John Fennelly, Lead Writer
69 years ago today, Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in an all-out offensive against the Axis forces. Approximately 4400 US soldiers were lost in the invasion, which is now known to Americans simply as D-Day and the turning point of World War II.
What you should know this morning…
The Giants will be back on the field at TPC this morning as OTAs begin to wind down. Today’s session is open to the media. The final OTA will be held tomorrow, closing out the voluntary stage of the offseason program. Minicamp begins on Tuesday and will run through Thursday. The sessions are mandatory.
Paul Schwartz of the Post reports that Jason Pierre-Paul’s chances of a full recovery from surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back are very good. According to Dr. Andrew Hecht, AND orthopaedic surgeon and co-director of Spine Surgery and director of the Spine Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Giants DE’s odds of returning to form are around 90%.
“It looks very promising,’’ Hecht said. “I’ve never seen the guy, I don’t know how bad he is, but on average the Giants quote seems very appropriate. It’s very common and the prognosis is excellent, the outcome is usually very good, he had a terrific surgeon who did it. Everything is going in his favor.’’
In our show this week, my radio partner, Craig Santucci, had the same surgery as JPP and is not sold the All Pro DE will be the same player going forward.
The Daily News’ Ebenezer Samuel writes the Giants’ latest backfield tandem of David Wilson and Andre Brown are setting high goals for themselves. Their contrasting styles harken back to the “Thunder and Lighting” days of Tiki Barber and Ron Dayne and the “Earth, Wind and Fire” trio, which consisted of Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw. Both units spearheaded championship runs.
“It ain’t like they haven’t produced two 1,000-yard backs before in the same season,” Brown recently told the Daily News. “I believe that we’re capable of doing that.”
On SI Now, NBC Sports’ Amani Toomer talks about how the Giants’ handling of former WR Steve Smith’s contract has affected the contract decisions of Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.