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Ex-Giants In Other Camps: Logan Thomas Drawing Raves At TE

A quarterback turned tight end is revitalizing his career

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Not every player works out with the New York Giants. Some players who have been cut or released by the Giants are revitalizing their careers other places. Let’s take a look at how some of the Giant’s former players are doing in other camps.

Logan Thomas

The Giants signed quarterback Logan Thomas in June of 2016 and cut him in September of 2016. They then brough Thomas back to be on the practice squad, before releasing him in November of 2016. He is now with the Buffalo Bills, playing tight end and excelling at it. Tyrod Taylor is praising the former quarterback in Buffalo.

"He sees certain routes from a quarterback's perspective, so it's easy for him to find soft spots because he's thinking like a quarterback while he's out there running routes," Taylor said. "Especially in the red zone just body position, certain drills that quarterbacks talk amongst themselves, certain areas that can be exploited, he's done a good job of finding those areas. Like I said, he's a talented guy, but I think the fact that he thinks like a quarterback out on the field at the tight end position definitely helps him."

Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears after spending the first eight years of his career with the New York Giants. Cruz is now mentoring the young receiving core in Chicago.

Coach John Fox knows well what the presence of Cruz means, but the words of these young receivers spoke volumes.

“Great leader,” White said. “He sees things that a lot of us may not see. He always has great ideas and good advice. He’s been there, done that, and he’s been a heck of a leader for us.”

Added Meredith: “He’s been to the promise land, where we all want to get to. We take a lot of stuff that he says and try to apply that to our own game.”

Prince Amukamara

Prince Amukamara spent six seasons in New York before leaving for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Amukamara is now with the Chicago Bears on a one-year deal. Amukamara isn’t lacking any confidence early in camp in Chicago.

Amukamara's hope is that he can solidify a position of flux and at the same time secure more for his future. Was he surprised a multiyear deal didn't come his way in March?

"If I am going to be transparent, yes and no," said Amukamara, 28. "I feel like I played well enough for one, and just with the guys coming out, not knocking them, I feel like I was in that group and I was just as good as them.

"(Stephon) Gilmore? He was consistent the whole year. Had five picks, Pro Bowl, so he was like the cream. A.J. Bouye just arose. Then that second tier, which if I want to be real with myself, that's where I was at with the Dre Kirkpatricks, the Logan Ryans. I figured I would be around there."

Johnathan Hankins

Johnathan Hankins spent five seasons with the Giants but in April signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts. His chemistry on defense with teammate Al Woods has been noted early in camp.

The defense has been impressive not simply because they are winning these battles, it’s how they’re winning. The chemistry between Al Woods and Johnathan Hankins is very real.

Marshall Newhouse

Former Giants offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse spent two seasons with Big Blue but has found a new home. This off-season, Newhouse signed a two-year deal with the Oakland Raiders. Newhouse is playing left tackle with the Raiders as Donald Penn holds out. He talked about the move after camp.

Through his first two days of training camp, Newhouse talked about playing left tackle, and his comfortability with the position.

“I’ve had a lot of reps at left tackle, it’s just something I played in college and that flipping, which is normally not an easy thing to do, has been more comfortable because I’ve done it so much.”

He broke down how flipping sides of the offensive line requires both mental and physical adjustments.

“It’s both. It’s physical, you know, you’ve got your hips and your hands, and the set is different, but it’s mental. You’re basically flipping all the plays, you have a different feel for the quarterback. One side is blindside, one side is not, so both sides are important. There’s good rushers on both sides, but there’s some physical differences, and a little bit of mental too.”

Rashad Jennings

Rashad Jennings spent the past three seasons with the Giants but currently does not have a team for the 2017 season. According to CBSSports, he is currently talking to a slew of teams.

Jennings said he's had simple conversations with the Lions, Packers, Ravens, Rams and Dolphins, Sirius XM NFL Radio reports.

Jennings previously hinted he wanted to sign before the start of training camp, but he seems to be waiting things out to find the best possible opportunity. He should find work within the next couple weeks as injuries take a mounting toll, with Baltimore standing out as a team that's already taken a major hit to its backfield. The Rams and Packers could also be strong fits, depending on how Todd Gurley and Ty Montgomery look in pass protection during camp. The 32-year-old Jennings has little to offer in terms of explosiveness; he's known for his strong work as a pass blocker and competence as a receiver.

Damontre Moore

Damontre Moore has bounced around from team to team after the Giants cut him back in 2015. He is currently with the Dallas Cowboys but has been suspended for the first two games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Moore was standing out in the team’s OTAs, according to Rob Phillips, a Dallas Cowboys senior writer.

Kelvin Sheppard

Kelvin Sheppard has yet to find a team after spending last season as the Giants’ starting middle linebacker.