The New York Giants moved to improve their secondary this offseason, but injury has thrown a wrench into what the team is building up. Adoree’ Jackson was added to play number two to James Bradberry at corner, but his status is questionable after an ankle sprain and it remains to be seen whether Jackson will be back for week one of the regular season.
It also looks like Jackson will almost certainly sit against the Patriots, leaving open the question of who will get playing time in his place as the Giants bring out more of their starters for the final preseason game.
However, number one cornerback Bradberry isn’t concerned by that development. According to him, the Giants have enough talent at the position that it’s not worth worrying about.
Bradberry not worried about missing Jackson
“Iâ€™m confident in whoever they put out there. I was confident last year in whoever they put out there, so Iâ€™m going to be confident this year,” Bradberry said on Friday when asked about maybe starting the season without Jackson. “My job is to play well, but also help the guy that Iâ€™m playing beside whether heâ€™s a young guy or a veteran. Iâ€™m going to try to help whoever they put out there.”
Isaac Yiadom, the cornerback that spent much of last season playing number two, is now with the Green Bay Packers. Darnay Holmes, who is entering his second season, is a candidate to take Jackson’s place. Also in the running is Josh Jackson, who the Giants received in the trade that sent Yiadom to Green Bay.
Bradberry was also asked about what may happen if the opposing quarterback in week 1 targets the opposite side of the field from him. That scenario is another one that didn’t seem to bother Bradberry much.
“I watch a lot of film, so whatever I see on film, Iâ€™m going to try to tell the other guy thatâ€™s playing opposite me so they can make plays as well. Weâ€™re not really worried about what heâ€™s going to see. Weâ€™re worried about what weâ€™re going to do on the defense, honestly.”
The Giants should get Jackson back relatively soon. It looks like they dodged a bullet on his injury, as it doesn’t appear to be a long term one. Despite this, it still remains a concern that the Giants have a number of current injuries as they approach week 1. And not all of these players are guaranteed to make it back in time for the regular season.
Headed into the last preseason game, it’s still unclear just what the lineup will look like when the Giants take the field against Denver next month.