New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas says he’s pacing himself as he continues to rehab from his second ACL surgery in two years.
“I’ve controlled myself a little bit more,” Thomas said, per ESPNNewYork.com. “Last year, I was killing myself. It worked out, when I went back I was in great shape, when I came back I was in great shape. This year, it’s just being a little more cautious.”
“There’s no dates at all,” he added. “There’s no hurry, no rush. There wasn’t one last year. I was just ahead of schedule last year. This year, we’re taking it slower, as far as rehab, building the foundation. I’m doing everything already. [Just] not in a rush to get out there for indoor, OTAs or whatever.”
This time around, Thomas’ recovery from ACL surgery is slightly different since the procedure he underwent was different.
“The first two were cadavers and this one was patellar tendon,” Thomas said. “That’s the part that makes it harder, because they open up the patellar tendon.”
Thomas claims “the knee’s doing great” and he might be on the field soon to do individual work.
Thomas is willing to play safety or any other position, as long as he’s on the field.
“All that safety talk, that was just based on my knee, how I come back,” Thomas said. “In that safety role, it’s kind of like the nickel. When we had the three-safety look, it’s pretty much nickel, it’s just a bigger nickel position. So I already know that position.
“That’s a position I played my first and second year at the nickel spot so it wouldn’t be a hard transition,” he continued. “I played a little safety in 2010. We had a package where I would go into the post. I had an interception, a couple tackles as well.”
He was asked if safety would be better for his knee.
“[Playing corner] it’s more being on an island,” Thomas said. “Your knee is in a more unstable situation. You have to react to the receiver. Safety is more you’re dictating. So I think that’s why Jerry Reese said that.
“But I already knew I’d switch to safety later in my career just because of my body type, the way I play. So I’m not scared at all. If they tell me I’m going to play kicker, I’ll play kicker.”
Even though Thomas re-injured his knee last season, he’s not worried about getting back into action.
“You gotta get back out there,” Thomas said. “You gotta jump back on that horse. I’m not scared at all man. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.
“I’ve done everything I could last year,” Thomas added. “It just wasn’t meant to be. I’m taking that same attitude, just work my butt off, rehabbing. When the doctors say I’m clear, the Giants feel I can go out there, and I feel like I’m ready, then I’m good.”