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Report: Patriots work out Terrell Thomas

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The Patriots have reportedly visited with one of the top unsigned veteran defensive backs.

Cornerback Terrell Thomas, who played for the Giants last season, had a tryout with New England, Howard Balzer of The Sports Xchange reported Thursday.

The 29-year-old Thomas played 16 games (seven starts) for New York in 2013, recording 67 tackles, defending seven passes and intercepting one pass. He had missed the 2011 and 2012 seasons with anterior cruciate ligament injuries in his right knee.

A willing tackler, Thomas (6-0, 191) has notched 298 tackles and intercepted 12 passes in regular season play since entering the NFL with the Giants in 2007. When healthy, he was a productive member of the Giants’ defense, and he was able to contribute regularly a season ago; according to Pro Football Focus, Thomas logged 588 snaps in the 2013 regular season, an average of around 37 snaps per contest.

The Patriots have made some big changes to their cornerback corps in the offseason, signing Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. Browner, a former Pro Bowler with Seattle, will be suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season.

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10 Responses to “Report: Patriots work out Terrell Thomas”
  1. i, flounder says: May 22, 2014 8:06 PM

    i guess that means police should look into thomas’s past to see if he’s killed a handful of people. the patriots being interested in you is pretty much an admission of guilt.

  2. doctorrustbelt says: May 22, 2014 8:23 PM

    … but… we aren’t shopping Ryan Mallet around… I swear.

  3. firstdownpunt says: May 22, 2014 8:26 PM

    At first I was going to make a joke about a torn ACL being a prerequisite to playing for the Patriots but then it got me thinking, how many players have not suffered a season ending or compromising injury? Probably less than players that have. In this day and age, coming off a serious injury isn’t as serious, I guess.

  4. nyfootballgiants says: May 22, 2014 9:00 PM

    Great guy, wonderful comeback – strong in run support. However, I watched receivers running by him all year long

  5. bigdaddystyle says: May 22, 2014 9:07 PM

    He no longer has the ultra quickness that was so impressive before these past two procedures, but he was decent last season. Not sure he is special teams healthy though.

  6. pattunya says: May 22, 2014 9:11 PM

    We would love to have you here Thomas…if healthy.

  7. harrisonhits2 says: May 22, 2014 9:20 PM

    Looks like he’d be another good camp signing. If he works out great if not its probably not going to cost them very much to find out.

  8. thestrategyexpert says: May 22, 2014 9:36 PM

    Terrell is worth a look and he’ll find a team eventually.

  9. mrf47 says: May 22, 2014 9:36 PM

    Without two torn ACLs Terrell Thomas would be considered among the very best defensive backs in the NFL. Guy can flat-out play when healthy.

  10. tinytoolalldrool says: May 23, 2014 9:11 AM

    Browner got screwed with that suspension.

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