Terrell Thomas addressed a wide range of topics in a press release issued by the New York Giants on Thursday to officially announce that Thomas will return to the Giants in 2013 on a revised contract.
On the possibility of moving from cornerback to safety:
"At this point, I don't care if they move me to kicker. I just want to play football.
"Obviously, my physical play translates into being a safety," Thomas said. "I just got done talking to (general manager) Jerry (Reese), coach (Tom) Coughlin and coach (Perry) Fewell (the defensive coordinator) and all of them said, ‘We envision you coming back to play corner. If you can play corner, that's great. But if not, maybe there's a nickel safety role. Either way, we just want you on the field.' Whatever my leg allows me to do, whatever the coach sees fit is better for the team, that's what I'll be doing. I'll be ready, regardless."
On the condition of his right knee, now operated on three times:
"My knee feels great. It was a little struggle at first. It was a little inconsistent with the swelling. But for the last month-and-a half I haven't dealt with any swelling at all. It's progressed the last two weeks since I started running. The doctors are really happy with the way I'm progressing."
On missing the past two seasons:
"It's been a long two years. It's definitely been a test of my will. But it's made me a stronger person. It showed me a lot of things about myself that I needed to fix and at the same time it showed me how strong I was. It's been a tough time for me and my family and especially beating myself up. But God has seen me through."
On whether he will have any hesitation when he gets back on the field:
"I can't speak on that right now. But I imagine I will be a little hesitant at first. But that's what practice is for. Hopefully, they'll give me enough opportunities to get out there and practice and get my knee in shape to feel confidence and trust in it. Last year, I definitely felt confident in my knee. What happened, I couldn't tell you to this day. It just wasn't meant to be. But I definitely did everything possible to get ready and that's my game plan again. I can't worry about what I can't do. All I can worry about is what I can do right now, and that's rehab. And that's what I plan on focusing on."