Has Prince Amukamara plateaued, or is there still another level of performance the New York Giants 2011 first-round pick can reach? He has become a good NFL cornerback. Can he now become a difference-making Pro-Bowl caliber one? Let's look at Amukamara as we continue breaking down the Giants' 90-man roster heading into training camp.
2013 Season In Review
Amukamara had the best season of his three-year career, and it is no coincidence that he was healthy. The 2013 season marked the first time Amukamara played all 16 games. Amukamara was solid, establishing career highs with 14 passes defensed and 85 tackles. He had a +4.0 Pro Football Focus grade and a passer rating against of 87.7. Quarterbacks completed 64.9 percent of passes thrown toward Amukamara.
Amukamara was the Giants best cornerback in 2013, but that does not mean he was elite. The Giants signed Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as a free agent and quickly said Rodgers-Cromartie would be responsible for shadowing the opposition's best receiver. That means Amukamara will generally handle the second outside receiver -- a role where he actually could do quite well.
Toward the end of the 2013 season, shadowing the opposition's best receiver was Amukamara's job.
"I’m not insulted at all. Of course it’s a challenge but Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie isn’t my standard," Amukamara said in April. "He isn’t my standard that I have to try to get to. I’m my standard, I’m trying to always be the best corner I can be."
The Giants would like to see Amukamara, who has only three interceptions in his career, become more of a play-maker.
Amukamara, by the way, just turned 25.
Birthday 25 is in the books! @PilarAmukamara pic.twitter.com/hyEYnCcoEq— Prince Amukamara (@PrinceAmukamara) June 7, 2014