[UPDATE]: The New York Giants have officially waived defensive end Owa Odighizuwa, with such a decision coming just one day after he was suspended for four games.
The New York Giants will be without a rotational defensive end presence for the first month of the 2017-18 campaign. The NFL suspended Owa Odighizuwa for four games on Monday for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Per the league, Odighizuwa will be eligible to return to the Giants’ active roster on October 2 in advance of “Big Blue’s” Week 5 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. This only continues an unusual year for the third-season defender.
The 25-year-old pass rusher sent out a series of tweets during the spring that indicated he was planning to leave the game after just two seasons. After he did not end up doing so, the UCLA product skipped New York’s minicamp while dealing with personal issues. But Odighizuwa returned to the team in time for training camp and was vying for a spot as a reserve pass-rush contributor for a team that needs them.
Behind the accomplished duo of Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants don’t have an obvious candidate to become their top off-the-bench rusher. Kerry Wynn re-signed on a restricted free agent tender, but he only has two sacks in three seasons. The Giants drafted Avery Moss out of Youngstown State in the fifth round and added former Detroit Lions rotation cog Devin Taylor as a free agent.
It’s safe to say Odighizuwa has not lived up to what the Giants hoped when they selected him No. 74 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. He has yet to contribute a sack and has just three career tackles. The Columbus, Ohio native’s lack of production coupled with the events of 2017 so far don’t put him on solid footing as his would-be third season nears.