Terrell Thomas: My goal is Week 1

New York Giants defensive back Terrell Thomas found motivation in different places while rehabbing his knee injury. Now, his goal is to return at full strength for week one against the Dallas Cowboys.

Two years ago Terrell Thomas had a major setback to his career during a preseason game against the Chicago Bears. Thomas tore his ACL and was placed on the injured reserve for the rest of the season.

The next year Thomas reinjured his knee during preseason and once again had to sit out the whole season.After three knee injuries Thomas is getting another chance at his NFL career. This could be his last opportunity to resurrect his career.

"This is the first day," Thomas said. "It's a starting point. It's exciting. A lot of people have been rooting for me and I'm happy just to be in this position, and to be blessed to have another opportunity."

Thomas was drafted in the second round of the 2008 draft by the Giants and quickly made his way up the depth chart into a starting position. During his three active seasons with Big Blue, Thomas has 231 combined tackles and 11 career interceptions. During Thomas' final healthy season in 2010 he has 101 combined tackles and five interceptions. No. 24 might find himself seeing time at safety this season because of his tackling ability.

"I'm coming back as a football player," Thomas said. "I don't know what they're going to do with me. We've talked about the safety role, the nickel role, the corner role. I think it's whatever I can take on. I think the sky's the limit."

Thomas has been slowly working his way back to full speed. His goal is to be back in time for the Giants' Week One game against the in division rival Dallas Cowboys.

"My goal is week one, without a doubt," said Thomas. "I know everything, I just have to get back out there and show that I can still play this game."

Thomas has been nursing a strained hamstring and the Giants have been cautious with the amount of repetition he receives and how hard they push him. Thomas entered camp on the PUP list after injuring his hamstring during the conditioning test.


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