Gi­ants’ Jenk­ins earns praise from Fisher

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Tom CAana­van AP Sports Writer

Janoris Jenk­ins is hum­ble enough and smart enough not to call him­self the NFL’s best cor­ner­back, but Los An­ge­les Rams coach Jeff Fisher isn't shy about singing the for­mer free agent’s praises.

Janoris Jenk­ins is hum­ble enough and smart enough not to call him­self the best cor­ner­back in the NFL.

So let Los An­ge­les Rams coach Jeff Fisher speak for the for­mer free agent whom the New York Gi­ants signed in the off­sea­son to a five-year, $62.5 mil­lion con­tract.

In dis­cussing Sun­day’s game be­tween the Gi­ants (3-3) and Rams (3-3) in Lon­don, Fisher was glow­ing when asked about Jenk­ins, who played his first four sea­sons with Fisher in St. Louis.

Fisher wanted Jenk­ins back with the Rams this sea­son, but it seemed the team could not match the Gi­ants’ of­fer, which in­cluded a $10 mil­lion sign­ing bonus and a $28 mil­lion guar­an­tee.

“He played re­ally well for us. He over­came a cou­ple of in­jury things,” Fisher said. “I’m just say­ing to re­it­er­ate, but I think you’d be hard pressed to find a corner in this league who’s play­ing bet­ter than he is.

“When asked to man up and cover, he’s a shut­down corner. When asked to match up with the top re­ceivers, he does it, he plays both sides. When asked to be pa­tient and play zone and play within the scheme, he does it. I’m happy for him, but not happy for us.”

Jenk­ins has not only played well for the Gi­ants, he has been in­dis­pens­able be­cause of in­juries to firstround draft pick Eli Ap­ple and Do­minique Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie.

Ap­ple has been in­ac­tive in two of the past three games with ham­string and groin in­juries, while Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie missed the Min­nesota game with a groin in­jury and has gut­ted his way through the past two games against Green Bay and Bal­ti­more.

Jenk­ins has the Gi­ants only two in­ter­cep­tions this sea­son, and he played the shut­down role on Dez Bryant in the sea­son-open­ing win against Dal­las.

“I am just play­ing foot­ball and do­ing what I do,” Jenk­ins said after prac­tice Wed­nes­day when asked about Fisher’s com­ments. “That is a nice com­pli­ment, but I am just go­ing to stay focused and con­tinue to play foot­ball.”

Jenk­ins said he lets other peo­ple worry about where he ranks among cor­ner­backs.

“I think I have played good. I can play bet­ter,” he said. “Noth­ing ma­jor, but just keep im­prov­ing ev­ery week.”

If Jenk­ins is asked to match up on Sun­day, he will prob­a­bly cover Kenny Britt. The for­mer Rut­gers re­ceiver ranks fifth in the NFC with 492 yards re­ceiv­ing. He has 30 catches and two touch­downs.

“Kenny, he is phys­i­cal, he is big, he is go­ing to give you a lot of push­ing and shov­ing, but we just have to go out there and play foot­ball,” Jenk­ins said.

Gi­ants re­ceiver Vic­tor Cruz said Jenk­ins has a knack for un­der­stand­ing routes and play­ing the ball well.

“He un­der­stands the ball in the air, he re­ally can play it while it is in the air, whether it is a breakup or an in­ter­cep­tion, he knows how to close that gap,” Cruz said.

BILL KOSTROUN — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Gi­ants cor­ner­back Janoris Jenk­ins de­fends against Ravens’ Mike Wal­lace dur­ing New York’s 27-23 win in East Ruther­ford, N.J., on Sun­day.

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