Dave Klein was the Giants' beat
writer for The Star-Ledger from 1961 to 1995.
He is the author of 26 books
and he was one of only three sportswriters to have covered all the Super Bowls
up until last year. Dave has allowed TEAM GIANTS to reprint some of his articles.
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With the draft less than
three weeks away, there are reports that the Giants are receiving telephone offers
for their 11th spot in the first round.
of them have been confirmed as of yet, but one of the interested teams appears
to be the Chicago Bears, who need a quarterback and apparently have been rebuffed
by the teams in the top 10 spots. Chicago's turn comes in the 20th position.
offer, reportedly, was for the Giants to trade positions with the Bears and receive
their first-round selection in the 2022 draft.
Tempting? Somewhat, but unlikely the Giants will take it, since they must have
three or four names targeted for No. 11 who won't be there if they agree to dropping
down nine more slots.
--- Is this a
tiny little edge? New Giants' assistant linebackers coach, Sean Spencer, spent
the last six years on the Penn State coaching staff, so he is more than familiar
with draft candidate linebacker Micah Parsons (he of the 4.39 time in the 40)
and probably has more insight than normal scouts.
The oldest living former Giants' player, halfback Herb Johnson, can no longer
lay claim to that honor. He passed away two days ago at the age of 92. Johnson
played at the U.S. Military Academy as well as the University of Washington, and
in his one season with the Giants (1954) played in 11 games, carried 42 times
for 168 yards and caught 12 passes for 89 more.
The Giants awarded uniform numbers to their 17 new players and standing out among
them are cornerback Adoree Jackson (22), quarterback Mike Glennon (3), offensive
tackle Jonotthan Harrison (64), defensive tackle Danny Shelton (75) and linebacker
Reggie Ragland (55). ... Jackson is wearing old Dick Lynch's number, Glennon has
Pete Gogolak's number, Harrison has John Mendenhall's number, Shelton got Jim
Katcavage's number and Ragland will wear Ray Wietecha's number.
Speaking of uniform numbers, the Giants have only retired 14 uniform numbers in
the team's nearly 100-year history. ... They are Ray Flaherty (1), Tuffy Leemans
(4), Mel Hein (7), Phil Simms (11), Ward Cuff and Y.A. Tittle (14), Frank Gifford
(16), Al Blozis (32), Joe Morrison (40), Charlie Conerly (42), Ken Strong (50)
and Lawrence Taylor (56).
wonder why such all-time team stars such as Kyle Rote (44), Rosey Brown (70),
Carl Banks (58), Michael Strahan (92), Sam Huff and Leonard Marshall (70), Andy
Robustelli (81) and Harry Carson (53) weren't similarly honored. ... The answer?
There just aren't enough numbers available and the NFL said a long time ago it
would never go to triple-digit uniform numbers.
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