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New York Giants’ Prince Amukamara Unsure If He’ll Be Shadowing Calvin Johnson on Sunday

December 19th, 2013 at 7:00 AM
By Doug Rush

It's pretty clear that Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions has emerged as the best wide receiver in the NFL. On Sunday, the New York Giants defense has the unenviable task of trying to contain him on Sunday when they take on the Detroit Lions.

Johnson might not know too much about the Giants secondary; he could barely pronounce Prince Amukamara's name on a conference call with the Giants beat reporters on Wednesday and he didn't even know who Trumaine McBride was, yet those are the two guys that the man known as "MegaTron" will be going up against on Sunday at Ford Field.

And even though Johnson doesn't know the names of the players who will be covering him on Sunday, Amukamara and McBride certainly know who Johnson is and they're prepared to do what it takes to stop him, if there is such a thing as stopping MegaTron. One thing Amukamara has been doing is studying the game film of the Lions game back in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals where Patrick Peterson shadowed him and had some success against him; although in that particular game, Johnson had six catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns.

"He shadowed him for most of the game and seemed like he did pretty well, Calvin broke some runs, made a few nice plays but that's expected because of who Calvin Johnson is. Patrick played him very, very well so that's a great tape to watch."

When asked if Amukamara will be the one who draws the task of being the one to shadow Johnson on Sunday, the former first round pick told the media on Wednesday that he wasn't really sure because the Giants normally don't practice "shadowing" but in this one case, if he were to be asked to do so, he'd be up for the challenge.

"In practice we haven't had too much of that (shadowing one specific wideout), we haven't had too much of that," Amukamara said. "We haven't done that in the past, I've always stayed left or right, but I'm going to do whatever the coaches want me to do. I just look at it as a great opportunity," Amukamara said. "Whoever wants to be the best, they have to go against the best. Obviously, Calvin Johnson is one of the best receivers in the game right now."

So far in 2013, Johnson has accumulated for 81 catches for 1,449 yards and 12 touchdowns; in his last game, he had six catches for 98 yards and no touchdowns in an 18-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and with the Lions season potentially riding on Sunday's outcome, they will certainly be looking for another monster game from MegaTron.

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Tags: Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Prince Amukamara, Trumaine McBride

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2 Responses to “New York Giants’ Prince Amukamara Unsure If He’ll Be Shadowing Calvin Johnson on Sunday”

  1.  Krow says:

    We’ll be in our usual zone coverages. This is no mystery.

  2.  buljos says:

    If last week was any indication, MegaTron will have a big day, not necessarily because the Giants secondary can’t do well against him, but because the Giants offense won’t sustain drives and keep him off the field. Suh and Fairley will provide plenty of A gap pressure, and so far Gilbride and Eli have yet to consistently execute counter plays.

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