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New York Giants’ Prince Amukamara Ready to Move on from Bad Game in Jacksonville

August 13th, 2012 at 6:30 AM
By Casey Sherman

New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara had a tough first preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, blowing his coverage assignment twice in the same drive, allowing a 29-yard reception on third down, and later allowed a fade pass in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown.

Amukamara managed to put those plays behind him with some help from his teammates who offered him some advice on the sidelines.

"Right before that, Corey [Webster] and the other DBs just said, 'Forget about it — short-term memory, short-term memory.' And that's what I did," Amukamara said. "It's great to start to develop that, especially in the NFL because there are going to be ups and downs. How you answer them is what matters."

Prince answered for his mistakes later in the game, forcing a fumble on an end-around which would be recovered by Justin Tuck. The Giants would take advantage of the turnover turning it into a touchdown.

Prince believes his problems lie in his technique.

"It's just amazing how just a small technique problem can amount to a big thing," he said.

Prince may be looking to have a bigger role in the first half of the season than he had previously expected. The Giants are counting on him to fill in for the injured Terrell Thomas, who is expected to miss three to eight weeks with knee issues. And head coach Tom Coughlin believes the young corner just needs more time on the field to help him improve.

"We need to put him in situations that he hasn't been too often, and it's the play-in-and-play-out, it's the ability to decode what the other guy is trying to do. Have a sense and instinct about what's coming. That only comes with more time. He's another one that needs to play," Coughlin said.

Prince has three more preseason games to get some experience before the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. His teammates, especially Antrel Rolle, are confident in Amukamara's abilities and know he'll be ready to start the season.

"You have to continue to grow. You have to turn into a man overnight. There's no time for babying, and he understands that. He's going to be fine. I have all the confidence in the world in Prince, and I'm sure he's going to get the job done," Rolle said.

For the Giants' sake, you have to hope Rolle is correct.

Photo Credit: Mike Gannon

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16 Responses to “New York Giants’ Prince Amukamara Ready to Move on from Bad Game in Jacksonville”

  1.  jfunk says:

    I’m not going to start worrying about Prince just yet. The guy has speed and quickness you can see. If the reports of his intelligence are not grossly exaggerated, he’ll “get it” sooner rather than later.

    If he’s still making mistakes like Friday two games from now, I’ll start to worry.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      He’s going to be making mistakes two games from now, and probably 8-9 games from now too. The defensive backfield reads and “dance” is one of the toughest things for young players to pick up in the NFL. So anyone assuming Prince will play like a veteran anytime this season is going to be disappointed, and probably angry.

      But this kid is going to be very good. With he and Hosley I believe the Giants have gone a long way down the road toward building their next strong group of corners after Webster and Thomas cannot do it any longer. In two years Amukamara will be a fixture in this defense and everyone will forget that they were doubting him during what is his first preseason after limited action his rookie year when the coaches dumbed down his assignments (after which he looked very good).

      •  jfunk says:

        I don’t expect him to not be making any mistakes, but he can’t be making mistakes like he did on Friday every game or he won’t be put on the field. We won’t win ANY games this year if he’s starting and making those kinds of mistakes on a regular basis.

        Those two bad plays he had were REALLY bad. He basically completely took himself out of the play and became a spectator. Your starting CB can’t be doing that on a weekly basis.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Here’s the deal with the defense in 2012, provided they stay healthy.

    Unless the defensive front simply overwhelms an offense (which will happen some of the time) we are going to see early season mistakes on the part of Amukamara, Hill and Herzlich, all of whom will need some time to learn how to best play their roles and make their reads, and all of whom will be getting playing time that should be significant.

    There will be various complaints, worries, “expert” opinions that suggest the Giants’ defense has “question marks”. And be the end of the season, again assuming the defense stays reasonably healthy, the above-three players will be playing very well (although still making an occasional mistake) and the defense will be certainly among the top three in the league and very likely the best one seen in many years in the NFL.

    As far as I’m concerned, the biggest worry on defense is that the league and the officials won’t reach an agreement, the replacement zebras will call even fewer holding violations against the Giants’ pass rush than do the regulars, and we’ll lose the biggest advantage this defense has over every other team in the league. Barring that, I just cannot get too excited about Prince missing some assignments in preseason, or Hill eventually doing the same because that, too, is coming. They will both be superior NFL players who, like almost everyone else, have to go through some growing pains as they learn the right way to play.

