New York Giants Week 3 Notes: Prince Amukamara Should Make Debut

By Jeff Shull
The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Giants turn around from their incredible Week 2 come-from-behind win to play on Thursday Night Football against the Carolina Panthers. They lost some players due to injury this past Sunday, but could be getting a very important player back tomorrow night. 2011 first-round pick Prince Amukamara is set to make his 2012 debut, which couldn’t come at a better time.

The Giants have struggled mightily in the secondary their first two games. Kevin Olgetree made work of the backup corners in Week 1 and Vincent Jackson exploded for 128 yards on Sunday. The good news is rookie Jayron Hosley, who got the start opposite Corey Webster in Week 2, looked good overall and gave the Giants reasons to be optimistic.

Hopefully getting Amukamara back will allow this defense to realize its full potential. Keith Rivers, who missed Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is expected to come back this week.

Unfortunately, the news is not all good for the offensive side of the ball. Ahmad Bradshaw, David Diehl and Domenik Hixon have all been ruled out after suffering varying injuries against Tampa Bay. Hakeem Nicks is officially listed as questionable but expected to play.

Andre Brown stepped up in Bradshaw’s absence on Sunday and had a career day, and to be perfectly honest the David Diehl injury could turn out to be a positive, as hard as that is to say. Diehl is a consummate pro, but the Giants are just better with Sean Locklear at right tackle and Will Beatty at left tackle.

The bottom line is the Giants have some new faces coming back, making their debut or stepping in for veteran starters; all parties involved will have to step up to secure a win at Carolina Thursday night.

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