New York Giants: Why Jabrill Peppers Will Be The Best Player On The New Defense

The New York Giants acquired Jabrill Peppers in the Odell Beckham Jr. trade.

The New York Giants have totally revamped their secondary this offseason. They let star safety Landon Collins walk in free agency, then went and drafted three (four if you count Sam Beal) cornerbacks in the 2019 NFL Draft.

But the Giants’ most important addition to their secondary came in their most controversial trade. When the Giants traded away Odell Beckham Jr., they got Jabrill Peppers in return. Jabrill Peppers is a solid young player who will be the centerpiece of the Giants’ new defense.

Jabrill Peppers Stats And Highlights

The Cleveland Browns drafted Jabrill Peppers with the 25th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Peppers was a great safety prospect coming out of Michigan. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com referred to Peppers as “the ultimate Swiss Army Knife on the collegiate level” during the 2017 draft process.

Peppers was a true playmaker coming out of college with 11 passes defended, 1 interception, 3 sacks, and 18.5 tackles for loss in his last two seasons. However, Peppers did not look like the player he has the potential to be while playing in Cleveland.

In his rookie season, Jabrill was a little disappointing. He put up only 57 tackles in 13 games. But this lack of production could be attributed more to the Browns than to Jabrill Peppers. The Browns forced Peppers to play free safety on 88.2% of his defensive snaps in his rookie 2017 campaign. When they decided to move Peppers around in 2018, the results were much better.

The Browns used Peppers as a jack-of-all-trades defensive back in 2018, like he was used in college at Michigan. Most of his snaps were played at safety (281 snaps), but he played a lot of snaps at linebacker (172 snaps), edge (133 snaps), and slot cornerback (108 snaps), too, according to Pro Football Focus.

This lead to a better statistical season from Jabrill Peppers. He played all 16 games and finished with 79 combined tackles, 1 interception, 5 passes defended, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries.

Giants’ defensive coordinator James Bettcher has proven that he knows how to use a versatile, hybrid safety. When Bettcher was with the Arizona Cardinals, he helped turn Tyrann Mathieu into a household name. Tyrann was awarded First-Team All-Pro in 2015 for his 89 tackle, 5 interception season.

James Bettcher knows how to get the best performance he can out of his players. Bettcher loves the versatility and Jabrill Peppers is the ultimate versatile safety. Jabrill Peppers will be the best player on the New York Giants’ new defense because of his versatile skill set and perfect match with Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher.

New York Giants Safety Was Benched In Week 17 For Lack Of Effort

The NFL regular season is over. The New York Giants played their final game of the season on Sunday. Their week 17 matchup was a home loss against the Dallas Cowboys. The final score was 35-36. The Giants’ offense played a great game, scoring 35 points. However, the defense was lousy, letting up 36 points.

The Giants defense played so poorly that head coach Pat Shurmur had to bench a player. The player that was benched was free safety Curtis Riley. Riley has received heavy criticism from fans all season. The Giants’ coaching staff benched Riley for a lack of effort.

The Play That Benched Riley

The Cowboys had the ball on 3rd and 3 from the 39 yard line with 5:12 remaining in the third quarter. Dallas was ahead 14-10 at this point in the game. Quarterback Dak Prescott rolled right and found tight end Blake Jarwin for a completion well beyond the first down marker. Jarwin caught the pass with four Giants players surrounding him, but no one was able to bring him down.

Free safety Curtis Riley was directly in front of Jarwin and had a chance to make a head on touchdown-saving tackle. Instead, Riley completely whiffed on the play and allowed Jarwin to walk into the end zone for the touchdown. Riley demonstrated a complete lack of effort on this play.

Who Might Replace Riley?

Curtis Riley was benched after this embarrassing play. His mid-game replacement was safety Sean Chandler. Chandler had a decent outing, finishing the game with four tackles. However, nothing from this game would indicate that Chandler is the long-term solution at free safety.

It is now officially the offseason for the Giants so they can begin to look for an upgrade at free safety. The Giants could draft a rookie free safety or sign a free agent safety.

The draft class is full of good safeties this year. The top ranked safety prospect is Deionte Thompson out of Alabama. Other top safety prospects include Juan Thornhill from Virginia and Jaquan Johnson from Miami.

In free agency, there are a lot of options. The Giants should definitely look at players such as Adrian Amos, Tre Boston, and Lamarcus Joyner. These are players that would likely fall into the Giants’ price range. If the Giants decide to invest heavily into the position this offseason, there are elite options set to hit the market. More expensive players include Tyrann Mathieu, Earl Thomas, and HaHa Clinton-Dix.

The Giants have may options to choose from. It is likely they will sign a free safety in free agency, but it is unknown how much the Giants will be looking to spend this offseason. Giants fans should be looking forward to an exciting and important offseason for Big Blue

New York Giants: Tyrann Mathieu Is A Possibility, Here’s why

The New York Giants lack a true safety in the defensive backfield, and yes, I know Darian Thompson is still back there missing tackles and blowing coverage’s.

Thompson was a third-round pick out of Boise State with WAY top high expectations entering the NFL. He missed virtually his entire rookie season due to injury, and returned looking like half of what we expected him to be.

So, can we all agree that an upgrade is needed to solidify a defense that already has Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Alec Ogletree, Damon Harrison, JPP, and Olivier Vernon?

Adding a player like Mathieu to a defense with several Pro-Bowl caliber players is extremely enticing, and come to think of it, more than possible.

How can they afford him?

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The biggest issue with signing Mathieu is the money, and we all know the Giants have none of that. In fact, after the Nate Solder, Kareem Martin, Patrick Omameh and Alec Ogletree signings, they probably have close to zero dollars left.

But, by cutting players like Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Ray-Ray Armstrong, and maybe even John Jerry, they can add some much needed cap-relief.

Lucky for the Giants, Mathieu isn’t after the money, he’s after a Super Bowl ring.

New York is the big stage, and we are talking Giants here guys, not Jets. The Jets are have been designated New Jersey because, well, who the hell likes New Jersey?

This is where Mathieu can shine, and with the new regime in the place, including his familiarity’s with defensive coordinator James Bettcher, it’s the perfect landing spot. Although the Giants may not be willing to give him top dollar, he can turn their defense into one of the league’s most feared units.

Additionally, it would allow Gettleman to focus strictly on the offense going into the NFL draft. Can anybody say: “Quick turnaround?”