Giants' CB Aaron Ross left yesterday's game with a concussion after colliding with DE Jason Pierre-Paul. He was replaced by first-round draft pick Prince Amukamara. Most teams would go right after the new guy, but the Falcons were having some issues moving the ball forward on the Giants defense and failed to exploit any mismatch.
The Giants' veteran DBs immediately made Prince aware that Atlanta would likely be directing their passes his way.
"(They) told me just play like the ball’s coming at you, even if it’s a run,” Amukamara said. “Just always be alert, still be on my Ps and Qs and stick with guys downfield.”
He did. Assigned to Falcons' rookie WR Julio Jones, Prince did not let Jones get behind him allowing only three catches for 15 yards - a marked improvement over his past performances this season.
“No corner likes to get a ball caught on him,” Prince said. “Julio caught that little slant. But other than that, I think I’m making progress.”
His coach, Tom Coughlin appears to be more confident in his top pick's ability...
"He has gotten better each week and he did a nice job on special teams when he went out to defend the gunners. Atlanta had two outstanding gunners and those guys were good. He did a good job out there so he has improved in that regard and of course and he got a lot of playing time after Aaron was hurt. He is gaining each week and that is exactly what he needs. I think he did a good job with open field transition yesterday turning his hips and getting himself in position. He is physical, he will hit you so he is coming."
If Ross can't go this week, the Giants will need Prince's learning curve to close fast. The Packers are perhaps the ultimate challenge for any defense, regardless of experience.