The New York Giants defensive backfield has been named the best secondary in football heading into into 2017 by Pro Football Focus.
"Landon Collins was PFF’s number one breakout player of 2016, as well as making the PFF All-Pro first team and contending for Defensive Player of the Year. Both Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins finished in the top 10 among cornerbacks in passer rating against in 2016 as DRC saw just a 56.0 passer rating when targeted, fourth best and Jenkins saw a 64.8, T-10th best. They combine to make up one of the best cornerback tandems in the league, while last year’s No. 10 overall draft pick Eli Apple has his best football ahead of him. In his debut season, Apple averaged 11.4 snaps in coverage per reception allowed, which was fifth best among all rookie cornerbacks last season," wrote Pro Football Focus.
The Giants head into 2017 with the 4th-ranked cornerback in the NFL, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the Giants' stud free-agency pickup from 2016, Janoris Jenkins, as well as safeties Landon Collins and Andrew Adams.
It's quite a significant honor for the Giants, who formerly had some of the worst-ranked defenses in the league prior to 2016. But DRC and Jenkins' play last year was above-average.
The Giants open up their preseason slate at home on Friday August 11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.