Now, he's back with the team that picked him in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
"It's like I haven't missed a beat," he said Tuesday to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York. "The guys always said they accepted me from day one when I returned, the coaches, the playbook hasn't changed, so it feels great to be back."
Ross, now 30 years old, started 41 games and won two Super Bowls with the Giants from 2007-2011. In camp he may be in a positional contest with Jayron Hosley for the starting nickel cornerback position. So far he has shown "a burst of speed and knack for the ball that was missing in his later years with the Giants," according to Ralph Vacciano of the Daily News.
Tom Coughlin sounded impressed with Ross on Tuesday.
"He's playing good," he said. "Really good. So yeah, I like very much what I see. He enjoys being back."