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Bettcher: “Multiple guys” to play cornerback opposite Jackrabbit

Giants defensive coordinator won’t commit to a starter

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Corey Ballentine
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Throughout the spring and the early part of the summer DeAndre Baker, selected 30th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, looked like the obvious choice to start at cornerback opposite Janoris Jenkins.

Baker, though, missed time in training camp with a knee sprain. While he will play on Sunday, vs. the Dallas Cowboys, defensive coordinator James Bettcher said Thursday that “multiple guys” could be used at that spot.

“We’ll have a great plan for that Sunday. It will kind of reveal itself as it goes,” Bettcher said. “Plan to see multiple guys at that position.”

Baker, of course, is one. Sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine and Antonio Hamilton, both of whom got some first-team reps while Baker was out, figure to be the others. Hamilton (adductor) is returning from an injury of his own.

Baker said he wasn’t certain how much he would play, but that he would “be ready when my number’s called.”

Ballentine had previously admitted he never attended an NFL game before playing in one. He promised not to be overwhelmed by the environment in Arlington.

“I come to practice every day just like they do,” Ballentine said. “I see Sterling [Shepard], Eli [Manning], practicing against them. I just slow it down in my mind, treat it like it’s another game, another week. Be as prepared as I can be and go out there and play my best.”

Hamilton played in 13 games for the Giants a season, but all of his snaps came on special teams. He did not play a single snap on defense.

Hamilton is also likely the Giants’ second choice at punt returner behind Jabrill Peppers.