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New York Gians cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) takes part in practice during minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Steven Ryan)
New York Gians cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) takes part in practice during minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Steven Ryan)

Former Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara signed a one-year deal with the Jaguars.

The deal Amukamara signed can max out at $6 million if he reaches all of his performance bonuses (Mar. 14).

Amukamara, a 2011 first-round pick of the Giants, struggled with injuries since a torn bicep ended his 2014 season early. He started eight games in 2014 and 10 games in 2015.

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St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins runs on to the field befell the game between the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)
St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins runs on to the field befell the game between the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants have made the signing of CB Janoris Jenkins official.

Jenkins' contract will be worth more than $12 million annually, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Overall, the deal will be worth $62.5 million over five years, according to Adam Schefter

The deal will guarantee $29 million, with $40 million possible over the first three years of the deal. 

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The Giants will soon have to make a decision on pending free agent Prince Amukamara. (AP)
The Giants will soon have to make a decision on pending free agent Prince Amukamara. (AP)

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The Giants clearly are in need of some cornerbacks this offseason and perhaps could use a veteran safety, but don't expect them to break the bank to fill those needs in the upcoming free agency period.

They want to fortify their defensive front seven, the staple of their championship teams, and will probably bid on many of the talented linemen and linebackers that will hit the market on March 9.

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New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara defends during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara defends during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor/USA Today Sports Images)

The NFL deadline for assigning franchise and transition tags on players is this Tuesday but don't expect the Giants to exercise that option on any of their players this year.

Last season, the Giants tagged DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who ended up renegotiating the tender after missing the first half of the season with a non-football injury.

Re-signing Pierre-Paul is reportedly a priority for the Giants this March, but not at the franchise tag price of $15.701 million. The same goes for CB Prince Amukamara, who would warrant a one-year tender worth over $13.9 million.

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New York Giants corner back Prince Amukamara defends a pass intended for Carolina Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants corner back Prince Amukamara defends a pass intended for Carolina Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Cornerback Prince Amukamara is not likely to have contract discussions with the Giants until free agency begins next month, he told Sirius XM Radio on Wednesday.

Amukamara, 26, said he recently met with Giants GM Jerry Reese, who will ultimately let Amukamara test the free agency market.

"He basically told me that he's just ... they're going to wait til free agency (to negotiate)," Amukamara said. "I don't expect any talks to happen between then."

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 (Steven Ryan)
(Steven Ryan)

The new league year begins on March 9, and the Giants have over 20 free agents they'll have to make decisions on.

Among those set to become free agents are CB Prince Amukamara, K Josh Brown, and DE's Jason Pierre-Paul and Robert Ayers.

At NJ.com, James Kratch lists them in order of importance >> Read more

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 (Jim O'Connor)
(Jim O'Connor)

This year's New York Giants defense can be called the "anti-Broncos" for their lack of pressure on the quarterback and their inability to cover in space. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had a decent year, but the other 11 positions should all be considered for upgrades the next few months.

Not getting into specific names, the Giants need a minimum of two quality pass-rushers, two more cover corners and a safety this offseason.

They have to shed themsleves of the players who can't stay healthy, with he exception of LB Devon Kennard. That means cutting ties with players they may still have an affinity for such as former first round picks Jason Pierre-Paul and Prince Amukamara, unless they get them a bargain-basement price.

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While his brother Peyton Manning helped drive the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl 50, everyone seemed ecstatic -- except Giants QB Eli Manning.

As CBS panned to the Manning family after C.J. Anderson scored a game-sealing touchdown with under three minutes remaining, everyone in the suite was cheering, except Eli.



New York Gians cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) takes part in practice during minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Steven Ryan)
New York Gians cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) takes part in practice during minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Steven Ryan)

Coach Tom Coughlin's resignation was only the first step in an offseason that promises to see major personnel changes for the New York Giants after a second consecutive 6-10 campaign.

With an estimated $50 million of salary cap space available for free agency, the Giants will have to make decisions on many of their own 19 unrestricted free agents.

Among the most important are defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, cornerback Prince Amukamara, defensive end Robert Ayers, Jr., and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins.

