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Inverviews with our new Giants

Post  Big_Pete on Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:20 am

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Transcript: WR Hakeem Nicks

APRIL 25, 2009

How does it feel to be a New York Giant?

A: It feels great, just a great feeling. Itís a dream come true. Iím just ready to get to my team and just contribute my best way possible.


As the draft process went along, did you have a feeling that it might be the Giants to select you?

A: Thatís what I was hearing a lot but I really just didnít get all into it. I was just waiting to hear my name called. Once it got called it was a great feeling and Iím excited to be where Iím at.


Howís your hamstring?

A: Iíll be full go. Once I get up there it will be full go. Itís football time. My hamstring hasnít been an issue. Iím back to a 100%. Got my weight back down and Iím ready to play football.


Do you think the weight issue dropped you a lot further in the draft than you were expecting to go?

A: I donít necessarily think it dropped me but really I canít say because I really donít know what everybody was thinking. As far as for myself, I knew my weight wasnít going to be an issue. I just knew it was something that I had to be cautious of in the way I had to handle it.


What do you expect to do as a rookie?

A: As a rookie, I just want to go in and get with the veterans of the group, learn my role early as a rookie and just contribute to my team the best way possible.


How aware are you of the opportunity here with the loss of Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer?

A: I just want to get in the program and find my role and just be able to contribute the best way possible. Iím Hakeem Nicks and I want to get there and prove that I have talent and want to play in the National Football League.


Can you describe yourself as a receiver?

A: Just a great physical receiver that has a motor.


RE: Comparisons to Anquan Boldin and Michael Irvin

A: Iíve been compared to them a lot throughout college, Michael Irvin a lot. Coach Davis compares me to him a lot and Anquan Boldin as well. I just want to keep doing what Iíve been doing to get me to this point. Thatís what God has in store for me.


RE: Playing in New York.

A: I love it. New York is a great team. Iím ready to get up there and Iím ready to win.


What do you know about Coach Coughlin from talking to him?

A: He seems like a pretty cool coach. Iím just ready to get in there and ready to be coached.


How much of a deep threat are you?

A: I feel like Iím a very deep threat. It just wasnít my role in our offense. We had three good receivers and each one of us had our different roles but early in my college career, thatís what I felt like I did best and I still feel like I do that very well. My job is to catch the ball when it comes my way.


Are you in North Carolina now?

Yes Iím in North Carolina. Iím in Charolette.


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Re: Inverviews with our new Giants

Post  Big_Pete on Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:25 am

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Transcript: LB Clint Sintim Conf. Call

APRIL 25, 2009

Q: You come from a different system than the Giants play. Have they spoken to you at all yet about where they see you fitting in here?

A: Yeah, I actually had an opportunity to go out on a visit there and they really described where exactly I would be playing and what I would be doing. So Iím pretty familiar with exactly what I would be doing.


Q: What did they tell you? What are you going to?

A: Basically they just told me that I am going to be the SAM linebacker similar to what I played here at Virgina. They asked me to do a little bit of other things. But Iím going to be the SAM linebacker and similar to what I do here at the University.


Q: What do you think you can do to contribute to this team?

A: Honestly Iím not all about projections and what I can do. All I really want to do is just come in there and just work hard and try to establish myself as a hard worker. It is a great organization. They have been for quite some time. It is one of those organizations that is competing for championships every year. Iím just going to come out there and just try to work hard and do whatever I can do to contribute.


Q: You said that you had talked to the Giants. How likely did you think they would be the ones to pick you?

A: To be perfectly honest this whole thing is ÖÖÖ..just one of the events where you just didnít know what. I knew that my best shot to be picked in the first round would have been the Giants. But there were so many teams that showed interest and everybody kind of keeps their focus based throughout this whole ordeal. For me it was just watching and waiting Ė watching and waiting and just try to figure out who was going to take me.


Q: Are you more of a pass rushing linebacker or can you go pass rush and run defense?

A: Iím just a linebacker. At the end of the day Iím just a linebacker. I had an opportunity to be coached by Coach ÖÖ at the University of Virginia. And he is a great coach and he taught me a lot about linebacker play. I canít sit here and say Iím the greatest at this or that but one thing I can say is that Iím willing to work and learn and just make myself a better player. This organization is a great organization. It is a great city. Iím just trying to match my ability so I can do whatever I can to kind of help out.


