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New York Giants Sign Veteran Tryout Defensive Tackle Frank Okam

May 11th, 2013 at 7:58 PM
By Douglas Rush

The New York Giants have been stockpiling defensive tackles this winter. First, they re-signed Shaun Rogers after missing all of the 2012 season with a blood clot in his leg. Then they raided the Philadelphia Eagles depth chart by landing free agents Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson.

In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Giants drafted Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. Plus, they already have Linval Joseph, Marvin Austin and Markus Kuhn from last season along with Bobby Skinner, who is with the team on a futures deal.

On Saturday, the team added another defensive tackle to the depth chart by signing Frank Okam and have added him to the roster, reports  Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.

The former University of Texas graduate Okam was originally a fifth-round draft pick of the Houston Texans back in the 2008 NFL Draft and was on Houston from 2008 until 2010 before he got cut.

He played for the Texans, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010 and with Tampa again in 2011, but did not play at all in the 2012 season after he was cut by the Buccaneers at the end of their training camp.

The signing won't be official until Monday, and because the Giants are at full capacity with 90 players, head coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese will have to cut at least two players, especially since they also signed outside linebacker Aaron Curry on Friday afternoon.

Between the nine defensive tackles the Giants have, they weigh a combined 2,857 pounds and take up 10 percent of the roster. That number will likely be trimmed by the time training camp concludes.


Tags: Cullen Jenkins, Football, Linval Joseph, Markus Kuhn, Marvin Austin, Mike Patterson, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Shaun Rogers

16 Responses to “New York Giants Sign Veteran Tryout Defensive Tackle Frank Okam”

  1.  Dirt says:

    @RVacchianoNYDN: Giants cut six players to make room: OT Levy Adcock, WR Marcus Davis, DB Buddy Jackson, LB Charleus Dieseul, DT Bobby Skinner, K Jake Rogers

  2.  jfunk says:

    Gotta feel bad for the kids that are all excited to get an opportunity then get released before ever getting a real chance to even practice.

  3.  Kevros says:

    @RVacchianoNYDN: UMass WR Jeremy Horne, Fla. Int’l DB Junior Mertile and Georgia Southern S John Stevenson also made the Giants as rookie tryouts. #NYG

    @RVacchianoNYDN: The Giants have also signed TE Michael Palmer, a veteran tryout this weekend who used to be with Atlanta. #NYG

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    I’m shocked about Davis. His talent is definitely there so it tells you something must be really wrong to not even given him a chance in training camp for Jeremy Horne. Every team passed on him for a real reason. I’m also surprised they didn’t give Dieseul a chance. Maybe adding Curry meant we were carrying more LBs than we wanted. We really have room at WR if we are keeping 6 WRs like we have been for many years.

    •  Kevros says:

      My guess is that Davis showed no aptitude for specials and was therefore cut immediately. No way you get the 6th WR spot on this team without being a gunner or KR…

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Special teams in rookie training camp without pads? It’s not that simple. Look at the WRs we kept over him after our top 5. Barden did little on special teams and made the team. Even if you’re great on special teams it’s hard to show that without pads. It has to be his attitude.

      •  giankees says:

        There is tape on davis that shows he was not intereated in blocking at all and cost his team a lot of yards by not raisung a finger. Seems like a selfish guy to me. I believe someone on this site posted it. Dieuseul mist have been too small he looked good on tape but the tape was div 2 so I’m kot sure what that means anyway.

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    Boy, the NFL is a cruel universe. Getting cut after ONE day seems pretty precipitate.

    Hard to blame players who make it through the gantlet when they seek to make every last penny they can get. I don’t blame Victor Cruz for asking for more. I just don’t think the Giants will, or should, give him more than the money they are reputed to have offered.

    Maybe Dieuseul will wind up with the Ravens. Or maybe what I was told was wrong (although reporters apparently thought he looked pretty good so far).

  6.  giankees says:

    Seems like they are looking foe a return man to be yhat 6th rec. And I see we still are trying to have a lot of competition on off line and dbs.

  7.  norm says:

    Chances are that Dieseul never amounts to much in the NFL. So his release likely won’t mean a lot in the grand scheme of things.

    However, it will be very interesting to see how his future plays out compared to that of Aaron Curry. Because losing Dieseul was the opportunity cost of bringing in Curry.

    Don’t worry… I’m not about to launch off into another one of my anti-Curry diatribes. I’ll simply use this opportunity to repeat my opinion that an unknown like Dieseul who might turn out to be decent represents a better bet than a player with a four year sample size of truly horrific NFL play. Obviously, the Giants decided to roll the dice on a former fourth overall pick than an undersized UDFA from a tiny school. It’s clearly the safer play. Hope they’re right.

    Ahh well… no biggie. Odds are that both Dieseul and Curry will be out of the NFL in another year or two and the events of the last few days will be nothing more than an obscure footnote in the annals of Giants history.

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