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Prince Amukamara excites teammates with practice play

Giants first-round draft pick Prince Amukamara holds up

Giants first-round draft pick Prince Amukamara holds up a Giants jersey during a news conference at the team's training facility. (Apr. 29, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Prince Amukamara made his first impact play for the Giants. It just happened to come behind closed doors, at a Thursday afternoon practice, while he was pretending to be a member of the Dolphins’ secondary.

“He was on the look squad and the receiver was running a 10-to-14 yard out cut,” defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said. “Prince was in a back-pedal. Eli threw a laser, he threw it in there. Prince saw it, he put his toe in the turf and he broke on the ball and he knocked it down. He was ahead of the ball maybe a yard.

“We were like ‘Wow, man that was nice,’” Fewell said before tempering his enthusiasm just a smidge. “We wanted him to intercept it. But he knocked it down and everyone was excited, jumping up and down. The team was excited to see him come out and make a play like that. But then the coaches said ‘You have to intercept that ball!’ It was good to see him do that.”

Of course, Amukamara would not have been doing his job had he picked off the pass. After all, he was supposed to be playing like a Dolphins cornerback.
 

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