Terrell Thomas’ Injury Thrusts Prince Amukamara Into the Spotlight
The New York Giants got some terrible news, though it has not been officially confirmed by the team yet, when an MRI on Terrell Thomas‘ knee revealed at least a partially torn ACL. If the results are true, even if it is just a partial tear, this is a serious blow to the Giants defense. Thomas was on the verge of becoming a Pro Bowl caliber corner last season before his second ACL injury cost him the 2011 season.
Now, it appears he might have to undergo a third operation for an ACL, which could be damaging for his young career.
In the mean time, the focus has to shift on Thomas’ replacement. Even if it is just a partial tear, that is not good for a skill position player who needs to be speedy, quick and agile. The first player to come to mind is 2011 first-round pick Prince Amukamara.
Amukamara did not have the ideal rookie campaign. The lockout forced him to be away from the facilities and coaching staff, and possibly a result of that was him breaking his foot on the second day of training camp. Even when he recovered from the foot injury, he seemed lost in coverage at times and made too many mental mistakes. By season’s end he barely saw the field on defense.
After spending the early part of this year’s training camp working with the third group of corners, Amukamara was bounced up to the first team alongside Corey Webster on Monday in Thomas’ absence. This is an early indication the Giants expect Amukamara to deliver on his first-round potential.
In terms of sheer talent, Amukamara has to be the favorite to replace Thomas in the starting lineup. He will have to battle with Michael Coe, Justin Tryon, Bruce Johnson and Jayron Hosley for the spot; each has impressed in camp thus far.
It will be an interesting battle to say the least, and who will win the job is anyone’s guess.
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