New York Giants: James Bradberry playing at an All-Pro level, according to Pro Football Focus

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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 hasn’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. Bradberry’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.

New York Giants: Is Evan Engram One Of The Best Tight Ends In The NFL?

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The New York Giants had an offense loaded with playmakers who struggled to stay healthy in 2019. New York saw Daniel Jones, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, and Evan Engram all miss time with injury at one point or another. But the most polarizing player of that group has a history of missing games with injuries, despite being extremely talented. Evan Engram has all the talent imaginable at the tight end position, but fans have yet to see him hit his full potential as he has had his career held back by injuries.

In 2019, Evan Engram played in only 8 games, missing half of the season with a foot injury. Prior to going down with an injury, Engram looked like one of the best tight ends on the field. But too often has this been the case for the Ole Miss product. Now, entering his fourth season, Engram needs to stay healthy in a contract year to earn an extension with the Giants. If he manages to stay healthy, he could receive a lucrative contract paying him as one of the best tight ends in the NFL. But is that what he is? Pro Football Focus seems to think so.

Evan Engram – Top 15 Tight End?

Pro Football Focus released their list of the top fifteen tight ends in the NFL. Towards the top of the list are all players you would expect to see: Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Zach Ertz, and other proven stars. But placing on the lower portion of the list is New York Giants tight end Evan Engram. According to PFF, Engram is the twelfth-best tight end in the NFL.

You don’t see too many players listed at 230-plus pounds running 4.42-second 40-yard dashes. That has helped him become one of the top tight ends in the NFL with the ball in his hands after the catch, averaging 6.2 yards after the catch per reception across his first three NFL seasons. – Pro Football Focus on Evan Engram

It is undeniable that Evan Engram possesses rare athletic traits for a tight end- he moves like a wide receiver. But, as PFF acknowledges in their first sentence, “the biggest thing with Engram is health.” Evan Engram has missed fourteen games in three years. Engram has also struggled with drops in the past. The versatile playmaker has yet to put everything together, but could he do that in 2020?

New York Giants: PFF doesn’t consider Saquon Barkley a top 50 NFL player

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In their latest top 50 players list, Pro Football Focus left out many star players such as Minkah Fitzpatrick, Darius Leonard, and Aaron Rodgers. But perhaps the most controversial name left off of the list was New York Giants‘ star running back Saquon Barkley. Just what justification does PFF have to not consider arguably the best running back in the NFL a top 50 player?

First, let’s break down the list. Just to keep in mind, there are zero New York Giants players on this list, (which isn’t all that surprising considering the team has lacked star playmakers outside of Barkley and Beckham in recent years). One interesting thing to think about which speaks further to how egregious it is to leave Barkley off of this list is the fact that there are only two running backs on the list: Christian McCaffrey and Nick Chubb. Not a knock on either of those backs, both of whom are fantastic, but to have both of those backs in the top 50 and not Barkley is downright absurd.

Now we can go number by number analyzing the inaccuracies with this list. Deshaun Watson at 43? No Marcus Peters or Jalen Ramsey? Kittle at 5 but Kelce at 19? We could be here all day with different takes and opinions, but you would be hard-pressed to find someone who even pays mild attention to the NFL that would say that Saquon Barkley is not a top 50 player.

The only somewhat reasonable explanation one could theorize is the fact that Barkley missed games in 2019. However, Derwin James, the LA Chargers’ star safety missed all but five games in 2019 and is somehow still ranked at 31. Furthermore, Barkley still managed to log over 1400 scrimmage yards in 13 games last season, to build off of an offensive rookie of the year campaign in 2018. Despite the Giants’ struggles, Saquon Barkley has been a diamond in the rough since he was drafted, and AT THE VERY LEAST deserves to be a top 50 player.