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New York Giants CB Terrell Thomas: “I’m Going to Shock a Lot of People”

June 12th, 2013 at 7:20 PM
By Doug Rush

It's been nearly three years since anyone has seen Terrell Thomas step foot onto the field in a New York Giants uniform, yet he is not lacking any confidence this summer as he prepares to play for the first time since tearing his ACL in consecutive seasons.

'Terrell Thomas warms up' photo (c) 2010, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Last week, Thomas returned to action for the Giants and participated in the team's OTA's, although it was in a limited capacity. It's not definite what the Giants will let him do when training camp kicks off in late July, but Thomas is feeling very confident in his ability to still be a cornerback on the team, as he told Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York.

"I am able to do everything," Thomas said. "It is more about getting comfortable and trusting myself without hesitating, without thinking and just reacting, and I am almost there. Physically I haven't swelled up in the last four months." 

After tearing his ACL in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears back in August of 2011, Thomas re-signed with the Giants to a four-year, $28 million deal in March of 2012, but he again tore the ACL last summer, which put him on the injured reserve for a second consecutive season. Thomas said the journey back has been a rough one, but is looking to prove a lot of doubters wrong.

 "I can be realistic with myself knowing that I had two ACLs in one year and it is a long journey," he added. "But I'll be back and I'm going to shock a lot of people."

Before the ACL injuries, Thomas was considered the team's best overall cornerback and a player who had Pro Bowl potential. Last week, Thomas did say he is expecting to play the 2013 season at cornerback, but on Wednesday at the Giants mini-camp, he did change his tune and said he'll play wherever they want him to.

"I'm whatever they need me to be," Thomas said. "At this point in my career, it is all about getting healthy and contributing in any way. If that's a leadership role, a safety role, nickel, corner, kickoff, I will do whatever I need to do." 

The former second-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft out of USC was rumored to be cut by the team in March because of his contract, but Thomas restructured his deal to a more team-friendly one-year deal so that he could stay on and attempt a comeback in the NFL.

In 44 career games, Thomas has 11 interceptions, 38 pass deflections and six forced fumbles with 218 total tackles. He will be looking to be just the second player in NFL history to recover from three career ACL injuries; Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis was able to successfully come back and play in the NFL after three ACL surgeries.

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3 Responses to “New York Giants CB Terrell Thomas: “I’m Going to Shock a Lot of People””

  1.  Dirt says:

    Pulling for the kid. He’s seemingly a great kid.

  2.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Hopefully he wont shock us by not making the team.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    Repost:

    I like hearing about scuffles. I think the last few years we weren’t feisty enough. As long as it’s nothing Westbrook like it’s good to have some scuffles.

    TT sounds convincing it that he can provide something this year. To be honest we really could use him especially at CB. You would think 3 ACLs he can’t play CB when he had below average speed to begin with but with Davis from Carolina playing well last year it’s possible. If TT shows enough to be our 4th CB that makes me feel a ton better about the unit. I don’t think durability is the issue coming off of 3 ACLs tears is the issue, it’s ability. I recall reading that after 2 ACL tears the chances of re-injuring the ACLs remain the same. So the concern with TT is showing the ability to still play CB or even safety not necessarily durability.

    The OL is very interesting. It seems like we got 3 locks and 2 open spots with 4 players competing for two spots. The player performance wise the last few years who is the clear favorite out of the 2 to start is Boothe. However, Boothe can bring the skill of being a backup center if he’s a reserve. That would allow space on the roster for both of our young guards in Mosley and Herman. If Boothe is starting then Cordle likely makes the team because as Norm has pointed out you need a backup center that’s not a starter so you don’t interrupt two positions if injury occurs.

    As I have come down from not drafting a LB as I thought was needed I see more talent in out LB corps than we have had in a few years. The 3rd years LBs all look like very key contributors and maybe even starters. Herzlich and Paysinger are really making string pushes to start through the offseason so far. While Williams and River are favorites to start I wouldn’t count out Paysinger. I think we cut Boley in part because we wanted to see what Williams can do so I think he’s very likely to start at WLB. But I think Paysinger can give Rivers more of a run than many expect at SLB. Rivers would probably have a role as a nickel LB even if he didn’t start. Herzlich with a leg up will be tough for Conner to catch. Conner I thought was brought in to start but with Herzlich having the leg up and playing well it will be hard for Conner to beat him out. I think a tie or a close race goes to Herzlich. The LB corps has a totally different feel this year which I like a lot.

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