Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Lots to talk about this morning as we edge ever closer to the beginning of 2013 training camp.
Let's start with Terrell Thomas, who took to his blog on Tuesday to discuss his progress from his third ACL surgery on the same knee, including back-to-back tears that cost the one-time starting cornerback the last two seasons. Thomas admitted that he is "not 100%," writing that he thinks he is "85% to 90%."
"The Giants have a great plan for me this upcoming season; we are going to start off slow like counting my reps and going in that direction. I am excited about camp starting this week, I feel like a big question mark on defense and I love it. That makes me feel like a rookie again, nobody knows what to expect from me other than that I was a good player. Just like when I was coming into the league as a good player coming out of college, so I love that feeling. I feel like I am the X factor for the defense, I think I can be a big key for our defense this year as far as my physical play combined with my knowledge, communication and leadership skills. I truly don’t care if I play corner, nickel or safety. As long as I am on field; I feel I can be very productive."
Valentine's View: It is impossible not to root for Thomas, but it is utterly unfair to expect that he will be the same player he was in 2009 and 2010, when he appeared on his way to becoming one of the league's best corners. If he can make the team and be a productive player in some capacity, that will be a huge accomplishment.
More Giants Headlines
Former Stony Brook offensive lineman Michael Bamiro, who recently chose to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent after losing his college eligibility, admitted Tuesday that the Giants were among the three finalists for his services. NJ.com reported that Bamiro, 6-foot-8, 335 pounds, had offers from six or seven teams.
In a look at NFC players on the spot, NFL.com chose second-year running back David Wilson for the Giants. "Although Wilson clearly has flashed potential as a runner, the jury is still out on whether he can handle a heavy workload without wearing down prior to season's end," NFL.com writes.
NFL.com also lists the competition between Mark Herzlich and Dan Connor as one of the top 25 position battles around the league as camps begin. NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal isn't impressed with either, writing that "this looks like a weak spot for the Giants' defense."
ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk offers a list of the 10 hottest issues facing the Giants as the season begins. Not really much on Ohm's list to disagree with.
Former New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham, 35, is still a free agent. The National Football Post says Abraham, who had 10 sacks last season, is "talking with more than one team." There is no indication the Giants are one of those teams, but NFP adds that the "Giants always seem to find room for pass rushers."
The NFP also has a list of which first-round picks it thinks will contribute the most in 2013. Giants' first-round pick Justin Pugh is not on the list.