Giants injuries have Coe starting at cornerback

Coming into training camp, the New York Giants seemingly had

three options to fill the starting cornerback position opposite

Corey Webster.

With injuries in the past month to Terrell Thomas, Prince

Amukamara and third-round draft pick Jayron Hosley, the Giants are

on the fourth option – Michael Coe.

Entering his sixth NFL season, Coe played in 27 games and never

made a start.

Unless someone gets healthy quickly, Coe has a shot at being a

starter when the Super Bowl champions kick off the season on Sept.

5 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Thomas seems unlikely. He is rehabilitating his right knee after

aggravating a knee injury that required reconstructive surgery in

the offseason.

Amukamara suffered a high ankle sprain Friday against the Bears

and those generally take a couple of weeks to heal. Hosley has

dealt with turf toe for the past week and his status seems

uncertain since he has not practiced since being hurt against the


And that leaves Coe, who returned to the field this past week

after nursing a mild hamstring injury.

Coe believes he is ready after getting his share of playing time

last season as a reserve before a shoulder injury ended his


`I feel like I’ve been building up enough confidence and comfort

level in knowing what the coaches expect,” Coe said Sunday as the

Giants (No. 3 in the AP Pro 32) started work for the preseason

finale against New England on Wednesday. ”In that room, you’re

always held accountable for everything.”

Defensive backs coach Pete Giunta has long told his players to

prepare as if they’re going to be a starter, so that if they are

thrown into the mix unexpectedly, they’re ready.

Coach Tom Coughlin said that Coe played well after taking over

for Amukamara, who has struggled with injuries since being a

first-round draft pick in 2011.

Amukamara missed the first half of last season after breaking

his right foot in training camp last summer, and now he’s dealing

with an ankle injury on the same leg.

He hurt it getting rolled on a reverse by Devin Hester, but he

did not come off the field until making a tackle after Brandon

Marshall caught a pass on the next play.

”I just felt something poking out the side of my leg and I

definitely had a flashback of my fifth metatarsal from last season

so I didn’t know what was going on,” said Amukamara, who was

wearing a protective walking boot.

”Then they brought out the cart. I thought the cart was pretty

dramatic, but they were just taking precautions because they

weren’t sure.”

Amukamara would not speculate on how long he might be out, but

he insisted he was not discouraged.

”I’m thankful nothing is broken and it’s all a part of

football,” he said. ”You get banged up and I know the saying is

you can’t make the club in the tub so I’ve been in the tub enough.

So I just have to hurry up and get out and do everything I can to

help this team.”

The comment caused a lot of laughter because Amukamara was at

the center of a so-called hazing incident in training camp after

punter Steve Weatherford tweeted a videotape of him being thrown

into an ice tub by Pro Bowl defensive Jason Pierre-Paul.

Thomas declined to discuss his status on Sunday, asking to put

it off until Monday. Hosley was in the locker room without the boot

he was wearing last week.

Coe is looking forward to his chance, one he felt he missed last

season after being hurt.

”I’d be lying if I said I didn’t,” he said. ”I think any

competitor wants to be out there and compete, especially when you

start to get out there and having success. I was frustrated about

(being hurt), but the most important thing is, I can’t express

enough how the DBs are good people around here.

”They just kept me staying positive through rehab, and that’s

all you can do. When you get in games, bad things are going to

happen – but it’s how you respond the next play. You get those

curveballs thrown to you in life – you’ve just got to rebound from


The other cornerbacks who will see more action because of the

injuries are Bruce Johnson and Justin Tryon.

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