"[I'm] extremely ready," said the rookie cornerback, who hasn't played this season because of a broken left foot. "I think I know the playbook well, even though I haven't had time to rep it just with the team. But I'm very confident that I know the playbook and I can execute . . . I feel like I'm ready to cover and I'm ready to hit."
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But fellow defensive back Deon Grant isn't convinced.
"He doesn't look like he's ready yet," the veteran safety said. "But he's looking good from the injury he had. But that broken foot is going to take a minute to recover from. He's out there with a lot of confidence, but I don't think he's ready yet. I don't think his foot is there yet."
Tom Coughlin said Amukamara, who injured his foot in early August, looked good in practice, but he wouldn't divulge his Sunday plans for the rookie.
Though Amukamara said he's spent the bulk of his time on the scout team, he believes he can handle the Patriots' receivers. "I'm extremely hungry," he said. " . . . I'm just really eager to get out there and see what the NFL is like."
Barden ready to step in
The stars appear to be aligned for Ramses Barden. The wide receiver is expected to be activated off the physically unable to play list by Saturday's 4 p.m. deadline, given the Giants' extra roster spot and Hakeem Nicks' nagging hamstring injury. "I'm going to pack a bag just in case," Barden said of traveling with the team to New England. Coughlin offered a noncommittal "we will see" when pressed about Barden's status for Sunday.
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