Sunday, August 7, 2011
Ross healthy, concerned about lack of CB depth
By Mike Mazzeo
Here’s something that might excite Giants fans: Aaron Ross says he hasn’t felt this good since his rookie year.
“I’ve been doing pretty well,” Ross replied when asked to assess how his training camp has gone thus far. “I came into camp in shape and I feel really good this year. I’m healthy. I feel like my old self. I have my balance back, my speed back, so I’m ready to go.”
Said head coach Tom Coughlin: “I think he’s been good. He’s had a few circumstances as is with all the players but he’s spry, he’s done a nice job back there in punt returns and he’s been energetic, enthusiastic, his mind’s been in the right place. I think he’s done ok.”
Ross said he finally feels like his old, aggressive self again, and that should bode well for the Giants’ secondary. He said he didn’t really do anything different in the offseason.
Just don’t ask him to play safety ever again.
“No more safety talk, please,” Ross said.
Ross says he’s concerned with the team’s lack of depth at cornerback now that Prince Amukamara and Bruce Johnson are out, calling it a “big issue.”
“Losing Bruce Johnson was huge and then losing Prince on the second day, that’s huge as well,” Ross said. “Like I said, team depth at corner is really important right now, especially with how fast corners go down throughout the season. Losing those two guys is really big.”
But despite the lack of depth, Ross doesn’t expect his role -- playing on nickel situations on the outside -- to change.
As for Amukamara’s fractured foot, Ross said “it sucks for him now, but hopefully he can get surgery on it and get back sooner rather than later.”
Ross said he hasn’t had a chance to talk to the rookie, but knows if someone could give Amukamara advice on injuries, it’s him.
“I really haven’t had a chance to talk to him,” Ross said, “but I can sit down and talk to him about two years worth of injuries. I have a lot of wisdom behind injuries that I would like to share with him.”