Happy Sunday, New York Giants fans! After we close out today, there will only be one more football-free weekend before training camp begins and this long lull officially comes to an end. In the mean time, and to help pass time, here are some headlines to enjoy over your morning coffee.
It’s possible that the two most prominent faces behind a pair of Super Bowl championships in between have taken the franchise as far as they can. There was even some talk of Tom Coughlin — who turns 68 in August — being let go or retiring as last season circled the drain, while there seems to be a league-wide belief Eli Manning is in decline at 33.
Manning has bounced back before, and even at 33, he’s probably good enough with the right supporting cast. It all comes down to protection. As long as Coughlin’s Giants can find a way to keep the quarterback upright, that team always has a shot to be in the mix in the NFC East.
And as Coughlin and Manning have proven on more than one occasion, all they need is a ticket to the dance. If the Giants sneak into the playoffs, anything is possible.
The Giants have made it known they intend to play their cornerbacks close to the line of scrimmage this season and employ a lot of bump-and-run coverage. This perfectly fits Thurmond's game.
Thurmond should also help the Giants against some of the league's top tight ends, an area they've struggled in recent years. Thurmond showed he can be physical with them near the line of scrimmage and stay with them downfield.
If Thurmond can stay on the field, he looks capable of being an impact player. He can cover, make plays against the run and add a new dimension for the Giants off the edge as a pass rusher. He can also easily fill-in as a starter on the outside if something happens to Rodgers-Cromartie or Prince Amukamara.
The Giants currently have five tight ends, none of whom is head and shoulders above the other four.
That suggests playing time at the position will eventually be a shared arrangement, dictated by game plans, formations, opponents and play-calling. It’s unlikely that one player will play enough or produce the kind of numbers that will make him an obvious No. 1 at the position. Adrien Robinson and rookie free agent Xavier Grimble are two players to watch when training camp opens.
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