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With the long-expected release of CB James Bradberry today, the NY Giants will now have enough cap space to sign their draft picks in time for Rookie Camp which starts Thursday, May 12th. But, it’s last year’s draft picks, Aaron Robinson and Rodarius Williams, that will move up the depth chart and look to replace the veteran, Bradberry.

James Bradberry was a pleasure to have as a Giant. No fan should be disappointed with his performance. I know, I will miss him playing for the Giants. Bradberry was a key player making a Pro Bowl appearance as a lockdown cornerback in the 2020 season. While his 2021 season wasn’t quite as sterling as his 2020 performance, Bradberry was plenty reliable. With the new coaching staff this year, Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale puts a lot of stock in having shutdown cornerbacks that can hold their own in man coverage. This frees up other defenders for his various blitz packages. Bradberry could have done well in the new defense. Unfortunately, his contract was more than the Giants can afford. More importantly, releasing Bradberry opens up enough cap space let the Giants sign all draft picks and build a solid practice squad for the upcoming season.

The departure of Bradberry opens the door for some of the young talented cornerbacks on the current roster. Adoree Jackson now becomes the CB1. Jackson can hold his own with any receiver. His challenge has been staying on the field for a full season. Darnay Holmes will be battling with rookie Cor’dale Flott for Nickel and Slot CB playing time. This leaves CB2 for Aaron Robinson and Rodarius Williams to battle it out.

Aaron Robinson is a promising CB that seems to thrive in man coverage. He does some of his best work in press situations and can stay with wide receivers like glue. In limited action last year, Robinson held his own with his most game action coming in 45 snaps of Game#17 versus the Eagles. With his full health and a full offseason ahead of him, Robinson could make the leap this year.

Rodarius Williams, the older brother of Cleveland Browns CB Greedy Williams, is another CB that thrives in man and press coverage. Williams was a four-year starter at Oklahoma State. His college tape shows plenty of pass breakups on long routes. He is also a solid tackler. Rodarius was placed on IR midway through the 2021 season due to a torn ACL. His departure opened a spot for game days for Robinson.

Both players look to show their strengths and how well their CB skills match what Martindale needs to be effective with his defensive schemes. Can they stay on the field for a full 17-game season and be as dependable as Bradberry was? That is the hope of the Giants’ front office and coaches as they look to continue mold this young group in the secondary.

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