New York Giants: Janoris Jenkins has talked his way off the team

New York Giants, Janoris Jenkins

As the trade deadline approached this season, the New York Giants elected to keep veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins. They believed he would be a vital piece to the puzzle moving forward. He still has one-year remaining on his contract, worth $14.75 million in 2020. Jenkins would only count $3.5 million in dead-cap, though, which could make him a casualty in that respect. However, his latest antics could have sealed his fate.

General manager Dave Gettleman needs to begin cracking down on players making poor decisions via social media or lacking effort during games. Jenkins has been reprimanded for both, as he failed to attempt a tackle on a touchdown in week 10 against the Cowboys and then attacked a fan via Twitter during live-practice on Wednesday.

Generally, using a demeaning word towards people with mental illnesses in an attempt to strike back at a fan isn’t the best use of practice time. From my perspective, this was a cry for help from Jenkins, who’s trying to force his way off the team one week after starting in the slot against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Just last week, the cornerback complained due to his lack of work against opposing top wide receivers. The Giants have favored their youth players — DeAndre Baker and Sam Beal. This theory is that matching them up against talented pass-catchers will give them more film to study and a standard of play they must reach.

However, it might have cost them their best corner, considering Jenkins’ backlash and lack of respect for the organization.

This gives the New York Giants three options moving forward:

1.) They retain him at $14.75 MM in 2020

2.) They cut him and pay $3.5 MM in dead cap

3.) They attempt to trade him after a decrease in value

This scenario is exactly why GM Dave Gettleman should be on the hot seat. A team looking to contend for the playoffs with a need in the secondary could have benefitted from Jenkins’ value. The Giants could have gained a 3/4th rounder as compensation, precisely what they are preparing to lose in the Leonard Williams trade.

New York Giants: Janoris Jenkins gets away with harsh yet reasonable comments

New York Giants, Janoris Jenkins

There’s nothing that tests a player’s resiliency more than losing at the highest of rates. The New York Giants have been the epitome of disaster for three consecutive seasons, and cornerback Janoris Jenkins has been through it all, featuring on one of the worst defenses in the league as the organization fights to regain its respect in the NFL.

JIt’s hard to blame Jenkins for his lack of effort at times on the field, considering the lack of reinforcement management has provided him with. He has been a consistent corner for the Giants, but his latest comments screamed frustration and demise.

“First of all, you’ve got to use your weapons,” Jenkins said last Sunday. “It’s common sense. Football is football. I’m the only one in the league that don’t travel no more. I don’t understand why. But I was traveling the other years. I don’t understand.”

Jackrabbit has a point — defensive coordinator James Bettcher has failed to utilize him most efficiently. Jenkins hasn’t followed the opposing team’s top receiver, but the reasoning seems to revolve around the Giants’ youth-movement. GM Dave Gettleman has made it a priority to develop the younger players on the team to understand their scheme and long-term plan.

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Ultimately, providing rookies DeAndre Baker, Julian Love, Corey Ballentine, and Supplemental draft pick Sam Beal with ample experience is essential. Bettcher has been tasked with matching them up against top pass-catchers and playmakers, forcing them to adapt and understand the nature of competing against some of the NFL’s top players. There’s no better way to understand what’s required of you if you have no standard for competition, and that’s the reality for the Giants at 2-10 on the season.

However, Jenkins’ frustration is justified, as he desires to be on a winning team that isn’t playing around his strengths to prioritize youth development. Bettcher responded to Janoris’ comments, ensuring that their relationship has not faltered:

“Since I’ve been here and had an opportunity to work with him, he has competed on a daily basis for me and for his teammates,” Bettcher said. “You’ll see him grabbing our young corners and leading them around and making points to them of what he’s looking at, of what he recognizes. He and I have a really good relationship.”

Life on a losing team is a tough one, especially when an individual player is being underutilized. Despite the downward trend of the franchise, Jenkins has been a leader through it all, suffering amongst the remaining veterans that have experienced the downfall of one of the most valuable teams in any sport.

He has still managed to become a lowkey leader in the locker room for the rookies, which is all the Giants can ask of him aside from locking down No. 1 wideouts. Jenkins wasn’t punished for his comments towards his usage. He will play in a regular fashion against the Eagles on Monday night.

New York Giants: Pat Shurmur Response To Jenkins Shows Lack Of Understanding

New York Giants, Pat Shurmur

Pat Shurmur isn’t helping himself keep his job as the head coach of the New York Giants.

