NY Giants: 5 potential upgrades over Corey Ballentine

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3/ Prince Amukamara

Another potential option for the NY Giants to consider as a replacement for Corey Ballentine is a former first-round draft pick of theirs, Prince Amukamara. Amukamara manned the cornerback position in the Meadowlands from 2011until 2015 and is thus intimately familiar with playing for the Giants.

Amukamara represents a reliable option for the GMEN at cornerback, as he has played at least 13 games in six of the nine seasons he has been in the league. He spent the past three seasons on an excellent Chicago Bears defense. The 2018 season was his best when he had 66 total tackles, three interceptions, a touchdown, two forced fumbles, and 12 pass deflections on the year.

Last year with Chicago, he had 53 total tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and 10 pass deflections in 15 games started for the Bears. Those are solid numbers for a player who remains out on the open free-agent market.

Adding Amukamara would allow the NY Giants to line up a reliable, effective cornerback in coverage opposite of James Bradberry while keeping the safety unit strong by allowing Julian Love, Logan Ryan, and Jabrill Peppers to remain in their current positions.

Given the familiarity that the Giants ownership has with Amukamara, it would not be surprising to see them reach out to him about a contract. Adding him to the fold would represent a significant upgrade over Corey Ballentine.4.