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February 2, 2012

Meet the New York Giants

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Aaron Ross

RCB (31), 6-0, 190, 5th season, Texas

Struggled in coverage for much of career, especially early this season, even has spent time at safety ... Figures to be targeted by Patriots in passing game ... First-round selection in 2007 (20th overall) who also has run back punts ... Had four INTs this season.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Lawrence Tynes

PK (9), 6-1, 194, 8th season, Troy

Has proven his skills in clutch with winning FGs in two NFC championship games ... Made 19 of 24 field goals this season, longest from 50 yards, and had 79 touchbacks on kickoffs. His kickoffs have improved throughout season ... Acquired for seventh-round drat pick in 2007 from Chiefs ... Range indoors should reach just over 50 yards.

Steve Weatherford

P (5), 6-2, 211, 7th season, Illinois

Spent previous two seasons with Jets, then switched allegiances to Giants as a free agent ... Also holds on place kicks, did good job handling low snap on Tynes' winning FG last week ... Had career-high 12 punts at San Francisco for 557 yards, both team records ... Averaged solid 45.7 yards per punt this season.

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