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Every time someone talked to Keneley this weekend at the New York New York, state, United States
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Keneley, taken 206 picks after Russell, smiles when the talk turns to his former teammate.
``It is tough,'' the seventh-round draft choice said Sunday after the final rookie workout. ``You do get a little of your limelight limelight: see calcium oxide.
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``Darrell would be freed up and I'd be taking double teams or whatever,'' he added. ``But I know in my heart I can play at this level and that's all that matters. The important thing is how long you play.''
Statistically, Keneley played about as well as Russell.
Keneley had 66 tackles and five sacks last season, while Russell, a junior, finished with 56 tackles and nine sacks.
If there is a difference, it's weight. Russell plays at 321 pounds, 34 pounds heavier than Keneley.
Russell's pockets are also going to be a lot heavier than Keneley's.
``Yeah, he gets a few more bucks, but what can you do?'' Keneley said. ``I play the game because I love it, not for the money.''
One thing that will work in Keneley's favor is the lack of pressure. He can come into camp and work in anonymity.
``I have talked to guys who have been drafted in low rounds and they come in and expectations are not there,'' Keneley said. ``There's a lot of upside. If Darrell makes one play in a game, it won't mean anything. It's expected. There's a lot of attention on him from the media and because of the money. If I make a play, people will say, `See the play that guy made.' I have no complaints. I like where I am sitting.''
A two-time academic All-American with a degree in public administration, Keneley should benefit playing a defensive scheme almost identical to the one used by USC. Even the terminology is the same.
Defensive line coach Denny Mercin said Keneley picked up everything well and showed good techniques this weekend. Prior to the draft, Mercin said he was impressed watching Keneley on videotape.
``The thing we saw is that you could see he was a smart player,'' Mercin said. ``He could read the blocking scheme, which is a big plus.''
Competition at defensive tackle should be good.
Keith Hamilton Keith Lamarr Hamilton (born May 25, 1971 in Paterson, New Jersey) is a former American football defensive tackle for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Pittsburgh and was selected in the 1992 NFL Draft. , who re-signed in the offseason, is expected to start at one tackle. It's uncertain whether Ray Agnew Ray Mitchell Agnew, Jr. (born December 9, 1967) is a former American football defensive tackle in the NFL. He was drafted by the New England Patriots with the 10th pick of the 1st round of the 1990 NFL Draft. will be back. He had a big contract and the Giants might dump it in June.
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