After a busy offseason, the Giants secondary is looking stacked. With returning rookies and incoming vets, the group is looking better than ever. Here is a deep dive into the specific starters and leaders on this post rebuild defense.
James Bradberry: Giants Starter
Coming off a career year in his first year with the team, Bradberry had 18 Passes Deflected and 3 Picks. Bradberry was a lockdown corner, holding receivers like D.K. Metcalf to just 5 catches for 80 yards, and Amari Cooper to 2 Receptions for 23 yards. Bradberry will not only be the leader of this cornerback group but also one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.
Adoree’ Jackson: Giants Starter
Jackson, who got cut from Tennessee due to injury issues, is looking to bounce back season. Playing only 3 games in 2020, Jackson did basically nothing. Signing with the Giants as a CB2 gives Jackson an easier role where he should improve and play more relaxed and better.
McKinney’s first season got delayed when he suffered a foot injury in training camp. However, the second-round pick looked very solid in the first few games of his rookie campaign. He finished the season with an INT and make some quality tackles. Looking ahead, McKinney will likely play a hybrid role in the nickel, while backing up Peppers and Ryan. McKinney’s versatility allows the Giants to be creative in using him and his role on the team.
Logan Ryan: Giants Starter
Logan Ryan’s last-minute signing was a small but good signing at the time. However, throughout the season Ryan’s role within the team would expand greatly. It was clear from the start that Ryan wanted to play in New York. His leadership skills and vet experienced help rally the young secondary together and make them one of the strongest groups in the NFL. Expect Ryan to retain this job for years to come.
Jabrill Peppers: Giants Starter
Pepper’s first year on the Giants after the Odell trade which landed him on the team was underwhelming. However, the same can not be said about his second season. With the new system in place, Peppers played amazingly. Next season Peppers is expected to be used in even more ways. Expect a flashback to his days at Michigan as he played S, CB, LB, DL, and even RB on the Giants next season.
Holmes put together an impressive rookie season for a fourth-round pick. Holmes played his role and locked down some solid receivers. Next season Holmes will have a big role as the team’s top Nickel cornerback.
After just one season of most of this group, one thing is clear and evident. Joe Judge and Patrick Graham obviously made a major impact. This secondary success could not have happened without them. The Giants have built a top secondary in the whole NFL through the draft and free agency. Expect success in New York for years to come.