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DE Ojomo makes impact vs. Patriots


Chop up, come around the edge, strip the ball out of the quarterback's hand.

Sound familiar?

Adewale Ojomo learned from one of the best and did his best impression late in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night when he strip-sacked Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer. The Giants recovered deep in New England territory, and four plays later with 1:03 remaining, Lawrence Tynes knocked in a 32-yard field goal. It proved to be the clincher in a 6-3 victory over last year's Super Bowl runner-up to close the preseason.

"It's an Osi Umenyiora move," the undrafted rookie out of Miami said.

It may be Umenyiora's patented move, but that's not to say the rest of the defensive ends don't have their own tips to offer.

"Watching Osi Umenyiora and those guys, I just pay close attention to what those guys do, and try to model my game after those guys," Ojomo continued. "Those guys are the best defensive linemen in the NFL, so it's hard not to take from those guys and make plays."

Fighting for a roster spot at the premier position can't be easy, but nevertheless, Ojomo entered the preseason finale as the team's sack leader with 3.0. His fourth couldn't have come at a better time as it now leaves a lasting impression on the team's decision-makers before the roster is finalized to 53 players this Friday.

Ojomo, who earlier this week said he wouldn't be surprised if he got a few more sacks against the Patriots, won't be sweating come cut day. It's not part of his character.

"God didn't give me the spirit of anxiousness and nervousness," the 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive end said. "He gave me the spirit of courage and strength. So I'll be real confident.

"To be honest with you, they have to make tough decisions. So if you don't show what you can do and make the decision easy for them, a guy like me wouldn't stand a shot of making this 53-man roster with these guys coming off a championship. I would just be another guy in the mix. So you have to go out and make your mark and do what you need to do to make this team."

While not wanting to make Umenyiora feel old, Ojomo said he's been watching the Giants' 10th-year star who has 69.0 career sacks and 30 forced fumbles since high school. So joining him and the defending Super Bowl champions would be an honor for Ojomo.

"This is a first-class organization from the equipment staff to the coaching staff to everybody you interact with," Ojomo said. "The players are very mature guys on this team, so I would love to be a part of it – besides the high taxes and high rent. Besides that, I would love to be a part of this city, this team."


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