Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Umenyiora plans to attend OTAs
By Ohm Youngmisuk
Osi Umenyiora heard all the rumors floating around him, the Giants and his future this offseason.
And the defensive end says he doesn't understand what all the commotion is about. Umenyiora says he has been with the Giants and will continue to be a Giant focused on winning games. He insists he will not pull a Jeremy Shockey and become a problem or a distraction.
"I've been in New York the last two weeks working with the team," Umenyiora blogged on Monday on PlaymakerMobile.com. "I'm not sure what all the fuss has been about with me. There has been a lot of talk about me, about me getting traded. I didn't get traded, I'm with the team and have been with the team. I think people have been looking for me to do something to cause dissension, but that's not happening."
Umenyiora's happiness has been a major story line with the Giants this offseason. During Super Bowl week, the defensive end said he would consider retiring if he didn't regain his starting spot this season. Following an offseason workout, Umenyiora also issued several no comments when asked how he was feeling in regards to his role and his future.
And after the Giants drafted defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in the first round with the 15th overall pick, Umenyiora wondered if he was going to be traded.
Jerry Reese said he fielded phone calls from other teams wondering the same thing with the Giants carrying five defensive ends in Justin Tuck, Umenyiora, Mathias Kiwanuka, Pierre-Paul and Dave Tollefson.
But the Giants general manager emphatically insisted that he will not deal Umenyiora. And the defensive end has been focused on regaining his starting job and putting the pass rush back in the Giants' defense ever since.
While some wondered if Umenyiora would cause trouble, the defensive end has participated in the Giants' offseason program and has been pleasant according to teammates. All indications are he will enter training camp and compete with Kiwanuka for a starting spot opposite Tuck.
"OTAs start [Tuesday] and I'm ready to roll," he blogged. "I'm focused on working and want to do all I can to help this team win games. Honestly, I think everyone on the team has been working, I don't think anyone has been missing. The atmosphere has been great and I think it's needed. I'm looking forward to starting OTAs. We've all been off football for a while so practice together as a team will be great."
Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.