Bobby Okereke, the free agent inside linebacker of the New York Giants who signed a four-year, $40 million deal, is all about doing whatever is asked of him to help improve the defense.
If it means wearing a ‘green dot’ on his helmet during the season, he will do that. The ‘green dot’ is awarded to the player who wears the radio headset and calls the defensive signals.
Last year, under first-year defensive coordinator Vink Martindale, several players wore green bindis, including safeties. This could continue into this season, but for now, in OTAs, Okereke is one of the players shouldering the responsibility.
“I hope not,” Okereke told reporters at the team’s OTA session on Thursday when asked whether he expected to wear the green this season.
“Whatever’s best for the team. I don’t have the ego of it. I know a few different people are wearing it during this process… I’ve worn it in a few games in the past.
Okereke was signed to bolster a very thin group of inside linebackers, but he doesn’t see things that way.
“I love Micah McFadden. I think he’s a technician, great player, smart guy. Obviously, Jarrad Davis is a great leader. And Darian Beavers is a guy who has a lot of potential,” he said. .
Okereke said his strength is pass coverage and is viewed as an off-ball linebacker that the team has been lacking. He explained why he is viewed as the top player in pass coverage.
“I guess just my athleticism,” he said. “I’m big, I’m fast and tall. But then just from a mental processing standpoint, understanding what offenses are trying to attack you and where I fit in coverage with my teammates. It’s all a It’s like keeping up.
The Giants hope they hit the bottom floor with Okereke. If he did, his defense would be more successful in 2023.
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