With cornerback Prince Amukamara dealing with a "tricky" hamstring injury that may force him to miss Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, the pressure of defending one of the best wide receiver duos in the NFL falls on the shoulders of New York Giants rookie Jayron Hosley.
No problem, says the third-round pick.
"we know what they’re capable of, but it’s not about what they’re doing. It’s about what we can do to stop them and prevent with the offense they have," Hosley said. "Both of those guys, I see that they have trouble in the press game. "I seen a guy who put hands on them and it was a little difficult for them. That's something I definitely want to do this week, just stay in their hip pockets. Just play my game."
In two games against the Carolina Panthers, smaller cornerbacks (Captain Munnerlyn – 5'8'', 190 and Josh Thomas – 5'11'', 190), were able to rattle Roddy White and Julio Jones early on. And although White made the necessary adjustments, Jones was held to 96 yards in the two games. Hosley hopes to remain aggressive for all 60 minutes and get into the head of his counterpart. It's something defensive coordinator Perry Fewell believe he can do.
"I think he's fearless enough and I think he's physical enough, because I think the young man accepts the challenge," Fewell said. "I don't think he backs down from anybody."
Meanwhile, for the Falcons, White has missed two straight practices with a knee injury. And although he's expected to play on Sunday, there's no telling how said injury may impact him on the field.
Hurt or not, White and Jones had better prepare for a very physical battle.
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