The NY Giants spent big to improve the talent-level across the roster, but will any new additions or young players make their first Pro Bowl in 2021?
Aside from winning championships, the greatest players in NY Giants’ history have one thing in common – they were mainstays in the NFL Pro Bowl.
While the game may have turned into a glorified scrimmage, being selected is one of the biggest honors in the league. It’s concrete recognition that you’ve evolved into one of the premier players at your position.
Last season, Giants cornerback James Bradberry broke through to become one of the best cornerbacks in the league – and he was recognized with his first Pro Bowl selection. After the news broke, he spoke on what it meant to finally have his name mentioned among the NFL’s best.
"“It definitely means a lot that I made it,” Bradberry said. “I try not to put too much emphasis on it beforehand because I just felt like it was something I couldn’t control. The one thing I can control is how I play on the field, and that’s what I try to control. But, of course, I wanted to be a Pro Bowler, so it feels good to be recognized as one.”"
The Giants underwent a changing of the guard this off-season – and expect to ascend from a team focused on rebuilding, to one with their eyes on the playoffs. If they’re successful, it’s almost a guarantee that they’ll send more players to their first Pro Bowl in 2021.
Here are 4 NY Giants who could make their first Pro Bowl in 2021:
LB Blake Martinez
Blake Martinez shouldn’t be on this list.
Not because he doesn’t deserve to make the Pro Bowl, but because he should’ve been selected to his first last year.
Martinez, the leader of the NY Giants’ defense, had a phenomenal year. He set the standard for Patrick Graham’s unit – racking up 140 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.
Bradberry may have been the Giants’ best free-agent signing in 2020, but Martinez gave him a run for his money. They both should’ve been selected to the Pro Bowl for their seasons – not just Bradberry.
Since his Pro Bowl snub, Martinez has said he’s going to come back ‘better than ever’. With his undying work ethic, the linebacker may finally get the recognition he deserves in 2021.