The New York Giants‘ secondary has been inconsistent through the first three weeks of the 2020 NFL season. New York has not seen its safeties play at a consistent level and has seen its second cornerback play at a consistently poor position. But if there is one bright spot to point out from the Giants’ first three games, it is starting cornerback James Bradberry.
Through three games, James Bradberry has performed as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. He has been dominating for the Giants and is one of the biggest reasons that their defense has stayed afloat in these games.
James Bradberry Stats and Highlights
According to Pro Football Focus, James Bradberry is the third-highest graded cornerback in the NFL so far. His overall grade is an impressive 82.5, ranking him behind only Xavier Rhodes and Jaire Alexander.
Bradberry has also forced tight coverage on seven of his 19 targets thus far. And of those seven, not a single one was caught. That is the most targets forced in tight coverage without one being caught of any NFL cornerback. – Pro Football Focus on James Bradberry
Bradberry has been providing air-tight coverage on the outside for the Giants. Through three games, James Bradberry is leading the NFL with 9 passes defended. He has also added an interception and a forced fumble. Bradberry, who signed a three-year $43.5 million contract with the Giants this offseason, has looked worth every penny so far.
With struggling performances throughout the secondary, the Giants are fortunate to have Bradberry holding the defense together. If not for James Bradberry, the Giants’ pass defense would be one of the worst in the NFL. New York’s season may feel lost at 0-3. But standout performances by James Bradberry have kept the Giants in some of these games and do give the team hope for the future.