Osi ‘Cool' With Not Starting

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Aug. 3: It took a few days into camp until Osi Umenyiora finally spoke to the media and when he did he had some very surprising things to say. Umenyiora totally backed off his previous statements that he'd retire if he wasn't the starter and that there could be a problem if he felt he was playing as well as he could and wasn't on the field.

"I think they're going to use us to the best of our abilities," Umenyiora said. "I think there's enough out there for everybody. Obviously, I've been very selfish in the past with my demands and some of the things that I have wanted, but I don't really feel that way anymore right now. There's enough playing time for everybody. As soon as I get on that playing field I'm going to make plays, period. No matter where they put me, if I'm coming off the bench, I'm just going to be the best bench player ever, so whatever they require me to do, I think they're going to use me to the best of my abilities because this team wants to win. It's not a personal vendetta against me or anything that I've done in the past. I think that everybody needs to be a little bit less selfish and realize that there's enough playing time, there's enough money, there's enough everything out there for everybody, and I think we'll be good to go."

Moments later, Umenyiora was asked if he would be "cool" with Mathias Kiwanuka continuing to start at right end.

"Would I be cool with that?" Umenyiora asked. "If they really felt like that was going to help this team win, then of course I would be cool with that. It would not affect my bottom line in any way."

Those were interesting words for sure from one of the most important Giants.

On the field: In the morning, rookie safety Michael Greco intercepted a Rhett Bomar pass for Derek Hagan and returned it up the field escorted by safeties/secondary coach David Merritt. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell joined the convoy near the end of the play…Greco almost picked off a Hagan option pass to Sinorice MossEli Manning threw a long pinpoint pass to Steve Smith.

In the afternoon, Lawrence Tynes kicked for the first time in camp and made all eight of his field goal attempts at distances ranging from 20 to 47 yards. Perhaps more significantly, rookie punter/holder Matt Dodge did a good job handling a couple of low snaps from Zak DeOssieRamses Barden made a couple of impressive leaping catches, including one in which he used his long arms to take the ball away from Michael Johnson…Cornerback Aaron Ross tipped and then picked off a Bomar pass in the middle of the field.

Quote of the day: A youngster in the crowd yelled and asked Lawrence Tynes if he could have his helmet. Tynes quickly replied, "Yes, I don't need it," drawing laughter from everyone within earshot.

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