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Positional analysis: Secondary

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Corey WebsterLarry French/Getty ImagesCorey Webster could fall victim to the cap or he may be a cadidate to restructure a new deal.
We’ve been taking a look toward 2013 with a position-by-position breakdown of the Giants leading into the scouting combine and free agency.

So far, we have analyzed quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, offensive line, defensive line and linebacker. Today is the secondary.


SECONDARY

2012 depth chart:
CB Corey Webster, CB Prince Amukamara, CB Jayron Hosley, CB Justin Tryon, CB Terrence Frederick, S Antrel Rolle, S Kenny Phillips, S Stevie Brown, S Will Hill, S Tyler Sash.

Overview: The Giants lost cornerbacks Terrell Thomas, Bruce Johnson and Brian Witherspoon to injuries before the season started. Michael Coe also was placed on IR and later waived during the season. Webster, the team’s top corner on the depth chart, got off to a slow start in the season opener against Dallas, and his struggles continued throughout the season all the way through an incredibly difficult game at Baltimore, where he was targeted often. Webster battled through a broken hand early in the season, but he never was able to shake off his struggles in coverage. Amukamara was solid in his first season as a starter and performed like the team’s best corner. Hosley, the team’s third-round pick, was pushed into action quicker than expected and had his ups and downs. Rolle had 96 combined tackles and two interceptions. Rolle covered slot receivers again at times this season due to injuries. Phillips only played in seven games, as he was slowed by a knee injury. That allowed Brown to emerge as one of the biggest surprises of the season. Originally kept on the team as a backup and special teams contributor, Brown led the team with eight interceptions for 307 yards and became a starter. Hill showed flashes of his athleticism in stints as the team’s third safety.

Free agents: Phillips, Brown (restricted free agent), Tryon.

2013 personnel preview: Much of the 2013 outlook will be impacted by Webster’s future. The Giants hope Amukamara will continue to ascend and play like their top corner this coming season. Hosley got valuable experience as a rookie but might not be ready to start full-time on the outside. He might be best suited for now as a slot corner or an extra cornerback while he continues to progress. The Giants need more speed, athleticism, experience and depth at cornerback. The Giants could sign some free agent corners and possibly draft one as well. It remains to be seen what will happen with Phillips but Brown, who is expected to return, could be the starter opposite Rolle at safety. The Giants could bring Phillips back and have three starting safeties, but it would likely have to be at the right price since they need to re-sign free agents like Will Beatty, Kevin Boothe and Martellus Bennett. The Giants came to a new one-year deal with Thomas, who will be attempting a third comeback from a right ACL injury. If Thomas can make his way back onto the field, that would be a bonus regardless of whether he plays cornerback or safety. The Giants should and likely will take it slow with Thomas. Hill and Sash could fill the third safety spot.

Salary cap situation: Webster is entering the final year of his contract worth $7 million in base salary. Considering how the Giants have been slashing payroll to create cap space, Webster has been a name mentioned often as a potential cap casualty or as a candidate to restructure a new deal. The Giants, though, don’t have enough depth at corner at the moment and releasing Webster would leave an even bigger hole. The Giants, though, will need money to sign or draft more corners. Rolle isn’t expected to go anywhere, but he could be a potential candidate to restructure with $7 million in base salary coming this season. Phillips is a free agent and Brown will be a restricted free agent. The Giants are expected to tender Brown if a new deal is not agreed upon.

Tell us what you think of the Giants’ secondary going into 2013 and what you want to see happen in the offseason.

Blackburn says he has a chance to play

November, 8, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants middle linebacker Chase Blackburn had a limited practiced Thursday and believes he has a realistic shot of playing Sunday. Blackburn is battling a hamstring injury that forced him to miss last week's loss to Pittsburgh.

"I don't think they'd have me practicing going into a bye week like this if there wasn't a realistic opportunity for me to play, knowing we have next week off," Blackburn said. "I feel like I'm practicing out there and continuing to progress and getting more snaps. I feel like I definitely have an opportunity to play."

