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.
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