We made a big deal about Osi Umeyiora’s remarkable interception in practice yesterday, but rookie Jayron Hosley had one of his own. On a pass from David Carr to Jerrel Jernigan in the corner of the end zone, Hosley dove and made a one-handed pick. Then he got up and raced 100 yards, the only person anywhere near him being Perry Fewell.
“I saw it and then it’s just time to go get it,” said Hosley, a righty who caught the ball with his left hand. “I couldn’t get it with two (hands) so I had to get it with one. God blessed me with two, but if I can get it with one hand, I’ll take it, too.”
Hosley looks like he’ll be busy for the Giants this season. Not only could he see some significant reps at nickel depending on how long it takes Terrell Thomas to return (and how long he can last), but he’ll also have a special teams role for the Giants. IT does not appear to be overwhelming him.
“Seems like he is (comfortable), and seems like he can handle it, too,” Tom Coughlin said. “That’s a good thing. He had a nice punt return yesterday, and had a nice interception play today. Good for him.”
Hosley said he’s starting to get a better grasp of his responsibilities.
“With the right reps and meeting time, it’s definitely been coming along,” he said. “I think the coaches have been doing a great job of helping the younger guys at that and giving us what we need to be successful and take that next step. I’m definitely feeling confident in the system.
“We spend more time in the meeting rooms. I think that’s key. It’s good to get out there and get those reps, but when you’re the meeting rooms you’re seeing it every day and hearing it every day. And once you get out on the field, you see it a couple of times and it becomes second nature. And then after that, you’re out there playing ball. That’s why I feel like I’m to the point where I’m a little bit more comfortable and I can go out there and play ball and not think so much. So right now I’m feeling more comfortable and it’s just going out there and doing what’s expected of me. That’s what they drafted me for.”
And that’s what they’re looking for starting Friday against the Jaguars.
“We need for that guy to really come through for us,” Coughlin said.