New York Giants: 5 Takeaways from the 1st Week of Training Camp

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst IAugust 7, 2012

New York Giants: 5 Takeaways from the 1st Week of Training Camp

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    We are less than a month away from the 2012 season kicking off for the Giants.

    The reigning, current and defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, who will kick off the season with the opening night game on NBC against the Dallas Cowboys.

    Thus far, training camp has gotten under way in Albany with the preseason kicking off on Friday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    What have we learned about the Giants of 2012 so far?

    Here are five things we can take away in the first weeks of training camp.

Terrell Thomas May in Fact Play in 2012 After All

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    When the news broke of Terrell Thomas possibly tearing his ACL again, every Giants fan around had their throat in their stomach.

    But after getting several opinions, it looks like Thomas may in fact not be lost after all.

    According to Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star Ledger, Thomas will report back to Albany for training camp and will begin to rehab his knee and avoid surgery.

    According to Garafolo, Thomas did suffer an injury to the ACL, but the Giants medical staff deemed it minor, which will likely allow Thomas to rehab it with the possibility of playing again for the Giants in 2012.

    If Thomas can get on the field and play for the Giants in 2012, that is great news for a Giants defense and secondary that at times struggled during the 2011 season.

Shaun Rogers Is Focused to Make an Impact

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    When Shaun Rogers was brought onto the Giants for the 2012 season, it was an under-the-radar move that was made on the night of the NFL draft.

    Rogers was once a Pro Bowl defensive tackle with the Detroit Lions, but has been plagued with injuries in recent time.

    However, according to former Bleacher Report and current Rant Sports columnist Jeff Shull, Rogers has slimmed down tremendously.

    According to Shull, Rogers has looked about 50 pounds slimmer. He's listed at 350 pounds, but if he's down 50 pounds, that means he was around the 400-pound mark and got into playing shape.

    Not only would the weight-loss help Rogers' mobility and durability, but he could be a lot quicker off the line as well.

    Chris Canty is beginning training camp on the PUP List, so Canty will get his chance to make an impact for the Giants defense early on, and I wouldn't be surprised if he makes the final 53-man roster come September 5.

John Mara Is a Classy Owner, Jerry Jones Is Not

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    So, Jerry Jones like to shoot his mouth off a little bit.

    Last week, Jones publicly stated that the fans needed to come out and watch the Cowboys "beat the Giants asses" at Cowboys Stadium.

    Jones just created some bulletin board material for the Giants players to be even more motivated and pumped up when they square off against each other on September 5 at MetLife Stadium.

    That will be the night the Giants raise the championship banner of Super Bowl XLVI and open the 2012 season against their NFC East rivals.

    Jones is a little obsessed with beating the Giants, mostly because the Giants swept them in their two games, including a 31-14 trouncing on January 1 that clinched the NFC East for the Giants and propelled them to their second Super Bowl title in four years.

    On the other hand, do you hear Giants owner John Mara making those kind of declarations?

    No, he's very low key. But make no mistake, the Mara family is one of the most respected football families in the NFL; I'd put them right up there with the Rooneys, who own the Steelers.

    Mara knows his team are the defending champions, but recognizes his team will want to accomplish more in 2012.

Martellus Bennett Needs to Back Up His Big Mouth

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    On the very first day of training camp, newly acquired Giants tight end Martellus Bennett expressed his feelings of hatred towards his former team.

    Bennett stated that he hates the Cowboys, and well, everyone else in the league, and says that's how it is.

    Whether this is Bennett looking for headlines or this is how he is, I really have to wonder how Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took to Bennett talking like this.

    It's not the Giants style to come off as brash players, especially under Coughlin who preaches discipline and respect.

    So for Bennett, he either needs to back up his big mouth by playing like a good tight end, or he needs to shut up,

    Because if he doesn't produce results, the fans at MetLife Stadium will let him hear about it.

    Either way, he has painted a nice bulls-eye on his back for opening night against the Cowboys with his comments.

The "Tim Tebow Show" Puts the Giants Under the Radar Again

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    When the Jets made the deal to trade for Tim Tebow in the spring, the first thing that came to mind was Brett Favre.

    Yep, remember that guy?

    After the Giants won Super Bowl XLII over the Patriots in February of 2008, the Jets decided to make a very bold trade by trading for Favre, which captured every news media outlet and the attention of everyone surrounding the NFL.

    It put the Giants under the radar, even as the defending champions.

    Fast forward four years later, and the Giants have won another Super Bowl.

    What do the Jets do? Trade for perhaps the biggest media hound in Tebow.

    The Tebow circus has gotten so out of control, the media covered him running in the rain doing sprints with his shirt off. The picture above is proof of it.

    Tebow is a backup quarterback, but because of who he is, his reputation and everything that goes with it, he's treated like a superstar.

    And ever since the trade happened, Tebow and the Jets are all we hear about in New Jersey and New York.

    Which again, puts the Giants under the radar as the defending champions.

    You know what, I am glad Tebow has garnered all of the NFL's attention and gotten the spotlight.

    I'll trade Super Bowl rings and trophies instead of media attention any day.