With Terrell Thomas down for the time being with an ACL injury, the New York Giants are trying out various options to see how they can fill the void he has left behind.
Antrel Rolle has practiced at the slot cornerback position—a position he was hesitant to take last season before accepting and thriving at the role en route to aiding in a Super Bowl victory for New York. Rookie Jayron Hosley has seen some work there as well and appears better-suited in the slot than on the outside at the NFL level.
Meanwhile, second-year corner Prince Amukamara has stepped in at the No.2 corner spot with the intent of living up to the lofty expectations placed on him leading up to the 2011 NFL draft. Selected as a steal in the middle of the first round by the Giants, Amukamara struggled in 2011, but the lockout and a broken foot suffered during training camp stunted his development quite early.
Safety Will Hill has filled in at the third safety spot veteran Deon Grant held down last season. The 2011 undrafted free agent has high hopes as a member of his first NFL roster and has made a point to place all eyes on him with a strong, physical presence on the gridiron.
Former Redskin Chris Horton has made some noise at the safety position as well and is in the thick of the competition with Hill and suspended second-year stud Tyler Sash for that third safety role.
The Giants have made it very clear they intend to find whatever options work best in Thomas’ absence after a dismal 2011 season in pass coverage. The Giants finished 29th in pass defense, surrendering over 4,000 yards through the air.
Thomas’ presence was an evident necessity for Big Blue. In order to defend their NFL championship in 2012 successfully, the Giants will need to overcome those troubles this season.
Fortunately, the Giants added a mass amount of depth in the offseason through free agency and the draft with plans to shore up their roster in case of a big injuries like the ones that marred the secondary last season.
These position battles will be something to keep an eye on throughout training camp as it should indicate the players that will affect the Giants’ defensive success in another year sure to be highlighted by pass-happy offensive assaults.