Janoris Jenkins
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New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins speaks on last season’s woes as well as improving in this upcoming year.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins didn’t have the healthiest year for the New York Giants in 2018. With a lingering injury, Jenkins didn’t feel like himself again until around the midway point of the regular season. The veteran defensive back also had to go through the roster purge that Big Blue implemented in October.

This included the trades of cornerback Eli Apple and nose tackle Damon Harrison. Luckily, Jenkins survived the purge and now has retained his roster spot for the 2019 season.

Now that OTAs are underway for the Giants, Jenkins is looking to improve in 2019 and get back to the player he was when the Giants signed him in 2016. Jenkins reflected this week on last season’s woes and how he’s getting things back on track.

“I had an up-and-down season last year,” Jenkins said. “I had a little injury. It took me like Game 8 to really feel like myself again. From there, I’ve just been on point.”

As far as this upcoming season, Jackrabbit is nothing but confident about being an elite corner for this Giants secondary.

“I will, 2019 Jackrabbit, I will, for sure,” Jenkins stated.

Jenkins last season racked up 70 combined tackles, two interceptions, and 15 pass breakups. He was the No. 1 corner for the Giants last season and will look to retain that role for 2019.

The veteran defensive back will be working with safeties Jabrill Peppers and Antoine Bethea in the secondary. The weak-side corner is still undetermined at this point, as there’ll be an interesting competition for that spot in training camp.

The potential starter could be rookies DeAndre Baker, Julian Love or second-year man Sam Beal. The latter is ready to put on a show for the Giants in camp after losing his entire rookie season due to a shoulder injury.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.