Most of the news coming from the New York Giants after the 36-31 loss to the Dallas Cowboys was not good. However, there was some good news to come out of the game and one of those tidbits is Terrell Thomas who played in his first regular season game since 2010. Thomas missed the 2011 and 2012 seasons with ACL injuries.
The plan was for the Giants to limit Thomas’ play to only a handful of snaps. However, that plan fell by the wayside and Thomas was on the field for 38 plays and his knee seemed to hold up very well. After the Giants lost Ryan Mundy and Prince Amukamara on the same play when they slammed into each other resulting in Prince receiving a concussion Thomas was forced to play a little more than the coaching staff had originally planned.
The plan panned out and Thomas didn’t look like someone who hadn’t seen a regular season game in over two years. Certainly, there were a few things he will need to improve on and he admitted playing tighter coverage is one. However, he looked good taking on ball carriers and his knee responded to cuts and changes of directions.
Having Thomas back was a boost to the Giants’ secondary. If he keeps getting better every week the Giants secondary, which was a big question mark heading into the season, could become a strength.
It was good to see Thomas on the field and great to see him play fairly well. He was on the verge of becoming a Pro Bowl corner and, in time, he might be able to get back to that level which would be absolutely amazing.
Thomas could see plenty of action next week against the Denver Broncos if Amukamara is not cleared to play after suffering his concussion and right now it looks like Thomas, and his knee, is ready for the challenge. Judging by what we saw from the Broncos this past week the Giants need Thomas to be ready to go.