Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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Last offseason, the New York Giants suffered a slew of devastating injuries to several key players. Among those players were cornerbacks Terrell Thomas, Prince Amukamara, and Brian Witherspoon. This left the team short-handed at a key position, and it necessitated General Manager Jerry Reese to search the free agent scrap-heap for an unsigned, yet capable player to come in and become a contributing member to the defense.

In came Justin Tryon, the 2008 fourth-round draft pick of the Washington Redskins, who had recently been released by the Indianapolis Colts. He was signed by the Giants after Week four, and made his debut the next game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Tryon actually played well in dime packages for the team last season. However, in only his third game with Big Blue, he severely broke his arm against the Miami Dolphins. Tryon hurt his arm fairly early in the contest. However, he exacerbated the injury while making a valiant effort to tackle Dolphins' punt returner Reggie Bush.

"I ran down there and was hoping to just knock him out of bounds because he was near the sideline. It just came down to having a whole lot of hope and just trying to make that play," Tryon said.

Tryon received praise from his coaches and teammates for the play, but he still had to sit out the rest of the team's eventual Super Bowl run because of his injury. After the Week 8 matchup against Miami, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin commented about Tryon's broken arm.

"The gunners, as you know, in that situation have not always come through for us, and this kid did. The other thing I appreciated and I take my hat off to him is I was standing close by as the doctors were showing him and talking to him about his injury, he didn’t want to hear about it. He said, ‘When can I play? Can I play again? Just put a cast on it and I’ll play.’ That was something to hear a young man talk like that, how badly he wanted to play.”

On the field, Tryon is an undersized corner (5'9")  that plays very aggressively. He's not afraid to get into the face of an opposing wide receiver at the line of scrimmage. However, he lacks the speed and acceleration to make pays on the ball if a receiver does break free of his initial coverage . That being said, Tryon has proven to be an asset on special teams and if he makes the 53-man roster, he would surely have significant responsibilities in that department.

Heading into training camp this season, the Giants currently have four cornerbacks that are a lock to make the roster, but Tryon is not one of them. With projected starters Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas, along with recent draft picks Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley, the team  will most likely take one more player to fill out the depth chart.

If healthy, Tryon should be the favorite to win the final cornerback spot. However, Antwaun Molden and Michael Coe are going to be stiff competition. Molden, in particular, played in all 16 games for the New England Patriots last season, and recorded two interceptions. However, Tryon does not seem too worried about the competition.

The defense, it all ties into what I do best. So I’m cool, I don’t care about the competition (at corner) because I know if I do what I do, I’ll be fine.’ Guys asked me if I’m worried about the competition? No, because if I handle myself, I’ll be okay.

It should be interesting to watch how the battle at cornerback plays out during training camp. Not only is there competition to fill out the bottom of the depth chart, but even the identities of both the second starting cornerback and nickel cornerback are still not officially determined. Stay tuned to Giants 101 for further updates regarding the team's situation in the defensive backfield.

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