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Giants Training Camp Notes: August 17, 2015

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On another host, steamy, humid day in New Jersey, the Giants took to the practice field while four player rode stationary bicycles on the sideline. Safeties Landon Collins (knee) and Cooper Taylor (toe) were joined by left tackle Will Beatty (torn pectoral) and cornerback Jayron Hosley (concussion) on the bikes. Rueben Randle (knee tendonitis) and Nat Berhe (calf) missed practice, while Prince Amukamara (groin) started out the day working with trainers on the sideline.

There was some good news for Hosley on the injury front as tests on his neck came back negative. Hosley is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol and will need to be cleared before he can resume practicing. Victor Cruz declared himself 100% healthy and expects to play against Jacksonville on Saturday night. He will likely be on a very limited snap count. General Manager Jerry Reese echoed Cruz’s optimism regarding playing in Saturday’s preseason game.

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Giants Training Camp Notes: August 16, 2015

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Prior to practice, the Giants released a lengthy injury report that contained some good news. Jameel McClain (stinger) and Geoff Schwartz (ankle) both returned to practice, bolstering the linebackers and offensive line, respectively. Landon Collins (MCL sprain), Trumaine McBride (hamstring), Rueben Randle (tendinitis), Nat Berhe (calf), and Prince Amukamara (groin) are listed as day-to-day, indicating that their absences are not expected to be long term.

Chykie Brown (LCL sprain) is listed as week-to-week and Jayron Hosley is in the NFL’s concussion protocol, indicating a potential longer term absence. Additionally, Hosley has a cervical issue in his neck that is still being examined. It was reported yesterday that rookie Mykkele Thompson would miss the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. The team held private free agent tryouts prior to practice and Giants360 will bring you the names of the players that attended and those signed as soon as they are available. Jonathan Casillas also missed practice with a stiff neck.

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Five Things We Learned from the Giants Preseason Opener

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Giants Lose to Bengals

The Giants laid an egg in their preseason opener and lost for the first time since August 29, 2013 as they dropped last night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals 23-10. Preseason is not about winning, but rather about measuring progress and looking at young player. There were some highlights, some low lights, and a few players who got themselves on the coach’s radar. Today, we take a look at what learned, who emerged, and where the Giants stand the morning after.

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Owa Odighizuwa: A Cartoon by Pat Lamb

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See more of comedian/cartoonist Pat Lamb’s work on his web site www.patlamb.com

And connect with Pat on Twitter: @lambchops1

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Five Positions to Watch in Tonight’s Preseason Opener

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It’s Only Preseason, But…

It may only be a preseason game, but the Giants take the field for the first time since last December for a clash with the Cincinnati Bengals. Position battles are raging, and Tom Coughlin reminded his players through his post practice press conference on Wednesday that starting jobs and roster spots are still up for grabs. Here are the five most interesting position battles to watch when you tune in at 7:30 tonight. The real fun starts after the established starters sit down sometime late in the first quarter or early in the second.

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Green Bay Packers Fly To Pittsburgh For Most Expensive Preseason Game

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SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 6: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers in the huddle during the 4th quarter of the game against the San Diego Chargers NFL Game on November 6, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images) houston.cbslocal.com

The Green Bay Packers are entering this 2015-16 NFL season as one of the Super Bowl favorites, as Aaron Rodgers continues to develop into the league’s best all-around quarterback. After last year’s heart-breaking NFC Championship game collapse, the Packers will look to regroup and get back into the Super Bowl. They certainly have the offensive firepower, led by Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.

The path to redemption starts in the preseason, where Packers tickets are higher than most teams around the league. Fans will clamor to get into historic Lambeau Field even for an exhibition game. With secondary market ticket information provided by TiqIQ.com, below is a breakdown of prices and travel options for Packers preseason games.

