The New York Giants secondary has had its fair share of troubles through the first two weeks, allowing Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys to put up 307 yards and three touchdowns in the air in Week one and a pair of 41-yard touchdowns to Josh Freeman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Perhaps the Giants thinnest position given the health concerns and lack of experience, there's still hope. Ever the optimists, we here at Giants 101 have five ways the Giants pass defense can improve.
Perhaps the most shocking thing about the poor cornerback play the first two weeks is that Webster's been one of the primary culprits. We were ready for growing pains from the younger players, but thought Webster was the one we could count on. Corey's career has been marked by ups-and-downs, most notably illustrated during the 2007 super bowl run when he went from being benched to a key playmaker in the playoffs, and the first two games this year have certainly looked like they belong in the "down" category.
2) Prince Amukamara getting on the field and playing like a first round pick
We haven't noticed a ton of excitement for Amukamara's return which is a bit surprising given the situation at cornerback. The Prince stepping into a starting role across from Webster and playing like a first-rounder is exactly what the doctor ordered for this Giants team: besides giving the Giants the starter they desperately need and keeping us from ever hearing about cold tubs again, it would also help the next two points for Amukamara to get on the field by Thursday.
3) Get Michael Coe healthy
Remember when Michael Coe was a guy hanging around the back of the depth chart? Well Coe's earned his stripes and despite giving up a few plays so far this year has shown he can hold his own as an NFL corner. Best case scenario for the Giants is that Coe is the fourth cornerback behind Webster, Amukama and Jayron Hosley. But Coe's already started a game this year and might be called on for more. We'd love to get him over that hamstring before it lingers and turns into something worse.
4) Keep Jayron Hosely off the fast track
Hosley's story illustrates how banged up the Giants are at cornerback: Hosley's a rookie third-round draft pick who started the second game of his NFL career despite missing much of preseason with turf toe. On a Tom Coughlin team, that's almost unheard of. But Hosley's looked the part of an NFL corner so far and the Giants are going to need him this year.
Hosley’s sure looked the part so far, but we can’t help but to think all parties involved are better off if Coe and Amukamara can stay on the field and keep Hosley’s progression slow and steady. Besides the lingering turf toe for Hosley, we’ve seen what a few bad games can do to a young corner’s psyche.
5) For heaven's sake, get to the quarterback!
The Giants have four sacks so far on the season but the pass rush has at times left a lot to be desired. The best way to help out a struggling cornerback group is to get pressure on the quarterback.
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