Former Giants flourish around NFL

When the Giants faced Seattle Sunday at Qwest Field, Tim Hasselbeck viewed an extremely familiar face on the opposite sideline.But the Giants' backup quarterback's older brother, Seattle starter Matt Hasselbeck, wasn't the most familiar face among Seahawks to most other Giants.

Joe Jurevicius, a second-round pick of the team in 1998, is one of Seattle's standout receivers this season. Jurevicius, who played for the Giants' last Super Bowl team, is also one of 35 former Giants playing on teams throughout the league in 2005.

They are all listed below. Their current teams, experience, alma maters and years with the Giants are all listed beside their names.


Kerry Collins; Oakland; 11th season; Penn State (1999-2003) . . . The strong-armed, classy Collins is entrenched as the Raiders' franchise quarterback. He hasn't made many mistakes in his second season as their starter, but the Raiders are in last place in the AFC West due largely to their defensive deficiencies.

Tommy Maddox; Pittsburgh; ninth season; UCLA (1995) . . . The former Dan Reeves favorite started Sunday against Baltimore because of injuries to starter Ben Roethlisberger and backup Charlie Batch. He enjoyed a respectable revival as Pittsburgh's starter during the 2002 and 2003 seasons, and is about as good a No. 3 quarterback as you'll find.

Jesse Palmer; San Francisco; fifth season; Florida (2001-2004) . . . "The Bachelor" signed with the 49ers on Nov. 1 after Alex Smith and Ken Dorsey sustained injuries. Palmer has a realistic chance to stick with San Francisco because their current No. 3, Cody Pickett, is inexperienced and unproven.

Kurt Warner; Arizona; eighth season; Northern Iowa (2004) . . . The former two-time MVP may or may not start Sunday against Jacksonville, depending on the mood of Cardinals coach Dennis Green. Warner missed the Cardinals' four games in October, but once he recovered fully from a groin injury and Green grew tired of Josh McCown again, Warner was behind center.


Ron Dayne; Denver; sixth season; Wisconsin (2000-2004) . . . The 1999 Heisman Trophy winner was effective when Mike Shanahan used him earlier this season. Dayne gained 44 yards on eight carries in a 20-17 win against San Diego on Sept. 18, but hasn't run the ball since Oct. 2. As was the case with the Giants, there are simply better players ahead of him in Denver (Mike Anderson, Tatum Bell).

Kyle Johnson; Denver; third season; Syracuse (2002) . . . This former practice squad member has flourished as the Broncos' starting fullback. He is a sound blocker and a decent receiver out the backfield for Shanahan.


Ike Hilliard; Tampa Bay; ninth season; Florida (1997-2004) . . . The Giants obviously upgraded their receiving corps by adding Plaxico Burress, but the one thing they lack without Hilliard is that totally fearless receiver who will sacrifice his health to make a tough catch over the middle. Hilliard has not, however, made much of an impact as the third receiver in Tampa, where he is averaging less than eight yards per catch.

Joe Jurevicius; Seattle; eighth season; Penn State (1998-2001) . . . Following back-to-back injury-ravaged seasons with the Bucs, Jurevicius has thrived in Seattle. He is on pace to establish a new career-high in receptions and has started more than half of the Seahawks' games.

Mark Jones; Tampa Bay; second season; Tennessee (2004) . . . Chad Morton has provided improvement as the Giants' punt returner, but Jones has been decent in that role with the Bucs this season, too. He has not contributed at receiver, however.

David Patten; Washington; ninth season; Western Carolina (1997-99) . . . This former Super Bowl hero was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 18 after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Opposite ex-Jets speedster Santana Moss, this Arena Football League alum experienced only moderate success in his nine games this season (22 catches for 217 yards), his first with Washington.


Dan Campbell; Dallas; seventh season; Texas A&M (1999-2002) . . . Fellow tight end Jason Witten is on pace to catch over 60 passes for the Cowboys this season, so all Bill Parcells needs from Campbell is for him to keep blocking well. Campbell, a third-round draft choice of the Giants in '99, is on pace to catch fewer passes than he ever has in a full season (eight in 2000).

Brian Kozlowski; Washington; 12th season; Connecticut (1994-1996) . . . The reserve H-back/tight end continues to be a significant special teams contributor. Kozlowski is on pace to catch less than 10 passes again this season, but a 12-year career for guy who wasn't drafted out of what was then a Division I-AA school isn't bad.

Marcellus Rivers; Houston; fourth season; Oklahoma State (2001-2004) . . . He doesn't start for the Texans, but has played in every game. Rivers is not on pace, though, to top his career-high in catches (17 in 2003).


Ian Allen; Arizona; fourth season; Purdue (2002-2003) . . . After spending the 2004 season with Philadelphia, Allen was waived by the Cardinals on Sept. 3. The guard-tackle was re-signed two days later, but was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 12 due to a back injury.

Chris Bober; Kansas City; sixth season; Nebraska-Omaha (2000-2003) . . . The versatile veteran lineman backs up center Casey Wiegmann, left guard Brian Waters and right guard Will Shields.

