Tag:Osi Umenyiora
Posted on: June 19, 2011 9:00 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.19.11: One way to end Jags blackouts



Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is giving 225 kids the chance to attend football camp -- for free. There's no truth to the rumors that the Bengals will be in attendance, even though owner Mike Brown says "the price is right." (He didn't really say that, but it wouldn't be much of a stretch if he did.)
  • Add it to the list (via the StarTribune.com): "After months of getting rained on, pounded with packed snow and flattened by heavy equipment used to fix the roof, the Metrodome's artificial turf may have to be replaced before the Vikings resume play there in August, Dome officials said Friday." We're blaming Brett Favre.
  • Good news: Aqib Talib's attorney doesn't expect there to be a quick resolution to his client's felony firearm case. In fact, it could drag on beyond the 2011 season. Bad news: Talib will likely still face disciplinary action from the NFL, and you know Roger Goodell can't wait for the lockout to end so he can't get back to randomly handing out punishments.
  • It will probably take three or four years before we know if the Falcons were right to bet the metaphorical farm on Julio Jones, but early returns are encouraging. According to reports, Jones is "way ahead of his game" at informal workouts. It's not much, but it's something.
  • Titans owner Bud Adams parted ways with Jeff Fisher in January, but Fisher says he won't think about returning to the sidelines until after the 2011 season. Hopefully, he can make that $4 million buyout he received from Tennessee stretch for another six months.
  • More former Titans news: One-time Tennessee tight end Erron Kinney is a captain with the St. Andrews Fire Department in Charleston, S.C.
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Posted on: June 18, 2011 12:48 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Osi-McCoy feud picks up rather quickly

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

This LeSean McCoy-Osi Umenyiora feud has gotten really nasty in a very short period of time.

We already told you about how the feud began (Umenyiora, in a sworn affidavit to be filed next month, explains how he feels he got screwed by Giants GM Jerry Reese, McCoy responded by calling him soft and overrated, and Umenyiora responded to THAT by calling McCoy a “she”).

But Umenyiora still apparently was upset by the slight made by the Eagles RB. In part, it’s because McCoy has had a fair bit of success vs. the Giants, but also because this isn’t the first time the two have had words with each other.

"I mean, he’s a girl, man. Who does stuff like that?" Umenyiora told the Newark Star Ledger. "If he has more of these things to say, he can say ‘em to my face. Don’t be no Twitter gangster, man.

“I hate him, he hates me, period.”

I can understand why McCoy would feel like he’s got the best of Umenyiora, because McCoy rushed for 175 yards on 24 carries in two games last year vs. New York, but I can’t figure out why McCoy would drag himself into this potential court case. Unless he truly IS a Twitter gangster.

“I feel things like that stay on the football field,” Umenyiora said. “Off the field, we respect each other because at the end of the day we’re all brothers. But he decided to take it so far that there’s no going back from it now."

Or you could take the attitude of Giants WR Steve Smith, who’s scheduled to be a free agent. You could just post the picture that you see below, and that should end any conversation with McCoy.

Giants celebrate world title

Photo courtesy of Steve Smith.

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Posted on: June 17, 2011 11:49 am
Edited on: June 17, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Umenyiora wants out of NY, McCoy mocks him



Posted by Ryan Wilson

UPDATE: Via the New York Times' Mark Viera, Umenyiora responds to McCoy's tweet: “She can say whatever he wants about it."  The "she" in question? McCoy, who Umenyiora also calls "Chihuahua" and "Lady GaGa." Apparently, these are popular names for McCoy among members of the Giants defenseNow it's a party.

Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora wants out of New York. And he has taken it a step beyond relaying his feelings through the media. In a sworn affidavit to be filed in federal court next month as part of the players' antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, Umenyiora states that Giants general manager Jerry Reese didn't keep promises to renegotiate his contract.

In April, Umenyiora testified:
In early April 2008, approximately two weeks before the start of the New York Giants offseason conditioning program, I ... had a meeting with the general manager of the New York Giants, Mr. Jerry Reese.

After about an hour of discussing my current contract, as well as the contracts of other defensive ends currently playing in the National Football League, Mr. Reese told me that two years from the start of the 2008 league year, if I was currently playing at a high level, we'd either renegotiate my current contract so that it would be equal to that of the top five defensive ends playing or I would be traded to a team that would do that.

