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Giants looking at cornerbacks

8/24/2011

A couple of days after losing starter Terrell Thomas and backup Brian Witherspoon for the season due to injuries, the New York Giants today had a bunch of cornerbacks come in for workouts. Mike Garafolo reports that there were four of them (who all left in the same van, which is downright adorable) and that two of them were Lito Sheppard and Brian Williams. Mike also checked with Randall Gay's agent, who said his client was not one of the four.

Earlier in training camp, Giants first-round draft pick Prince Amukamara suffered an injury that will keep him out for at least the first month of the season, and reserve Bruce Johnson is also out for the entire season. The team is therefore looking at several options. Mike reported via twitter that safety Antrel Rolle was with the corners at the beginning of Wednesday's practice.

I assume the Giants will sign at least one of the guys they had in today, if for no other reason than to get an extra body in there for these practices. Corey Webster and Aaron Ross are going to have to handle starter's duties, but it's not a position at which you want to be caught thin. And right now, though Giants fans always get on my case for saying this about their team, the Giants are extremely thin at cornerback.

UPDATE (5:29 pm): The Giants announced that they have signed Williams, a 32-year-old veteran who has 19 interceptions in a nine-year NFL career that has included stops in Minnesota, Jacksonville and Atlanta. He was a regular starter for most of his career, but spent 2010 in a reserve role with the Falcons, for whom he played all 16 games but started just one.