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Report: Giants Moving Cornerback DRC To Compete With Darian Thompson At Safety

by Alexander Wilson

The New York Giants are making some changes on defense, as they have reportedly decided to move cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to safety to compete with safety Darian Thompson for the starting job.

This has been the consensus for some time now, but now it’s becoming a realistic arrangements that may lead to the Giants taking a corner later in the draft.

The Giants’ new coaching staff with bring defensive coordinator James Bettcher to the team, a 3-4 scheme specialist.

Allowing DRC to move to safety will prolong his career, and enable him to continue playing at a high level for at least another 2-3 years. His elite speed and ball-hawk abilities could be a significant upgrade at safety if Thompson can’t make a big jump in 2018.

Thompson was coming off a season-ending foot injury in 2017, forcing him to regain his form coming into the NFL from Boise State where he recorded 19 interceptions in four-seasons. The move for DRC should give Thompson some healthy competition in training camp, and it will enable Bettcher to pick the hot-hand on any given day.

Rodgers-Cromartie can also be slid up into the slot position where he is one of the best slot-corners in the NFL. His elite speed and strength will provide a dynamic tool on defense moving forward. The question will be his contract, and if the Giants can keep him on the team for less than a $8.5 cap-hit he currently costs.

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