2. Don’t relax just because New York’s cornerback situation looks like that of the Philadelphia Eagles.
While both starting safety spots and two of the three cornerback spots are pretty much set in stone towards the end of camp, that outside cornerback spot opposite James Bradberry remains a question mark. Gosh, where have we heard that before?
Before the Yiadom trade, sophomore cornerback Corey Ballentine was seemingly the favorite to start. His rookie season wasn’t kind to him at all. New York moving him to the slot may have something to do with that, but opposing offenses took note of where he was on the field and targeted him constantly, often with success. It was ugly. Pro Football Focus gave Ballentine an overall grade of 36.6 for his efforts.
New York putting Ballentine in that position spoke to their lack of depth in 2019. If he moves back to his more natural position on the outside and gets more time to develop, he could have some success.
Yiadom left much to be desired and had has miscues in Denver as well, but he’s certainly an upgrade from Ballentine. In his first two seasons as a professional, he allowed a 65.9 completion percentage, 748 receiving yards, three touchdowns, and a 99.0 passer rating on 88 targets versus opposing quarterbacks.
Again, that’s nothing to write home about but the Giants know what they are getting in Yiadom whereas Ballentine is a still a major question mark who makes people feel like he can be torched week in and week out. Yiadom’s experience is reason alone to state that New York bringing him in makes a lot of sense.
Yiadom can become a serviceable starter for the Giants this season. Their secondary is looking better and better each year and it’s only a matter of time before the Eagles have to seriously worry about this team. To be honest, there’s a good chance they might even take one game from the Birds in 2020.