I have to be honest; I really thought it would be tougher than it is. Practices haven't been too hard. It's been more mental work than anything. Coach Coughlin has given us some days off. I wasn't really expecting that, coming from college. That's a blessing right there because we didn't get those days off at USC. Overall the way we do things is more professional and I'm just adapting to the new culture I'm in and becoming a pro.
I think coming from USC has helped me out a lot up here. From the way we travel to how we prepare for games and watch film every day, it's all been helpful to me. Coach (Pete) Carroll did a great job preparing us for the NFL. I don't feel that I'm a step behind, other than being a rookie, learning the new defense and going along with the process.
I'm a lot better right now than I was at the start of training camp; just my overall confidence. Cornerback is a hard position to be confident in if you don't know what you're doing on the field. You have to be able to play 100 miles per hour. That's the main thing that's slowing me down right now; just second-guessing myself on certain calls. Our defense is a lot of matchup calls. You have to do certain things based off what the offense gives you. Just adjusting to that; I'm getting better at it, but that's been the hardest thing for me so far.
Mad Dog (Sam Madison) and R.W. (McQuarters) have had a great influence on me all during camp. They've helped me out with certain things on the defense, like how you can play. It's not that I don't know the defense; it's just learning how to play within the defense. In college you knew when you could steal a route if you had safety help. Here, you have to learn your position but also know what everyone else around you is doing. Especially focusing on nickel back, that's probably been one of the hardest adjustments to make. But those two guys and Sammy Knight have been a real great help to me throughout this whole process.
I love Coach Spags' defense. It's real aggressive and allows you to make plays. Like I said, the hardest thing for me is being able to play within the defense. Once I get that down, I think I'll be able to excel even more.
I think I've done pretty well during our first two games. I didn't want to have any mental errors (against Cleveland) and I had one, but it wasn't too bad of a mental error. That was one of the things I improved on from game one to game two. I missed, I wouldn't say a crucial tackle, but a tackle when the team needed me and it ended up leading to a touchdown. But overall I feel like I'm out there making some plays, mostly on special teams. Anywhere I can contribute on the field I would love to do that.
It doesn't bother me at all that Kenny's here and he's getting all the attention. It's always been that way. My whole career has been ‘who's that guy right there?' One of the reporters asked me about being the underdog since Kenny went one and Mario (Manningham) went three with a lot of pre-draft hype. That doesn't bother me at all. My main thing is that when the lights come on that's when I'm going to show up. That's when you're going to see who I am. I think I'm doing a good job of that and I'm going to continue to do so.
Kenny and I both have the same mentality; we're both striving to be the best. We both want to come in and contribute to the Giants and play right away. I think it's going to be a fun year for us.
I got dinged against the Browns (hamstring), but this is football. You have to play hurt; this is your profession. Everything checked out good and I didn't even miss a practice. I'm good to go.
My main goal this rookie season is to become a starter by the end of the year. I want to contribute in any way that I can, whether it be on special teams or on defense as a nickel back or whatever.
Rookie Diary: Terrell Thomas
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