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New York Giants CB Prince Amukamara: “I Want to Be the No. 1 Corner in the Whole League”

June 13th, 2013 at 1:52 PM
By Doug Rush

A little over two years ago, when he was selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Prince Amukamara came in with high expectations for the New York Giants.

'Commissioner Goodell with Prince Amukamara' photo (c) 2011, Marianne O'Leary - license:

With veteran cornerbacks on the team like Aaron Ross, Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas, Amukamara was looked upon as the new guy who would make the group better. He suffered a major setback on his second day of training camp with the team, as he broke his foot, an injury which knocked him out for almost 3.5 months. Amukamara didn't make his debut for the Giants until November of 2011 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

He was finally able to show everyone why the Giants took him with a high pick, as in his first game, he intercepted a pass from Vince Young. He also was part of a secondary that helped the Giants get to and win Super Bowl XLVI in February of 2012.

In 2012, because of injuries and lack of depth, Amukamara was one of the few bright spots in the secondary and make improvements to his game; making 53 total tackles with an interception and seven pass deflections.

Now coming into his third season into the league, the just-turned 24-year-old corner has set some lofty expectations for himself in 2013 and in his career, thinking that he can be the Giants number one corner, as well as the best corner in the whole entire NFL.

"I want to be the No. 1 corner on this team,'' Amukamara said. "I feel like right now Corey [Webster] is and my goal is to always just try to beat him out and I think as soon as I establish myself as the No. 1 corner than hopefully become the No. 1 corner in the whole league. I know that’s gonna take work but I mean, guys that came out of my drafting class are doing great, Patrick Peterson and Richard Sherman, those are the guys I kind of compare myself to. I’m just trying to exceed all of them, I guess."

When you look at Amukamara's game films and break him down, he has all the skills to be a true number one cornerback, but his biggest setback has been the injury bug and being able to stay on the field for a full season.

In all of 2012, Amukamara only got burned once on a big pass-play down field, which was the high-scoring game against the New Orleans Saints in early December. Other than that, Amukamara is able to use his strength to re-direct receivers and get them off their routes and use his speed to stay with them and break up a play.

With Webster in the final year of his contract, along with Thomas on a one-year deal, Amukamara's time to step up for the Giants is this season, and from the looks of things, he's realizing that he has to, and it's something his position coach, Peter Guinta, sees in Amukamara and told Art Stapleton of the Begen Record last week during OTA's.

 "From last spring to this spring, he's a different player. He sees the game completely now," he said.

Right now, most would consider Tampa Bay Buccaneers corner Darrelle Revis and Seattle Seahawks corner Richard Sherman to be the best corners in the league right now, so Amukamara has still some work ahead of him to be playing at that kind of level. However, the sky is the limit on how well Amukamara can perform, and if he can develop into that number one cornerback role, then he makes the Giants defense that much better going forward.


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