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Giants search for defensive tackle help leads to Marcus Thomas


The Giants are stacked at defensive end. At defensive tackle, they have concerns.

With Shaun Rogers out for the year with a blood clot in his leg and Chris Canty falling under the “other” category of the depth chart with a lingering knee problem and Marvin Austin dealing with back issues, the Giants need help. Beyond signing Carlton Powell and Oren Wilson, they’ll take a look on Thursday at veteran defensive tackle Marcus Thomas, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN (via Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger).

Thomas slid to the fourth round in 2007 due to off-field issues at Florida. He started 34 games in five seasons and 11 in 2011 with the Broncos.

If the Giants don’t get the defensive tackle position under control, their ability to put heat on opposing quarterbacks via Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka, and Osi Umenyiora won’t matter. The teams they play will just run pound the ball into the middle of the line.