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New York Giants’ Jayron Hosley Ready to Step up, Play Aggressive Against Atlanta Falcons

December 14th, 2012 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

With cornerback Prince Amukamara dealing with a "tricky" hamstring injury that may force him to miss Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, the pressure of defending one of the best wide receiver duos in the NFL falls on the shoulders of New York Giants rookie Jayron Hosley.

No problem, says the third-round pick.

"we know what they’re capable of, but it’s not about what they’re doing. It’s about what we can do to stop them and prevent with the offense they have," Hosley said. "Both of those guys, I see that they have trouble in the press game. "I seen a guy who put hands on them and it was a little difficult for them. That's something I definitely want to do this week, just stay in their hip pockets. Just play my game."

In two games against the Carolina Panthers, smaller cornerbacks (Captain Munnerlyn – 5'8'', 190 and Josh Thomas – 5'11'', 190), were able to rattle Roddy White and Julio Jones early on. And although White made the necessary adjustments, Jones was held to 96 yards in the two games. Hosley hopes to remain aggressive for all 60 minutes and get into the head of his counterpart. It's something defensive coordinator Perry Fewell believe he can do.

"I think he's fearless enough and I think he's physical enough, because I think the young man accepts the challenge," Fewell said. "I don't think he backs down from anybody."

Meanwhile, for the Falcons, White has missed two straight practices with a knee injury. And although he's expected to play on Sunday, there's no telling how said injury may impact him on the field.

Hurt or not, White and Jones had better prepare for a very physical battle.

Photo Credit: Mike Gannon


Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Falcons, Football, Jayron Hosley, Julio Jones, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Perry Fewell, Prince Amukamara, Roddy White

67 Responses to “New York Giants’ Jayron Hosley Ready to Step up, Play Aggressive Against Atlanta Falcons”

  1.  The Original G Man says:

    I’ve read Roddy White is expected to be a game time decision. With no Prince this Sunday, that’d be huge.

  2.  The Original G Man says:

    I guess even if it limits him on Sunday, that’s a plus for us. Hosley will have his hands full.

  3.  Dirt says:

    Dirt says:
    December 14, 2012 at 8:49 AM
    I’ve brought this up before, but I think about it periodically:

    At some point in the next 5 years, Jerry Reese is going to have to find a franchise quarterback and head coach, both of which he’s never done before. Could be interesting.

    Dirt says:
    December 14, 2012 at 8:54 AM
    And it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he’s got full files on every QB prospect from 15-22 in the entire country

    JimStoll says:
    December 14, 2012 at 8:58 AM
    if Eli stays healthy, 5 years from now will be the earliest JR will start to look
    At the rate he’s going Eli could play 8-10 years more

    I believe in the Aaron Rodgers methodology – get a good mid 1st rounder and develop him whilst your franchise QB is still performing. I think Reese wouldn’t wait until Eli retires to find that guy either.

    •  Levito says:

      Rodgers was a bit of a fluke. He was projected top 10 but slid down to the mid 20s. And while I think grooming a talented QB is a good idea, it’s certainly not guaranteed. It just so happened that Rodgers was a good QB. If he had started his rookie year, who knows, maybe he’d already have another MVP trophy,

      Obviously Jerry Reese will have to start thinking about the next franchise QB eventually, but there’s a few things to consider. A) is it worth missing out on other talented first rounders now (assuming the team is still looking competitive at that point) when he could use a piece of the puzzle to get another SB sooner. B) is there a QB worth taking at the position the Giants draft in? We all know Jerry goes for BPA and C) will it p¡ss off/distract Eli, thinking about how much longer he’s got before he’s escorted out the door. Let’s not forget this is the best QB in the history of the franchise we’re talking about here. Let’s not sever any ties prematurely.

      •  JimStoll says:

        At only 5-9, 205, can David Wilson handle 20-25 carries or more? “I would say this to you,” Tom Coughlin said …
        … “It’s the individual. These guys are not small. They’re short. They’re not small. They’re thick. They’re muscular. This guy has very, very good leg strength and he has got one ingredient that you look for in everybody and it’s stamina. He has outstanding stamina. It appears that he can go all day long. So those are going to be assets he needs right down the stretch here.”

    •  rlhjr says:

      I feel your observations Dirt. And share your interest in what strategies will be employed.

