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New York Giants CB James Bradberry embracing mentorship position

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James Bradberry entered the league as a second-round pick in 2016 and was immediately thrust into a key role. He knew he was in over his head from the jump and admits it took him about two seasons to catch his breath.

“It started slowing down for me like the end of my second year or [beginning of my] third year. It took a minute,” Bradberry told reporters on Wednesday.

Now in his sixth season, the New York Giants cornerback has established himself as one of the best in football and he’s using that experience to help several of the team’s rookies adjust to life in the NFL.

“Just me being in my sixth year in the league, young guys are coming in asking questions all the time, so I try to give them the best feedback as possible,” Bradberry said.

One player Bradberry has been particularly impressed with is sixth-round cornerback Rodarius Williams, the older brother of Cleveland Browns cornerback Greedy Williams.

“I think he has a lot of skill. Now, it’s just him getting adjusted to the speed of the NFL and also learning the system. Once he learns the system, I think he’ll be able to play even faster,” Bradberry said of Williams, who already has an interception in camp.

Although he hasn’t been practicing, Bradberry can also tell that third-round cornerback Aaron Robinson is quite intelligent and very attentive.

“He doesn’t talk a whole lot,” Bradberry said. “Of course, when he’s in the meeting rooms, he doesn’t talk a lot because he’s doing a whole lot of listening. I feel like he’s very attentive, he listens a lot. He doesn’t really talk a lot honestly, so it’s hard to get a good read on him.”

Unfortunately for Robinson, who is missing time after undergoing core muscle surgery this offseason, the mental reps can only take you so far early in your NFL career. Learning as much as he can will help, but it’s no substitute for live practice.

“I feel like it definitely puts him behind the 8-ball a little bit because he’s not on the field getting actual visual reps, but it all depends on how he learns as well. If he learns very quickly, it’s not going to be a struggle for him at all. It’s just depending on like how attentive he is and how much he’s willing to learn,” Bradberry added.

Luckily for the Giants, they are already extremely deep in the secondary, including at cornerback. But when Robinson does return, it’s only going to serve to motivate the group further.

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