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New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USATSI)
New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USATSI)

Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is having a rough time, to put it lightly, in his second stint with Big Blue.

He is trying to field a defense out of second-stringers, castoffs and rookies and it has showed in the results, or lack therof. The Giants have allowed 423 yards per game this season, 31st in the NFL. At 314 yards per game, they are the only team in the NFL allowing over 300 yards through the air each week.

Of the Giants' 296 points they've given up this season, they have allowed 116 in the fourth quarter and overtime this season. Their secondary has allowed 12 passing touchdowns in the first three quarters combined, and 11 just in the fourth.

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Nov 29, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin (C) discusses a call with field judge Brad Freeman (88) during the second half at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Mills)
Nov 29, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin (C) discusses a call with field judge Brad Freeman (88) during the second half at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

In a season marked by inconsistency, the New York Giants haven't failed to squander chances to take command of the NFC East.

It's been the constant in what is proving to be a frustrating season for Tom Coughlin, his team and its fans.

Every time the Giants (5-6) have a chance to open daylight, they have come up short.

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New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin shakes hands with cornerback Prince Amukamara (20). (Tim Heitman)
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin shakes hands with cornerback Prince Amukamara (20). (Tim Heitman)

The New York Giants lost their grasp on first place in the NFC East and now stand in a first-place tie with Washington after their 20-14 loss Sunday.

So, where do they turn next?

First, the team faces a mental hurdle after suffering a second loss in as many games. Thus far, the Giants have maintained confidence entering Week 13 and their remaining slate ahead of them.

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Sep 24, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Faytok/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports (Chris Faytok/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 24, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Faytok/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports (Chris Faytok/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports)

After missing five games due to a partial pectoral tear, Prince Amukamara is back.
 
The oft-injured Giants cornerback will start opposite Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Sunday as the team faces Washington in an NFC East tilt.
 
Before Amukamara sustained his injury, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was impressed with his level of play. Now that he's back in the fold, he's optimistic about this Giants secondary.
 
"We know he's a good football player," Spagnuolo said. "I really thought right before he got hurt, I thought he was really coming along and playing real well for us.
 
"Anytime you lose a player of Prince's caliber, it makes it a challenge. I think the guys have done a good job to this point. We're glad we have him back. … Hopefully he can knock the rust off really quick in the game and he can help us."
 
Jayron Hosley and Trumaine McBride took on larger roles with Amukamara sidelined, but that didn't lead to Spagnuolo changing up his defense.
 
That will remain the same as Amukamara returns to the starting lineup.
 
However, the defensive coordinator indicated there's a higher degree of confidence with both the Giants' starting cornerbacks back out there.
 
"I probably won't call anything differently now that he is in there," Spagnuolo said. "He's played in this league a long time, he's a solid pro, we rely on him as one of our real good football players, and to have one on either side, that being DRC (Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie), I think there is a sense of security there for us."

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Oct 11, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) catches the game winning touchdown in front of San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports  (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 11, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) catches the game winning touchdown in front of San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

The Giants will be preparing for their six-game stretch run by getting several key contributors back from injury. CB Prince Amukamara (pec) and TE Larry Donnell (neck) are scheduled to practice in full on Wednesday.

Prince told reporters on Monday that he is "100 percent" and head coach Tom Coughlin also noted that Amukamara has received medical clearance to play, but would not put a percentage on his health. The Giants are next to last in passing defense and Amukamara's return can only help the besieged secondary.

"I think he can add a lot," Coughlin said when asked what Prince can bring to the defense. "He's a good player and he's demonstrated that over the years. He'll hang in there, he's done a nice job of that. Everybody gets beat on a route once in a while, but he hangs in there and he keeps battling away. He has a strong physical presence, so I think there's no doubt he'll add tremendously."

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New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle (82) gives New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) stiff arm after pass reception during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor)
New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle (82) gives New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) stiff arm after pass reception during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor)

At 5-5,the New York Giants still control their own fate as they enter the stretch run of the season.
 
Still leading the NFC East, the Giants return from the bye week with a game at Washington before a difficult four-game stretch that leads the team to its regular-season finale against Philadelphia. 
 
After the Week 11 bye, the Giants had a chance to retool and get healthy.
 
