The Giants head into 2015 with one of the best starting cornerback duos in the NFL in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Prince Amukamara. Both dealt with injuries last year, with the former playing through a myriad of injuries and the latter having his season cut short due to a torn biceps muscle. If the pair can stay healthy in 2015, Giants Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will have very capable players outside who can cover man to man. The picture is not quite as clear past the two presumed starters. With Walter Thurmond signing with the Eagles, the Giants could look to Trumaine McBride to man the slot. McBride has dealt with injuries the past two years with the Giants but was effective when he was on the field. He can play both outside and in the slot.
The Giants are bringing back a few young veterans who will be part of a healthy competition for work at the cornerback position. Chykie Brown, Chandler Fenner and Jayron Hosley will all be back. Brown played a lot in the second half of the season, and Tom Coughlin even indicated he might be able to contribute at safety. Fenner opened eyes in training camp and stepped up when asked to during the regular season. Finally, Hosley is heading into his fourth season and has experience in the slot.
The Giants also bring back Bennett Jackson, in his second year out of Notre Dame. He was hurt in training camp and missed the entire season with a knee injury and the team hopes he can take a step back onto the field this year.
Finally, Mike Harris, a player that helped contribute down the stretch with solid play at cornerback, could be in the mix as well. One thing is for sure, there will be a lot of competition at corner in 2015.
Photos of the Giants Cornerback unit