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Umenyiora, who struggled last season, especially against the run, wasn’t happy being a backup. He even wondered late in the year whether he had played his final game with the Giants.

“Obviously I’ve been very selfish in the past with my demands and some of the things that I have wanted,” Umenyiora said. “But I don’t really feel that way anymore right now. There’s enough playing time for everybody. As soon as I get on that playing field I’m going to make plays, period.

“No matter where they put me, if I’m coming off the bench, I’m just going to be the best bench player ever, so whatever they require me to do, I think they’re going to use me to the best of my abilities because this team wants to win.”

Umenyiora has had fun since camp opened. A couple of days ago, he chased running back Brandon Jacobs down the field, laughing all the way.

“I’ve been talking to the coaches and talking to everyone around and I realized that they probably really felt like what they were doing was in their best interests and it wasn’t anything personal against me,” he said. “That’s just the way I have to roll with it.”

Whatever happens this season, Umenyiora doesn’t plan to use his hip as an excuse.

“I’m not going to do that, man, that’s the sissy way out,” he said. “I think everybody is playing the same right now and I’m no exception. Whatever happens after this year happens. I feel like I have the mental willpower to overcome all that and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”