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Friday, October 5, 2012
Osi, unlike JPP, is enjoying himself

By Mike Mazzeo

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck say they aren’t having fun. As for the other member of the Giants’ much-ballyhooed yet underperforming pass-rushing trio?

“Well, we lost the last game, so obviously it’s not that fun to do that -- but other than the fact that we lost, I think I’ve enjoyed myself,” Osi Umenyiora said Friday. “I’m enjoying being around my teammates and playing for this team. But hopefully we can get in the win column, I think that will be much more fun.”

Through the quarter pole of the season, the 30-year-old defensive end has posted seven tackles and two sacks.

“You know, it’s too early in the season to be talking about that,” Umenyiora replied, when asked to assess his performance so far. “I think I’ve handled my responsibilities and done the best I can. I’ll pretty much leave it at that. Would I have liked to put up more numbers? I think everybody around here would. But at the end of the day, you can only do what you can do.”

Umenyiora revealed that him, Pierre-Paul and Tuck are receiving more attention from opposing offenses than they’ve ever received before.

“We’ve seen it all, but we haven’t seen it all on this level before,” Umenyiora said. “At the end of the day, we’re gonna have to overcome that. It’s that simple, man. There’s no excuses, there’s no, ‘The offense is doing this ... .’ They pay us to do a job. They pay us to stop the run and get after the quarterback, and we just have to do a better job of that.”

The Giants are tied for 18th in the NFL in sacks, with eight. Umenyiora, Pierre-Paul and Tuck have combined for just 3.5 sacks. They combined for 30.5 in the regular season last year.

“At this particular time, you can’t really measure it on that, because we’re not getting as many opportunities to rush the quarterback,” Umenyiora said. “Once we start getting those opportunities and what not, having the impact on the game that we’re supposed to, then I’ll know that we’re not playing well, but I’m not gonna say that right now.”