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New York Giants’ Ramses Barden, Steve Weatherford to Join NFL Broadcast Boot Camp

June 3rd, 2013 at 10:00 AM
By Dan Benton

From June 17th through the 20th, shortly after the New York Giants depart from mandatory veteran mini-camp, wide receiver Ramses Barden and punter Steve Weatherford will take part in the NFL's Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. They will also be joined by two former Giants, punter Jeff Feagles and wide receiver Michael Clayton.

'Steve Weatherford of the New York Giants' photo (c) 2012, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The four were chosen from a crop of 22 current and former NFL players, reports ESPN.

The purpose of this boot camp is to help the athletes learn about the broadcasting business in an effort to expand their horizons post-NFL. And of the 128 players who have taken part in the boot camp from 2007-2012, 48 of them went on to land a broadcasting job.

This crop of 24 players, including the aforementioned current and former members of the Giants, will work with ESPN, CBS, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, SiriusXM, Dial Global Radio and other local networks to see the ins and outs of broadcasting. And each participant of this year's Broadcasting Boot Camp will have the opportunity to earn a guest broadcasting gig with the league’s United Kingdom broadcasting partners.

Both David Diehl and retired center, Shaun O'Hara, had previously taken part in this boot camp.

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12 Responses to “New York Giants’ Ramses Barden, Steve Weatherford to Join NFL Broadcast Boot Camp”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    Okay, I cannot help myself. THIS is a potentially appropriate use of Ramses Barden’s time. He is apparently a relatively bright guy. He can’t help it if he isn’t quick enough. So perhaps he will be quicker with the quips than he is with the timing off the LOS. I wish him well in his broadcast career, which I certainly hope starts soon.

  2.  JimStoll says:

    GIANTT said:

    GIANTT says:
    June 3, 2013 at 10:26 AM
    We all recognize the talent of Nicks and Cruz but in the back of my mind is the Eli factor . What kind of numbers would these guys put up with another QB throwing to them ? Reese is not going to pay up for numbers which are a large part due to Elis abilities . As has been pointed out , every time the Giants let a receiver or TE leave , the doom and gloomers come out of the woodwork predicting future disaster for the Giants throwing game . Every time Eli finds a new toy to play with and I am of the opinion that the Giants have enough talent on hand for Eli to do so again.
    I have serious doubts that the Giants will be able to ,or even want to to invest top money in both Nicks and Cruz so perhaps we are seeing the game that will eventually lead to Cruz signing his tender . Then one of two things will happen , he will have a good year and the Giants will be unable or unwilling to pay him the big bucks and he leaves with a big free agent contract .Or , he has a mediocre year and the Giants can then sign him to a reasonable contract . He should just remember what happened to Steve Smith . Signing a long term contract now gives him a decent amount of guaranteed money and with Jay Z pitching for him we know his football salary will be an insignificant part of his income as a media star a long term contract will also set him up as Elis go to guy in the slot for a contract beyond this one which he could easily get if he doesnt mess up this one

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    While there is some truth in what you say, the reality is that Nicks, Cruz and Eli make a pretty special threesome and the window on eli’s career, while not exactly closing, is certainly descending. He likely has 5-8 years left barring injury. It would be nice if he didn’t have to redevelop chemistry with new guys every couple of years.
    I am positive both Nicks and Cruz will be in camp come July; what is less clear is whether either will be a Giant in 2014

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    I don’t care what anyone else says, it is in no way good that Victor Cruz wants a reality show that is all about him. He has already demonstrated a concentration level that sometimes led to dropped passes. The last thing the team needs is his trying to figure out how to **** things up on the sidelines in order to create material for the next week’s show.

    On the other hand, I think this news means that he is almost certain to sign a contract and show up at mandatory practices. He is going to be concerned about his “Q-rating” and a holdout will not endear him to New York fans. Bad for television ratings and gaining advertising dollars, and Jay-Z knows that quite well.

