EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It’s a balancing act for Jayron Hosley when it comes to his aggressiveness matching up against receivers. He needs to be firm, but at the same time, he can’t cost his team three defensive penalties like he did in last week’s 29-24 win against the Cowboys.
“I don’t want to take the aggressive part away, it’s just using my hands more in my jam,” Hosley said. “There were some good plays I put out there on film and some plays I could have done better on. It’s adjusting and knowing what I need to improve on and doing that this week and keep progressing.”
Hand work, among other details, is a key focus for Hosley heading into Sunday’s game after last week’s struggles. While the rookie did have a tough matchup in Dallas’ Miles Austin last weekend, the veteran receiver continually got the best of the rookie and drew some key flags during the game.
"For him to go against Miles Austin, Miles Austin is a really good receiver and Miles taught him a couple of things in that game that he’ll take moving forward,” Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said. “So every time that he lines up, every snap that he takes, he learns and he tries to get better.”
Primarily assigned to cover Austin, although Prince Amukamara did as well, Hosley had trouble against him as the receiver finished with nine catches for 133 yards. Late in the game, Hosley’s hands got him into trouble as Dallas tried to take the lead late in the game.
On Dallas’ first play with 3:31 left in the game, Hosley was flagged for illegal contact. A few plays later, he was flagged for defensive holding to give Dallas another automatic first down. The rookie also was flagged for illegal contact on third down on Dallas’ first drive of the game.
Hosley said he's working on hand placement, feet positioning and sharpening his focusing this week.
“I could have helped myself a little better but at the same time it’s an aggressive game, especially in one of those games, you’re going to be going back and forth with players and I was on him the whole game,” Hosley said. “It’s tough out there, you have to be able to hold your own and if he puts his hands on you, you should be able put your hands back on him and that’s within a play. It is what it is and I take it for what it is and learn from it.”
Hosley has another big test in front of him this week as Pittsburgh brings its talented trio of receivers to MetLife Stadium. He’s hoping last week’s experience will pay dividends this week.
“I have to go out there and do what’s expected. I go out there and play good football," Hosley said. "I know they don’t expect any more out of me than I do of myself. Every game is a learning experience for me and confidence grows each game, and after being out there and playing games like that it builds confidence and it prepares for you another game, a Pittsburgh game. After playing in a game like that it definitely helps you come the following week you got Pittsburgh.”