These Giants might be the lowest-regarded division champs in league history. They've done nothing but improve this offseason, yet no one seems to be giving them even a fighting chance at defending their throne. This isn't to say they will or won't – because before the Draft is even held, it's way too early to tell – just that it's a tad shocking how quickly the mighty can fall – without doing anything to warrant said decline…
It said in this space after the season that Jeremy Shockey and Plaxico Burress needed to cut their selfish act and join the rest of their mates in New Jersey for the offseason program. This isn't to insinuate that Shockey and Plax can't read, because they can – although attending Miami and Michigan State hardly deters one from thinking that way – just that they obviously don't agree with their coach, quarterback and anyone else around the team that they're not bigger than the club and that they should be here with everyone else. What makes things worse, their selfish behavior has also swallowed up William Joseph, who is nowhere near as good or established as that receiving duo to be given a green light to be down in Miami. Since Eli's complaints last offseason did nothing, perhaps it's time for Tiki Barber, Michael Strahan or even John Mara to call those guys out once again…
What gives with Greisen: One of the cardinal rules of journalism is not to allow emotions and personal preferences to enter into your reporting. When it comes to Nick Greisen and his unfortunate unemployed situation at press-time, that's darn near impossible. Not only is Greisen one of the classiest players to ever enter the Giants locker room, but he sure as heck played much better last season than two ‘backers the Giants currently have installed as starters – Reggie Torbor and Carlos Emmons. Yet the Giants haven't even made a bargain basement offer to Greisen, who has had only one visit – to Tennessee – to date. And Big Blue shelled out a million a year to Tim Carter, who has to be 50-1 to even make it through the offseason program healthy.
"I'm just playing the waiting game," Greisen told TGI. "This is a crazy business."
Yes it is. As more time passes it might seem like a Greisen/Giants reunion would become more appealing to both sides. Forget about it – if it hasn't happened yet, it's not going to…
Will P or not Will P? One of the offseason's biggest questions remains the status of CB Will Peterson, who stayed in Arizona to rehab instead of joining his mates in New Jersey for the start of the offseason program. It's becoming more and more apparent that Will P has apparently already suited up for the final time in a Giants uniform. Back injuries are tricky, as are players that are understandably wary of testing potentially career-threatening injuries. Here's hoping Will P has a miraculous recovery. Here's saying – as have some in the organization – that it's not in the cards…
Just missed on Keyshawn: Not sure whether or not you were in favor of adding the enigmatic Keyshawn Johnson to the mix (for the record, TGI was), but the Giants, who were the first to host Johnson, simply were outbid by the Panthers for Keyshawn's services. While the Giants were looking to give Johnson no more than $4 million in guaranteed money, the Panthers gave him $5 million to sign and a total package of $14 million. Can't blame Johnson for choosing the Panthers, where he's guaranteed to start. Can you blame the Giants for not opening the wallets a little more for a proven, dependable playmaking receiver? Of course you can…
Not yet convinced: One Pro Bowl veteran isn't exactly overly impressed by New York's secondary additions just yet.
"I felt we had good players back there last year," Osi Umenyiora said. "No one knows if they're going to be able to help us this year."
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