Prince Amukamara can find his swagger Friday
Prince Amukamara's hazing may be over, but the building of a starting cornerback continues. That doesn't mean only technique and skill, but attitude as well.
"I do get told that cornerbacks are just supposed to have the most swag, and a lot of confidence," the second-year player said. "I think that just develops through your play. I mean, if you make plays, the more confidence you get."
Amukamara figures to have a chance to make plays Friday night against the Bears. While he was mostly in run support against the Jets, who were without their starting receivers and had difficulty protecting their quarterback, the Bears bring a different look to this third preseason game.
"I'm sure I'll see a lot more action this week," Amukamara said. "They have [Brandon] Marshall and Alshon Jeffery."
And that means more of a chance to develop that edge, that confidence, that swagger -- or "swag" for short -- that many are looking to see from Amukamara. He thinks he has it, even if it's a more subtle swag than most.
"I probably don't show it on the outside," he said, "but I think my play shows it the most."
Coughlin to offense: 'Score!'Tom Coughlin has several goals he'd like to see met Friday night, but chief among them is to get the starting offense to find the end zone. In eight drives with Eli Manning at quarterback this preseason, the Giants have scored only one touchdown, and that came at the end of a 29-yard drive after a turnover by the Jaguars. Three other drives ended in field goals from the red zone.
"Offensively, we need to go," Coughlin said. "We need to get something done here . . . We've got to put the ball in the end zone. That's something that's a challenge for the offensive team."
Coughlin said he's waiting to see the big home-run play from rookie running back David Wilson, who will play with the starters Friday night. "He's very quick, he's very fast," Coughlin said. "We're over there cheering for him to break one. It might be a kickoff return, who knows?" . . . Coughlin wouldn't say if this will be the last preseason action for the starters, given that the Giants' fourth preseason game is on Wednesday and the regular season opens Sept. 5 . . . The kickoff for Wednesday's game against the Patriots has been moved to 7 p.m. to accommodate television's coverage of the Republican National Convention.