Although the New York Giants cornerback situation looks dire right now, there are reinforcements coming back from injury in the near future. Today, youngsters Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley both expressed their desire to play in week one against the Dallas Cowboys. Not only is this welcome news to a defense that is relying on career backups to see significant playing time in the secondary, but it finally represents some good news on the injury front to a fan base that has seen their roster decimated in years past.
While both players are holding out hope they will be cleared to take the field next Wednesday, Hosley looks to be a lot closer than Amukamara is to actually seeing live action. Not only has Hosley been out of his walking boot, but he has started running and getting himself back into football shape.
"Right now I’m feeling pretty confident that I’ll be ready, and the trainers have been doing a great job with me. The trainers have been doing a great job of getting me ready, getting me prepared to get back on the field as soon as possible. I’m feeling pretty confident about playing against Dallas." said Hosley.
Before suffering from turf toe after Big Blue's second preseason game against the New York Jets, Hosley appeared to be a likely candidate to start at the nickel cornerback position. Although he never played much on the inside during college, the third-round pick out of Virginia Tech has showcased his versatility all throughout OTA's and training camp.
While Hosley's return would be help bolster the team's depth at possibly the thinnest position on the roster, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell would surely limit his opportunities in his first ever regular season NFL game. Not only is Hosley a rookie, but he won't be playing at 100% by Wednesday. In short, don't look for him to have too significant of an impact against Dallas.
As for Prince Amukamara, he appears to be a long shot, at best, to play week one. Although he is out of his walking boot, the second-year player out of Nebraska has not started running yet. He may not even get on the practice field before Wednesday night.
"I’m thinking Week 2 is more promising, but I want Week 1 to be promising as well," Amukamara said. "They haven’t told me yes, they haven’t told me no."
That said, a high ankle sprain normally takes around 3-4 weeks to heal. The fact the Prince is even being considered as an option for a game that takes place not even two weeks after his injury his an encouraging sign, to say the least.
"The doctor was impressed with how quick I’ve been improving, He said that it’s still a day-by-day thing, and I need to start running and practicing first, and I haven’t done that yet, so after I get the ok from the trainers we’ll go from there." said Amukamara.
The Giants are likely going to be relying on Michael Coe alongside Corey Webster in their first regular season game., which Justin Tryon splitting nickel back duties with safeties Antrel Rolle and Will Hill. Hopefully, the Giants pass rush will be able to minimize the vulnerability that Coe and Tryon may present. It will be worth keeping an eye on this situation as the team begins their final preparations for the beginning of their title defense.
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