New York Giants nab another low-risk, high reward player in Ifeadi Odenigbo, here’s what he brings

Alexander Wilson
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Dec 29, 2019; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo (95) celebrates his fumble recovery during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants have quietly added a few solid pieces to their roster, with the latest being a pass rusher from the Minnesota Vikings. Ifeadi Odenigbo is a 6-foot-3 and 258-pound defensive end, and at 26 years old, posted 3.5 sacks over 15 games with Minnesota last season. He’s earned 10.5 sacks combined over the last two years with 28 quarterback hits. He was one of the few bright spots from arguably the worst pass rush unit in the league last year in Minnesota.

The Giants landed Odenigbo on a one-year, $2.5 million deal, and he will compete for starting reps on the defensive front. His aggressive style as a pass rusher will help with a weak outside linebacking unit that struggled to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks last season. Coordinator Patrick Graham knows how to utilize defenders that fit specific molds. However, as a defensive end, they may try to move him into the interior to mitigate fatigue for guys like Dexter Lawrence.

Another low-risk, high reward deal for the Giants, as they also signed wide receiver John Ross on Tuesday afternoon. While these might not be flashy moves, they will benefit the Giants in 2021, and Odenigbo has a few hidden traits that Graham might be able to extract.