Will Jayron Hosley Ever Be More Than Nickel Corner For New York Giants?

By Andrew Lecointe
Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports

The New York Giants used two out of their first three draft picks in the 2012 NFL Draft on players out of Virginia Tech. Their first selection was used on speedy running back RB David Wilson, who appears to be heading into the 2013 season as the starting running back. The Giants used their third round pick on CB Jayron Hosley, who didn’t make much of an impact in his rookie year.

However, is it possible that Hosley won’t make much of an impact for the foreseeable future?

The Giants already seem stacked at his position, with CB Terrell Thomas returning after missing the past two seasons. They also signed CB Aaron Ross, who left New York after their Super Bowl-winning 2011 season to join the Jacksonville Jaguars. After one uneventful season, the Jaguars cut him, opening the door for the Giants to get him back.

They already plan on starting CB Prince Amukamara and CB Corey Webster, so it should leave Hosley wondering just where he’ll be able to receive playing time. Hosley had one interception last season in limited duty. However, he was always the slot corner, guarding the opposing team’s third and fourth wide receiver.

Webster wasn’t as solid as he needed to be this past season, so the doors can still open up for Hosley to receive more playing time. However, at 5-foot-10 and only 178 pounds, it is hard to imagine that Hosley would ever be able to line up on the outside and guard the primary or secondary receivers. He may need to beef up because he’ll have to attempt to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage every once in a while.

Hosley will need to work his butt off to impress head coach Tom Coughlin and the defensive coaches. Right now, he’s pretty much buried on the depth chart and it appears he could be buried for a lot longer than he would like.

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