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Giants guard Patrick Omameh brings intelligent personality to offensive line

Giants GM Dave Gettleman was not messing around when he said he wanted to rebuild the offensive line.

The 67-year-old general manager brought in a two-time Super Bowl champion in left tackle Nate Solder, a rookie who is already earning a reputation for being nasty in the trenches in Will Hernandez, and then there is Patrick Omameh.
Omameh, 28, is by far the lesser known of the new group of linemen, joining his fifth team as he enters his sixth season in the league, but is just another unique personality on the eclectic new offensive line.
In fact, the guy who turned down attending Princeton and MIT might be the smartest one in the room.
“I don’t wanna toot my own horn,” Omameh told the Daily News after a hearty chuckle at last week’s minicamp. “As offensive line groups you have some pretty smart guys. I’ll say as a group we got some brains on the field so guys can lean on each other and that always helps.”
Patrick Omameh might be the smartest one in the Giants locker room.
Patrick Omameh might be the smartest one in the Giants locker room. (Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News)

The 6-4, 327-pound guard went to the University of Michigan instead, where he was a two-time Big 10 All-Academic player and graduated with a degree in communications before he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Francisco 49ers.
“Through my academic career I got some opportunities to go to some pretty prestigious institutions, I also wanted to pursue — I had lofty goals for my athletic pursuits as well,” he said. “I felt the university I ended up going to — the University of Michigan, which has an incredible academic history as well as incredible football tradition — was best of both worlds. It satisfied the parents as well. They were really pushing the academic side of things. I think I made a great decision.”
It landed Omameh in the NFL, but he’s struggled to find a home since, bouncing from the 49ers practice squad to joining the Bears, the Buccaneers, the Jaguars and now the Giants.
“I always consider myself a guy who tries to carry the same kind of internal motivation, regardless of whatever the outside circumstances may be.”

Yet Omameh has kept a measured approach throughout his journey and does not consider himself as someone who necessarily has a chip on his shoulder.
“I always consider myself a guy who tries to carry the same kind of internal motivation, regardless of whatever the outside circumstances may be,” he said. “The longevity of my career probably did that. I’m always going to come and approach my job the same way regardless of my circumstances. Whether you come here as top guy or come here through back door, I think more than anything I probably learned to make that my approach to how to play the game.”
The Giants are asking Omameh to play at right guard alongside Ereck Flowers — both of whom played on the left side last season.
Omameh said the adjustment switching sides has not been too difficult for him because he’s played both left and right guard at different points of his career.
He did, however, stress that chemistry with Flowers and the rest of the line is crucial. While it is the group’s first time playing alongside each other, he believes the cohesiveness they need to succeed will be there by Week 1 against his former team, the Jaguars.
“We’ve got plenty of time,” he said. “It isn’t something that happens overnight, but fortunately for us, we don’t have to do it overnight. It’s something we’ve been working at since April and it’s going to pay dividends when we get back and create the whole cohesiveness. In the meantime, we’re just going to keep chopping wood each day and come in here ready to work and get the results we’re looking for.”



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