Blackburn missed Wednesday's practice but did everything that was asked of him on Thursday. The team keyed in on third downs and he said he a good amount of reps and hopes to keep progressing through the week. He's hoping for no setbacks and to give it another go on Friday.

"I felt good out there," Blackburn said. "I didn't go out there and wasn't running cold and just trying to run 100 miles per hour, but I felt pretty good, confident. So hopefully we'll just continue the confidence and keep building it."

COE SIDELINED: Cornerback Michael Coe is going to get checked out by a team doctor after sitting out Thursday's practice with a hamstring issue. The corner said he didn't have that extra gear while running Sunday, and it flared up Wednesday. The same hamstring forced him to leave the team's opener vs. Dallas, but he said this isn't as bad.

Coe, who started at corner in the team's opener but has become a backup since Prince Amukamara's return, isn't too concerned that this will be a problem that lingers. Coe is not sure if he will be able to practice Friday, which could affect his status for Sunday's game. He has eight total tackles on defense.

"Before it was a true hamstring. This time it's kinds one of those things more like tendinitis," Coe said. "You have a real hamstring (injury) you can't run at all. I knew it wasn't as bad if I could run."

SNEE OUT AGAIN: Right guard Chris Snee (ankle) did not practice for the second straight day and his status for Sunday's game could be in danger.

Snee has started each game at right guard this year and if he can't go, the team could move right tackle David Diehl inside and put Sean Locklear back on the edge. Coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged the team has tried several combinations. The Giants only have two true guards on the roster, Snee and left guard Kevin Boothe, but Diehl played left guard last year.

Injury report: Several players ruled out

October, 5, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants are going to have to overcome injuries to beat the Browns on Sunday.

A total of 13 players appeared on Friday’s injury report. Hakeem Nicks, Ramses Barden, Rocky Bernard, Jayron Hosley and Kenny Phillips are all out.

The full injury report:

OUT

WR Ramses Barden (DNP, concussion)
DT Rocky Bernard (DNP, quadriceps)
CB Jayron Hosley (DNP, hamstring)
WR Hakeem Nicks (DNP, foot/knee)
S Kenny Phillips (DNP, knee)

DOUBTFUL

T David Diehl (LP, knee)
LB Keith Rivers (LP, hamstring)

QUESTIONABLE

LB Michael Boley (LP, hip)
S Antrel Rolle (LP, knee)
G Chris Snee (LP, hip)
CB Corey Webster (LP, hand/hamstring)

PROBABLE

C David Baas (FP, hand)
CB Michael Coe (FP, hamstring)

Injury report: Nicks still a concern

October, 1, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Safety Kenny Phillips has a sprained MCL in his right knee and is considered “week to week” by the Giants.

Phillips likely will miss Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, and could be out longer than that. Offensive tackle David Diehl has missed the past two games due to an MCL injury, and coach Tom Coughlin said the two injuries are similar.

There also wasn't any encouraging news Monday regarding wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. Nicks missed the loss to the Eagles with swelling in his knee and pain in his surgically repaired foot.

Nicks has not played since the win over Tampa Bay in Week 2. He was held out of the Giants’ ensuing game, a win at Carolina, because of the quick turnaround for that Thursday night game. But after taking some time off, Nicks experienced swelling in his knee last week after his lone practice on Thursday, and the Giants downgraded him to out on Saturday.

When asked how concerned he is about Nicks’ health, Coughlin replied, “How much concern can I show you?”

Coughlin said Nicks’ knee issue, something that first popped up when he banged his knee late in the fourth quarter against the Buccaneers, flared up after he ran last week following the extended rest he had.

When asked if Nicks’ knee improved at all over the weekend, Coughlin said, “Not that I know of.”

The Giants did get safety Tyler Sash back Monday from suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance rules. The team can certainly use Sash, with Phillips and other secondary players banged up, including cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring), safety Antrel Rolle (knee), cornerback Michael Coe (hamstring) and cornerback Corey Webster (hand).

