The New York Giants made a major free agent acquisition on Saturday with the signing of top-shelf wide receiver Kenny Golladay. The work of constructing the 2021 Giants is, however, far from complete. The Giants try to take another step beginning Sunday evening when they host cornerback Adoree’ Jackson for a free agent visit.
A 2017 first-round pick by the Tennessee Titans (18th overall), Jackson was released after an injury-plagued 2021 season that saw him play in only three games.
Jackson started 41 of 46 regular-season games he played in Tennessee. He played well for the Titans before a knee injury derailed most of his 2020 season.
Highest coverage grade when lined up outside since 2018:— PFF (@PFF) March 19, 2021
Jaire Alexander 90.6
Richard Sherman 89.0
Stephon Gilmore 87.7
Adoree Jackson 85.6 pic.twitter.com/hidywtRQ9W
Adoree' Jackson's deep coverage numbers since entering the league are absurd.— Ben Linsey (@PFF_Linsey) March 16, 2021
Jackson on passes 20+ yards downfield since 2017:
14 receptions allowed
18 forced incompletions (2nd most in NFL)
The Giants could certainly use a solid second outside cornerback to play opposite James Bradberry. They used Corey Ballentine, Ryan Lewis, Isaac Yiadom and Julian Love in that spot a season ago, and played more soft zone coverage than defensive coordinator Patrick Graham had likely anticipated.
Giants’ safety Jabrill Peppers is actively trying to recruit Jackson.
Giants defensive back Logan Ryan played with Jackson for three seasons in Tennessee. Ryan is a New Jersey native who made no secret of how much he enjoyed playing for the Giants last season, and is now signed to do so for three more seasons.
Ryan also happens to have been a mentor for Jackson in Tennessee.
“When I came in, (Logan) is one of the guys I leaned on a lot to help me out,” Jackson said. “I told him I appreciate him more than he knows. He was there for me, the big brother that you need.”
You can bet that Ryan has been part of the Jackson recruiting process.
Let’s see if he gets there.