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Giants' Position Review: Defensive Ends

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    Excerpt: "The Giants have made two Super Bowl runs riding the coattails of a relentless pass rush that has given every quarterback in the NFL fits. This year, however, the front four will have a different look, as stalwart Osi Umenyiora is now in Atlanta.

    The Candidates:
    Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka, Adrian Tracy, Adewale Ojomo, Matt Broha, Justin Trattou, Demontre Moore.

    Key Injuries:
    Jason Pierre-Paul underwent back surgery on June 4th and is expected to miss twelve weeks. If rehab goes well, he should be back by the start of the regular season.

    Battles to watch:
    Vying for two open spots on the roster are four unproven defensive ends: fourt- year veteran Tracy, second-year man Ojomo, third-year veteran Trattou, and rookie Moore.

    Tracy and Moore seem to be ahead of the pack in race for the fourth defensive end spot. Tracy received the bulk of the reps with the second team in the OTA’s and minicamp, as he is the most experienced and has been in the Giants’ system the longest. Last year, he played in all 16 games, mostly on special teams duty, and was able to record one sack in a big game against the 49ers. For the season, he tallied twelve tackles, including four in the 49ers game.

    Meanwhile, Moore is entering his first season in the NFL and is looking to back up his gaudy college statistics with some meaningful playing time as a rookie on an unproven defensive line. In his last season at Texas A&M, Moore was a consensus All-American and first team All-SEC selection. The 20 year-old ranked seventh in the nation with 21 tackles for loss and ninth in the nation in sacks, compiling twelve. Though he is by far the most talented, Moore will have to show an increased level of maturity and be able to prove that he can pick up the playbook quick enough to be completely prepared for opening day.

    Finally, third-year veteran Trattou will
    have his name thrown into the mix. He played six games during the Giants Super Bowl run in 2011 but spent all last year on injured reserve with an ankle injury."
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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    Losing JPP will hurt..
    Mood: WOOF!