new York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said recently that the NFL is a “passing league” and that “you can never have too many good corners”. He must be happy with Pro Football Focus’ recent 32 Top Outside Cornerback rankings, as they named James Bradberry and Adoree’ Jackson the league’s fifth- and 12th-best cornerbacks, respectively.
Bradberry put up solid performances against a difficult slate of NFC South cornerbacks across the first four seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers, but he took a clear step forward in his first year with the Giants last season. Bradberry was the fourth-most valuable cornerback in the league in 2020 per PFF WAR, with career-best coverage numbers across the board.
The former Samford Bulldog put up one of the better performances of any cornerback in the league against Allen Robinson II, allowing just one reception on six targets with three pass breakups and an interception in that Week 2 matchup.
Arguably the best player on the Giants in his first year with the team, Bradberry enjoyed a career year in 2020 en route to his first Pro Bowl appearance. Ranked right behind 2020 interceptions leader Xavien Howard but ahead of 2019 DPOY Stephon Gilmore and superstars like Tre’Davious White and Denzel Ward, Bradberry will look to build upon last season to further cement his spot as one of the league’s best.
Tennessee’s loss has turned into the Giants’ gain. Jackson missed the majority of the 2020 season with a lingering knee injury, but he profiled as one of the most promising young cornerbacks in the league before last year, fresh off a career-high 82.5 coverage grade in 2019.
Jackson has been one of the stingiest cornerbacks in the league on deep targets since entering the league. Since 2017, he has forced more incompletions on passes 20-plus yards downfield (18) than he has receptions allowed (14).
Meanwhile, 2021 free agent acquisition Adoree’ Jackson is coming off a knee injury but was one of the top young corners in the league when healthy. Looking to finally lock down the No. 2 corner spot opposite Bradberry that was targeted by opposing teams last season, Jackson’s availability in free agency was a welcome surprise that the Giants (and Jackson) are likely looking to capitalize on next year.