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New York Giants' news, 8/23: Terrell Thomas, offensive line, more

New York Giants' headlines for Friday, 8/23.

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Terrell Thomas will make his first appearance in a game since the 2011 preseason Saturday night vs. the New York Jets/ The New York Giants' cornerback, trying to come back from his third torn ACL, was on the verge of stardom at the time. He knows that now he is simply in a fight for a roster spot.

"I have to go out there and perform. I haven’t made the team yet. This is the first time that I’ve been in the position to have to make the team and it’s exciting," Thomas said. "It’s actually driven me and motivated me to keep pushing, to work through practice and to keep getting better, to show the coaches, the GM, the owner, whatever I have to do to prove to these guys that I can still play football. I’m just blessed to have another opportunity to go out there and play football again after two years."

Eli Manning curious about offensive line

The Giants will have two new starters, center Jim Cordle and right tackle Justin Pugh, on their offensive line Saturday. Quarterback Eli Manning, whose well-being is in their hands, says the game will be a "great test" for the revamped group.

"I think you have to try to find the positives in everything when you're moving guys around. You want guys who are very versatile and can play different spots. Through the course of the season you're going to have guys in and out a little bit. You're going to have some injuries and guys are going to have to step in and fill those roles," Manning said. "We're going to get a lot of work and I think it will be a great test for these guys. The Jets are a talented defense and show a number of looks and we're all going to have to be on the same page in knowing who we're blocking. Block the guys well, so we can run our offense successfully."

Cordle taking nothing for granted

Jim Cordle, taking over at center for the injured David Baas on Saturday, is not taking his new role for granted. Cordle has played 25 games for the Giants the past two seasons, but has never started.

"I'm playing for a roster spot this game, just to stay around here. We'll see, when opening night comes up, what the lineup is," Cordle said.

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