      I hope Reese finds a 10 year center and either guard or right tackle first.
      That will keep him from looking for Eli’s relief prematurely.
      Hopefully our O-line won’t go the way of the eagles or cowturds.
      That is a scary thought to have. But for now they are OK.

      One other thing Reese hasn’t done yet is draft an impact player on defense not named JPP. A three down linebacker would be a start. But looking at the big picture, I’m thinking:

      DT, LB, CB, OL, RB, LB, WR

  4.  Eric S says:

    Levito posted this the other day about Wilsons size…

    Levito says:
    December 12, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    And even if Wilson doesn’t return a single kick, asking him to “pound the rock al game” isn’t going to work for his size. If Bradshaw doesn’t play Lumpkin/Torrain will have to get more carries. Wilson probably shouldn’t get more than 15.

    To which I responded…

    About Wilsons size, he’s listed at 5’9? and 205 lbs. Other notable backs Jamaal Charles (5’11? 199 lbs), Chris Johnson (5’11? 191 lbs), Ray Rice (5’8? 212 lbs), Lesean McCoy (5’11? 208 lbs), MJD (5’7? 210 lbs), Tiki Barber (5’10? 200 lbs), Barry Sanders (5’8? 203 lbs), Emmitt Smith (5’9? 210 lbs), dipping into Giants history again how about Joe Morris (5’7? 195 lbs). Pretty sure the size of these guys didn’t stop them from being feature backs.

    •  kinsho says:

      Yeah, that was definitely a silly argument. Wilson has a similar build to Rice. His body can handle the increased workload.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Thanks for posting this Eric, I was tired of the is he big enough nonsense.. Not sure where the mentality that a RB had to be 6’2- 230lbs to be a feature back.. Folks on this site really need to start watching football outside of the NYG.. For evey Brandon Jacobs (6’4 260) there are about 500 RB’s the size of Wilson

    •  rlhjr says:

      Agree with you and Coughlin. Joe Morris was one tough SOB at 5’7″ and nearly 200lbs. That is a load especially with the low center of gravity.
      In fact anyone under six feet coming in a 210 to 215 can be a beast.

      The difference is the willingness to block. Coughlins whole deal (and mine) is can Wilson live up to the physical end of things. We’ll see.

      •  rlhjr says:

        Walter Payton . Height: 5-10 Weight: 200

        •  Levito says:

          And for every Jamaal Charles, Ray Rice, etc, undersized RBs, there’s another RB who broke down after being asked to carry the load too many times. Barry Foster, Jamal Anderson, Shaun Alexander, etc. all had their careers shortened by carrying the rock too many times.

          Guys like Ray Rice and Jamaal Charles not good examples to use anyway, they’re 25 years old. I love Rice, but who knows how he’ll hold up for another couple of years. And Chris Johnson isn’t the same runner he was a few years ago.

          Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, those are great examples for your case. But like I said, for every one of those guys, there’s a handful of guys who burned out after being asked to carry the ball too many times.

          •  GOAT56 says:

            No you used bad examples. Guys like Jamal Lewis, Jamal Anderson and Shaun Alexander broke down because they were given too many carries over a course of several seasons. I bet if you look it up those two backs have about as many carries as anyone from a 3-5 year period as any back ever. We are talking about given Wilson 20-25 carries for a game or two until Bradhaw returns which is no comparison. Plus even a workhourse back nowadays barely average 20 carries per game in most cases.

            •  Levito says:

              You could give Wilson 40 carries on Sunday and it probably wouldn’t be a problem on Sunday. It’s the effect over time that’s going to take it’s toll. Not every back can hold up like Emmitt Smith, most can’t. There’s a reason the lifespan of a RB is insanely short.

          •  Eric S says:

            How are Ray Rice and Jamaal Charles not good examples? What does their age have to do with a debate about size? First of all nobody knows how any RB will hold up over the course of their careers until they get the carries. Secondly, nobody here is talking about giving Wilson 30 carries a game. And finally, the Giants RBs this year average 24.6 carries a game of which Wilson should get 18-20 carries if Braddy is out. Chris Johnson had an off year last year because he held out then reported out of shape when he finally got his deal. He still rushed for 1000 yds and caught 57 balls. This year he’s on pace for 1300 yds and 41 catches on a team whose QB’s and WRs scare nobody.

            Fun Facts: Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders averaged 19.5 and 20 carries per game respectively. In 1995 Smith carried the ball a career high 377 times an average of 23.5 carries per game. Starting with Tiki’s 5 year run of brilliance before retiring he averaged 19.85 carries and 3.8 catches per game.

