New York Giants: Defensive backs return in leadup to mandatory minicamp

New York Giants, Jabrill Peppers
Nov 8, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; New York Giants safety Jabrill Peppers (21) reacts after intercepting a pass Washington Football Team during the fourth quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants had a notable position group that wasn’t around for voluntary OTAs – the secondary.

The secondary has, of course, been touted as one of the most improved areas of the team this season. The Giants are now relying on the duo of James Bradberry and Adoree’ Jackson at corner, but also add new draft picks who will compete for a spot.

At safety, they have a promising group that includes Jabrill Peppers, Logan Ryan, and a healthy Xavier McKinney. However, despite the promising nature of this secondary, Giants fans have had to wait to see it in action on the field.

That will change as the timeline moves from voluntary OTAs to mandatory minicamp.

Based on official team sources, it looks like the defensive backs have turned up to team facilities for upcoming practices. That includes Bradberry, Jackson, as well as Peppers.

What should we expect during minicamp?

The Giants are mostly set at safety and it doesn’t look like there’s any big changes coming to the rotation, but the cornerback spot is less certain. While we already know which players are filling the top spots, there’s a lot more uncertainty behind them.

The Giants drafted Aaron Robinson in the third round and Rodarius Williams in the sixth – both of them play cornerback, so expect to see them in competition with returning players Darnay Holmes and Sam Beal.

The team has a number of options when it comes to their backup cornerback lineup, so this might be the most important part of the secondary to pay attention to during minicamp.

The Giants also brought in two other defensive backs from the Titans, Chris Milton and Joshua Kalu. Given the influx of additions, don’t be surprised if not everyone that comes into offseason training as part of the secondary makes it onto the final roster. The Giants aren’t exactly short on talent at the position, and minicamp is likely to be more competitive than OTAs.

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