New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa was present at the team’s first workouts of the offseason.
The New York Giants began their offseason workouts on Tuesday morning. This is Phase One of the Giants offseason plan, a two-week strength and conditioning and rehabilitation period. Phase Two is three weeks long and is the first time that players can take the field, albeit only in non-contact drills. The third and final phase is the mandatory Organized Team Activities in June.
The Giants had plenty of players show up to Phase One. Plenty of big names were there for the workouts. Eli Manning and his wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Brandon Marshall were all there. Running back Shane Vereen was there as well, which is a positive given the injuries he dealt with last season.
Defensively, safety Landon Collins and Devon Kennard were present. The biggest surprise, arguably, was seeing defensive end Owa Odighizuwa. Odighizuwa’s presence at the workout was confirmed by photos on the Giants website.
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Odighizuwa sent out a cryptic tweet earlier in the month that insinuated that he would be retiring from football. It caught plenty of people off guard, including teammates and people in management.
Odighizuwa shared what looked like a farewell statement, saying, “At the point and time I believe it’s in my best interest to take sometime to get away from the game.” He apologized for sharing the news on Twitter, the first many people had heard of his intentions, but added, “this is the best platform to express something of the things that has been on my mind for a while.”
The next day he tweeted that he was grateful to be part of Big Blue. A few days after that, co-owner John Mara said that Odighizuwa was still on the team, but did not comment beyond that. It was reported that he was dealing with some personal issues.
It would seem that Odighizuwa has overcome the issues he was dealing with, at least for now. Being present at voluntary workouts is a good sign for his future in the NFL and with the Giants. He played only 170 snaps for the Giants last season but could be counted on for a bigger role this season with depth concerns on the defensive line.