Q: What do you think the biggest adjustment will be coming into the NFL?

A: Just learning; learning. You have to understand Ė you play with grown men everyday. This is a game that is physical and it demands a lot physically and mentally. And you are playing with guys who have wives and kids and have been doing it for quite some time. Iím just going to have to bring my hard hat everyday and just compete and really just try to be a playmaker Ė just do whatever I can to help the organization out. Iíve been blessed to be in a situation that I am in. This is a great day for me and my family but it doesnít stop here. We have to continue to work and continue to develop and get better day.


Q: Where are we talking to you from?

A: You are talking to me from my house. Iím sitting outside my house right now. We have a couple of people in there --- maybe about 20 or 30 people in there. We are all just sitting there and they watched Ėeven though we kind of found out together. So it is pretty cool.


Q: Did you come up for a visit to the Giants or did they come and see you?

A: I actually came up for a visit with the Giants.


Q: Who did you speak to?

A: I had an opportunity to check out the facility and meet Coach Coughlin and everybody. It was pretty cool.


Q: When was that?

A: I visited the Giants probably about two weeks ago. It was myself and about 18 other guys.


Q: How many teams did you visit? You said it was your last visit.

A: I visited four teams Ė Buffalo, New Orleans, Kansas City and the Giants.


Q: RE: switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3

A: It is a little different. But the game of football remains constant. Football players are football players at the end of the day. And the 3-4 is a little different than a 4-3 but Iím just excited about the opportunity. Iím excited to learn and just kind of transition from this 3-4 to 4-3. There are a lot of players in this draft and Iím just ready to try to come out there and learn and be better.


Q: You said your roll in this 4-3 would be similar to what you did down there. How is it similar?

A: Playing on top of the tight end is always the same. I have always played the top of the tight end and I think that is one of the strong points of my game. So it is just a matter of learning the new scheme, trying to develop and just trying to get better. So really that is why Iím out to do Ė just try to get better for myself and try to help the team out. And just try to simulate into the New York Giants culture.
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Re: Inverviews with our new Giants

Post  Big_Pete on Sun Apr 26, 2009 4:17 pm

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Transcript: WR Ramses Barden Conf. Call

APRIL 26, 2009

Q: We knew the Giants needed size at the receiver position. You came in for a visit. You were rumored to be a target. Are you surprised at all with this one?

A: This process, you never really know. You hear all the time about somebody jumping up to snatch somebody who you didn't expect them to get. Teams just really come out of the blue. There are no surprises by this. I did have a great time out in New York. I'd like to think that I made a little bit of an impression on the coaching staff and the personnel. I'm ecstatic to be a part of the team. I wouldn't say that I'm excited. If anything, I'm just thrilled.


Q: How do you describe yourself? Do you describe yourself as more of a goal line guy or a down the field guy?

A: I'm a complete receiver. That's my goal all the time, to be able to do everything you would ask a receiver to do whether it be down the field, immediate, short game, quick drops, run blocking, leadership. Those are the things that I want to bring to the table. The ___ ability is the completeness of the receiver. Of course seeing that it's a major jump from college level to the NFL, there's plenty to work from. As far as my goals and where I want to be, I want to be that complete receiver.


Q: Like running that fade?

A: Definitely. If that's what's needed, I want to bring down those balls ____. I want to help us score and move the chains.


Q: What do you think about the opportunity here? Obviously the two starting receivers from last year, Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer, are gone. So there is a pretty big chance to make an immediate impact.

A: I'm excited about it. There are a number of veteran guys that are already there who have a leg up. I want to go in and compete. I want to make whatever you think I can make. I won't know what my opportunities are really until I get to the city, get into a practice uniform, and start working. I can't wait to compete and try to earn the job. That's what it's going to have to be. It's going to be earned. Nobody is going to give me anything.


Q: A lot of times we hear that rookie receivers have a tough time making it right away in the NFL because of the press coverage and the physicality of the league. Given your size, do you believe you'll have an easier time overcoming that than most?

A: I don't know if it will be any easier. I'll have to put the same work in and I'll have to really earn everything that I get. I think my size will give me an advantage in getting off the line of scrimmage, competing for the ball, and with this game being physical, when the ball is in the air, enabling me to make plays. It's going to take work. Nothing is really going to come naturally in the next level.


