They've already lost long-timer Osi Umenyiora to free agency, and they can't know at this point what they'll get out of Justin Tuck after two down years in a row. So the New York Giants' pass rush didn't need the news Tuesday that Jason Pierre-Paul was having back surgery that throws his status for Week 1 into doubt. The Giants like to maintain depth at defensive end, but that's being challenged right now. Mathias Kiwanuka moving back up to the line from linebacker can only help so much.
So here's Ohm on Adrian Tracy, who's been getting first-team reps in OTA practices due to the absences of others and could well be asked to take on a larger role for the Giants if Pierre-Paul has to miss any significant chunk of time:
The young defensive end nicknamed "Yosi" -- as in Young Osi -- hopes he can help fill the void left behind by Osi Umenyiora’s departure to Atlanta and serve as the third defensive end now while JPP is sidelined.
"It is big not only for me but for everybody," Tracy said last week of the opportunity to move up with Umenyiora gone. "Somebody of that stature leaves for whatever reason, an opportunity always opens. Whoever seizes it will step in that place and hopefully that is me this year."
As Ohm points out later in the story, rookie Damontre Moore, Justin Trattou and 2012 camp star Adewale Ojomo also remain on the roster as pass-rush options, and it's possible one or more from that group could surpass Tracy. But since this is Tracy's fourth year in the Giants' system (counting the 2010 season he spent on injured reserve), it would appear to be his turn to seize playing time if it's to be presented to him. Even if Pierre-Paul ends up fine for Week 1 and Tuck plays the way he used to play, the Giants' pass-rush rotation is never overloaded. A good offseason for Tracy could mean more snaps for him regardless of other circumstances.