Bay, 12th season, 2000-2003.

He halted his broadcasting career to sign with the Bucs on Oct. 13, and Jon Gruden can only hope he has the type of influence on Chris Simms that he had on Kerry Collins.

Joe Jurevicius, WR, Tampa Bay, seventh season, 1998-2001.

Gruden hoped Jurevicius could spark his offense in Chicago last Sunday, where the Giants' former No. 3 receiver played for the first time this season after recovering slowly from a knee injury that kept him out of all but five games in 2003.

Danny Kanell, QB, Denver, seventh season, 1996-98.

The onetime Giants starter hasn't had to throw a pass again in place of Jake Plummer yet this year, but he's happy to be in the league for a second straight season after spending two years out of it.

Ross Kolodziej, DT, Arizona, fourth season, 2001-2002.

He managed his first career sack earlier this year in a reserve role behind rookie Darnell Dockett.

Brandon Short, SLB, Carolina, fifth season, 2000-2003.

He has been productive as a backup to Hodgkin's survivor Mark Fields on the strong side for the Panthers.


Rod Babers, CB, Detroit, second season, 2003.

After a strange, short stint with the Giants last year, one of Chris Simms' best friends has played in dime packages and on special teams in a couple games for the Lions this season.

Ryan Hoag, WR, Minnesota, first season, 2004.

He stuck with Minnesota after the Giants released him five months ago, but hasn't caught a pass as the Vikings' fifth receiver.

Kevin Walter, WR, Cincinnati, second season, 2003.

A seventh-round draft choice last year, Walter hasn't cracked Cincinnati's receiver rotation, but has continued to make tackles on the Bengals' kickoff and punt coverage units.


Jessie Armstead, WLB, Carolina, 12th season, 1993-2001.

Former defensive coordinator John Fox brought Armstead aboard to at least push Will Witherspoon on the weak side this season, but the man who was once the Giants' heart and soul was shelved for the season on Sept. 5 with a shoulder injury.

Dan Campbell, TE, Dallas, sixth season, 1999-2002.

As usual, Campbell was doing a lot of the dirty work within Bill Parcells' offense, but he was lost for the year with a knee injury in a Week 3 road victory over Washington.

Mike Rosenthal, RT, Minnesota, sixth season, 1999-2002.

His second season as a starter in Minneapolis ended prematurely because of a foot injury suffered in a Week 2 loss at Philadelphia.

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