The NY Giants have had a bizarre 1-2 start to the season. New York has led for a total of 19 seconds in 2023 and, quite frankly, the team is lucky to have a win. The 2023 campaign, thus far, has been defined by lousy play, uncharacteristic mistakes, and, per usual, injuries.
Eight of Big Blue's opening-day starters - Evan Neal, Andrew Thomas, Saquon Barkley, Ben Bredeson, Azeez Ojulari, Deonte Banks, Adoree' Jackson and Graham Gano - have dealt with injuries. The Giants cannot control injuries, but have control over their on-field play.
The whole team must raise their level of play quickly, especially four studs in particular, if New York is going to make a playoff push for the second straight season. Here are four NY Giants who have been massive disappointments through three games:
4. NY Giants CB Adoree' Jackson
Jackson has been put in a tough spot to start the season. Cor'Dale Flott and Darnay Holmes struggled this summer, while Tre Hawkins had a tremendous camp, prompting the Giants to move Jackson, their best cover corner, from the outside into the slot CB spot.
During the first three weeks, Jackson has been the nickel back when Big Blue has five defensive backs on the field but plays outside in the base defense alignment. He's been asked to play two roles, which has not been pretty.
Jackson has played 103 coverage snaps in 2023, allowing 13 completions for 201 yards and a touchdown. PFF has given Jackson a 53.6 grade this season, which ranks 77th out of 102 qualified cornerbacks. His 52.7 coverage grade ranks 78th.
Jackson has been put on islands with elite NFL receivers this fall, and it did not go well when he matched up with Deebo Samuel last Thursday.
Regardless of position, Jackson is the best cornerback on the Giants roster. New York needs a lot more from the USC product. We can only hope he picks up his play the rest of the season. The Giants need him to be at his best.