Bradberry was considered the missing piece for the remade Giants secondary – a lockdown No. 1 cornerback to replace the esoteric Jenkins – when he signed a three-year, $ 43.5 million contract in free agency. Instead, he looks like the first piece to begin another rebuild after an offseason when the pressure on him continued to escalate through any act of his own.
As such, Generic’s Sunday touchdown for the New Orleans Saints – the 10th of his career, most of the active NFL defensive players – was a fitting culmination, which was Bradbury’s Giants debut on Monday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Can Bradberry take the next step and become a Pro Bowler, such as a five-year annual salary around the league?
“I try not to pay attention to outside noise,” said Bradberry, who spent his first four seasons with the Panthers. “They put a lot of pressure on me while I was in Carolina, I wouldn’t say pressure – but they told me to go out. I have been doing this for some time. I just try to go about my own business. That’s all I can do: to the best of your ability. ”
Last December, the Giants cut Jenkins after using abusive abuses towards a fan on social media. Had it not happened, Jenkins would still likely be a salary-cap casualty in the offseason.
The swap to Bradberry, 27, allowed the Giants to grow young and add continuity and a lead-by-precedent nature. At the same time, he was greatly influenced by the common-minded responsibility of playing on an island.
“He gives you a big, tall body that has played against No. 1s,” said Giants general manager Dave Getelman, who drafted Bradberry at Carolina. “He has a mindset, he is not shy and that moment is not too big for him.”
Jenkins insisted on including the best receivers and criticized the coaches when the plan put him on one side of the field without a matchup. It was believable, but demonstrated a lack of understanding that young cornerback DeAndre Baker and Sam Beal working together required simplified assignments for the entire build.
In contrast, Bradberry introduced modesty and was famously fixing his mother’s toilet when he was drafted in the second round out of Samford University.
“I take great pride in getting the job done,” Bradberry said.
Beal used the NFL’s COVID-19 opt-out clause and the Giants released the arrested Baker, removing two high draft picks and leaving Bradberry to play opposite Isaac Yiadom and Corey Ballantyne’s unimpaired pair. The Cornerbacks have a great start to the Giants for the second straight year.
The Steelers make for a revealing Week 1 opponent as defensive coordinator Patrick Graham had to decide whether Bradberry would shadow Juju Smith-Schuster on both sides of the field or stay in the slot. Dionte Johnson and deep threat James Washington made up the other two-thirds of the dangerous trio.
“I’m a football player,” Bradberry said. “You have to be comfortable to be uncomfortable, so wherever they want to line me up, I’m going to play ball.”