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01/31/2012 - 2:33pm
Eli: Peyton best QB 'I've ever seen'

INDIANAPOLIS -- Speaking at Media Day at Lucas Oil Stadium, Eli Manning was asked about the NFL future of his brother, Peyton Manning. The Giants signal-caller wouldn't get into specifics regarding where or even if his older brother will play in 2012, but was quick to praise the future Hall of Famer.

"Peyton has had an unbelievable career and in my opinion is the best I’ve ever seen play football,” Manning said. “My goal is to get to his level of play. That’s something I’ve worked on."

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01/31/2012 - 2:26pm
Ochocinco: SB win wouldn't save my season

INDIANPOLIS -- Chad Ochocinco drew a large crowd at Media Day on Tuesday, a much larger group than many of the players at podiums. In the middle of a nearly 30-minute session with the media, the receiver was asked if a Super Bowl victory would salvage what has been an admittedly frustrating season.

"No, I don't know, it just wouldn't," Ochocinco said. "I mean it hasn't been tough, it's football. It's football, one abnormal year doesn't negate years of success. ... after a 10-year span, I finally had a year where it didn’t go well."

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01/31/2012 - 1:43pm
Ridley: 'Definitely' expect to play Sunday

INDIANAPOLIS -- Running back Stevan Ridey, inactive for the AFC championship win over the Ravens, was asked by WEEI.com at Media Day on Tuesday if he expects to be active for Super Bowl XLVI.

"Definitely, man," Ridley said. "I don't know how much or what's going on in the mind of Bill Belichick, but I just know I'll be in uniform and be out there and be prepared to play when they call my number." 

Ridley averaged 5.1 yards per carry in his rookie season and appeared to be taking a larger role in the offense late in the season. But fumbles in the regular-season finale against the Bills and the playoff win over the Broncos was likely the reason for the healthy scratch vs. the Ravens.

"I'm not sure what it was, but common sense says two fumbles in two weeks just is not acceptable," said Ridley. "I'm going to work hard on that and do what I have to do to get his respect back."

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01/31/2012 - 11:50am
Cruz on UMass: 'Didn't have a lot of options'

Giants receiver Victor Cruz joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday to discuss his college career at UMass, his emergence as a top receiver in his second season and the ascent of quarterback Eli Manning. Cruz (who later, while on a podium at Media Day, suggested that Giants receivers were getting "excited" while watching a Patriots seconandary that can be "exploited") described a career trajectory in which he was an overlooked player who wasn't recruited by Division 1-A schools and then went undrafted coming out of college.

"I didn't have a lot of options," Cruz said of how he ended up at UMass. "There were a lot of 1-AA options. UMass, Hofstra offered me a scholarship, Delaware offered me a scholarship. Some 1-As were trickling in there, but no scholarships were being awards, so I just went where I felt like I was at home, where I felt like I was wanted, and that...

01/31/2012 - 10:34am
Evans second-guesses Belichick in SB XLII

Former Patriots running back Heath Evans, now an analyst for the NFL Network, joined the Dennis & Callahan show and reflected on the Patriots' loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII and engaged in what he described as a "stupid" exercise of questioning how New England coach Bill Belichick prepared his team for that game. Evans felt that Belichick may have pushed a tired Patriots team too hard in practice as they were trying to conclude a perfect season.

"I don't think we felt the weight until it was over and done with. Man, we were a fatigued football team. The better team won. I hate to say it, but the better team won that day. So it's not an excuse. But you get done with that season and you reflect back and you're like, 'Man, we were a tired football team,'" Evans said. "I'm going to do something stupid and I'm going to second-guess Bill Belichick. We all agreed with the full pads Thursday, Friday, Saturday in...

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