Among the puzzling sidebars coming out of last Sunday’s loss to Denver was why Aaron Ross, listed as the third CB on the depth chart, did not play a single snap on defense. Surely, they could have used his speed and aggressiveness.
He was asked today what he believes his role on the defense is these days.
“Like I said, I don’t know what the role is but I’m prepared for any time they call me,” Ross said. “Prince went down in the Dallas game and they called my number and I was ready and prepared to go in and help the team try to make plays. If my number’s not called, I will be the supporting cast and if it’s called, I’ll be ready to go out there and ball.”
It wasn’t called at at all last week. Prince Amukamara and Corey Webster, the starting corners, played every snap. So did safeties Antrel Rolle and Ryan Mundy. When the Giants employed an extra defensive back, they called on Terrell Thomas 46 times and Jayron Hosley three times. Ross was left to watch as Peyton Manning and the Broncos shredded his unit.
Ross does not know what he did to slip down the depth chart. When Prince left the Dallas game, Ross played 35 snaps but only made one tackle and defensed one pass. Thomas played 38 plays and recorded six solo tackles with one assist a pass defended.
This should not come as a shock to many as Thomas has always been the more productive player. But Dallas was picking on Thomas, knowing he was playing in his first regular season game in nearly three years. Ross was on the outside. where he nor Corey Webster surrendered any big plays.
Ross will be needed going forward. The secondary is going to burn out at this rate and his athletic ability will be welcomed. He knows that, too.
“It’s like I said, whenever they call me, I’m ready to play.”