What can the New York Giants expect from cornerback Prince Amukamara during the 2015 NFL season? Let's look at the fifth-year cornerback as we begin our look at each of the 90 players the Giants will bring to training camp later this year.
2014 Season In Review
The Giants waited four years to see Amukamara play the way that he did in 2014, like a top-flight NFL cornerback. Unfortunately, when Amukamara got to that level it lasted only eight games as his season was cut short by a torn biceps muscle. Amukamara's passer rating against of 58.2 was eighth in the league among 116 corners who played 25 percent or more of their team's defensive snaps. In just 257 snaps, he had three interceptions, doubling his career total, and 11 passes defensed. Pro Football focus says Amukamara did not miss a single tackle, and 4.0 run stop percentage was second-best among NFL cornerbacks. Amukamara was playing at a Pro Bowl level before his injury.
2015 Season Outlook
There is no reason to think Amukamara, 26 when the 2015 season begins, won't pick up where he left off when he was injured a season ago. Will he surpass Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as the team's No. 1 corner? Maybe. Will he ever be on the level of Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman? Probably not. Is he a true 'shut down' corner? Maybe not, but he's close. He can compete with the league's best receivers, is a tremendous run stopping corner and became more of a play maker last season. A healthy 2015 season where he plays the way he did a season ago should earn Amukamara a rich long-term deal.