Nursing a hamstring, Michael Coe showed up to MetLife Stadium earlier than usual on Friday. He and the coaches wanted to test the injury that kept him out of last week's preseason game against the Jets.
He passed the pregame workout, and the staff gave him clearance to play. It was a good thing both happened because the cornerback eventually would be called upon after Prince Amukamara, who started the game, went down with a high ankle sprain in the first quarter.
Now Coe enters the final week of the preseason (with its looming roster cuts) with experience and demand on his side.
"Everything went well," Coe said of his own injury after the 20-17 loss to the Bears. "I came out earlier before pregame and worked out with the DB coaches to see how it was, see how it was feeling. And it felt great so they gave me the OK to go. I just went out there and competed."
Amukamara was initially replaced by Bruce Johnson, but a short time later, it was Coe's turn.
Coe, a former Colt and Jaguar before coming to the Giants in 2010, went on to notch two tackles before the night was over. And having missed the final half of last season with a shoulder injury, he knows the "next man up" mentality.
"I think it's just another opportunity to show people what this defense can do," Coe said. "People got hurt and every man stepped up every time last year. I feel like that will be the case this year. I think we really rely on each other big time, and the guys that come out there to play are always ready."
Entering his fifth season, he now competes for the opportunity to line up opposite Corey Webster come the Sept. 5 opener.
"I think anybody that's been in the league long enough has been through the ups and downs, especially with injury," Coe said. "I think anybody can attest to that. The biggest thing, especially in the secondary, is we're all brothers. We all try to lift each other up and just make sure that we stay positive because it's so easy to get down and frustrated. We have a great group of guys here."