Rolle said he came out of the Eagles game feeling about the way he felt going in. Ahmad Bradshaw said his neck feels fine and he did not feel any pain after the loss.

Coughlin also said that center David Baas' snaps were affected by a swollen hand.

Injury report: Rolle active and will play

September, 30, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA –- New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle is active and will try to play with a bruised left knee against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.

Rolle was listed as questionable entering the game with the injury, which he suffered toward the end of last week’s win over the Panthers when he collided with a television cameraman.

The Giants need Rolle since the secondary is banged up, with rookie cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring) out and cornerback Michael Coe nursing a hamstring injury.

Last year’s first-round pick, Prince Amukamara, will make his first NFL start.

The Giants enter the rivalry game with several key players sidelined. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks will miss his second straight game with a foot injury and swelling in his knee. Domenik Hixon will start in place of Nicks, and Ramses Barden is expected to rotate in.

Offensive tackle David Diehl (knee) and linebacker Keith Rivers (hamstring) are also out due to injury.

The Giants’ other inactives are defensive end Adewale Ojomo, tight end Adrien Robinson and guard Mitch Petrus.

Injury report: Rolle sits on Thursday

September, 27, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Safety Antrel Rolle sat out practice Thursday and his status for Sunday's game against the Eagles is now in question.

"I would hope not," coach Tom Coughlin said, when asked if Rolle might miss the game. "But any time you keep 'em inside, there's a bit of a question."

Rolle is still bothered by the bruised knee he suffered against the Panthers last Thursday, when he collided with a television camera. He had an MRI on Wednesday, which revealed nothing more than a bruise. Rolle hasn't missed a game in his three seasons with the Giants.

"Right now, I can't say it's a for-sure thing," Rolle said. "In my mind, am I gonna play on Sunday? Yeah. God willing, everything goes as planned and my knee feels good enough to go out there."

Rolle said he was awake until 2 a.m. Thursday, doing leg extensions and squats and icing his knee, trying to get it ready for Sunday. "I'm just trying to make sure I'm able," he said. "If I can be at 90 percent, 85 percent on Sunday, I think that'll be good enough for me."

If Rolle can't go, the likely replacement is Stevie Brown -- a three-year vet the Giants picked up this spring. Brown, a former seventh-round draft pick out of Michigan, has started just one NFL game. But he did have an interception against the Panthers last week, playing in place of Rolle.

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell sounded more confident than either Coughlin or Rolle about Rolle playing on Sunday. "I don't think there's any question about it," Fewell said. "I think he'll be ready to go."

• Others sitting out Thursday's practice were offensive tackle David Diehl (knee), linebacker Keith Rivers (hamstring) and cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring). All three were working on the side.

"He's making good progress," Coughlin said of Diehl. As for Diehl playing on Sunday? "I don't know," Coughlin said. "It's all speculative."

• Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot) was back on the field, as was cornerback Michael Coe (hamstring) -- both on a limited basis. The two of them missed practice Wednesday.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), cornerback Corey Webster (hand), wide receiver Domenik Hixon (concussion), and defensive end Adewale Ojomo (hamstring) participated fully in Thursday's practice.

Hixon had been serving as the team's third wide receiver, prior to the concussion. But Ramses Barden had a big game in Hixon's place last week, with nine catches for 138 yards against the Panthers.

"There'll be roles for everybody," Coughlin said. "Ramses has played well, Domenik has played well. Everybody will have the ball, have an opportunity."

Fewell confirmed that second-year cornerback Prince Amukamara will get his first NFL start on Sunday against the Eagles. He also said Webster was impressive in Thursday's practice, despite wearing a cast because of a broken bone in his right hand.

Injury report: Rolle limited by knee

September, 26, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Safety Antrel Rolle was limited in practice as his bruised knee continues to bother him.

