James Bradberry knows 2021 Giants will be 'gritty'
Pro Bowl cornerback James Bradberry joined 'Good Morning Football' on Friday and spoke on a variety of topics, from the team's outlook in 2021, to Daniel Jones' growth, to Saquon Barkley's return.
But one thing that stood out in particular during Bradberry's time on the NFL Network show was his excitement about the team's secondary heading into the upcoming season.
Of course, cornerback Adoree' Jackson was signed during the offseason, giving the Giants one of the league's top CB tandems. The team also spent a third-round pick on CB Aaron Robinson out of UCF, while pretty much all of last year's secondary will be returning. The unit has had the whole offseason to get on the field together and start building chemistry, something they could not do last year because of COVID.
Between the team's talented bunch of corners, along with the safety group of Jabrill Peppers, Logan Ryan, Xavier McKinney, Julian Love and the rest of the secondary, it is no surprise that Bradberry is bullish on the group heading into the new season.
"We're still putting the pieces of the puzzle together because we're just in OTAs and minicamp," Bradberry told the 'GMFB' crew. "We just finished with that. We're still learning each other, still getting that chemistry down, still learning the defense. I feel like once we get all of that down, we're going to be pretty good. Like you said, we have talented guys."
While the Giants' quest for a division title fell just short, one thing was obvious in 2020- Joe Judge's squad never gave up. Five of Big Blue's first seven losses were within one score, and the team came just one win shy of the playoffs.
As we have come accustomed to hearing since Judge took over as head coach last January, the 2021 Giants are prepared to put the hard work in.
"First and foremost, we're going to work hard," said the Pro Bowl corner. "That's what Coach Judge talks about every day. We're going to be gritty, we're going to work hard, we're going to be blue collar. That's where you start. After that, you just have to put the work in and study film. The plays will come after that. That's where we're starting at right now. We're just working hard and grinding."
Saquon Barkley focused on work, not timetable
Saquon Barkley is just as hard to pin down in a Zoom news conference as he is on the field.
The Giants' star running back displayed those verbal skills when he spoke to the media for the first time in six months following a minicamp practice.
"You know me, I'm going to take it one day at a time, come in with my head down and ready to work," Barkley said when asked if he had a timetable for playing in a game. "I'm fortunate enough that I don't think that I have anyone around me - not going to think I know from top to bottom, there's nothing that's going to be forced for me to come back. It's going to be whenever my body tells me I'm ready and it will show when I'm ready to go. That's when I'll be able to go out there and be hopefully as good as I was before or even better."
When does Barkley anticipate he will be at 100 percent?
"I just anticipate to come in every single day and work, work hard, work my butt off, listen to the coaches, listen to the trainers, listen to the doctors," Barkley said. "Take it one day at a time and when I'm able to go out there and participate with the team again, I'm going to be ready."
Barkley similarly avoided specifics when asked if he has progressed in his rehab to the point where he is cutting and jumping.
"I'm doing well," he said. "I'm doing pretty well. Just taking it one day at a time. Listen to the trainers. From Ronnie (Barnes, the Giants' senior vice president of medical services/head athletic trainer) to Leigh (Weiss, physical therapist/director of rehabilitation) and all the way down and being in the conversation with the Dr. (Neal) ElAttrache (who operated on his knee) and Dr. (Scott) Rodeo (the team physician) and just listening to them and taking it one day at a time."
Best of Giants Minicamp in photos
Check out the gallery below to catch up on all the action with must-see photos from last week's minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
Catch up on all the action with must-see photos from minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.