Prince Amukamara (ankle) is still not sure when he will return to action. His replacement, Michael Coe, left Wednesday's game with a hammy and is still being evaluated. With Terrell Thomas done for the year and Corey Webster looking beleaguered against the fleet Dallas receivers, Giant fans are ready to switch to Code Red.
Tom Coughlin is stressing out, too. This is a passing league and he has a Who's Who of NFL QBs on his schedule this year. He's got about a week to work it out. The Coe injury during the Dallas game showed the world the Giants are shallow in their defensive backfield.
"Anytime you have a corner, he’s had this issue before, now it’s on the other side" Coughlin said of Coe. "I don’t understand it. I didn’t know there was a hamstring till about five years ago. That’s all we hear, you have to be able to take the field and play this game. Somehow, some way, people stay out there. We’re in a position where we need all the help we can get back there."
The Giants drafted the speedy and athletic Jayron Hosley in the third round of the NFL Draft this past April. Coughlin was asked why he replaced Coe with Justin Tryon instead of Hosley:
"We were trying to concentrate on developing this young man in the nickel position, in the sub position. He can play corner, but at that point in time, we had been alternating the remaining corners throughout the course of the week in practice. Tryon had had his share of snaps over there."
Prince was initially penciled in for Week Two vs Tampa, but now that is all up in the air. He has no idea when he'll be ready to go again. He may get to run this week, but the medical staff has not cleared him as of yet.
"I don’t know, I don’t know," Coughlin said of Prince. "I’m not sure about that guy. He’s trying though; he’s trying like heck."
A reporter asked Coughlin if it might be time to look for outside solutions at cornerback.
"We’ll consider anything," he said. "How are you with backpedaling? Pretty good?"