ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — At last, after two long years with the Giants, Adrian Tracy has found a spot on the defense.
He also has a new name.
Meet “Young Osi,” the defensive end who has a lot in common with his fellow position mate, Osi Umenyiora.
Tracy is a little undersized to be an end, but he has the same type of speed and explosive burst that helped make Umenyiora a two-time Pro Bowl standout and a constant threat to quarterbacks in passing situations.
Getting to this point hasn’t been easy for Tracy, a sixth-round draft pick in 2010 out of William & Mary. He missed his rookie season after dislocating an elbow. He also ruptured a biceps tendon in a preseason game, and then spent last year’s Super Bowl season on the Giants’ practice squad after failing to make the roster as a linebacker.
This season? Different story. The Giants moved Tracy back to end, the position he played in college, and it appears to be working out. Tracy feels back in control.