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Don’t Look Now, but New York Giants’ Prince Amukamara Rated as One of NFL’s Best Cornerbacks

November 10th, 2012 at 9:20 AM
By Dan Benton

What a crazy two years it's been for Prince Amukamara. He was a first-round draft pick of the New York Giants a year ago, and fresh off an NFL Lockout, the rookie decided to holdout for a larger contract. Shortly after he received it, he broke his foot and missed a large chunk of the 2011-2012 season. Upon his return, he quickly snagged his first career interception and Big Blue eventually went on to win the Super Bowl.

'Commissioner Goodell with Prince Amukamara ' photo (c) 2011, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Fast forward to this season, and the early story was Amukamara's ice bath in the cold tub, followed by teammates openly stating they wanted to see more "swag" from him. He was even mocked by other players around the league, who expected him to deliver them doughnuts.

Yet here we are, nine weeks into the 2012-2013 NFL season, and all of that has long been forgotten. And not just because the passing time has masked it, but because Amukamara has played exceptionally well all year … perhaps more than most realize.

Our friends at Pro Football Focus recently called Amukamara a "second-year standout" and rated him as the 9th best cornerback in the entire league.

So far this season, Amukamara has been targeted 21 times, allowing 10 receptions (47.62%) for 110 yards and no touchdowns. He's also hauled in an interception, while quarterbacks have combined for a 43.8 QB Rating against him.

By comparison, his counterpart, Corey Webster, is ranked 76th overall in the NFL. He has been targeted 40 times, allowing 26 receptions (65%) for 431 yards and three touchdowns. He, too, has an interception, but opposing quarterbacks have a combined 115.7 QB Rating against him. However, it is important to note that Webster has been playing with an injured hamstring and broken hand all season.

More to the point, Amukamara appears to be answering the call. He's played aggressively all year without allowing the big play, and any mistakes he's made can be counted on one hand. He's silently played a tremendously important role for the Giants, and is giving General Manager Jerry Reese exactly what he expected when he drafted the youngster a year ago.

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39 Responses to “Don’t Look Now, but New York Giants’ Prince Amukamara Rated as One of NFL’s Best Cornerbacks”

  1.  Dirt says:

    Kid’s gonna force C-Web out of here next year. Sad, but that’s the business, and it’d be a smart move.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Actually CWebb and his 7+ Million dollar salary is going to force Cwebb out of here. Cant pay that kind of money to a guy that isnt an elite corner.

  2.  demo3356 says:

    Really happy this kid is coming around. He will be centerpiece of our pass defense for years to come

  3.  Dirt says:

    Going back to the last thread:

    Dirt says:
    November 10, 2012 at 8:18 AM
    In hindsight, I’m tickled that the Giants drafted JPP in 2010. But G101 vets will remember my desk pounding for CJ Spiller leading up to that night.

    How about this kid Spiller? 7.2 yards per carry and 9.8 yards per catch this season.

    If only the Giants somehow managed to get JPP AND a dynamic back like Spiller…

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    fanfor55years says:
    November 10, 2012 at 8:39 AM
    They DID. He’s sitting on the bench.

    —-

    Who? I know they drafted a former standout running back who the coaches are asking to be a backfield blocker, but are you implying they actually HAVE a dynamic playmaker? A kid who piles up YAC like Pierce piles up pastries at the buffett?

    Surely such a player would have seen the field, especially with Bradshaw entering his 6th straight year of declining production, no?

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      Im not giving up m Wilson just yet, but I’ve been unrwhlmed by him up to this point. Yet his return game has been good, but he hasn’t shown that explosive side that everyone is talking about.

      Maybe the bucs did get one over on us by jumping ahead and taking Martin after all.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Your soooo right.. If only we had some competent coaches who could recognize talent.. then we wouldn’t be such a joke of a franchise amongst the bottom feeders of the NFL every year.. If only we had a really successful. admired, revered Head Coach that had a plan and knew what he was doing, then maybe we could have some winning seasons around here. Maybe then we could be like that one model NFL Franchise that has won 8 playoff games and 2 Super bowls the last 5 years.. If only.. Too bad you weren’t running this team bro.. then we’d be set!

      •  Dirt says:

        I know, I know. They go 19-0 every year and win every Super Bowl and are thus not subject to debate on the 10% or so of decisions DO they get wrong.

        •  demo3356 says:

          Nobody goes anywhere near 19-0 every year.. Its a parity driven, worst to first and first to worst league, yet the Giants are pretty much always a winning team under Coughlin. He may not be perfect but he takes craps that have more football knowledge in them than you’ll ever have so the constant mocking is rather annoying. His plan WORKS! Like last year when he benched Super star to be Cruz after some drops and signed Stokely off the streets to take his spot in the slot. Once Cruz got another shot after injuries forced him back on the field he exploded on the scene. Trust me, Wilson will be a star in this league, but not till he is ready. Once he is he will get his shot but not before then no matter how many Massengill moments we have on here complaining about it.

