Amukamara signed a one year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Jenkins signed a five year deal worth over 60 million dollars to move from Rams to the New York Giants. Is this an upgrade or a loss for the Giants?
Prince Amukamara was drafted in the first round by the Giants in the 2011 NFL Draft, and has played for them ever since. One of the main critiques of his game has been his inability to stay on the field, and as the saying goes, “the best ability
is availability”. The only full season that Amukamara has played was in 2013, and has missed a total of 25 regular season games over the past five seasons. There is no doubt that Amukamara is a talented player, but he has had trouble putting it
all together. Hoping for a fresh start, the aggressive cornerback will look to improve the Jaguars defense.
Jenkins was a second round pick by the St. Louis Rams in 2012. Over his career, he has proven to be a playmaker. Ten of his interceptions have been returned for touchdowns, and unlike Amukamara he has only missed four games in his four
seasons. Having said that, the contract the Giants paid Jenkins makes him a more risky.
The styles are a little bit different. Amukamara is probably a slightly better complement to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DRC), but Jenkins is the better and more durable player. Amukamara is a physical, downhill corner who can press.
Now, with DRC and Jenkins, both players are talented playmakers but can be susceptible to getting beat while trying to make plays. This can help improve a defense that had some issues last season. Despite only having 23 sacks on the
season which was third worst in the NFL, the Giants were still in the top ten in fumbles forced, fumbles recovered, and interceptions. Trying to improve the sack total, the Giants re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul and signed Olivier Vernon and Damon
At the end of the day, Amukamara is a fine player who just struggles to stay healthy and it is probably best for both sides to move on. Jenkins is a good player, but he isn’t a lockdown corner like a Darrelle Revis, Josh Norman or Richard Sherman.
Nonetheless he will help out the defense and is a good pickup. The Giants might get beat deep a few times with DRC and Jenkins at the cornerback positions, but they will be improved since last year, and just wait if they do get an interception because
it could be six points in a matter seconds.