Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell won’t officially rule out safety Kenny Phillips for Sunday’s contest in Atlanta. Nor would he hint as to what Prince Amukara’s status is.
It’s a next man up mentality for Big Blue. And since a number of role players have played well in the absence of the starters, Fewell is confident his defense will show up in a big way on Sunday.
“Consistency is always the issue. Most of the time, our guys are pretty good about trying to get on the field,” Fewell said. “But you do miss the consistency in trying to put together a plan that includes people that you hope will be there on game day vs. people that may be there on game day.”
Amukamara missed practice on Thursday with a strained hamstring and is questionable to play against the Falcons.
Rookie Jayron Hosley would draw the start should Amukamara be kept out.
“We feel confident with (Hosley), that he can go in and get the job done. He’s excited about stepping up to that challenge,” Fewell said. “He has great ball skills and he’s one of those guys in practice, he seems to always be around the tipped ball, he can always tip the ball up and intercept it and catch it. You just kind of shake your head because he’s always making plays. He’s showed that ability to do that.”
Hosley may be tasked with defending Roddy White, who is a game-time decision for the Falcons.
Together, White and second-year receiver Julio Jones make a difficult tandem for any defensive back to cover. Still, Fewell has faith in his rookie corner.
“(Hosley is) fearless enough and he’s physical enough because again, I think the young man accepts the challenge. I don’t think he backs down from anybody. I don’t believe that he thinks of himself as a smaller man,” he said. “I think he thinks of himself as a football player that can go out and get the job done. I think he can be physical with the guy for sure.”
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