With many lingering concerns in the New York Giants secondary — namely injuries and age — second-year cornerback Jayron Hosley has flown under the radar this offseason. The focus has been on the development of Prince Amukamara, the return of Aaron Ross, the health of Terrell Thomas and what to expect of veteran Corey Webster. However, secondary coach Peter Giunta feels Hosley is ready to take that next step in his second NFL season.
"[We're] looking to see if he can play multiple spots — can play the corner and the nickel spot well without making a lot mistakes," Giunta said. "[We want him] out there being productive, making plays for us."
The big transition for Hosley will come when he's moved from the nickel spot to the outside. It's something Giunta plans to work with him extensively on throughout training camp.
"Using the sideline to help him; knowing where he is," Giunta said of what Hosley will need to learn. "Being able to handle a guy on an every down basis instead of being nickel and playing a limited role."
Hosley flashed all sort of talent in 2012, but also made quite a few rookie mistakes. In fact, Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons took the youngster to school during an embarrassing 34-0 week 15 loss. It was a humbling experience for Hosley, who expected to play much better and more aggressive in that game.
It will be worth keeping an eye on the second-year DB throughout training camp because he may ultimately play a larger role in 2013 than many anticipate.
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