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With the Jacksonville Jaguars sending star cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams for two first-round picks and more, an open spot on the defense now must be filled. The New York Giants could have just the player to offer in Janoris Jenkins, but it ultimately comes down to value.
The October 29 trade deadline for the NFL could spell some significant moves, but it all depends on the Giants’ record and if they’re realistically competing for a top spot in the NFC East. They currently sit just one game behind the Dallas Cowboys and Philidelphia Eagles, and with two tough matchups versus Arizona and Detroit, the Giants could be in a position to deal players instead of bringing them in.
Adding draft capital for the next offseason could be a good move considering their struggles on defense. However, the theoretical departure of Jenkins would force rookie DeAndre Baker into the No. 1 corner spot, and I don’t believe he’s ready for that type of challenge.
Baker has struggled this season to match up against quality pass-catchers, and trading Jenkins away would throw him right into the fire in a fight he likely cannot win. He’s still in dire need of development and refinement, but the New York Giants could see the value in gaining draft picks, especially if a team comes to the table for a third-round pick.
Both Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram practiced in a full capacity on Monday, giving us the indication that they will be available to play next Sunday against the Cardinals. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard is still working through the concussion protocol despite participating in individual drills, as well. He will likely miss week seven but could eye a potential return against Detroit — it’s still too early to tell.
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