Tag:Prince AMukamara
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:23 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2011 3:41 pm

Bradshaw has cracked bone, Amukamara could debut

AmukamaraPosted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED 2:00 p.m. ET: ESPN's Adam Schefter is claiming Bradshaw's injury might not be as serious as previously thought. Schefter tweeted the following:

"Person familar with Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw's injury texted this: 'Not serious injury -- should play Sunday. No surgery (needed).'"

So, make of that what you will.


In a spot of very bad news, the Giants, who have been ravaged by injuries to their defense all season, now have an injury problem on offense. As in running back Ahmad Bradshaw has a cracked bone in his foot and is out indefinitely, according to the Newark Star Ledger.

Bradshaw apparently is deciding whether to have surgery. He's already had problems with his feet - in fact, he's had surgery on both of them - and he had to leave last week's game after one of the embedded screws began aggravating him.

That leaves Brandon Jacobs as the team's No. 1 running back heading into the weekend.

The Giants defense, though, has been the unit that's been hit hard by injuries this season. It might get a little healthier this week. And if Prince Amukamara can make his pro debut Sunday, we’ll get a chance to begin to see if he was worth a No. 19 overall pick in the 2011 draft. 

He was the last first-round pick to sign after a holdout, and he was the first to get injured as well, breaking his foot and requiring surgery in just his second practice with the team.

But now that Justin Tryon is out, the Giants are missing a cornerback when they face New England on Sunday. Even if Antrel Rolle knows he can handle Patriots receiver Wes Welker, New York would probably like to hedge its bets a bit and get as much secondary help as possible.

“The sense of urgency definitely is there, but I definitely don’t feel pressured by anyone,” Amukamara said, according to the Newark Star Ledger. “They’re just supporting me and telling me to get well soon and that they can use me. I’m just doing everything I can.”

Even without actually participating on the field, Amukamara has made a good early impression on his teammates, who cite his humor and his willingness to ask questions in team meetings as positive attributes.

“He is a good player,” safety Kenny Phillips said, via Rapid Reporter Alex Raskin. “You watch him in practice, he’s definitely coming along.”

Now, the Giants hope he’s far enough along to actually take the field for the first time.

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Posted on: September 13, 2011 6:02 pm

Tuck is confident he'll be back by Week 2

J. Tuck plans to be back by Week 2 (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If the Giants aren’t feeling the effects of a Rex Grossman hangover the past two days, they probably should be. On a defense that’s been ravaged by injuries during the preseason -- here’s the list: Osi Umenyiora, Terrell Thomas, Prince Amukamara, Marvin Austin and Clint Sintim -- Grossman had little trouble picking apart New York and led his team to the win against New York.

But it sounds like the Giants might be getting some reinforcements this weekend in the form of Justin Tuck, who sat out Week 1 with a neck injury.

“Honestly, talking to you right now, I don’t see how I won’t play Monday,” Tuck told the Newark Star Ledger. “But that’s me. Obviously we have to go through the process of doctors, coaches, general manager and going through what’s most important for me and for this football team.”

So, even though he doesn’t see how he won’t play, he’s also smart enough to know that he doesn’t necessarily have a say in whether he can.

Tuck told the paper that his neck, where he suffered a stinger during the third preseason game, is feeling better. Apparently, he’s a quick healer since it was just a couple days ago when he said the injury was stagnant and his neck didn’t seem to be improving much at all.

“The pain level has kind of dropped tremendously, actually," Tuck said. "But there are times when it’s very annoying. A lot of the times it’s tremendously hard to get comfortable, feeling tightness in there. Your mind can play with that, too … You just want to take your time with it.”

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 5:10 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2011 5:21 pm

Giants defenders keep falling; this time, Austin

ThomasPosted by Josh Katzowitz

If you’re a Giants defensive player, it might be time to crawl into some sort of bomb shelter, because injuries after injuries after injuries are beginning to pile up for coach Tom Coughlin’s crew.

The latest setback came Tuesday when second-round defensive tackle Marvin Austin tore his left pectoral muscle. He will be lost for the season after he undergoes surgery, and it’s another blow to the rookie class (first-round pick Prince Amukamara won’t return for at least two months while he deals with a broken foot).

Plus, after losing Terrell Thomas for the season with an ACL tear in Monday night’s preseason game -- not to mention the loss of cornerback Brian Witherspoon after Monday’s game and cornerback Bruce Johnson -- the Giants will need to call in some replacements for the defense.

