The New York Giants like to look at their roster and believe they have three players capable of being No. 1 cornerbacks. Things haven’t really worked out that way during the 2017 NFL season.
Janoris Jenkins has been good, but maybe not as good as he was last season. He is currently the league’s 28th-ranked corner, per Pro Football Focus. Demaryius Thomas of the Denver Broncos, in particular, had more success against Jenkins than we have become accustomed to the past couple of seasons. Jenkins also committed two pass interference penalties in that game, but had a huge interception.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie gets a “Wet Willie.” He hasn’t matched his terrific 2016 season, earned a one-game suspension, and has seen his role decrease.
Eli Apple gets a “Kwillie.” He gave up a number of big plays at the beginning of the season, usually the result of a failure to get his head around and locate the football. Apple, though, has been really good the past two weeks.
CB Eli Apple with another strong performance:— Ryan Smith (@PFF_Smith) October 23, 2017
6 targets, 2 catches (1 TD)
17 yards, 2 PDs pic.twitter.com/iUioymZo3T
Ross Cockrell, acquired via trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers, has been fine. Donte Deayon is a great story, easy to root for and has been good in limited duty.
Overall grade: “Kwillie.” Good, but not nearly as good as last year. Or, as good as they were expected to be.