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Rice takes a beating



Simeon Rice is causing controversy all over the place these days.

The defensive end who was released by the Bucs last week is visiting with the Giants today and is a candidate to join the team with Michael Strahan still not in training camp because of his contract dispute. Here's where it gets thorny: Giants Pro Bowl right end Osi Umenyiora spoke out about the possibility of Rice signing with the team, and it wasn't pretty.

"Nobody's talking about Julius Peppers. I mean, Simeon Rice is an outstanding pass rusher, but that's what he is," Umenyiora told the Newark Star-Ledger.

Osi Umenyiora, photo at left, added, "I don't know where he's going to play.  I know he can't play left defensive end because they run the ball there. He can't play right defensive end. Well, he's been a right end. . . .  (But) I'm not moving to the left side. Absolutely not. Not even a question. I'm a right end. I've been successful at right end. I don't feel the need to move to a different position. . . I'm not going to move to left defensive end if they sign Simeon Rice, is what I'm trying to tell you. If the team asks me, 'Okay, we need you to move to left defensive end because we need you at that position,' I will. But I'm not going to move to that position because Simeon Rice is coming in. I won't do it."

Lastly, we'll leave you with this gem from Osi: "I'm not going to go so far as to call him what a lot of other people have called him. But I'm not sure. They say he's not the best run player and I guess people gave him that reputation for a reason."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:47pm]


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