Coughlin was asked in his news conference Tuesday, via Rapid Reporter Alex Raskin, if he thought about moving Antrel Rolle from safety to cornerback, but he said he was reluctant to do that unless the move was permanent. For now, it doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen, even though Coughlin is well aware that Rolle used to play cornerback and even though Rolle said he’d be willing to do it.

Instead, Coughlin said he’ll count on Aaron Ross to fill the void.

“Aaron played well tonight, thank goodness,” Coughlin said after Monday’s game. But there’s also the possibility of other moves to help offset the loss Austin, Thomas and Witherspoon. Maybe even some trades?

Said Coughlin: “I’m sure we’ll consider it.”

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Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:20 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2011 11:26 pm

Giants' Terrell Thomas tears ACL, out for season

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas tore his ACL just before halftime against the Bears during Monday night's preseason game and he will be lost for the season. The injury happened when teammate Jason Pierre-Paul accidentally came down on Thomas' right leg as both players were rushing quarterback Jay Cutler.

Head coach Tom Coughlin called it "the worst possible news," according to ESPN's Suzy Kolber.

"It's devastating," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said. "Obviously, he was primed to have another great year and ... we don't know who is going to step up, but somebody is going to have to step up to fill that void. And it's a big void."

This comes two weeks after Giants 2011 first-round pick, cornerback Prince Amukamarabroke a bone in his left foot. He isn't expected back until mid-October.

New York selected Thomas out of the University of Southern Cal in the second round of the 2008 draft. He was one of just four players in the league with five or more interceptions in each of the last two seasons.

In addition to Thomas and Amukamara, the team also lost cornerback Bruce Johnson to a torn Achilles on August 4 (he was waived a day later).  Now it appears that Aaron Ross, New York's 2008 first-round pick, will go from nickel back the No. 1 corner on the depth chart.

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Posted on: August 6, 2011 9:46 pm

Prince Amukamara injures foot, will need surgery

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara was the last first-round pick to sign a contract and now it appears he'll be the first to miss the start of the season with an injury.

CBSSports.com's Rapid Reporter Alex Raskin writes that Amukamara left practice with a serious foot injury Saturday and will need surgery, the team announced. Amukamara, who was only in his second practice following a holdout, broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot. It is not known how long he'll be out.

According to the Newark Star-Ledger's Zach Berman, "There was nothing apparent about the play when the injury occurred. He walked out of the training complex on his own power with a member of the Giants' medical staff."

Last year, another Giant, offensive lineman William Beatty, suffered a similar injury in the season opener. He missed two months and returned to play the final seven games.

During April's NFL Draft, the Giants were surprised to find Amukamara still available with the 19th overall pick. Now it appears that New York will have to wait a little while longer before their 2011 first-rounder takes the field to help bolster the secondary.

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Posted on: May 2, 2011 11:15 pm

NFC East draft truths revealed

Posted by Andy Benoit

One of the best things about the draft is that from it we can find out what teams really think about their current players. Excluding examples of teams filling obvious needs, here are some of the more revealing draft picks from 2011, with a quick blurb of what the team was really saying by making this pick.

Dallas Cowboys

1st round, Tyron Smith, OT, USC
Many believe this pick means that our left tackle Doug Free will move to the right side. That could be. But we can cross that bridge later. Right now, we’re just glad to have an upgrade over slow-footed right tackle Marc Colombo.
3rd round, DeMarco Murray, RB, OklahomaP. Amukamara (US Presswire)
The rumors about Marion Barber being on the way out are true.
New York Giants

1st round, Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
We are tired of waiting on Aaron Ross to polish up and stay healthy.
2nd round, Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
Does RFA Barry Cofield want to play hardball for a long-term contract now?
3rd round, Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy
OK! OK! Sinorice Moss was a bust.
6th round, Tyler Sash, SS, Iowa
We haven’t been pleased with the play of Michael Johnson the past few years. Now, thanks to one of the highest rated safeties in the draft falling clear down to Round 6, we can do something about it.
Philadelphia Eagles

2nd round, Jaiquawn Jarrett, FS, Temple
Free agent Quintin Mikell might not be back after all. We historically get rid of defensive players a little too early rather than risk holding them a little too late. Mikell will be 31 in September.
3rd round, Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah State
We need some competition for starting corner Dmitri Patterson.
4th round, Alex Henery, K, Nebraska
We gave David Akers a transition player tag because we don’t want him here past 2011 (if that).
Washington Redskins

1st round, Ryan Kerrigan, OLB, Purdue
We don’t like Andre Carter (he’s a free agent anyway). And we acknowledge that Lorenzo Alexander is a versatile role player, not a starter.
Check back throughout the week for other division’s Draft Truths Revealed. To see all Draft Truths Revealed, click the “Draft Truths” tag.

