The New York Giants have added another new face to their defense as they’ve signed former Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas.
Welcome to Big Blue, Michael Thomas! #NYGiants sign the veteran safety.
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— New York Giants (@Giants) March 26, 2018
Thomas, 29, spent his first five seasons in the league with the Dolphins, where he played in 56 regular-season games with 25 starts. He’s recorded 136 total tackles, one interception, six passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Although, Thomas saw his role in Miami reduced last season as he started just two of the 13 games he played while recording a mere 27 tackles.
Thomas becomes the seventh new addition to the Giants defense this offseason following Alec Ogletree, who was acquired in a big trade with the Los Angeles Rams, Kareem Martin, Teddy Williams, Curtis Riley, B.W. Webb, and Josh Mauro.
Thomas’ addition will add some much-needed depth in the Giants’ safety position, which lost veteran Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie earlier in the offseason. He should provide Darian Thompson with competition for the other safety spot alongside Landon Collins.
Thomas will be reunited with defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo, who was his position coach in Miami before he moved to New York earlier this offseason.
But apart from Thomas’ abilities as a defensive back, he will also be a big upgrade for Big Blue in terms of special teams. He has been among the more consistent special team performers in the league over the last few years and was named last season's Special Teams Player of the Year by Pro Football Focus.
Thomas should be a welcome inclusion to a Giants unit which struggled mightily in that part of the game last season and also released a key contributor in Dwayne Harris due to cap purposes.