The New York Giants secondary the last couple of seasons have been one of their strengths on defense, having some good depth and difference makers at that position. In this offseason, the Giants lost former Pro-bowl corner James Bradberry to the division-rival Philadelphia Eagles. As it stands now, the Giants lack experience at corner.
Their most experienced corner is Adoree’ Jackson, who has 59 career games under his belt. Their next closest is Maurice Canady, who has appeared in 40 games, only starting 4. Jackson is taking on the main role as the number one corner on the defense. The true question mark for the Giants is who will be starting opposite of Jackson.
Most of the assumption at this point is second-year player Aaron Robinson gets the call. Robinson has a small sample size, having started two games last year but appearing in nine. He recorded three passes defended and 26 combined tackles. Robinson filled in for an injured Adoree’ Jackson last season on the outside, and showed some athletic ability on the outside along with the physicality to match up with receivers in that position.
For the slot, Darnay Holmes has been the player inserted in that role the last two seasons, while fellow safety Julian Love has seen snaps there as well. The Giants drafted Cor’Dale Flott in this year’s draft, and he has an opportunity to play a role in the slot for the Giants. Flott is a little undersized at 175 pounds, but he showed good ball-hawking skills with LSU in the slot.
In my recent article, I had Jarren Williams making the 53-man roster as a corner, but the coaching staff has been transitioning him to safety. A player to keep an eye on is Rodarius Williams who is coming off an ACL injury in the preseason last year. In the summer of 2021, Williams showed good ball skills on defense, breaking up passes and demonstrating good technique in coverage. Depending on his recovery, Williams showed some ability last summer before sustaining the season-ending injury.
After one season, the Giants secondary, more specifically cornerback shows there is some concern at that position based on the experience. However, there is young talent there that can be utilized in many ways. Newly acquired defensive coordinator Wink Martindale is known to have many looks to his defense, and man coverage is almost a necessity to execute in order to be successful. If the coaching staff can work with the young players and bring out the best in them, the Giants corners can go from a big question mark to a key piece in their success on defense.
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Dylan Davis is a graduate of the State University of New York at Canton, where he obtained a B.A.A in Sport Management. He is a former athlete of football and baseball and sports fan for much of his life. Dylan creates content for 366 Sports and New York Giants 366, and is also a host on his own show, “The J&D Sports Show”.