When the New York Giants selected Jayron Hosley in the third round from Virginia Tech, a lot of people scratched their heads. After all, Hosley didn’t have the best collegiate career while with the Hokies. He got into some trouble with marijuana, and seemed like an odd fit for a team that prides itself on finding upstanding football players.
However, Giants GM Jerry Reese liked the ability he saw in Hosley and saw in him an Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones before off-field trouble derailed his career. On Saturday night against Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets, Hosley put his talents on display.
With 2:03 left in the first half Mark Sanchez tried to dump a short pass off to Patrick Turner. Hosley, however, stepped in front of the pass, picked it off, and returned the ball 77 yards for a touchdown, the kind of play Reese was hoping for from Hosley, and gave the Giants a 13-0 lead.
However, during his return, Hosley appeared to injure his right foot and would be found in a walking boot after the game. The extent of his injury won’t be known until more tests are run. Hosley was very vague when dealing with the media after the game and didn’t want to speculate as to what might be wrong. The boot, for the moment, is precautionary.
If the injury is nothing serious, then the Giants will have dodged a bullet. Their cornerback corps has already taken a serious hit this year when Terrell Thomas injured his ACL and will miss at least another 4-6 weeks.
Hosley is exactly what the Giants need in their secondary, a ballhawk who is dangerous when the football is in his hands. He has the ability to change the outcome of an entire game with just one play and he proved that on Saturday night.
The Giants 26-3 thrashing of the Jets was a direct result of a collective defensive effort. The New York Giants defensive line, led by Jason Pierre-Paul with two sacks, treated the Jets offensive line like a toll booth on the Garden State Parkway all night and got to Jets quarterbacks for a total of seven sacks. Much maligned right tackle Wayne Hunter must have been the EZ-pass lane as Giants pass rushers blew by him with minimal resistance. Even the fleet of foot Tim Tebow looked uncomfortable in the pocket and undrafted rookie free agent defensive end Adewale Ojomo got to him for two sacks.
The 23-point victory was the largest margin of victory for the Giants over the Jets, preseason or regular season. The two teams have faced each other every year in the preseason since 1969 but only 11 times during the regular season. The Giants currently own an 8-4 record against the Jets in regular season play.
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw left the game in the first quarter after popping a cyst on his right hand. X-rays were taken as a precaution but came back negative…Linebacker Mark Herzlich left the game with a hip pointer…Defensive end Adrian Tracy aggravated a hamstring in the third quarter and didn’t return.