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In the wake of NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2017," I thought I would take a closer look at some notable players who made the cut:
"Janoris Jenkins, CB, New York Giants Age: 28 Top 100 rank: 54
Remember when everyone snickered at the Giants for signing Jenkins to a five-year, $62 million deal last offseason? I don't think anyone is laughing now, after seeing the fifth-year pro emerge as one of the league's top CB1s in his first season with the G-Men.
The 5-11, 198-pound cover corner held his own against premier receivers while showcasing a diverse game that allows him to fit into any scheme. As one of the few corners in the league who's equally effective in bump-and-run tactics and "off" coverage, Jenkins is capable of matching up with big or small receivers on the perimeter. He can offset big-bodied wideouts with his quickness, yet suffocate smaller receivers with his aggressive tactics at the line. In addition, Jenkins can also play as a "clue" corner and lean on his instincts to become a playmaker in zone coverage.
Given his diverse skills, disciplined approach and competitive spirit, Jenkins is quietly emerging as one of the elite playmakers on the island and opponents are starting to notice his impact potential as a CB1. I had an NFC scout tell me that Jenkins has always shown flashes of being a premier player, but "he finally took his game up a notch" in New York to cement his status as a lockdown corner. With three interceptions and 18 pass defenses against a who's who of wide receivers on the island (Dez Bryant, A.J. Greenand Antonio Brown, to name a few), Jenkins must be included in the discussion of the game's top cornerbacks."
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Giants Birthdays 7-8
Andy Headen LOLB D8-Clemson 1983 NYG 1983-1988 7-8-1960
Bill Mackrides QB FA-CFL Hamilton NYG 1953 7-8-1925
" His professional career included five years as a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, a year with the Hamilton Tiger Cats in Canada, and split of the final season in 1953 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants."