New Giants S Duke Ihenacho has been thoroughly impressed with his new teammates as he transitions into his new defense, per Dan Duggan of NJ.com.
Ihenacho spent the past three seasons with the Redskins, so naturally, he looked at his new teammates with distain during his time there. However, he has found that they are not a bad group after all.
"When you're on the other side, you just see these guys as the enemy," Ihenacho said. "You don't know the guys so you have a little more animosity toward them. I would have never though that a lot of these guys were pretty cool people - just genuine, down-to-earth people. Because when you're on the other side, you just never know. But just being in the facility and being around the guys, it's been a surprise."
Entering OTAs, Ihenacho immediately noticed how the secondary were all on the same page, and that was something he found surprising.
"It's real close, real young," he said. "Guys are all on the same wave length so that was pretty surprising. I'm not saying it wasn't like that other places, but you just think coming from other places that this is rare. But then you get to other places and you're like, 'OK, it's not that bad.' "
Giants veteran CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was a familiar face for Ihenacho in the room. The two played together with the 2013 AFC Champion Broncos, who traveled to MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Getting to know the others, the 28-year-old was highly impressed with Pro Bowl S Landon Collins.
"You never know the way people work until you get around thema nd see it for yourself. But he works hard," Ihenacho said. "I can tell he really cares about football a lot and he cares about not just being good, but being great. And he's humble as well."
Ihenacho will need to buckle down at training camp in July as he signed a one-year minimum deal worth $775,000 of unguaranteed money. As the only new member among safeties on the roster, he has the disadvantage of learning an entirely new defense.
The Giants had him playing both safety positions at OTAs, and though it will be a long haul, he thinks his off on the right foot.
"Things are going well," Ihenacho said. "I like it out here. I like the team, the guys, the vibe, just the environment. As far as the playbook, it's coming along. I'm doing as much studying as I can. It's a little slow, but it's coming along."
In 15 games last season, Ihenacho totaled 66 tackles and two passes defended.