The New York Giants arguably have one of the better secondary’s in the league with the emergence of all-pro safety Landon Collins and pro bowler Janoris Jenkins.
The New York Giants' cornerbacks on the roster for the most part have minimal experience, but there is massive potential for a lock-down defensive backfield if the right players rise to the occasion.
After a successful rookie campaign, Eli Apple is primed to take over Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's role on the outside. DRC has been a rock for the Giants the past few years, but it may be time for him to hand over the torch to the younger Apple.
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With the departure of Trevin Wade, the Giants had to make a few roster adjustments and bring in some depth at the cornerback position. They opted to sign Valentino Blake from the Tennessee Titans, also known as the guy who made it on to “C’mon Man” three consecutive weeks in a row.
I’m really hoping he doesn’t bring his bad luck to New York, we have had enough of it already with Bobby Rainey stepping out of bounds at the 5 yard-line in the playoffs.
The sure-fire starters on Big Blue are Eli Apple, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins. Let’s take a look at who’s the favorite to start, in-the-hunt and the darkhorse.
Out of the remaining defensive backs, my favorite to secure a starting role is Rahim Moore. Moore will play a similar role to Leon Hall in 2016.
Moore brings a veteran presence and will elevate his teammates with experience and determination. Leon Hall played valiantly last year, even after suffering multiple injuries with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ultimately, it comes down to experience and Moore has the most of it, making him the favorite.
The player that is in-the-hunt to make the starting squad is Valentino Blake. Despite making several mistakes last year, he’s decent in coverage and can hold his own against mid-level receivers.
His experience is valued and will shine brighter than the rest of the cornerbacks vying for a chance to taste the grass on gameday.
My dark horse cornerback is Donte Deayon. Something about the kid sparks a light in my heart. Maybe it’s his less than average height (5’9”)?
But then again, Valentino Blake also stands short at 5’9”, so he’s got just as good of a shot as Blake.
Deayon was a ball-hawk in college and his film speaks for itself. His quickness and grit is admirable, but he just doesn’t have the muscle (158 lbs.) to stack up against the bigger receivers.
He’s so small that quarterbacks often don’t see him, resulting in interceptions. This is the up-side to his skill, but his down-side is that he can’t match up with bigger targets and gets bullied off the line.
Overall, the kid has heart and he has made his case in practice. If he shows up stronger and ready to play in training camp, there’s no reason he can’t earn a role on the starting team, but realistically it’s easier said than done.