The New York Giants are facing a shortage of healthy safeties. Although coach Ben McAdoo already has backup plans, such as possibly playing Odell Beckham Jr. as a safety, the team could also re-sign free agent Justin Currie.
During the past few days, it was confirmed that Nat Berhe was placed on concussion protocol while Darian Thompson is currently nursing a foot injury which could take him out of the field for about two weeks.
This means that for the Giants' Week 4 game against the Minnesota Vikings this weekend, the team will only have Landon Collins and Andrew Adams as its safeties. An injury to either one of these players could jeopardize the team's chances of winning.
As a possible solution, the team could bring in Currie, who was released earlier this month. Currie joined the Giants in May of last year and played for the team during this year's preseason.
Bringing him back to the roster will serve as an insurance policy for the New York franchise. Although he may not be a starter, having him on the lineup will provide the Giants some form of depth on their safety bench.
However, the only problem with this notion is that McAdoo is not looking for a new player who will stay with the team for the rest of the season. He just needs someone who could play safety until his regular players return.
As a result, the coach has resorted to preparing some of his guys to take on the position. This includes cornerbacks Leon Hall and Trevin Wade. However, since the Giants are also in need of healthy cornerbacks, this scenario will most likely not happen.
Instead, McAdoo might use wide receiver Dwayne Harris as a safety during the upcoming game against the Vikings. During the practice on Thursday, he was spotted playing the safety position.
"We cross-train a lot of players here... We have a bunch of guys who stepped in, and some guys on offense who contributed as well," McAdoo said.
Another possible player who could take on the safety position is Beckham, who played the role during this year's Pro Bowl.
"Wouldn't mind hitting someone," Beckham jokingly said about playing safety. "There's a lot less rules when you're on defense. They expect the defense to be the aggressor. I think as an offensive player, when you come out here and are very aggressive it's a little different from what they usually see."