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Prince Amukamara, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to press their case against Jets WRs

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of the New York Giants and

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of the New York Giants and Prince Amukamara celebrate after defeating the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Mike Stobe

With the marquee matchup between wide receiver and cornerback apparently scratched due to Darrelle Revis’ concussion, it will be up to the undercard to provide all of the downfield drama in Sunday’s Giants-Jets game. In this case, it will be a tag-team bout. And just a few days before the meeting, punches are already being thrown.

Prince Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in one corner, Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker in the other. Let’s get it on!

Amukamara said the Giants have been experimenting with different looks this week — he and DRC staying on one side or following a particular matchup around the field — but whatever the scheme turns out to be, Amukamara is confident that the Giants will be able to shut down the Jets’ two primary passing targets.

“I think me and DRC can guard any receiver in this league one-on-one,” Amukamara said on Thursday. “I think we’ve put that on film.”

Who will take whom? Doesn’t matter to Amukamara.

“I think I match up great with both of them,” he said.

Amukamara acknowledged the abilities of the Jets’ receivers, Marshall in particular. His stats compare favorably to those of Giants superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

“I think he’s been playing like one of the best wide receivers in the league so far,” Amukamara said. “He’s definitely a threat . . . Both Marshall and Decker are guys we’re going to be very aware of on the field. They’re both on our high priority list.”

Amukamara has covered Marshall in the past. He got a taste of him when he was a Bears receiver two years ago.

“He’s just big and physical at the line,” Amukamara said of what he recalled from that meeting. “I love to press and I think he loves press corners.”

Marshall had nine catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns in that game.

“I don’t think we played a lot of man [coverage] anyway,” Amukamara said.

Defensive coordinator Steve Spanuolo said they might not this week, either.

“We’ll mix it up,” Spagnuolo said. “I think there will be times when we’ll have to [use single coverage], and then we’ll have to rely on DRC or Prince or whichever corner is out there to cover . . . They’re both competitive guys and somewhere in the game they’re going to find themselves covering a pretty good threat.”

Spagnuolo added that he doesn’t want to have too many snaps “when those guys are all by themselves with a four-man rush.” But when they are?

“I have a lot of confidence,” he said. “I think our guys will battle.”

It should be a good one.

“We know that they’re both great, both have a lot of touchdowns,” Amukamara said. “We’re going to have our work cut out for us.”

But, Amukamara insists, it’s work that can be accomplished.

“I know the coaches, they always have a plan,” he said. “I don’t like to mess it up and let my ego get ahead of me and say, ‘Hey coach, I want to follow this guy everywhere one-on-one.’ I believe in our coaches and I’m sure they have a great plan.

“And if that’s the plan, then me and DRC will do it.”

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