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5 things to know about new DE Ifeadi Odenigbo

Five things to know about new Giants defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo:

1. Ifeadi Odenigbo is entering his fourth season in the NFL. He was drafted in the seventh round (220nd overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, where he spent his rookie year on their practice squad. Odenigbo has spent time with three teams, including two different stints with the Vikings. He started 15 of the last 31 games in which he played for the Vikings.

2. In 32 career games (15 starts), Ifeadi has registered 10.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 28 quarterback hits, one safety, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown to go with his 59 tackles (34 solo).

3. Odenigbo's best season came in 2018 when he played in a reserve role for the Vikings in all 16 games. Odenigbo picked up seven sacks that year, along with 13 quarterback hits, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, one in which he returned 56 yards for a touchdown. It was the fifth-longest fumble recovery score by a Vikings defensive lineman in team history.

4. He played college football at Northwestern from 2012 to 2016, where he finished his college career ranked second in school history with 23.5 sacks. He was named First-Team All-Big Ten by the conference's coaches in 2016 after he led the Big Ten with 10.0 sacks. He still holds the Northwestern single-game record for most sacks with his four against Iowa that season.

5. Born Ifeadikachakwu Anthony Odenigbo in Bayonne, New Jersey, he was the first member of his family born in the United States after his parents came to the country from Nigeria. He attended Centerville High School in Ohio where he was a football star in addition to lettering in track and field all four years.

View photos of defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo, who recently signed with the team.


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