"He could," said Giants coach Tom Coughlin on Friday, when asked if Hosley could start against the Seahawks. "I’m just trying to get as many guys that can help us win on the field. He performed OK [last week], and so did McBride. The more, the merrier. They’ll both play."
With the Giants already eliminated from playoff contention, thoughts naturally turn to 2014. Webster, who's only played in four games this season due to injury, likely won't be back. Right now, McBride and Hosley are competing for that job.
McBride has been a pleasant surprise, signing with the Giants back in January after not even playing in 2012. The Giants had higher expectations for Hosley, who was the team's third-round draft pick in 2012, 94th overall. He led the country in interceptions (9) as a sophomore at Virginia Tech in 2010.
Hosley also has had a hard time staying on the field. He missed five games in the middle of this season due to a hamstring injury.
"It’s been tough, but most importantly you just gotta keep fighting," Hosley said Friday. It’s football, injuries are gonna happen."
Hosley says he's healthy now, and ready to show what he can do.
"I’d be a fool to say that I’ve shown my best," Hosley said. "Whether I’m starting or not, there’s always room for improvement. The best is still yet to come."
Hosley played well in his first start -- two weeks ago against the Washington Redskins, when McBride was hurt -- with four tackles and a pass defended.
The Giants can't make the playoffs this year, but perhaps, over these final few games, they can find out what Hosley really can do.