Janoris Jenkins of the New York Giants is justifiably proud of the work he did in 2016 against Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver Dez Bryant. He held the superstar to a measly two receptions for 18 yards over 14 targets, and forced a fumble.
It isn’t a big deal that Jenkins told a Dallas radio station recently that “I played better than he played.” He most certainly did. The numbers, and the fact that the Giants won both games, back that up.
Jackrabbit didn’t leave it at that, however, going on to describe in detail how to defend Bryant.
“For real, though, to be honest, when you look at film and break down your opponents and the receivers that you’re facing, you notice what they like to do. Take away the slant and the dig, and when they get in 21 personnel and Dez is inside the number, you take away the corner post, he doesn’t have nothing else.”
Jenkins also added that when you press Bryant in coverage you can expect the fade, and that depending on the down and distance he knows what route Bryant will be called upon to run.
“It’s just me game-planning and knowing my opponent,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins also said Bryant can’t run by him.
“Everything’s got to be a double move to get him open because he’s not fast,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins wasn’t trash-talking Bryant. He was simply being honest, to the point where he admitted he’ll tell Bryant when they’re lined up that he knows what route is coming.
"He's not over-hyped. It's just understanding your opponent,” Jenkins said. "When I play him don't let him beat me inside, take away the dig, react to the fade.
"I've got to play Dez two times a year for the next five years so out of those five years, I'm not always going to have a lock-down game against Dez. I understand that. When he does get the best of me, he got the best of me. I can't be mad. But I'm going to see him again."
Jenkins’ remarks will likely make coach Ben McAdoo, who famously refused for months to divulge whether or not he would offensive plays so as not to give future opponents a competitive advantage, cringe.
Did he say too much? Your thoughts, Giants fans?