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|Without Osi Umenyiora (72) and Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck (91) and the rest of the Giants' pass rush will be hard-pressed to repeat their 2007 performance, when they led the league in sacks.|
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To Matt in Florida, nope, Kordell Stewart is done. He's not going to surface as a backup anywhere. . . . To M. Martinez in Philadelphia, there will be no Anquan Boldin trade. The Eagles have tried to get Roy Williams, Chad Johnson, Boldin and others over the past year. So have the Cowboys. Boldin will not be traded by the Cardinals this season. Sorry, end of story. . . . To Tim from Pittsburgh, the Steelers' defense had a horrible day of tackling in their second preseason game. They picked it up against the Vikings. More than likely, it was just a case of tired bodies and tired legs. Despite some age issues along the defensive front seven, the Steelers remain a top-five defense. . . . To Cheng in Bolder, Colo., I am worried about a possible lockout in 2010 with the passing of Gene Upshaw. Upshaw knew how to settle the labor problem. He knew what needed to be done to get a deal. Now, he's gone. If the union undergoes a major change in leadership, it will set back negotiations another year. The clock is ticking to an uncapped year in 2010. A deal needs to be done by no later than March, 2010. . . . To Jack in Minnesota, Joe Horn will land with some contending team, but I don't see any spot open for him on the Vikings. . . . Jason in Pensacola, Fla., wonders if Andrew Walter of the Raiders can be traded to a team such as the Bears. Don't see it. Walter hasn't established himself yet as a backup quarterback. He'll get a chance to go elsewhere if the Raiders cut him, but that doesn't look like it will happen either. . . . To Casey, Cadillac Williams, as you know, is on the physically unable to perform list until October. It wouldn't surprise me if he doesn't come back this season, but if he does, I don't expect a great year. He suffered one of the worst knee injuries among the running backs last season. That doesn't mean he can't come back to have a great 2009. The Bucs like being an old team. I like how they are trying to get younger on defense. The Bucs are a contender, but I question whether they can win the NFC South again. . . . To Chioke in Baltimore, I don't see a new stadium on the horizon for the Oakland Raiders. The state of California isn't doing anything on new stadiums for any of its pro teams. . . . An e-mailer contends Kyle Orton makes as many if not slightly more turnovers per play than Rex Grossman. Remember, Orton put up most of his stats as a rookie pressed into service. If you watch the tapes of preseason and see some practices, Grossman tends to make dumb throws at the wrong time or fumbles. The Bears had no choice but to go with Orton.