Here are five things we'd like to see from the Giants following the bye week:
 
A pass rush
 
The Giants enter Week 12 tied for last place in the NFL with 12.0 sacks. But in Week 10, the Giants seemingly pieced together their best pass rush of the season, sacking Tom Brady three times in a close loss. 
 
Jason Pierre-Paul also had a sack, but it was wiped away by a penalty. Nonetheless, it's an encouraging sign that Pierre-Paul is already making strides despite playing in two games, and the rest of the Giants' defensive line is stepping up to the challenge as well.
 
The Giants need a pass rush to win the NFC East and make noise in the playoffs. It's a blueprint that led the team to two Super Bowls over the past decade. As we saw early on in this season, a lack of a pass rush made the team wildly inconsistent and an easy stepping stone against superior teams.
 
Defensive reinforcements
 
The Giants opened the season with one of the better defenses in the league. However, as injuries began to force players out of the lineup, this rag-tag group began to falter.
 
This week, the Giants had a chance to make room for defensive reinforcements at multiple levels of the defense. Cornerback Prince Amukamara is back opposite of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Amukamara had been dealing with a pectoral tear and missed five games. He'll take over for Jayron Hosley in the starting lineup and be an upgrade against teams' No. 2 wideouts.
 
Additionally, J.T. Thomas (ankle) and Uani 'Unga (neck) should be back in the mix, too. Thomas has missed the last three games and Unga has missed the past two. 
 
In other words, nearly the Giants' entire starting linebacking corps was sidelined. With Thomas and Unga back, the front seven is again solidified and should help improve a rush defense that has struggled in recent weeks, allowing more than 100 yards in five of the last six games.
 
More Darkwa
 
The Giants have rushed for more than 100 yards twice in eight games, and no Giants running back has eclipsed 100 yards in a single game to date.
 
That needs to change if the Giants are going to find balance in their offense down the stretch. 
 
With a backfield comprised of Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, Shane Vereen and Orleans Darkwa, Tom Coughlin must configure a plan in which the team has more success on the ground to set up play-action pass and control the time of possession. Otherwise, the Giants are going to continue to be predictable and inconsistent running the ball. 
 
Darkwa leads the team with a 4.7 yard per carry average, which is more than the Giants' team averages per carry (3.8), which is 27th in the NFL. The 23-year-old back has proven he's deserving of more carries as he fits what the Giants are trying to do offensively. 
 
Ereck Flowers' strong second half
 
The Giants' rookie left tackle is going to remain right where he has been all season since incumbent Will Beatty will not be returning to the field in 2015.
 
Thus far, Flowers has had a very … rookie type of season, with bright spots and blemished all alike. 
 
With some injuries nagging the Giants along the offensive line to Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg, the team needs stability from other areas. One of those areas needs to be at left tackle.
 
Flowers needs to come out strong for the stretch run and protect Eli Manning from some talented edge rushers that the Giants are going to face over the final six games. 
 
Offensive line coach Pat Flaherty said Flowers' technique is improving at practice, but it needs to translates to the games. After a week to continue to perfect his technique, Flowers needs to step up and play a pivotal role on this offensive line.
 
Rueben Randle being a true No. 2
 
Odell Beckham Jr. has enjoyed continued success his sophomore seasons. He ranks seventh in the NFL with 863 receiving yards on 63 receptions to go along with eight touchdowns.
 
And he might not be the most important receiver on the Giants.
 
We know what to expect out of Beckham - playmaking ability, outstanding catch-and-runs and a consistent threat to opposing defenses.
 
However, Beckham is susceptible to struggles when defenses blanket him.
 
Those defenses are unable to do so when Randle is at his best.
 
When Randle catches a touchdown, the Giants are 3-0. He's a perfect complement to Beckham's skillset, and with Dwayne Harris now the full-time starter in the slot and perhaps Hakeem Nicks finding a niche role in the offense, Randle needs to step up and be a true No. 2 option for Manning.
 
Randle has seen an uptick in targets. Six seems to be a magic number of sorts. When Randle is targeted six or more times, the Giants are 3-2. Not too shabby.

