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Giants '13 free agent list

January, 1, 2013
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Happy New Year! It's 2013 and the New York Giants can officially start looking forward to this upcoming season.

GM Jerry Reese believes the Giants still have a championship contending core but he also promises that the roster will look slightly different next season.

Here is the unofficial Giants' unrestricted/restricted/exclusive rights free agent list:

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

T Will Beatty -- Hard to find starting left tackles. Might be most important Giants free agent.
DE Osi Umenyiora -- Won't rule out return but sounds ready to move on.
G Kevin Boothe -- Versatile and solid. Giants should bring him back.
TE Martellus Bennett -- Should only get better but will another team offer more money?
S Kenny Phillips -- Would like to see him back but for right price.
LB Chase Blackburn -- Solid vet is an asset but is NYG ready to go with Mark Herzlich?
LB Keith Rivers -- When healthy, showed glimpses of speed and athleticism.
K Lawrence Tynes -- Best NFL kicker until shaky finish. Should still be re-signed.
DT Rocky Bernard -- Cheap and reliable but Marvin Austin needs snaps.
WR Domenik Hixon -- Solid veteran provides depth and a punt returner.
WR Ramses Barden -- Shined in start vs. CAR but didn't get many other opportunities.
QB David Carr -- Knows system and works well with Eli.
TE Travis Beckum -- Injuries hampered Giants career.
T Sean Locklear -- Great until suffering ugly knee injury.
CB Justin Tryon -- Invite to camp?
RB Kregg Lumpkin -- Saw some third-down duties.
DT Shaun Rogers -- Blood clot kept him out of '12.
CB Brian Witherspoon -- Has to come back from another ACL tear.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

WR Victor Cruz -- Time to pay the salsa.
S Stevie Brown -- The surprise of 2012 could be starting safety next season.
RB Andre Brown -- On the mend after broken leg derailed best season.
TE Bear Pascoe -- Versatile and needed for blocking.
RB Ryan Torain -- Didn't play much.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

DE Adrian Tracy -- 'Yosi' (Young Osi) might see bigger role.
C Jim Cordle -- Good for depth/special teams.
DE Justin Trattou -- Giants like his potential.

Tell us what you want to see happen with the Giants' free agents below.

Injury report: WR Nicks doubtful

September, 28, 2012
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Analysis: With Hakeem Nicks (foot/knee) doubtful, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride could start Domenik Hixon or Ramses Barden against Philadelphia on Sunday. Even if Barden doesn't get the nod, you can expect him to have a big role.

The fourth-year wideout exploded for nine catches and 138 yards in the Giants' Week 3 win over Carolina.

Antrel Rolle is questionable with a knee injury, but defensive coordinator Perry Fewell expects Rolle to play.

If he can't go on Sunday, look for reserve Stevie Brown to take his place.

With Jayron Hosley out due to a hamstring injury, Fewell may turn to Will Hill, Justin Tryon or Michael Coe to fill the void at third corner. Prince Amukamara is expected to start at corner opposite Corey Webster.

Here is the full injury report:

NEW YORK GIANTS

Out

T David Diehl (knee; did not practice)
CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring; did not practice)
LB Keith Rivers (hamstring; did not practice)

Doubtful

WR Hakeem Nicks (foot/knee; did not practice)

Questionable

CB Michael Coe (hamstring; limited practice)
S Antrel Rolle (knee; limited practice)

Probable

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck; full practice)
WR Domenik Hixon (concussion; full practice)
DE Adewale Ojomo (hamstring; full practice)
CB Corey Webster (hand; full practice)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Out

T King Dunlap (hamstring; did not practice)
LB Akeem Jordan (hamstring; did not practice)

Questionable

S Colt Anderson (knee; full practice)
WR Riley Cooper (collarbone; full practice)
LS Jon Dorenbos (anke; limited practice)

Probable

LB Jamar Chaney (knee; full practice)
DE Trent Cole (shoulder;full practice)
WR Damaris Johnson (foot; full practice)
DT Derek Landri (knee; full practice)
WR Jeremy Maclin (hip; full practice)
RB LeSean McCoy (rib; full practice)

Coughlin: Wait and see on Prince

September, 17, 2012
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Tom Coughlin said Prince Amukamara still had "some issues" last week with his high ankle sprain but is hoping the cornerback can help on Thursday against Carolina.

