Coach talk: Nunn on defensive line

July, 10, 2013
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With the Giants off until training camp, we're periodically taking a look at what the coaches are saying about how their positions looked this offseason in OTAs.

Today, we look at Robert Nunn's thoughts on the defensive line.


Young guns: Osi Umenyiora's departure and Jason Pierre-Paul's rehab will allow the Giants to take a long look at some of the younger pass rushers they have behind Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka.

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AP Photo/Scott BoehmGiants defensive line coach Robert Nunn will rely on some younger pass rushers this year.
Adrian Tracy, third-round pick Damontre Moore, Justin Trattou and Adewale Ojomo will compete to be a part of the defensive end rotation.

Tom Coughlin said he was impressed at times with Tracy and Moore in OTAs and minicamp.

"Damontre has come in and has shown flash in some good things," Nunn said during OTAs. "He has a long way to go -- a lot to learn in a short time."

"I'm really pleased with the way Adrian Tracy [has progressed]," the defensive line coach later added. "He is further along right now than he has ever been in his career at this time. He has got to keep moving forward and come in here in great shape, which I know he will. He has proven, as a special teams player, that he has got to go out there and be consistent playing the run and pass on Sundays on defense."

Ojomo's goal: Ojomo was one of the surprises of last year’s training camp. An impressive preseason earned him a spot on the roster. But his inconsistency kept him from playing last year.

"He's got to do other things than just get after the quarterback," Nunn said of the power rusher. "When everybody sees that we're not getting after the quarterback, there's a lot of factors involved. I am not going to get into it too much but bringing in a guy that is just a pass rusher, that wasn't going to be the answer.

"That's the thing that he has got to do, is get more consistent with other things, playing the run, understanding what we are doing with game plans and then helping the special teams. He has got to do those things to get a helmet on Sundays."

Versatile Cullen: Nunn says defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, the team's biggest defensive addition in the offseason, can be utilized inside to stop the run and on the outside as a pass rusher if need be.

"Cullen has played out there," Nunn said. "When I was at Green Bay with Cullen, we used him inside and outside. And I would feel comfortable to move him around a little bit in emergency situations."

Tell us what you think about what Nunn is saying about the DL going into camp.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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