Earlier today I had the opportunity to interview Giants Safety Darian Thompson. His answers were very humble, I’m expecting big things from Thompson this season. Here’s the Q&A:
Q: What are your expectations for yourself this season?
A: To come back healthy and help the defense and ultimately the team to win games.
Q: Did you have a player growing up that you idolized, and if so who was it?
A: Brian Dawkins and Ed Reed.
Q: What is the best part about being an NFL player?
A: The impact you have on the people around you.
Q: What do you think you will want to do after football?
A: I want to coach.
Q: What’s one motto/quote you live by?
A: Nothing’s free
Q: How important are coach/player relationships during the off-season?
A: Extremely important. I think coaches need to know about the player not only on the football field, but on a personal level. It will allow them to modify coaching strategies with each player.
Q: Thank you for taking time out of your day to answer my questions! Good luck this season bro.
Thompson was a third round pick in 2016 and showed some potential until a foot injury caused him to miss the rest of the season. He was ranked the third best FS heading into the draft, according to NFLDraftScout. Thompson has been in the facility most of this off-season rehabbing his injured right foot, and is expected to be back at full strength this season.
“I would be remiss to say that, ‘OK, no, Andrew is not in the picture, it’s all about Landon and Darian Thompson,'” safeties coach Dave Merritt said. “That wouldn’t be correct because (Adams) came from the practice squad to all of the sudden starting multiple games for us. So I’m not going to end up throwing this kid out and saying, ‘You know what, now that Darian Thompson is back you just stay here and wait.’ “