Today’s edition of The Mailbag on Giants.com.
(Adewale) Ojomo stood out in preseason, but was invisible this year. Did he suit up for any games?
Ojomo did have a strong preseason – when he led the team with 4.0 sacks – which enabled him to make the roster as an undrafted free agent. But he had too many talented and experienced defensive ends ahead of him, which prevented him from getting on the field in the regular season. Ojomo was inactive for all but one game – the Oct. 7 victory over Cleveland, when he played on special teams. It’s not much to build on, but he will be in the offseason program and will have an opportunity to show in training camp whether or not he’s improved. If he does, perhaps he’ll get a shot to play on defense in 2013.
And another defensive end question…
I think it’s a possibility. The Giants have always placed a high value on pass-rushing defensive ends, and that’s the position Kiwanuka played when he was drafted. He played up front far more frequently in last quarter of the 2012 season. If Umenyiora signs with another team and the Giants don’t bring in another defensive end, Kiwanuka would be the logical replacement. But it will likely be determined by the makeup of the defense. If the Giants have plenty of candidates to play linebacker and need an end, my guess is Kiwanuka will move up front.