The New York Giants made it a priority to build out the secondary this offseason, drafting DeAndre Baker in the first round, Julian Love in the fourth, and Corey Ballentine in the sixth.
Previously, the cornerback unit was believed to be the weakest link on the team, but general manager Dave Gettleman made sure to address that narrative. However, there’s a ton of inexperience at the position and bringing in a fresh veteran might be a good idea.
New York Giants: A familiar face could be a good signing
The Giants featured Coty Sensabaugh in 2016 with one of the better units they’ve had in recent years. The current free agent played in 10 games but started zero racking up 14 combined tackles.
However, he’s spent the past two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers in a majority reserve role with 14 starts over 29 games. Per PFF, Sensabaugh came in as the #61 ranked corner in the league — not bad for a reserve option that brings experience.
League leaders in snaps per reception allowed in coverage. pic.twitter.com/JWJnt6adeP
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 1, 2019
Last season, Coty earned just $1.4 million, a manageable price if the Giants are willing to spend a bit of cash on a vetted corner that can step in and fill a starting role if needed. Similar to that of B.W. Webb in 2018. With injuries being normality in the NFL, it’s good to have a solid veteran that can step in – especially when you have a ton of youth on the team.
Aside from his reserve value, he’s a consistent player that can help the younger options develop. Another positive, he’s familiar with Janoris Jenkins which would make his return seamless.