            •  Levito says:

              Rice and Charles are not good examples because they haven’t yet stood the test of time. Who knows how they’ll hold up after taking the pounding they’ve been taking. And sure, Smith and Sanders were great RBs, and they were small. No argument there, but the bottom line is you’re using outliers to prove your points about the whole. When you look at the bigger picture, the numbers don’t favor RBs in general, they certainly don’t favor RBs with a lot of carries, and, although I don’t have numbers for it, I’m sure smaller RBs are more likely to have even shorter careers on average. The average career of an NFL player is 3.3 years. The average career of a RB is 2.6 years It’s not a coincidence that it’s 21% shorter.

              •  Eric S says:

                Haven’t yet stood the test of time? Ray Rice is in his 5th year, essentially halfway through the career of a long lasting RB. By 30, a RB is on the downside of their career if they haven’t already flamed out. Outliers? RB’s careers are short for a myriad of reasons, the rough nature of the position is one but they also account for guys who just aren’t good enough to stick around. They play a year and get tossed aside because they’re not that good and are easily replaced. That factors in to career averages too. I just listed 9 RBs who are/were feature backs and simliar in size. I’m sure I can find more. And if you’re going to spend a 1st rounder on a RB you better give him feature back touches.

  5.  kinsho says:

    I read a comment about Marvin Austin in an earlier thread. Anyone know what happened to that dude? No article here this season has even mentioned him, as far as I remember.

    •  demo3356 says:

      What happenned to him is that he didnt play a snap of Football for over 2 years due to injuries and other issues. He has all the Physical tools, he just needs to get his game back

      •  Eric S says:

        Yeah, I think some people around here are too quick to give up on a guy. We’re all engrossed in the fact that he “has 1st round talent” and that we got him in the 2nd round. Expectations were high. But missing a year of college ball then missing all of last year with an injury has really set him back. This is really his rookie year and they’re essentially red-shirting him. i’m fine with that. Next year there’s no more excuses, he has to show he can be a player.

        •  Krow says:

          Well yes, I kind of agree. But it does seem that we should be seeing … or at least hearing … more about Austin … and Brewer too for that matter. Both players are smack in the middle of problem areas. The opportunity is there for either of them to grab.

        •  JimStoll says:

          the problem is they could really use him right now and he’s nowhere

        •  demo3356 says:

          Eric- that is def the case on this site.. Just a week ago some of the drool cup GM’s around here were ready to label Wilson a bust.. It is mind numbing..

  6.  Krow says:

    You’re not going to invest a #1 pick in a QB till Eli is a year away from calling it quits … if that.

    You only have 4 years of your rookie deal before your apprentice QB hits the open market as a free agent. There’s no point in investing several years into someone only to end up in a bidding war for his services.

    QBs are not the only players falling into this category. In fact now the pressure to play rookies has never been greater.

    •  Dirt says:

      This is the Giants. There is no pressure to play a rookie.

      •  demo3356 says:

        Krow is 100% correct. Cant afford t draft a franchise QB and groom him for 2-3 years when you only have him under contract for 4.

        •  Dirt says:

          Ehh. On one hand, you have the new CBA with its shorter rookie contracts.

          On the other hand, you have the new CBA with its rookie cap, and in 2014 or 2015 what is expected to be a drastically higher salary cap. Rookie deals will be less burdensome on the cap.

          So, it’s a question of do you “waste” a few years of a guy you’ve groomed, or do you do nothing and risk that the guy you do take is THE guy.

          •  Dirt says:

            Actually, better stated, it’s a question of do you *risk* wasting a guy you’ve groomed, because he might actually not leave. And it gives you the benefit that you know if he’s the guy and can sign him or if you need to draft another guy.

            The flipside is waiting until your vet quits, and you don’t get a top pick and can’t groom him and so he has to be it, but might not be. That’s how you set your franchise back.

            1. Pat, Packers – franchises who had a good vet and a guy to groom

            2. Giants, Steelers – franchises who got a top pick because they didn’t have a good vet

            3. Saints, Texans – franchises who made out because other teams made bad decisions about their players

            As I hope the Giants won’t be in #2 under Eli, it’s 1 or 3, and 1 is a strategy, 3 is a prayer.

  7.  rlhjr says:

    Jayron Hosley is going to be fine because he has no fear and a short memory.
    Besides speed and a physical mentality he wants to take on.

