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Jerry Reese meant it as a compliment and that‚Äôs the way Jayron Hosley took it. The cornerback from Virginia Tech was thrilled to hear his new boss compare him to a famous NFL player.
Even if that corner was Pacman Jones.
Reese meant the two were comparable on the field, not off the field where Jones was an infamous train wreck, even though Hosley has some off-field baggage, too. The Giants‚Äô third-round pick reportedly failed a drug test at the Cheap Beats Headphones NFL scouting combine in February ? a ‚Äúmistake,‚ÄĚ as he called it, that caused him to fall further than he hoped in the NFL draft.
Still, despite the bad image Pacman Jones evokes, Hosley said, ‚ÄúI think that‚Äôs a good comparison.‚ÄĚ Like Jones, he‚Äôs a small-but-tough corner with a large chip on his shoulder.
Reese said Hosley has ‚Äúathletic arrogance.‚ÄĚ
Said Hosley: ‚ÄúI think he said that‚Äôs good.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI definitely have to go out there with confidence,‚ÄĚ he said on Saturday, one day after the Giants took him 94th overall. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm not a bigger guy so guys might see me as a little vulnerable or the little guy. So I definitely have to go out there with a little aggression.
‚Äú(It‚Äôs) kind of the ‚Äėlittle man syndrome‚Äô in that sense. (I‚Äôm) definitely aggressive, man.‚ÄĚ
The word Tom Coughlin preferred was ‚Äúfeisty‚ÄĚ when he described the 5-10, 178-pound corner who had nine interceptions for the Hokies in 2010. Hosley had only three as a junior in 2011, though Coughlin said that was Cheap Beats Studio because opposing teams rarely threw in his direction.
Hosley agreed that was the reason for his drop in production. In fact, he said that contributed to his decision to leave Virginia Tech early.
‚ÄúTruthfully, I felt like the college game was getting a little too easy for me,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI wanted a challenge and it was more of a challenge in the NFL.‚ÄĚ
Hosley also had injury issues in college, including a lingering hamstring problem and a concussion in the ACC title game. That and his drop in production sent his draft stock tumbling. Then came the failed drug test, after which he reportedly wrote a letter to all 32 NFL teams to apologize for his ‚Äúmistake.‚ÄĚ
He knew testing positive was going to hurt his draft stock even more. +‚ÄúI definitely regret (the marijuana incident),Beats For Sale 4GyF94OeNzMSoZX Buy Beats For Cheap,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúBut it‚Äôs something that‚Äôs in the past and behind me. I‚Äôm working toward Beats Studio Headphones Cheap bettering myself and not letting something like this happen again ever. They trusted me and I‚Äôm thankful for that and I want to make this a worthy decision.‚ÄĚ
Both Coughlin and Reese said they talked to Hosley about the failed test. Coughlin said, ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre prepared to address that professionally as well when we do get him here.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúHe knows that‚Äôs a bad decision that he made,‚ÄĚ Reese said, ‚Äúand we expect better from him.‚ÄĚ
The Giants seem to have very high expectations for Hosley, who was the college roommate of the Giants‚Äô first-round pick, running back David Wilson. He not only could fit into their rotation at cornerback, but Reese mentioned he could help as a punt or kick returner, too.
Hosley, though, clearly has his eyes on being an impact player on defense ? just like Pacman Jones once was.
‚ÄúPacman Jones is a tremendous player, minus the off-field stuff,Beats For Sale Online 5RrV23PrSoILFBF Buy Beats Fo,‚ÄĚ Hosley said. ‚ÄúBut he‚Äôs a tremendous player. When you watch him on film he‚Äôs very sound in his technique. He‚Äôs aggressive, a smaller guy like me. I kind of favor that.
‚ÄúI think that‚Äôs a good comparison. I like to compare myself to Asante Samuel,Beats Studio Headphones Cheap 1WeE40XMKoXPyOP Beats For Sale, Pacman, Brandon Flowers. But I think that‚Äôs a very good comparison.‚ÄĚ