Giant fans have been wondering what could possibly help stem the flow of the all-too-frequent big plays the defense has been surrendering. One player - a rookie who miraculously fell to them in the draft - could be the answer.
CB Prince Amukamara, who has missed the first six games of the season with a broken bone in his foot, is confident he will be able to slide right in to the Giants' secondary next week and solidify their back seven.
"I know I can make an impact on this team," Prince told reporters at TIMEX yesterday. "I can’t control that now but as soon as I am ready to go, I am going to give it all I’ve got."
Prince feels he is prepared mentally for the challenge, all he wants now is a chance to get out on the field and produce.
"For the mental side of it, I go to every meeting and I am still watching film and being taught a lot from coach Dave (Merritt) and coach (Pete) Giunta. I know I am getting that stuff in and I am out at practice going through the plays and stuff. I am getting my DB stuff down after that with coach Giunta and during practice with the trainers."
The Giants are going to meet Prince halfway, by switching to more man coverage, a strength of his from his college days at Nebraska.
"That is mostly what we did at Nebraska, just line up against a guy and it was your best guy versus their best guy. That’s what we did and I am very used to that, but I can play zone, too, so if we play that, I can get in and contribute that way, too."
The addition of Amaukamara to the secondary will surely sturdy up the coverage. Prince will be asked to play slot CB (unless he is placed outside and Aaron Ross takes that spot) which will free up S Antrel Rolle to do what he does best: play in the box. Rolle's presence closer to the line of scrimmage will go a long way to support the sagging run defense.