Posted on: April 29, 2011 3:25 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2011 3:44 pm

Amukamara happy, but stunned to play for NYG

P. Amukamara was surprised to see New York take him in the draft (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

NEW YORK – Prince Amukamara, the Giants newest CB, stood at a podium on the fifth floor of the W Hotel at Times Square on Friday morning, and he looked dazed. Like he was in the middle of a dream and hadn’t quite woken up yet. Like his eyes hadn’t stopped REM’ing quite yet.

Then, as if on cue, his phone began to buzz, and as he reached into his pocket to silence the noise, he pointed out, “That was my alarm.”

He didn’t need it this morning, because, in reality, he didn’t get much sleep last night.

“The adrenalin still hasn’t slowed down,” he said. “It’s just too hard to fathom right now.”

Hard to fathom because he had no idea the Giants were interested in taking him, and the Giants – who had the 19th pick – had no idea Amukamara would have fallen that far. But he was there, and the Giants thought he was the best player on the board they could take. In fact, Giants scouting director Marc Ross said he was shocked Amukamara was still there. Shocked, I tell you!

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“I heard the (fans) chanting, “We want Prince. We want Prince,’” Amukamara said. “I still didn’t think I was going to go here, because I hadn’t talked to anybody with the Giants. But that’s how the draft game works. It’s pretty tricky like that.

“It’s very odd, but coach (Tom) Coughlin, when he called me, seemed like a great guy and a great coach. I heard he’s pretty stern and doesn’t like to joke around a lot. I can get used to it, but I think my personality will probably loosen him up a little bit.”

And if Amukamara actually believes that last part, he really is still dreaming.

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Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:20 am
Edited on: April 29, 2011 3:19 am

How do rich get richer? The poor reach for QB's

Posted by Will Brinson

NEW YORK -- You wanna know how the rich keep getting richer? The poor keep reaching for quarterbacks, that's how.

In one of the strangest drags in recent history, four potentially disastrous quarterbacks went in the top-15 picks, as Cam Newton (1), Jake Locker (8), Blaine Gabbert (10) and Christian Ponder (12) were all of the board before we got halfway through the first round.

The fact that quarterbacks went early isn't shocking, because right now the league is quarterback-needy as hell. Lots of people projected a pile of signal-callers coming off respective big boards throughout the first round.

But by pulling trigger on some questionable quarterbacks so early in the draft, a bunch of teams -- who were drafting early for a reason -- ended up allowing a ton of top tier talent to fall down to a bunch of teams who were drafting -- you guessed it -- late for a reason.

The Colts (Anthony Castonzo), the Saints (Cameron Jordan and then Mark Ingram), the Giants (Prince Amukamara) and a number of other teams ended up hitting home runs with their first-round picks because teams who needed quarterbacks couldn't, for lack of a better phrase, keep it in their pants.

Look, the trio of Gabbert/Ponder/Locker could end up working out for these teams. Ponder's NFL-ready and could be an immediate benefit for the Vikings, while Gabbert and Locker have veterans -- David Garrard and Kerry Collins, respectively -- in front of them and will get a year or two to learn and get prepped to take over.

They could certainly end up being successful quarterbacks in the NFL, but they could also certainly be busts.

But the reason why they went so early isn't because they're guaranteed to be big-time successes in the NFL. They went early because 1) teams were limited in maneuvering because of the labor situation and, more importantly, 2) failed to recognize that in this draft, depth was present at positions that are not named quarterback.

There were certainly "lots of quarterbacks" but that has nothing to do with there being "significant depth at the position."

It's something that you expect general managers and the people who run teams to recognize. But for whatever reason, in this draft, they didn't.

Which is why we shouldn't be too shocked if we see a similar draft order in the first round of 2012 as we saw on Thursday night.

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