Cornerback Jayron Hosley was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round this past April. Throughout the season, the Virginia Tech product and Florida native provides an inside look into his journey of making it in the NFL. This week’s post begins with the Giants’ 24-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at home where Hosley recorded a tackle and forced a fumble early in the game.
Toward the end of the game, I feel like I could have been a little more aware, just like with the penalty. Throughout the game, I felt like it was a decent game, but we lost. That overwhelms everything as far as how I view the game and myself. It doesn’t matter. It’s all about the win. I just want to do my part and help my team. Like that last third down catch, I put that on me. Like I say, you’ve got to man up. I have to come through for my team on a third down like that. That was a key part of the game. We’ve got to make it happen. We’ve got to make plays. If coach puts that trust in you to put you out there, you’ve got to hold it down.
We’re playing November ball now, and the coaches are definitely expecting a lot out of me. They expect me to grow up each week and progress because each week there is something new that you can learn and pick up and carry on to the next weekend. You have to step your game up. Every week is about stepping your game up, being more aware, and playing to the level of your teammates. I’m a first-year guy so I’m still learning. I’m trying to stay green. You never want to feel complacent. I’m just trying to stay green and keep working.
Now it’s on to the next one. This is the first time in a while that we’re heading into the week coming off a loss. We’ve got to get it turned up. We’ve got to come in this week focused and everybody hitting on all cylinders, everybody on their keys, and just bring that energy level up that coach preaches. It’s got to be a high energy week. We’ve got to be focused and just know our assignments and prepare ourselves each day.
We’re still in a race right now. We’ve got to approach it like that. Each week you can put yourself in the hole or you can progress. We’re shooting for the playoffs, but we’ve got to take it one game at a time. Each week is as important as the last.
You can also follow Jayron on Twitter @hosley_jayron
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Last Week: 56 receiving yards
Shorts’ production dropped drastically this past week. After having back-to-back 100-yard games, Shorts had 56 yards and was targeted less than both Blackmon and Robinson, who combined for 18 targets in Week 9. The last time Shorts faced the Colts was in Week 3 when he had an 80-yard touchdown reception and his longest play of his career. With much emphasis on other Jaguars offensive weapons, the Jacksonville wideout has an opportunity to succeed yet again and add to his team-high 456 yards receiving.
WR T.Y. Hilton, Colts
Last Week: 102 receiving yards, TD
Both T.Y. Hilton and Donnie Avery have been putting up numbers every other week it seems. If one doesn’t have a big game, the other one usually makes up for it. With the “throw to the open man” style of play in this new Indianapolis offense (that has Andrew Luck being the talk of the league), Hilton should be able to have a productive game against the 25th ranked pass defense as Avery is still listed as a game-time decision.
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WR Victor Cruz
On today’s practice…
“Practice went well today, had a good rhythm to it…we’re building on the timing aspect of it which I thought we lacked a little bit so today was a good day, it felt good. It felt clean, it felt crisp.”
On Bengals 4-game losing skid…
“I approach every opponent the same way, it’s an NFL team. You’re never guaranteed anything in this league. Anything can happen on any given Sunday…just looking to play ball, get back on track.”
On Bengals secondary vets…
“You’re going up against great competition, you know that, they got a lot of first round guys and a lot of vets in their secondary so like I said we’re going to go out there and compete.”
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Despite seeing their four-game win streak end last Sunday, the Giants maintained sole possession of first place in the NFC East. Heading into Week 10, they are two games up in the loss column and three in the win column ahead of Philadelphia and Dallas, both sitting at 3-5.
But Antrel Rolle isn’t getting comfortable anytime soon.
“I think it is a race, and it’s always going to be a race,” the safety said Tuesday on his weekly spot on WFAN with Joe and Evan. “First and foremost, we’ve already lost two games in the division. So for us, it’s going to be a race regardless. No matter what those other teams’ records are or no matter what a head coach is referring to as far as next season, we have to go and play our game. We can’t worry about what the Eagles are doing, what the Redskins are doing or what the Cowboys are doing. We have to go in and play Giants football.”
And what that means is executing in all three phases, something Rolle doesn’t think the Giants have done since their Week 6 victory in San Francisco.
“Since then, it’s either been offense had an up day, defense had a down day; our defense had an up day, our offense had a down day or special teams had a down day,” Rolle said. “I don’t think we’ve put all three phases of the game together since that day. I think it’s time for us to find our way back to that, and that’s how we win.”
Rolle and the Giants will have a chance to show if they can do that on Sunday against a Cincinnati team on a four-game skid.
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