Coughlin said Amukamara will have to show in practice on Tuesday that he is a little stronger and he might have to play through some pain. Amukamara has been sidelined by a high ankle sprain since Aug. 24.

"We'll see," Coughlin said. "He did work last week, as everybody knows, and he did have one really good day ... (and) a couple of days where we had some issues, so we'll see how he is having been able to rest here.

"Hopefully he'll be a little bit stronger," Coughlin added. "Maybe perhaps play with a minimal amount of pain. We'll just have to see."

Rookie Jayron Hosley started in place of Amukamara while also handling slot receivers on three-wide sets. Coughlin seemed to like what he saw from the third-round pick.

"He battled," Coughlin said. "He's a competitive, scrappy guy and flew around pretty good. I think he got a bunch of that stuff from the field [turf] in his eye and had to come out for a little bit, but he competes."

Coughlin said Justin Tryon was called into action because Michael Coe was still dealing with his hamstring injury. Tryon was covering Mike Williams when Josh Freeman hit Williams on a game-tying 41-yard touchdown pass with 1:58 remaining.

"The Williams catch, that was a heck of a play by him," Coughlin said. "I thought Justin was in pretty good shape. Actually, he did have a better idea that the ball was there than maybe some of the previous balls, to be honest with you, but I'm not going to take anything away from Williams or where the ball was thrown. It was thrown very well.

"But it's not what we’re looking for," he added of the secondary. "I'm sure they're thinking the same thing this morning as well, but we'd like to be in better position for those balls and hopefully we'll continue to improve with regards to that. But you have to again realize that there's some quality people on the field against you."

Five Plays That Shaped The Game: Week 1

September, 6, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Each week this season, we'll take a look back at the five key plays in each and every Giants game.

So, without further ado, here are the five from the Giants' 24-17 loss to the Cowboys in the regular season opener Wednesday night:

1. The fumble. After both teams had a three-and-out to start the game, the Giants started their second possession on their own 13-yard line. Eli Manning got the offense in rhythm, driving the team all the way down to the Dallas 29 -- that's when rookie running back David Wilson coughed up the ball, on just his second NFL carry. The Cowboys recovered -- a major momentum shift early in the game.

2. The goal-line stand. Early in the second quarter, the Giants had the ball, first-and-goal at the 1-yard line, following a Michael Boley interception return. But Ahmad Bradshaw lost yardage on both first and second down, and Manning threw incomplete to Victor Cruz on third-and-goal from the 4. The Giants wanted a pass interference penalty called, but it never should have come to that. They had to settle for a field goal and just a 3-0 lead.

3. The double move. The Cowboys led 7-3 at intermission, and got the ball to start the second half. That's when Tony Romo & Co. took control of the game. Romo finished off the drive with a 40-yard touchdown strike to Kevin Ogletree -- Ogletree's second TD of the game. Giants cornerback Corey Webster was the culprit, biting badly on a double move. Dallas led 14-3.

4. The giant leap. Romo wasn't done picking apart the Giants' secondary. Early in the fourth quarter, with the Cowboys leading 14-10, they mounted another lengthy drive. Dallas got all the way down to the New York 14-yard line, before back-to-back offensive penalties gave them a 1st-and-30 at the Giants' 34-yard line. On that very play, Romo connected with Miles Austin -- who out-leaped Giants cornerback Justin Tryon -- for a 34-yard touchdown that gave the Cowboys a 24-10 lead with a little more than six minutes remaining.

