Experience: 5th Season
Pro Bowl Appearance(s): 1x (2016)
2016 Season Statistics: 14 GP, 48 tackles, 43 solo, 1.0 sack, 1.0 fumble forced, 3 interceptions, 17 passes defended
The New York Giants were ridiculed by the masses for signing cornerback Janoris Jenkins to a $62.5 million contract. Jenkins was an intriguing player with untapped potential, but he hadn’t yet performed with star-caliber consistency.
Through 14 games with the Giants, Jenkins has earned his place as an elite cornerback and a first-time Pro Bowler.
Jenkins has stepped up on a number of crucial occasions for the Giants in 2016. That’s been no more true than when New York has gone to battle with the Dallas Cowboys, as Jenkins held Bryant to two receptions for 14 yards across two full games.
Former Giants star Osi Umenyiora kept it simple when describing Jenkins as a cornerback.
Silly as it may be, that’s an accurate evaluation.
Jenkins often finds himself on an island against the opposition’s No. 1 wide receiver. Though he was known as more of a risk-taking playmaker in St. Louis, he’s bought into the system in New York and is now regarded as a true shutdown corner.
Less than a year after the Giants were teased for signing Jenkins, he’s made general manager Jerry Reese look brilliant.