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The Giants continued their uncharacteristically high activity level this free agency period, adding former Seattle CB Walter Thurmond to a one-year $3.5 million deal. Operating mostly as a slot corner, Thurmond had an excellent opening 11 weeks in coverage (+4.2 PFF grade). He was then suspended until week 17 for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substance Abuse.
Thurmond was targeted six time during Super Bowl XLVIII, with all six passes being completed for 90 yards and 45 YAC. On a brighter note, the sizable corner did not allow a passing touchdown on his watch all season, encompassing 585 defensive snaps.
As the Giants roster stands today, Thurmond would start at LCB opposite Prince Amukamara. It would appear that Justin Gilbert is no longer a round one target. The likelihood of drafting a wide receiver — Mike Evans — just went up.