Quintin Demps was brought in to add to the already strong safety group of Will Hill, Stevie Brown and Antrel Rolle on the roster. They were set.
But things don't always work out they way they're planned. Hill got busted and suspended again, leading to his release. Hosley was suspended for violating the league's PED policy and suspended the first four games. Thurmond tore a pec muscle in Week 2 and was lost for the season. This week, McBride sustained a thumb injury, ending his season and DRC is dealing with multiple leg ailments that threaten to keep him out of this week's game in Dallas.
The CB position is thin at the moment. If DRC is out this week, Prince will be joined by Bowman and Hosley will play nickel and Chandler Fenner, recently recalled from the practice squad, will be the only other corner.
At safety, Rolle and Demps have played well overall but Brown has not looked like the player he was before tearing his ACL last summer. Rookie Nat Berhe is still finding his way.
This week's game against the 5-1 Cowboys is a crucial one for the Giants. They need to win to keep within striking distance in the NFC East. A depleted secondary is the last thing they need right now.
Dallas has a balanced offense, thanks to the resurgence of DeMarco Murray and the running game, and their receivers are more dangerous than ever.
WRs Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and TE Jason Witten give QB Tony Romo a reliable and productive group of targets that have flummoxed the Giants in the past.
Hosley, who has been inconsistent (and injured) for most of his three seasons here, is looking forward to earning his keep here with the Giants. He told reporters Wednesday that he hopes Romo comes right after him on Sunday.
"I hope they do," Hosley said. "It’s what I’ve been here for. I hope they think I’m, you know, the weak link. I hope they do."
"Would I be saying that if I thought that?" said Hosley when questioned about his readiness. "Like I said, I’m ready to play. I’m not here to talk trash or anything like that. I’m confident in myself. If they feel a certain way about me in that position, that’s how they feel. I’ve just got to do my job."
Considering his suspension probably saved him from being cut, Hosley was asked if he ever thought he'd be in this position this season.
"Honestly, didn’t know. I couldn’t worry about that," he said. "What happened upstairs happened upstairs. I take it as a second chance for me, especially being in the situation that I was in. Not many guys get that second chance. Right now I’m at a point where I just take advantage. I feel more free. I’m not worried about what’s going on or whatever the league is going to do. It’s been done, I’m moving on. I’m in a much better place, more focused."
This is just another opportunity for GM Jerry Reese to prove that another of his draft picks whose career got off slowly can contribute down the road. Hosley was the team's third round selection out of Virginia Tech in 2012. He has dressed for 24 games and started six in his pro career.
Hosley is the latest "next man up" for the Giants and it's time for the player that Reese told us "plays bigger than he is" to start producing.