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Terrell Thomas to Safety?

And no, I have not read anything that indicates the Giants are planning on moving Terrell Thomas to safety, but I have to wonder. 

The New York Giants roster is stacked, especially on defense where they have a bevy of talented players at every position. 

All Giants fans know the foundation of the team’s defense is on the defensive line. They are all set there.


The linebacking corps seems to be set now too with the drafting of Clint Sintim, which gives the Giants four players capable of starting in Antonio Pierce, Michael Boley, Danny Clark and Clint Sintim.

It also gives the Giants good depth in the Linebacking corps with Bryan Kehl, Jonathan Goff, Zak DeOssie and Chase Blackburn who is a very fine situational player, but is a player who can exposed if he plays too often.


Of course the Giants won’t be able to keep all the linebackers that are currently listed on their roster which also include Gerris Wilksinso, Rich Scanlon


and interestingly enough, (on’s updated rosters) former Florida State Safety Kenny Ingram, who at 6’6 is a monster of a player playing any position on defense, not on the defensive line.


So the depth is there too.


The secondary is where it gets intersting though.


Here’s what we know.

Aaron Ross and Corey Webster will start at Cornerback and Kevin Dockery will also play cornerback.

They drafted DeAndre Wright and Stoney Woodson. DeAndre Wright is intriguing becuase he was an ascending player prior to a shoulder injury this past year and could be a round six steal. I know little abotu Stoney Woodson.


Playing safety for sure is Kenny Phillips and Michael Johnson. C.C. Brown brought over from the Texans will also be playing safety, but who’s the fourth saftey? Are the Giants not going to carry one?

Other players on the “roster” this moment are Rashard Barksdale, Steve Cargile, Travanti Johnson, And the man of discussion Terrell Thomas. 


I’d like to point out again that interestingly enough the Giants LOVE tall secondary players.  The only one under 5’11 is Kevin Dockery who is 5’8.  But there are 9 potential candidates for the secondary who are 6′ tall.


Anyway, the question is what to do with Terrell Thomas. There have been many people who have questioned whether or not Terrel Thomas has the recovery speed to play cornerback in the N.F.L and with the wealth of depth at the cornerback position and the lack of depth at safety I’m wondering if the Giants have internally discussed the same thing.


I like Terrell Thomas a lot and think he showed flashes of brilliance as a cornerback last season, but the truth of the matter is the safety position for the New York Giants is unproven and Michael Johnson was not spectacular as a starter last season.

Johnson was solid but he had 72 tackles, 4 passes defensed and 2 Interceptions while starting 16 games. 

C.C. Brown who started for three years for the Texans (before being hurt for almost all of last year) has only three career Interceptions in 47 games started.

I think Kenny Phillips will be a stud.

Production at safety has not been great and it is a position that is becoming increasingly more important on the football field.


Top flight safeties can change the entire look of a defense, just ask the Colts with Bob Sanders and the Steelers with Troy Polamalu. 

We’ll see if the Eagles are asking the same thing this year with the departure of Brian Dawkins. 

This is why I wonder where Terrell Thomas will be playing the majority of the snaps next season.


Can Kenny Phillilps and Terrel Thomas make up, not just a solid starting Safety duo, but a potentially spectacular safety combination?


My guess is that he’ll play mostly Cornerback while being inserted into Safety in some packages to learn the position, and is definitely the first person going to safety in an injury.


We’ll see.


Time will tell, but looking very prematurely at the safety class for next year, it is deep and very talented and might be an spot to address in next year’s draft, but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself here.


Giants rookie mini-camp coming up.


have a nice day, everyone.

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4 Responses to “Terrell Thomas to Safety?”

  1. daneptizl says:

    Any idea of where Wright may have gone, were it not for his shoulder injury?

  2. He’s pretty athletic and made a lot of plays on the ball. I think depending on how well is season went Wright could have snuck up into the middle of the third round, based on how many Cornerbacks seemed to get drafted this year.

    So I’d think anywhere between the middle of the third round (assuming he would have continued his progression from his junior year) to where he got drafted this year.

  3. Natalie says:

    lots of typos in this one? Is it Terrel or Terrell?

    Why would you want to take a good 3rd cornerback and try to turn him into a 4th safety, with uncertain results and effects on his confidence? If it ain’t broke…

  4. Natialie it’s Terrell.

    And it is kinda broke.

    That’s why, I don’t want to make him a fourth Safety, but rather a Starting Safety.

    I like Michael Johnson, but he doesn’t make enough plays on the ball, 72 tackles (especially with our unspectacular linebacker corps) 2 Interceptions and only 6 passes defensed are not good numbers from a starting safety-they’re not even average.

    Michael Johnson ranked 31st in tackles from the Safety position, which is not great.

    Johnson may continue to grow into a better player, but I don’t think he has the upside that Terrell Thomas does at safety, and I think a good starting safety is a more important position than a third cornerback which Kevin Dockery can handle for this year and DeAndre Wright may be able to handle for the future.

    We’ll see I”m satisfied either way.

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