Fringe finale: Five wild rides

Steve Wyche takes a look back at the five wild rides we witnessed this summer as Ian Johnson, Lance Long, David Tyree, Boomer Grigsby, and Coy Wire fought for their NFL lives.

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Tyree waiting to see where he’ll land

Not long after being told he would no longer play for the Giants, WR David Tyree was headed to Chuck E. Cheese with his four children.

Nothing like kids to bring you back to reality.

Also easing Tyree’s crushed emotions was the likelihood that he would be with another team by early next week. His agent, Mike Couser, has been taking calls.

“We’ve got a buzz already, so I’ll just let the dust settle and make a decision after that,” Tyree said.

The Ravens have called, and that’s the ideal landing spot for Tyree. It’s an upstanding organization, a playoff team, it needs a wide receiver, but it also wants as many good special-teams players as possible, seeing as coach John Harbaugh is a former special-teams coordinator. And though Tyree made one of the more memorable catches in Super Bowl history, he made the Pro Bowl on special teams.

Tyree’s big problem this training camp — after missing all of last season with knee and hamstring injuries — was that nagging injuries limited him to two preseason games, all but extinguishing his opportunities to make a team loaded with young wide receivers — and special teamers.

“To be released, that’s not what I desired; it’s not how I wanted to end my career,” Tyree said. “A lot of things the past 18 months haven’t gone my way. What I accomplished there was awesome. I was a part of some great football teams. It is a team that always will reside in my heart. I believe they will be a great team this year. I just hope that wherever I land, there will be more amazing things to remember.”

— Steve Wyche


Chiefs, Ravens interested in Tyree

The Chiefs and Ravens are among the teams that have expressed interest in veteran WR David Tyree, who was released by the Giants today, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Since Tyree is a vested veteran and can sign right away, there is a chance he could be with another team within the next few days, the source said.

Though both teams need help at wide receiver, Tyree is coveted more for his special-teams play. He was a special-teams Pro Bowler and is especially adept on punt coverage. However, nagging injuries and a deep receiver pool limited his availability this preseason, resulting in him being let go by the Giants.

–Steve Wyche

The Chiefs and Ravens have generated interest in wide receiver David Tyree, who was just released by the Giants. (Mike Groll / Associated Press)

The Chiefs and Ravens have expressed interest in WR David Tyree, who was just released by the Giants. (Mike Groll / Associated Press)


Giants cut Super Bowl hero Tyree; other teams interested

Super Bowl XLII hero David Tyree had hoped to make a triumphant return to the Giants, one year after suffering a season-ending knee injury. Yet nagging injuries and an abundance of younger competition in training camp led to Tyree being waived today.

“It’s pretty emotional,” said Tyree’s agent, Mark Clouser.

Tyree was one of five featured players on’s On The Fringe series. He arguably had the most difficult circumstances to overcome, and in the end, he simply couldn’t break through all that. Tyree was inconsistent during workouts and didn’t play in the final two preseason games because of a hamstring injury, so his release wasn’t unexpected.

Tyree probably won’t be out of work for long. Two wide receiver-needy AFC teams already have made contact with Clouser about Tyree. He doesn’t have to clear waivers because he is a vested veteran, meaning Tyree is free to immediately sign with any team.

–Steve Wyche


Manning: Tyree ‘a great teammate’

Eli Manning and David Tyree combined to create one of the most memorable moments in NFL history two seasons ago when the underdog Giants upset the then-undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

As the 6 p.m. ET Saturday roster cut-down deadline looms, Manning took time to discuss the frustrating summer experienced by Tyree, a player who has meant much for the QB’s career and forever will be remembered by Giants fans for his Super Bowl effort. However, Tyree could be released as the Giants trim their roster to 53 players.

“David is a guy who really conducts himself at a true professional level,” Manning said in a conference call with reporters. “He always has a great attitude. He is always in great spirits. He is great with the young receivers or all the receivers, on working with them or trying to be a good example. He practices as hard as anybody. He has been a great teammate, a great friend of mine since I have gotten here.

“Honestly, I will always have a special place in my heart, not only because of the play he made in the Super Bowl, but just the person he is and the friend he has been for me. I don’t know what is going to happen in the next day or two — it’s a tough situation — but he has been a great teammate, and we just have to see what is going to happen.”


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Tyree’s days as a Giant could be numbered

After missing the Giants’ final preseason game — a 38-27 loss to the Patriots — WR David Tyree‘s chances of making the 53-man roster are slim. Tyree is nursing an injured hamstring that has kept him out of the Giants’ final three preseason games.

Tyree finished the preseason without a single reception after appearing in only one game. With younger receivers Sinorice Moss and Mario Manningham both stepping up Thursday night — Moss caught two passes, both for touchdowns, and Manningham led the team with four catches for 74 yards — Tyree might have played his last game in a Giants uniform.


Final countdown to 53 is on

Ian Johnson, Lance Long, Coy Wire and David Tyree are all on the bubble to make the final 53 on Saturday. (Associated Press)

Ian Johnson, Lance Long, Coy Wire and David Tyree are all on the bubble to make the final 53-man rosters. (Associated Press)

With the cut-down deadline just two days away, the final four of the “On The Fringe” players get one last chance to make an impression with their teams.

Unfortunately, one of those four — David Tyreewill sit out the Giants’ preseason finale against the Patriots.

As for the Cardinals’ Lance Long, the Falcons’ Coy Wire and the Vikings’ Ian Johnson, the final countdown to 53 is on.

Wire takes to the field at 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday night as the Falcons take on the Ravens at the Georgia Dome. NFL Network will re-air the game on Friday at 10 a.m. ET.

Long continues his quest to squeeze into the Cardinals’ crowded receiving corps when his team visits Invesco Field at Mile High to take on the Broncos. NFL Network will re-air the game on Friday at 1 a.m. ET.

Johnson’s final opportunity to win the hearts and minds of his coaches will take place on Friday night at the H.H.H. Metrodome, when the Vikings take on the Cowboys. The game will be broadcast live on NFL Network, with kickoff set for 8 p.m. ET.

You can also keep track of the “On The Fringe” players’ fates on NFL Network, which will air a 90-minute roster cuts special starting at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday.


Tyree won’t play Thursday

Further damaging David Tyree‘s chances of making the New York Giants’ final 53-man roster was an announcement Tuesday by coach Tom Coughlin that the Super Bowl hero will not play in the team’s preseason finale against the New England Patriots on Thursday.

“The medical people have decided that he’s not ready,” Coughlin said after Tyree missed his second straight workout this week.

Ever since Tyree was part of arguably the greatest play in Super Bowl history, his career has taken a turn for the worse. Tyree missed all of last season while recovering from knee surgery, and the receiver has been battling knee, groin and hamstring problems throughout training camp.

“It’s disappointing,” Tyree said Tuesday, adding he feels he can play somewhere in the league this year if the Giants release him. Full story …


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