“I feel like it was time for me to have a new beginning,” Jenkins said. “I felt like New York was my home and where I wanted to be and I made the decision to come here. It’s been awesome. Everybody has been interacting with each other, just having fun and talking.”
Jenkins has been in the league since he was drafted in the 2nd round by the Los Angeles Rams in 2012, so he has the football knowledge to adapt to a new defensive scheme. However, what Jenkins does not have experience with is playing for New York and its demanding fan base.
“It’s a different vibe. The fan base here is huge. In St. Louis, it was okay.”
The slight jab at the St. Louis fan base is justified. The Giant fans are supportive, but they have a win now mentality. When winning becomes foreign to this fan base, the blaming game begins while coaches and players alike could end up on the hot seat. Only time will tell if Jenkins is comfortable playing for a larger fan base.
Jenkins will be counted on to be a big part of the Giants’ defense next season. Replacing the former 1st round pick Prince Amukamara, Jenkins will work opposite of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, a firm leader of the defense.
“It’s kind of crazy because I didn’t know DRC,” Jenkins said. “But in the offseason we always find a way to where we link up and then me coming here with him… He’s just been helping me out with certain things, small things, because my terms at St. Louis were different from here. He’s just trying to help me out the best way he can. He leads by example. Every workout he tries to lead all of the DB’s. With me coming in as the new guy, I just go out and follow in DRC’s footsteps.”
DRC will certainly serve as a valuable veteran presence for Jenkins and other new acquisitions on defense.