Jeff Fisher on Janoris Jenkins: "With all due respect to other CBs in the league, it's hard to find anyone playing better than he is."— Giants Daily (@NYGDaily) October 19, 2016
That’s Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher praising his former top cornerback, Janoris Jenkins.
It’s interesting praise from Fisher, who oversaw Jenkins’ selection in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft using one of the picks Washington provided through the trade of the #2 overall pick. There’s a cornerback on his own team who is currently injured that isn’t hard to find that you could argue is playing better than the Jackrabbit. The bigger issue of course is that this only intensifies the failure to keep Jenkins as a Ram.
At the 2016 NFL Combine in February, Rams GM Les Snead suggested that “Priority A” was re-signing the four members of the secondary who were free agents.
They were able to re-sign one to a deal: S Mark Barron. CB Trumaine Johnson was retained using the franchise tag. Jenkins and S Rodney McLeod departed in free agency.
It’s probably not a great strategy to lose a player who, in the season immediately following their departure, you claim difficulty finding other cornerbacks who are playing better than. I’d advise keeping the kind of players you heap praise on instead of signing free agents at that position who you then cut after Week 4 of the regular season. That’s probably a better “Priority A” than the one you fail at.
The connection is one of many between the Rams and Giants, including Giants CB Coty Sensabaugh, Giants K Josh Brown and several members of the Giants’ coaching staff including Steve Spagnuolo, Frank Cignetti, Jr. and Tim Walton.