Thursday, April 18, 2013
New Giants pumped to join Big Blue
By Kieran Darcy
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Several new Giants met with reporters Thursday, on the first day of offseason media availability, and they sounded excited about their new team and the upcoming season.
"I really felt wanted here," said defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins. "It’s hard to explain, but how they looked at playing me, how I fit into the system -- it’s a system I’m used to. And then looking at the team -- it’s a team that wins, that expects success, not a team that’s rebuilding. It’s a team where I’m coming in and just trying to help them continue the success that they’ve been having in the past."
Jenkins played for the Eagles the past two seasons, after spending the previous seven in Green Bay. And he's been impressed by what he's seen in the first week of offseason workouts. "Just seeing the work ethic so far. Getting in, and seeing how everybody approaches things, especially with the older guys -- the attendance is pretty high," Jenkins said. "Everybody’s here working hard, and you see them pushing each other, working together as a group."
Offensive guard Chris Snee, who's gone up against Jenkins many times in the past, said Jenkins is a "tremendous addition."
"He’s a big man who can rush the quarterback, explosive, and then that allows you to keep other guys on the edge where they’re more comfortable," Snee added.
Linebacker Dan Connor played for the Cowboys last season, after four years with the Panthers. "I feel like I’m kind of a traitor to Dallas," Connor said. "But that’s behind me. I’m comfortable here, I like it here. I’ve only been here for four days now, but it feels like a place I wish I had been right out of the draft. I wish I had been here. It feels so comfortable."
Connor will compete for the starting middle linebacker position. "There’s a bunch of good guys, there’s good guys in the room, a lot of young talent, and then the draft’s right around the corner," Connor said. "There’s always new guys coming in. So competition’s gonna be high."
Tight end Brandon Myers spent his first four NFL seasons with the Raiders, and has never played in a playoff game. "It’s definitely different. It’s a different situation," Myers said. "[The Raiders] hadn’t won in a while, and I think when you don’t win in a while, you kind of lose that mentality."
Myers caught 79 passes for 806 yards last season with Oakland, and will replace the departed Martellus Bennett. "They’ve been very successful with their tight end position the last few years," Myers said, of the Giants. "And they have an established quarterback, and an organization that expects to win, that wins a lot of ballgames."
Kicker Josh Brown was brought in to replace Lawrence Tynes. Brown, a 10-year veteran, was 11-for-12 on field goal attempts in four games with the Bengals last season, and thinks he'll adapt to the windy Meadowlands just fine.
"I feel like I am just as good from 55 [yards] and in as I am from 35 and in," Brown said. "Dealing with the wind, growing up in Oklahoma and playing at Nebraska, I am a very good outdoor kicker. I say that with humility but with confidence at the same time because I have had to do a lot of it."