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Most overrated New York Giant? CBS says it’s Janoris Jenkins

Columnist says Giants are paying Jenkins like a shut down corner, and he has never been one

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Janoris Jenkins lines up against Sterling Shepard during minicamp.
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Let’s just say CBS Sports columnist Pete Prisco doesn’t believe the New York Giants made a wise investment when they signed cornerback Janoris Jenkins to a five-year, $62.5 million free agent contract ($28.8M guaranteed) this offseason. Prisco Wednesday named Jenkins the Giants most overrated player.

Prisco wrote:

Even though he played some of his best football last season for the Rams, the Giants are paying him like he's a shutdown corner. The ability is there, but the constancy is not. He gambles too much at times and he is too aggressive in his tackling, causing misses. This is a chance for Jenkins to prove his talent and consistency have meshed for his new team.

Is Prisco right? I’m not sure. I do think, as I wrote earlier this week, that Jenkins is the “big gamble” among the high-priced free agents the Giants brought in this offseason:

Jenkins is the big gamble. Rather than maintain the status quo with 2011 first-round pick Prince Amukamara, the Giants rolled the dice by saying goodbye to Prince and giving Jenkins a five-year, $62.5 million contract with $28.8 million guaranteed. This is a high-risk, high-reward gamble by GM Jerry Reese and the Giants. ...

There are not only questions about how good the 27-year-old Jenkins is, but there are questions about how well he will handle the New York/New Jersey spotlight. of the three players the Giants gave mega-contracts to — Jenkins, Damon Harrison, Olivier Vernon — Jenkins might be the most likely to bust.

Your thoughts, Giants fans? Is Prisco right. If not, who would you say is the most overrated Giant?