Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Proving His Worth

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Proving His Worth

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EAST RUTHERFORD - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie respected Janoris Jenkins' game even before the two cornerbacks became teammates with the Giants.

Rodgers-Cromartie was intrigued enough by the way Jenkins played during his breakout season for the Rams a year ago that he pressed Giants cornerbacks coach Tim Walton for a scouting report.

Walton coached Jenkins for one season as the Rams' defensive coordinator in 2013.

"I knew Coach Walton came from St. Louis, I always used to ask him about [Jenkins] because I liked the way he played, and he'd just say, 'Makes plays and just balls on the field,'" Rodgers-Cromartie recalled after Wednesday's practice. "He brought that reputation here, and he's definitely lived up to it."

The Rams have relocated from St. Louis to Los Angeles, and Jenkins did the same to the Big Apple, where he has emerged as one of the Giants' most valuable players on a roster that includes Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul.

Asked if he was daunted by the challenge of playing in the enormous shadow often cast by New York City, Jenkins calmly said Wednesday: "There is no pressure. There are just more lights. That is it."

The Giants opened eyes around the NFL when they gave Jenkins a five-year, $62.5 million deal within the first hour or so of free agency in March.

The contract itself immediately elevated expectations for Jenkins, who turns 28 next week. But from the Giants' perspective, six games into his first season here, coach Ben McAdoo declared that Jenkins - who prefers to be referred to by his nickname "Jackrabbit" -- has been "everything as advertised."

The Giants (3-3) have been inconsistent offensively, finally putting things together in the passing game with Manning and Beckham Jr. breaking out for 211 yards between them in the second half to lead the comeback victory over the Baltimore Ravens. …

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