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Missing OTAs is NBD, Tuck says, as long as you call ahead ... and Hakeem Nicks hasn't

Justin Tuck walks off the field following OTAs

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It doesn't bother Justin Tuck that Hakeem Nicks is not at the team's OTAs. But he said that it is "kind of worrying" that Nicks has apparently not communicated with the Giants about his absence.

“That’s kind of worrying that you don’t communicate,” Tuck said. “Hakeem, he’s young. He may not understand the importance of that part of it. But I’m not worried about him being ready for...

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Shaun Rogers looking to make impact the Giants missed out on in 2012

Shaun Rogers talks to reporters, in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Shaun Rogers is usually one of the biggest anythings. Last year, as I’ve said before, I thought he was one of the most underrated losses of the season when his campaign ended before it began due to a calf injury in the preseason. The Giants could have used his size, strength and experience in the middle against the run. Don’t think so? Just look at where they spent their money this offseason bringing...

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Marc Ross gets new title, responsibilities

Marc Ross, a candidate for several general manager job openings around the league this offseason, will have a new title with the Giants: Veep.

The team announced that Ross will now be Vice President of Player Evaluation. He had been the Director of College Scouting.

“Marc has done an outstanding job of running our college scouting and the draft, and we wanted to give him a title that...

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Bosworth and Ross share a 'reality'

Giants cornerback Aaron Ross throws a pass during

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Newest Giant Kyle Bosworth and cornerback Aaron Ross have something in common, more even than their shared experience of playing for the 2-14 Jaguars last season. They both have connections to reality television.

Bosworth, a linebacker who signed with the Giants on Wednesday night, is engaged to Kara Keough. Her father is former Yankees pitcher Matt Keough and her mother is Jeana Keough, star...

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Two newest Giants have a ring of familiarity

LSU tight end Chase Clement returns a kickoff

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If the two newest Giants have names that sound familiar, then you were paying very close attention to the league last month … and in 1987.

Tight end Chase Clement, who was originally believed to be signing with the Giants earlier this offseason as an undrafted player out of LSU but failed his physical prior to rookie minicamp, Tweeted a picture of himself signing with the Giants this evening....

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Ex-Giant Steve Smith retires

File photo of Steve Smith.

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Steve Smith, the Giants wide receiver who just two years ago seemed irreplaceable, retired on Wednesday from the Bucs, his third different team since leaving New York.

Smith signed with the Eagles just before the 2011 season, creating an uproar and a perceived vacuum on the Giants' roster. In a matter of a few weeks, though, Victor Cruz emerged and the loss of Smith was nearly forgotten.

Smith...

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Hakeem Nicks not unhappy?

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks talks to the

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Despite speculation that Hakeem Nicks’ absence from OTAs was a sign of displeasure over his contract – and at least one report quoting a source – the receiver is apparently missing the voluntary offseason workouts for other reasons.

Nicks’ agent, Peter Schaffer, “strongly denied” that the Giants wide receiver's’ absence was a business strategy. Yahoo! Sports had published the sourced report...

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Ramses Barden's back with Giants, 'where I wanted to be'

Ramses Barden yells on the sidelines during the

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Ramses II is considered the most influential of the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs and is often called “Ramses the Great.” The Giants hope their sequel will be just as productive.

The team brought back Ramses Barden, a free agent wide receiver they drafted in the third round in 2009. He signed a one-year contract with the Giants Thursday.

“I’m happy to be back,” Barden said. “This is where...

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Report: Ramses Barden could return to Giants

Ramses Barden stiff-arms Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly during

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When the Giants were without Hakeem Nicks in Week 3 of the 2012 season, it was Ramses Barden to the rescue. Now, with the star receiver mysteriously AWOL from the start of (voluntary) OTAs -- and he would be limited even if he were on hand -- Barden may be once again filling in for Nicks.

The free agent receiver and former third-round pick of the Giants will be at the team’s complex on Thursday...

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Victor Cruz is away, so Jerrel Jernigan will play

Wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan runs with the ball

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One man’s contract dispute is another man’s opportunity, so, third-year wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan knows now is the time to make an impression on the Giants’ coaching staff while Pro Bowl receiver Victor Cruz sits out during contract negotiations. Jernigan was the “Z” receiver in place of Cruz during Wednesday’s first OTA practice of the spring.

Recently, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride...

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