Prince Amukamara - John Grieshop
The New York Giants have not definitively declared him out of Sunday's regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, but it seems like the season might be over for cornerback Prince Amukamara.
Amukamara missed practice again Thursday after playing only four snaps Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens and head coach Tom Coughlin said the 2011 first-round draft pick, fighting a hamstring injury, had suffered a setback against the Ravens.
If Amukamara's season is over, let's take the opportunity to assess his play. After a rookie season pretty much laid to waste by a broken foot suffered during training camp Amukamara established himself as a starting cornerback this season.
Amukamara was targeted 56 times this season and surrendered 30 completions, with quarterbacks having a 71.8 passer rating against him. That placed him 16th in the league among corners who took regular snaps. Corey Webster was 65th with a 108.7 passer rating against. Webster, incidentally, has been targeted 92 times.
Can you call Amukamara a shut down corner? Personally, I don't believe so -- at least not yet. Deferring to the veteran Webster's past success he still lined up with the opposing team's No. 1 receiver most of the time, which probably skews the numbers somewhat.
What you can take away from Amukamara's first relatively full season (12 games) is that while there are a myriad of problems on the Giants' defense the second-year man from Nebraska is not one of them. He is part of the solution.
Here is Thursday's complete injury report:
TE Travis Beckum - Knee (Injured Reserve)