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Since 2008, Corey Webster has been the Giants' No. 1 cornerback.
However, Webster's reign at the top of the Giants' totem pole is likely coming to an end this year thanks to the breakthrough showing of Prince Amukamara, the team's first-round draft pick in 2011.
"Prince understands the defensive package right now. He feels much more comfortable with what we are doing defensively," cornerbacks coach Peter Giunta said last month.
"He’s got a great relationship with the players, and more importantly he’s had a full offseason to work out and get in shape. He’s a completely different player now because he’s had the opportunity to work the whole time."
Amukamara, who finished the preseason with six tackles, one interception and three pass breakups in his limited snaps, said he's driven by the goal of not only topping Webster, his teammate, but also potentially becoming one of the league’s top corners.
"I know that’s going to take work, but guys that came out of my draft class are doing great: Patrick Peterson and Richard Sherman, and those are the guys I kind of compare myself to, and I’m just trying to exceed all of them," Amukamara said back in June.
During training camp, Amukamara's daily battles with receiver Rueben Randle were a thing of beauty to watch. He has learned to play the receivers tighter, and he's also done a nice job of not letting receivers get their hands on him to knock him off-balance.
With the Giants possibly looking to switch their cornerbacks around in order to create more favorable matchups, it wouldn't be surprising to see Amukamara assigned to defend the opponent's top receiver—a task that, based on his preseason showing, he should be more than ready to handle.