 

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Oct 4, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) recovers the ball and gets tackled by Buffalo Bills runningback Cierre Wood (41) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Giants beat the Bills 24 to 10. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Oct 4, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) recovers the ball and gets tackled by Buffalo Bills runningback Cierre Wood (41) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Giants beat the Bills 24 to 10. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Fresh off a bye week, Prince Amukamara is anxious to get back to football.

But it's more than just Week 11 that Amukamara has been away from the field.

Sidelined by a pectoral injury, Amukamara has missed the Giants' last five games. However, he's expected to return for Sunday's NFC East tilt with Washington.

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"I expect Prince to play like a first-round draft pick. That?s pretty cut and dry for me..."When you pick a guy that high, in the first round, you expect him to play and play well and be a strong contributor to your team," - Giants GM Jerry Reese on CB Prince Amukamara on Day 2 of the club's 2012 training camp.

Two years ago, it was up in the air whether Prince Amukamara, the Giant's first round selection in the previous year's draft was going to be an impact player for them. He had slipped down the draft order all the way to No. 19 and into the lap of the Giants.

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After the Giants signed CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in free agency last month, head coach Tom Coughlin said DRC would be assigned to the opponents' No. 1 receivers. The other day, the incumbent No. 1 CB, Prince Amukamara, was asked for his reaction to that statement.

"I would just say that it doesn?t really affect me; it doesn?t really affect my goals of how I come into the season," Prince said. "I?m always competing and I?m always just trying to be the number one corner on this team and in the league. It really doesn?t affect how I prepare."

Amukamara did not sound insulted by the coach's remark. He was asked if he took it as a challenge.

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Prince Amukamara is expected to play on Sunday, after suffering a concussions against the Cowboys, according to Art Stapleton of The Record.

Amukamara still has to clear the concussion protocol before he is cleared to play.

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The Giants "have just put their toe in the water again" for Charles Woodson, the veteran defensive back agent's tells ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Two days ago, Woodson left his visit with Denver without receiving a contract offer, but the two sides reportedly remained in contact.

In addition to the Broncos, Woodson, 36, has visited with the Raiders, the only team known to have made an offer to the free agent.

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In Rotoworld's newly configured post-NFL Draft lineup rankings, the New York Giants are slated at No. 11.

Offensively, the team re-signed left tackle Will Beatty and added Brandon Myers to replace Martellus Bennett, who signed with the Chicago Bears. Also making the lineup is first-round selection Justin Pugh, who is penciled in at left guard, as well as Victor Cruz, who has yet to re-sign with the team for the coming season.

Writes Rotoworld:

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Signs point to the Giants drafting defensively in the first round of Thursday's NFL Draft, with linebacker, defensive line and defensive back heralded as positions of need.

That sentiment was echoed by ESPN's top NFL Draft insiders this week, as both Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. project New York to bolster its secondary with the 19th selection Thursday night.

In his final mock draft, McShay writes the Giants will select cornerback D.J. Hayden out of Houston.

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The NFL Draft is a mere three days away, so of course, all the rumors swirling around who is going to land where are beginning to heat up.

Numerous mock drafts have the Giants looking to bolster a couple different directions, including linebacker, offensive and defensive lines and the secondary. Among the players most commonly connected to Big Blue are linebackers Manti Te'o and Alec Ogletree, offensive tackle D.J. Fluker and cornerback Desmond Trufant.

Over the weekend, the New York Daily News diagnosed those same four positions as areas of need for the Giants in this year's draft, pointing out the linebacking unit lost Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn, and Mathias Kiwanuka has returned to the defensive line. It adds the offensive line -- aside from left tackle Will Beatty -- is aging; Justin Tuck and Kiwanuka are aging; and questions continue to surround cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley.

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In Mel Kiper Jr.'s first two-round mock draft, the longtime NFL Draft prognosticator suggests the New York Giants will select a cornerback and linebacker, respectively, with their first and second-round picks.

At No. 19, Kiper projects the Giants to draft cornerback Desmond Trufant from the University of Washington. The 6-foot, 190-pound former Huskie impressed at the NFL Combine, solidifying his status as a first-round talent.

NFL.com compares Trufant to Cardinals cornerback Antoine Cason, praising him for his size, athleticism and short-area foot quickness. However, experts believe he'll have to improve his overall strength on the professional level.

