With Prince Amukamara and Terrell Thomas almost certainly sidelined for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 5, and rookie Jayron Hosley a maybe, the New York Giants have a problem at cornerback entering the 2012 season.
Head coach Tom Coughlin said Saturday that the team would scan the waiver wire for help in the coming days.
"We’ll always scan and look and try to find if there are people out there that can help us. It’s that time of year. It’s difficult to assess if there are people out there that can help us," Coughlin said. "We will continue to be vigilant. A lot of what has to happen has to come from the inside here."
Let's quickly run down the remaining cornerbacks currently on the roster, keeping in mind that first cuts from 90 to 75 are coming Monday.
Brandon Bing -- The former Rutgers star was on the Giants' practice squad a season ago. He has also been injured and doesn't seem likely to be a guy the Giants will keep.
Michael Coe -- Seems to be the guy most likely to get the start opposite Corey Webster when the season opens. Coe has played for the Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts in four seasons, but has never started a game.
Dante Hughes -- In his sixth season in the league, Hughes at least brings experience. He has two careers starts in 52 NFL games. He does not seem like a player the Giants want to count on.
Bruce Johnson -- Back in 2009 Johnson started five games for the Giants, getting two interceptions. He missed most of 2010 with a knee injury and all of 2011 with an Achilles injury. He has mostly been an afterthought throughout the preseason. Thrust into heavy action Friday against the Chicago Bears, Johnson did not play well.
Antwaun Molden -- Signed as a free agent after spending last season with the New England Patriots (two starts in 16 games), Molden was brought in to provide depth. He has not been impressive, and it was telling that Coe and Johnson got opportunities before he did on Friday.
Laron Scott -- He is on the roster after being picked up 10 days or so ago after being waived by the New Orleans Saints. He has not yet had an opportunity, so it's impossible to know if he can help at all.
Justin Tryon -- In his fifth season in the league, Tryon has eight career starts in 47 games. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound veteran would seem like the logical candidate to either compete with Coe for the starting right cornerback job for the time being, or be the slot cornerback. Except that Tryon has been just so-so throughout the preseason. He was beginning to play well for the Giants a season ago before breaking his arm. Right now, the Giants need him to step up again.