Before leaving the meeting, I asked Mr. Reese twice if he was absolutely sure that would be the case. He then told me that he was an honest and church-going man and that he would not lie, which I believed to be the case. Under the penalty of perjury these statements are true and accurate.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the NFL Players Association feels that Umenyiora has "suffered irreparable harm," and it's a primary reason the NFLPA sought out Umenyiora as one of its plaintiffs in the Brady vs. NFL antitrust case.

You'd expect the players to stick together on this issue because, ultimately, the decision will affect all of them. Well, you'd expect wrong. Upon hearing the news that Umenyiora accused the Giants of breaking promises, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy tweeted the following:

"Overrated n soft 3rd best d-line on his team honestly."

As Philly.com points out, McCoy carried 24 times for 175 yards in two games against the Giants last season, averaging 7.29 yards per carry. But Umenyiora racked up 11.5 sacks last season, good for seventh-best in the league. Maybe that still makes him the third-best defensive lineman on the Giants, but he's still no slouch.

McCoy, we'd imagine, remains unimpressed.

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 2:32 pm
 

NFL hands out Player of Month awards for Oct.

Posted by Andy Benoit

The NFL has announced the Players of the Month for October. Here’s the rundown:

AFC Offensive Player: Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers

For the month, completed 125 of 185 passes (67.6 percent) for an NFL-high (and NFL all-time record for month of October) 1,562 passing yards with eight touchdowns versus three interceptions. Had a 101.2 passer rating.

AFC Defensive Player: Michael Griffin, S, Titans

Led the AFC and ranked second in the NFL with four interceptions.

AFC Special Teams Player: Dan Carpenter, K, Dolphins

Led the NFL with 13 field goals for the month, including a pair of five field goal games. Ironically, Carpenter’s special teams coach, John Bonamego, was also canned during this month.

NFC Offensive Player: Roddy White, WR, Falcons

29 receptions for an NFC-best 489 yards and three touchdowns in October as the Falcons went 3-1.

NFC Defensive Player: Osi Umenyiora, DE, Giants

Led the NFL with seven sacks and six forced fumbles as the Giants posted a 4-0 record.

NFC Special Teams Player: Stefan Logan, KR/PR, Lions

Led the NFL with a 35.9-yard kick-return average and ranked third averaging 18.4 yards per punt return.

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 4:19 pm
 

Hot Routes 10.11.10 boxscore tidbits Week 5

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

LeSean McCoy, playing with cracked ribs, had 92 yards on 18 carries at San Francisco.

Michael Crabtree came into Sunday’s game with just 11 catches for 139 yards on the season. Against the Eagles, Crabtree caught nine balls for 105 yards and his first touchdown.

The Jaguars became the latest team to plaster the Bills defense with 200 yards rushing. Maurice Jones-Drew had 84 of those yards on 19 carries. Sixth-round rookie Deji Karim added 70 yards on 15 carries. Karim also had a 51-yard kick return.

The Bills have allowed at least 150 yards rushing in 13 of their last 19 games.

Marcedes Lewis caught a pair of touchdowns for the Jags. Frustrated No. 1 receiver Mike Sims-Walker also got into the end zone (his second TD on the year). Sims-Walker, who was blanked for the second time last week, finished with four receptions for 46 yards.

Derrick Harvey got half a sack for the Jags. (Is it sad that this felt necessary to report?)

Cedric Benson topped the century mark on the ground for the first time this season, rushing for 144 yards against the Bucs.

Bucs rookie wideout Mike Williams had the best game of his young career. Williams, targeted 11 times, had seven receptions for 99 yards and a score – and against a very stellar Bengals secondary.

Terrell Owens went over 100 yards for the second week in a row, while Chad Ochocinco had just 20 yards on three catches. Ochocinco has been held to three or four catches and less than 60 yards receiving in each game since the team’s Week 1 blowout loss to the Patriots.

In the Bengals-Bucs game, the starting safeties for both teams finished first and second in total tackles for their teams.

If you’re wondering who will replace Mark Clayton as the go-to guy in St. Louis…Danny Amendola was targeted 19 times against Detroit.

The Rams were awful giving up 44 points, but on the bright side, it was the first time all season that they’ve allowed more than 17 points. (For what it’s worth, the defense was technically only responsible for 30 of the points Sunday.)

Adam Vinatieri knocked in four field goals for the Colts on Sunday (none of them Super Bowl game-winners, though). It marked the 16th time in the likely future Hall of Famer’s career that he’s made at least four kicks.

Until Sunday, the Redskins had not won back-to-back games since Weeks 7 and 8 of the 2008 NFL season.

