Ross was back in practice today and coach Tom Coughlin said that he "seemed to work well." the Giants haven't officially activated him yet, but to see him finally working on the practice field has to be an encouraging sign for an ailing secondary.
Also, with Gerris Wilkinson going on the IR, the Gmen have signed youngster D.J. Johnson as a cornerback. Johnson, who was signed by the Broncos back in April, has been a practice squad player for them thus far this season.
Coughlin said that Johnson could be used as both a cornerback and safety, but probably will be used more primarily in the latter.
I'm going to be optimistic here and say that with a healthy Aaron Ross coming back into the starting secondary, the Giants maybe could be injected with some new life. Although he's young, Ross is kind of the leader of this even younger secondary, and there's no doubt that the secondary itself as well as the rest of the Giants defense has missed his playmaking abilities.
I was pretty sure Ross wasn't going to play a down this year, with his mysterious Jose Reyes type injury. Unlike Reyes, he is actually coming back.
I'd like to end this little excerpt of mine with a quote from Mr. Coughlin himself. Hopefully this will make you guys feel a little better going into the second half of the season.
Q: Historically when this team has had its back to the wall they have found a way to come though. Do you sense they can rally around that in the second half of the season?
Coughlin: I certainly think that we can. And I believe that we can. I believe that we have the players. We have the staff. We have the ‘know how.’ And there isn’t any doubt -- you can ‘should have, would have, could have’ for the last month and I can give you a bunch of answers. But they don’t mean anything. The facts are the facts. And what I would like them to do is to go have three or four days with their families and reflect on our situation and come back here with a greater purpose and a greater desire to get this righted. Historically it can be done.