Cowboys S Donovan Wilson (groin) is out for today's game against the Bengals. It'll be the 2nd straight game he has missed. Darian Thompson played every defensive snap in Wilson's absence against the Ravens on Tuesday.
The Cowboys on Thursday released S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. It's an unfortunate turn for a veteran free agent Dallas signed this offseason to take over for Jeff Heath at SS. But it's not surprising. Multiple reporters mentioned Clinton-Dix trending toward losing the starting gig to Darian Thompson. Clinton-Dix's release makes Thompson a deep IDP sleeper in a role that has seen productive turns under DC Mike Nolan through multiple coaching stops. A 3rd-round pick by the Giants back in 2016, Thompson spent 2 injury-affected years there before spending the past 2 as a reserve with the Cowboys. Thompson will turn just 27 in September, though, and delivered big plays in coverage back at Boise State (19 INTs in 4 seasons, including 12 over his final 2).
Cowboys S Jeff Heath (shoulders) is inactive for today's game against the Lions. That should mean a start for Darian Thompson, who played 87% of the snaps after Heath left last week and totaled 5 tackles (2 solo). Thompson is merely a low-level IDP in a spot that hasn't meant big points for Heath this year.
The Giants have waived S Darian Thompson with an injured designation, according to NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy. That makes Thompson available for any other team to claim him, though that team would have to carry him on the 53-man roster. If Thompson passes through waivers, the Giants could place him on IR. The team looks thin at safety after also cutting Andrew Adams on Saturday. Curtis Riley will start at FS next to Landon Collins. A former undrafted free agent, Riley is 26 heading into his 1st year with the Giants after 2 with the Titans.
Giants rookie FS Darian Thompson suffered a shoulder injury in Saturday's game at Buffalo. ESPN's Jordan Ranaan reports that the team says he'll be evaluated on a "week to week" basis. That's unfortunate for a 3rd-round pick in line to start next to Landon Collins. We'll see how soon Thompson can return. In the meantime, S Nat Berhe looks like the next in line.
Giants 3rd-round rookie Darian Thompson has opened training camp as the starting FS next to SS Landon Collins. According to NJ.com, HC Ben McAdoo has reiterated that the team will give reps to multiple players, but Thompson worked with the 1st team in spring drills. It sure looks like he'll enter the regular season with the starting job as long as he doesn't mess up this summer or get hurt. Thompson's ball-hawking ways in college add some fantasy intrigue, as does the Giants' weak LB corps. Consider Thompson an interesting late-round flier in your IDP league.
Giants 3rd-round pick S Darian Thompson looks like the favorite to start next to S Landon Collins this season. According to Newsday, the pair "looked terrific working together in the spring and likely will start the preseason as the Giants' two starters." Thompson reportedly displayed the turnover-creating skills that helped produce 17 INTs in college. He's starting to look like the answer at free safety, which could allow 2015 second-round pick Collins to play in the box more. A truer SS role would better fit his strengths. The pair could help the defense as a whole, while Collins' altered role would likely enhance his IDP value. Both Giants safeties would be in consideration range in fantasy football drafts.
The Giants spent a 3rd-round NFL Draft pick on S Darian Thompson on Friday night. Thompson left Boise State with the Mountain West career INT record (19), including 11 over the past 2 seasons. He should push for immediate playing time in a secondary that hasn't re-signed S Brandon Meriweather this offseason.
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