Tom Coughlin has repeatedly praised Rolle for his toughness and ability to play through pain. But Rolle is still feeling discomfort with the knee, which he banged against a television camera in the corner of the end zone last Thursday in Carolina. It's a situation to monitor as the week progresses.

Cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring) and linebacker Keith Rivers (hamstring) sat out Wednesday's practice as the Giants prepare to renew their rivalry with the Eagles.

"It's still sore," Hosley said of his hamstring. "That's probably the main thing right now, it's sore."

"I want to be out there and help my team," added Hosley, who isn't sure if he will be able to practice this week. "But I've gotta get my hamstring right. That's what I'm focused on right now."

Coughlin said Prince Amukamara has a good chance of starting on Sunday night. Hosley has been the Giants' best option against slot receivers.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) returned to practice and it appeared he had bigger shoulder pads on. Coughlin said Bradshaw will return as the starting running back.

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks did not practice Wednesday as a scheduled day off and is expected to work Thursday. Nicks is expected to play against Philadelphia.

CB Michael Coe (hamstring) did not practice. T David Diehl also sat out practice.

WR Domenik Hixon (concussion), DE Adewale Ojomo (hamstring) and CB Corey Webster (hand) all practiced.

Did Not Participate in Practice

CB Michael Coe (hamstring)
T David Diehl (knee)
CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring)
WR Hakeem Nicks (foot)
LB Keith Rivers (hamstring)

Limited Participation in Practice

S Antrel Rolle (knee)

Full Participation in Practice

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck)
WR Domenik Hixon (concussion)
DE Adewale Ojomo (hamstring)
CB Corey Webster (hand)

Injury report: Hosley, Rivers sidelined

September, 26, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring) and linebacker Keith Rivers (hamstring) sat out Wednesday's practice as the Giants prepare to renew their rivalry with the Eagles.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) returned to practice and it appeared he had bigger shoulder pads on. Tom Coughlin said Bradshaw will return as the starting running back. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks did not practice on Wednesday as a scheduled day off and is expected to work on Thursday. Nicks is expected to play against Philadelphia.

CB Michael Coe (hamstring) was slated to go through a very controlled and limited practice according to Coughlin.

T David Diehl (knee) was on the bike with Nicks at the start of practice during the portion open to the media but was scheduled to do some work on the side, according to Coughlin.

WR Domenik Hixon (concussion), DE Adewale Ojomo (hamstring), S Antrel Rolle (knee) and CB Corey Webster (hand) all were on the practice field during the early portion.

Injury report: Bradshaw and Diehl still out

September, 24, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants returned to the practice field Monday, but without a few key injured players.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), offensive tackle David Diehl (knee) and safety Antrel Rolle (knee) were not on the field.

Also, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot), wide receiver Domenik Hixon (concussion), cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring), cornerback Michael Coe (hamstring) and linebacker Keith Rivers (hamstring) were all on the field but did not practice.

Coach Tom Coughlin said Bradshaw and some other Giants went to the Hospital for Special Surgery on Monday to be examined, in the hope of eventually being cleared for practice later this week. Bradshaw has not played since suffering a neck injury in the first half against the Buccaneers last Sunday.

"I'm concerned about all of them," Coughlin said. "But hopefully there is that element that when they come back they have been cleared to go."

Coughlin said he hopes to have his starting running back for Sunday night's game against the Eagles, but he acknowledged that Bradshaw's condition is more than a pain-tolerance issue.

"No, there are still issues," Coughlin said. "If it was just pain he would be going."

Bradshaw, Diehl, Hixon and Nicks will have two weeks of rest by the time the Giants play in Philadelphia.

Coughlin said he is hopeful that Diehl's MCL knee injury will improve by this coming weekend.

Rolle said last Friday that he will be fine after banging his knee on a camera on the sideline in Carolina and suffering a bruise and lacerations. It was a scheduled day off for Rolle, who was getting treatment, according to Coughlin.

Hixon has passed his baseline tests and is expected to practice on Wednesday.