5. The finishing touch. Trailing 24-17, the Giants had one last chance to get the ball back, with a little more than two minutes remaining. But they needed to stop the Cowboys on a 3rd-and-10 at the Dallas 26-yard line, to force a punt. Instead, Romo picked on Tryon again, connecting with Ogletree for a 13-yard gain. Dallas ran out the clock from there, sending the Super Bowl champs home with an 0-1 record.

Giants lose yet another cornerback to injury

September, 6, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants’ secondary situation went from bad to worse Wednesday night.

Not only did Big Blue lose its regular season opener, 24-17, to the Cowboys, but they lost yet another cornerback to injury.

Michael Coe, the six-year vet who was making his first NFL start in place of the injured Prince Amukamara, left the game near the end of the third quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return.

"There is another corner we're staring at being down," said coach Tom Coughlin after the game.

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Noah K. Murray/US PresswireMichael Coe left late in the third quarter with a hamstring issue.
It remains to be seen whether Coe will be available for the team's next game on Sept. 16 at home against the Buccaneers.

"I don’t really think it’s significant," Coe said of the injury. "I didn’t pull it, or anything like that. It just kinda got real tight on me, so I couldn’t really burst like I wanted to. The strength is pretty good on that hamstring, so hopefully it’s not too bad."

Coe had played in 27 NFL games over five seasons before Wednesday night, but was pressed into starting duty for the first time when Amukamara was ruled out of the regular season opener because of an ankle injury.

The 28-year-old's first NFL start was a mixed bag. He was picked on by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in the early going, giving up a couple of third-down completions in the first quarter. But he recovered to make a couple of nice plays in the field as well.

In fact, on his final play before exiting the game, he knocked down a pass intended for Kevin Ogletree in the end zone on a third-and-goal late in the third quarter.

Coe revealed after the game that he actually injured his hamstring on the previous play. "For me it was just frustrating that I couldn’t go out there and finish with my teammates," Coe said.

It was frustrating for the Giants as well. Justin Tryon -- another six-year vet, with just eight NFL starts under his belt -- replaced Coe in the lineup. And Tryon got exposed as well.

He gave up a 34-yard touchdown pass to Miles Austin that made the score 24-10 Cowboys with just over six minutes remaining in the game. And then, with the score 24-17 and the Giants needing a third-down stop to get the ball back with a chance to tie, Tryon gave up a 13-yard reception to Ogletree on 3rd-and-10 that allowed the Cowboys to run out the clock.

But there is plenty of blame to go around when it comes to the Giants secondary's performance in the season opener. Even the team's top cornerback, Corey Webster, got toasted for a 40-yard touchdown by Ogletree.

"Just a double move," said Webster, "and being an aggressive cornerback I bit on the double move, and he was open right over the top. Nothing special."

"You know, he's better than that," said Coughlin. "But he'll bounce back."

Now we'll just have to wait and see who lines up opposite Webster at cornerback when the Giants host the Bucs in 11 days' time. Amukamara said this past week that he hopes to be ready by Week 2 -- that becomes even more critical now.

Will it be Amukamara? Or Coe? Or maybe Tryon? Truth be told, it's anybody's guess right now.

Drive of the Game: Cowboys in the fourth

September, 6, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Manning and the Giants were masterful at engineering fourth-quarter comebacks a season ago -- including against the Cowboys.

But on Wednesday night, it was Dallas that owned the fourth quarter -- including the biggest drive of the game, an 82-yard march that essentially salted away the Cowboys' 24-17 victory.

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Al Bello/Getty ImagesMiles Austin makes a catch that turns into a 34-yard TD.
The Giants actually had the ball to start the fourth quarter, trailing by a touchdown, 17-10. They were going to be forced to punt from deep in their own territory, but were bailed out by a roughing-the-passer penalty after a Manning incompletion on third down. Still, the Giants could not take advantage, and were forced to punt the ball away.

That's when the drive of the game commenced, with the Cowboys taking over on their own 18-yard line and 13:03 remaining. It was up to the Giants' defense to stop Tony Romo & Co., and give the offense another chance to tie the game. But they couldn't do so.

