For having limited cap space, the New York Giants have been very busy in free agency, adding talent and depth to the roster on both sides of the ball. Adding experienced players to the roster seems to be the focus this offseason, even if that means simply adding depth at all positions.
Ross Cockrell is a player that fits this mold perfectly. He was drafted in the fourth round in 2014 by the Buffalo Bills. The Giants acquired him from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Cockrell came to the team to add depth as the fourth cornerback. Playing behind Janoris Jenkins, Eli Apple, and former Giant Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie but proved to be a valuable asset down the stretch of the season.
What does Ross Cockrell bring to the New York Giants?
Cockrell played in all 16 games and started 9 in 2017. He had 50 combined tackles, 11 passes defended, and 3 interceptions. He lacks the elite speed to keep up with fast receivers but has the experience and IQ to be a solid contributor in zone schemes.
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Resigning Ross Cockrell should provide a relatively cheap option that will provide more than just depth to the cornerback room. After what could be considered a breakout in 2017, getting a deal done should be a priority as free agency becomes more barren.
Cockrell caught people’s eye with a strong week 16 showing against the Arizona Cardinals, intercepting two passes.