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Three backups who stood out against the Steelers
Yahoo Sports’ Adam Martini put together a list of three backup players who stood out in the Giants’ 18-13 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. Rookie defensive end Damontre Moore, who missed Monday’s training camp practice with a shoulder contusion, tops the list and is joined by third-year safety Tyler Sash and second-year defensive end Adwale Ojomo.
Moore and Ojomo will compete directly for a roster spot behind Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka at defensive end while Sash is the No. 2 strong safety on the Giants’ depth chart, behind veteran Antrel Rolle and ahead of injured rookie Cooper Taylor.
Sash, a former sixth-round draft pick out of Iowa, will have an opportunity to see more time on the practice field after Rolle suffered an ankle injury on Monday.
Here’s what Martini had to say:
DE Damontre Moore: “With Jason Pierre-Paul out and Justin Tuck ailing, Moore gave coach Tom Coughlin a reason to smile — not that Coughlin smiles often. The team’s third-round pick had three tackles, blocked a punt and generally was buzzing around the ball.”
S Tyler Sash: “With rookie safety Cooper Taylor sidelined due to a hamstring injury, Sash stepped up and made two key plays in the third quarter. He sacked quarterback Landry Jones for a safety and pounced on a Steelers fumbled punt return. Sash, the team’s sixth-round pick in 2011, also was credited with four tackles and deflected a pass.”
DE Adewale Ojomo: “Once again, Ojomo is fighting for a spot on the 53-man roster. Last year, he had a team-best four sacks in three preseason games and made the cut. Can he do it again? The competition at his position is going to be intense, but Ojomo helped his cause with 1.5 of the team’s five sacks against the Steelers.”
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“We teach guys to get open. That’s where the complication comes, where sometimes they have guys run a twelve-yard curl and that’s what they have to do in other systems. We give them some flexibility to react to the way the defensive technique is being employed. With that flexibility comes the responsibility that, A., do it in a way that the quarterback can interpret and that’s why we meet every practice as a group and I go on to speak so that everybody sees things the same way. And, two, that not only does your body indicate what you’re doing, but that you make the right decision. In that sense it takes a little bit of time. I think, as you see, most of the receivers think it’s the greatest thing that ever happened to them. The challenge really falls on making sure that he and the quarterback see it the same way. That’s why we meet together as a group every day.” -Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride
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