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 coming off their 17-16 loss to the Redskins before the defending champs host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
I thought we came out and played decently against Washington, but I mean we all can do better. I thought we held them sometimes when we needed to, but sometimes they made plays. With their quarterback and offense they have, it’s a tough scheme to kind of contain. But that was last week. We know we could say, “We would have, could have, should have done this” but our idea is we’re still in the lead in the division and we need to keep it that way. We just have to focus on this week and bring that focus level back to where we had in the previous week and just work toward getting a win Sunday.
This week the Saints bring in a veteran, experienced quarterback to our stadium who knows the system well and has been in the system a while now. He has good receivers – a lot of them — that you respect and can make plays. They’re good in the red zone, and we’re just going to have to play disciplined ball and just go out there and play our game for the most part.
It’s going to take all 11 of us on defense to slow down all their weapons. They have a lot of different things that they put in for their particular offense and what they like to do. Also,their run game, they have three good backs back there that can do a lot with the ball. We’re preparing ourselves and coach is putting us in the right position so that we can make plays, contain the run game and also the pass game. It works well both ways. Coaches put us in good position, and as a player, you just have to go out there and make plays and do what we do.
This is now the latest in the year I’ve played football aside from bowl games. The college season would have wrapped up by now. As a rookie, it’s a bit of a difference. It’s something you’re not used to, but honestly, I don’t even think about it anymore. College football is over for me. I don’t even get caught up in that or try to think about it or let my mind get caught up in any of that. I’m still trying to keep pushing. We have four games left in the season. You have to take it a week at a time, literally, because it can start weighing on you. All it takes is one moment and you’ll be like, “Wow.” It’s tough, but you just have to focus in and take care of your body and get the rest when you can. That’s what I try to do so I’m ready every Sunday.
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