Prince makes pick in debut

November, 21, 2011
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Prince Amukamara's NFL debut was worth the wait.

After missing the first ten weeks of the season with a foot injury, Amukamara finally hit the field on Sunday night against the Eagles -- and he made his presence felt immediately.

On the second play of Philadelphia's second series, Vince Young tried to hit DeSean Jackson with a deep pass on the left side of the field. Amukamara made sure it never made it Jackson's hands, picking it at the Giants' 37.

"You’re not beat until the ball is caught. That’s what I was taught. And then I just made a play," the Giants' first-round pick said.

Amukamara was active all night, finishing with five tackles, two passes defensed and the pic.

"I feel sore, but I actually feel a part of the team right now," he said.

Amukamara had been out since breaking his foot in his second practice of training camp in August after a contract holdout. He traveled with the team to New England and San Francisco the past two weeks but was held out and inactive. Each week, he said he was healthy enough to make his debut, but coaches decided against it.

Before Sunday's game, Amukamara received a pain-killing injection. Afterward, he said his foot felt "fine".

He was also encouraged by his strong showing against Jackson.

"As soon as I'm over there, DeSean’s over here making signals like, 'Hey, we’ve got a new guy over here.'" Amukamara said. "So they tried me and I stumbled a little bit, but you’re not beat until the ball is caught."

BALLARD BLAMES SELF FOR DROPS: Tough night for tight end Jake Ballard. Ballard had three drops and had to undergo x-rays on his elbow after spraining it in the third quarter. X-rays came back negative, which is a positive for Ballard. The same couldn't be said for the drops, two of which came in the first half.

"The first one was almost so easy it was hard," Ballard said, channeling Yogi Berra. "That was a major drop. The second one, I definitely should have caught it."

Ballard returned to the game after the x-ray with a sleeve on his elbow. He said he expects to be fine for next week.... Derrick Martin left with a hamstring injury but, like Ballard, expects to play next week in New Orleans.

Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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