NY Giants keep or dump? Who has to go after missing NFL Playoffs … Again
Jabrill Peppers: STAY
Peppers had his finest season as a professional in Graham’s scheme, producing a career-high 83 tackles, a career-high 2.5 sacks, while adding one interception, one fumble recovery, and one forced fumble. Playing alongside veteran Logan Ryan brought out the best in Peppers this season and the pair have the potential to be one of the game’s top safety duos in 2021.
Xavier McKinney: STAY
The Giants’ second-round pick in April’s NFL Draft did not get on the field until Week 12, after fracturing his foot back in August, but his athleticism and position versatility gave him the chance to make an impact once he returned. McKinney produced a 63.5 overall grade from Pro Football Focus, and should have the opportunity to push for the starting nickel cornerback or third safety job next season.
Logan Ryan: STAY
Ryan provided much-needed stability and veteran leadership to the Giants’ secondary that severely lacked both when he was signed in the days leading up to the season. It remains to be seen whether Ryan’s three-year contract will be an albatross around the Giants in coming years, but Ryan is among the most talented and productive players on the Giants’ defense and can contribute either at safety or nickel cornerback.
Julian Love: GO
The Giants have tried to get Love on the field at nickel cornerback, safety, and special teams, and he winds up more often than not being a liability rather than a player that can be relied on. According to Pro Football Focus, Love has allowed opponents a 130.7 passer rating, and receivers are averaging 15.6 yards per reception against him.
Nate Ebner: GO
Ebner was signed in hopes that he would give the Giants’ special teams a boost, but that didn’t happen, and when he was on the field as a safety, he was a liability frequently giving up big plays.