New York media and fans are sure that the Giants are in trouble after losing their starting Cornerback Terrell Thomas for the season with an ACL tear. But there are several reasons why no one should write this season off just yet.
The best news for Giants fans is that Aaron Ross is finally healthy after being plagued with injuries throughout his four year career.
He’s still relatively young at 28. When he was drafted out of Texas in the first round in 2007, people thought he had the tools to be a star. Now is his time to step up and show that he won’t be another CB that couldn’t live up to his potential.
Since his injury, Prince Amukamara has been an afterthought but he’s coming back within 4-6 weeks and the Giants drafted him because he was the best player available left on the board.
At the time, the Giants had depth at CB and they’re lucky that they have him now once he recovers. Amukamara is known to be a physical CB with size who can press and tackle. While his speed may not be there at first, he should have no problem with pressing at the line and will eventually be able to help out in Nickel packages.
Similar to Ross and Amukamara, Safety Kenny Phillips is finally healthy after his microfracture surgery. He's ready to take a huge step forward this year now that the coaching staff has no restrictions on their play calling to try and protect him. Phillips will be able to step to the line and make his presence felt through his hitting. That, along with his aggressive nature will provide a safety net for the Secondary to get by until Amukamara returns.
The D-Line has talent and will be able to apply pressure on the QB with their four man front, allowing the Linebackers to help in coverage.
Osi Umenyiora is saying that his knee is feeling better after surgery and he may return sooner than expected. He also said he’s happier in regards to his contract situation and won’t cause any problems on his return to the lineup.
Jason Pierre-Paul is an absolute beast rushing the QB and will be able to pressure a lot of QBs into throwing the ball away or trying to force throws into coverage.
Brandon Jacobs is healthy and motivated after a difficult season last year. After restructuring his contract, he’s looking to prove he’s the number one RB and can carry a heavy load. He’s running with power and confidence and that will trickle down to the rest of the team.
The Giants are better with him as the feature back, with Bradshaw being the 3rd down back and relieving him periodically. The more touches Jacobs gets, the more likely that the Giants will win the time of possession game and allow the defense to rest and keep them on the sidelines.
The final reason that the Giants should be confident is that they have Jerry Reese as their GM.
The man has a great eye for talent and will try and find a cheap pickup via trade or a waiver wire. Reese is known for his late round drafting and finding productive players when other GMs are afraid to take a gamble. Reese trusts his scouting staff and it will pay dividends in finding help for the Secondary until reinforcements arrive.