NFL Betting: Cornerback Battle for Starting Spots
Battling for a starting spot in any team is any team is tough. When you take a team from a city like New York the competition blows up 1000 times more than in other cities. NFL betting fans from NYC are not easy, not at all, they are some of the most demanding crowds in all of the NFL and that’s why a starting spot in any team from NY is a great job to have. In the starting position for corner backs there are many candidates for the spots.
As the Giants training camp rolls along the battle for starting CB is going really strong. In the typical training camp battles, outside starter Prince Amukamara has been limited as the team tries to manage a groin injury. Combine that with a slot position up for grabs, and you’ve got yourself a training camp battle worth watching. In place of Amukamara, the Giants have been trying out Chykie Brown opposite Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
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Brown was not a successful player last year, allowing 32 completions from 51 passes thrown his way, but the noise out of camp is that he’s been playing well so far. Of course, this is Giants camp, so inevitably, Brown suffered an injury. He’s a defensive back. It’s the Giants. It’s just what happens. So, now Amukamara and Brown are both out for Friday’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
What this means is that eight-year veteran Trumaine McBride gets a chance to prove his skills. He’s already the favorite to win the job as the nickel corner, but showing some versatility on the outside will go a long way towards entrusting him with the job in the regular season. A slot guy has to be able to cover on the edges for switch routes, spelling starters and a general preparedness for injuries. McBride knows this better than anyone. If he can stay healthy himself, McBride looks to have a good year ahead of him.
His main competition comes from Jayron Hosley, a talented player who never seems to have it all together. Whether it’s immature mistakes, failed drug tests or missing time, Hosley always seems one step behind where he needs to be as a player. He shows some flash plays, but his inconsistency is maddening. Do not generate frustration on a Tom Coughlin team. It’s as simple as that. The Giants tried to develop Hosley into a slot corner and perhaps trust him with some returning duties, but nothing has stuck. Hosley has failed to excel in any area, which is why it’s even more surprising to see him get some of Amukamara’s free snaps in practice. The Giants have used Hosley exclusively on the outside during this training camp.
Right on Hosley’s heels are Chandler Fenner, Mike Harris and Trevin Wade. It’s a crowded group with a lot of little angles coming into frame. For example, Fenner is more likely to challenge Hosley for any snaps he may see on the outside, whereas Harris and Wade are probably best suited towards competing as the dime-back.
The cornerbacks ultimately come down to this; who shows the potential to step up when someone goes down. The guys on the bubble will need to show that they can bring something new to the team, something which values their skill set above others, or that they can replicate a skill set of an existing proven player.