John Jenkins: 4 things to know about Giants new defensive

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John Jenkins: 4 things to know about Giants new defensive

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tackle Who would be the backup for Damon Harrison at nose tackle? That was one of the many questions the Giants faced this summer. B.J. Hill? Well [url=]Authentic Riley Dixon Jersey[/url] , yeah, except he earned a starting job next to ‘Snacks.’ Veterans A.J. Francis and Robert Thomas. Nah, waived. Josh Banks? His time on the roster last about a day.That job will apparently fall to John Jenkins, a 2013 third-round pick of the New Orleans Saints who spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears. We turned to Lester Wiltfong of SB Nation’s Bears website, Windy City Gridiron, to learn more about the 6-foot-3, 327-pound 29-year-old.Ed: Why did the Bears let him go?Lester: Jenkins only really played as Eddie Goldman’s back up at nose tackle last year. He had 109 snaps on defense last year, while playing in eight games, and while I thought he was decent while in there [url=]Youth Evan Engram Jersey[/url] , the Bears decided to keep a more versatile sixth defensive lineman. Ed: What are his strengths? Weaknesses?Lester: He’s good against the run, as can be expected at 330 pounds. His weaknesses are that he’s really only a 1st down or goal line player. Not must versatility from him. Ed: The Giants will likely use him to spell Damon Harrison at the nose. Is that a role in which he should succeed?Lester: If that’s the plan, he’ll be a fine player for the Giants. A few snaps here and there, a spot start if Harrison is hurt, and that’s exactly what his role should be.Ed: What can you tell us about him off the field? What kind of guy is he?Lester: Honestly, there wasn’t known about him during his year in Chicago. He’s a head down and play football kind of guy. Finally, a bonus question I couldn’t help tossing out for Lester to have some fun with.Ed: Couldn’t the Bears have waited until a year when they don’t play the Giants to trade for Khalil Mack? Lester:Nope! The Bears feel they are ready to compete this season. They have the head coach and quarterback in place that they believe in, they added a bunch of talent to the offense in the offseason, they kept a good defense intact -- including defensive coordinator Vic Fangio [url=]Landon Collins Jersey[/url] , they spent their first round pick on Roquan Smith, and now Khalil Mack shores up their glaring weakness of who is going to get consistent pressure. Let’s get to know more about Tony Lippett, the former Miami Dolphins cornerback the New York Giants added to the roster after trading Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints.What we already knewLippett was a 2016 fifth-round pick by Miami after playing both wide receiver and defensive back at Michigan State. He was a starter for the Dolphins in 2016, but suffered an Achilles tendon tear that cost him the 2017 season. Former Miami defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo coached Lippett with the Dolphins and is now in that role with the Giants.New things to knowThe first is that the Giants have been eye-balling Lippett since an early-season workout when coach Pat Shurmur said the 26-year-old wasn’t quite far enough along in his recovery to be signed. Shurmur, in fact, has been keeping track of Lippett since his college days.Here is what Shurmur told Michael Eisen of the team’s official website in their weekly exclusive interview:“I know Tony well. He played at Michigan State and he was a wide receiver/corner and kind of a two-way player. Played two positions throughout his time at Michigan State, so I did a lot of work on him when he was coming out. Liked him quite a bit. He’s long, he’s got good length for a corner, which helps him in bump and run. He’s coming off of an (Achilles tendon) injury. We’ll get a chance to see what he can do in practice and where he’s at coming back. But he’s a talented young man and we’re glad to add him to the roster.”The next four come from questions I asked Kevin Nogle of The Phinsider [url=]Authentic Jon Halapio Jersey[/url] , SB Nation’s Dolphins website.Ed: Why did the Dolphins cut him?Kevin: I think it simply came down to numbers and his injury. Returning from a Achilles tear is tough for any player, but for a cornerback, it is so much more difficult. He was supposed to contend for a starting role this year, and I think they just did not see the response they wanted over the summer.Ed: If he’s healthy, can he be a quality NFL corner?Kevin: Absolutely. He was a developmental project for the Dolphins, moving from receiver to defensive back, but he absolutely has the skills and instincts to play the position. He is not going to be a Pro Bowl, shutdown corner, but he is definitely a guy who can play the position and be a really good starter. With the “healthy” piece as a major caveat.Ed: Is he more an outside guy? Slot guy? Both?Kevin: He is probably more of an outside corner [url=]Cheap Evan Engram Jersey[/url] , but I wouldn’t rule him out as a nickel. He has the speed and size to be a really good cornerback and, as he has developed his technique, he has shown that he is growing into the outside role well. If he hadn’t torn his Achilles, I believe he would be the starting corner opposite Xavien Howard this year.Ed: Anything else we should know about him?Kevin: He really is a do everything type of player - similar in mold to Michael Thomas in that sense. He has to prove that he is healthy and that he mentally over the Achilles, but if he is, the Giants found a good in-season addition.

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