There were several key issues that led to the New York Giants secondary crumbling in 2012 and the team finishing 28th in pass defense, but coverage in the slot is one area that could improve greatly just in training camp.
This was never better exemplified than when Big Blue played the Baltimore Ravens when Joe Flacco was going through the most horrific slump of his career, which is weird to remember as this was late December. Before Baltimore caught fire and went on their Super Bowl run, an appointment with the Giants defense jump-started Flacco to 25-of-36 for 309 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions as the Giants lost a game that would eventually kill their playoff dreams.
While New York would rebound the following week in drubbing the Philadelphia Eagles to bring last season to its merciless close, itself left more questions than answers heading into the offseason. Now here we are at minicamp, and the Giants secondary doesn’t look all that different than in recent years — probably due to their tight position against the cap — with Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown manning the safety spot behind cornerbacks Terrell Thomas, Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara, Aaron Ross and Jayron Hosley.
With Thomas and Amukamara’s injury history, the horrific season Webster is coming off and Ross merely intended to be deep, deep cornerback depth, it might come down to how Hosley progresses in training camp this offseason. The second-year man out of Virginia Tech managed to get 177 snaps at the nickel cornerback position last year after Thomas went on injured reserve again and various ailments terrorized this secondary.
Hosley’s progression at the nickel would provide huge boost for this secondary. The 2012 campaign showed plenty of growing pains with Hosley yielding the fourth-highest quarterback rating among those who played at least 25 percent of their snaps in slot coverage, and now Hosley can show those growing pains were worth it.