He returns as a part-time player, recording just six tackles in the first four games with no sacks to his credit thus far. Last season, Osi had a respectable 7.5 sacks in his first year with Atlanta.
“I am really just in on third downs, I am a pass (rush) specialist,” Osi said on a conference call Wednesday. “In New York, I played all downs and we were part of a rotation over there. That is the main difference. I don’t have any complaints. Whatever they tell me to do is what I am going to do. Do I feel like I can be helping more? Yes, but I don’t have any control over that. So whatever they ask me to do, I am just going to go out there and do.”
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin isn't buying Osi's modest comments. He knows his former strip-sack artist is still dangerous.
"Like Osi," Coughlin said, when asked how Umenyiora looks these days. "Very, very close on a lot of back door plays, which he’s very, very good at. Quick, very fast."
Umenyiora was the Giants' second-round pick out of Troy in 2003 and compiled 75 sacks in his nine years with the Giants, despite being slowed by hip and knee injuries among other ills. He is fourth all-time in sacks in Giants' history behind Michael Strahan, Lawrence Taylor and Leonard Marshall.
Osi, who appears to forlorn over his departure from New York, will likely be pitted against former teammate, LT Will Beatty, this Sunday. Beatty is another former second round pick of the Giants (2009) and knows Osi very well from battling him in practice for four seasons here.
"Will Beatty has always been a very good player," said Osi. "I think he was very competitive, very mature beyond his age, especially when he came in, and he is still that way now. I think they have him rated as the best left tackle in football. He is playing very well, I am very happy for him, and I am proud of him, proud to see the type of player he has become, because he was like that from the beginning. Last year, I left last year, so obviously he didn’t have anybody pushing him. That is why his game kind of slipped a little bit, but now he looked on the schedule and he sees me on there and all of a sudden he is an All-Pro left tackle again, so I am going to take credit for that. Will Beatty is just a really good guy."
Beatty, who was all but written off by pundits and fans this past winter after breaking his leg in the final week of the 2013 season, is currently the highest-rated LT in the NFL by the website Pro Football Focus. He is looking forward to lining up across the line from Osi this Sunday.
“I was on his scout side, trying to make him better,” Beatty said. “Now I get to go against him and that feeling that this is what you look for. You look forward to the big games and the good matchups. This is almost a division game for me going against him because of how well I know him. Let’s see how much he changed. I get to show him how much I changed and how much I grew.”
Yeah, let's see.