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Prince: “I’m going to be ready” vs Packers

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 sure does talk a good game. 

The rookie’s confidence remains high despite several setbacks this season, including a fractured bone in his foot and a back injury.

He ably filled in for Aaron Ross from the third quarter on against Atlanta, after the veteran corner suffered a head injury going after a potential interception. And Amukamara said he expects to hold his own against Green Bay if he’s asked to start in Ross’ place.

“I was in there the first game we played Green Bay, so I don’t really see the big difference,” Amukamara said Monday. “But I mean, it is a playoff game and everyone rises their game to a whole new level. But I just know I’m going to be ready.”

The rookie discussed how he’s improved over the past few months by putting his eyes in “the right spots” -- “Your eyes can either help you make plays or help you get beat,” he added – and by practicing every day as if he’s a starter. He admitted he’s had a rollercoaster-type season, but his involvement in this weekend’s win over the Falcons was a big confidence booster.

Amukamara fielded just about every question with ease … that is, except one.

“So Prince I have a question…” said a deep voice, coming from the back of the media scrum.

It was defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy.

“Do you think you’re going to do cardio before you leave?”

Completely caught off guard, Amukamara paused for a moment. After a few seconds he quietly replied: “Oh, there’s cardio today?”

Apparently, the rookie – already wearing his backpack – forgot all about their cardio session, which already was in progress.

So how exactly is Amukamara is going to handle covering the Packers wide receiver threats if he can’t remember workout times?

Well, I guess, we’ll see Sunday.

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