  4.  demo3356 says:

    Then there is Swag Hosley who is ranked 435th overall in the NFL. He has been targeted 40 times, allowing 40 receptions (100%) for 2131 yards and twenty touchdowns. He, too, has an interception, but opposing quarterbacks have a combined 153.3 QB Rating against him

    •  Dirt says:

      Haha easy now. Prince “struggled” his rookie year too. These early reps will be huge for him. One day it’ll allow him to stop thinking and start ballin.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      Yet the college game was too easy for him.

      He’ll come around but in all honesty we’ve gotta be a bit concerned bout him constantly getting toasted by 3rd string wr’s

      •  demo3356 says:

        I’m just breaking balls. I actually like Swag a lot and think he has a very bright future.. Have to admit though he has looked like the illegitimate off spring of Elvis “toast” Patterson and CC Brown in coverage this year. You are right though, all these reps will help as we need him down the stretch and into the post season

        •  James Stoll says:

          He’s the guy who needs to step it up though. He is killing us. Maybe too much to ask for the rook; maybe the light bulb goes on immediately. Time will tell. But he’s the weakest link right now.

          •  demo3356 says:

            He’s a rookie so this is going to happen. Better to get the training wheels off early in the season than later on

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    Yeah, yeah, make fun of me, but who was it who pounded the table saying Prince was going to be a star when everyone was busy saying he was a disappointment?

    And Hosley will be terrific too. You have to be patient with him. Stud athlete who does not yet know what the hell he is doing.

    I said this long ago: Amukamara and Hosley will be the corners for this team for a LONG time.

    Also, Terrell Thomas will be back next year because his deal gives him a guarantee that eats up almost all of his salary in 2013 anyway. They’ll have supervised his rehab, he’ll be coming back after TWO years, and he will be in camp (unless he takes an injury settlement/retirement, which I highly doubt) trying to prove he can stick. They may well draft another corner in April, and I suspect they may look for an aging veteran who still has skills for a cheap free agency deal.

    Webster will have to either play awfully well the rest of this season or severely reduce his salary. They’ll want to keep him since their other corners are young, but he cannot play like this and expect to get paid like a quality starting corner, much less an elite one.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Several of us were very high on Prince from day one.. In fact Krow is the only one I remember throwing around the “Bust” tag on him. Kid is a player and both JR and Ross were giddy when he fell into their lap. That was all I needed to see to be sold.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Plenty of folks were busy saying what a bum he was when he was always-injured, “not tough enough”, “lacking in attitude”, etc., etc.

        Yeah, EVERYONE liked the pick, but many, many abandoned ship. Only a few kept saying “Just wait, he’ll be tremendous”.

        The same is true for Hosley (although fewer were thrilled with that pick). Give him until late next season and he’ll be a stud.

        •  demo3356 says:

          you may be right.. I just remember Krow saying it over and over. I like both picks. Hosley is gettng abused right now though..

    •  Kevin Page says:

      I’b be surprised if Thomas comes back after a3rd surgery. The rehab for this is tough, let alone to do it twice. But 3X and not lose a few steps? If there anyone else in the league who has done this ?

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    re-post:

    Frankly, if we don’t come out of the bye week with a good plan that mixes David Wilson into the offense then I’m going to have to say that the Coughlin conservatism is hurting us.

    Our offense has become relatively one-dimensional, and defenses have been doing a good job of preventing us from doing what we’d like. So yes, we should mix in more short and intermediate routes and throws (I’ve been yelling about the short passing game for five years and we STILL haven’t seen it, and much as I’d like to believe what the coaches are saying, I’ll believe it when I see it). BUT, adding a dynamic back who can break big plays with his legs whether handed the ball or after he catches a pass is the one relatively easy add that can both create scoring opportunities and force defenses to game plan to stop it and play their defense honestly during the games.

    All of this should be obvious from self-scouting. If we can all see it from the stadium and our television sets, surely the coaches see it too. David Wilson has fresh legs. He has taken a lot of kickoffs for returns and hasn’t fumbled the ball once. He must be close to getting the QB protection schemes down pat, and even if not this team will need him down the stretch and in the playoffs or they will not get far with a gimpy Hakeem Nicks and an indifferent running game. I love what Bradshaw has given us, respect his toughness and leadership, but he is a “declining asset” and he is NOT a bell cow back now (if he really ever was….he was always better as the complementary back and that’s when he had his best seasons). We’re not getting a Lombardi Trophy unless we add a factor (or two) to the team we’re putting on the field now.

