On Saturday, the New York Giants placed cornerback Aaron Ross on the season-ending IR because of a back injury that turned out to be more serious than initially expected. The revelation comes as a big blow for the Giants, who are now watching their secondary crumble, piece by piece.
Ross had been starting in the place of injured starter Corey Webster, but his absence will now force the Giants to rely heavily on reserve cornerback Trumaine McBride. McBride stepped in and gave New York some quality minutes last week when Ross went down. This is McBride’s third stop in his career, previously playing with the Chicago Bears and the Arizona Cardinals.
The Giants also tried to add some depth by signing cornerback Charles James from their practice squad. In case you don’t remember, James was one of the last few cuts for the Giants during the preseason.
With their secondary being sufficiently whittled down, New York is going to require major performances from Prince Amukamara and Terrell Thomas until Webster is healthy enough to return. Both have played well in spots this season, but the Giants need each of them to take the next step and become a force for this defense.
It was a week of roster moves for the Giants, who also traded for linebacker Jon Beason and activated safety Will Hill. We’ll get our first look at this fresh secondary against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.