NY Giants keep or dump? Who has to go after missing NFL Playoffs … Again
James Bradberry: STAY
The defense’s most gifted player, and arguably the Giants’ 2020 MVP, James Bradberry was the most impactful addition to the roster during Dave Gettleman’s three-year tenure as general manager. Bradberry held opposing quarterbacks to a meager 71 passer rating when targeting him, intercepted three passes, and was Pro Football Focus’ fifth-highest graded cornerback in the NFL. Bradberry is the type of player that a secondary can be built around.
Isaac Yiadom: GO
Yiadom provided a modicum of stability opposite Bradberry down the stretch, but it remains to be seen if he’s capable of developing into a full-time starting caliber player. Opposing quarterbacks still produced a 128.7 passer rating when tarting him and receivers averaged 13.3 yards per reception. Outside cornerback is a position the Giants desperately need to upgrade this offseason.
Madre Harper: GO
Harper was at times a frequent target of opposing quarterbacks and at times made reckless, undisciplined mistakes. A stopgap option amid injuries at the position and the need to move on from DeAndre Baker in the days leading up to training camp this summer, Harper did little to inspire that he should be part of the Giants’ long-term plans.
Darney Holmes: STAY
Holmes, the Giants’ fourth-round pick, showed moments of promise as a rookie. While quarterbacks frequently targeted the UCLA alum with some success, he still produced 30 total tackles, intercepted a pass, and recovered a fumble as a rookie. Holmes should have a chance to compete for the starting nickel job next summer.
Seam Beal: GO
Beal opted out of the 2020 season, but it becomes more apparent by the day (just as it was at the time) that it was foolish for the Giants to forfeit a third-round pick to choose Beal in the 2018 supplemental draft. Only healthy for one season, Beal has made minimal impact. It’s time to cut the cord.