It’s not typical that losing a player who’s managed to appear in just six of his potential 32 games over his two-year career is perceived as a crushing blow to one’s roster.
However, that’s the exact predicament the New York Giants found themselves in on Wednesday when cornerback Sam Beal decided to opt-out of the forthcoming NFL season. Beal was in line for a potential starting gig in 2020 amid fellow Giants defensive back DeAndre Baker’s ongoing legal issues.
Now, after an offseason in which Big Blue dove headfirst into a secondary rebuild, one that saw them dole out $32M guaranteed to James Bradberry on the open market as well as use two of their top four draft picks on defensive backs, New York is now left scrapping for answers on the boundary of their defense.
Luckily, one of the league’s most promising young talents at the cornerback position could be up for grabs, as it is reportedly “very possible” that New England Patriots’ J.C. Jackson could be moved before the start of this season.