The New York Giants have a number of young safeties competing for roster spots and playing time. Darian Thompson, Nat Berhe, Mykkele Thompson and Bennett Jackson are among them. A fourth young safety, Justin Currie, rarely gets mentioned as part of the competition.
Currie, though, joined Berhe, Jackson and Mykkele Thompson in spending the 2015 season on injured reserve. Does Currie have a chance to sneak onto the roster in 2016? Let's take a look at the undrafted free agent from Western Michigan as we continue profiling the players on the 90-man roster the Giants will be bringing to training camp later this summer.
2015 Season in Review
Currie spent the 2015 season on IR after fracturing his ankle while covering a kickoff in a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. To make matters worse, Currie's injury may have indirectly led to the knee injury that cost Bennett Jackson the 2015 season. Jackson, who may have started a year ago, played deep into that second exhibition game before getting hurt largely because the Giants really didn't have anyone else who was prepared to play. Currie was subsequently waived/injured and when he went unclaimed he reverted to the Giants injured reserve list.
2016 Season Outlook
What the Giants are really looking for is a free safety to pair with Landon Collins. Currie is an interesting player, but might not be that guy. He is a 6-foot-2, 214-pounder who comes with the reputation of being a traditional strong safety. Unfortunately for Currie, as long as the Giants have Collins they really don't need one of those. If he can stand out on special teams perhaps Currie can stick around or find a place on the practice squad, but he seems likely to face an uphill climb to surpass the plethora of drafted players he is competing with.