Excerpt: "At first, Perry Fewell needed to see something extra from cornerback Prince Amukamara.
"I was very leery, I (was) saying, 'I want more out of Prince, I want him to do this, I want him to do that,'" Fewell said Thursday.
After reviewing tape during the bye week, though, the Giants' defensive coordinator had a change of heart.
"Although he needs to be better technique-wise, he’s really progressed and done some nice things," Fewell said. "Can he be better and can he be more dominant? I think he can and I think he wants to be. He is gaining experience. I’m just letting him grow, mature and learn even more. I think Prince is going to be a pretty good football player for us."
Since becoming a starter in the fourth week of the season, Amukamara has shown flashes of why the Giants selected him in the first round of last year's draft. The cornerback hasn't been hampered by injuries, which slowed him throughout his rookie season and even through the first few weeks of this year.
"I'd agree with them that I have been improving and am starting to feel comfortable out there," Amukamara said.
The cornerback came to the Giants with high expectations, but his rookie year didn't go as planned. He missed the team's first nine games with a broken left foot, and then struggled when he came back. While he played during the Super Bowl run, he didn't showcase the talent that made him one of the draft's top corners.
This year, things got off to a tough start once again as he missed time in the spring after an injection in his foot, and then suffered a high ankle sprain in the preseason. Giants general manager Jerry Reese even seemed to challenge Amukamara, saying he expected him to play like a first-round draft pick this season." Read more...