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5 takeaways from Giants media hour (6/17)



  1. Amukamara applauds young safeties. **

Much has been made about the Giants' inexperience at safety, which returns no starters at the position. But cornerback Prince Amukamara doesn't even think about that fact with the tandem behind him.

"No, not at all," said Amukamara, who had an interception in practice for the second-straight day. "They have been doing a great job, especially these last couple of days with Cooper [Taylor] and [Landon] Collins and even [Mykkele] Thompson has been getting a lot of plays and [Justin] Currie made a play yesterday, so they have been doing well. I haven't seen a lot of [mistakes] and they have been making plays on the ball, so I have been applauding them."

2. Collins follows Prince's lead.

As he gains the trust and confidence from his coaches and teammates, Collins has been relying on Amukamara, who is entering his fifth season with the Giants, for support.

"He keeps up the defense for us and everybody and just having that confidence and him having that trust and then he can listen to us and be confident that we know what we are doing," Collins said. "He needs us to be there and we are going to be confident that he is going to be where he is supposed to be and then they hit the hole and they get better and get in tune."

3. Ayers tests ankle.

After suffering a lateral ankle sprain on the first day of organized team activities (OTAs) at the end of last month, defensive end Robert Ayers and the Giants are being smart about coming back from the injury. But today the veteran took another step forward and was able to do some individual work but no team drills yet.

"I'm happy to be out there and getting things going," Ayers said. "It wasn't anything crazy, but in this business, you've got to be smart. You've got to take care of yourself, and fortunately I'm with an organization that understands keeping guys healthy and letting guys heal. Especially at this time of the year, you don't really want to necessarily try to overcome two things. The opportunity was there for me to try to heal, and they let me do that and I'm happy to be able to get back out there with my guys and keep working.

"So it's a positive step that I was able to get out there and really try to put myself in awkward positions to where I can really strain it and that's what I really wanted to do -- try to do things that are going to strain it to see how it's going to respond. And I did that, so it gives me a lot of confidence going forward."

4. Players react to drone at practice.

The Giants were the latest team to take their "eye in the sky" to another level today at minicamp. The team used a drone that hovered 50-60 feet above the field to give the coaches the ability to study their team from a straight overhead angle as opposed to the usual end zone and sideline shots from hydraulic lifts.

"I heard Cullen [Jenkins] point that out and made a big deal about that," Amukamara said. "It is just new technology and we are becoming advanced as the years go on, but it is pretty cool."

5. Giants realize Hankins' pass-rushing ability.

Speaking to the media yesterday, defensive line coach Robert Nunn said that defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins surprised a lot of people with his pass rush after most thought he was just a run-stopper. With 7.0 sacks in 2014, Hankins is looking for an encore and to emerge in his third year in the NFL.

"I feel like I improved and I feel like I got a lot more opportunities to rush the passer last year, which resulted in a lot more sacks, so I feel like I am capable of rushing the passer," Hankins said. "I think coach Nunn and the staff are starting to realize that."

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