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Prince impresses with big play in practice

Many Giants fans are anxious to see how first-round draft pick Prince Amukamara stacks up against NFL wideouts.

Allow defensive coordinator Perry Fewell to provide a preview.

Prince Amukamara

Prince Amukamara

#20 CB
New York Giants

2011 STATS

  • Tot -
  • Solo -
  • Ast -
  • FF -
  • Sack -
  • Int -

Fewell gave a nice description of a play Amukamara made in practice that impressed both he and Tom Coughlin on Thursday.

Here it is, in Fewell’s words: “He was on the look-squad. The receiver was running a 10-14 yard out cut. Prince was in a backpedal. Eli threw a laser…. Prince saw it, he put his toe in the turf and he broke on the ball, I mean he knocked it down. He was ahead of the [player] maybe a yard. Everybody was like, ‘Wow that was nice.’ We wanted him to intercept it because you’re always looking for [turnovers], but he knocked it down and everybody was excited. People were jumping up. The team was excited to see him come out and make a play like that.... It was good to see him do that.”

Thursday was only Amukamara’s second team practice since early August. The 22-year-old broke a bone in his left foot in his second practice with the Giants. He had been working with coaches on the sideline for the past few weeks and took part in individual drills on Monday.

He is a longshot to play on Sunday against Miami because, as Fewell noted, Amukamara is “rusty” after missing so much time. But he’s making strides toward taking the field.

“He looked good in two practices,” Fewell said. “.... He’s been taking some scout team looks for us and really had a nice break on the ball today and looked very good. [But] he is rusty. This is the second practice [back from injury] and he’s only had three practices [as a Giant]. It’s going to take him a little time. I’m very excited to see him on the field working.”