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Terrell Thomas 'had a lot of fun' in return to action

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Thomas played slot cornerback for the Giants in the first half, participating in roughly two-dozen plays.

Terrell Thomas tackles Bilal Powell of the Jets during Saturday night's game.
Terrell Thomas tackles Bilal Powell of the Jets during Saturday night's game.
Al Bello

Terrell Thomas of the New York Giants played in his first football game in two years Saturday night, lining up at slot cornerback for roughly two-dozen snaps during the first half of the New York Giants' 24-21 preseason loss to the New York Jets Saturday night.

"I blitzed, I covered, I fell, I tackled," Thomas said. "I think I had a good showing for my first preseason game after two years.

"I got out there, I was able to make some plays," Thomas said. "I walked out of the game healthy. Just want to keep building."

Thomas, trying to come back from his third ACL surgery, made three tackles while he was in the game. Most importantly, Thomas said his knee responded well to the game action.

"The knee feels great. I came out healthy," Thomas said. "I will be ready to go for practice Monday. That's the biggest thing for me is my health, to be able to come back the next day."

Thomas said the experience was not as emotional as he thought it would be.

"I wasn't nervous. I was ready to go, like I never left," Thomas said. "It was weird. I thought I would cry. I was just excited.

"I had a lot of fun today."

Thomas said his teammates and coaches "were happy to see 24 back out there."

"I was a good player for this organization," Thomas said. "Everybody knows what I've been through over the last year. It's just rewarding."