Many believe that the ship has already sailed and that it’s simply a matter of waiting for the offseason to come and for the team owners to pull the trigger and announce the start of a new head coaching search. Ron Rivera, Jason Garrett, Matt Rhule, and others have been mentioned as potential option’s to take over for the team’s current coach. But for now, Shurmur still has the job.

He likely won’t have it much longer if this is how he’s going to handle certain situations.

Shurmur has replied to criticism from cornerback Janoris Jenkins about the schemes used on defense by the Giants, and while the problems with cornerback play and the secondary in general have been well known and well publicized this season, Shurmur has chosen to defend the current system of doing things rather than admit that Jenkins might be right and something might be wrong with what the Giants are doing.

“I think his assessment of we’re the only team that doesn’t travel isn’t quite accurate. I just came from the Minnesota Vikings who don’t. I think there’s a lot that goes into that. Again, he’s a competitive guy and I’m sure those are just immediately after the game comments,” said Shurmur.

The comments, of course, criticized a lack of movement when it comes to playcalling for the secondary. Jenkins claimed to spend most of the game on one side of the field rather than traveling from side to side like other cornerbacks in the league.

“Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to talk to him, he left immediately [because] there was an illness in his family that he had to go attend to. I’m sure I’m going to have a conversation with him when he gets back,” Shurmur added.

Whatever the Giants have been doing in the secondary this season clearly hasn’t worked, though, and Aaron Rodgers was able to exploit that for a number of touchdowns on Sunday. Shurmur chose to defend his defense and shrug off the concerns from Jenkins – but based on how the team has played so far, the better option might have been to listen to the players once on a thing or two and see if any improvement presents itself.

The fact that Shurmur is doubling down just makes it look less likely that he’ll come back again next year… After all, the last thing the Giants need right now is more of the same, when ‘the same’ hasn’t been working for the past two years at least.

Three Offseason Trades For The New York Giants

New York Giants, Nate Solder

There’s still plenty of football left in the season, but for New York Giants fans, not all of it is meaningful. While the team technically isn’t eliminated from the playoffs at the time of this article, it’s already a foregone conclusion that the most exciting time for fans won’t be the games coming up near the end of the year but rather the 2020 offseason, a chance for the Giants to make some progress – something they’ve largely failed to do on the field this year.

Trades will be one part of that. The current roster hasn’t worked out, as everyone has been able to see, and changes are going to be needed to get back to a winning level. But what changes should the Giants make in specific?

Nate Solder

Solder hasn’t been what the Giants thought he would be when they signed him. If he was getting paid less, his performance would be less of a problem. That isn’t the case, however. Solder is the third highest paid player on the team, and if you remove Eli Manning from the equation due to his move out of a starting role and likely retirement, he’s the second highest paid. He hasn’t performed like one of the best players, however, and that’s where the problem lies.

This offseason, the Giants should free up some cap space and move Solder while he still has some value – there’s a lot of teams that would take a chance on a left tackle that they think can perform solidly for them.  The Giants may as well cash in on that need and continue to look for their long term left tackle. They’re going to be in a rebuilding phase next year anyway.

Janoris Jenkins

Other than Eli Manning, the only player paid more than Solder is Jenkins. Jenkins came into the season with the role of leader for a cornerback group that for the most part is much younger than he is, but with the secondary drawing much criticism this season, that role may just end up given to someone else – probably someone else acquired in the offseason for cheaper.

Jenkins hasn’t justified his pay in the eyes of many fans, and with the Giants fully rebuilding, it may be smart for them to drop the old leader of the cornerback spot and invest in the new. And the team has already flirted with shopping Jenkins. At the trade deadline, most in the winder NFL assumed Jenkins was as good as traded… But nothing happened.

Not many want Jenkins to remain the top corner long term. The Giants should, at this point, pull the trigger and look for a deal.

Evan Engram

Engram still has a lot of potential, and that can’t be denied – but so far, it looks like his career has a low floor. He could recover from his injury problems over the past recent years and become a star for the Giants for years to come, using his receiving talents to burn opposing defenses while stretching the field by adding an extra threat at the tight end position. He could also spend a lot of time hurt and on the bench, and only show flashes of his potential when fully healthy.

It looks like the latter path is more likely, even if Engram hasn’t been stricken from the list of promising prospects just yet. Some other team will almost certainly be willing to offer a decent amount to take on that potential, and risk, for themselves.