Q: You played on the I-AA level, but you had that big game against Wisconsin. Did that give you the idea that, hey, I can play with the big boys, too?

A: I guess you could say it was part of it, but I've always had a lot of confidence in my ability and I've always really gotten excited to challenge myself and go against higher levels of competition and just challenge and test consistently. That's what that game was. It was another opportunity to win a game, put another W in the column, and go againts the top level of competition, and have fun doing it. You're playing the game that you love. You always have fun playing. It was an opportunity to test myself at a national stage. I enjoyed it. It just helped me prepare myself for this more recent process of the pre-draft training and the pre-draft combine and all of that stuff.


Q: We saw your highlight video on YouTube and it just seemed like it was fade after fade. Was that part of the game plan, just once you got down there, throw it up to Ramses?

A: It was well put together. It was kind of a last minute thing just to give the everyday fan and everyday person an opportunity to see where I'm coming from and see who I am and what kind of player I am. I think that's only the tip of the ice berg as far as my ability and the things that I can do. Like I said, things are going to take work. The fade was in our offense for a number of years when I got there. We still use it today. I like to think we added more variety over the years. You can't go wrong when you've got certain red zone threats and you just have to take advantage of them.


Q: Did you hit it off with Mike Sullivan, the receivers coach?

A: I like to think so. We got a chance to sit down a couple of times, most recently in New York last week. I really enjoyed his company. I liked his approach to the game. He was a really intelligent person. It seemed like he was really dedicated to bringing in young guys and making them better. I really liked that a lot. Of course that doesn't make him necessarily like him just because I like him. But, I'd like to think that the feelings are mutual and I was able to have similar effect on him.


Q: Knowing the guy the Giants got rid of, did they ask you about any off the field issues that were a concern?

A: Every team I ever talked to asked if there are any off the field issues that were concerns. But, no, I've never been in trouble. I've never been suspended from the team. I've never been arrested or anything like that. I'm fairly clean cut off the field. I have moderate fun with my friends and that's it, most of which is in house and definitely out of trouble.
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Re: Inverviews with our new Giants

Post  Kevin Hebert on Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:00 pm

I believe Jerry Reese did a great job with this year's draft. He got two solid receivers--Nicks and Bolden. I keep hearing that Bolden is the next Keyshawn Johnson. I hope it turns out that way. Both are good sized (especially Bolden at 6'6"), both go after the ball and are capable of taking it away from d-backs. Eli should be plenty happy with these guys!

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Re: Inverviews with our new Giants

Post  Big_Pete on Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:02 pm

Hi Kevin

It is Nicks and Barden. Also don't for forget Beckum and Brown, they will also feature in the passing game

I think Reese in general did a great job in the draft
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Re: Inverviews with our new Giants

Post  Kevin Hebert on Fri May 01, 2009 12:01 pm

How much is Brown supposed to contribute? Will he, or Danny Ware, or Bradshaw take over for D Ward?
The team does need to play a running back who can catch balls out of the backfield--something that Jacobs seems ill equipped to do. I do agree that Barkum can be a force at tight end/H-back this season.

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Re: Inverviews with our new Giants

Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Fri May 01, 2009 4:52 pm

I think the reason the giants drafted Brown is for the reason you just mentioned Kevin. (He can catch footballs out of the backfield. He has been used that way quite a bit in his college career) I also think Brown will be a contributor in short yardage plays also.
On a side note. Some draft analysists have Brown compared to Derrick Ward

Ware will have every chance to compete in camp with Brown and we'll probably keep 4 backs going into the season with one remaining on the practice squad.
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Re: Inverviews with our new Giants

Post  Big_Pete on Fri May 01, 2009 9:48 pm

I think Brown will be a legitimate competition for #2 and will get into the mix some how

Bradshaw has had issues, particularly with pass blocking and fumbling - but he should be alot better; he is still relatively unproven at this stage

Ware has decent potential

but Brown has potential as good as either - but there is no pressure to contribute immediately. he is a quality player.
He also is a legit weapon out of the backfield in the passing game - which neither Bradsahw nor Jacobs really is (don't know about Ware)


Don't be surprised if Brown does enter the rotation at some point behing Jacobs
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