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There's a lot to like about Washington DB Desmond Trufant, whose draft stock has been rising of late.

The Giants have been connected to a number of different players with the 19th selection in April's NFL Draft, most of which has centered around the team's moves during free agency.

Among the names floated around have been Tyler Eifert, the tight end from Notre Dame, Alec Ogletree, the linebacker out of Georgia, and Datone Jones, the defensive lineman out of UCLA.

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This version of the 9-7 Giants didn't translate into a Super Bowl-bound time.

As the media gathers in New Orleans, New York Giants players are watching from their couches as a new king of the football world is crowned on Sunday.

Owner John Mara and GM Jerry Reese expressed their dismay with the team missing out on the playoffs this season. Obviously, change is on the horizon.

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In a pair of ESPN mock NFL drafts, analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. both expect the New York Giants to try and improve on the defensive side of the ball this spring.

According to McShay, New York will look to bolster its defensive backfield by adding Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks.

"The Giants have been successful under general manager Jerry Reese going with the best available athlete on the board, but in this case they find one of the top players available at a priority need area," McShay writes. "Banks is not elite in man-to-man coverage, but he has good length and is solid in press coverage, shows instincts in zone, supports the run and is a ball hawk with 16 career interceptions."
The last defensive player drafted by New York was Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara in 2011. In 2010, the team took Jason Pierre-Paul.

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This season, the Giants lacked their signature pass rush, which had lifted them over the Patriots in Super Bowls twice and had set the tone for the rest of their defense.

Whether it's via free agency, the draft or trades, the Giants need to upgrade their pass rush, which will allow their linebackers to focus more on stopping the revent and their defensive backs on generating turnovers.

The heart and soul of the Giants D: the defensive line. Let's begin there.

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Kenny Phillips, Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley are all listed as questionable for tomorrow' game against Philadelphia, thought all three are optimistic about their chances to play.

Phillips, who has missed nine games this season due to knee injuries, including the last three, said after practicing all week he feels ready to return to the field.

He felt that way last week, however, and was ruled out.

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Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell won't officially rule out safety Kenny Phillips for Sunday's contest in Atlanta. Nor would he hint as to what Prince Amukara's status is.

It's a next man up mentality for Big Blue. And since a number of role players have played well in the absence of the starters, Fewell is confident his defense will show up in a big way on Sunday.

"Consistency is always the issue. Most of the time, our guys are pretty good about trying to get on the field," Fewell said. "But you do miss the consistency in trying to put together a plan that includes people that you hope will be there on game day vs. people that may be there on game day."

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Giants? secondary coach Peter Giunta addressed the media Tuesday to discuss the secondary?s performance from this past weekend?s game against the Bengals.

The obvious area of emphasis was the very first drive in which the Giants allowed Andy Dalton to hit A.J. Green on 56-yard touchdown pass in which the secondary looked completely confused.

Stevie Brown was supposed to slide over in coverage, but Corey Webster should have realized, according to Giunta, what was going on as the veteran guy.

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The Giants' blowout victory over the 49ers yesterday said a lot about Big Blue.

But just how much?

The Giants earned a series of "firsts" and caused a series of "firsts" for the 49ers.

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Giants? safety Antrel Rolle is sometimes accused of doing more talking off the field than playing football on the field. However, that was far from the case this afternoon, as Rolle?s two interceptions paced a dominant defensive performance in Big Blue?s 26-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Rolle?s interceptions were incredibly timely and gave the Giants? offense great field position to put points on the board. Alex Smith, who came into the game with the league?s top quarterback rating (108.7), threw a total of three interceptions on the day after only throwing one in the prior five games.

The 49ers entered this contest as the leading rushing team in the NFL, averaging 196.2 yards per game. And if it was any consolation, San Francisco got off to a fast start offensively both on the ground and through the air.

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The Giants' mash unit grew a little bit bigger Sunday night when safety Kenny Phillips suffered a sprained right knee.

The severity of the MCL sprain is still unknown. Tom Coughlin said his safety is week-to-week and will get an MRI.

It's a bad sign that Phillips was unable to re-enter the game, but X-rays did come back negative.

