For the Giants’ 2011 first round pick Prince Amukamara, it has been a great start to the season. After a questionable first game in Detroit, the cornerback pairing with marquee free agent addition Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has more than lived up to the billing. While Amukamara would rather give the praise to his teammates for the excellent start the Giants defense has had defending the pass, safety Antrel Rolle’s theory is that Amukamara losing his virginity has helped take the young cornerback’s game to a new level.
“I know Antrel meant no harm towards it,” Amukamara said of Rolle’s comments. “Me and Antrel, we always joke around, not about stuff like that. I don’t know what to say. I felt that it was comical. I know I’m going to have a lot of explaining to do to my wife because I know her phone’s probably blowing up. But just out of respect for her, I don’t want to comment on what happens in mine and my wife’s house."
Amukamara chose to put a less embarrassing spin on the comments from his fellow defensive back.
“I think marriage... I think that’s what Trel meant to say – I think marriage definitely helps a lot in maturing me,” offered the Giants cornerback. “I’ve definitely learned a lot with just being selfless and just more serving towards my wife, so I definitely attribute that to her.”
Whatever Amukamara or anybody else wants to chalk the defense’s success up to, there is no denying that the performance level of Amukamara has risen to the high standards that had been set by the Giants’ own lofty preseason expectations. Especially given there have been no easy rides thus far this season for the Giants in terms of defending talented wide receiver duos, the ability for Amukamara and Rodgers-Cromartie to rise to the occasion has been especially impressive.
The Giants defense will get little respite from that trend this week, as Atlanta boasts another fine wide receiver duo in Julio Jones and Roddy White. While both receivers may make some plays, expect their success to be less pronounced than what each player is used to.
Whatever his game preparation ritual may be, there is little question that Amukamara is finally stepping into his own and becoming one half of a fantastic cornerback pairing that the Giants hoped he would be.
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