    •  JimStoll says:

      perhaps the RR’s will compliment the lack of holding calls with the absence of interference calls and we can all get a glimpse of 1950′s football

      •  fanfor55years says:

        I’d love that but the league knows the average fan wants scoring so forget about the Good Old Days. Give me a hard-fought 20-13 game over these 45-38 games anytime, but there are only a few of us dinosaurs left. For everyone else it’s high scores and Fantasy Football and damn the torpedoes.

  3.  Chad Eldred says:

    The game against Jacksonville provided a baseline. Overall, not a terrible one either. The next couple of games will be telling. I expect to see the starters get sharper and the reserves should start making fewer mistakes. Prince has the tools, we know that. He needs to come out and show that his trend is moving upward from the baseline. If his work ethic is solid there won’t be a problem. Following the drafting of Hosley I said that the Amukamara-Hosley tandem would be one of the best in the league. I stand by that.

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    One concern I do have about our defense is stopping the run. I’m going assume Prince is going to be Ross to start the year, meaning he will give some plays but still willl be solid. What concerned me from last year and watching the first preseason game is our play versus the run. We did play better down the stretch last year but I feel like its still a weakness. I think thats the reason Washington beat us twice is they were able to run the ball down our throats. Luckily for us nowadays most teams do not have the patience to continue running i.e. ATL in the playoffs. But I still would like to see more teams stopped for 3 a fewer yards on first down. Our strength is our pass rush but if its 2nd & 5 or 3rd & 2 our pass rush cant have nearly the same effect.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Well, we will get much more consistent play from Joseph this season, and we will probably see Man Mountain Rogers clogging the middle too. And don’t forget that early in the season we had Jones playing MIKE when this year we will have a Blackburn who had a preseason to get ready and Herzlich playing there.

      Add to that a healthy Tuck instead of a banged up one.

      I think our defense against the run will be just fine.

      •  jfunk says:

        Agreed. Blackburn/2012 Herzlich should be a big upgrade in the middle + a healthy Tuck should translate into much improved run defense.

        For most of last year, our run defense amounted to “Mathias Kiwanuka or bust”.

        •  GOAT56 says:

          I should have added we also could be missing Canty as well. Joseph should be better and I hope Rodgers can provide some help. But the way Jacksonville ran the ball looked a lot last year when we struggled. It’s a concern but not something I don’t think we can improve upon.

  5.  Krow says:

    My worry about Prince is that we start the season with him being the #1 target of every offense we face.

    That’s the kind of thing that gets in your head. And you need confidence to play the corner. Unless he starts making some plays to reverse their thinking he’s going to feel like a wooden duck at the state fair.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Yes, but…..thankfully, Webster, Thomas (less so since he’s worried about himself right now) and most obviously Rolle, will keep supporting him even when he does make a mistake. Hey, if they supported each other last season when over the first ten games it looked like any quarterback in the league could choose to complete a pass over the middle anytime he liked I don’t see why their esprit d’corps will be diminished this time around.

      And on the flip side, when Tom Brady was looking his way every time he was in during the Super Bowl and then having to look elsewhere because Prince had his assignment covered, that showed that he is certainly capable of upsetting the best-laid plans of offensive coordinators. And all he’ll have to do is make a few plays early and the word will get out. But he will be tested all season since the choice will be between him and C-Webb and any sane QB is going to go Prince’s way the majority of the time given that choice. As Coughlin says, he has to grow up fast. They hoped that he would be able to ease his way in but Thomas’ health has required an acceleration of the process. Having seen this kid play in college I am pretty confident he will do decently within the first 2-3 games and just keep getting better over the course of the season.

  6.  F0XLIN says:

    I’d like to see Dwayne Hendricks get some time with the ones/twos in the coming weeks. He know’s the D and looked to pretty good on Friday. The fact the Rodgers has already had an elbow injury during OTA’s and now a knee is concerning. How long can a 33 year old man ranging in the 350-380lb range hold up?

  7.  BillyS says:

    I really like this attitude of Prince. He knows he messed up (probably got chewed out by Coughlin), and doesn’t seem willing to settle. I hate players that just shrug it off or nod their head. He seems to want to improve and it sounds like he really listens to the vets, too. He has the physical talents, plus he seems to have a good head on his shoulders, therefore I think he could turn into a solid player. He’ll need to work hard, but so far so good in terms of taking criticism. Now he just needs to put everything together — but like stated above — he’s going to make more mistakes.

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