With Will Hill having previously been released as a result of his third suspension in three years, the New York Giants are in need of some consistency and continuity at the safety position. And now one year removed from a brutal ACL tear, Stevie Brown might be just what they're looking for.
Brown had a career year in 2012, hauling in eight interceptions which he returned for a remarkable and record-breaking 307 yards. It was the kind of season defensive backs can only dream about, and was a coming out party for the well-traveled young safety.
Poised to repeat that feat in 2013, Brown suffered the aforementioned ACL tear during the preseason and was forced to shut things down just as they were getting started. Fast forward to now and Brown is returning to health with expectations of being 100% by the start of training camp.
"It's not a thing at all," Brown told the New York Daily News. "I trust it 100 percent. … I'll probably go every single day [in training camp]. But I have to listen to the trainers and coaches."
In years past, the Giants have been very reluctant to have any players returning from injury participate daily throughout training camp — especially those returning from ACL surgery. But Brown believes he and the staff have done a good job during rehab and that routine resting days will not be needed.
"I mean, we did a good job during rehab, rehabbing it, put me through a lot of different movements like I might face on the field," he said. "There's a few good plays. I just remember getting out on the post and going on deep routes just like I used to."
As hopeful as Brown is, it would be shocking if the Giants didn't give him a few days off here and there — there's no reason to risk a setback or further injury.
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