Amukamara: Cruz hasn't missed a step

New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara spoke with reporters about the state of the defense without Jason Pierre-Paul and how Victor Cruz has looked during training camp coming off knee surgery.

The uncertainty surrounding Jason Pierre-Paul’s return to the team following his fireworks accident on the Fourth of July is still on everyone's mind. New York's defense is preparing for life without JPP for the time being and the dearth at safety spot means the G-Men’s Corners, Prince Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, are going to have to perform.

Amukamara, in particular, will be under the microscope; he enters a pseudo-contract year (depending on Eli’s deal and how the team uses the franchise tag) having played only one full season (2013) out of four since being drafted by the Giants with the 19th pick of the 1st round of the 2011 Draft.

Asked about the safety help behind him and Prince was philosophical, saying “…it’s not worrisome now because we haven’t played anybody. I think anytime we make mistakes, it’s important to correct them before they get bigger later. I think the biggest measuring tool will be how we come out versus the [Cincinnati] Bengals.”

One of those safety rooks is Landon Collins, a former Alabama Crimson Tide star, who Amukamara believes is field-ready having played in the SEC.

“The SEC was known as the super conference, so they go against all the best talents like the NFL, week in and week out," noted Amukamara. "You’re going up against the best guys in the world. I would say Landon’s mindset is ready for that competition and that pressure.”

Prince continued with the praise, saying “It definitely shows that his coaches had a huge impact on him, just by how he carries himself around the facility and the type of respect that he gives and shows and just his work ethic on the field.”

While the defense has to acquaint itself to new faces, the offense is busy welcoming familiar ones in Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. Prince’s first-hand scouting report on the two was overwhelmingly positive.

“He looked great. I don’t remember if he [Cruz] caught any balls, but he looked great," noted Amukamara. "He looked great running routes. It really doesn’t seem like he missed a step. And man, Odell looked great, too. He looks pretty fast also.”

It’s early days yet and everyone is still getting to know one another with touch-football being the order of the day, Prince Amukamara clearly can’t wait for the action to get real, saying “I told him (OBJ), alright, next time I’m going to give it to you. Let me clarify that: I’m going to hit you.”


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The uncertainty surrounding Jason Pierre-Paul’s return to the team following his fireworks accident on the Fourth of July is still on everyone's mind. New York's defense is preparing for life without JPP for the time being and the dearth at safety spot means the G-Men’s Corners, Prince Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, are going to have to perform.\r\n\r\n

Amukamara, in particular, will be under the microscope; he enters a pseudo-contract year (depending on Eli’s deal and how the team uses the franchise tag) having played only one full season (2013) out of four since being drafted by the Giants with the 19th pick of the 1st round of the 2011 Draft.\r\n\r\n

Asked about the safety help behind him and Prince was philosophical, saying “…it’s not worrisome now because we haven’t played anybody. I think anytime we make mistakes, it’s important to correct them before they get bigger later. I think the biggest measuring tool will be how we come out versus the [Cincinnati] Bengals.”\r\n\r\n

One of those safety rooks is Landon Collins, a former Alabama Crimson Tide star, who Amukamara believes is field-ready having played in the SEC.\r\n\r\n

“The SEC was known as the super conference, so they go against all the best talents like the NFL, week in and week out,\" noted Amukamara. \"You’re going up against the best guys in the world. I would say Landon’s mindset is ready for that competition and that pressure.”\r\n\r\n

Prince continued with the praise, saying “It definitely shows that his coaches had a huge impact on him, just by how he carries himself around the facility and the type of respect that he gives and shows and just his work ethic on the field.” \r\n\r\n

While the defense has to acquaint itself to new faces, the offense is busy welcoming familiar ones in Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. Prince’s first-hand scouting report on the two was overwhelmingly positive.\r\n\r\n

“He looked great. I don’t remember if he [Cruz] caught any balls, but he looked great,\" noted Amukamara. \"He looked great running routes. It really doesn’t seem like he missed a step. And man, Odell looked great, too. He looks pretty fast also.”\r\n\r\n

It’s early days yet and everyone is still getting to know one another with touch-football being the order of the day, Prince Amukamara clearly can’t wait for the action to get real, saying “I told him (OBJ), alright, next time I’m going to give it to you. Let me clarify that: I’m going to hit you.”","mobileBody":"

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Amukamara, in particular, will be under the microscope; he enters a pseudo-contract year (depending on Eli’s deal and how the team uses the franchise tag) having played only one full season (2013) out of four since being drafted by the Giants with the 19th pick of the 1st round of the 2011 Draft.

Asked about the safety help behind him and Prince was philosophical, saying “…it’s not worrisome now because we haven’t played anybody. I think anytime we make mistakes, it’s important to correct them before they get bigger later. I think the biggest measuring tool will be how we come out versus the [Cincinnati] Bengals.”

One of those safety rooks is Landon Collins, a former Alabama Crimson Tide star, who Amukamara believes is field-ready having played in the SEC.

“The SEC was known as the super conference, so they go against all the best talents like the NFL, week in and week out,\" noted Amukamara. \"You’re going up against the best guys in the world. I would say Landon’s mindset is ready for that competition and that pressure.”

Prince continued with the praise, saying “It definitely shows that his coaches had a huge impact on him, just by how he carries himself around the facility and the type of respect that he gives and shows and just his work ethic on the field.”

While the defense has to acquaint itself to new faces, the offense is busy welcoming familiar ones in Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. Prince’s first-hand scouting report on the two was overwhelmingly positive.

“He looked great. I don’t remember if he [Cruz] caught any balls, but he looked great,\" noted Amukamara. \"He looked great running routes. It really doesn’t seem like he missed a step. And man, Odell looked great, too. He looks pretty fast also.”

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