Don't tase me, Broha! Rookie DE gets shocking reps with ones
I wrote a story in the paper today about Adewale Ojomo, the rookie defensive end who leads the Giants in preseason sacks. But Ojomo is actually playing with the twos, beating up on backup quarterbacks and feasting on second-string offensive linemen. The guy who is ahead of him on the depth chart and actually playing with the starters is Matt Broha, also an undrafted rookie who had an opportunity to be on the field in the first half against the Bears.
His biggest memory from that experience, he said, was waiting for it to happen.
“Probably just being in the huddle right before,” Broha said of taking the turf for the fourth defensive series of the game. “There was a TV timeout so we were in the huddle for a while and Osi said ‘Just do what you do, stick to what you’ve been doing.’ Some comforting words right there.”
Broha’s first snap with the starters resulted in him drawing Bears tight end Kellen Davis offsides. Clearly Davis was scared and jumpy about having to face Broha.
“Yeah,” Broha said with a chuckle, “that’s what they were saying.”
Broha’s experience with the starters wasn’t limited to the second quarter against the Bears. Yesterday in practice, with Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora sidelined, he was the starting defensive end.
Broha has shot up the depth chart mostly because of injuries, and not only to the top guys like Pierre-Paul and Umenyiora. Justin Trattou and Adrian Tracy being injured have also cleared a path for him.
“There are opportunities,” he said. “I’ve been trying to make the most of my opportunities and they’re giving me a chance. It’s all about making the best of it.”
Broha has not been with the Giants long, but he already said he understands the pride that comes from being a defensive end for this team in particular with its rich tradition of terrorizing quarterbacks.
“I don’t try to think about it,” Broha said, “but being at practice and around these guys you can definitely tell that the d-end spot is something to be honored. It’s great to be along with those guys outside.”
He could wind up a part of that tradition, and might be a good candidate to fill in that “Dave Tollefson” role as the backup who can do special teams and play a few snaps a game and provide a spark.
“It’s up in the air,” he said of his potential spot on the final roster. “I’ve tried to every day do what I’ve been doing, try to put good film out there and try to make plays and get noticed. It’s all up to the coaches now. I feel like I’ve done the best job I can do, so we’ll see in the next couple of days and whatever happens happens.”