Jerry Reese said he wanted Prince Amukamara to play “like a first-round pick.” On Sunday he showed some glimpses of that potential. But it turns out Amukamara has even loftier aspirations that living up to his draft status.
“When I’m Defensive Player of the Year, that will be one of my goals,” the cornerback said. “But until then I’m going to stay hungry.”
That’s a big goal.
“It’s huge,” Amukamara conceded. “I have confidence in myself eventually, but before that I have to be the number one corner on this team and I don’t think I’m there yet. But I’ll just keep working.”
He might be getting close. His play and interception against the 49ers certainly woke some people up to his potential. Amukamara said he doesn’t think teams are shying away from him, though.
“I don’t think I have my island yet,” Amukamara said. “I just take advice from (Corey Webster) and he says to play every down like the ball is coming your way … I think I’m on my way. I think I have a lot of potential but I’m still not there yet.”