The influx of free agents and returning starters was supposed to make the Giants' secondary a strength in 2014. With Jayron Hosley's suspension and Will Hill's third failed drug test, suspension and subsequent release, a secondary once thought to have a surplus of players, is dangerously close to being starved for them. This week, the next victim to his own poor decision was Hosley. The former Virginia Tech star faces a four game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. This is Hosley's first violation, and therefore is unlikely to face the same team ramifications as Hill.
Hill was released based on "trust issues" between himself and the Giants as a result of his multiple violations of league policy. It was a main factor in the Giants' decision to ultimately release Hill and remains a large reason why he has yet to be claimed off waivers. As for Hosley, he will be eligible to return on September 26th, the Monday after the game against the Redskins. Despite his suspension, he is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. The four game suspension will call on other players to fill in and help solidify the corner position in Hosley's absence.
Alongside Prince Amukamara, Dominique Rodgers Cromartie is a likely candidate to be placed in this supporting position. The veteran should provide the Giants with a leadership figure at the corner position and at the very minimum a stop-gap to hold the Giants' secondary intact. Big Blue drafted leadership to eliminate immaturity and undisciplined actions, yet the immaturity and poor decision making clearly hasn't fully been extracted from the Giants. Hosley is the latest example of a culture that is tough to break.