James Bradberry says Adoree' Jackson's skillset gives Giants' secondary more 'versatility' heading into 2021 season

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James Bradberry/Adoree' Jackson Treated Image
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James Bradberry is coming off a Pro Bowl season after leading the league in forced incompletions with 17 in 2020. It was impressive for one of the Giants’ big splashes in free agency a year ago.

Now, the Giants may not be looking for a Pro Bowl-esque season from their latest cornerback addition in free agency this year, but Adoree’ Jackson has some pretty big expectations to fulfill after landing a three-year, $39 million deal despite being hurt most of last season.

Bradberry, though, can vouch for what Jackson will be bringing to the secondary opposite him.

“With the addition of Adoree', I like the feel that he brings to the secondary,” Bradberry told reporters via Zoom after Giants minicamp practice on Thursday. “Right now we are trying to get our chemistry down and get the communication down. But I think we are going to be pretty solid. He's a great athlete and he's also smart as well.”

The one thing that people immediately notice when watching Jackson up close is his speed, an area of his game that allows him to matchup with the more shifty, elusive speed demons that the game is full of today. Think Tyreek Hill, or in the NFC East, Curtis Samuel and Terry McLaurin on the Washington Football Team.

With Bradberry as a more physical corner that can match up with the likes of Mike Evans and Allen Robinson II, it’s a duo that has the potential to take on whatever wide receivers come their way each week. And Bradberry already notices those matchups could be perfect to plan for now that Jackson is aboard.

“I mean, I think we were capable of playing man last year,” he explained. “But, of course, in addition to having [Jackson’s] speed that definitely gives you more upside and more versatility like I said. You have the Hills of the world, a fast guy, so match up with a fast guy gives you more versatility. Not sure if we'll play more man or not but more versatile always.

“Definitely when we're playing those big guys, I would definitely like to match up with a physical guy on physical guy and fast guy on fast guy.”

Jackson is an obvious CB2 when you look at the depth chart, but upon arriving at Quest Diagnostics Training Center for OTAs and minicamp, the former Titan isn’t looking at it that way.

He wants to earn his role.

“I came in with the mindset that I’m a rookie all over again,” he said. “Just trying to come prove myself and get the respect from my peers.”

But he does feel the same way as Bradberry when looking at what Patrick Graham can do now that this duo is available. The Giants mostly went in a zone scheme last year instead of dealing with top receivers 1-on-1 (although Bradberry had many instances where he was by himself).

That changes now.

“Whether it’s man-to-man, zone, match, whatever it may be, you just got to be able to play it,” Jackson said. “Be versatile. So I’m just excited for the challenges and things at hand. That’s the best thing about playing ball.”