Bobby Okereke, the New York Giants’ new inside linebacker, expects to be blitzing more this season.
“Yeah, I’m going to blitz a lot more, which I’m excited about. I’ve had a lot of blitz sack-fumbles,” Okereke told reporters on Thursday. “I had a really good one, I want to say a year or two ago, against the Titans.
“I love playing fast and physical. And I think that’s why Coach Martindale blitzes so much, so players can play free. There’s not a lot of thinking, and that’s what you want to eliminate. You want to eliminate thinking and just have fast decision-making.”
Okereke is spot on. Last year, the Giants led the NFL in blitz rate, blitzing on 39.7 percent of opponents’ dropbacks. The Indianapolis Colts, Okereke’s former team, had a blitz rate of just 16.4 percent, which was fifth-lowest in the league.
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