We saw one of the best plays of camp – this day or any other – earlier today from Osi Umenyiora. On a pass play the Giants have run several times so far in this camp, Eli Manning rolled to his right while the running back slipped out of a chip block and cleared some space to the left. Manning in the past has stopped his roll, turned and thrown against the flow of the play to that running back (or tight end since Martellus Bennett caught the ball on a similar play once). Today his target was D.J. Ware. But something got in the way.
The defensive end was pursuing Manning from behind when all of a sudden he slammed on the brakes and turned and sprinted towards Ware. Osi recognized the play. And not only was he able to decipher the intent he had the skill to catch the ball cleanly and return it for a touchdown.
“Really good, really great hands,” Coughlin said of Umenyiora’s play. “I thought we had beaten him with that screen a few times this preseason and I thought he had been suckered in again because he was a long way down the line of scrimmage and then he turned around and recovered and made a really nice catch on the ball.”
Normally when a defensive player scores he gets to go to the sideline and celebrate with his team. This time, though, Umenyiora had to go back and play defense again.
“He ran the length of the field and then we put him in on the next play and he was, ‘Oh darn!’” Coughlin said.