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’ win over New Orleans in MetLife Stadium, where his fellow Hokie and former college roommate David Wilson had a breakout performance.
In some ways we came out fast against the Saints, some ways we could have picked it up, but throughout we got our heads in the game and guys focused in and got it together. We came out victorious, and that’s what our goal is at the end of the day. We came out and played hard and got this win that was much needed. So I think we played pretty well, but we’re always improving.
You may have seen David’s game — my man is a big deal right now. That guy, he’s a freak, man. You see it out there. He’s a guy who works hard, who really loves and has a lot of passion for the game. When you put him out there in a good situation, he can do good things. I think the guys on kick return did a great job of opening up holes for him and doing a great job of blocking. Then you just give him the ball and let him do his thing. I think that showed he is capable of going out there and making good plays. And on offense, that’s what he does. Overall, I think it was his breakout game and a time to really show what he’s capable of for all the doubters and naysayers.
Having him along for the rookie year has been huge, for both of us. We’ve been able to have each other’s back and we’ve been able to criticize each other. Whenever he sees me and I need to pick it up, he says ‘Get up.’ If I see him and he needs to pick up, ‘Hey, let’s go, let’s do it.’ It’s been good. We’ve known each other since college, and it’s kind of just keeping things rolling from where we started off. We were roommates, so we already had a relationship.
Heading into Atlanta, it’s another high-intensity week for us. It’s high focus, high energy, and that’s what coach preaches. We need to stick to the basics because they’re a good team and a powerful team on offense. As a defense, we have to be focused and key in and really be fundamental this week. You always hear it, but we’re just taking it day by day and trying to get all the details down to make it a very focused week so we know what we’re doing and what our opponent is doing. With Prince Amukamara a little banged up, I got a little bit more time at corner in practice. We really don’t know what the status is with Prince, but whatever situation it is, I have to step up and keep continuing to work hard in practice because you never know when your turn is coming up.
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With three games left in the regular season, here is a look at the NFC playoff scenarios for Week 15:
Atlanta clinches a first-round bye with:
1) ATL win + GB loss or tie OR
2) ATL win + SF loss OR
3) ATL tie + GB loss
Atlanta clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
1) ATL win + GB loss or tie + SF loss
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
San Francisco clinches NFC West division with:
1) SF win + SEA loss
San Francisco clinches a playoff spot with:
1) SF win OR
2) SF tie + DAL loss or tie + WAS loss or tie + MIN loss or tie OR
3) SF tie + DAL loss or tie + WAS loss or tie + GB-CHI does not end in tie OR
4) SF tie + DAL loss or tie + MIN loss or tie + CHI loss OR
5) SF tie + NYG loss + MIN loss or tie + CHI loss OR
6) MIN loss + DAL loss + WAS loss + SEA loss or tie
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Green Bay clinches NFC North division with a win
Green Bay clinches a playoff spot with:
1) GB tie + DAL loss + WAS loss + STL-MIN tie OR
2) GB tie + DAL loss + WAS loss + MIN loss + SF win or tie OR
3) GB tie + DAL loss + WAS loss + MIN loss + SEA does not tie
For the AFC postseason outlook, CLICK HERE.
» The First Look: Giants at Falcons
» Giants.com takes a statistical look at RB David Wilson’s kickoff return touchdown and more
» Sights and Sounds: Get inside access to the Giants’ Week 14 win
» WATCH: Safety Stevie Brown breaks down his second interception of Saints QB Drew Brees
» Giants Rewind: Bob Papa and Carl Banks break down the Giants’ Week 14 game against the Saints.
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The Play: Drew Brees pass deep middle intended for Jimmy Graham INTERCEPTED by Stevie Brown at NYG 8. S.Brown pushed ob at NO 22 for 70 yards (Jermon Bushrod).
What Brown saw: “I have Web [cornerback Corey Webster], who’s the Cover 2 corner. He doesn’t have anything in the flat, so he can stay onto the No. 1 receiver a little bit longer. [Linebacker Michael] Boley is my hook dropper underneath No. 2. So as the Cover 2 safety, I’m reading both these [receivers] and I’m looking and see Brees – it just happened so quick. It happened so quick to talk about it. So whenever I’m back here in Cover 2, you want to make sure you have a good amount of depth so you can be able to break either way because there are two receivers that are going to be your threat, threatening your zone.”
Intended for TE Jimmy Graham: “Since he threw it to Graham — with him being like 6-6 or so, a basketball player, he can jump pretty high – the ball is usually thrown up there for him to get him and only him to get it. So I wanted to be able to make sure I came around him to pick off the ball without colliding into him.”
On the 70-yard return: “They say go to the near sideline, but I had to cut it back because there was more green grass. I see [Justin] Tuck pick up the fullback, Prince [Amukamara] pick up the quarterback, and 74 [Bushrod] is the fastest offensive lineman in the game.”
Outcome: Four plays after Brown’s seventh interception of the season, Lawrence Tynes tacked on a 39-yard field goal, extending the lead to 45-27. The Giants eventually won 52-27.
Tags: Corey Webster, Justin Tuck, Michael Boley, Prince Amukamara, Stevie Brown
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