Big Blue Morning: Hosley in trouble

June, 5, 2014
Jun 5
9:30
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Not to beat a dead horse here, but...

Hosley
Hosley
If your third-round pick misses four games in his first year because of injury and misses five games in his second year because of injury, and prior to his third year you feel compelled to sign four free agents who play his position, and then he gets suspended for the first four games of that third year for drugs ... Well, you've not made a good third-round pick.

The New York Giants thought they had a potential steal when they took cornerback Jayron Hosley with the 94th pick of the 2012 draft. And the way he played as a slot cornerback for them early in that season backed them up. He had slid in the draft following reports that he tested positive for marijuana at the scouting combine. The Giants, coming off their second Super Bowl title in five years, felt they could take the chance on Hosley in the third round -- even after taking one on David Wilson in the first and another on Rueben Randle in the second and right before taking project tight end Adrien Robinson in the fourth.

Hey, you lose some, you lose some.

Hosley wasn't exactly banging his head against the top of the Giants' depth chart at cornerback this offseason. Not after the Giants signed free-agent cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond, Trumaine McBride and Zack Bowman. Heck, they even drafted a cornerback, Notre Dame's Bennett Jackson, in the sixth round. Now, following the news that he will miss the first four games of the season while suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy, Hosley's road to the final roster is tough to see. He's eligible to participate in all offseason practices and preseason games, but man, he's going to have to really dazzle this coaching staff to convince them to keep him around for another 12-game season.

It also bears mentioning that Hosley is the second member of the Giants' secondary to be suspended for substance abuse in the past week, which is a pretty bad pace. Safety Will Hill was waived Monday after receiving his third drug suspension in as many years, and it can't please the people who run the Giants that much of the offseason news of the past week has been about their defensive backs and drugs.

Anyway, OTAs are open to media today, though it appears the practice will be indoors because of weather. I'll be there, of course, and asking questions. Catch up with you a little bit later on.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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