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Terrell Thomas Has No Doubts He is Starting Cornerback

Terrell Thomas will be one of the many New York Giants receiving a Super Bowl ring this year, but the former USC Trojan understands how “bittersweet” that moment will be for him. Thomas was lost for the season after tearing his ACL against the Chicago Bears in the preseason, and in his absence the Giants struggled mightily, ranking 29th against the pass.

“I’ll wear it that day and put it away,” he said. “I’ll probably never wear it again. That’s just the competitor in me. I want to have my own. I thank my teammates for it and everything, but it’s a goal that I want to reach on my own.”

The Giants are apparently excited with his rehab, as they rewarded his past production by giving him a four year deal that can be worth over $28 million. Many have speculated whether he’ll be 100 percent enough to hold off Prince Amukamara for the starting corner job opposite Corey Webster. Thomas is not one of those people.

“I am [the starter], I don’t care what they say. It’s just my mentality. As a rookie I said I was going to be a starter. I just worked my butt off and finally became one. Especially at the corner position you’ve got to be confident in that manner in my opinion. I can’t be sitting here saying, ‘Well, we’ll see.’”

Both Thomas and Amukamara are health concerns entering camp, but the two will definitely be competing for that starting job. Thomas has the aforementioned knee recovery and Amukamara had an injection to help recover from his broken foot he suffered in training camp last season. Both are question marks to attend mandatory workouts starting in June, but they should be ready by Albany’s camp this season.


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