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Jernigan is proving to be worth the wait

Up until a few weeks ago, Giants WR/KR Jerrel Jernigan was on his way to becoming another NFL Draft miscalculation by the Giants. Then, Victor Cruz got hurt and the Giants were forced to finally play Jernigan. Surprise! He responded by carrying the Giants’ offense for the final two weeks.

“I’m not sure why it took us three years to find out that Jerrel Jernigan can play. We finally put him in the game and he starts making plays” - CEO John Mara

From SNYGiants contributor Craig Santucci:

It might be a small sample size, but Jerrel Jernigan, the New York Giants third-year wide receiver, stepped up and showed the world he belonged. In the last three games, Jernigan had 19 catches for 237 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Well to the NFL, Mr. Jernigan!

After making little to no contributions his first two years, No. 12 Jerrel Jernigan turned around his future as a New York Giant and showed the world that he belongs on this level.

Chalk it up to a few solid weeks of working with the first team and understanding what Eli Manning needed and expected of him to break out of the “bust” category. Both of Jernigan’s touchdowns against the Redskins on Sunday were a thing of beauty and a true testament to what his young player can bring to the New York Giants.

The first touchdown was an outstanding grab of 24 yards at the back of the end zone where No. 12 beat the double coverage. Eli Manning delivered a perfect pass where only his receiver could make a play. Jernigan went up and snagged the ball at its highest point, showing great athleticism.

The second touchdown was a simple end around that looked to be collapsing around the line of scrimmage. Running back Peyton Hillis and Bear Pascoe made great kick out blocks; however, the safety and interior defense quickly crushed the running lanes.

In the past, Jernigan might have went down upon contact; however, the wide receiver cut it back, bounced off a couple of arm tackles and blazed to the end zone for a 49 yard touch down on what was the coldest, slickest, rain storm in recent history.

The Jernigan “break out” game should put many minds at ease as the Giants begin to look at 2014. While Louis Murphy did not turn out to be a contributor on any level, Jernigan showed the Giants brass and Eli Manning they do have a few surprise weapons “in-house”.

Even though Kevin Gilbride’s tenure should expire, expect the one-dimensional coach to be back running the draw play, over and over. One could only hope a new quarterback coach is on the way and Jernigan and a healthy Eli Manning and Victor Cruz can start their off-season works out as soon as possible.

15 comments
psinap1
psinap1

Two Super Bowls, several division titles and if not for Plaxico, perhaps they would have been called a dynasty. I think Reese and Coughlin have done enough to have 1 bad season since 2005. I am worried about Gilbride bc I think his offensive scheme has gotten predictable and stale. But to call for Reese and Coughlin to be removed, in my opinion, is very short-sided.

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

Did this team actually beat a true starting QB besides Stafford this year? I keep hearing how the defense got better after the 0-6 start when you play 4 backups in a row you damn well better. Neither coordinator deserves to keep their jobs they were putrid.

The one guy that doesn't seem to be getting any blame is Reese. He's the one that put this garbage out there. Will Beatty, David Wilson, Will Hill and more.He's ignored the 2 most important positions on any football team OL and LB for far to long.

Where was Mara's assessment of the horrible job Reese has been doing.

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

Maybe REESE can Crown WR J.J.,  #1 WR for the 2014 season....

mike23
mike23

I keep hearing Mike Sullivan former QB coach from the Giants and OC for bucs this past season as someone to look at if Gillbride is let go, why would the giants go this route as the buccaneers have struggled on offense as well under sullivan (nothing that great) I would rather they go a different route, someone with some creativity etc.... not sure sullivan would be that great of a switch, any thoughts? 

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

Let's see do I judge someone on 3 games or do I judge him on the 3 years he has been here. Do I take into account that his best game came againsta team with 3 wins and it was the last game of the year. Need to see more three games does not a career make.

And before everyone starts going crazy Cruz, Randle, and JJ scares no one esp with no real run game or TE. Not saying Nicks is the answer but you need a real #1 WR and without Nicks you have none. Maybe think of trading a 2nd or 3rd for A. Johnson. Or drafting a WR with Patterson/ Austin abilities.

Major Pain 0303
Major Pain 0303

Agreed Michael. Now listen I am not advocating for Gilbride to lose his job. I think he was and has been a great offensive mind for years but he just hasn't grown while the rest of the league has. Eli isn't a running QB we all know that but he's smart enough to run a spread offense. I know Madden isn't real life but I use the Giants and beat everyone. In the game I use the gun spread out the offense and use Wilson running the draw. I watched the Eagles game and saw on many occasions Nick Foles flanked by 2 dynamic athletes in Shady and Jackson. Its impossible for a defense to guard those 2. I can see a Giants offense with Eli in the gun flanked by Jernigan and Wilson putting them in motion and letting them make plays. There wasn't enough of getting David the ball in space where he can use his natural born speed and quickness to make people miss. He can run the ball wi the tackles but they never used him creatively. A new OC with some new fresh ideas would def get more out of those 2. I know it. 


Randle                            Cruz         T G C G T                        FA/Draft




                                                     JJ      Eli     Wilson


Tell me how a team can stop those options. Who do u guard? Just a thought.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

Not taking anything away from Jernigan's ability, but it seems like the slot position is just destined to thrive in the Giants offense.  From Steve Smith to Victor Cruz to Jerrel Jernigan, it almost doesn't matter, as long as they're small and quick.



Major Pain 0303
Major Pain 0303

@mike23 Agreed. Sully never ran a dynamic offense. Now as Eli's QB coach again i'd sign up for that.

billysuede
billysuede

@Bo Beck johnson's too old. may as well drat sammie watkins from clemson or the texas a & m receiver who's probably going to shoot up draft boards with a strong showing at the combines.

billysuede
billysuede

@Major Pain 0303 can a team running a spread offense win something of consequence first before we say it's here to stay?


philly won a crap division and has a ton of holes. they very likely will beat the saints because the saints are deplorable on the road and in the cold but the eagles are hardly the team to look at as being a model of anything except for coming up small in big games 

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

@billysuede Either or suits me just fine, I see a lot of mock draft's have them selecting a CB not a good idea. I like the one from CBS which the guy suggest they trade down to 15-17 grab an extra 2nd rd pick and draft the TE from N.C.

Major Pain 0303
Major Pain 0303

@billysuede @Major Pain 0303 Its not just Philly. Seattle, Chicago, Denver and NE all run spread offenses. They go 3 wide and use the TE's as well. Philly's offense when clicking is unstoppable but it only works with dynamic playmakers such as Shady and Jackson in Phi, Welker, D. Thomas, Decker in Den, Lynch and Wilson in Sea, Marshall and Jeffrey in Chi, and even Brady and his lack of weapons still put up points. Its the new way of the NFL.