The New York Giants are sitting at a disappointing 0-4 through the first quarter of the 2020 NFL season. The team’s offense has not scored a touchdown in the last two games. But on the other side of the ball, New York is enjoying some pretty impressive performances.
The Giants’ defense has been a pleasant surprise this season. Outside of the Giants’ disappointing Week Three loss to the San Fransisco 49ers, New York’s defense has kept them close in games. One player, in particular, has been dominating on the Giants’ defense: James Bradberry. According to Pro Football Focus, James Bradberry is currently playing at an All-Pro level through the first quarter of the 2020 NFL season.
James Bradberry Stats and Highlights
The New York Giants signed James Bradberry to a three-year $43.5 million contract this offseason. So far, he has been worth every penny of that lucrative contract.
James Bradberry earns First-Quarter All-Pro honors from Pro Football Focus for having an 83.0 overall grade through the first four weeks of the season. Bradberry has been a playmaker on the Giants’ defense, totaling a league-high 9 passes defended so far, along with 1 interception.
Opposing quarterbacks have had a tough time throwing against James Bradberry. The Giants’ cornerback has been targeted in coverage 24 times in four games, allowing only 13 completions (54.2%). These completions have amounted to 157 yards and 2 touchdowns. Both of those touchdowns, according to PFF, came in Week One. He has not allowed any touchdowns in the past three weeks.
He hasnâ€™t had easy assignments for the first few weeks of this season but has seven pass breakups while allowing just 52.2% of passes thrown into his coverage to be caught. Bradberryâ€™s numbers would be even better were it not for a couple of touchdowns he gave up against the Steelers in the first game of his season. – Pro Football Focus on James Bradberry
As the Giants’ season rolls on, James Bradberry will need to maintain this high level of play. The Giants’ cornerbacks opposite of Bradberry have struggled mightily. James Bradberry has held the defense together and will need to continue to do so if the Giants are planning on winning any games this season.