Adewale Ojomo shines against Patriots during NY Giants' preseason win
Aug/30/12 09:09 AM Filed in: Adewale Ojomo
Adewale Ojomo celebrates a tackle in a preseason win over the Patriots.
Adewale Ojomo does not mean to make Osi Umenyiora feel old, but it happens.
“I’ve been watching Osi since high school, college,” the rookie defensive end said. “Sometimes, I make him feel old.”
Not that the Giants minded when Ojomo borrowed a Umenyiora move — the strip-sack — to lift Big Blue to a 6-3 preseason win over the Patriots on Wednesday night at MetLife Stadium.
With 2:38 to play and the score tied, 3-3, Ojomo, an undrafted free agent, blew past a Pats lineman and slapped at QB Brian Hoyer, knocking the ball out at the New England 29. Defensive tackle Marcus Thomas scooped up the ball, fumbled, then fell on the ball at the 17, setting up Lawrence Tynes’ game-winning 32-yard field goal.
The play capped a stellar preseason for Ojomo, a University of Miami product fighting to stick in the Giants’ ultra-deep defensive end rotation. It initially seemed nearly impossible, with Umenyiora dubbing third-year end Adrian Tracy “Young Osi.” But hamstring issues forced Tracy to miss the last two preseason games, resulting in snaps for Ojomo.
Wednesday’s sack was Ojomo’s fourth of the preseason.
“He had a great game,” Justin Tuck said. “A great preseason. He’s talented. He’s definitely making a case to be on this football team. And if not this one, he’s proven he can play in this league.”