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Giants assistant who coached Janoris Jenkins with Rams sees major improvement

Tim Walton was the Rams' defensive coordinator in 2013 when Janoris Jenkins was a second-year cornerback bubbling with potential but lacking consistency.

Walton wasn't retained after one season with the Rams, eventually landing as the Giants' cornerbacks coach in 2015. When Jenkins became a free agent after the 2015 season, Walton lobbied the Giants to sign the cornerback.

The Giants gave Jenkins a five-year, $62.5 million contract and he rewarded the team - and Walton's - faith with an All-Pro performance. Even Walton was pleasantly surprised by Jenkins' first season with the Giants.

"He just keeps maturing," Walton said. "The more you play in the league and the more you've been around, the more you learn, you grow as a player. That's what he's done. He's a smart player. He works hard at understanding the game and we already know he's athletic and has good movement skills. But he really works at the knowledge of the game and the details and that's the thing that helps separate him from a lot of guys. He puts a lot of time into that."

Jenkins always had the physical talent and the 28-year-old hasn't lost a step. But Walton noticed the biggest change in the classroom.

"You could tell because some of the questions that he may ask or some of the things that you ask him and he can spit them back to you real quick," Walton said. "You can see the growth of that stuff and that's how you stay around for a long time. You've got to have a good understanding of it and he does."


One thing that hasn't changed is Jenkins' unparalleled confidence. That can pose a challenge for coaches, especially when Jenkins essentially laid out his game plan for covering Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. But Walton isn't losing any sleep over Jenkins' bravado.

"We just let them go play," Walton said. "But he's a great competitor. He's a guy that works at it and loves to compete. (The Bryant talk) was just all in fun. He knows we've got a lot of respect for Dez and all that stuff. He knows Dez is a really good player, but we have to just work and continue to get better. He'll do that because each year is a different year so we have to go out and practice and play when the new season starts."



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