Shortly after re-signing with the New York Giants in March, cornerback Aaron Ross made a comment about how playing Jacksonville was a nice "paid vacation" and he was glad to be "home." Having offended many Jaguars fans, Ross apologized for his comments, but has stood by his excitement about returning to the Big Apple. He reiterated that again on Tuesday.
“I was hoping that I would have a chance to, but I didn’t know it was going to be so quick. I always had the Giants as a team in my heart," Ross said. "This is what I basically considered home; I won two rings here, was drafted here in the first round and spent five years here and I grew close relations with the guys and the coaches. So I always wanted to come back after my three-year stint in Jacksonville.”
In addition to once again expressing his happiness to be back with the Giants, Ross also offered some praise for the talent in their secondary and a hopeful look ahead to the 2013 season.
“We need everybody. The division that we are in now with RG3 and his receiving corps, with Vick and his receiving corps and, of course, the Dallas corps, you need four or five good corners that can play the whole year and guard those top-notch receivers as well as the quarterbacks," he added. "So I’m excited about the group. I really am. I feel like we have a great group back there. I’m excited that we have a great DB group back there. With our safeties helping us over the top and playing down in the box as well, I think the sky is the limit for us.”
As it relates to the secondary, there's no denying they have a lot of talented bodies. However, health, growth and a reversal of fortune will be the difference between a 2012-ish performance and something better.
Prince Amukamara, Corey Webster and Jayron Hosley will all need to return to health, with Webster needing a turnaround from a season ago, and Hosley needing to demonstrate second-year growth. The team will also need a depth safety — Will Hill or Tyler Sash — to step up and play a much larger role.
Bottom line? The pieces are there, but they just need to fall into place.
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