I had a chance to speak with someone close to Osi Umenyiora this morning, and I was told that the Giants’ defensive end wasn’t shocked that the team selected Jason Pierre-Paul in the first round of the NFL draft last night. Considering the interest the Giants took in the player during pre-draft examinations, Osi “figured that could be a possibility.”
Still, Umenyiora is said to be scratching his head (along with a whole lot of people) about how everyone is going to play. And that list of everyone includes Osi, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Pierre-Paul and even Dave Tollefson.
“That is a good thing,” Tom Coughlin said last night about the glut of defensive ends the team now has available to it.
Coughlin said he isn’t concerned about smoothing things over with any particular players.
“Let’s get on the field,” he said. “Everybody has a chance to play. Everybody is going to contribute. It’s a long season. We didn’t rush the passer very well last year, so let’s get back to playing football and rushing the passer and stopping the run and doing those kinds of things. And let’s go back to what we did a couple of years ago … With all of these defensive ends that are here, they are working hard. And we certainly would like to think that we have added to that group of young men who are good people and good football players. We have had success when we had depth and let’s work at that aspect of it again.”
Jerry Reese also noted – before the question could even be asked by the way – that Umenyiora will not be traded.
“I know that is on everybody’s mind and we’re not trading Osi,” Reese said. “We’re excited about having the defensive ends that we have.”
Does Umenyiora believe the statements from Reese about not trading him (a sentiment that was also echoed by president and CEO John Mara)?
“You can only take it on face value,” the source close to Osi said. “In this league, when you make a statement, it’s only pertinent at this particular moment.”
I reminded the source that it was just a few weeks ago that Jets general manager Mike Tannebaum said his team had no plans to trade safety Kerry Rhodes “unless something happens.” The next day he was traded to the Cardinals.
“You take it for what it’s worth,” the source said.
By all accounts, Umenyiora had been a happy participant in the team’s voluntary offseason training program. It’s unclear if he’ll continue to be a regular face at the Timex Performance Center, although I’ve been told that “whatever it (takes) for him to be ready for the season he’ll be doing.”
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