The New York Giants weren’t very active in free agency and for good reason. The Giants have several players attempting to come back from season-ending injuries. Cornerback Bruce Johnson is one of those players that the Giants will be expecting to compete for a spot once camp begins on July 24th.
Johnson, who in 2009, as an undrafted rookie free agent, picked off a pass from Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown, is working his way back from a ruptured Achilles and should compete for a backup cornerback spot. It has been a while since Bruce Johnson has been able to contribute on the football field for the Giants, having undergone arthroscopic knee surgery in 2010 that cut his season short after just six games.
It is never easy to come back to football after missing the last year and a half. However, the Giants liked what Johnson brought onto the football field and he was a pretty good football player and valuable contributor in the Giants defensive backfield. In 2009, Johnson had 8 passes defended, 2 interceptions, and made 46 tackles while creating 2 fumbles. His other interception was returned for 49 yards before he was tackled showing that Johnson has some home run ability once he makes the interception.
Getting a player like Bruce Johnson back is only going to help the New York Giants as they try to defend their Super Bowl title. Johnson already knows the system and has shown he can be productive within that system, even if it was a couple of years ago that he was able to show it on the football field.
The New York Giants secondary has quite a few question marks heading into the 2012 season. Starting cornerback Terrell Thomas was lost for the year last season after suffering a torn ACL. Prince Amukamara, the team’s 2011 first round draft pick, broke a bone in his foot and missed several weeks before finally getting onto the field where he struggled at times. Jayron Hosley, the Giants third round selection this year is full of potential but has to prove he is worthy of such a high draft choice. Then there is Johnson himself. Johnson could find himself as the Giants third corner to start the year based on his experience while the Giants wait for Hosley and Amukamara to find their niche in the defense. There will be plenty of competition coming from Amukamara, Hosley, Michael Coe, Antwaun Molden, and Justin Tryon, however.
As the New York Giants get ready for training camp, Johnson will have to prove he can stay healthy. If he does that he will strengthen a unit that has the potential to be among the best in the NFL. The key, as it always is, is staying healthy.