Safety Michael Thomas is hands down Dave Gettleman’s best offseason free-agent signing from 2018. Last year, Thomas not only flexed his muscle on special teams, earning a Pro Bowl nod in the process but when called upon to contribute more on defense after the team lost Landon Collins to a shoulder injury, Thomas stepped up and held his own.
As a run defender, Thomas registered 14 stops among his 46 total tackles, but where he stood out was in his coverage where he held receivers to 8.6 yards per reception, the best mark among the Giants’ safeties.
Thomas takes much cleaner, and more direct angles on the ball and hence can limit the damage done against him. He also plays the game with instincts, coming up with a pair of timely pass breakups and two interceptions in his first season with the Giants.
Thomas will continue to be a part of the safety rotation on defense, especially in the big nickel package, but his primary calling will continue to be special teams.