Carl Banks said it best last night during the final preseason game: the New York Giants can't afford to waive Adewale Ojomo in hopes of stashing him on their Practice Squad because he will end up on someone else's 53-man roster. And with a little over 24 hours until head coach Tom Coughlin has to make his final decisions, Ojomo has certainly given him a lot to think about.
The undrafted rookie free agent out of Miami came into training camp with little fanfare, but quickly began to catch the eye of anyone paying attention. He looked good in practice and then excelled in each preseason game, all but cementing himself a spot on the 53-man roster with a three tackle, one sack performance in a 6-3 victory over the New England Patriots on Wednesday night.
“[The coaches] have to make tough decisions, so if you don’t show what you can do and make the decision easy for them, a guy like me wouldn’t stand a shot at making the 53-man roster,” Ojomo said. “With these guys coming off a championship. I’d be just another guy in the mix, so you have to go out there and make your mark and do what you need to do to make this team.”
Ojomo finishes the preseason with 10 tackles (four for a loss), four sacks, four QB hits, one pass defended and one forced fumble.
“I’m confident in myself and in my abilities. I don’t think I’m a fluke. I think I can go out every Sunday and do what I need to do,” he said. “It would be a great honor to be a part of this team. This is a first class organization from the coaching staff to the players – very mature guys on this team. I would love to be a part of this team.”
With Justin Trattou (foot) on Injured Reserve and Adrian Tracy dealing with a lingering hamstring issue, Ojomo was given a unique opportunity and he ran with it. It's impossible to ignore his impact this preseason, and it's going to be near impossible to waive him.
Once an unlikely candidate to make a team stocked with the best pass rushers in the world, Ojomo would now be considered a surprise cut. We'll know whether or not he sticks in a little more than 24 hours.
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