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Umenyiora wants to prove he’s not just a pass-rusher

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New Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora should still have plenty in the tank, after being a part-time player for the Giants in recent years.

But he disputed the notion that he was just a third-down player.

“I’m a guy of tremendous pride, and I would have liked to be on the field more, but it is what it is,” Umenyiora said, via Jim Corbett of USA Today. “They had three or four great pass rushers. I’m just fortunate to come here.”

While Umenyiora didn’t get the kind of contract he was hoping for in his first crack at free agency (two years, $8.5 million in a depressed market), but he did sound like a man delighted to be with the Falcons. Between living nearby, the fact his 5-year-old son grew up Falcons fan and the fact they’re close to a Super Bowl-level team, he sees it as a perfect fit.

“This is a dream situation for me, [having] a home here from the area. To come to a team like this is just a blessing,” Umenyiora said. “There’s a lot of tremendous leadership on this team already. We’re going to find a way to get this done. We’re going to definitely do everything we can. The [coaches], the general manager, the ownership, they have done their job, put together a fantastic group of talented people.

“It’s going to be on the players to see if we’re going to be able to make that happen.”

The Falcons tried making that happen by signing Ray Edwards, but that was a sensational flop. And after releasing John Abraham, they’re going to need Umenyiora at his fullest, which means on first and second downs as well.

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44 Responses to “Umenyiora wants to prove he’s not just a pass-rusher”
  1. justintuckrule says: Mar 28, 2013 7:55 PM

    Dude gets a bad rap for not playing the run well. Truth is….he barely saw run downs so the bad rap doesn’t make sense. The guy is still a great edge rusher and can hold the line well if they run at him. With his speed, he can still chase plays down from behind.

    The Falcons got a good player. He’s better than Abraham for sure. With the Falcons’ high scoring offense, teams will be passing plenty against them and not running much anyway so Osi’s run defense isnt’ something to worry about.

    I put the over/under on sacks/FF at 11/5.

  2. fistoftheraven says: Mar 28, 2013 7:58 PM

    Well Osi, you got paid. Now, earn that money.

  3. kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: Mar 28, 2013 7:58 PM

    We all know if the Patriots didn’t want him that he has nothing left. Bill Belichick is the best personnel guy in the history of football.

  4. nygiantstones says: Mar 28, 2013 8:00 PM

    I’ll take that under, justintuckrule.

  5. ebrownwareagle says: Mar 28, 2013 8:01 PM

    @justintuckrule

    Well Said!!

  6. fuglyflorio says: Mar 28, 2013 8:02 PM

    He’s got talent, no doubt there. But he’s all about the money. The reason he didn’t do well against the run is that sacks push your free agent value higher. He sold out every down for that. There’s no ‘I’ in team, but there’s a great big ‘I’ in Osi.

  7. bconnor94 says: Mar 28, 2013 8:05 PM

    Wow his own son didnt even grow up rooting for him! That’s rough!!

  8. JMClarkent says: Mar 28, 2013 8:10 PM

    “His 5-year-old son grew up Falcons fan.”

    When? The LONG gap from age 3 to present?

  9. bigblueinburgh says: Mar 28, 2013 8:10 PM

    @ nygiantstones – I agree.

  10. censoredagain says: Mar 28, 2013 8:12 PM

    Osi, as a lifelong Giants fan, I’m sad to see you go. You played a big part in the 2 Super Bowls you played in, and you’ll always be remembered as a great Giant.

    However…you really are just a pass rusher. A very GOOD pass rusher, but saying that you’re something else only insults the intelligence of the people who saw you play for the last 10 years. Run stuffing is not one of your gifts, I’m afraid. Embrace the truth, because the whole world was watching.

  11. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 28, 2013 8:12 PM

    The Falcons are always fun to laugh at in January.

  12. sicklife1 says: Mar 28, 2013 8:23 PM

    Osi is done…he really took a step back last year. I will say one thing about him though, he always steps his game up in the playoffs. He’ll disappear in a lot of regular season games though…wait & see Falcons fans.

  13. captainphintastic says: Mar 28, 2013 8:24 PM

    benroethlisberger7 says:
    Mar 28, 2013 8:12 PM
    The Falcons are always fun to laugh at in January.

    Based on your roster, it looks like there’s a BIG gap in that stairway to seven. Good luck in your rebuilding…

  14. madmax80 says: Mar 28, 2013 8:24 PM

    But he IS just a pass rusher. . . .

    Occasionally, a RB may trip on him as he runs by him. I guess that counts. Kinda.

  15. novoodoo4409 says: Mar 28, 2013 8:24 PM

    Webster defines playoff failure as the FAILCANTS….biggest LOOSAHS in NFL history..what a joke…lmao…

  16. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 28, 2013 8:28 PM

    @novoodoo4409 HAHA Nice one!

  17. rpiotr01 says: Mar 28, 2013 8:33 PM

    What’s wrong with being just a pass rusher?

  18. biggestsaintsfanever says: Mar 28, 2013 8:39 PM

    I put the over/under on sacks/FF at 11/5.

