Last night during the New York Giants 20-16 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium, there was a ton of yellow flags being thrown in the air; mostly on the Giants side of things, which certainly could not have set well with Tom Coughlin.
Overall, there was a total of 15 penalties called between the Giants and Steelers; 10 of which were called on the Giants for a total of 109 yards. Most of those 10 were against the secondary and part of it was due to the rule enforcement of a defensive player not putting their hands on a receiver after the five yard mark on a route. In the past, a cornerback may have gotten away with the six or even seven yard mark unless they made it blatantly obvious, but not this season, as the officials are starting to call everything, and thus, why you saw the Giants players get called on a frequent basis.
Following the victory on Saturday night, Prince Amukamara talked about the rule enforcement and how the players will need to make the necessary adjustments going forward to prevent another injury-filled performance like the one they had against the Steelers.
"It’s tough. Last year they allowed the corners to have that healthy five. So six or maybe seven, depending on who you are, you can get away with just touching the guy. Now it’s strict like hands-off, do not touch the receiver after five yards. It’s just something that us DBs are going to have to get used to and be more aggressive within the five yards. I think you just have to adapt as the years go and as the rules change because if you don’t, you’re going to get flagged. That’s one thing our coaches don’t like is penalties."
Amukamara was also asked after the game if it's possible in the NFL today to even cover a receiver without making any contact at all in which, he talked about what makes the cornerback position one of the toughest to play in his eyes.
"I’m trying to think how the guys did it before me like Deion [Sanders] and them. They were able to beat the receiver down the field a little bit. I think it is. It’s more the receiver has more of the advantage where they can chip and push a little bit like the one with me and Antonio [Brown]. I’m going to have to watch it on film but I thought he gave me a little shove because I kept flying by. It is tough but that’s why cornerback is one of the hardest positions in the NFL."
The Giants will have a week to try and work on not getting as many penalties called against them before they take on the Indianapolis Colts in their third preseason game at Lucas Oil Stadium next Saturday.
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