Giants’ secondary is stout
The New York Giants’ defense looked pretty strong last season despite some glaring weaknesses. Now they have even more talent after the players that they added this offseason.
Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus has released a list ranking the top-32 cornerbacks in the NFL and two of the Giants’ corners are on the list. The first one is James Bradberry who is at number five.
Bradberry put up solid performances against a difficult slate of NFC South cornerbacks across the first four seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers, but he took a clear step forward in his first year with the Giants last season. Bradberry was the fourth-most valuable cornerback in the league in 2020 per PFF WAR, with career-best coverage numbers across the board.
The former Samford Bulldog put up one of the better performances of any cornerback in the league against Allen Robinson II, allowing just one reception on six targets with three pass breakups and an interception in that Week 2 matchup.
Bradberry was incredible in 2020 at locking down opposing star receivers like D.K. Metcalf. I would expect the same this coming season.
The second Giants’ corner is Adoree Jackson who’s at number 12.
Tennessee’s loss has turned into the Giants’ gain. Jackson missed the majority of the 2020 season with a lingering knee injury, but he profiled as one of the most promising young cornerbacks in the league before last year, fresh off a career-high 82.5 coverage grade in 2019.
Jackson has been one of the stingiest cornerbacks in the league on deep targets since entering the league. Since 2017, he has forced more incompletions on passes 20-plus yards downfield (18) than he has receptions allowed (14).
Many people ripped the Giants for signing Jackson, but now they have two of the 12 best corners in the NFL. It looks like they know what they’re doing.
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