The next stop for Terrell Thomas is the regular season. At least he hopes it is.
The cornerback hasn’t made the team yet, but he feels confident that coming off of back-to-back ACL surgeries he has shown enough that he’ll be part of the 53-man roster when it is whittled down this weekend.
“I did everything they asked me to do,” Thomas said. “From day one of OTAs I’ve been out there, followed their plan and I progressed all of training camp and had a good showing the last two preseason games. I did everything I could do. Obviously it’s a business and they have to do what’s best for the team, I understand, but I think I did a great job to make the 53-man roster.”
Last night Thomas was beaten by Josh Boyce on a 40-yard touchdown pass, finding himself in one-on-one coverage against the receiver on the outside. Thomas has played mostly inside as a nickelback this preseason. He stumbled in coverage and that allowed Boyce to get past him.
“All I know is I was in lead position, I got bumped, and touchdown,” Thomas said. “It’s part of the game, no excuse, I got to make that play. I thought I came back and bounced back and made a couple of plays for our defense after that.”
In a way, Thomas said he was glad he gave up the score, especially since it was in the preseason.
“I needed to get that first touchdown out of the way,” he said. “It’s a part of the game, I was able to bounce back, got my hand on a couple of balls, got great work in the slot.”
That’s where he’ll likely play for the Giants in the regular season if he makes the team.
“I was real happy with how I did in the slot,” he said. “I think I showed well on film the last two weeks during practice and being able to bounce back every day without any swelling (in the knee), I think that’s the main thing they were looking at.
“I haven’t gotten too much work at corner so I’m definitely more comfortable in the slot,” he added. “Wherever they need me I can play. I’m a football player. Two years removed, still getting the rust off me. It’s a work in progress.”