    I think the addition of Kenny Phillips plus the added experience of Hosley and Amukamara (and hopefully the “health” of Rivers) will be the big pluses on defense. I think the only thing we can look for as “adds” on offense are more short passes in order to move the chains, and the emergence of especially Wilson, but Brown getting more carries too. Of course, Nicks getting to 100% would be HUGE, but I think we have to wait until 2013 to see that.

  7.  James Stoll says:

    Back to the last thread, is tired arm code for shoulder issues?

  8.  Krow says:

    Eff off … Prince was a dumpster fire last year. You know if you say everyone is going to be a star you’re going to be right some times.

    Hosley is the puzzle. I thought he was the perfect slot corner, and am really surprised to see him struggle like this. Jaysus, 153.3 !!! World record.

    Agreed on C-web … he’s no more than a journeyman corner at the moment. If his game doesn’t jump up after the bye then he’s going to see considerable contract pressure. I’d guess he won’t be able to accept the cut he seems to deserve. Looking at you Brandon Jacobs.

    As for TT … if he could make it back as solid depth I’d be satisfied. Nickel … dime … but he’s not getting long term starter money if that’s the case.

    Eli’s arm … ‘tired arm’ is kind of a misnomer. You see this with baseball pitchers a lot, and it’s why now they monitor ‘pitch count’. Some of the current thinking is micro-muscle tears or strains … that pile up over time since they never get a chance to properly heal. Bad technique exacerbates it, but that’s not the issue here. Rest … fewer throws … the only answer. But it’s not tired as in fatigued … more like beat up.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Hey, it wasn’t ME who called you out. So Eff off yerself m’boyo!!!! Go get demo. He’s bigger than me and can take of himself.

      And I by no means say everyone will be a star. I have been emphatic about only a handful of players: Eli, JPP (albeit admittedly ONLY because of seeing Reese and Ross breaking out in giggles over the pick, and I said so at the time), Webster after he was benched in 2007, Kenny Phillips, Antrell Rolle, Prince Amukamara, Jayron Hosley and Will Hill.

      I also said I thought that Brown would have been a lead back for us, had he not torn his Achilles, but that wasn’t declaring him a star.

      •  Krow says:

        That was for demo. It’s not always about you … LOL….. But yes, I should have been more clear.

        Demo … for the record, I’m totally pleased you were right about Prince.

  9.  Krow says:

    For the record … if you read other fan boards … the Eagles faithful are hating on their special teams coach Bobby April. Two time ST Coach of the Year.

    Welcome to Philadelphia Bobby.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      There’s a good movie coming out soon that revolves around a kid coming home and getting back into his relationship with his father and his community via their shared love/hate for the Eagles (I saw some of the first editor’s cut because my son knew I’d love to see a football movie so got me an invite to the screening). From what I could see there’s a unique relationship with that team and the fans. Unlike the Boston fans who, before they finally won the World Series, or the Cubs fans, who have almost given up on titles, they do NOT to some extent revel in their unique misery and treat it as a reason to love their team heroically when they always expect failure. The Eagles’ fans direct their angers and frustrations in the rest of their lives at the team, and NEED that team to win in order to make their lives a little better. When the team is bad those fans really, seriously, HATE the team.

      It makes the whole “culture” of that team a bit easier to understand. They probably carry absurd expectations with them every season, and get a lot more bitterness directed at them than most “losers”. Look at the Jets. They stink. Their fans are angry, but not in the same way that the Eagles fans are at this point. They NEED the Eagles more than any New Yorker “needs” its teams.

  10.  rlhjr says:

    I agree with all the arm fatigue presented by the posters. I also think that Gilbride is basically pass happy and needs to balance the offense.

    He also needs to exploit the explosive athletes he has with the underneath screen, flare and flat passing. Brown, Wilson and Randal each can produce YAK.
    AND THE NEED TO BE USED. Like I said, it’s game nine, no such things as rookies anymore, not this year. Fckn use the kids and Brown.

    As for Prince, he was a punk prior to JPP planting his **** in a tub of cold water.
    Sometimes it takes being called out by “YOUR OWN” to wake a person up.
    And after he starting busting opposing players in the chops after they hit him after the play, word got around that the kid had balls. I also think word go out that our Prince was strong as an Ox. As strong as Dez Bryant or Johnson IMHO. I’m real happy with him.

    Once he starts understanding enough to jump routes, sky’s the limit. But make no mistake, he was short on confidence prior to getting dunked…BOOK IT.
    Prince got mean and that saved him. That and his awesome physical talent.

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