In Newsday, Tom Rock profiles Tuck who has stepped into the role of leading the Giants defense in Strahan's absence in his own unique way.
Tuck currently leads the team in sacks with three and is a big reason for why the Giants lead the NFC in fewest yards and points allowed per game.
"I think it's more when to say things instead of what to say when I think about Michael. If there's anything I learned from him, it's when to get yourself in it. Not necessarily saying the things he would say, but put your own twist on it. The timing is always the most important thing. I wouldn't call him a loudmouth, but there's a reason he's on Fox and all that stuff."Tuck had to wait until the third round to be selected on draft day in 2005, and then waited his chance through the first through years of his career to make his way into a defensive line rotation last year, racking up 10 sacks.
"Having an opportunity to work with Michael and Osi really allowed me to not have the pressure of being in the game all game, allowed me to work on the things that I needed to work on to become a complete defensive end," he said. "It gave me the opportunity to perfect my craft, work on the little things, and that's benefiting me now."While Tuck has a lot to owe to his mentor, he has the chance now to not just become the next Michael Strahan, but the next Justin Tuck.