New York Giants’ newly signed linebacker Bobby Okereke was beforehand on the other aspect of the sphere from Daniel Jones when the Giants confronted the Indianapolis Colts final 12 months in Week 17.
Throughout that recreation, Okereke was flagged for successful on Jones, leading to a 15-yard penalty.
From that play alone, Okereke expects some enjoyable trash speak together with his new workforce, and he’s already “laughed it up” with Jones.
“There’ll most likely be some enjoyable trash speak. However me and Daniel dapped it up after the sport. I instructed him it wasn’t intentional. He’s a aggressive man. I’m a aggressive man,” Okereke instructed reporters on Thursday. “He’s attempting to run, and I’m attempting to cease him from working. Clearly, not deliberately attempting to hit him within the head or something. However we dapped it up and cleared the air. We needs to be good. Purple jersey — he’s secure. I’m hands-off.”
Okereke additionally mentioned that he actually discovered his groove final 12 months when the Colts and Giants confronted off, and that signing with the workforce now has been “surreal.”
“For that to be my finest recreation of the 12 months, for this to return full circle, and for me to be a New York Large on this second, it’s simply actually surreal. I’m very grateful,” he mentioned.
Okereke was a third-round draft choose by the Colts in 2019. Over his 4 seasons with the workforce, he recorded 420 tackles (293 solo), 2 sacks, 4 pressured fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, 3 interceptions for 27 yards, and 17 passes defended.
Whereas the Giants acquired combined grades for the signing, their protection was extremely skinny final 12 months and wanted some assist. Including a linebacker with Okereke’s athleticism is a big assist and may show to be an excellent determination as soon as he settles in.