5 NY Giants breakout candidates: Darnay Holmes locks down job?

Darnay Holmes #30 of the New York Giants (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Darnay Holmes #30 of the New York Giants (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /
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The NY Giants’ roster features several young players capable of breakout seasons in 2021, might Darnay Holmes become a key member of the secondary this season? 

Darnay Holmes is one of the more intriguing young players in what could become one of the more dominant and stingiest secondaries in the NFL, for the NY Giants this season.

Holmes, chosen by the NY Giants in the fourth-round of the 2020 NFL Draft, made several impact plays as a rookie.

In 12 games last season, Holmes held opposing quarterbacks to a 91.2 passer rating when targeting him and receivers averaged just 9.9 yards per reception as he produced 31 total tackles and one sack.

There’s a very real chance that Holmes walks into this season atop the Giants‘ nickel cornerback depth chart on an improving defense.

Here’s a look at why Darnay Holmes has a chance to breakout and elevate his game to the next level, why he might not, and our verdict on what to expect from the NY Giants’ defensive back this season:

Why Holmes will breakout:

There were moments when Holmes looked like a lockdown cornerback as a rookie.

No cornerback in the league saw more targets than Holmes’ 52, without allowing a touchdown, which is the kind of consistency that helps elevate a secondary.

Given that the NY Giants went out this offseason and signed Adoree’ Jackson to anchor the outside cornerback position opposite James Bradberry, there’s a chance that Holmes — if he wins the nickel job, will see an even more significant workload if quarterbacks avoid the perimeter.

Holmes has the size and physicality to be an impact cornerback in this league, which could help him become a bigger piece of the NY Giants’ secondary puzzle this season.