On Saturday evening, Art Stapleton of NorthJeresy.com (and new friend of the program) reported that the Giants intend on signing CB Ross Cockrell as long as he passes his camp-entry COVID-19 testing:
Cockrell, who played for the Giants in 2017, is set to be brought aboard after the cornerback position lost two players for different reasons. DeAndre Baker was placed on the commissioner exempt list(later had charges filed), while Sam Beal opted out of the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns. Adding Cockrell to this young cornerback room is a great addition, as it adds another veteran presence behind James Bradberry. While Logan Ryan was the dream for many fans, Cockrell still provides an upgrade to this group. You look at his 2019 season stats, and they were impressive.
Last season, Cockrell had 62 total tackles(3 for a loss), 2 INTs, 8 passes defended. When targeted, he had a completion percentage of 55.2%. After suffering a broken leg that forced him to miss the 2018 season, he came back with a bang and put together a nice season. You compare that to Baker and Beal, which Bobby Skinner did, you see again why he is an upgrade:
Now I know Baker was a rookie, but the Giants traded back into the 1st round to get him, and he looked like he was picked in the 7th round with his play at times. Sam Beal, who missed a year due to shoulder surgery, struggled in 6 games we saw him in. Not only does Cockrell provide depth, but he also brings options. He can play slot or outside corner. While people are hyping up Holmes for the slot, we have to remember he’s a rookie and may not be ready to start week 1. I can see Cockrell getting the starting slot role, while Ballentine and Love battle for the position next to Bradberry. You could also see him play the outside corner to let Julian Love play nickel or stay at safety to show some 3 safety looks. Either way, the Giants were going to have to either trust a 4th round rookie or a second year 6th rounder who struggled in 2019. Now they don’t have to do that and can let Holmes and Ballentine be depth pieces and grow naturally instead of being forced to struggle. Very good signing by the Giants, and one that was needed for the position group.