EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants have 10 players on injured reserve, including two starters from 2010.
The Giants badly miss cornerback Terrell Thomas, who started 15 games in 2010 and had four forced fumbles and intercepted five passes. The Giants also could have used linebacker Jonathan Goff, who started 16 games last season.
But the Giants have a deep, talented roster, and they showed it off Sunday in a 24-2 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium.
As the Bears search for a general manager to replace Jerry Angelo, they can't have Giants GM Jerry Reese. But as they research candidates, they should spend some time considering Marc Ross, the team's college scouting director.
George McCaskey, who completed his first season as the Bears chairman, did spend some time with Giants co-owner John Mara last offseason. Ted Phillips, the Bears president, also is familiar with Mara.
Ross is wrapping up his fifth season with the Giants, after working in the same capacity with the Philadelphia Eagles.
"He's a veteran personnel guy, and he's been around two or three different clubs, so he's seen how things are done differently at different places," Reese said Ross. "And he's smart. He's a people person, a terrific evaluator, and he's qualified."
Jason Pierre-Paul was a surprise selection with the 15th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, but he's already established himself as one the league's best defensive ends. Meanwhile, the Giants have also managed to unearth diamonds in the rough, like Victor Cruz, an undrafted receiver out of Massachusetts in 2010. This season, Cruz had 82 catches for 1,536 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
In fact, the Giants have done very well at the receiver position. Hakeem Nicks has been a very good selection with the 29th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. And Mario Manningham, a former third-round pick, has come up with his share of big plays.
Besides, Ross was an All Ivy League receiver at Princeton, holding five school records.
He was a national scout for the Buffalo Bills, but he became -- at the age of 27 -- the NFL's youngest college scouting director for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2000.
Among the players he drafted for the Eagles: Brian Westbrook, Lito Sheppard and Derrick Burgess.