Catching Up with Michael Boley & Derek Hagan

Michael Boley came to New York as a surefire starter; Derek Hagan a long shot to make the roster.

As usual in the NFL universe, things didn't go quite as scripted. Boley required offseason hip surgery that kept him out of all of training camp. Add to that a suspension for a transgression that occurred while he was still in Atlanta and you have a guy that won't make his Giants debut until Week Two, at the earliest.

On the flip side, all Hagan has done is warrant more and more attention as he catches practically everything thrown his way. The long shot now seems like he has a really good chance at cracking the final 53. TGI caught up with both of these interesting people/stories while up in Albany.

LB Michael Boley

Q: Where are you in your recovery?

A: I'm still rehabbing. I'm about to start running any day now. I'm looking forward to that. Up until now, I've just continued to rehab and tried to learn as much as I can from watching from the sideline until I get back out there.

Q: How tough is it to come to a new team and not be able to contribute right away?
A: It's real tough. It's one thing to learn in the meeting room and looking at it from the sideline. But it's a whole lot different when you're out on the field; it's a lot easier for you, it flows a lot better.

Q: How have you fit in with your new teammates so far?
A: The guys have been real upbeat. Everyone's just trying to work hard and get better every day as a team. There's a real upbeat attitude on this team.

Q: How exciting is it to join such a talented defense?
A: I'm very excited. When you see the skill set that we have, all across the board, it's amazing. It's a really impressive group to be a part of.

Q: How tough is it going to be to miss opening day with your new team?
A: It's going to be tough. Going into my fifth year, this will be the first game that I've missed. Of course it's going to be tough, but I have a lot of confidence in the guys that will be playing that game.

Q: How have the two young guys behind you looked so far?
A: I love it, man. You can see (Bryan) Kehl out there making a lot of plays. I'm real impressed with Gerris (Wilkinson) too, just the way he's been coming out every day in practice and working hard and continuing to show up and make plays.

Q: Finally, what are the fans going to see when you return, hopefully in Week Two?
A: I'm going to come out and basically just give it my best. I'm going to do whatever I can do to help make the team get better.

WR Derek Hagan

Q: How do you feel you're doing so far?

A: It's going well. Obviously I'm definitely trying to come out here and work hard each day. I know I'm one of the new guys out here and I have a lot of things to prove. I'm just trying to take it one day at a time. It was good for me to come in late in the season so I can get to know the playbook. I think that's definitely been a benefit for me and it's helping me out a lot.

Q: You must be pleased that you've performed as well as you have this camp, right?
A: Of course. This is my job. I have to come prepared and be ready to go each and every day. We know it's training camp and we know that we have to take one day and one practice at a time, and that's definitely what I try to do. I definitely try not to get too far ahead of myself and just try to come out and focus on certain things that I need to do to help this team win. And also just for myself, just to get better.

Q: Some scouting reports said that your hands aren't that dependable and consistent. However, it sure seems like that's not the case at all.
A: I really have no clue where all that came from. I really don't pay attention to anything like that because once I step on the field it's time to play. I'm really not worried about anything like that. If it does happen, you just have to come back and fight through it and keep playing. You definitely can't worry about something like that because at times things like that are going to happen when you're playing receiver. Every now and then you're going to put one on the ground but you definitely want to come back and make that next play even a lot better.

Q: What are your thoughts on the receiving corps and your competition to make the team?
A: We all know it's going to be tough, but we're all out there competing and trying to get better; that's all we can do. We know there's only going to be a certain amount of guys here. You just have to work hard every day. We know it's a competition but we're out there trying to push each other to the limit.

Q: How important is your special teams ability to your overall game and your ability to make the club?
A: I just know that I try to do it all. Whatever the coaches want me to do I'm definitely willing to do it. Pretty much what it comes down to is that I just want to play – period. It doesn't matter if I'm playing receiver or on special teams, I just want to play. I just want to be on the field because I'm the type of guy that doesn't like standing on the sideline and watching everybody else play. I definitely want to help my teammates and contribute. I'm definitely looking forward to this opportunity and definitely trying to take advantage of it.

Q: So, are you going to make the team?
A: I hope so. All I have to do is keep working hard and we'll go from there. That's the coaches' decision. I just have to perform on the field and that's all I can do.

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