The New York Giants have some tough decisions to make this week that will undoubtedly have a drastic effect upon team's upcoming title defense in 2012. Not only do General Manager Jerry Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin have to cut down the roster from 90 players to the final 53 (currently at 75), but the coaching staff must decide how to many players to take at each position on the depth chart.
As a squad that has once again been hit hard by the injury bug, the front office will inevitably be forced to stash some players that may be able to help the team down the road on the injured reserve list. However, for cornerback Terrell Thomas, recent progress on his aggravated ACL injury may preclude him from such a scenario.
Today, Thomas said that although the timeline for his return to the field is in the doctor's hands, it's more than likely he will begin to start running as soon as this week. About a week ago, reports began to fly that T2 was a long way from full strength. However, said reports of Thomas' lack of progress seem to have been proven erroneous … at this point. Obviously, this is encouraging news to Giants fans, who saw Thomas' replacement in Prince Amukamara suffer a high ankle sprain in the team's third preseason game.
The issue with keeping Thomas off the IR is that if he does not play or contribute in the early goings, he will eat up a valuable roster spot. With Price Amukamara's injury, the only way for the team to retain both will be by carrying six cornerbacks. Normally, only four to five cornerbacks dress per game.The situation gets further complicated when the wide receiver position is considered.
The Giants have seven wide receivers capable of becoming productive NFL players. With Ramses Barden flashing some serious potential, and David Douglas returning a few nice punts, the team is going to have a tough time letting any of these players off the roster. While taking seven receivers would bode well for the youngsters rounding out the depth chart at that position, it would most likely come as bad news for Terrell Thomas, Marvin Austin, or any other walking wounded looking to secure a spot on the roster.
If T2 starts running this week and can get on the practice field relatively soon, there is no chance he goes to IR. He has too much potential and adds versatility to an already potent defense. Not only is he one of the better cover corners in the NFL (when healthy), Thomas has the ability to play great in run support as well. That said, a setback along the way would give the team no choice. Don't expect Thomas to be put on the IR, but it will still be interesting to see how the depth chart shakes out at certain positions.
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