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Giants’ secondary was graded out in the bottom half of the NFL in 2018

Pro Football Focus has released its rankings for the secondaries of all 32 National Football League teams during the 2018 season and the New York Giants finished just about where fans would expect.

Big Blue checked in at No. 21 on PFF’s list thanks to disappointing performances by two of the team’s most important defensive players. As PFF points out, cornerback Janoris Jenkins (109.3) and safety Landon Collins (127.8) were bad in coverage, as evidenced by their passer rating allowed.


While this unit has lost a good amount of talent since their peak a couple of years ago, even the holdovers from that unit regressed mightily. Janoris Jenkins allowed a passer rating of 109.3 in his coverage this year while Landon Collins was even worse at 127.8.

Collins, who saw his season end early after suffering a partially torn rotator cuff in Week 13, isn’t exactly known for his coverage skills to begin with. Regardless, there is more positive than negative with the 25-year-old and he’s likely looking at a franchise tag in 2019.

Jenkins has cooled off considerably since signing a five-year, $62.5 million contract in 2016 and it’s possible the Giants decide to move on from him this offseason. However, doing so would mean general manager Dave Gettleman is relying heavily on an uncertain free agent class and the draft to not only fill the void left by Jenkins, but to also improve his secondary as a whole.

A rosier picture has the G-Men as the second-best group in the NFC East, surpassed by only the Dallas Cowboys at No. 11. The Washington Redskins finished 2018 as the No. 22 secondary, while the Philadelphia Eagles, a team that saw it’s secondary drop like flies all season, bring up the divisional rear as the No. 23 unit in the NFL.

If the Giants are to improve their secondary in 2019, it’ll take more than just better play from Jenkins and Collins to do it. General manager Dave Gettleman has to acquire more help at corner and safety, while also figuring out how to revive what has been a non-existent pass-rush in recent seasons.

Without improving one or both of those areas, the Giants can expect similar results from their secondary next season.

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