It's been a long time coming, but rookie safety Cooper Taylor will likely make his NFL debut on Thursday night when the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots. He had missed most of camp with a lingering hamstring injury.
"Over the last few weeks, I would definitely say the attention to detail that you need to have at this level is what I took away from camp," Taylor recently wrote, via Giants.com. "You’ve got to get everything right. You’ve got to get your feet in the right place, your hands in the right place, your eyes in the right place, and your mind in the right place in every practice."
With the season-ending ACL injury that happened to Stevie Brown this past weekend and the ankle sprain to Antrel Rolle in training camp back on August 12; it will certainly help the Giants that they will get Taylor into the fold of things and into uniform the team just before the end of the summer and on the verge of the regular season.
Plus, Will Hill will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance policy and won't be activated until Week 5, so Taylor's stock really may emerge if he can stay healthy and potentially see some important playing time. Rolle is expected back for Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys and should start opposite Ryan Mundy; who has very limited time in that role. If Mundy were to struggle, Taylor might be able to see some playing time in his rookie season.
Taylor's debut in the NFL has been an anticipated one and with the safety depth chart being slashed in the preseason, it will be a debut that will be welcomed by the team and the fans.
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