The Giants have made a splash in free agency this offseason. One of those signings was former Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who will likely replace Jacksonville Jaguars signee Prince Amukamara. A former second round pick from 2012, Jenkins signed a contract that is worth 62 million dollars over the course of five seasons.
In his rookie season, Jenkins returned three interceptions for touchdowns, which tied the NFL record, the rookie record for interceptions returned for scores. In 2014, he was named a pro bowl alternate in just his first season in an upgraded role that saw him exclusively take over the starter position. According to Pro Football Focus, Jenkins was ranked the 25th best cornerback in the NFL.
In a conference call, Jenkins had an interesting comment in which he said one improvement he could make.
"Just stop being lazy at the end of games or whatever," Jenkins deadpanned.
Although candid, this brutal honesty is probably not what Giants fans want to hear for multiple reasons. First, it is usually not a positive for a player to admit to being lazy, especially towards the end of games. It is nice to see Jenkins realize that he needs to improve but this admission is not the first thing you want to hear from your new starting cornerback who just signed a huge contract. Furthermore, the Giants had issues closing out games so there is definitely no room for laziness towards the end of the game.
"Just relaxing, thinking about the ball not coming to my side, and focusing more on the game," Jenkins said. "It's just a mind thing, easy to control. Playing on this level, some things are going to happen and you've just got to improve, man."
Jenkins, as seen from his knack of return touchdowns, is a good playmaker. However, when the gamble doesn’t pay off, it can allow for big plays to be made by the offense. Jenkins has allowed 22 touchdowns over the course of his four-year career. With free safety a possible question mark for the Giants, he might not be able to take the same risks without consequences.
This signing was a big-time move, and Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie should form a strong duo on the outside. Jenkins is excited about the possibilities of the two playing together saying, “He’s made enough plays, he’s experienced. I’m just looking forward to playing next to him. I’ve heard a lot of things about him.” With the re-signing of Jason Pierre-Paul, free-agent signings of defensive lineman Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison and the pickup of linebacker Keenan Robinson the Giants defense should be upgraded from last season.