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PFF top 50 players: Giants CB James Bradberry comes in at No. 47

In their first round of the top players, Bradberry gets the nod

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After breaking out in 2020 for the New York Giants, CB James Bradberry has turned a lot of heads among many football analyst circles. And after ranking him as the fifth-best corner in the league, Pro Football Focus has gone a step further and ranked Bradberry among the top players in the league.


All Bradberry needed to realize his full potential was a chance of scenery. The former Carolina Panther earned career-best overall and coverage grades in his first season in the NFC East, recording a massive 14 pass breakups — one off the league lead –and allowing a passer rating of just 70.1 on throws into his coverage.

Bradberry still faced some pretty imposing wide receivers; he just showed that he is a match for them as a member of the Giants secondary.

Bradberry was always a “good-but-not-great” cornerback during his fist four years with the Carolina Panthers. But alongside fellow 2020 breakout players Leonard Williams and Blake Martinez, he helped engineer an overhaul for the Giants that saw the defense become a top 10 unit while keeping the team in the pitiful NFC East playoff hunt.

Having been named to the Pro Bowl last season and having the Giants pick up Adoree’ Jackson this offseason to play the CB2 role, Bradberry is now looking to improve upon team chemistry and make the Giants even better in 2021.