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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