When the New York Giants drafted Prince Amukamara with the 19th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, a lot of people around the NFL thought it was a steal. Amukamara was considered to be the best man-to-man cover corner in his draft class. However, he missed all of the OTA’s as a rookie because of the lockout and broke his foot, forcing him to miss almost all of training camp and the first nine weeks of the season.
When Amukamara did get on the field last season he looked overmatched at times, causing breaks in coverage that led to some big plays. However, this offseason he is off to a very good start, something the Giants were needing after letting Aaron Ross leave as a free agent. Amukamara still isn’t 100 percent after electing to have an injection in his foot to help promote healing, the same procedure Ahmad Bradshaw had. He participated in mini-camp earlier this week and while he didn’t go full bore he did enough to make the coaching staff hopeful that they have the player they thought they were drafting out of Nebraska.
Immediately following the injection in Amukamara’s foot, many around the Giants thought he might miss a good portion of the OTA’s and mini-camp. There were some who wondered if he would be ready for the start of training camp. However, with plenty of competition this year at the cornerback position, the Giants are happy to see Prince out on the football field.
It isn’t so much getting out on the field that coaches want to see, they want to see Amukamara show he understands the defense. Last season he blew his coverage too often for the coaching staff’s liking, resulting in him getting benched for stretches. So far, in mini-camp, Amukamara has shown he is finally grasping the different schemes that defensive coordinator Perry Fewell likes to use. That is a good sign. As he gets healthier and is allowed to push it more in practice the Giants should finally see the physical, talented corner they thought they were getting last season. One small step for a Prince, one Giant leap for a defense.
The New York giants need prince to be ready, both mentally and physically as they prepare to defend their Super Bowl title. With Terrell Thomas a question mark after missing all of last season with an ACL injury, the Giants might need to call on Prince to step it up this season and he has to be ready to answer the call. If not, he could find himself in Coach Tom Coughlin’s doghouse and that is not a fun place to be. However, I don’t think it will come to that. I believe Amukamara is on his way to becoming one of the best corners the Giants have drafted, now the kid just needs to go out there and prove me and Jerry Reese right.