Prince Amukamara was thrust into action in Sunday’s 24-2 NFC wild-card win over Atlanta after Aaron Ross went down with a concussion, and played well.
“As soon as I got in, Corey [Webster] told me. ‘You know they’re coming at you, so just play like the ball’s coming to your side every time,’” Amukamara said.
“I was impressed with how 20 came in after Aaron went out and he played probably one of his better games this year,” defensive captain Justin Tuck said.
Amukamara’s rookie season with the Giants has been marred by injuries and inconsistency. His role with the team had been reduced to mainly a gunner on special teams before Ross got hurt.
“He’s gaining more experience each week and that’s exactly what he needs,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “He did display very good open-field transition [Sunday], turning his hips and getting himself in position. He’s physical, he will hit you. He’s coming.”
Amukamara said he’s “pretty confident, but still grounded.”
“I still have a lot to learn, and we have a huge challenge ahead of us,” he added.
Amukamara is looking forward to covering the likes of Greg Jennings, Donald Driver and Jordy Nelson this Sunday in Green Bay if he’s called upon to do so.
The Giants are hopeful that Ross will play, but if he doesn’t their 2011 first-round pick is ready.
“I played them the first time we played Green Bay, so I really don’t see a big difference,” Amukamara said. “But it is a playoff game and I know everyone rises their game to a whole new level. But I’m just going to be ready.”