Barrett Brooks; Pittsburgh; 10th season; Kansas State (2003) . . . Two years after the Giants cut him, Brooks backs up Steelers right tackle Max Starks.

Scott Gragg; Jets; 11th season; Montana (1995-99) . . . After a solid five-year run in San Francisco, Gragg will start for the Jets at right tackle for the remainder of the season because Jason Fabini is out with a torn pectoral muscle.

Roman Oben; San Diego; 10th season; Louisville (1996-99) . . . The consistent left tackle has finally found a long-term home protecting Drew Brees. Oben signed a two-year contract extension last month that could keep him in San Diego through the 2008 season.

Mike Rosenthal; Minnesota; seventh season; Notre Dame (1999-2002) . . . He is the Vikings' starting right tackle for the third straight season. He is healthier this year, though, after missing 14 games in 2004 with a foot injury.

Barry Stokes; Atlanta; eighth season; Eastern Michigan (2004) . . . After missing all of last season with the Giants due to a back injury, Stokes is the primary backup to Todd Weiner, the Falcons' starting right tackle. The Falcons are the sixth team for which Stokes has played in his eight-year career.

Ron Stone; Oakland; 11th season; Boston College (1999-2002) . . . The former Pro Bowler missed most of his first season with the Raiders in 2004 (11 games) due to a knee injury. He has started each game this year, though, and has helped spring ex-Jets running back Lamont Jordan to success in his first season as a starter.


Cornelius Griffin; Washington; sixth season; Alabama (2000-2003) . . . The Redskins' starting left defensive tackle has regularly reached opposing quarterbacks this season and continues to play well against the run. Washington appears pleased with its six-year, $25.5 million investment after the 2003 season.

Ross Kolodziej; Arizona; fifth season; Wisconsin (2001-2002) . . . With Russell Davis on injured reserve, Kolodziej has been the Cardinals' starting nose tackle all season. He also started seven games last season due to injuries.

Lance Legree; Jets; fifth season; Notre Dame (2001-2004) . . . The Jets signed him to a five-year, $7.3 million deal, but he hasn't cracked the starting lineup. Legree plays behind left tackle Dewayne Robertson and right tackle James Reed.


Wesly Mallard; Tampa Bay; fourth season; Oregon (2002-2004) . . . This solid special teams player was waived by New England before the season started. The Patriots re-signed him and released him again, but he signed with the Bucs on Nov. 2 and has played sparingly thus far.

Jim Maxwell; San Francisco; second season; Gardner-Webb (2004) . . . Injuries to the Niners' linebackers have afforded Maxwell time he wouldn't otherwise have seen. He has seen some time at left inside linebacker for Mike Nolan over the last month.

Brandon Short; Carolina; sixth season; Penn State (2000-2003) . . . Former Giants defensive coordinator John Fox moved him into the starting lineup on the strong side this season. Short spent his first year in Charlotte in a reserve role, but flourished on special teams with a team-high 17 tackles.


Ralph Brown; Minnesota; sixth season; Nebraska (2000-2003) . . . This former fifth-round pick of the Giants is seeing time in nickel and dime packages for the second straight season with the Vikings. Brown plays behind Antoine Winfield, one of the NFL's most consistent corners.

Ryan Clark; Washington; fourth season; LSU (2002-2003) . . . Joe Gibbs has been impressed enough to start Clark for the second straight year at strong safety. Clark intercepted an Eli Manning pass in the end zone when the teams met on Oct. 30 at Giants Stadium.

Omar Stoutmire; Washington; ninth season; Fresno State (2000-2004) . . . This former Giants starter is now the Redskins' third-string free safety, behind Sean Taylor and Matt Bowen. Stoutmire is still effective on special teams for Washington, though.


Matt Bryant; Tampa Bay; fourth season; Baylor (2000-2003) . . . The diminutive kicker has been very consistent for Jon Gruden this season. He connected on 11 of his first 13 field-goal attempts and hasn't missed an extra point.

Jose Cortez; Philadelphia; seventh season; Oregon State (1999-2000) . . . This inconsistent kicker finally frustrated Parcells to the point of no return, so Dallas waived him on Oct. 24. Cortez, the Eagles' kickoff specialist, signed with Philadelphia the next day as insurance for a hobbled David Akers (hamstring).

Brad Maynard; Chicago; ninth season; Ball State (1997-2000) . . . His average is down about two yards per punt from last year, but Maynard has been pretty consistent since signing a five-year, $5 million deal with Chicago after the 2000 season. The Bears re-signed Maynard to a five-year, $7.6 million extension at the end of the 2004 season.

Matt Stover; Baltimore; 16th season; Louisiana Tech (1990) . . . The ever-reliable Ravens kicker hasn't shown signs of slowing down at 37. And Brian Billick is obviously pleased with Stover's work, as this is the 15th consecutive season the former Giants practice-squad member has spent with the same Baltimore/Cleveland franchise.

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