Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!
Two seasons ago I might have considered New York Giants CB Janoris Jenkins’ comments ludicrous, but it’s hard to avoid the truth behind the defensive struggles over the last two weeks. While a majority of the blame lands on the secondary, the pass rush for Big Blue has been below-average.
With just three combined sacks (all coming in week 2) in two games, the pass rushers are playing a severe factor in the demise of the defense. Markus Golden recorded the team’s first sack against the Buffalo Bills but failed to make a significant impact beyond the one highlight.
Jenkins, the Giants’ top corner, spoke out after the game concerning the lack of pressure on opposing quarterback:
When you’ve got time [to throw] and you ain’t getting no pressure, I can’t cover nobody for 10 seconds,” Jenkins said, per Darryl Slater of NJ.com. “Who can cover somebody for 10 seconds? Go look at the first five seconds of the route. He’s not open. If you’re scrambling and there ain’t no pressure getting there, what do you want me to do? I can’t cover this side and that side. Come on, bro. We’ve got to play football around here.
The Giants travel to Tampa Bay next Sunday to face off against an underwhelming Buccaneers team, a very winnable game. With several receivers missing games and quarterback Eli Manning throwing to a bunch of misfit toys, the offensive production will inevitably be limited. That will leave the defense to pick up the slack, and it ultimately starts with the men upfront.
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