The Giants' 2007 first-round selection has been all over the place the first three days of camp. He is pushing hard to get his old job back - right cornerback - but that spot has been secured by another high draft choice, Terrell Thomas.
Ross has no worries, though. A starter on this defense is just someone who begins games. Everyone will play plenty in this new Perry Fewell-led defense.
Right now, Ross is penciled in as the primary backup for Thomas, but he will serve as the nickel which will place him in position to make some big plays.
He is also in the running to replace Domenik Hixon as the Giants' punt returner. He has gone from forgotten Giant to key contributor.
This morning, he spoke to reporters.....
Q: How's your leg feeling?
A: Last year, any sudden move, I was scared my hamstring was going to
go at any moment. This year, I put in the work, I put in the time to
get my hamstring healthy. I'm feeling healthy. Everything's going
really, really good for me right now. I'm just ready to go.
Q: How are you adjusting to the new defense?
A: I'm loving it. The new defense, it seems like it fits me really
well. I have a chance to get my eyes back to the quarterback and that's
something I like to do. Make plays on the balls and coach Fewell, he's a
DB coach at heart. I'm loving every moment of it now.
Q: Are you able to guess or make plays on the ball? You're able to play a little cat and mouse?
A: Exactly. You can gamble a little bit more in this defense. Last
year's defense was more press, man-to-man in your face type. There
wasn't too much gambling you could do. You basically just had to make a
play on the ball. This year, you can sort of read route combinations and
just go and be a DB and gamble.
Q: Do you have to know where the guys behind you are? You can't gamble that much, can you?
A: If you don't gamble you'll never make a play. That's something
that I think they drafted me for. For being a gambler, making plays on
the ball. That's what I'm going to keep doing.
Q: From a distraction standpoint there hasn't really been any
this camp. Everyone's talking about the Jets a lot. Does that bother
A: No, not at all. We just have to worry about what we're doing. If
we take care of our business I believe we will be a top notch defense in
this league this year.