If the Giants want to add more sure things to their rebuild, or perhaps draft picks that will allow them to bring in more promising young players, they would benefit from accepting one of those offers and not placing their future prospects at tight end on the shoulders of a player who may not develop as they intend.

Cornerback far from settled for the New York Giants

New York Giants, DeAndre Baker

The New York Giants have attacked the cornerback position in the draft the past several seasons but have no clearer a picture of what their secondary will look like in the coming seasons.

With veteran Janoris Jenkins retained this season as a mentor to the many young players they’ve brought in, the Giants’ secondary has been one of the NFL’s worst, allowing wide receivers and tight ends huge chunks of yardage. They have given up 45 passing plays of over 20 yard and a league-leading 13 plays over 40 yards.

The plan going into the season was the Giants would anchor their secondary with Jenkins, 35 year-old safety Antoine Bethea and former first round pick Jabrill Peppers, who they got in the Odell Beckham, Jr. trade with Cleveland.

The Giants were going to let Sam Beal – who they selected in the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft – and one their three first round picks in this year’s draft, Georgia’s DeAndre Baker battle it out for the other starting corner clot.

The thinking was that they could get away with several options at slot corner. Grant Haley had a promising rookie season in 2018 and the Giants were also bringing two other rookies (Julian Love and Corey Ballentine) to compete for roster spots.

But as fate would have it, Beal would get injured for the second consecutive year and spent the first half off this season on injured reserve with a hamstring. Baker got off to a slow start due to a knee injury. That left the Giants with a tender of Ballentine and veteran Antonio Hamilton on the outside. Baker returned to become a starter but his performance has been extremely disappointing.

Unfortunately, Jenkins has not played up to snuff, either which has compounded the Giants’ issues. Beal has retuned and Baker’s performance has evened out but teams are still picking the Giants apart.

Bethea has liked every bit of 35 as the season has wore on and Peppers fractured a bone in his lower back ad could be out for the rest of the year. The Giants will play the remainder of the season with a combination of Love and veteran Michael Thomas in his place.

But slot corner is still unsettled. Haley has not played as well as hoped. The Giants are trying several players in the role to no avail. Ballentine is not a slot corner by trade was picked on exclusively at the position in the Giants’ loss to the Chicago Bears last week.

Several mock drafts I’ve seen are not sold on the Giants’ secondary and have them taking a corner very early in next year’s NFL Draft. The position general manager Dave Gettleman thought he was set at for years apparently is still in need of an influx of talent.

Coaching has been partly to blame for the poor performance in the secondary. Baker, Beal and Ballentine are are press corners and have been positioned 8-10 yards off the line of scrimmage on most plays, not giving them much of chance against speed receivers.

New York Giants news, 11/27 – 3 defenders to stay and 3 to hit the road in 2020

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The 2020 offseason will be full of turnover for the New York Giants, again. The defense is in dire need of support at numerous positions, especially at the inside and outside linebacker positions.

Let’s take a look at three players that will stay, and three that will go:

1.) Markus Golden – STAY

The only productive pass-rusher for the Giants this season has been Markus Golden, who has logged 7.5 sacks through 12 weeks. The Giants are still in need of a premium pass-rusher, but Golden is more than capable and should be retained. He won’t be paid like one of the best in the league, but he will garner a healthy contract nonetheless. The Giants have the money to invest, and if they’re keen on pairing him with another top-end outside linebacker, retaining him should be an easy decision.

2.) Alec Ogletree – GO

Ogletree’s contract takes a significant dip in dead-cap next season ($3.5 million), making him expendable. If Big Blue keeps him on the roster, he will count a whopping $11.75 million in dead-cap, an amount they shouldn’t be willing to pay for his incapable services.

Not only has Ogletree been absent against the run for a majority of his tenure with the Giants, but his coverage skills are abysmal. The $8.25 million in cap-space the Giants save can be allocated towards a variety of different positions, which seems to be the likely scenario.

3.) Michael Thomas – STAY

Thomas, who’s a special team maestro, will be a free agent after this season. The New York Giants must make it a priority to re-sign him and retain his stellar abilities. Thomas isn’t a defensive threat by any means, but his value on special teams is worth the investment 100x over.

4.) Leonard Williams – GO

In three games with the Giants, Williams has been mostly absent. Against the Bears, he finished with one total tackle and one QB hit. Against the Jets, he logged four QB hits and three combined tackles. For the most part, Williams hasn’t earned the 3rd round value GM Dave Gettleman placed on his head when he traded for him.

