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In 2010, his third NFL year, Thomas' statistics were similar to those he posted in his breakout 2009 season. He again started all 16 games at right cornerback. For the second year in a row, he led the team with 101 tackles. But in 2010 he had 80 solo tackles, compared to 67 the previous year. He again led the Giants with five interceptions and in passes defensed (15 last year after finishing with 16 in 2009). He also forced four fumbles and recovered one.

Thomas was one of many secondary contributors who helped the Giants finish ninth in the NFL in pass defense, giving up 209.5 yards per game.

Corey Webster again played opposite of Thomas, starting the first 15 games at left corner before sitting out the season finale in Washington with a rib injury. Webster had 50 tackles (37 solo), four interceptions and eight passes defensed.

Aaron Ross was the third cornerback for most of the season. Bruce Johnson was limited to five games in his second season after suffering a knee injury.

The Giants' cornerback corps should be even stronger with the addition of first-round draft choice Prince Amukamara.

In the back of the secondary, the Giants benefitted from one of the NFL's most productive safety trios in Antrel Rolle, Kenny Phillips and Deon Grant.

Rolle was selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl – and first as a Giant – after starting all 16 games at free safety. He finished second on the team with 100 tackles (77 solo) and had seven tackles for losses, an interception, three passes defensed, a half-sack, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Phillips returned from major knee surgery that limited him to two games in 2009 to play in every game with 15 starts last season. He was fourth on the team with 88 tackles (66 solo), an interception and five passes defensed.

Grant, a free agent addition like Rolle, also played in all 16 games. But he proved to be so valuable that he started eight of them, one for Phillips at strong safety and seven in place of a strongside linebacker. Grant had 68 tackles (48 solo) and demonstrated a nose for the ball with three interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Former starter Michael Johnson played only two games before going on injured reserve with a back injury.

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