The New York Giants are coming off one of their most successful defensive seasons in several years. Entering the new league year, Giants staff and fans alike have something to be optimistic about. With the addition of linebackers Kyler Fackrell and Blake Martinez, the defensive front improved immensely. However, one of the more complicated positions on Big Blue’s roster is the defensive back slot.
The Giants found their franchise corner last offseason with the signing of James Bradberry. With three picks and eighteen passes defended, Bradberry had easily the best season of his career. He has become a feared matchup for almost all wideouts across the league. While Bradberry is the Giants’ obvious number one, the situation complicates more from here.
The man sitting behind Bradberry at the corner position is Darnay Holmes. Holmes, a 2020 fourth-round draft pick out of UCLA, has proven himself to have been quite a steal. He did not allow a touchdown the entire year, and in six games let up only thirty yards or less. While Holmes still had room to improve, he will be a solid starter for Big Blue.
In the fourth round of the 2019 draft, the Giants selected defensive back, Julian Love, out of Notre Dame. Love has suffered under changing defensive schemes in his professional career. He has been forced to move often between his native corner position and the foreign free safety slot. However, Love showed promise in his 2020 campaign. He slotted 64 tackles, coupled with 3 passes defended and an interception. Love should become a reliable option at cornerback for the Giants if he is given the time and space to develop
Shortly before the 2020 season, the Giants picked up free agent safety Logan Ryan. A former Rutgers alum, signing Ryan was a no-brainer for Big Blue. He proved himself in 2020, recording 94 tackles. The Giants showed their faith in Ryan following the end of the 2020 season by signing him to a three-year extension. He is on the books until 2023, so he should become a staple in Big Blue’s secondary.
One of the most important members of the Giants roster is safety Jabrill Peppers. In the trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns, the Giants received Peppers as well as draft capital. Peppers has proven his worth in his two years with the team because of his stellar defensive play as well as his work on special teams. He is an integral piece on the Giants’ roster, and fans should hope that he sticks around to support their secondary for a long time.