Forget the chicken and the egg. Sometimes, it’s pretty obvious who comes first.
1 cornerback – like Giants ‘Adori’ Jackson – would have to make a turnover before a defensive return can be triggered.
Jackson has a history of being dangerous with the ball in his hands—he scored 15 touchdowns (eight on special teams, five on offense and one on defense) in three seasons at USC—but he hasn’t been able to replicate the same level in five years. of explosiveness during his NFL career. Why? Because he has only three interceptions and two fumble recoveries from 59 matches.
“I can’t even explain it,” Jackson said after Monday’s practice. “I’m glad I have at least three. I want to get more, but when opportunities present themselves I have to make the most of them. That’s where it lies. If I have my hands on the ball, so be it.” i just turn that thing down [me], I have to do a better job at that – and will do a better job at that.”
Jackson was the NFL’s number 15-ranked cornerback last season when he played alongside James Bradberry. With Bradberry’s Eagles, even more is needed from Jackson, who is surrounded in the secondary by first, second and third year pros such as Cor’Dell Float, Aaron Robinson, Xavier McKinney and Darne Holmes.
If opposing quarterbacks are going to be challenging youngsters, Jackson will have a smaller window to capitalize on. There’s no room for a dropped gift-wrapped interception, as in a Week 3 loss last season.
“I think every year is always the opportunity of a lifetime,” Jackson said. “It’s kind of a me-versus-me mentality, but at the same time we know we’re competing with each other. The best thing about competing with these types of people is that we’re a- Going to hold the other accountable.”
Kadarius Toney does not need to master one craft before studying another.
While he is still in progress after playing just 10 games as an injury-prone rookie, the Giants are looking to expand his role. Of course, he needs to learn to play ‘X,’ ‘Z’ and other receiver spots in each formation. But how about putting some running backs and wildcat quarterbacks on your plate like other versatile receivers?
Coach Brian Dabol met Tony before Monday’s practice and met him with a “big smile.”
“Saying, ‘Hey, can I add another post for you? I’m rolling you over at this spot. And do you feel comfortable with that? Or is it too much and it will make you play slower? ‘” Dabol said. “I think you talk to your players and you try to do that to those who can handle it.”
According to a source, on Monday when rookie Dan Belton’s left arm was in a sling due to a broken collarbone, the Giants took a jibe.
The solution was to release safety Jaren Williams with an injury designation and sign veteran Jarrod Wilson, who has played 84 career games and had a sack with the Jets last season. Williams has played in eight games (two starts) and has been cut three times since joining the Giants for the first time in 2020.
Sports medicine experts estimate a 6-8 week absence for Belton, which jeopardizes the start of the regular season and could become a complicating factor when the roster is cut to 53 players before the injured Reserve should become a stashing option. Beltane was getting a first-team snap as the third safety in the sub packages.