Last season Terrell Thomas was having a magnificent pre-season and was set to be a factor on defense for the Giants, then came the injury in a pre-season game against Chicago. The Giants were ill-prepared for his injury and had other major injuries at the same position. This year is different:
“First we want to let him build himself back up,” Fewell said, a few hours before Thomas’ ACL injury was revealed. “He hasn’t played for a year so we want to let him get his legs up underneath him and get comfortable playing football again. Then we’ll go from there, we don’t want to aim too high for him and definitely not set the bar too low for him. We just want to work with Terrell and where he is football-wise, and then we’ll start to use him as we see fit.”
Obviously, the Giants are a better team with Terrell Thomas, but it seems from those words from defensive coordinator Perry Fewell that they are more prepared for it this time around, especially so early in camp. Look for Michael Coe to step up. He has the speed, and the ability, now we need to see if he can put it all together. Prince, Coe, Bing, Hosley, Hughes, Bruce Johnson, Molden, and Justin Tryon are the other players that will need to step up and play opposite Corey Webster.
The fact that Jerry Reese signed Terrell Thomas to an incentive laden contract this off season with only 1 million guaranteed out of the 28 million also shows the Giants were cautious about his recovery.
Thankfully we have most of training camp to figure it out.
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