Justin Tuck wasn’t himself in 2012

Defensive lineman, and more importantly team leader, Justin Tuck was not happy with his production this season.

Earlier today, in a draft forecast, I reminded readers of what Tuck’s status with the organization was …

“Neither Tuck nor Umenyiora are sure bets to return to New York next season. Tuck, set to turn 30 in March, started 14 games in 2012, producing just four sacks. It’s the second consecutive season Tuck has failed to finish with double-digit sack totals, finishing with nine in the past two years after registering 11.5 in 2010.”

In an interview Tuesday at a Garden of Dreams charity event at Madison Square Garden, Tuck said he had watched his game tapes from 2012 and he played out of character.

“I started doing some things where I look at myself and I was like, ‘Why did I do that?’ You just trying to make a play and it ends up working the wrong way for you,” Tuck said. “It’s just frustrating.”

What’s more is Tuck added he was “super motivated” to work hard in the off-season to have a “normal Justin Tuck year” come 2013.

Tuck recorded four sacks this year. In 2011, he recorded five, though it was an injury-plagued campaign in which he started 11 of the 12 games he played in.

In 2008 and 2010, Tuck earned First-Team All Pro honors at defensive end for recording 12 and 11.5 sacks, respectively.

“That’s what it’s going to be for me, getting back to the Pro Bowl, All-Pro type status that I’m accustomed to playing at,” Tuck said. “I’ve been watching film of myself the last couple weeks and it’s just frustrating to see that I haven’t played to that standard and that’s going to be a definite focus for me.”

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