While he might not be missed by most New York Giants fans, Big Blue has chosen to move on from part time starting middle linebacker Uani ‘Unga.
By Jack Aylmer
Just yesterday somebody asked me who I thought might be this year’s New York Giants surprise roster cut.
Immediately middle linebacker Uani ‘Unga came to mind, a player who, while was far from being a fan favorite last season, did start three games for the Giants in 2015, somewhat meriting the term “surprise” to accompany his release.
Well, not even three minutes later – it happened.
The Giants moved on from the former BYU standout after the 28-year-old racked up 59 tackles, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions last season.
On paper those might look like fine stats, but when you factor in how often ‘Unga was on the field prior to the midseason acquisition of Jasper Brinkley, 59 tackles is just far too low a number.
Also, let us not forget last year’s Giants faithful’s Monday tradition of allowing Pro Football Focus to rub salt in the wounds of how badly ‘Unga preformed in New York’s latest defensive meltdown the Sunday before.
While there will be hardly any Big Blue fans mourning the recent loss of ‘Unga, I will choose to reminisce of the good times he gave Big Blue.
Namely (or rather solely) his big time interception off Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo in Week one that gave many the fleeting feeling that Jerry Reese may have found a diamond in the rough at linebacker after all.
Let’s just say that wasn’t exactly the case… goodbye, Uani.