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Giants’ Janoris Jenkins named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins was the Giants’ most dominant defensive player in a 24-3 rout of the Washington Redskins on Sunday, and was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.

Jenkins intercepted Washington rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins twice, broke up three other passes and produced four total tackles.

One of Jenkins’ pass breakups came in the first quarter off quarterback Case Keenum, that wound up getting intercepted by Giants rookie linebacker Ryan Connelly.

Last Sunday’s breakout performance came one week after Jenkins was victimized by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, who connected with wide receiver Mike Evans for 190 yards and three touchdowns, in a losing effort against New York.

“I just played football, man,” Jenkins said, following Sunday’s victory. “Like I told you last week. Ain’t no pressure; you have games like that. I came out this week and worked in practice, critiqued what I did wrong last week, and I came out and played football.”

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Through four gams, Jenkins has garnered an overall 55 and 51.4 coverage grade from Pro Football Focus, who credits opposing quarterbacks with a 101.7 passer rating and 15.6 yards per completion average when targeting Jenkins. He is credited with 21 total tackles to go with his pair of interceptions, on the season.

This week, Jenkins could draw another tough test against Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who is averaging 16.1 yards per reception, catching 13 passes this season for 209 yards and one touchdown.



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