Giants Secondary
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Giants’ Secondary Is The Difference Maker

The New York Giants defense showed promise last year. They competed for the NFC East divisional title up until the last game of the regular season. Their defense and primarily the Giants’ secondary was the main reason they were able to win games. Allowing only 23.3 points per game, they were a top ten unit across the league.

They’re bound to be a competitive group in 2021. Another season of the Joe Judge experience, where it’s evident players are starting to buy in to his culture. Along with this comes Defensive Coordinator Patrick Graham. His intriguing play-calling on the defensive helm kept them in games and won some if not all the Giants games last season.

Building Off Last Year

The Giants had a formidable young defense last year, don’t be surprised if they take a big step this season. Last year, the defense was headlined by a few key players. They signed former Green Bay Packer Blake Martinez, and he stepped up big for the Giants. Blake finished third in the NFL in tackles last season with 151.

Martinez isn’t alone as the lone star on this defense. The Giants made it their primary goal to resign Defensive End Leonard Williams, who had a great 2020 campaign with a career-high 11.5 sacks. Along with these two, the Giants have a promising defense this year.

The Giants’ secondary will be their best asset this season. With a great mix of veteran and young talent in their secondary, they will take another step forward this year.

The secondary features some prominent names as well. Veteran Defensive back Logan Ryan really took charge of this defense last year, look for him to continue to do the same. Cornerback James Bradberry asserted himself as one of the league’s top corners as well.

Their young talent shows a lot of promise too. Safety Jabrill Peppers is showing a lot of improvement since returning to his home state of New Jersey. Along with Jabrill, Safety Xavier McKinney seems bound for a breakout year, after missing some time due to a foot injury last season.

Giants Make Moves to Help Bradberry

Along with this, the Giants also agreed to terms with former Tennessee Titan and First Round pick, Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson. Jackson is the potential CB 2 they needed to help rival James Bradberry, and if Adoree can play as he did early in his career, this contract will be a steal for the Giants

Jackson did not have the greatest 2020 season. An early knee injury persisted throughout the entire season, and was something many teams such as the Giants took into concern when meeting with Adoree. Due to mutual interest and similar contracts offered, the Giants had to pay a bit of a steep price in 3 years, $39 million, but it was necessary to keep him from signing with the division rival Philadelphia Eagles.

Depth, Depth, And More Depth for Giants’ Secondary

The Giants’ secondary on paper shows a lot of depth. At CB 1 and 2 are Bradberry and Jackson. In the slot has Darney Holmes, who showed a lot of promise as a rookie, not giving up a touchdown all season. Along with Darnay is their third round 2021 pick, Aaron Robinson, who was one of the best slot corners in college football last year.

For depth, the Giants have CB Issac Yiadom, CB Julian Love, CB Sam Beal. They also have their sixth-round pick out of Oklahoma State, CB Rodarius Williams.

Expectations for 2021

Overall, the Giants’ defense will be a huge key to their success in 2021. They have made much-needed improvements on offense, and everyone seems to be buying into Joe Judge and his culture in New York. Does their secondary have the potential to be as good as it’s been since perhaps even 2011? It certainly exceeds their secondary in 2016, which was the last time it was even competitive before last season.

Nevertheless, don’t be surprised if the Giants’ defense and mostly secondary takes the next step and asserts itself as one of the best units in the NFL. With the veteran leadership, growing talent, depth, and genius of DC Patrick Graham, they’re poised to be among the best.

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