Sep 25, 2014; New York, NY, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) has pass blocked by New York Giants cornerback Chykie Brown (39) at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports
5. Chykie Brown
Chykie Brown is competing for the nickel cornerback spot with Trumaine McBride but he may not even make the team this season. Brown was picked up by the Giants off waivers after being released by the Baltimore Ravens. As a guy who watches every single snap of Ravens football I can tell you firsthand the frustrations of Brown’s career.
The Ravens had what was possibly the worst secondary in football last year; depleted completely by injuries and horrible safety play, the Ravens struggles in the secondary were rough. That is the team that cut Brown. The Ravens had just gotten lit up by Ben Roethlisberger in Hienz field and they had enough. They let a few players go, Brown being one of them. A team that was running out of options wouldn’t keep Brown in their secondary.
Brown has talent. He is physically gifted and he has the capability of performing at a high level for short bursts. But consistently Brown will get himself into trouble on the football field. He seldom turns his head back to the football in man coverage which draws pass interference penalties. In fact his overall technique is rather suspect. Brown has to step up his game if he wants to remain a Giant. Honestly I think McBride is the best option at the nickel cornerback position, by a landslide.
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