Andru Phillips' jersey reveal appears to close door on Giants reunion with veteran CB

More depth at CB is still needed for the G-Men
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While NY Giants general manager Joe Schoen was able to improve the secondary in the NFL Draft, the hard work isn’t done for the offseason. At cornerback in particular, more depth is needed before Week 1 gets here.

That’s why a lot of Big Blue supporters have been waiting to see if perhaps Schoen and Co. would be able to bring back veteran CB Adoree’ Jackson on a team-friendly deal. However, it was unlikely before the draft, and now it feels like there’s no chance it’s going to happen following the Andru Phillips intro presser with the media. 

A Giants reunion with Adoree’ Jackson likely isn’t going to happen

As you can see from that social media post above, Phillips will be rocking No. 22 this upcoming season for the G-Men. That’s Jackson’s old number. Do we really think New York would give Phillips No. 22 if they planned to bring Jackson back? Nope. 

Earlier in the offseason, the secondary took a major hit with Xavier McKinney, a team captain, leaving for a $68 million deal with the Green Bay Packers. Luckily, Schoen found a replacement on Day 2 of the draft, bringing in Minnesota’s Tyler Nubin with the No. 47 overall pick. 

When Phillips was taken at No. 70, the hope was that he’d push for the CBs job to work on the opposite side of the field from Deonte Banks. The plan to start, though, is for the Kentucky product to play in the slot. 

Cor’Dale Flott could be the guy on the outside for head man Brian Daboll, but perhaps Schoen will look to free agency to see if he can find a cheap deal for a veteran. In the coming weeks, teams will part ways with players - that happens every year after the draft. We’ll see if the Giants are able to land a playmaker before camp, but don’t count on Jackson coming back.