Coughlin said he expects Nicks to practice once this week, as per his normal routine this season. Nicks said he believes he would have played against the Panthers if the game was on a Sunday instead of a Thursday night.

"I don’t think it was a setback," Nicks said of being downgraded from questionable to out last Wednesday, before the team left for Charlotte. "I think it was more of a cautious situation where it was too quick of a turnaround with the foot and all the pounding that I did on the foot in that last game."

Coughlin also said that Hosley and Coe were feeling better, but it still remains to be seen how their hamstrings will feel later this week. Cornerback Corey Webster did practice and had a cast on to protect the broken bone in his right hand.

Secondary suffers more injuries in win

September, 21, 2012
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Giants' banged-up secondary got a little more banged up Thursday night.

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Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/Getty ImagesCorey Webster (on ground) tangles with Carolina's Steve Smith in the first quarter.
The most serious injury was to starting cornerback Corey Webster, who broke a bone in his right hand and had it heavily taped, with a splint running along his index finger.

Webster could not remember exactly when the injury occurred, but said it may have happened while he was engaged in something of a wrestling match with the Panthers' Steve Smith following a play.

In any event, Webster said he would "definitely" play in the Giants' next game, a week from Sunday against the Eagles.

Jayron Hosley, who started opposite Webster at cornerback, left the game with a hamstring problem early in the fourth quarter, after a fine performance that included the rookie's first interception.

Hosley called the injury to his left leg "just a little tweak," and said he would get it checked out more thoroughly Friday.

Also, safety Antrel Rolle crashed out of bounds in the final quarter, colliding with a cameraman. His left knee smacked into the camera. "I don't know if I hit the camera or the camera hit me," said Rolle, who suffered lacerations but didn't think the injury would sideline him.

"I'm gonna make it; I just gotta get a little bit tougher, man," he said with a groan. "It's cut up and a bad bruise. For a camera to take me out, I'm not too proud about that."

Cornerback Michael Coe was inactive for the game with a sore hamstring. But fellow corner Prince Amukamara made his season debut, wound up playing much of the game, and felt pretty good when it was over.

Injury report: Coe joins inactives

September, 20, 2012
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Giants have added cornerback Michael Coe to their inactive list for Thursday's game.

Coe joins wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot), right tackle David Diehl (knee), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), wide receiver Domenik Hixon (concussion), defensive end Adewale Ojomo (hamstring) and tight end Adrien Robinson.

Ramses Barden will start for Nicks. Andre Brown will start for Bradshaw. Both of those moves were expected.

Coe's hamstring has been an issue, and playing two games in five days was likely too much for him. Like Nicks and Bradshaw, Coe will now have two weeks of rest before the Giants' next game, against the Eagles on Sept. 30.

With Coe out, Prince Amukamara will have to step up in his season debut. The Giants will start Jayron Hosley at cornerback opposite Corey Webster. Justin Tryon should be the fourth cornerback.

Injury report: Coughlin vague on Bradshaw

September, 18, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Coach Tom Coughlin did not have much to say Tuesday on the status of several of his injured players.

When asked repeatedly about Ahmad Bradshaw, Coughlin would only say that the starting running back has a "neck" injury. Bradshaw, offensive tackle David Diehl (knee), and wide receivers Domenik Hixon (concussion) and Hakeem Nicks (foot) did not practice.

Nicks' rest was planned, and Coughlin expects the receiver to play against Carolina on Thursday. Nicks also said he plans to play. But Coughlin didn't say much else about the other injured players.

When asked about the nature of Bradshaw's injury, Coughlin repeatedly answered "neck." Considering Bradshaw did not practice on the only major day of practice this week, Andre Brown could get the start against the Panthers after an impressive showing in relief of Bradshaw on Sunday.

"I thought Andre did a nice job," Coughlin said. "He certainly was the focal point once Ahmad came out of the game. David (Wilson) has his plays and certainly will get some more time as well."

