Pegged to replace James Bradberry in the Giants’ starting lineup, Aaron Robinson has run into multiple issues that have prevented him from doing so for an extensive stretch. It appears the former third-round pick will need to wait a while to reprise his role.
Brian Daboll said Robinson is unlikely to come off injured reserve this season. Defensive lineman Nick Williams, who suffered a biceps injury in Week 9, received a more definitive timetable. Daboll said (via The Athletic’s Dan Duggan, on Twitter) Williams is done for the season. The Giants have six injury activations remaining, but it appears other players will be considered for these spots during the second half and potentially into the playoffs.
After dangling Bradberry in trades through the draft, the Giants cut bait in May. This led to Bradberry joining the Eagles and the Giants holding a competition to determine his replacement opposite Adoree’ Jackson. Robinson, whom the Giants chose 71st overall out of Texas in 2021, earned the gig. But he has played in just two games this season.
An appendectomy sidelined Robinson after Week 1. When he returned in Week 4, this knee injury intervened 10 snaps into that game. The Giants have since turned to Fabian Moreau. Although the former Washington third-rounder has bounced around since his rookie contract expired following the 2020 season, he has held down the New York outside job this season.
Moreau played the 2021 season with the Falcons, being charged with a whopping eight touchdowns allowed that year, and his one-year Texans deal this offseason led to an August release. Moreau, 28, caught on with the Giants’ practice squad in late September. Well-versed as a boundary and slot corner, Moreau is allowing just 5.3 yards per target and a 47.4% completion rate; both are easily career-high marks. Should Moreau keep this up, this should earn him consideration to stick around beyond 2022. But cornerback figures to be a position of need in 2023.
Williams has been a starter for most of the season. The Giants added the 10th-year veteran on a league-minimum deal for no guaranteed money just before training camp. The former Steelers seventh-round pick had journeyed the league during his 20s but stabilized his career by becoming a Lions starter during the 2020 and ’21 seasons. Williams, 32, has made 15 tackles and deflected two passes during his first Big Blue season.