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Justin Tuck to New York Giants’ Rookies: “You’re Going to Work Your Ass Off”

May 19th, 2013 at 11:30 AM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants defensive captain Justin Tuck has vowed to return to his All Pro level in 2013 and it has already become abundantly clear that he's not just blowing smoke. He's worked relentlessly throughout the offseason and expects that to wear off on his teammates and the new rookies.

'Justin Tuck: Calm Before the Storm.' photo (c) 2009, Heath Brandon - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Shortly after being drafted in the third-round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Damontre Moore was promptly met with a note from Tuck that simply read "hope you are ready to work."

The message wasn't meant as a joke or a gag; Tuck is extremely serious about the upcoming season and he expects the rookies, who he feels are the weak link right now, to familiarize themselves with the team, the schemes and their jobs. On top of that, he expects them to work just as hard as he's working.

"They need to know that this year has to be our best year," Tuck said. "I don’t want to call them our weakest link but they are the new guys so they don’t know our system, how we get down. So right now they are our weakest link and you are only as strong as your weakest link."

Moore was quick to admit that his practice habits were less than stellar, but Tuck's note made it immediately clear that will not fly in New York. Accordingly, Moore has vowed to make his weakness a strength — something that will make Tuck and head coach Tom Coughlin very happy people.

Of course, this hard work has less to do with hazing rookies than it does getting back to where Tuck feels the Giants need to be.

"I want those guys to come in with the attitude knowing that this year is all about working," Tuck said. "It is not about what we have done or haven’t done. It is a brand new year and instill in them early that this team is going to work our ass off to get back to where we feel we should be — a consistent football team that makes the playoffs and wins the last game."

The motivation, determination and projected grind have not scared off any of the rookies, who have all agreed with Tuck, claiming they're ready for a long summer.

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11 Responses to “Justin Tuck to New York Giants’ Rookies: “You’re Going to Work Your Ass Off””

  1.  nygiantfanatic4life says:

    Giants Fact of the Day…The Giants have not won 7 League Championships but 8, get the admin to please change that incorrect stat.

  2.  Krow says:

    demo … thanks for the nod on the Roidhawks. They’re the poster children for PED abuse. Seattle … IMHO … is the dirtiest franchise in the NFL … and has been for quite a while.

  3.  Chris says:

    I hope tuck works his **** off as well. JPP has been getting a lot of double even a chip and a maybe a double. Tuck should have plenty of oppertunities once again, lets hope he turns it back around this year.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      im afraid Tuck is done. He’s always been a hard worker, but sometimes you just run out of steam.

      Also, JPP wasn’t doubled nearly as much as people think. As a good DE part of your job is to adjust to the chips. bumps and even doubles coming off the line. He was good last year, but nothing more than that.

      In all honesty, i’ve said it on this site before, i’m a bit less hopeful than everyone else about this upcoming season. I see the team as being just okay.
      And the D-line which was once our strength, actually worries me.

      •  D Nice74 says:

        You’re afraid Tuck is done which means what exactly in the real world? I’m afraid you have no idea what you’re talking about because you just like everyone else cannot see the future. The games still have yet to be played and there are far too many intangibles for anyone to make a plausible assessment about what may or may not happen this season. Try not to confuse a strong opinion with verifiable fact.

  4.  Chris says:

    JPP had just as many pressures as the rest of the Top DEs in the league; I know that’s no excuse but it’s shows that he was still getting there. He was one of the bright spots vs the run game as well. Now tuck on the other hand has had less doubles and chip blocks but his production was down. I thought A.P was right when he said that tuck isn’t the same player and that he doesn’t look ‘hungry’ like he did when he was when A.P was still on the squad

  5.  Chris says:

    So why is it that I get censored but the title is not censored?

  6.  GmenMania says:

    UUT

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