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Q: When you heard Osi was going down for a period of time, how does that affect you?A: You've got to think it directly affects me in maybe getting some more snaps on defense.  However it does affect me I'm ready to step up in that role.  If it does, I'm ready. If it doesn't, then I'll keep doing my thing on special teams and spot duty on defense wherever they need me.

Q: Do you expect the rotation to be closer to what it was last season?A: I don't know. With JPP coming on, there are just so many guys here that can play. How do you even speculate who's going to play where. Whenever anybody's in, they've got to play good. I have no idea. I haven't been approached about a rotation and I'm not worried about it.

Q: So that's not something that you wonder as a player?A: Well it's nothing that we even really talk about.  If Tuck is tired, I'll go in for him. Really, to be honest with you, I can't remember ever once saying I need more snaps or something like that.  It's just however it works out, it works out. We as backups know that when we are in there we've got to contribute.

Q: If it does work out that you get more snaps out of this deal, do you feel ready?A: Yeah, are you kidding me? Maybe that's a big reason, not even maybe, that's why I came back. I'm comfortable in the system.  I've had success in it and I've played with these guys. We've all played together. We've got a good group of guys that have played together.  Yeah I'm ready. Whenever called upon, I am ready.

Q: You obviously know what Osi can do, how big of a loss is it to lose him for some time?A: It definitely hurts. Remember a couple years ago we lost him and you feel like we maybe faded a little late without a guy like Osi in.  Anytime you add a dynamic player like him to any defensive end group in the league, you become better.  So, him being hurt isn't going to help. We're going to pick up the slack with the guys we've got and when he gets back we'll be ready to roll.

Q: In the past this team has had as many as four defensive ends at once.  Who's the fourth this year? Who's standing out to you after you on the depth chart?A: We'll find out.

Q: Is there a guy who impresses you yet?A: We've got a couple young guys obviously.  Alex Hall has produced in this league. Justin Trattou, a young undrafted kid, he's doing pretty well.  Clint, Adrian Tracy…the New York Giants, traditionally, are always going to have guys that can pass rush. I don't think it's going to be like we're going to be lacking in that area.  Whoever it is, I have full confidence in them.

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