Darian Thompson impressed the New York Giants almost from the moment the third-round pick from Boise State stepped onto the practice field last season. Unfortunately, a foot injury cut his season short after just two games.
Can Thompson reclaim his starting job, and regain the form that had the Giants drooling over the idea of pairing him with Landon Collins at the back of the Giants’ defense? Let’s discuss that as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the Giants’ 90-man roster.
2016 Season In Review
Thompson had left an impression on the Giants coaching staff before training camp even began last season.
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo:
” … he is assertive, he is vocal, he is not afraid to make a mistake. I think the first thing that you need to do at that position when we ask you to make calls is not to be afraid of making a mistake and to be vocal. If he continues to do that, he will learn the defense. He is smart enough.”
Head coach Ben McAdoo:
“DT is a guy who looks like he is comfortable in his skin, he can communicate well and we know he has good ball skills. That showed up in his stat line and on his film study and he is making the most of his opportunities.”
Unfortunately, injuries handed those opportunities to first Nat Berhe and then Andrew Adams. Thompson missed time in preseason with a shoulder injury, then sat out the final 14 games with a foot injury.
2017 Season Outlook
If he is healthy and if he can get back to the level of play he had displayed before injuring his foot Thompson can be a huge asset to the Giants’ defense. Here is safety coach Dave Merritt speaking this…
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