New York Giants: 5 Options to Replace Terrell Thomas
In the back of his mind, Tom Coughlin had to know that there was a possibility of Terrell Thomas re-injuring his surgically repaired ACL, and that's exactly what happened during training camp on Sunday, as reported by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger.
According Garafolo's article, it sounds like Thomas only suffered a partial tear, but it's a tear nonetheless for a guy who was looking to revive his career after previously missing the entire 2011 season with his second ACL injury.
With Thomas' 2012 season seriously in doubt, the Giants will be looking for one of their corners to standout during training camp and preseason to help Corey Webster and the rest of the Giants' D come September 5.
Here's a look at five guys who could potentially replace TT at cornerback.
Last season, rookie CB Prince Amukamara played in just seven games due to a broken foot suffered during training camp.
This season, Jerry Reese and the Giants are looking to Amukamara to step up and play like a first-round pick, as Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger quotes Reese:
"I expect Prince to play like a first-round draft pick. That’s pretty cut and dry for me...When you pick a guy that high, in the first round, you expect him to play and play well and be a strong contributor to your team."
Amukamara's play was subpar in 2011, due to a shortened offseason and preseason from the NFL lockout and his broken foot as well as the overall learning curve when making the transition from college to pro.
With a full offseason of workouts under his belt, Amukamara should be a favorite to start alongside Corey Webster if Thomas doesn't return.
Justin Tryon played some good defense for New York until suffering a broken arm last season.
While he's probably more of a special teams player, Tryon may have an opportunity to compete for a starting job with Thomas out.
The odds of Tryon winning the starting job are slim, but as we saw last season, you can never have enough depth at the CB position.
Michael Coe played 10 games for the G-Men in 2011 before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.
His statistics don't show much, but Coe was a solid defensive back for New York in 2011.
It has to worry the Giants that the 10 games he logged in 2011 are the most he's ever appeared in for a season, as his previous three seasons with the Colts, Jaguars and Giants amounts to 15 total games.
I think Coe will be a good guy for the Giants to provide depth at the position; however, I don't see him as a starter for the Giants' D in 2012.
Bruce Johnson will not be a starter for the Giants defense in 2012, but he'll definitely see some playing time.
Johnson is just one of many Giants corners who missed the entire 2011 season, as he ruptured his Achilles tendon during training camp.
Clearly the Giants like him, or else they would have axed him already.
He was solid for New York in 2009, when he collected 46 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and a touchdown.
Johnson played just six games for the G-Men in 2010 and is looking for a bounce back season here in 2012.
Despite being a rookie, former Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley could see some significant playing time this season in New York.
The third-round pick is undersized (5'10", 178 lbs.), but he makes up for it in other areas, as NFL.com writes:
Hosley is an excellent zone corner who has a ton of range and play-making ability around the ball. He has good field awareness to sniff out receiver screens and is a quick reactor when the ball is thrown. He is consistently involved in the play and has good length to disengage receivers from the ball. Hosley is deceptive as a hitter and can deliver a serious blow for such a small frame.
Hosley ran a 4.38 40-yard dash (via NBC Sports), so we know he has the speed to be a good defender.
As a junior in 2011, Hosley accumulated 59 tackles, two forced fumbles and three interceptions, prompting the Giants to draft him.
With the possible absence of Thomas, the Giants need the rest of their corners to step up, even if Hosley is only a rookie.
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