The Jets were begging to get rid of him, and Gettleman gave up far too much value, dropping a fifth and third-round pick (if he re-signs before the new league year). Considering the valuable players Gettleman has hit on later in the draft; he might have missed big on this deal.

5.)  Janoris Jenkins – STAY

Jenkins is the only trustworthy cornerback on the team, and his contract is relatively friendly considering the market-value of top corners in the NFL. If the Giants were keen on getting rid of Jenkins, they would have traded him before the deadline, which indicates he will likely remain with the team for at least one more season.

The veteran corner has displayed a lack of effort at times, but can you blame him for the lack of quality the Giants have surrounded him with in recent years? Big Blue needs a top corner, and Jenkins fits the bill perfectly for one more season.

6.) Antoine Bethea – GO

Bethea was signed to supplement the free safety position with Curtis Riley, leaving in free agency. So far, I miss Riley, who was known for taking bad angles at ball-carriers. Bethea is an absolute liability in the secondary but is solid closer to the line of scrimmage in a strong safety role.

The Giants don’t have a use for him as Julian Love secured an interception in Sunday’s loss to the Bears, seeing his highest snap-count this season. The Giants seem him as a potential long-term solution at the position.


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New York Giants news, 11/23 – DeAndre Baker gets called out by teammates, Janoris Jenkins needs to step up

New York Giants, Julian Love, DeAndre Baker, Julian Love

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When New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman move up into the latter portion of the 2019 NFL Draft, everybody knew he was gunning for the top cornerback, Deandre Baker, out of Georgia.

Baker was well-known for his press-coverage and speed matched up against opposing team’s No. 1 wideout, but his transition to the NFL has been everything but smooth. Being torched and targeted by other teams has been an everyday reality for the young corner, a player who Gettleman believed could succeed Janoris Jenkins when drafted.

However, Barker hasn’t only been beaten badly numerous times, he’s lacked effort and accountability for his mistakes, and his teammates were quick to point out his wrongdoings. Lacking energy and being reckless is one way to put yourself in the dog-house, and red flags of arrogance were blatant before Baker’s drafting.

Ultimately, the Giants need to find a way to punish DeAndre for his mishaps, as hustle is the one thing every player can do to perfection — lacking it tells a whole different story.

The defense ripping him apart is undoubtedly an awkward situation, but it’s a necessity if Big Blue is keen on establishing a culture of accountability and discipline. Moving forward, players need to benched in this scenario. Consider the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and what they did to Vernon Hargreaves (cut immediately following lack of effort).

While I don’t believe cutting Baker is necessary, benching him and giving a different player an opportunity is justified. Also, a lack of a true mentor seems to be bleeding through, as Janoris Jenkins was supposed to be the elder Baker looked up to. We’ve also seen Jenkins lack effort in the past. The New York Giants need to find a veteran corner capable of teaching the Georgia product and not allowing him to give up.

“He knows that is unacceptable,” safety and team captain Michael Thomas said, per ESPN. “We’re in a league where you got to be able to have guys that can talk to one another and say, ‘Look, bro. I depend on you and you depend on me. Plays like that are unacceptable.’

“When we can all look at each and speak that way and understand my job really depends on you and yours depends on me, than you realize that things like that are unacceptable.”


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The New York Giants keeping Janoris Jenkins at trade deadline makes sense now

New York Giants, Janoris Jenkins

After a disastrous loss to the lowly Jets, the New York Giants were forced to evaluate the state of the team going into the BYE week. If owner John Mara wasn’t already concerned about his team, falling to a 1-7 opponent marked as one of the worst teams in the NFL might get the point across.

Big Blue was destined for a life of rebuilding after general manager Dave Gettleman stripped the team clean of any Jerry Reese talent, enforcing a turnover at nearly every position. Gettleman was always going to live and die by the team he constructed, and there’s plenty of reason to believe that they can still be competitive.

The number of rookies featuring on one of the league’s worst defenses should tell the entire story. Dexter Lawrence, Oshane Ximines, DeAndre Baker, Corey Ballentine, Ryan Connelly. Most of these players are current starters, which is the most concerning part. Year two is what they call the “evaluation year,” which helps determine the weak spots and where cap-space needs to be allocated.