Instead, Dallas went 82 yards in eight plays, taking a precious seven minutes and six seconds off the clock in the process.

The Cowboys utilized a mixture of the run and the pass during this critical stretch. DeMarco Murray had a couple of nice rushes, and Romo connected with both Miles Austin and Kevin Ogletree on big plays.

The most remarkable thing about this climactic drive? The Cowboys committed five penalties -- five! -- yet still stuck the ball in the end zone.

Dallas never even faced a third down. But they did face a first-and-30 from the Giants' 34-yard line after back-to-back 10-yard penalties. That's when Romo hit the jackpot, lofting a ball down the left-hand side that Austin reeled in over Giants cornerback Justin Tryon, taking it in for the score.

After the extra point, the Cowboys led 24-10. The Giants had less than six minutes on the clock, needing two touchdowns to tie. And that was too much to ask this time around.

Cornerback could be area of concern

August, 25, 2012
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Prince AmukamaraBrad Penner/US PresswirePrince Amukamara is carted to the locker room on Friday night.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- So where do they go from here?

The New York Giants came into the 2012 season thinking they were pretty stacked at cornerback. But if Prince Amukamara doesn't recover from a mild high-ankle sprain in time for the team's regular-season opener against the Cowboys on Sept. 5, who starts opposite Corey Webster?

"I'm glad it is only an ankle sprain," defensive captain Justin Tuck said. "You get carted off, you start thinking the worst. (Prince) was playing well and making strides. I hope this doesn't set him back too much. He is definitely going to be a part of our success on defense, being that second corner opposite Corey. We are going to need him to get back in a hurry. Hopefully it isn't something that keeps him out for weeks."

Rookie third-round pick Jayron Hosley had a 77-yard pick-six against the Jets, but did not play in Friday night's 20-17 preseason loss to the Bears due to turf toe.

Reserve Bruce Johnson struggled in place of Amukamara. Johnson appeared to draw the ire of safety Kenny Phillips after apparently botching his zone coverage against Brandon Marshall, who caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler late in the first quarter.

"You gotta be ready at all times," Johnson said. "With me, I didn't think I played all that great. Just technical things, like on that first play I should've put my hands out a bit more. But like I said, I just gotta work on it.

"I'm just out here trying to compete and just get better and do whatever I can do to help this team. Whatever they see fit for me, I'll do whatever I can do."

Michael Coe and Justin Tryon are other candidates who could start if Amukamara does have to miss time.

"Michael Coe seemed to go in and play pretty well," coach Tom Coughlin said. "I didn't think they went after him. Can't really say much about the other guys."

Said Tuck, "I am confident in all of our guys. We got a lot of athletes back there and some of our safeties can drop down and play the nickel and things like that. Obviously Trel (Antrel Rolle) has done it and Will Hill is stepping up and doing it and we will get Hosley back. I think we will be fine there."

Plan B: Thomas contingency options

July, 31, 2012
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Terrell Thomas is heading west to consult with Dr. Arthur Ting on his injured right ACL.

Ting performed an allograft reconstruction of the ACL last September and Thomas likely will undergo an arthroscopic procedure to determine the full damage to his knee.

A source said Monday that Thomas' knee has at least a partial tear. Considering this is the third time he has injured his right ACL since 2005, Thomas could miss significant time, if not the entire season. We'll still have to wait for final word.

While we wait, let's take a look at what the Giants might do if Thomas is out indefinitely or for the season.

THE REPLACEMENTS: GM Jerry Reese knew there was a risk with Thomas' knee. That is why Thomas only got $1 million guaranteed in a signing bonus when he re-signed this offseason, and why the Giants have a $6 million option on Thomas next March. It is also why he brought so many cornerbacks into camp. Here's a look at some of the guys who could start opposite Corey Webster:

Amukamara
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Prince Amukamara: Reese says his expectation is for Amukamara to play like the 19th overall pick of the 2011 draft. And if Prince does that, he'll be the starter if Thomas is out for the season. It may take some time, though, for Amukamara to win the job. The lockout last year cost him his first offseason of vital classroom time with coaches. He missed pretty much all of camp and most of his rookie season due to a foot injury. So this is his first true year of NFL training and coaching. He has flashed some of his skills so far with an interception and some tight coverage the past couple of days in camp. Prince is the guy the Giants would like to become the starter, but they won't rush him into that spot.

