I certainly feel a little better than I did four weeks ago

“He was not only a great player for us, but he was a great leader. I just think back to him during the 2007 season and the leadership he showed getting us to the Super Bowl and then winning that game and there’s no way we have a Super Bowl season if Michael Strahan’s not on the team.

“He meant a lot to this organization, and still does.”

This year’s Giants, of course, got off to an unthinkably poor 0-6 start. They have rebounded to win four straight, making Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium vs. the Dallas Cowboys a critical one. How does Mara feel about this year’s version of the Giants?

“I certainly feel a little better than I did four weeks ago,” Mara said. “Obviously we were all disappointed and surprised by the poor start that we had, but I am proud of the fact that our team stuck together and we’re now at the point where we can play meaningful games late in the year. Hopefully we can keep this thing going and make a run.”

There’s a problem in the Navy. Someone has been planting homing beacons on battle cruisers — and I only just realized I’ve never seen an episode of NCIS in my life. It’s something about Navy lawyers, and for CBS to be on-brand there has to be a character who hates millennials. Okay got it.

Tony Romo is: Special executive prosecutor Lance “Turmoil” Riggerson and things will never be the same again. He’s a no-nonsense Texan who doesn’t take guff, especially when that raucous Abby steals his fruit snacks — WHICH WERE A GIFT FROM HIS DAUGHTER! These homing beacons won’t investigate themselves, and who better to bust an international conspiracy than Tony Romo?

There will be a scene where he knocks the homing beacon off the battleship with a football, turns to the camera and says “Fourth quarter comeback complete.” — James Dator
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Victor Cruz doesn’t need to prove anything to his Giants teammates

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — If Victor Cruz’s return to the field Saturday proves to be a dud and comes with zero catches for zero yards and several drops, it won’t mean much to Odell Beckham Jr. The New York Giants’ star wide receiver isn’t worried about what Cruz does in the preseason.

Beckham doesn’t need any convincing to prove that Cruz can help the team this season. He has said on several occasions that the only date that matters is Sept. 11 — the day the Giants open their season on the road against the Dallas Cowboys.

And while the Giants and fans want a clearer idea of what Cruz can do on the field after almost two full seasons on the sideline, his teammates don’t seem to care much. They seem convinced — almost to a man — the return of the old Victor Cruz will happen. It’s only a matter of when.

“He doesn’t need to prove anything to me,” running back Rashad Jennings said.

Cruz, 29, was a Pro Bowl receiver. He has two 1,000-yard seasons and a Super Bowl touchdown catch and ring on his resume, but suffered a serious, season-ending knee injury early in 2014 and missed all of 2015 with a calf injury. Cruz also struggled this summer with a groin injury.

It doesn’t seem to matter. The way undrafted rookie cornerback Donte Deayon sees it, Cruz is a “somewhat of a legend.” It’s a sentiment shared by many of the younger players in the locker room who look up to Cruz and his salsa-dancing superstardom. They’re used to seeing No. 80 making defensive backs look foolish.

It’s not as important to his teammates. They’ve remained patient, and are willing to stay that way through the start of the regular season, if need be.

“You tell him to just pace himself,” Harris said. “We have a lot of time until Sept. 11. We have 16 games. You don’t want to poop out the first half of the season and not be able to play the second half of the season when we really need you. If you miss a couple games, it’s cool.

“We have a whole lot of games after that. I tell him every day, ‘Keep your head up. Stay focused. Take your time getting back.'”

As if two years wasn’t enough already, Cruz’s teammates are willing to wait longer if necessary. Fatigue? What fatigue?

Thankfully, they’ll receive a sneak peek on Saturday and, in their eyes, how it unfolds doesn’t really matter. As long as Cruz comes out of it healthy.

It was the first place where Bill Parcells truly tested Romo to see whether he had the mettle to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. It was only a preseason game on Aug. 12, 2006, but Romo not only started the game against the Seattle Seahawks but went the distance.

He completed 19 of 25 passes for 235 yards and a 9-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Crayton in the Dallas Cowboys’ 13-3 win.

A little more than two months later and with the Cowboys sitting at 3-3, Parcells replaced Drew Bledsoe with Romo.

Romo-mentum and Romo-mania were born. Romo has become the franchise leader in touchdown passes, been selected to four Pro Bowls and been the reason the Cowboys have been in contention when he has started and finished a season.

But things changed on Jan. 6, 2007.

That’s the night a potentially game-winning field goal attempt slipped through Romo’s hands on the snap. The Cowboys lost 21-20, and it was the last game Parcells coached.

Ravens will be investigated for full using pads during minicamp

Still Fangio doesn’t sound concerned.

What do Jerry Jones and DJ Khaled do at a Beyonce concert? ‘Mogul talk’

Have you heard of the popular musician Beyonce? She has a new album out, titled “Lemonade,” and is currently on tour. The first single from the album was called “Formation.” It dropped the day before Beyonce was scheduled to perform at halftime of Super Bowl 50. The tour she is currently on is named after the song. It’s called The Formation World Tour.

There was a show on Monday, May 9 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. That’s the $1.3 billion palace where the Dallas Cowboys play their home games. So it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that Jerry Jones, owner of said Cowboys, was at the concert.

It probably shouldn’t be surprising to see that Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott isn’t the top favorite to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016. As long as there’s a rookie quarterback starting Week 1 (Jared Goff of the Rams) in play, it could be tough.

But our friends out in the desert are badly undervaluing Elliott. According to Bovada, the over/under for Elliott’s rushing yards in 2016 is set at 900.

Yes, Bovada expects Zeke to fall short of 1,000 yards.

It’s an early prop given less than a week ago, Elliott was barely out of his crop-top tuxedo and hadn’t even welcomed Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith as a teammate.

There is some logic in wondering how often he’ll touch the ball given the presence of Darren McFadden (holdover) and Alfred Morris (free-agency addition) on the roster.

Here’s what we learned during that interview:

He drinks “not that often. Maybe once or twice a week — depending. During the season, barely ever. Offseason, you get your workouts in, you do what you got to do, and then you can go have some drinks.”

His drink of choice is a “vodka water.” He also adds a “splash of cranberry.”

Beer? “That tastes weird,” Gronk said. He added that he “sometimes” drinks beer, “depending on the mood.” He then outlined a scenario that could get him to drink a beer. It involved a keg stand.
The only way this makes sense is if Tom Brady is slowly converting Gronk to his ultra-healthy diet.

Snoop Dogg is down to hop on a track with Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell