Giants bring in veteran cornerback for a workout

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The New York Giants are facing a considerable challenge in their secondary, marked by a significant lack of experience and proven talent. With the retirement of Darren Waller freeing up $11.6 million, the Giants have an opportunity to reinforce this group.

As the team heads into the upcoming season, the spotlight is on second-year cornerback Deonte Banks, who is expected to take on the No.1 cornerback role. However, the position beside him remains a question mark, adding to the team’s defensive uncertainties.

Evaluating the Giants’ Secondary: Challenges and Potential Solutions

The Giants are exploring options to bolster their secondary by inviting veteran cornerback Tre Herndon to minicamp for a tryout via Jordan Raanan of ESPN. Herndon, with a solid track record from his time with the Jacksonville Jaguars, brings substantial experience to the table.

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Over his career, he has played 83 games, starting 34, and last season he was on the field for 482 snaps. During that time, Herndon allowed 485 yards and three touchdowns while achieving six pass breakups. Notably, he allowed a 78.9% reception rate, but it’s important to highlight that the majority of his play was in the slot.

As the Giants evaluate Herndon’s fit, they must consider his versatility and past performance. Although primarily effective in the slot, Herndon also has experience playing on the boundary. His presence could provide much-needed guidance and competition for younger players like Cor’Dale Flott, who has shown potential but lacks consistency, and rookie Andru Phillips, alongside Darnay Holmes.

Herndon’s upcoming tryout on Tuesday is crucial for both him and the Giants. It will determine if he can be the veteran presence the secondary desperately needs.

While his experience is invaluable, the Giants are also in need of support on the boundary, and it remains to be seen if Herndon can adequately fulfill that role. The decision to extend an offer will hinge on his performance during the tryout and whether his skill set aligns with the Giants’ strategic defensive needs.

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