DB Terrell Thomas is here at minicamp but not participating in team drills. He is still rehabbing from ACL surgeries that have sidelined him the past two seasons.
In 2011, the Giants won a Super Bowl without him and then failed to qualify for the postseason last year. In both campaigns he was sorely missed. The former USC star was the Giants’ leading tackler in 2009 and 2010. Since then, no Giant cornerback has even come close to matching his production.
He understands the organization had to move on in his absence, but he is determined not to let them forget about him, either. He simply wants to be a football player again and is willing to play wherever the team sees fit in order to make it happen.
Today, he held court in front of his locker, optimistic for the first time in, literally, years.
Are you still wondering how your knee can hold up this year?
“No. Not at all, to be honest with you. I’m able to do everything. It’s more just about getting comfortable and trusting myself without hesitating, without thinking, and just reacting and I’m almost there. Physically, I haven’t swelled up in the last four months and I’ve been progressing every week and each week I get better and faster and stronger, so it’s just a progression. I have to be realistic with myself knowing that I had two ACLs in one year and it’s a long journey, but I’ll be back and I’m going to shock a lot of people.”
Are you a cornerback or a safety?
“I’m whatever they need me to be. I just want to play football. At this point in my career, it’s all about getting healthy and getting on the field and contributing in any way and if that’s a leadership role, that’s a safety role, nickel, corner, kickoff, whatever; I’ll do whatever I’ve got to do.”
Was there ever a time in the last two years where you thought you weren’t going to make it back?
“I never thought I wouldn’t make it back. I just didn’t want to. ACL rehab is really hard. I did it once in college and when I tore it up in 2010 I kind of knew what to expect, but to double back on that with really no time to really overcome the first one was kind of hard mentally, more than anything. The physical part just comes with time. Once I was able to walk, I was able to start feeling a lot better and now it comes the progression, making yourself better and so on and so on.”