As we continue our player-by-player breakdown of the 90-man roster the New York Giants will bring to training camp at the Timex Performance Center in just a few days we have arrived at a player every Giants fan should be rooting for -- Terrell Thomas. The veteran cornerback is trying to come back from his third torn ACL and second in two seasons, and has not played a down since 2010.
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Thomas spent yet another season in rehab after slipping on the UAlbany grass early in training camp, tearing his ACL yet again.
What to expect from Thomas is completely unknown. Secondary coach Peter Giunta says the Giants will try to do what the team did with wide receiver Domenik Hixon a season ago when he was coming back from his own second straight ACL tear. That is "try to bring him along slowly. Give him a certain number of reps each practice to get him from the practices to the first preseason game. We’re going to try and manage him."
Before figuring out what kind of role Thomas might be able to play the Giants need to see him on the field. They need to see if he can practice every day, and what kind of athleticism and ability the 28-year-old has left. Can he play corner on the outside? Does he have the agility to line up in the slot and handle smaller, quicker receivers? Would he be better off at safety, where he would have fewer one-on-one coverage responsibilities? How much can he play, regardless of position?
None of this can be determined until we see Thomas in action during training camp and in preseason games.