New York Giants: ed reed

Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants.

The news of the day: The Giants return to work to look at tape on Packers third-string quarterback Scott Tolzien, about whom they know little if anything in advance of his start against them Sunday at MetLife Stadium. The players on the Giants' defense have begun to feel good enough about themselves to believe they can handle anyone. They say they're not going into games thinking about limiting damage anymore, but instead thinking about shutting teams out.

Behind enemy lines: Here's our man Matt Williamson's scouting report on Tolzien, who Matt says won't be afraid to try tough throws and could have an opportunity to hit some plays downfield if the Giants key on the Packers' vastly improved running game.

Around the division: The Dallas Cowboys are off this week before facing the Giants in Week 12, but the bye may not be enough to get them healthy on defense. They'll surely be without linebacker Sean Lee, who's probably the best player on their team and is out for a few weeks with a pulled hamstring. Fellow starting linebacker Justin Durant is also out for that game, and it remains to be seen whether the Cowboys' defense can expect to get linemen DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher back in time for the Giants game. Big mess down there in Big D.

Around the league: No, I do not expect the Giants to try to sign veteran safety Ed Reed following his release from the Texans. From what little I've seen, my impression is that Reed is done or close to it. And safety is one of the positions at which the Giants actually look very good, with Antrel Rolle and Will Hill and Ryan Mundy. They have no cap room and bigger problems. If Reed could play center, that'd be one thing.
Your daily morning check-in for news and notes related to the New York Giants.

The news of the day: Reports late Thursday night indicated the Giants are close to acquiring linebacker Jon Beason from the Carolina Panthers for a late-round draft choice. Certainly a big name, and the kind of splashy move for which the fans have been calling. And given the state of the Giants' linebacker corps, a player as accomplished as Beason is worth taking a chance on.

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Tom Szczerbowski/Getty ImagesJon Beason was selected to three straight Pro Bowls (2008-10) before injuries took a toll on his career.
He has not been a very good player, however, for the Panthers this year and was (somewhat ironically) losing practice snaps to former Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn in recent days. Injuries limited Beason to five games total over the past two years, and he's been struggling with a surgically repaired knee. So what I'm saying is, don't anticipate instant help.

The Giants will need to make a move to clear a roster spot if Beason passes his physical and the deal does go through. They also will need a roster spot for safety Will Hill if they decide to active him from the suspended list, as expected. Right guard Chris Snee is a candidate for injured reserve. The Giants also could cut a disappointing linebacker, such as Keith Rivers, to make room for Beason. The deal also would require some sort of salary-cap move from the Giants, as they don't have the room to pay the active-roster incentives in Beason's contract unless they restructure it.

Behind enemy lines: The numbers say Michael Vick is holding the ball too long. Vick says that anyone who says he's holding the ball too long needs to go watch the film. So what Vick is saying, I think, is that the numbers need to go watch the film. Why go after the numbers, Mike? They're just numbers. They can't watch film.

Around the division: The Cowboys aren't scared of Peyton Manning and the Broncos, and I can totally respect that, even though I really do think they should be. A lot of people are 100 percent certain the Broncos will win in Dallas on Sunday and that the winner of the Giants-Eagles game will be either tied for first place or one game back. I don't know. Call me crazy. I have a hunch this could be Denver's first loss.

Around the league: Texans safety Ed Reed, discussing the revelations in the book "League of Denial" by ESPN investigative reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, says the NFL is "shady." On next week's show, Ed will learn that grass is green and water is wet.

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