New York Giants’ cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are among Pro Football Focus’ top 10 rated player’s at their position heading into Week 12.
Jumping from last year’s dead last defensive rank in yards allowed to being 16th in the NFL entering Week 12 didn’t happen by accident for the New York Giants. Part of the team’s success can be directly attributed to New York’s talented cornerback tandem of Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
As evidence of the duo’s domination, both players landed on Pro Football Focus’ (PFF) list of the top 10 corners in the league.
In his first year as a member of the Giants, Jenkins performed well enough to rank sixth on PFF’s list. The 2016 free agent signee, who notched a PFF season grade of 84.3, is in the midst of his best year as a pro.
Known for being over aggressive at times in coverage, Jenkins has since corrected that issue this season. He’s allowed just one total touchdown through 10 games after getting burned for at least five in every previous year of his career. The veteran has allowed an opposing competition percentage of 53.2, while accumulating two interceptions, eight pass deflections, and 38 tackles.
Meanwhile, Rodgers-Cromartie earned himself PFF’s tenth overall mark. The former Pro Bowler has posted totals of 28 tackles, two interceptions, eleven pass deflections, and one forced fumble. Like his teammate Jenkins, Rodgers-Cromartie has also only allowed a single touchdown this season.
Jenkins and Rodgers-Cromartie, along with safety Landon Collins, have formed one the league’s most dangerous defensive backfields in 2016. If they keep performing at this level, the Giants should be well on their way to achieving their first playoff berth since 2011.