Prince Amukamara welcomed the ribbing.
Teammates were getting on him about being the “new guy”, joking and picking on the rookie like it was his first day at training camp. In a way, it was.
Amukamara, the first-round pick of the Giants, hadn’t practiced since early August when he ended his holdout, participated in one workout, and broke a bone in his foot midway through the next workout. Yesterday was the first time he was on the field since then. He wasn’t practicing, but he was doing some light jogging on the side.
“Today was a great feeling just to be out there with your teammates and catch some mental reps,” he said. “They hadn’t seen me out there in forever.”
Amukamara said it still feels “pretty weird” jogging, and he had some soreness after the exercise. But he said doctors told him that’s to be expected. He said he’s at or “slightly ahead” of his projected timetable, which had him missing about 10 weeks. He’s expected back sometime in early to mid-October.
At that point he’ll probably be thrown right into the mix. He’s had one professional practice in his life, has never covered an NFL receiver, and he could be on the field for a critical game within a month.
“I think that’s going to be what the coaches are expecting, yeah,” he said. “Trying to get their money’s worth.”
Amukamara said he still has some work to do physically. His calf is slightly smaller on the injured leg and his ankle is still sore from wearing the protective boot for so long. He’d been doing some full-speed running in the pool, but he’ll have to wait to see how he feels tomorrow after this first terrestrial workout.
“Some days when I wake up it feels real good like I could come back next week and then some days I think, OK, it could be a little bit longer,” he said.