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RoanokeFan
03-10-2012, 08:25 PM
FREE AGENT SCOUTING REPORT: GIANTS' CB TERRELL THOMAS (http://www.profootballweekly.com/2012/03/10/free-agent-scouting-report-giants-cb-terrell-thoma)

"This is the 43rd in a series of scouting reports on key players who are
expected to become free agents on March 13, unless they are re-signed or
franchised before then.<div class="m10l m10r"><div class="story_body line ">


News: The good news for Thomas, who missed the entire 2011
season with a torn ACL he suffered in the preseason, is that he reportedly is
ahead on his rehabilitation and already has spoken to the Giants about
re-signing with them. Thomas began running at full speed the first week of
February and has started to begin agility drills, which could get him ready for
full participation in training camp perhaps sooner. He also has
expressed some disappointment in not being available to help his teammates win a
Super Bowl title last season, which could increase his chances of returning.</p>


Notes: Thomas had a very productive 2010 season, notching
career highs in tackles (101), passes defended (21) and forced fumbles (four),
as well as matching his career best with five interceptions. It was his second
full season starting, after playing mostly nickel duty and on special teams as a
rookie in 2008, and he appeared primed for another strong season in '11 prior to
the injury. He was a second-round pick out of USC and appears to have a bright
future (assuming the rehab continues to go well) at age 27.</p>


Positives: Thomas is a physical corner who can play
press-man and bump-and-run coverage with his very long arms and good base
strength. He is effective at rerouting receivers and can match up with
opponents' big targets. Thomas supports the run well, has a knack for dislodging
the ball and can deliver a big blow for a corner. His 10 interceptions and five
forced fumbles in two full seasons of starting show he has that playmaking
knack.</p>


Negatives: Thomas has suffered multiple knee (two torn
ligaments) and shoulder injuries dating back to USC, and given his physical
style, his long-term durability is a major concern. He also lacks top-end speed
and can be vulnerable to double moves in the form of overaggressiveness. He's
best in cover-2 zones and can be exposed in man coverage without safety
assistance.</p>


Risk factor: For other teams, signing a cornerback with a
history of injuries is pretty risky, but the Giants likely are happy with
Thomas' progress and would feel more comfortable now with his status than they
were a year ago with that of Mathias Kiwanuka. Remember, Kiwanuka was coming off
a serious neck injury at the time, and it appeared his career could be in
jeopardy. But he signed a two-year, $8.6 million deal once the Giants felt
comfortable with his health, and you could see something similar happening with
Thomas. He's not going to break the bank this year, but he could get a solid
contract that allows him to re-enter the market and still get paid again before
he turns 30. One other factor: Giants CB Aaron Ross also is a free agent, and
his return is very much up in the air. Re-signing Thomas gives the Giants a
buffer before they have to thrust Prince Amukamara (who was not ready as a
rookie) into the starting lineup."</p></div></div>

gmen0820
03-11-2012, 03:20 AM
Jimmy Graham, Aaron Hernandez, Vernon Davis, Rob Gronkowski, Jermichael Finley, Fred Davis, Dustin Keller, Brent Celek, Jason Witten, amongst others. That is why T2 should be back.

It's no secret we are in a passing league, but there is a TE epidemic and the best way to combat it, is to have a safety who can cover. Why did we match up well against NE? Because we played an exclusive "Big Nickel" package with 3 safeties who could cover TEs. T2 is 6'1 200 lbs, he can play nickel safety just as well as Grant did last year and although he missed a lot of tackles, the fact that he had so many tackles showed his toughness in the run game.

If T2 is smart, he will stay. This is the best place for him to reestablish his value especially with a secondary genius in Fewell coaching him.

gmen0820
03-11-2012, 03:30 AM
And about the TE epidemic, that's all the more reason we should prioritize the position. Who in our division has a safety to match up with a solid, high upside TE? Cowboys, Eagles and Skins all have awful safeties.

amdownwitjpp
03-11-2012, 03:35 AM
Thanks great post

Neverend
03-11-2012, 06:53 AM
Disagree with the negatives

giantsfan420
03-11-2012, 07:07 AM
Disagree with the negatives

how?? that pretty much nailed it right on the head.

bLuereverie
03-11-2012, 07:13 AM
I have always had aspirations of a completely dominant secondary to match the front four. Hopefully a healthy Thomas and potential emergence from Prince brings that in the upcoming future.

JesseJames
03-11-2012, 10:55 AM
And about the TE epidemic, that's all the more reason we should prioritize the position. Who in our division has a safety to match up with a solid, high upside TE? Cowboys, Eagles and Skins all have awful safeties.+1

JMFP2
03-11-2012, 05:42 PM
Jimmy Graham, Aaron Hernandez, Vernon Davis, Rob Gronkowski, Jermichael Finley, Fred Davis, Dustin Keller, Brent Celek, Jason Witten, amongst others. That is why T2 should be back. It's no secret we are in a passing league, but there is a TE epidemic and the best way to combat it, is to have a safety who can cover. Why did we match up well against NE? Because we played an exclusive "Big Nickel" package with 3 safeties who could cover TEs. T2 is 6'1 200 lbs, he can play nickel safety just as well as Grant did last year and although he missed a lot of tackles, the fact that he had so many tackles showed his toughness in the run game. If T2 is smart, he will stay. This is the best place for him to reestablish his value especially with a secondary genius in Fewell coaching him.</P>


T2 as a safety is an interesting thought.</P>

Kruunch
03-12-2012, 08:11 AM
Jimmy Graham, Aaron Hernandez, Vernon Davis, Rob Gronkowski, Jermichael Finley, Fred Davis, Dustin Keller, Brent Celek, Jason Witten, amongst others. That is why T2 should be back.

It's no secret we are in a passing league, but there is a TE epidemic and the best way to combat it, is to have a safety who can cover. Why did we match up well against NE? Because we played an exclusive "Big Nickel" package with 3 safeties who could cover TEs. T2 is 6'1 200 lbs, he can play nickel safety just as well as Grant did last year and although he missed a lot of tackles, the fact that he had so many tackles showed his toughness in the run game.

If T2 is smart, he will stay. This is the best place for him to reestablish his value especially with a secondary genius in Fewell coaching him.

+1

MikeIsaGiant
03-12-2012, 11:44 AM
Good report/post.

Thanks, I'd love to see TT back