Terrell Thomas was a starting cornerback for the Giants in 2009 and 2010 before missing all of 2011 when he suffered a torn ACL in the preseason. Now Thomas says that he’ll be right back in his starting spot when the 2012 season starts.
“I am. I don’t care what they say,” Thomas said when asked if he’s a starter, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
The “they” Thomas refers to is apparently anyone who says cornerback Prince Amukamara will beat Thomas out for the starting spot opposite Corey Webster, although Thomas says he’s not taking a shot at Amukamara with that comment.
“There’s no disrespect for any of the guys in the locker room,” Thomas said. “It’s just my mentality. As a rookie I said I was going to be a starter. I just worked my butt off and finally became one. Especially at the corner position you’ve got to be confident in that manner in my opinion. I can’t be sitting here saying, ‘Well, we’ll see.’”
Thomas signed a new contract with the Giants that was essentially a “prove-it” deal, putting him in a position to demonstrate that he can be an effective starter this year and then make starter money next year. Proving it is exactly what Thomas intends to do.