Aug/31/12 08:47 AM Filed in: Adewale Ojomo
Adewale Ojomo may not mean to make Osi Umenyiora feel old, but sometimes it happens.
Sometimes, the Giants’ rookie defensive end can’t saying how he watched Umenyiora on TV for years, borrowing the 30-year-old pass-rusher’s moves.
“I’ve been watching Osi since high school, college,” the undrafted free agent said. “Sometimes, I make him feel old.”
Not that any of the Giants minded when Ojomo borrowed a Umenyiora move – the strip-sack – to lead 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 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. Thomas fumbled again, 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, opening playing time 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.”
Not that Ojomo wants to leave. He’s spent the past month learning from Tuck, Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul, and he says the Giants have “the best defensive line in football.”
“I would love to be a part (of this team),” he said. “Besides the taxes, the high taxes. Besides that, I would love to be a part of this city and this team.”