Coe
Coe
Michael Coe: The veteran cornerback is attempting a comeback from a season-ending shoulder injury suffered last year. He has pretty much been the guy starting at corner when Thomas wasn't on the field in practice during OTAs, minicamp and training camp. Coe is a solid veteran presence and he might be the front-runner for the job until Prince emerges.

Tryon
Tryon
Justin Tryon: Tryon is scrappy and quick, works hard and the Giants like him. He is coming off a season-ending broken arm suffered last year. He and Coe have impressed in OTAs and minicamp and he definitely is in the mix to replace Thomas as the starter and could be right there on the depth chart with Coe. Tryon is a good special teams player as well.

Johnson
Johnson
Bruce Johnson: Johnson was off to a great start at camp last year before he ruptured his Achilles tendon. He is back and has been working with the second-team defense. He is solid and the Giants have always liked him.

Jayron Hosley: The Giants drafted Hosley in the third round this year and Reese likened him to Pacman Jones on the field, as far as how he plays bigger and stronger than his 5-10 frame. Hosley might need more time to get acclimated to the defense and pro game, but he has flashed speed during camp. He also could be a special teams factor eventually. He suffered a laceration to his knee, though, on Monday and required stitches.

Other options in camp (but more likely depth) include Antwaun Molden, Brandon Bing, Dante Hughes and CB/S Janzen Jackson.

Grant
Grant
POTENTIAL MOVE: If Thomas is out for the year and the Giants place him on IR, they could always bring back veteran safety Deon Grant. Grant isn't a cornerback, but he was a pivotal piece in Perry Fewell's defense. He would allow the Giants to play their three-safety look again and perhaps use Antrel Rolle on slot receivers again if there isn't a cornerback to emerge that they trust against slot receivers.

Last year, when Thomas and so many other corners were lost for the season, the Giants went with three safeties and Grant would provide them with one more guy to help the coverage team. Grant's knowledge of the defense is excellent and he was one of the most respected leaders in the locker room.

The Giants also could wait to see what else becomes available later in camp and if any cornerbacks are released by other teams. If they don't bring Grant back, they could use Thomas' roster spot to keep another safety like Stevie Brown or Will Hill if Thomas is out for the season.

In the meantime, we'll wait to see the final word with Thomas. Fewell has said in the past that the team had a Plan B in place in case Thomas wasn't ready to come back.

Tell us who you want to replace Thomas if he is out indefinitely below.
The news out of New York Giants training camp in Albany on Monday was not good. The team announced that cornerback Terrell Thomas, who is attempting to come back from a second tear of the ACL in his right knee, has suffered another injury to that ligament. They have not announced that it is torn again -- only that he'll have arthroscopic surgery to determine the extent of the injury. But should they go in there with the scope and find that it's torn again, Thomas will have to miss the 2012 season and possibly worry about the remainder of his career.

Thomas
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"Terrell re-injured his ACL," Giants senior vice president of medical services Ronnie Barnes said in a statement released by the team. "At this point, he will most likely undergo an arthroscopic procedure to determine the extent of the injury to the ACL. However, no decision has been made at this point. Terrell is going to consult with Dr. (Arthur) Ting, who performed an allograft reconstruction of the ACL in September."

The first and most important thing to note about this is that it would be awful news for Thomas personally. The main reason players generally don't come back from a second torn ACL is that most of them aren't able to get through the grueling, one-year rehab for a second time. Thomas did that and went to training camp determined to reclaim his status as a Giants starter and an emerging star cornerback. If he's torn it again, he'll be devastated, and the prospect of a third rehab just for a chance at a comeback will appear staggeringly difficult. No matter who your favorite team is, if you're human, you have to hurt for a guy in this situation. The game is just very cruel.