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Giants' CB Prince Amukamara spoke to the media shortly today at TIMEX. The Giants' former first-round selection is mentally ready to return to action after turning his ankle in the preseason. But is he physically ready? He is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay and he has not been told if he will dress this week.

What?s your status for Sunday?

The coach hasn?t told me anything yet. I just practiced this whole week and just did the best I can out there.?

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The Giants' secondary will once again have it's hands full this Sunday against Tampa Bay, who have a formidable group of receivers in Vincent Jackson, Dallas Clark , Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn.

The defense is hoping to get CB Prince Amukamara back this week, but he just began practicing lightly only yesterday.

"He does have some issues," said Tom Coughlin. "He?s just fighting his way through them."

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The Giants made a habit of accumulating defensive backs this past offseason. Now, one week into the season, they are finding themselves shorthanded.

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.

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CB Prince Amukamara sustained a high ankle sprain in the Giants' preseason game last week vs the Bears. The initial prognosis was 2-3 weeks, which is the norm for such an injury. Prince is still hopeful that he can return for the Giants opener vs the Cowboys next Wednesday, but the realistic view is he won't be ready until Week Two against Tampa Bay.

Prince told the media today that he is on the road to recovery and is taking it day by day....

How?s the ankle feel? You?re out of the boot?"Yeah, I?m out of the walking boot. I?ve been rehabbing, walking better, and it feels a lot better than it did last week. It?s only been six days, so we?re still taking it day-by-day."

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Giants' CB Prince Amukamara knows the stakes are high when it comes to his career. He fell to the Giants in last year's NFL Draft (19th overall), experts were declaring it the steal of the draft.

But, as usual, there's always a price to pay for good fortune. Amukamara broke a bone in his foot during his very first practice as a Giant and missed half the season. By the time he was activated, he was so far behind the in the learning curve, he was only used in certain packages.

This year, the team has raised the ante for Prince. His slow development has led to teasing and hazing from teammates and to top things off, ?he is dealing with a new injury that threatens the start of another season ?Still, he remains positive:

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Giants CB Prince Amukamara was taken off the field by cart just a few moments ago. It appears he injured his right foot or leg tackling Chicago WR Brandon Marshall. Uh, oh....
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From yesterday's broadcasts on SNY......

The Loud Mouths debate which running back will have a better season, Ahmad Bradshaw or the Jets' Shonn Greene?

http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=24063067&topic_id=6479520&tcid=vpp_copy_24063067&v=3

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The Giants put the viral video hazing incident behind them today by making all the principals involved available to the media. Punter Steve Weatherford apologized for posting the video on Twitter, Jason Pierre-Paul and Prince Amukamara both insist everything is "cool" between them.

From Jorge Castillo of the Star Ledger:

Throughout the locker room, players said the act was all in good fun, the standard "horseplay" that permeates the NFL. But, as Justin Tuck put it, the word of the day was "perception", and language used in the video along with the look on Amukamara's face after he emerged from the tub put into question whether it was innocent fun. Amukamara maintains it was.

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Yes, I ?know what hazing is. Yes, I personally have been involved on both ends of incidents. It's a ritual that should be within the lines of good-natured fun and all the participants should have that understanding.

This 'viral' video of Jason Pierre-Paul dumping Prince Amukamara into a tub of ice water taken and posted on the web by Steve Weatherford was sent to us a couple of days ago, but we never posted it. Mainly because I didn't feel it was important. I've been around locker rooms almost all my life.

This incident didn't seem like anything outside the lines to me...at first. Then I watched it again. I didn't like the nature of it. It seemed a bit too mean-spitrited to me. Prince's reaction and the language used by JPP afterward completely seals that. The others in the video are taking it all in stride. Some are egging on JPP while others are telling Prince to "stand up for yourself".

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Despite rumors and reports, the Giants cannot place injured CB Terrell Thomas on IR and then bring him back for the second half of the season.

The rule, which would have allowed teams to bring back one player from IR after six weeks, was voted on and approved by the owners in May but still has not been ratified by the NFLPA. The existing rules remain in place.

The Giants will have to carry Thomas on their active roster until he gets healthy, much like they did with Will Beatty and Prince Amukamara last season.

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