Azeez Ojulari played Sunday arsenic if helium were trying to marque up for 7 games of mislaid interaction each astatine once.
Ojulari made the Giants’ biggest play of the crippled successful the 2nd 4th erstwhile helium strip-sacked Commanders backmost Taylor Heinicke and recovered the double-fumble. That acceptable up the abbreviated tract the struggling Giants discourtesy needed to person a touchdown for their archetypal pb successful what wound up arsenic a 20-20 tie. Oshane Ximines initially recovered the escaped ball, but helium coughed it up, too.
“When I get to the quarterback, I ever effort to get the shot out,” said Ojulari, who schooled the choky extremity who was charged with one-on-one blocking. “You ne'er cognize what could happen. I reached for it, it came out, I thought ‘OX’ had it but, helium missed it, truthful I conscionable fell connected it. Just kept hunting for the ball.”
The play seemed to jump-start Ojulari, who was playing for the archetypal clip since Oct. 2. After injuring his close calf successful grooming campy and missing the archetypal 2 games, Ojulari injured his near calf successful Week 4 against the Bears. He suffered a setback erstwhile it archetypal looked similar helium mightiness return.
“It decidedly got maine going,” Ojulari said. “Just fueled my occurrence and conscionable got maine connected a rotation aft that.”
Later, Ojulari crushed Heinicke from the unsighted broadside connected a third-and-10 successful overtime, forcing a abbreviated completion and a punt. The 1 play that got away, however, was erstwhile helium chased Heinicke from the pouch connected fourth-and-4 precocious successful the 4th quarter. The Giants mislaid sum connected the backmost end, however, and the Commanders converted a archetypal down en way to the 90-yard touchdown thrust that tied the people astatine 20-20.
“I was that close,” Ojulari said. “I was trying to alteration it up — spell inside, rotation backmost outside. Heinicke made a bully propulsion and they got the ball. All the respect to him.”
Ojulari acknowledged that helium was connected a drawback limitation, but astir apt eclipsed the unidentified number. Head manager Brian Daboll credited Ojulari for doing “some bully things” arsenic the Giants divided his reps with Ximines and Jihad Ward connected non-obvious pass-rush situations.
“When the squad needed me, my assemblage felt bully to beryllium capable to spell — nevertheless galore plays it was,” Ojulari said. “Man, I’ve been dying to get backmost retired there. Just watching them connected the broadside is tough. When I got my opportunity, took vantage of everything. I’m blessed to beryllium back.”
The Giants played astir of the 2nd fractional without antiaircraft tackle Leonard Williams (neck injury). If Williams misses time, Ojulari’s instrumentality volition beryllium of adjacent greater significance. If Williams plays adjacent week against the Eagles, the Giants volition yet person their four-man pass-rush — including Kayvon Thibodeaux and Dexter Lawrence — arsenic designed.
“The urgency for maine to get determination [to quarterback] is high,” Ojulari said aft upping his vocation full to 10 sacks successful 20 games. “I conscionable privation to marque an interaction for the squad nary substance what it is. As a unit, we each … conscionable get foodstuff from each different and the unreserved gets hot. The strength gets high.”