Stevie Brown was lost for the year back in the preseason. Corey Webster went down next. Aaron Ross followed.
Three integral components of the New York Giants secondary have been forcibly removed. Brown and Ross are not going to return this season and Webster’s status is uncertain. The secondary was decimated and supposed to be struggling to claw their way along behind a string of replacements.
Fortunately for the Giants, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
A rejuvenated Antrel Rolle has led New York to two straight dominant defensive performances. However, the players around him have been feeding off his energy.
Second-year safety Will Hill has taken over for Ryan Mundy and has looked like a player with a bright future ahead of him. Prince Amukamara seems to get better with every game and has cemented himself as the best cover cornerback the Giants have. Terrell Thomas has come back from two ACL tears and is beginning to look like his old self. Last week, he even earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Even though the first half of the season was one to forget, the secondary has stood out as one of the team’s few bright spots. The unit’s youth is a sign of good things to come. Hill is just 23-years-old and Amukamara is 24. Thomas is 28 and Rolle, the captain and anchor, is 30. This is a group that could become the staple of this New York Giants team.
It’s important to note the secondary has had success not only despite injuries, but also despite failures from the defensive line. A lack of pressure on an opposing quarterback puts the secondary in a tough spot. If the Giants can find a way to revive their pass rush, the secondary’s success will be magnified.