The New York Giants are expected to sign former Panthers cornerback Ross Cockrell for the 2020 season. The move has not been made official yet as Cockrell has to clear COVID-19 testing before signing.
A former fourth-round pick out of Duke, Cockrell has played in 68 games in his NFL career. He has played with the Bills, Steelers, Giants and the Panthers. In his career, he has totaled 219 tackles, seven interceptions and 44 passes defended.
This will be Cockrell’s second stint with the Giants, last playing for them in 2017. The team acquired him from the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a seventh round draft pick. During the 2017 season, Cockrell recorded 50 tackles, three interceptions and 11 passes defended while playing in all 16 games. He would end up starting in nine games that season following an injury to Janoris Jenkins. His solid play in those starts earned him a two-year contract with the Carolina Panthers in 2018.
Cockrell unfortunately missed the 2018 season after a nasty leg injury in training camp. In 2019, he played in 14 games, starting in 11 of those games. He finished the season with 62 tackles, two interceptions and eight passes defended.
At the start of training camp, the Giants depth at cornerback was tested. Sam Beal opted out of the season before the start of camp. Then the uncertainty surrounding former first-round pick DeAndre Baker made it clear a move was necessary.
Cockrell, 29, should have a real chance at starting alongside James Bradberry, who he was teammates with in Carolina for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
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