2013 New York Giants season preview: Most important defensive player
For my money, it's cornerback Prince Amukamara. You know what you're going to get out of Corey Webster and Antrel Rolle, minus the occasional miscue, on a weekly basis. Amukamara hasn't yet lived up to expectations since being selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, but he shined throughout the preseason, so much so that some have suggested that he was the team's best defensive back in August.
With a pass rush that may be better on paper than on Sundays, and linebackers who are, to put it nicely, “questionable,” the Giants will be counting on their secondary to make the big plays. Amukamara did just that in summer exhibitions. That version of the player and not the one who struggled over the past two seasons is who New York desperately needs. He says he's ready to be the guy. Amukamara now has to prove it.
Prediction: The Giants are a mixed bag in every way. Both the offense and defense has great talent and also numerous holes. Their schedule seems difficult at the start of September, but that could all change if certain teams fail to reach their potentials. New York under Coughlin is usually somewhere between average and pretty good during the regular season. Why should that trend end this year?