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NEWS: Former Penn State Cornerback Finds New NFL Home

Former standout Penn State cornerback Amani Oruwariye signed with the New York Giants Thursday.



Former Penn State Cornerback, NFL
Sep 8, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions cornerback Zech McPhearson (14) and safety Nick Scott (4) and cornerback Amani Oruwariye (21) and quarterback Trace McSorley (9) sing the alma mater after defeating the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field. Penn State won 51-6. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants have been busy this NFL offseason. Besides trading for Darren Waller, signing Bobby Okereke, Jamison Crowder, and Parris Campbell, and resigning Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley, the New York Giants have added a former Penn State cornerback.

Former Penn State Cornerback Amani Oruwariye Signs with the New York Giants

On Thursday, the Giants signed former Penn State cornerback Amani Oruwariye to a one-year deal. Oruwariye will join former Nittany Lions Saquon Barkley and Cam Brown in East Rutherford. While this move will be overshadowed by some other big moves by the Giants, Oruwariye has the chance to play a decent role in his new home. 

Oruwariye played for Penn State from 2014-2018. In his senior season in 2018, Oruwariye was voted a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media and coaches. Earning these honors helped Oruwariye to become a 5th-round draft pick by the Detroit Lions. In his first season with the Lions, Oruwariye had 2 interceptions in 9 games. In the following season, Oruwariye appeared in 16 games and started 15, recording one TFL and one INT. 

Oruwariye broke out in 2021. The former Penn State cornerback started all 14 games he played. He finished with 6 INTs, 11 PDs, and 2 TFLs. After his breakout season, the league was on alert and expected another big year. Oruwariye did play in 14 games in 2022. However, he was benched and, as a result, only started 5 games. Last year was a struggle for Oruwariye, as he had many pass-interference penalties called on him. It was also the first year of his professional career without an interception.

Will New York be a Restart for Oruwariye’s NFL Career?

Now, Oruwariye has a new home with the Giants. He joins a cornerback room with Adoree’ Jackson, Darnay Holmes, Nick McCloud, and others. Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale likes to blitz a lot. Having a long, lengthy corner like Oruwariye makes him a fit into the Giants’ aggressive defense. Oruwariye hopes to have another great year similar to his 2021 season. A new home with some former teammates might make the difference in Oruwariye’s NFL career.

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