The NFL is a business and that’s something New York Giants cornerback Grant Haley has decided to embrace, ultimately cementing an underdog mentality and establishing the required work ethic.

Haley worked his way onto the Giants’ practice squad after going undrafted out of Penn State a season ago, eventually finding himself promoted to the 53-man roster, where he went on to start nine games at nickle corner.

Haley’s unexpected rise through the ranks was one of the few positives to be taken away from a five-win season where everything that could go wrong seemed to.

However, as Haley enters his sophomore season, he suddenly finds his job on the line thanks to a completely restocked Giants secondary.

“There’s a lot of competition in that room,” Haley told the New York Post with a sly smile. “Young guys, older guys, we’re as strong as our weakest link.

“One thing I found out last year, it is a business. You got to come to work, you got to compete every single day. If it were easy, everybody would do it. Last year, being undrafted, the confidence and chip on my shoulder never changes. People could say it’s [the new draft picks] another chip.”

Julian Love, the Giants’ fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, will pose the most direct threat to Haley, but the former Nittany Lion isn’t dismayed. Rather, he’s quite confident and feels he has the upper-hand.

“It’s like night and day,” Haley said. “Last year, playing inside [nickel] there was so much going on. Now I know all the plays, where I’m supposed to be. It’s not just being ready to play the play, play the down and line up correctly, but anticipating things, anticipating where there’s gonna be movement, different types of route combinations.”

The competition at cornerback — once one of the team’s weakest units — is a welcomed problem for the Giants to have, but they also run the risk of losing quality talent as a result.

The battle between Haley, Love and a handful of others will certainly be one to watch come training camp, which gets underway on July 22, with the first full-squad practice coming on July 24.