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.
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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