New York Giants’ Gettleman can come to several conclusions:

-His secondary is a mess

-The free safety position needs a significant upgrade

-The linebackers are in disarray 

-His offensive line is made os Swiss Cheese

-He needs a true No. 1 WR if Sterling Shepard cannot return

-In need of a pure pass-rusher if Markus Golden leaves in free agency

There are a lot more holes that need to be filled than previously assumed. However, at the trade deadline, when everyone thought the Giants would be sellers, ended up buying.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins was expected to be traded, but his retention tells us one thing — Gettleman is trying to save face. Jenkins has shown a lack of effort in weeks, failing to justify the Giants not trading him. If Gettleman would have left the secondary in a situation where they didn’t have a real No. 1 corner, his team might fall apart at the seams.

Jenkins is a voice in the locker room and a veteran with respect, and putting DeAndre Baker in a disadvantageous spot as the top corner would be ludicrous. If Baker was performing well, I imagine “Jackrabbit” would have been shipped off. In other words, Gettleman’s decisions are telling.

New York Giants news, 11/11 – Saquon Barkley received x-rays, Janoris Jenkis, Nate Solder injured

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The New York Giants entered Sunday’s game against the Jets down several starters on offense. Specifically, Jon Halapio, Mike Remmers, Evan Engram, and Sterling Shepard all missed the week 10 loss.

The defeat 34-27 was disheartening for Big Blue, but they lost a lot more than just a nick in the win/loss column. Left tackle Nate Solder, cornerback Janoris Jenkins, and Saquon Barkley all sustained further injuries and required evaluation.

Solder and Jenkins left the game with concussions (did not return), and Barkley received x-rays after the game on a suspected shoulder injury. Barkley’s previous ailment, a high ankle sprain, has still been a bother, despite him playing through it. His pass blocking and shiftiness at the line of scrimmage have been absent in recent weeks, which could justify the New York Giants shutting him down for the remainder of the season at 2-7 on the year.

Further risking damage or additional injury is not worth Barkley’s future at the position, especially if Big Blue is keen on competing in 2020.

Head coach Pat Shurmur said after the game at Barkley was “banged up,” but didn’t reference his trip to the x-ray machine. The star running back tallied just one yard on 13 rushing attempts. With Saquon struggling to get anything going, Shurmur might look to utilize Wayne Gallman more frequently, who’s readily available. However, Shurmur has also proven incompetent at times and has executed questionable decision making this season.

As for Jenkins and Solder, both will require the BYE week to return to the field. Hopefully, their symptoms aren’t too egregious and can begin practicing next week.


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New York Giants news, 10/31 – Alec Ogletree a goner? Dave Gettleman’s methods

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With the trade deadline coming and going, most believed the New York Giants would be sellers, but they stayed pat and kept all of their veteran players.

Janoris Jenkins, Nate Solder, and Alec Ogletree all remained with the team, but that doesn’t mean general manager Dave Gettleman doesn’t have plans for them. All three serve a purpose this season, and the New York Giants must climb out of a 2-6 funk to prove they can be a competitive team moving forward. That’s why Gettleman ended up being a buyer, trading for Leonard Williams of the Jets.

The defensive lineman will add a commanding presence alongside Dexter Lawrence, but he’s in the final year of his rookie contract, which means he will get paid this offseason. Gettleman sacrificed a fifth-round pick to do be the first one to offer him a new deal.

However, Gettleman’s methods stretch further than just trading and signing new players. When it comes to players already on the roster, maximizing their value becomes the priority, especially when they’re overpaid and underproducing.

Ogletree is a prime example of that ideology. He hasn’t been the most effective linebacker since his inception with Big Blue last season, and that will likely spell the end of his tenure in New York. This season, he counted $11.25 million against the cap in dead money, and next year he will be just $3.5 million. Cutting him shouldn’t be the priority, though. Finding a suitable trade partner will be the focus for Gettleman, as unloading his $3.5 million in dead-cap is essential.

Tying up money in non-existent players spells “doom” for most franchises. Gettleman took the $16 million hit on Odell Beckham Jr. this season, which resulted in a first-round pick, a third-round pick, and safety Jabrill Peppers. A solid return, but it restricted the New York Giants from signing other players this season. Signing big-money free agents this past offseason would have been redundant, considering rookie quarterback Daniel Jones was the priority — giving him ample experience and developmental time.

Next offseason will be the “all-in” period for Gettleman, who will need to fill positions such as inside linebacker, outside linebacker, offensive tackle, and free safety.


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