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Giants news, 9/28: Jackrabbit on bouncing back, Jon Hilliman’s chance, more

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Jackrabbit: “Just move forward”

The poor game Janoris Jenkinhs had against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been a topic of scrutiny all week. Jenkins is simply moving on.

“It’s important. You have to understand, I play cornerback. Like I said, they are going to make plays, I’m going to make plays, it’s just how the game turns out,” Jenkins said. “You just move forward, it’s football, you can’t defend everything, you can’t knock down everything. You just go out and play football and then bounce back. Whatever happened, happened.”

Rookie Jon Hilliman gets chance

Why did the Giants promote undrafted rookie running back Jon Hilliman from the practice squad rather than sign a veteran?

“I’m excited to see what Hilliman is going to do, I think he is going to show what he showed in the preseason. He showed a lot of good stuff, so I can’t wait to see how he is going to do when he gets his opportunity,” said running backs coach Craig Johnson.

“I think that what he’s really shown is that he’s been very good, very decisive in the run game. But the key for all running backs—can you run the ball effectively? Two, can you protect the quarterback? Three, can you run good routes? And most importantly, can you protect the football? He’s been good in all four phases, so I need him, and that’s a challenge to him, to do that on Sunday.”

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Jay Ajayi fully healthy: Here are five teams that make sense for the free agent running back -

1. New York Giants

This makes way too much sense. Firstly, they're familiar with Ajayi. Most of all, though, what they really need right now -- as in right now -- is a change-of-pace option to deploy alongside Wayne Gallman while Saquon Barkley nurses the ankle injury that could sideline him for as many as two months. As CBS Sports' Dan Schneier notes, Ajayi's specialty is breaking tackles, which could take some pressure off rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. Even if Barkley somehow returns sooner rather than later, what's the downside in pairing him with a playmaker like Ajayi?

Giants' Pat Shurmur called Tom Coughlin after Eli Manning QB switch

New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur called former Giants coach Tom Coughlin ahead of the switch from Eli Manning to Daniel Jones at quarterback. “Pat Shurmur actually said to me, ‘He’s your guy and I wanted you to know that I had a very difficult thing today,’ ” Coughlin said.

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