3 players the NY Giants must rely on more in 2022
By Reese Nasser
As the new season quickly approaches, all eyes will be on the NY Giants star players leading up to things. Whether it be Saquon Barkley or Kadarius Toney on the offensive side of the ball, or Xavier McKinney and Kayvon Thibodeaux on the defensive side of the ball, there’s going to be big expectations for plenty of guys.
However, much of the Giants success will be found in the players who may not be classified as the big-time star. Whether it be through their underrated performances, lack of notoriety, or their recent outings, they may not be seen on the same level. These players will more than likely serve as the foundational pieces for this team this season. Here are three guys the Giants need to rely on more this campaign.
3. CB Adoree’ Jackson
The Giants secondary is arguably the weakest link of their defense at this point. With the losses of James Bradberry, Logan Ryan, and Jabrill Peppers, the unit will look vastly different this upcoming season.
Much of the current secondary is either young or inexperienced at the NFL level. Their rising star Xavier McKinney is still just 22 years old. The only true veteran presence is Adoree’ Jackson. More than likely, this unit will rely heavily on his shoulders.
Jackson, who is still just 26 years old, is by far the most accomplished player in the secondary. Heading into his sixth season, Jackson has proven to be one of the game’s most reliable corners. Up to this point in his career, Jackson has played a total of 59 games and started 53. He has racked up 262 total tackles, 41 defended passes and three interceptions.
Throughout last season, Jackson posted a defensive grade of 74.9 according to PFF. He also finished with a grade of 80.9 in coverage. In 13 total games, Jackson recorded one interception, eight defended passes and 62 total tackles. He primarily served as the Giants CB2, as Bradberry held down the No. 1 duties.
Now as Bradberry has departed, Jackson will take the lead role for the first time in his career. Given the overall inexperience and lack of star power in the secondary, Jackson will have to be prepared to take on opposing offense’s best weapons. He will primarily handle the team’s top receivers and the defense as a whole will rely heavily on how he performs.