Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is taken down by...

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is taken down by Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley (28) and Stevie Brown (27) during the first half. (Oct. 28, 2012) Credit: AP

Jon Beason not only remembers the hit he took but has a picture of it saved on his cellphone.

He pulled up the photo to show a reporter and joked, "Look, his eyes are completely closed, and see how far he is away from the ballcarrier?"

He was referring to teammate Jayron Hosley and the inadvertent hit he delivered on Beason while trying to assist on a tackle in the Giants' win over the Redskins on Sunday. Odd as it may sound, that very hit might help Hosley secure a starting spot at cornerback for the second consecutive week.

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said he knew that Hosley, who missed five games with a hamstring injury earlier in the season, was ready to play after seeing him connect with Beason.

"There was some friendly fire on one of the plays," Fewell said. "He came up in crack support, run support, and Beason was in his way. He knocked the ---- out of Beason. He showed me right there that he's not afraid to hit something."

Hosley will get another opportunity to hit and cover guys who aren't wearing the same jersey that he's wearing on Sunday against a Chargers team that features the fourth-best passing offense in the league.

Hosley, unavailable to the media on Friday, got the start at cornerback against the Redskins after Trumaine McBride suffered a groin injury the previous week. With McBride questionable and Corey Webster out, Hosley again could be lined up opposite Prince Amukamara at cornerback in the Giants' depleted secondary.

Seeing his first significant action of the season last Sunday, Hosley had four tackles, broke up a pass and was lauded by Fewell for his ability to match up with the quickness of the Redskins' receivers.

"So be it Hosley or be it McBride or be it Webster," Fewell said, "hopefully those guys are getting healthy enough and we're getting strong enough that we've got some options."

After practice Friday, coach Tom Coughlin said McBride "looked like he was going to be OK."

Regardless of whether McBride is able to play, Hosley should get more snaps. One teammate with unfortunate firsthand knowledge of Hosley's ability thinks he's ready for the increased workload.

"No question," Beason said. "He's a smart player. It's all about taking advantage of your opportunities. Any time a young guy gets a chance to play, you want him to go out and take advantage of it."

And hit the guys wearing a different uniform.

Notes & quotes: Jason Pierre-Paul and Webster have been ruled out of tomorrow's game. Brandon Jacobs is listed as doubtful. Brandon Myers and Terrell Thomas are probable . . . Like Robinson Cano, who signed a 10-year, $240-million contract with the Mariners Friday, Victor Cruz is represented by Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports. Cruz said Cano "deserves every bit of that money" and said "it's a big day" for the agency. Asked if Cano's deal proved that signing with Roc Nation is a smart move for athletes, Cruz said: "I think it's a smart move to . . . go with the organization that you feel is the right one for you, and your mold, and your brand. I think that was the most important part for myself and Robinson Cano."

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