EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants were able to win a Super Bowl last season despite losing one of their key players before the even regular season even began: starting cornerback Terrell Thomas.
Thomas was lost for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears.
But the Giants re-signed the 27-year-old Thomas in March, and he was present for the team's first organized workout of the offseason on Wednesday, taking part in individual drills.
"In training camp, I’ll be full go, without a doubt," said Thomas. "The way my knee’s feeling right now, I should be able to do everything by that time. Probably no contact, but I’ll be able to do seven on seven."
When asked about the injury and his year away from the game, Thomas said, "It was a blessing. I learned a lot as a father, as a young man, and as a football player."
In his absence, the Giants elevated Aaron Ross to a starting cornerback slot, along with Corey Webster.
Ross signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars during the offseason, so that starting position is up for grabs again.
The Giants have high hopes for Prince Amukamara, their first-round draft pick from a year ago, who missed most of last season with a broken left foot.
Amukamara was also in attendance on Wednesday, but is still limited by the injury.
Speaking of injuries, the Giants lost fellow cornerback Brian Witherspoon on Wednesday. Witherspoon, who missed all of last season with an ACL tear, suffered the same injury, in the same knee, in the first workout of the offseason.
"It was heartbreaking," said Thomas. "Just a basic Cover 2 drill, seemed like the knee just gave out."
Thomas said he is being as careful as he can be to come back healthy and stay that way. "I’m in no rush," Thomas said. "I’m ahead of schedule, and I’m gonna do what I can, and I’m gonna keep pushing it, but I’m not gonna rush it at all."