James Bradberry ranked among ESPN's top 100 players of 2021
After being voted to the NFL Top 100 of 2021 last month by his fellow players, Giants Pro Bowl cornerback James Bradberry has once again been voted among the league's best.
ESPN asked a panel of 50 NFL experts to rate players "based on how good they will be in the 2021 season compared to their peers. Emphasis was placed solely on expectations for the upcoming season and predicting potential greatness, rather than past performance, career résumé or positional value."
The 28-year-old corner landed at No. 67 on ESPN's list.
"He earned the first Pro Bowl berth of his career, and the Giants used him regularly to shut down No. 1 receivers," writes ESPN's Jordan Raanan. "He was Pro Football Focus' seventh-ranked cornerback in 2020. Look for opposing quarterbacks to start avoiding him this season."
The article goes on to note that opposing quarterbacks had a 67.7 passer rating against Bradberry when he was the closest defender, ranking ninth among corners who faced at least 50 targets last season.
Bradberry was a dominant force in Big Blue's secondary. The fifth-year corner matched his previous career-high of three interceptions, while setting new personal bests with two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 18 passes defensed, just two behind Miami's Xavier Howard for the league lead.
New York Giants announce 53-man roster
The Giants today removed 28 players from their active roster to reach the NFL's 53-man limit by the 4 p.m. deadline.
Eight veterans were released: running back Corey Clement; offensive linemen Chad Slade, Jonotthan Harrison and Kenny Wiggins; linebackers Ifeadi Odenigbo, Ryan Anderson; defensive lineman Willie Henry and long snapper Casey Kreiter, who is expected to re-sign with the team.
Seventeen players were waived: quarterback Brian Lewerke; wide receivers David Sills, Damion Willis and Matt Cole; tight ends Nakia Griffin-Stewart and Jake Hausmann; running back Sandro Platzgummer; offensive linemen Jackson Barton, Jake Burton and Brett Heggie; defensive linemen David Moa, Willie Henry and Elijah Qualls; linebackers Devante Downs and Niko Lalas; and defensive backs Madre Harper, Chris Johnson and Jordyn Peters.
Cornerback Aaron Robinson, the team's third-round draft choice this year, remains on the physically unable to perform list. Offensive lineman Ted Larsen and wide receivers Alex Bachman and Austin Mack were placed on injured reserve.
Long snapper Casey Kreiter has been released but will re-sign with the team.
They could possibly make several more moves prior to the Sept. 12 season-opening game against the Denver Broncos.
View photos of the New York Giants' active 53-man roster as it currently stands.
Giants acquire OL Ben Bredeson in trade with Ravens
The Giants today continued the late-summer remodeling of their offensive line when they traded with the Baltimore Ravens for Ben Bredeson.
In exchange for a 2022 fourth-round draft choice, the Giants acquired Bredeson, a 2022 fifth-round selection and a 2023 seventh-round choice.
The deal is contingent on Bredeson passing a physical.
The trade comes less than 24 hours after the Giants added interior lineman Billy Price from Cincinnati. They sent defensive lineman B.J. Hill and a conditional seventh-round 2022 draft choice to the Bengals.
Bredeson, 6-4 and 315 pounds, is entering his second NFL season. A 2020 fourth-round draft choice – No. 143 overall – by the Ravens, he played in 10 games as a rookie, primarily on special teams. Bredeson also appeared as an extra lineman in some offensive packages. He made his NFL debut at Washington on Oct. 4. Bredeson was inactive for six games, including the first three.
View photos of new Giants offensive lineman Ben Bredeson.