    I take the under…WAYYY under

  19. noring4youstill says: Mar 28, 2013 8:46 PM

    He is also a FalCants

  20. therealraider says: Mar 28, 2013 8:46 PM

    Hes had 10 years to prove it.. after a decade.. You are what you are.

  21. skippynj says: Mar 28, 2013 8:47 PM

    “Yes, I’m also old. “

  22. whoisthatteam says: Mar 28, 2013 8:47 PM

    Ray Edwards 2.0

  23. riverhorsey says: Mar 28, 2013 8:56 PM

    Maybe Umenyiora could just worry about proving he can keep his mouth shut.

  24. yourignorancespreads says: Mar 28, 2013 8:59 PM

    Well you just stepped into who dat nation. And you will learn a lesson, and it might be a painful one. I wish you luck because your gonna need it. Remember New Orleans owns this division and you will see that soon enough.

  25. jameyjame says: Mar 28, 2013 9:07 PM

    kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: Mar 28, 2013 7:58 PM

    We all know if the Patriots didn’t want him that he has nothing left. Bill Belichick is the best personnel guy in the history of football.
    ————————————————-
    pre spygate you mean cause he ain’t won jack since.

  26. jameyjame says: Mar 28, 2013 9:08 PM

    yourignorancespreads says: Mar 28, 2013 8:59 PM

    Well you just stepped into who dat nation. And you will learn a lesson, and it might be a painful one. I wish you luck because your gonna need it. Remember New Orleans owns this division and you will see that soon enough.
    ————————————————–
    most over rated team in football behind the falcons.

  27. gochargersgo says: Mar 28, 2013 9:57 PM

    Anyone who says Osi is even “mediocre” vs the run can’t possibly have been paying attention to him. He gets washed on almost every single play.

  28. reasonablemindsays says: Mar 28, 2013 10:01 PM

    If Winston Justice didn’t exist, this guy would be flipping burgers at Wendy’s.

  29. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 28, 2013 10:07 PM

    freeney is also just a pass rush specialist, and he said he wants more than what Osi got

  30. greatestgamensports says: Mar 28, 2013 10:08 PM

    He wasn’t that good in NY, just sayn…

  31. yousuxxors says: Mar 28, 2013 10:11 PM

    lol he didn’t get a bad rap for playing the run. he is horrible against the run. that’s where it came from.

  32. sf94545 says: Mar 28, 2013 10:12 PM

    This one never gets old

    What’s the difference between a dirty toilet bowl and a dirty bird?
    One has a ring. HahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaHahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahHahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaHahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahaHahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaHahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahHahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaa

  33. gammynomnom says: Mar 28, 2013 10:18 PM

    captainphintastic says: Mar 28, 2013 8:24 PM

    benroethlisberger7 says:
    Mar 28, 2013 8:12 PM
    The Falcons are always fun to laugh at in January.

    Based on your roster, it looks like there’s a BIG gap in that stairway to seven. Good luck in your rebuilding…
    __________________________________

    well, at least they don’t have seven gaps to leap.

  34. phoowes says: Mar 28, 2013 10:31 PM

    Osi looked foolish against run-option offenses last year.

  35. giantssb42champs says: Mar 28, 2013 11:20 PM

    Osi still has something left in the tank. I wish him luck in Atlanta. He was a big part of two Super Bowl winning teams in New York and we’ll always appreciate that.

  36. roadtrip3500 says: Mar 28, 2013 11:32 PM

    Lawrence Taylor could sack QBs and run down RBs. He’s in Canton.

    Michael Strahan could sack QBs and run down RBs. He’s going to Canton.

    Sorry, Osi – the Giants have those two guys in their history… and you’re not on that level.

  37. bspurloc says: Mar 29, 2013 12:31 AM

    Truth is…. when he was in there on a passing down and they RAN… 1st down was the results.
    Maybe he is a good run stopper…. just lacks intelligence to know someone is running with the ball….

  38. duncanthecat says: Mar 29, 2013 1:26 AM

    Osi has over the years proven to only be a situational pass rusher. If he trying to stack and shed with the big boys he is going to end up on IR as he has also proven capable of achieving.

  39. marcinhouston says: Mar 29, 2013 2:17 AM

    Can he play QB in the second half in the playoffs?

  40. flmike says: Mar 29, 2013 7:05 AM

    Another Steve Miller signing by the Falcants…
    Take the money and run…

  41. flmike says: Mar 29, 2013 7:07 AM

    yourignorancespreads
    Your Saints better be able to put up 50 every game, because that defense isn’t gonna stop anybody…

  42. nananatman says: Mar 29, 2013 9:44 AM

    If you wanted to be on the field more you should have gotten your hip problem off the stationary bike and into practice once and a while.

  43. cmonelisha says: Mar 29, 2013 1:15 PM

    @justintuckrule- the reason osi barely saw run downs is bec from 06-11 we realized he was TERRIBLE against the run and got wise.. thats why he was only in on passing down but he did play a bunch of run downs and got run on when he did.. hes just not a run stopper. ive been watching osi his whole career as as any giant player who plays for the giants. and osi is a pass rusher who cant hold the run

  44. goawayeverybody says: Mar 29, 2013 5:10 PM

    I cannot WAIT to watch the feckless Falcons flush another season down the drain this year! Can’t wait!

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