Adoree’ Jackson wasted no time embracing role as Giants’ top cornerback

As soon as official word came down that James Bradberry was no longer on the Giants’ roster, a message came through on the defensive backs’ text chain. It was created by Adoree’ Jackson, and it sent a clear signal to the remaining cornerbacks, cajoling them not to wilt under the heat of critical scrutiny now that the leader of the group was gone.

Bradberry was released so that the Giants could gain $10.1 million in salary-cap relief. The new front office and coaching staff acknowledged this would be a better team with Bradberry, but the finances just did not fit.

What was left behind? A group of cornerbacks, which outsiders are eager to circle as a reason why the 2022 Giants defense will not make the grade.

“It’s just an opportunity for us as individuals to do what we have to do and step up and go play and do something for ourselves,’’ Jackson said of his message to his teammates. “Because the situation is going to hit us all, whether we want to or not. Go out there and do what you can do and compete and make it hard for them to not want to make those changes.’’

Adoree Jackson makes a tackle.Robert Sabo

Just like that, Jackson moved up in the pecking order, from CB2 to CB1. That will be a daunting challenge — for Jackson, for new defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, for returning cornerbacks coach Jerome…

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