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December 15, 2018

Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara eyeing first playoff run since winning the Super Bowl with the Giants

November 30, 2018

Prince Amukamara hasn’t played at MetLife Stadium since he was in his fifth and final season with the Giants in 2015.

As the Bears returned to Halas Hall on Tuesday to prepare for Sunday’s game in East Rutherford, N.J., the Bears cornerback downplayed what it means to him to play against a Giants team that drafted him in the first round in 2011.




“It has been like three years, so I wouldn’t say it’s going to be special,” Amukamara said.

But surely Amukamara wouldn’t mind demonstrating how well he’s doing now. And he probably wouldn’t complain if he could lead another choreographed celebration like the Motown-themed dance the Bears defense performed after Kyle Fuller’s interception against the Lions on Thursday.

After all, Amukamara is looking to help a team to a playoff berth for the first time since his rookie season, when he was a reserve for the Giants on their way to a second Super Bowl title under quarterback Eli Manning.

“That first year was huge,” Amukamara said. “Definitely a year I’m not going to forget. And yeah, I was spoiled. I thought every year was going to be like that, and it wasn’t.”

Prince Amukamara is returning to MetLife Stadium on Sunday with a Bears team looking to make deep playoff run. (Nam Y. Huh / AP)

After leaving New York, he played one season with the Jaguars before joining the Bears last year. In his second season in Chicago, he’s playing his part on one of the NFL’s top defenses, with two interceptions — one returned for a touchdown — two forced fumbles, six passes defensed and 46 tackles.

“One thing that was huge for us when we were with the Giants was we had a great defensive line that attacked the quarterback,” Amukamara said. “It’s obvious that we have that here. That made my job easier when I played with the Giants, and it’s making my job a lot easier here.”

The Giants may be 3-8, but Amukamara noted they still have some dangerous pieces on offense to help Manning.

That includes rookie running back Saquon Barkley, who has amassed 829 rushing yards and 581 receiving yards, and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., with whom Amukamara played for two seasons. He said they had their “battles” in New York, and he’s looking forward to another one Sunday.

“Odell’s easily a top-five, top-three, top-two receiver in the league,” Amukamara said. “He’s definitely a competitor. He’s as good as advertised.

He really doesn’t have a lot of weaknesses because he’s fast as heck and he can jump out the gym. My game is always to try to disrupt timing at the line, a press guy, and I try to press every play of the game, so I’m not going to do anything different.”

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