As Friday’s fines continue to roll out, the New York Giants have a unique one on their hands for Landon Collins’ pivotal pick-six last Sunday in London. It wasn’t the second-year safety that was dealt a fine, but rather defensive end Owa Odighizuwa for pretending to take a picture of Collins after the score.
It’s the latest development in what fans are rebranding the NFL as the No Fun League.
The $12,154 fine for excessive celebration is particularly disappointing for the second-year defensive end. He was on the field for just 11 plays against the Los Angeles Rams, the second-fewest snaps he’s played this season. Collectively, he has played just 96 downs, well below the 450-snap threshold that Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon have played the Giants.
In those 96 plays Odighizuwa has played, he has just one tackle. A third-round selection out UCLA last season, he suited up for four games before being placed on the injured reserve and also opened the 2015 season injured. He had just three tackles in that limited time, still looking for his first sack.
While at UCLA, Odighizuwa proved to be a competent pass rusher totaling 12.5 sacks, 24.5 tackles for loss, 134 tackles, and seven pass breakups in four years.
Before training camp this season, he was seeking advice from ex-Giant Justin Tuck to help his performance as an inside blitzer as Tuck was renowned for such an ability. NJ.com‘s Jordan Raanan compares Odighizuwa’s potential to that of Mathias Kiwanuka who saw extra reps performing as an end-linebacker hybrid.