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Hosley prepares for Panthers' Smith

Respect all, fear none.

That's the motto Giants rookie cornerback Jayron Hosley brings with him to the field.

And it worked well in Week 2.

Hosley started in place of the injured Prince Amukamara last Sunday against Tampa. He also handled slot receivers on three-wide sets. Giants coach Tom Coughlin seemed to like what he saw from the third-round pick.

"He's a competitive, scrappy guy and flew around pretty good," the coach said earlier this week.

Hosley hopes to impress again on Thursday night.

If Amukamara can't start because of his ankle injury, Hosley is expected to replace him.

And he anticipates going up against Steve Smith, one of the top receivers in the NFL.

His attitude on Smith? He respects him, but certainly doesn't fear him.

"He’s aggressive, not a bigger receiver, but he plays like he’s 6-4, 6-5," Hosley said of the 5-9 Smith. "So you definitely have to be aggressive, be on your A game."

That would be wise against Smith.

The 12-year veteran has been phenomenal in the first two weeks of the season, tallying 10 catches for 210 yards thus far.

"He’s across from me, I have to go do my job. Coach is going to put us in good position, mix things up, so I have to step up, man, I’ve got to be ready," Hosley said.

In the Giants' lone practice this week, Amukamara, Michael Coe and Hosley shared reps opposite Corey Webster. But Hosley is preparing to line up against Smith on the Panthers' first possession.

"I’m preparing the same way as I did last week. Still working at No. 1 nickel, still working at corner, so in my head, until they tell me otherwise, I’m pretty much feeling like I’m still starting," he said.