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Giants DBs take Calvin Johnson's slights in stride

Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara practices during training camp.

Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara practices during training camp. (July 27, 2013) Credit: James Escher

Calvin Johnson believes he and the other Lions receivers can "find some openings there in the secondary and get the ball moving'' against the Giants this Sunday, even if he's not exactly sure who will have to cover him.

Johnson badly bungled the pronunciation of cornerback Prince Amukamara's name and didn't even attempt to name the other starter, Trumaine McBride, instead calling him "Number 38.'' In the NFL, those kinds of things can be considered disrespectful. But the Giants' starters took the slights in stride.

McBride said he wouldn't expect Johnson to know his name. "I mean, last year I was out of the league,'' McBride said. "I haven't done much, so it doesn't bother me that he doesn't know me. It's not a big deal.''

Amukamara said a lot of people get tongue-tied over his name and said it sometimes is misspelled around the locker room. "It's a hard name,'' he said, "but if someone does pronounce it wrong, I do correct them.''

Will he correct Johnson on Sunday?

"I mean if he says, 'Hey, you're Prince Amoo,' then I'll tell him it's Prince Amukamara. But I'm not going to initiate anything.''

Eli poised to be No. 1

With the announcement Wednesday that Redskins linebacker London Fletcher is "99 percent certain'' he will retire after this season, Eli Manning will likely enter the 2014 season with the longest active games started streak in the league. Fletcher has 213, and Manning is second with 149. If Manning starts the final two games, he'll have 151 come opening day next season.

Giant steps

Victor Cruz was one of 10 Giants who did not practice. Tom Coughlin said Cruz's knee injury would have kept him from participating had he already cleared the NFL's concussion protocol, which he has not . . . Coughlin said he was "inspired'' by the play of Jerrel Jernigan Sunday. Jernigan (knee) sat out practice.

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