Dottino: Prince Amukamara In, Osi Umenyiora Still Out For Giants
By Paul Dottino
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One deal done while another remains on hold.
Giants rookie cornerback Prince Amukamara, the last of this year’s NFL first-round picks to agree to a deal, accepted a four-year contract Thursday night.
The agreement came shortly after reserve corner Bruce Johnson suffered a torn Achilles at practice. Johnson would have been fourth on the depth chart while the rookie got his feet wet and then slid down a spot to become the best fifth corner in the league.
Although the Giants are thrilled to have Amukamara in camp, he’s very far behind. At one point, it appeared he might have been considered to take some of the plays the departed Deon Grant played last season.
The lockout and the rookie’s holdout, however, have thrown a wrench into those plans and it appears Terrell Thomas will take over most of Grant’s old responsibilities – which means a bigger role for Aaron Ross on the corner. The good news for Amukamara is that he played a lot of press coverage at Nebraska and should be able to translate some of what he’s learned to a small portion of the Giants’ scheme.
How much have we learned about Osi Umenyiora and his contract dispute? Not much, other than the team says the lineman claims he has a sore knee.
He reportedly told the team he’s prepared to have surgery and miss the season, although there appears to be a question as to if a procedure is necessary for him to play. Meanwhile, he continues to attend meetings, the walk-throughs, and rides the stationary bike at practice.
Could this situation get any more bizarre? Don’t bet against it.
NOTES: Veteran DT Rocky Bernard re-signed with the team. … Player rep Kareem McKenzie said the Giants unanimously voted to approve the new CBA –it was passed by the NFLPA and more than a dozen former free agent veterans (including Ahmad Bradshaw and Mathias Kiwanuka) were allowed to practice for the first time this summer. … Kiwanuka took many snaps as a linebacker.
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