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Tuck said that Umenyiora’s holdout and the recent trade talk has not been a distraction. He hopes Umenyiora will be a Giant when the season starts.

“I know for a fact that if he is in a Giants uniform come September 11, he’ll be the Osi that you all have grown to love and respect as one of the premier defensive ends in the country,” Tuck said. “That, I don’t worry about. The only thing I worry about is if he’s going to be in a Giants jersey.”

Defensive end might be the Giants‘ strongest position. In addition to Tuck and Umenyiora, New York has Mathias Kiwanuka and Jason Pierre-Paul.

Losing Umenyiora would hurt though, Tuck said.

“There are not a lot of guys like Osi,” Tuck said. “It’s not like you can just go and pick up one of those guys off the street, but again as of right now, he’s still under contract with the Giants and that’s hopefully how it will be for the rest of the year.”