Inside Slant, Notes, Quotes and Personnel

The Giants' offensive outlook entering training camp: The offense that the Giants will call their own this season should carry with it significantly more firepower than it did last year -- and last year it ranked fourth overall in total offense in the NFL.

Perhaps the most exciting change is the addition of second-round draft pick Sinorice Moss, the blazing fast wide receiver the team has wanted. Offensive coordinator John Hufnagel is anxious to fit him into the offense. "He can run extremely well," he said, referring to the 5-foot-8, 185-pounder with 4.37-second speed in the 40-yard dash. "He is efficient and runs patterns precisely. He has good hands and exceptional moves."

Moss will fit in as the slot receiver, running deep downfield patterns to clear out coverage that might have been used to blanket tight end Jeremy Shockey. "I'm counting on 'Norice,'" said Shockey, of yet another University of Miami (Fla.) product. "I know a lot about him and I'm excited."

The offense continues to count on quarterback Eli Manning, who will be starting his third season (second as the starter). He already has weapons -- superstar running back Tiki Barber (1,860 yards last season), wide receivers Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer, as well as Shockey and now Moss.

The line has emerged as a veteran unit, with right guard Chris Snee being spoken of in possible Pro Bowl terms. Right tackle Kareem McKenzie, center Shaun O'Hara, left guard David Diehl and left tackle Luke Petitgout are all experienced and played reasonably well (despite Petitgout's penchant for false start penalties).

The only other draft help for the offense was Guy Whimper, a tackle and the second of two fourth round selections, but keep your eye on an undrafted free agent rookie wide receiver, Anthony Mix of Auburn, who is 6-4, 235 and possessed of 4.47 speed.

NOTES, QUOTES

--The Giants and the New York Jets, who have agreed to build and then share a new stadium (which will be ready by 2010) announced that they will also agree to sell naming rights. It is expected that this will be the most expensive stadium-naming in NFL history, since it involves two teams and is located in the New York area. One can only hope it will also bear a tribute to the late Wellington Mara, who died last October after 80 years with the team as ball boy, general manager, scout and president.

--Defensive coordinator Tim Lewis is more than just cursorily familiar with his new strong-side linebacker, LaVar Arrington. "He grew up in Pittsburgh and I was from Quakertown, so I followed his career right from high school. I can't tell you how excited I am to finally have the chance to work with him."

--CB Curtis Deloatch received $221,005 in additional income from the NFL's Performance Based Pay system, eighth highest figure in the league. SS Gibril Wilson was the only other Giant in the top 25, earning a "bonus," if you will, of $207, 549. The payouts are the result of an agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA to offer a supplemental form of player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary.

--Former Giant strong-side linebacker Alonzo Jackson, who started the first round playoff game (the 23-0 whipping by Carolina) and was then released when the season was over, signed as a free agent with the New York Jets.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's his own man, he has his own place and he knows how to handle his own business. I didn't think it was my place to say anything. He knows how to handle himself." -- Giants' veteran WR Amani Toomer, speaking about fellow WR Plaxico Burress, who missed the team's exit meeting last season and did not participate in the off-season workout and conditioning program this spring.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin, who has made no attempt to hide his desire to upgrade the team's backup quarterback situation, now has a former player, Rob Johnson (who was his backup and sometimes starter in Jacksonville) on the roster.

What does this mean for veteran Tim Hasselbeck? Not much good news here, it would seem. Johnson, who has missed two seasons with Tommy John surgery, is throwing well and has 10 years of NFL experience.

Now second-year Jared Lorenzen, the hulking 6-3, 285-pound back third QB last season, has been throwing darts and impressing the coaches with his accuracy and energy. "He's just a big man and he's going to have to live with that (weight)," Coughlin says. "It's not that he's overweight. He's just big."

It could be that in a three-man race, Hasselbeck is going to be the odd man out.

The Giants announced the signing of RB Little John Flowers, 6-0 and 215, who last played in the NFL for the New York Jets and played for the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe this spring. He had 75 carries for 283 yards and two touchdowns and caught 10 passes for 112 yards and another TD. Flowers, a product of Michigan State, is named for the "Little John" character in Robin Hood.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers): WR Lamont Brightful; CB Terrell Buckley; RB Michael Cloud; LB Kevin Lewis; LB Roman Phifer.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: WR Tim Carter; QB Tim Hasselbeck; OG Lewis Kelly; RB/KR Chad Morton; WR/KR Willie Ponder; TE Visanthe Shiancoe; WR David Tyree; CB Frank Walker; OT Bob Whitfield.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED: LB LaVar Arrington; CB Jason Bell; S Will Demps; S Quentin Harris; DT Junior Ioane; QB Rob Johnson; CB Sam Madison; CB R.W. McQuarters; G/C Grey Ruegamer; LB Brandon Short; TE Boo Williams.

PLAYERS LOST: S Brent Alexander; DT Kenderick Allen; CB Will Allen; DT Kendrick Clancy; LB Jay Foreman; LB Barrett Green; LB Nick Greisen; CB Will Peterson; WR Jamaar Taylor; OG Jason Whittle; S Shaun Williams.

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