Cornerback Prince Amukamara (ankle), cornerback Michael Coe (hamstring), defensive end Adewale Ojomo (hamstring) and linebacker Keith Rivers (hamstring) went through a limited practice on Tuesday.

When asked if Amukamara will play on Thursday, Coughlin said, "We'll see. I'm not ready to say that yet."

Coughlin said "we are holding out against all odds" that Diehl and Hixon will feel better. But Hixon has to pass the NFL's head injury protocol and Diehl has an injury to his MCL. Diehl likely is out this week.

When asked if he is holding out hope for Bradshaw to play as well, Coughlin replied, "We are."

Did Not Participate in Practice

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck)
T David Diehl (knee)
WR Domenik Hixon (concussion)
WR Hakeem Nicks (foot)

Limited Participation in Practice

CB Prince Amukamara (ankle)
CB Michael Coe (hamstring)
DE Adewale Ojomo (hamstring)
LB Keith Rivers (hamstring)

Full Participation in Practice

RB Da’Rel Scott (knee)

Coughlin: Wait and see on Prince

September, 17, 2012
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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."

Coughlin said Justin Tryon was called into action because Michael Coe was still dealing with his hamstring injury. Tryon was covering Mike Williams when Josh Freeman hit Williams on a game-tying 41-yard touchdown pass with 1:58 remaining.

"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."

Secondary is primary

September, 16, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As exciting as it was on television to see Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman throw all those deep passes late in the game, Giants cornerback Michael Coe knows that Freeman's performance didn’t reflect well on the Giants' secondary.

“We made some good plays, they made some good plays,” Coe said. “Overall, we’ve got to eliminate the big play.”

The Giants won the game, but the secondary was a bit more exposed than coach Tom Coughlin would have liked.
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AP Photo/Bill KostrounThe Giants secondary struggled, allowing 243 passing yards against the Buccaneers.

“Well, naturally I’m concerned,” Coughlin said. “Why are we not making a play on the ball? We don’t see the ball come out. We need to really, really work to know the ball is arriving because there is something you can do about it.”

Coe didn’t play late because of an injured hamstring.

“My hamstring just tightened up and I was just trying to be smart about the whole thing,” Coe said. “I wasn’t sure how much I could open up, and as much as they was throwing deep I didn’t want to be out there, hurt my team, so I just wanted to be smart.”

The Giants have just four days before they need to be ready to play a Thursday night game in Carolina.

“I’ll be able to do some things and rest; usually the next day tells whether it’s going to be good or bad,” Coe said.

Amukamara, Coe both say they're ready

September, 14, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants still have not determined who will start at cornerback opposite Corey Webster on Sunday against the Buccaneers.

But the two most likely candidates, Prince Amukamara and Michael Coe, both sounded ready to go after practice on Friday.

"I just practiced this whole week, and just did the best I can out there," Amukamara said. "I feel a lot better. I feel like I'm improving and getting healthier each day."

"If I can compete in practice, I can play," he added.

"I feel really good," Coe said. "It's up to the coaches. I've been practicing all week, I've been feeling good. I've been doing special teams work and everything else."

Amukamara missed the Week 1 loss to the Cowboys with a high ankle sprain, suffered in the team's third preseason game against the Bears.

Coe, making his first NFL start in place of Amukamara, tweaked a hamstring against the Cowboys and had to leave the game near the end of the third quarter.

Tampa Bay rushed the ball 36 times, and passed it just 24 times, in its 16-10 win over Carolina in Week 1. But the Bucs do have weapons in the passing game -- including Vincent Jackson (a three-time 1,000-yard receiver) and Dallas Clark (a former Pro Bowl tight end).

Former Syracuse wide receiver Mike Williams caught a touchdown pass against the Panthers as well.

Officially, Coe is listed as probable for the game, while Amukamara is labeled as questionable.

"I think they get a little better every day," coach Tom Coughlin said, when asked about the two cornerbacks.

When asked if Amukamara could start, Coughlin said, "We'll see. We'll see about that. ... He certainly would be in contention, yeah."

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