Haley and Chandler new fixtures in Big Blue secondary
The New York Giants head into the 2018 season with 3 out of the 4 starting secondary positions solidified. Behind that though, there are a LOT of questions. Depth is most definitely a concern for the Defensive Back unit.
The Giants signed two defensive backs after the 2018 draft that figure to compete for spots in the NYPD (New York Pass Defense) secondary. Right now, the unquestioned starters are Janoris Jenkins, Eli Apple, and Landon Collins. Behind that, you have Darian Thompson, Andrew Adams, William Gay, and several other fringe players battling for positions.
Sean Chandler and Grant Haley have a huge opportunity to step in and be contributors to this defense at the safety and nickelback spots, respectively. Ultimately, they will have to prove it on the football during training camp, but don’t count me as a doubter to either.
Sean Chandler comes out of Temple University where he played both Cornerback and Safety. He had 9 interceptions and has several All-AAC accolades under his belt at both positions. Chandler is known for his great attitude and “fighter” mentality, getting through a tough upbringing to make it all the way to the NFL. You can’t help but root for kids like this. If nothing else, due to his smarts and versatility, Chandler will be a great option as depth and provide value on Special Teams.
Grant Haley might not be the most popular Nittany Lion drafted in 2018, but he could prove to be very important to the Giants success this season. Haley checks in at 5’9” 190 and is perfectly suited to play the slot corner position. His main competition at the nickelback/slot position is William Gay and Donte Deayon, who both have their flaws.
Haley put up impressive times in both the 40-yard dash and three-cone drill, while also putting up a big number in the bench press. He has the talent and measurables to keep up with NFL competition, that is for sure. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time due to his competitiveness and quickness. According to Pro Football Focus, he also allowed a miniscule 41.7 passer rating playing in a Power Five conference. I would be shocked if this guy isn’t the starter at the slot position come midseason.
The key for both Haley and Chandler, is that the competition does not seem too fierce for them to be able to make the team. Both have extensive Special Teams experience, which will help their chances to stick around. Don’t be shocked come September if both are on the 53-man roster and are contributors.