There was immense pressure on New York Giants safety Jabrill Peppers to produce this season. After all, he was the only live face of Odell Beckham Jr. trade at the time it was made back in March.

Peppers was considered a talented — but underachieving — player with the Cleveland Browns after being selected with the 25th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman insisted Peppers be part of the exchange for Beckham along with the two draft picks they were to receive (Nos. 17 and 95) that the Giants would turn into defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence and linebacker Oshane Ximines.

Thus far in 2019, Peppers has been a staple on the Giants’ defense. Yes, the Giants defense that is struggling mightily to stop the pass. Peppers has played 409 defensive snaps (99.51%), more than any other Giants defender and is second on the team in tackles behind 35-year-old Antoine Bethea, but has returned an interception for a touchdown this season.

Still, the jury is out on Peppers. Yes, we’ve seen what a great athlete he is and how he can explode on both defense and special teams, but we’ve also seen how he can implode when it comes to defending pass plays down the field. There’s confidence, however, that Peppers will get it all fixed, if he hasn’t already.

This week, Peppers will have to face a Cardinals wide receiver group that consists of the great Larry Fitzgerald, who has caught more passes in the history of the league than every other player not named Jerry Rice.

“No way,” said Peppers when asked if Fitzgerald looked his age (37). “I was just watching the tape against the Falcons — he’s jumping off at the take, still running like that. Larry is always going to be Larry, he’s a guy that we have to account for. He’s going to be a big part of their game plan, we’re going to do what we have to do to manage those guys.”

With the way rookie Kyler Murray can extend plays with his feet, the Giants’ secondary will be hard-pressed to cover receivers longer. Right now, they are barely getting it done in the 2-3 second window, never mind a 5-6 second one.

Speed kills, as Peppers knows, and he has been studying Murray intensely knowing he’s got to face him this week.

“I also think he has great footwork,” said Peppers. “I think his arm, we have to talk about his arm. He was going to be an MLB pitcher. He’s definitely surprised me the more I’ve watched the tape in depth. I see the growth there from college, he still has all of the athleticism, but he tries to be a pocket passer when he can, let the routes develop downfield. Those guys do a great job of making plays for him. We know we have a tall task at hand, but we’re always up and ready for it.”

We shall see on Sunday. The over/under is 49.5 points, so oddsmakers are expecting both teams to score in this one. The Giants are hoping that they can do most of that scoring.