Unless you're a die-hard New York Giants fan, the name Adrian Tracy isn't a common one to the average fan like Osi Umenyiora or Jason Pierre-Paul. Yet, because of Umenyiora leaving as a free agent to sign with the Atlanta Falcons and JPP's surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back, Tracy is going to use the summer to try and improve his spot on the team and move up on the depth chart for 2013.
Mathias Kiwanuka is expected to see a lot of the first team reps on defense in JPP's spot, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York, which means Tracy moves up and will see in increase of playing time, especially during the team's OTA's.
"It is big not only for me but for everybody," Tracy said last week of the opportunity to move up. "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."
The former sixth-round pick of the Giants from the 2010 NFL Draft has very limited playing time with the team, recording just one sack in 16 games over the three years, but that could change for the guy they refer to as "Yosi," or "Young Osi."
"I am very confident in my skills and my abilities," he said. "And I think the coaches recognize my versatility and what I can bring to the table."
His best game as a professional was when the Giants defeated the San Francisco 49'ers, who went on to become NFC Champions, 26-3 at Candlestick Park back in October. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell mixed Tracy into the defensive line rotation and he responded with four tackles and one sack.
Tracy will not be the only player looking to move up on the depth chart this summer with JPP sidelined, as the Giants also have Adewale Ojomo and Justin Trattou fighting for a roster spot, plus third-round draft pick Damontre Moore will be looking for playing time in his rookie season.
Back in 2007, Michael Strahan was a summer hold out due to a contract dispute, which lead to Justin Tuck getting snaps with the first team defense and allowing him the opportunity to show the Giants what he could do. Even when Strahan came back to the team, the Giants knew they had a star with Tuck and were able to form one of the best pass rushes in team history, which helped them get to and win Super Bowl XLII.
Maybe Tracy gets an opportunity like Tuck did six years ago and seizes the chance this summer for the Giants.
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