Originally written on Big Giants Boom  |  Last updated 8/30/12
Frank Gray
BGB Editor

The New York Giants have had a long standing tradition of excellent pass rushers. Since the 80's names like Lawrence Taylor and Carl Banks were synonymous with speed blitzing off the edge from the linebacker position.

In later years the defensive end position emerged as the primary threat to sack the quarterback. Michael Strahan made it a record breaking art form in the 90's and 2000's. He passed the mantle to Osi Umenyiora who has teamed up with Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul to create the most lethal and feared pass rush in the league.

Now, it appears as if there is yet another name to add to that unit that unit that gives quarterbacks such nightmares. Enter the 6' 4" 270 lbs undrafted defensive end from the University of Miami, Adewale Ojomo. In this preseason, he has tallied four sacks and a forced fumble in his brief stint with Big Blue, but that may be enough.

As Victor Cruz can attest to, sometimes all it takes is one good preseason to shine to become an everyday player and star in the NFL. In Ojomo's case, however, he's had a major influence from the team well before he even signed with the Giants. Growing up, Ojomo admits, he modeled his game after Giants star Osi Umenyiora.

Imagine, then, how this young man must feel lining up next to his childhood idol and sharing the same locker room with him' a locker room he no doubt dreamed of being in one day. This young man is living his dream right now and it is not going unnoticed.

Coach Tom Coughlin said of Ojomo,

"They (Ojomo and teammate Matt Broha) played hard, they get after the quarterback pretty good, they have done a nice job in practice.... They don't miss a thing. They have been a very pleasant surprise."

That sounds like high praise coming from a man that is not easily impressed and that holds the primary decision of keeping Ojomo on the roster. If Coach Coughlin likes him, he has to be good. When the final cuts are made tomorrow night, Ojomo will most likely not be one of them. He has staying power. Much like those that have come before him.


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