    With all of the physical talents that simply cannot be taught to any athlete, the mental traits of a top corner are not given to every player at that position. Kid is going to be really good. And he aint half bad right now.

  8.  Krow says:

    I’m going to make a prediction …

    Given that we have some weaknesses in certain areas … coupled with the possibility of off-season departures … I don’t feel there’s enough draft choices to adequately fill all our potential needs … therefore …

    I feel we’re going to be more active in free agency this coming year than is typical.

    There are several solid FA OLmen … and we have shown a tendency to sign OL FAs. There may even be some DTs of interest. Again, an area where we do business.

    I think we add one of each … which would allow us to concentrate on LB and CB in the draft.

    IMHO …

    •  demo3356 says:

      I dont think so.. We are going to have to to scramble and be up against the cap just to re sign our own guys. No way there will be money for significant FA signings.. As a matter of fact, we are going to have to say bye bye to some of our over paid vets just to try and keep guys like Cruz, Phillips, Bennett, Beatty, Boothe and Stevie Brown. Tracey and Andre Brown are also FA’s.. Not going to be a lot for shopping

      •  demo3356 says:

        I think we should also get a comp pick or two for Loosing Manningham and Ross to Free Agency

      •  Krow says:

        I think there’s money if there’s a guy they want. But yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some unexpected departures. They’re going to want a few ‘restructures’, and if the player balks then they could just say goodbye ala Jacobs.

        I’m not saying we drop Haynesworth dollars though. Mid-level signings of above average guys. Because we can’t hit all the spots with just our 6 draft choices.

        Think about it … we may need a body on the OL, DL, ILB, RB, and CB. That’s not even reacting to anyone we might lose. Picks alone aren’t going to do it.

        •  demo3356 says:

          oh no doubt, and I agree, saying for a while that I think some big time vets are gone after this year. Too many guys making 3-4+ mil and not playing up to that level. We may very well see some Locklear, Bernard, Rivers type deals to bring in some good but affordable pieces.. I just dont see any big ticket items (Bass, Canty, Rolle, Boley).. They are going to have t drop a TON to keep Beatty, Cruz and Phillips.. Bennett might cost a little too.

  9.  rlhjr says:

    As for Austin, he flashed plenty in the spring according to Fewell. Then he got hurt. And there has not been much else out of him since. I still hope he’s the real deal. But he’s dead to me know. Is he even active for games?

    •  demo3356 says:

      up till last season, Beatty was one of G101′s whipping boys as well..

      •  rlhjr says:

        Very very true. It all pans out in time.

        •  JimStoll says:

          as I recall, Beatty played really well in ’10 before getting hurt
          he only had 2 fallow years

          the problem with Austin, in part, is I doubt anyone has ever seen the guy pplay anywhere
          apparently the last time he suited up was in pee wee

          •  Levito says:

            He’s been active for 5 games this season. 5 games in the last 3 seasons. He sure isn’t looking promising, but he hasn’t really had many chances lately. I doubt he makes much of an impact the rest of the season, and next season is probably his last chance to prove something.

          •  demo3356 says:

            If you followed college Football at all you would know he was a STUD at North Carolina and would have been a top ten pick had he not gotten trouble..

            •  kujo says:

              And the queen would be the king if she had a pair of balls!

              This was an insanely risky pick, particularly when we could have use someone–almost anyone–else at such a high spot. This is fine–it was a risk, and great Gms like Reese don’t become great without taking risks. But it’s starting to really look like 2+ years away from the game, at what should have been the beginning of the peak of his athletic career, really took its toll on him, his skills and what made him special. Thus far in his career with the Giants, he’s slow, small and useless.

          •  rlhjr says:

            Beatty main issue was upper body strength and bulk. Once he got bigger, stronger and was able to maintain his quickness it was a done deal.

  10.  rlhjr says:

    Hell, it took Prince getting dunked in a tub full of ice to break him out….LOL

    But I do hope the late round OL players taken start to pan out next year.
    And hopefully the two players mentioned early this week.
    I am sure Reese realizes the importance of building and maintaining his O-line.

    And the money only spreads so far for FA’s. The only real weak area I have seen under Reese is linebacker. I have a feeling this year he will go after one in the third round. That third round pick will have to represent value and talent for Reese to spend it.

    I’m thinking round one is going to be reserved for either a DB or DL.
    But enough of that, what’s going to happen Sunday peeps?

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