Giants’ secondary is headed in the right direction
The New York Giants’ secondary played pretty well in 2020. We were all able to witness what a great signing cornerback James Bradberry was as he made it clear that he’s one of the top players at his position in the NFL.
Aside from Bradberry, the Giants of course still need a number two corner, but their situation at safety is very strong with Jabrill Peppers, Logan Ryan and Xavier McKinney.
Anthony Treash of Pro Football Focus has released a list ranking all 32 secondaries in the NFL and the Giants came in at number 18. Here’s what he wrote:
New York is this high because of one man only: James Bradberry. The fifth-year corner was signed to a monster contract this past offseason after four middling years with the Carolina Panthers. He didn’t play at a high level in his four years with Carolina, failing to surpass a 70.0 PFF grade in every season, so the contract was risky, to say the least.
But Bradberry proved all the doubters wrong and justified his pay this season. He ranked fifth among outside corners in coverage grade and fourth in forced incompletion rate (21%). There were quite a few missed tackles from him (14), but that’s something you can live with if he keeps up this shutdown play.
While the Giants’ secondary needs some help, I think they’re in a solid spot heading into next season. I believe the ranking that Treash gave them is fair. I would argue that they should be in lower in the teens because they had some very impressive games against some very good offenses.