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New York Giants 2022 Training Camp Roster Preview: OLB Azeez Ojulari

Following a big rookie season, Azeez Ojulari is primed to have an even more productive second-year campaign in a more aggressive defensive scheme.

The last time the New York Giants had a legitimate homegrown pass rusher was during the 2010-2016 seasons when Jason Perre-Paul roamed the edges.

When Pierre-Paul was traded away after 2016, the Giants pulled up the last of their homegrown planted pass rushers and tried to find success with imports and mulligans for those who had failed.

When that didn't work, the Giants went back to the drawing board and re-planted the seeds. And first to spout from among the new generation of homegrown pass rusher si Azeez Ojulari, whom the Giants got as a steal in the second round of the 2021 draft.

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Ojulari finished as the Giants team leader in sacks with eight and as a solid player against the run. And if you liked what you saw from him last year, there is growing optimism that in defensive coordinator Wink Martindale's aggressive scheme, Ojulari could top his rookie season numbers.

New York Giants linebacker Azeez Ojulari talks to reporters after organized team activities (OTAs) at the training center in East Rutherford on Thursday, May 19, 2022.
Dec 19, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari (51) and outside linebacker Quincy Roche (95) sack Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) during the first half at MetLife Stadium.
Oct 10, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) carries the ball as New York Giants outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari (51) chases in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium.

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