Monday, September 17, 2012
Coughlin: Wait and see on Prince
By Ohm Youngmisuk
Tom Coughlin said Prince Amukamara still had "some issues" last week with his high ankle sprain but is hoping the cornerback can help on Thursday against Carolina.
Coughlin said Amukamara will have to show in practice on Tuesday that he is a little stronger and he might have to play through some pain. Amukamara has been sidelined by a high ankle sprain since Aug. 24.
"We'll see," Coughlin said. "He did work last week, as everybody knows, and he did have one really good day ... (and) a couple of days where we had some issues, so we'll see how he is having been able to rest here.
"Hopefully he'll be a little bit stronger," Coughlin added. "Maybe perhaps play with a minimal amount of pain. We'll just have to see."
Rookie Jayron Hosley started in place of Amukamara while also handling slot receivers on three-wide sets. Coughlin seemed to like what he saw from the third-round pick.
"He battled," Coughlin said. "He's a competitive, scrappy guy and flew around pretty good. I think he got a bunch of that stuff from the field [turf] in his eye and had to come out for a little bit, but he competes."
"The Williams catch, that was a heck of a play by him," Coughlin said. "I thought Justin was in pretty good shape. Actually, he did have a better idea that the ball was there than maybe some of the previous balls, to be honest with you, but I'm not going to take anything away from Williams or where the ball was thrown. It was thrown very well.
"But it's not what we’re looking for," he added of the secondary. "I'm sure they're thinking the same thing this morning as well, but we'd like to be in better position for those balls and hopefully we'll continue to improve with regards to that. But you have to again realize that there's some quality people on the field against you."