Following two consecutive practices in which he stole the show, second-year wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan is slowly becoming a person of interest for fans and media alike. But it's not just onlookers who have noticed Jernigan's improvement; his teammates have as well. And prior to Sunday's practice, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning offered some incredible praise for the youngster.
"I’m seeing some flashes of brilliance and some good things," Manning said. "Now it’s continuing to learn. Very familiar with the offense. Consistency, understanding all the ins and outs of it. That just comes with more repetition, more practice, preseason games. All those things will be very helpful."
Jernigan came into camp knowing there was going to be a lot of competition for the third wide receiver spot, and he knew players like Ramses Barden and the returning Domenik Hixon were going to go all out to impress the coaches. It was in his best interest to get noticed early and often, and thus far, that's exactly what he's done.
"Coming in everybody knew there was going to be a competition for this third wideout spot," Jernigan said, "So I had to come in and make a big splash. That’s what I’m looking forward to."
Two solid days of practice is a good start, but Jernigan knows it's going to take much more than that to earn the sort of playing time he covets.
"It’s only two days. We have a whole nother couple of weeks to go so I just have to continue working," he added.
His third practice did not get off to such a good start as he muffed a punt. Luckily, it's still early in the afternoon and he has a lot of time to make up for that mistake.
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