8/13/2015 | New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers | Gillette Stadium | Average Price: $113.77 | Get-in Price: $33

8/23/2015 | Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers | Heinz Field | Average Price: $156.28 | Get-in Price: $27

8/29/2015 | Green Bay Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles | Lambeau Field | Average Price: $138.55 | Get-in Price: $87

9/3/2015 | Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans Saints | Lambeau Field | Average Price: $71.76 | Get-in Price: $25

For fans looking to create a football road trip for a Packers preseason game at home, Hipmunk.com provides hotels near Lambeau Field starting at $43 for their third and fourth preseason games against the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans, respectively. The third game against the Eagles may be the best option out of the two, as the starting unit typically plays the most in that one.

But seeing Rodgers get his first taste of the season against the defending Super Bowl champions isn’t a bad option either, especially with a get-in price of $33. Boston flight deals can be found on Hipmunk, too, making is the No. 1 travel resource for any football fan during any point in the season.

The Packers have moved on from Brandon Bostick, as the fumble from the backup tight end that led to the Seahawks’ tying possession ultimately cost him his job. Through the NFL Draft, the Packers added first-round pick Damarious Randall, who will either play cornerback or safety, and Quinten Rollins in the second round, another cornerback.

Dallas Cowboys Make Two West Coast Road Trips During Preseason

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Dallas Cowboys faithful can stop worrying about if Dez Bryant will be wearing the star logo on his helmet in the long-term, as the upper echelon receiver recently signed a five-year, $70 million contract to remain in Dallas. It was a tense back-and-forth between the two sides, even reaching the possibility that Bryant might hold out in the upcoming campaign.

The Cowboys moved on from DeMarco Murray, last season’s leading rusher, but still have their massive offensive line that should be able to pave the way for Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden, who was signed by the team this past offseason. Dallas is looking to get at least one spot further than last season, when they lost to the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round thanks to a controversial Bryant no-catch call on a ball that he appeared to haul in that would have set up the winning score.

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Dallas Cowboys Rank In Top Third Of NFL In Estimated Travel Miles For 2015

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The Dallas Cowboys gear up for another postseason run, looking to put their controversial loss in last year’s playoffs to the Green Bay Packers behind them. They’ll have to do it without DeMarco Murray, who joined the division rival Philadelphia Eagles during the offseason.

The Cowboys are one of the teams that people want to see the most and fans will have the opportunity to do so. According to an article by CBSSports.com, the Cowboys are in the top third in the NFL in estimated travel miles this season at 17,148. Specifically, they rank 12th out of the 32 NFL teams, and have zero trips that exceed 2,000 miles.

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Dallas Cowboys Ticket Prices High After 12-4 Season

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After three consecutive 8-8 seasons, the Dallas Cowboys found their calling with a rebuilt offensive line and a rush-oriented attack. With the departure of DeMarco Murray, whom the Cowboys lost in free agency, Dallas looks to prove that the members of the offensive line were the true stars of last season.

Coming off a controversial defeat to the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs, Dallas will be seeking to take the next step after an impressive 12-4 season. Even with Murray bolting to Philadelphia, the Cowboys still possess an impactful offense, led by Romo and Dez Bryant. Those two alone boast the ability to lead a group that can shred any given defense that they square off against.

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Cowboys Fans Look to Draft and Schedule Release After Offseason Flurry

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The Dallas Cowboys surprised everyone in 2014 by finally committing to the running game on offense. Despite an 0-1 start, Dallas rounded into one of the more balanced team’s in the league and rode an extremely productive DeMarco Murray to a 12-4 finish and the NFC East title. The Cowboys didn’t stop there, as Jason Garrett’s crew even beat the Detroit Lions in the playoffs, before losing a close (and controversial) game at Lambeau Field.

While the ‘Boys allowed Murray to walk in free agency, they franchise tagged stud wide receiver Dez Bryant and brought in running back Darren McFadden to help replace Murray. Dallas will undoubtedly want to target an explosive young back like Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon in the 2015 NFL Draft, but for the moment they still appear to be a team very much on the rise. That may especially be the case considering their division still isn’t the strongest.

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