Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants Need Injured Cornerback Back

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants Need Injured Cornerback Back

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EAST RUTHERFORD - The fascination with Prince Amukamara, his presence and his absence in the Giants' secondary has reached yet another crossroads.

The fascination with David Wilson and his presence in the backfield has also reached a crossroads of sorts after Tom Coughlin benched him on offense Wednesday night following a first-quarter fumble.

In the aftermath of a frustrating and disappointing 24-17 loss to the Cowboys, there is plenty of attention and unavoidable pressure now thrust upon Amukamara and Wilson - the Giants' last two first- round picks - although for entirely different reasons.

Wilson's passion was captured on national television during an emotional exchange with running backs coach Jerald Ingram as teammates Hakeem Nicks and Osi Umenyiora tried to console him.

Whether Wilson shed tears matters little. What does is what the rookie from Virginia Tech does next and how quickly as a running back he will earn Coughlin's trust again.

Meanwhile, the images of Amukamara burned into the consciousness of a suddenly concerned fan base come from the opposite end of the football spectrum.

The scene of his being helped onto a cart after suffering a high ankle sprain against the Bears during preseason action last month, or that one of his being dumped into a cold tub by teammate Jason Pierre-Paul during training camp, captured on video by teammate Steve Weatherford and uploaded onto the Internet for all to see.

And make no mistake: The Giants desperately need Wilson and Amukamara to step up and in a big way right now.

Two players, two separate circumstances and completely opposite reactions to their current fates. As Amukamara continues to rehab his injury - Thursday he said he still is hoping to return against Tampa Bay in Week 2 - there has been criticism from fans that he is not pushing himself to get ready.

So just so we're straight, the impression from the outside seems to be this:

Wilson cares too much and Amukamara not enough.

Mind you, Coughlin promises Amukamara is doing what he can to get back on the field.

"I don't know [about Week 2]. I don't know about that guy. He's trying like heck, though," Coughlin said of Amukamara, who started hopping on his ankle earlier this week, but has not attempted to run. …

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