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Top Five Preview: Janoris Jenkins

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This preview will cover five players who can impact 2013s success both in a negative and positive way depending on their play. Certain players are excluded, for example there will be no rookies. This series will be about players that has at least one year of experience and can either take a step forward or backwards. The entire offseason is based on judging and labeling rookies that have yet to play a down. I will not continue, lets lay it to rest and focus on the other guys with camp so close. The players that at least have something to base their preview off of. Another player to be excluded will be Sam Bradford. He has received enough coverage and I think we all get the point.

Links To Top Five Covered:

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Next on the list lets have a look at the player who might be the best player on the entire team, cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

THE REVIEW:

Janoris Jenkins Rookie Highlights 2012 (via ngalarreta)

Janoris finished last year with impressive overall stats. He had 73 TT, 4 INT, 1 FR, 14 PBU, and 4 TD. He also returned 9 punts, for 46 yards, 1 blocked kicked, and forced a safety (though not credited for it). Quick side note, he should have had 7 interceptions (two in week 5, one in week 4), but the receivers did excellent jobs at quickly becoming defenders and breaking up the pass literally while in his hands.

But it takes a lot more than those famous stats to determine how good a defensive back really is. Here a some real key stats.

Janoris lined across from 21 different receivers last season. He allowed 5 tds last season. All of them came from weeks 1-11. Jenkins showed exactly what he was pegged with pre-draft last year, and that's an unreal work ethic, being both a gym and film rat. This was obvious with his steady progression on a weekly basis. Although his best performance came in week 5 vs the Cardinals. What he was able to accomplish vs Larry Fitzgerald, was nothing short of amazing. more on that in a moment.

.......................................WIDE RECEIVER MATCH-UPS.........................................

1

Davone Bess

4/6

66.6%

2

Jordy Nelson

4/6

66.6%

3

James Jones

8/13

61.5%

4

Mario Manningham

3/5

60%

5

Stevie Johnson

6/12

50%

6

Michael Floyd

3/6

50%

7

Titus Young

3/6

50%

8

Brandon Marshall

3/6

50%

9

Randy Moss

2/4

50%

10

Aldrick Robinson

2/4

50%

11

Mike Williams

5/11

45.5%

12

Marlon Moore

3/7

42.9%

13

Larry Fitzgerald

8/21

38.1%

14

Brandon Lloyd

3/9

33.3%

15

Edmund Gates

2/6

33.3%

16

Alshon Jeffery

2/6

33.3%

17

Vincent Jackson

1/5

20%

18

Jerome Simpson

1/5

20%

19

Deion Branch

1/7

14.3%

20

Andre Roberts

1/10

10%

21

Golden Tate

0/9

0%

Totals

65 / 164

Averages

3.1 / 7.81

39.7%

Janoris allowed a 39.7% completion percentage. This is a very good number, and could have been even better had he not played so far off pre-snap earlier in the season, allowing more quick completions. I personally consider an overall season percentage of 33.3% or less to be a shut down corner type of season. I view individual match-ups of less than 40% a shutdown game for a corner.

The reason the numbers vary for me personally is because if you only line up vs 16 receivers in a season, and of those 16 you're facing 6 elites like, AJ Green, Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Roddy White, and Brandon Marshall, and the other 10 are receivers like Torrey Smith, Mike Wallace, and Nate Burrelson, clearly it will be a lot harder to hold those elite guys below 33.3%, than the others. Also quick routes like slants and screens have a naturally higher catch rate.

But when lined up against the far lesser talents, I expect complete domination (25% or less), balancing the overall total to be somewhere near 33.3%.

The bottom nine players were all shutdown when lined up across from Janoris.

........................................RECEIVERS SHUTDOWN.................................................

13

Larry Fitzgerald

8/21

38.1%

14

Brandon Lloyd

3/9

33.3%

15

Edmund Gates

2/6

33.3%

16

Alshon Jeffery

2/6

33.3%

17

Vincent Jackson

1/5

20%

18

Jerome Simpson

1/5

20%

19

Deion Branch

1/7

14.3%

20

Andre Roberts

1/10

10%

21

Golden Tate

0/9

0%

Against these nine players Janoris allowed a 24% completetion rate. Fitzgerald, Vincent Jackson, and Brandon Lloyd are all arguably top 10-12 receivers in this league. Lets have a look at some extremely nice plays Jenkins had.

NFL GameDay - Rams vs Cardinals best moments (via MySportParadise)

The first interception showed elite field awareness and COD skills. He was originally running with the outside receiver. He turns his hips for three yards. The running back runs out into the flat with about a 8 yard gap between him and Janoris. Janoris read the play and flipped his hips and made an unbelievable break on the ball that not many can make. The second was a poor throw, but lets look at the positives. He was in Fitzgerald hip pocket, which is what allowed him to make the interception.

Dating back to week 5, he gave Larry hell in both games. The first game Larry could not create separation. The one time he did was late in the fourth quarter on fourth down and four, when he pushed off, and Janoris still managed to tackle him well before the first down marker, causing a turnover on downs.

When he gets the ball in his hand is the most dangerous defensive player since Dieon Sanders. He can take any of them back, in fact, all 4 interceptions should have gone back had Jo-Lonn Dunbar blocked the back vs the Lions instead of celebrating. Lets not forget he touched the ball 6 times on defense last year (including preseason), and 5 went back. The preseason was the most impressive.

Janoris Jenkins First NFL INT (via zacharyv3)

Janoris is also a very good tackler. He will come up to make a play on a anyone. I love his toughness. My favorite play on the year was.....

Janoris Jenkins Big Hit On Fred Davis (via HumanHitstickTV)

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd..........................

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PREVIEW:

Jenkins is "Strip club ready" and pro bowl ready. He has some of the rarest natural skills for the position I have ever seen. The most impressive stat to me was his 14 PBU. Those come from putting yourself in great position. Jenkins may be well on his way to 75-85 TT, 6-8 INT, 16-18 PBU, and a 34-36% completion rate.

Everyone screams about the interceptions, which is great, but I like his toughness. Jenkins stands at 5'10" 194lbs, but will stick his nose into any ball carriers business. He is a very good tackler. I watched him open field tackle two of the meanest, hardest, if not the absolute two meanest and hardest, guys to tackle in the NFL. He got both Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch. How often do we see either of these guys go down from one guy, yet alone a 5'10" 194lb CB? Jenkins is very physical, and his strength gets over looked. He could very well be in play for a Pro Bowl ticket this season.

Jenkins has immense talent with a work ethic to match it. He alone has the potential to change the outcome of a game as he will grow into a role that will dictate the plays the offense is willing to call.

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