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Prince boils while Barden sweats

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) Credit: AP

Prince Amukamara was doing some running on the side with trainers today. The next time the team practices – on Monday – he hopes to be suited up and practicing with them.

“The plan for next week is to work in on individuals and hopefully we’ll continue,” the first-round pick said. “I know for sure I’m going to be working in on individuals with Coach Giunta and the DBs and then depending on how I feel after that they’re going to work me in with the team.”

Amukamara said it’s been difficult sitting out through the first six weeks of the season after fracturing a bone in his foot in his second practice of training camp.

“Watching the team go out and battle and have fun on the field, it feels like I’m missing out on a lot,” he said. “I just have to keep patient.”

He also said he’s noticed that other first-round picks around the league have been making early impacts.

“That kind of makes my blood boil a little bit because I know I could be making an impact on this team,” he said. “I can’t control that now but I know as soon as I’m ready to go I’m going to give it all I got.”

While Amukamara’s blood was boiling, across the locker room receiver Ramses Barden said he was feeling the heat from his excitement about getting back on the field too.

“I’m ready to go,” he said. “I can’t wait. I’m sweating right now talking about it.”

Barden is eligible to come off PUP at any point now, and he said he thought he would be practicing today. But he wasn’t. Likely that will take place on Monday, at which point the Giants will have three weeks to make a decision on him and either add him to the active roster or put him on IR.

Barden said it was hard watching the Giants these first six games from the sideline.

“I want to be a part of that winning atmosphere,” he said, “and I feel like those days are just around the corner.”


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