Janoris Jenkins, the new $62.5 million cornerback for the New York Giants, stumbled his way into a remark during his introductory press conference on Thursday that could only be described as "alarming."
Asked what his weaknesses were, Jenkins said he needed to "stop being lazy at the end of games, or whatever."
Say what? Not exactly what the Giants wanted to hear from a guy they just gave a five-year deal that included $28.8 million in guaranteed money.
Jenkins clarified that he sometimes has been guilty of assuming that the ball wasn't coming to his side of the field and that fixing that issue was about a "mindset" which he called "easy to control."
So, should alarm bells be going off in Giants Nation about one of the players in the Gang of $204 million around whom the Giants are hoping to rebuild their previously awful defense?
Let's not go crazy here. Listening to the 27-year-old Jenkins during his conference call it was obvious that he isn't a smooth talker. He told the media he likes to talk trash on the field. When it comes to answering questions from the media, though, that is not going to be his forte.
Is that big deal in a ravenous New York media market? As long as he does the job on the field that the Giants are paying him for, probably not. They aren't paying him to talk. They are paying him to lock down his side of the field, to join Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in giving the Giants a quality pair of man-to-man corners that can help them get better as a defense. If he can do that, he will be just fine.