The New York Giants’ new free safety, Darian Thompson, is expected to be ready to play in their season opener.
ESPN’s Jordan Raanan is reporting that the Giants expect Thompson to start and play a limited role in their game against the Dallas Cowboys (4:25 p.m., on Fox).
Rookie safety Darian Thompson (shoulder) expected back in limited role next week. Thompson is expected to be the… https://t.co/D2kTfV4YSI
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) September 2, 2016
Thompson has been week-to-week since suffering a shoulder injury in the Giants’ second preseason game, against the Buffalo Bills. He had been their starting free safety since the beginning of training camp.
He was drafted out of Boise State by the Giants in the fifth round. During his senior year, Thompson broke current San Diego Chargers free safety Eric Weddle’s Mountain West conference record of 18 career interceptions.
The Giants have completely remodeled their secondary. Janoris Jenkins was brought in to play the other safety position. He joins another veteran, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who was signed in 2014.
Their first-round pick, cornerback Eli Apple, may be the prize of the secondary. His mom has definitely been a prize for the media.
This unit will look to help lead New York to its first playoff berth since its Super Bowl victory in the 2011 season.
The NFC East is wide open with the injury to Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo and questionable quarterback situations with Kirk Cousins in Washington and whomever the Philadelphia Eagles decide to start.