Janoris Jenkins had a pretty good debut for the Giants on Sunday, blanketing Dez Bryant and limiting him to one catch for eight yards.
Of course, it helps that Jenkins was able to decipher hand signals between Bryant and rookie quarterback Dak Prescott.
“I just caught on,” Jenkins said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “By the second half, I realized the diamond means the back shoulder and I was just getting physical with him. It was a challenge. I’ve been doing it since I’ve been in St. Louis, but it was a challenge. We just stuck to the game plan. Coach had a great, phenomenal game plan in and everybody executed, starting with the front seven, the D-line, those guys, and to the linebackers to the back end, everybody communicated and (made) plays.”
While Jenkins had a great debut for the Giants, Josh Norman didn’t have a great debut for the Redskins. Norman didn’t play poorly, but he wasn’t guarding Antonio Brown when Brown scored both of his touchdowns. Instead, that honor went to Bashaud Breeland, who was burned early and often in Washington’s 38-16 loss.
“You can look at it two ways,” said Jenkins, who played for the Rams from 2012-15. “Either it was the game plan that the coaches had in to where Josh would not travel with Antonio Brown, or you can look at is as he can only play one side of the field and he only feels comfortable on one side of the field. There’s ways you can look at it, but at the end of the day, it probably was the game plan. Whatever the game plan was, I just felt like it wasn’t the right game plan.”
Neither was Terrance Williams’ decision to not get out of bounds on the Cowboys’ final play Sunday. Dallas, down 20-19, was driving to set up a potential game-winning field goal, and Williams, instead of running toward the sideline to stop the clock after a reception, ran toward the middle of the field and was tackled.
The clock ran out. No field goal was attempted.
“Everybody was just shocked that he didn’t try to get out of bounds,” Jenkins said. “DRC (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) was on the outside and cut him off, but we was all wondering why he didn’t try to make it to the sideline or get tackled and go out of bounds. It was shocking.”