GIANTS (POTENTIALLY) HAVE SURPRISING DEPTH AT THE CORNERBACK POSITION
"Of the slew of injuries the New York Giants endured over the course of the 2011
season, no position was hit harder than cornerback. The carnage began in
preseason with the losses of Terrell
Thomas and Brian Witherspoon, both suffering torn ACLs.
New York Giants' Michael Coe, (37) takes a moment to
himself before the start of the game against the Green Bay Packers in the first
half during their NFL football
game in Green Bay, Wisconsin December 26, 2010. REUTERS/Darren Hauck (UNITED
STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Over the course of the regular season, corners such as MichaelCoe, Bruce
Johnson, Brian Williams and Justin
Tryon also went down for the season, while rookie first round selection
Prince Amukamara did not see the field until week November 20th against the
While both Terrell
Thomas and Aaron
Ross are free agents, both are at least in the team's plans moving forward.
Even if only one between the two can return, the presence of Corey
Webster and Prince Amukamara will help to fill out the top three cornerback
slots at the outset of camp in 2012.
That said, players like Justin
Tryon and Michael Coe provide the team with options at the position.
Tryon suffered a broken arm against the Miami
Dolphins on October 30th, but had played impressively for the team since
coming in prior to the week four game against Seattle.
Tryon was originally a 4th round selection of the Washington Redskins in 2008
and had played with Indianapolis in 2010. Indianapolis plays a very similar
defensive scheme to the Giants and the Giants clearly felt comfortablebringing
him in with that in mind. He started his first game with the team at the nickel
cornerback position, a testament to his familiaritywith the scheme. He also
showed a very tough side, playing the better part of the October 30th game
against Miami with a fractured forearm.
Right now, he represents the front runner for the dime cornerback spot
heading into camp next season.
Coe also saw a lot of time at the nickel cornerback spot before suffering a
season ending shoulder injury. Coe had his best game of the season against the
New England Patriots blanketing Chad Ochocinco. Not much to go off of sure, but
anytime the quarterback is Tom Brady, players have to come prepared to cover
everyone. Coe was aggressive and comfortable in his role in limited action.
Of course there is also Brian Witherspoon who had his eyes set on the nickel
cornerback role from the outset of the 2011 season. He was having an extremely
impressive preseason, sticking in the hip pocket of basically every receiver he
line up across from. He was the lead dog for the nickel spot last season and
should get a fair shake if his knee is fully recovered."