  4.  TheCatch says:

    GIANTT says:
    June 3, 2013 at 10:26 AM
    We all recognize the talent of Nicks and Cruz but in the back of my mind is the Eli factor . What kind of numbers would these guys put up with another QB throwing to them ? Reese is not going to pay up for numbers which are a large part due to Elis abilities . As has been pointed out , every time the Giants let a receiver or TE leave , the doom and gloomers come out of the woodwork predicting future disaster for the Giants throwing game . Every time Eli finds a new toy to play with and I am of the opinion that the Giants have enough talent on hand for Eli to do so again.
    I have serious doubts that the Giants will be able to ,or even want to to invest top money in both Nicks and Cruz so perhaps we are seeing the game that will eventually lead to Cruz signing his tender . Then one of two things will happen , he will have a good year and the Giants will be unable or unwilling to pay him the big bucks and he leaves with a big free agent contract .Or , he has a mediocre year and the Giants can then sign him to a reasonable contract . He should just remember what happened to Steve Smith . Signing a long term contract now gives him a decent amount of guaranteed money and with Jay Z pitching for him we know his football salary will be an insignificant part of his income as a media star a long term contract will also set him up as Elis go to guy in the slot for a contract beyond this one which he could easily get if he doesnt mess up this one

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    TheCatch says:
    June 3, 2013 at 10:39 AM
    My friend has for years traveled in social circles where he has opportunities for in-depth conversations with the media personalities that cover and broadcast the Yankees. He has met and sat with most of the players both past and present. He speaks of what great guys people like Tex and Jeet are. He also speaks of all the gossip around guys who heads have gotten to big with their new found stardom. Example: Jaba is said to see himself as hot s***, ( A-Rod is A-Rod). These players are never the same in that their on field performance drops. The more Cruz see’s himself as a rock star with a Jay-Z millionaire life style the more I think of his trade value in draft picks and the benefit of having his expected new salary available for other signings. Kudos to DD for his team first approach.

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    Let’s also all remember that Jerry Reese was taught by Ernie Accorsi that there is never a need to rush things. Reese has proved extremely adept at showing patience in these disputes with agents and players and generally come out just fine. He waited out a tough few years with Osi and got out of him what the team wanted (while they might still not mind having him here his presence is no longer essential with the drafting of Moore and the presence of Ojomo and Tracy and the probable shift of Kiwi to primarily a defensive end).

    He has now waited out Cruz and I suspect that while fans get aggravated, and the team gets frustrated (particularly the coaches), Reese knows that he has played this as well as possible and narrowed Cruz’s options to the point where he has to play for the Giants in 2013 at well under his value or play for them from 2013-2017 for substantially less than a deluded player and his previous agent thought he was worth.

    I also suspect there are conversations going on with Nicks and his agent (given that Reese said some months ago that they’d like to get something done with him), but those will go according to the same principles that Reese sticks to in all cases: let the emotions fade a bit and then try to strike a fair deal at a number that works for the Giants within their cap budget and positional values. Failing that, move on while knowing that some decent options are on the roster. And when you don’t have those decent options (ie. when dealing with Will Beatty recently) get something done quickly even if you have to overpay a bit (which, in Beatty’s case, he appears not to have done).

    My guess is that Reese is on the verge of getting something done with BOTH Cruz and Nicks, but we’ll have to see how it plays out. Meanwhile, it’s great that the team is seeing what they can get from Randle and Murphy. I think that is an unalloyed good.

    •  JimStoll says:

      other than the belief that Reese is on the cusp of completing deals with both — which I simply don’t know one way or the other — I agree that Reese is following script

  6.  giankees says:

    Although i agree that a player can do what he wants in the off season or while he is not playing. I believe that its a bad sign that cruz may be losing some focus. He burst on the scene without anyone believing he was gonna be what he is today. Its all come really quickly for cruz and he did fall off a little last year and i would like to see how much he was targeted in 2012 vs 2011 but as soon as the def keys on him his numbers def go down. If you remember in the 2011 pplayoffs in the first 2 games against atl and gb they single covered nicks and focused on cruz then sf realized ghat nicks was the one that needs focus and cruz had a huge half in sf.so he needs to unserstand he isnt the guy he works well when nicks is in there. Plus he is not too bright if he doesnt realize that playing in ny vs being traded to jax or cle would put a serious hurting on a reality show. The people yhat watch that stuff are looking for train wrecks like chad or T.O so unless you are a diva type you need to play in a big market to lock in those ratings. Or else you will find yourself trying to catch passes on the outside from gabbert!

    •  jfunk says:

      I’ll add that Cruz said himself last year that his frequent drops early in the season were probably a result of him not working as hard as he should have in the off season, that he was guilty of getting complacent and thinking things would continue to “come easy” for him.

      However it would appear that this off season he has set himself up with more, not fewer, distractions.

      I understand the urgency to strike while the iron is hot on as many opportunities as possible, but he had best be careful that his on field product doesn’t slip or he’ll really hurt his long term earnings.

      Nobody will watch a reality show about Cruz if he’s having mediocre seasons in Carolina instead of spectacular seasons in New York.

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