Slowly but surely, Prince Amukamara has gone from mid first-round draft pick for the New York Giants in 2011 to dependable starting cornerback. He’s shown great potential to be one of the NFL’s top shutdown corners and could be a key piece in the Giants’ secondary for years to come.
The G-Men showed their commitment to the talented former Nebraska Cornhusker by exercising his fifth-year option for 2015. Now, they’re hopeful he can deliver on his end and help create mulate one of the most formidable cornerback duos in the NFL opposite free-agent acquisition Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
After battling injuries for the first year and a half of his pro career, Amukamara has come on strong. This past season, he surrendered just 651 yards and two touchdowns over 64 receptions. In 2012 he was even more impressive, allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete just 52.4 percent of pass attempts and held them to a passer rating of 74.5 which placed him among the top 25 corners in the league, per Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
At the age of 24, Amukamara still has plenty of room to improve, and he’s going to get a great opportunity to do so playing in what appears to be a very talented Giants defense on paper. Amukamara has been able to get by without being a major playmaker on the football—he has just three career interceptions—but he’ll be challenged more often now with Rodgers-Cromartie in town.
If his first three NFL seasons are an indication, however, Amukamara should fare quite well. And that would be vital for the Giants, who will need a top-notch performance from their defense this season if they’re going to be legitimate title contenders.
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