Two years ago, the New York Giants drafted cornerback Prince Amukamara in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, but on the second day of his professional career, he suffered a broken foot that kept him on the shelf for four months.
In his debut game against the Philadelphia Eagles back in November of 2011, Amukamara showed exactly why he was the high draft pick when he intercepted a pass from Vince Young, but then during the stretch run, the then-rookie at times played like he was lost and still needed more time to adapt to the NFL.
Last season, with Aaron Ross playing for another team and Terrell Thomas on the injured reserve for the season with another torn ACL. Amukamara had to step up for the Giants and saw a lot more reps, which only helped him as he gained more experience and more confidence that he was a solid player.
Now, entering his third season in the league, Amukamara is starting to finally show his teammates and coaches exactly why he was that first round pick two years ago, as he has looked even better in training camp for the Giants. When David Satriano of the New York Post asked Amukamara about what the difference was for him, he said it was a confidence issue.
“I think that every corner in this game wants to be the No. 1 corner and so that’s just the mindset that I have,” Amukamara said after practice yesterday. “Just my confidence with this position, playing defensive back, you’ve got to have a certain level of confidence.”
One thing Amukamara mentioned that has helped him is the veteran leadership and presence of the other cornerbacks on the team like Corey Webster Ross, Thomas. Amukamara even said that Thomas has been a big help to him because of how involved he has gotten in making sure he stays focused and sharp on and off the field.
“Right now, I sit right next to [Terrell Thomas] in the room and he is definitely just a student of the game. He is on me more than the coach. He doesn’t even let himself settle, so he’s not going to let me settle. Always wants me to get better and better every day.”
Last month, Amukamara said that he not only wanted to be the number one corner on the Giants, but looked to be the number one corner in the entire NFL, which meant being better than Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman, who are the top two elite corners in the game right now. If Amukamara's confidence and play can get him to that level, then the Giants truly to have a special player on their hands who will make their defense even better.
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