Thanks to a 71-yard scamper, Brandon Jackson needed just 10 carries to post a career-high 115 yards rushing against the Redskins.

Six different Redskins had at least 20 yards receiving Sunday. Chris Cooley, Anthony Armstrong and Santana Moss combined for 271.

In addition to a crucial overtime interception, LaRon Landry had a team-high 13 tackles. The fourth-year safety is having a career year playing in Jim Haslett’s scheme.

The Panthers had 62 yards net passing Sunday. That would look bad if not for the fact that the Bears had 29 yards.

Jonathan Stewart had 30 yards on eight carries. More noteworthy is that it was his second most productive game on the season.

Baltimore outrushed Denver by 194 yards.

Days after complaining about his role in the offense, T.J. Houshmandzadeh was targeted only three times. Hey, at least Anquan Boldin was only targeted three times. Housh had two catches, 24 yards. Boldin had one catch, eight yards.

Andre Johnson had five catches for 95 yards, but he was held to just one catch for most of the afternoon. His numbers game in quasi-garbage time.

Osi Umenyiora notched two more sacks. He has six on the season, five in the last two games.

The Texans had a franchise-low 24 yards rushing against the Giants. The previous franchise low was 25 yards against the Jets in 2006.

After the loss at Arizona, the Saints are just 7/19 in the red zone this season.

Saints Cardinals nearly gave us the perfect time of possession balance. Saints: 30:01; Cardinals: 29:59.

Beanie Wells got 20 carries but mustered just 35 yards.

Michael Huff had 11 tackles and a sack for the Raiders. Of course, he was also part of a secondary that yielded 431 yards through the air.


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Posted on: October 1, 2010 2:42 pm
 

Knee is bothering Osi Umenyiora

Posted by Andy Benoit

The New York Giants have sent defensive end Osi Umenyiora to a doctor to have his bothersome knee re-evaluated, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. Umenyiora practiced Wednesday and Thursday but did not partake in any action Friday due to swelling in the knee.O. Umenyiora

The good news is that this is NOT the same knee that Umenyiora had surgically repaired in 2008.

The eighth-year pro actually had some issues with the knee before the Colts game a few weeks ago. Vacchiano writes, “At the time, (Tom) Coughlin described it as a ‘wear and tear’ injury. However, a source familiar with the situation described it as a ‘new’ injury that is likely to bother Umenyiora all season.”

If Umenyiora does not play Sunday night against the Bears – he’s officially listed as “questionable”, though there are whispers that he’s actually closer to “doubtful” – then Dave Tollefson figures to see more snaps.

Umenyiora must be a sore man. Before the season, he was advised to undergo hip surgery. However, he declined and instead decided to play through it.

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 12:10 pm
 

Hip surgery recommended to Umenyiora

Colorado hip specialist, Dr. Marc Philippon, who operated on Kurt Warner, Alex Rodriguez and Ed Reed took a look at Osi Umenyiora and recommended hip surgery for the Giants defensive end. Umenyiora visited Philippon earlier this summer.
O. Umenyiora
Umenyiora has had hip pain off and on since tearing his hip flexor in 2006.

Mike Garafalo of the Star Ledger writes:

Umenyiora tried to battle his way through a hip issue this offseason, as he figured it was simply another flare-up of a lingering injury that pops up annually during spring workouts.

One month into summer, the pain is still there for the Giants’ beleaguered defensive end. And one expert says it won’t go away without surgery.

No one from the Giants or Umenyiora’s circle would comment. Umenyiora is expected to take the field on the first day of training camp.


-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 12:42 pm
 

Good-Spirited Drama Along the Giants DL

In a follow up to the Osi Umenyiora story from yesterday, Mathias Kiwanuka spoke about the situation at the right defensive end position.

"That's my goal and that's where my focus is,” Kiwanuka said of keeping his starting job. “There's no other thought in my mind "Once I get it, I have to keep it."

"We can maintain a friendly competition because that's where we need everybody's mind to be. This is the NFL. There are battles at every position up and down the line."

Umenyiora and Kiwanuka (who, by the way, also has a contract situation), won’t be competing for the same spot on third down, apparently. Yesterday the Giants revealed a four-man nickel front consisting of first-round rookie Jason Pierre-Paul and Kiwanuka as the ends, and Justin Tuck and Umenyiora as the tackles. Tuck is as versatile as any player in the game and has the strength and technique to be dominant inside. Umenyiora has generally been a space player though could give guards fits with his initial quickness.

--Andy Benoit

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