Mountains of pressure were put on New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara this season and, to his credit, he did not shy away from it.
Amukamara entered into 2013 coming off of a very solid sophomore campaign. He made great strides in his second season after a bumpy rookie season the year before. Along with being constantly picked on by quarterbacks, most of you will remember the infamous video of Jason Pierre-Paul dumping him into an ice bath in order to toughen him up.
Well, Amukamara responded with vast improvements in his second season, and kept the ascension on schedule with an even better third year.
The Giants lost cornerbacks Corey Webster and Aaron Ross in the first third of the 2013 season and things were beginning to look grim. However, the injuries allowed Amukamara to take his game to the next level and continue to work against some of the top receivers in the NFL.
Trumaine McBride also filled in and played pretty well, but Amukamara was the one who really came into his own.
Amukamara has become a borderline No. 1 corner for the Giants. He can hold his own against some of the best receivers in the league. While he doesn’t rack up a ton of interceptions, he covers well and is a very fundamental tackler.
New York will most likely part ways with Webster and move forward with Amukamara in the offseason. If the Giants can find a valuable No. 2 corner to play alongside Amukamara, the team’s secondary will be in very good shape.