November 30, 2020

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Giants’ Oshane Ximines benefiting from the advice…

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Giants’ Oshane Ximines benefiting from the advice...


The New York Giants have been in need of players who can rush the passer for years now. The pass rush has been integral in all four of their Super Bowl championship runs and when it’s not there, the Giants are basically irrelevant.

General manager Dave Gettleman has been focusing on finding players who can both augment the pass rush and fit into defensive coordinator James Bettcher’s scheme.

One such player is outside linebacker Oshane Ximines, the “X-Man,” who Gettleman drafted this spring in the third-round of the NFL Draft. Ximines was the first player ever to be drafted out of Old Dominion, where he set the school record for sacks.

This summer, Ximines has been slowly integrated into the Giants’ defense. He has responded with three sacks in three games, two of which came against the Bengals on Thursday night.

“I think as he plays more he will develop more of that,” Shurmur said on his conference call on Friday. “He probably was as disruptive as he’s been in the preseason. He’s just getting used to playing, I think he is one of the guys that he can find a way to the quarterback. We were pleased with some of the rushes he had last night. He was a little better in the run game as well.”

Ximines is developing quickly and may have had some help from Gettleman himself. From the New York Post:

Before Thursday’s game, as he was making the rounds in the visitors’ locker room at Paul Brown Stadium, Dave Gettleman stopped by the locker occupied by Oshane Ximines, a rookie outside linebacker the Giants general manager deemed worthy of the 95th-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The message imparted was short and succinct: Worry about the little things and the sacks will come.

“That’s something I really pay attention to,’’ Ximines said. “That’s all I did.’’

Ximines is getting more comfortable in his role as a pass-rushing specialist. That is where he provides the most value to the Giants at the moment. He is behind three other players for a starting role (Lorenzo Carter, Kareem Martin and Markus Golden) but with each week, he’s showing more and more that he is destined to be a mainstay on the Giants’ defense.

“I’m not going to say that because this don’t even count,” Ximines said the it was suggested that things are starting to click for him. “I’m just focused on getting better for next week. And making sure I’m ready for Dallas when the time comes.”

We’ll see how much the Giants use him early on. It is certainly in the cards for Ximines to catapult his way into the lineup. Just keep hitting quarterbacks  and good things will come.

Giants' Oshane Ximines benefiting from the advice of Dave Gettleman

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