Five things you need to know about the Giants new safety, Michael Thomas:
- Originally undrafted out of Stanford in 2012, Thomas spent time on the 49ers' practice squad before seeing his first NFL game action with the Dolphins in 2013. He has played in 56 career games with 25 starts, totaling 191 tackles, one sack, six passes defensed, one interception and two forced fumbles. Thomas is another new Giant reuniting with a former position coach. Defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo served in the same role for the Dolphins from 2012-17.
- In 2017, Thomas was voted special teams captain by his teammates and played in 13 games with two starts before being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury on Dec. 29. However, he still led the team with 11 special teams tackles. Thomas also recovered a blocked punt as well as an onside kick attempt last season for the Dolphins.
- Thomas started his lone postseason appearance in 2016 and made it count. He recorded six tackles (three solo), one interception and one pass defensed in the AFC Wild Card game at Pittsburgh. He intercepted Ben Roethlisberger and returned it 16 yards. Thomas also converted a fake punt on fourth-and-one at the Miami 41-yard line and rushed for three yards. It was the first rush of his career, and he was the first player in Dolphins history to intercept a pass and have a rushing attempt in the same game and the first NFL player to do this in any game since Nov. 18, 2012 (Panthers safety Haruki Nakamura). He was the first NFL player since the 1998 season to have at least one interception and one rushing attempt in a playoff game.
- Thomas played in all 16 games with a career-high 13 starts in 2015, recording 71 tackles (56 solo) and two passes defensed while adding 14 special teams tackles (10 solo). He earned first-team All-Pro honors on special teams from Pro Football Focus.
- Playing in his first career NFL game after being signed off the San Francisco's practice squad on Dec. 10, 2013, Thomas was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 15 for his efforts vs. New England. Pressed into service in the fourth quarter following injuries to cornerbacks Nolan Carroll and Brent Grimes and with the Dolphins protecting a 24-20 lead with 27 seconds left in the game, Thomas broke up a Tom Brady pass on first down in the end zone that was intended for Danny Amendola. On fourth-and-five on Miami's 14-yard line with seven seconds left in regulation, Thomas intercepted a pass in the end zone intended for Austin Collie to preserve the Dolphins' victory.
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The Houston native was given an honorary key to the city of Fort Pierce, Florida, by Mayor Linda Hudson on Oct. 20, 2015 for his involvement in the community. Thomas, among other things, created the Big Plays for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami in 2016 where individuals were encouraged to donate for every turnover created by the Dolphins defense. He was also awarded the team's Nat Moore Community Service Award in 2015, given annually to the Dolphins player recognized for his involvement in the South Florida community.
On why he picked the Giants…
"It's an amazing opportunity. It feels great to come somewhere where they value you, value what you bring to the table. I'm just excited to get to work."
On why he is a good fit…
"Just versatility. I'm going to bring leadership, being able to play safety, playing the slot, just doing whatever [defensive coordinator James Bettcher] needs me to do."
On the different things he can do on the field…
"This game is changing. There's a lot of spread out there now. You've got to be able to put different guys in different situations for matchups. So being able to cover guys in the slot, being able to play deep regardless if it's in the half, if it's in the middle of the field – just trying to do whatever I can to help this team win."
On playing in a secondary with Landon Collins and Janoris Jenkins…
"They've got some ballers out here. So for me just to come in, add value to it, it's going to be fun."
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