Grant Returns

Posted Aug 16, 2011

With injuries to the secondary, S Deon Grant has come back to the Giants, thus restoring the three-safety look that proved successful last season.

Deon Grant is back!

The Giants signed their third safety of 2010 back Tuesday in a move that makes a lot of sense.

Grant, often the hybrid linebacker in Perry Fewell's three-safety look last year, provided not only experience and ability, but a stablizing influence among his teammates. And he should do the same this year.

Already, he had proclaimed the locker room as "too quiet" and planned on whipping out his CD's and cranking up the volume. But from an on-field standpoint, the 32-year-old Grant will provide the Giants with that third safety in their very successful three-safety alignment of last season.

Grant often played the hybrid linebacker in that scheme, and he came up with 72 tackles as well as three interceptions and 10 breakups.

The move also indicates just how that secondary picture has changed since the start of camp. Original plans called for cornerback Terrell Thomas to shift over into that hybrid spot in certain situations. But when first-round cornerback Prince Amakumura broke his foot one day after he signed his contract, Thomas had to be planted permanently on the corner.

Bruce Johnson had also been injured, leaving the cornerback situation with just starters Thomas and Corey Webster, and Aaron Ross and a bunch of young players behind them.

Rookie Tyler Sash took a swing at that spot in the preseason opener, but struggled at times in an overall solid performance. Still, it's hard to entrust such a complicated position to any rookie.

Grant can serve as a mentor to someone like Sash. But now that he'll join Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips on the safety depth chart, Grant -- who looked unsuccessfully for a starting job -- will be a welcome addition.

Besides, he can step right in, even without benefit of an offseason and half of training camp.

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