As for the impact on the team, the Giants are actually fairly well positioned to handle the loss of Thomas again. It's not ideal, certainly, and one of the main reasons they so easily parted company with free-agent Aaron Ross (who started in Thomas' place last season) was because of their belief that Thomas would come back healthy. But they always knew there was a chance he wouldn't, and 2011 first-round pick Prince Amukamara waits in the wings as the most likely replacement. The Giants also drafted cornerback Jayron Hosley in the third round of April's draft, and have depth on the roster in the form of guys like Michael Coe, Justin Tryon and Antwaun Molden.

There's also the chance that they could bring back veteran safety Deon Grant, who re-signed during training camp last season once injuries began to deplete the secondary. After Grant signed last year, they were able to use safety Antrel Rolle as their nickel cornerback with Grant and Kenny Phillips at safety. So keep an eye on that possibility.

As for money, the only guaranteed money in Thomas' new contract, per Mike Garafolo, is his $1 million signing bonus. The contract was structured in such a way as to protect the Giants financially in case Thomas got injured again.

Obviously, their preference would be for the news to come back better than expected so they could pay him the full amount of his contract to start and play for them. But right now, it doesn't sound good.

Camp preview: Defensive backs

July, 18, 2012
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As training camp approaches we're taking a look at the defending champions, position by position.

Position: Defensive backs.

Projected starters: CB Corey Webster, CB Terrell Thomas, S Antrel Rolle and S Kenny Phillips.

Win McNamee/Getty ImagesTerrell Thomas, who signed a new contract in the offseason, is returning from a knee injury.


Projected reserves: CB Prince Amukamara, CB Jayron Hosley, CB Michael Coe, CB Justin Tryon, S Tyler Sash, S Stevie Brown.

New faces: Hosley, Brown, CB Antwaun Molden, S Chris Horton, S Will Hill, DB Janzen Jackson, DB Dante Hughes and S JoJo Nicolas.

Going, going, gone: CB Aaron Ross, S Deon Grant, S Will Blackmon and DB Derrick Martin.

Player to watch: Thomas. He has been cleared for training camp coming off the second torn ACL injury of his football career. He was having an outstanding camp last year and was poised for perhaps his best season before he suffered his season-ending knee injury in a preseason game. Thomas is motivated to prove that he can return to the level he was at before; if he can, the Giants secondary will be better than it was last season with one of its best tackling defenders back opposite Webster. Thomas may also cover slot receivers as well.

Potential strength: The secondary will be a competitive unit in training camp and might be deeper than last season if healthy. GM Jerry Reese signed Brown, Molden and Horton while drafting Hosley in the third round. Thomas said that Coe and Tryon shined during OTAs and minicamp while getting extra reps in his place as he took things slow with his surgically repaired knee. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell also praised CB Brandon Bing for his play during OTAs.

Amukamara should improve in his second season even though he missed most of his rookie year due to a foot injury. And if Amukamara isn't ready for more snaps, veterans like Coe, Tryon, Molden and potentially Bruce Johnson, who missed all of last season due to injury, can step up. Due to injuries last season, Rolle had to take on even more responsibilities such as covering slot receivers at times. With a healthier secondary, Rolle should be able to return to playing a more familiar role at safety and be the ball hawk that he yearns to be.

Potential weakness: Health. Thomas, Coe, Tryon and Johnson are all returning from season-ending injuries. If Thomas struggles to regain his form, the Giants will need someone else to step up. Amukamara required an injection to help strengthen his foot, which kept him out for half of last season. Health is always a concern for the Giants and their secondary. The Giants also lose valuable experience and leadership with Grant still unsigned.

Wild card: Amukamara. He lost most of his rookie season and valuable experience and coaching due to his broken foot suffered in training camp. The Giants drafted him in the first round in 2011 with hopes that he will become a starting cornerback soon. The hope for this season is that he will replace Ross as the third cornerback, mature and show his first-round pedigree.

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