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Justin Tuck Welcomes Cullen Jenkins to the New York Giants

March 11th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Dan Benton

It took mere moments for news to spread that the New York Giants had agreed to terms with veteran defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins on Sunday night. And mere moments after that, defensive captain Justin Tuck extended his welcome to the newest member of Big Blue's defensive line.

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"Welcome to the gold young brother. We got a lot of work to do," Tuck tweeted to Jenkins.

The comment has stirred a bit of controversy amongst Giants fans who interpreted it a variety of different ways, but ultimately, Tuck is saying the team (collectively) has a lot of work to do to improve upon their disappointing 2012 campaign.

He's right. And they do.

Alas, the signing of Jenkins immediately fills an area of need for the Giants. He can come in and likely assume the role vacated by the release of Chris Canty, while adding solid depth at a position surrounded by question marks.

The signing of Jenkins also likely means the Giants' interest in defensive tackles Jay Alford and Sen’Derrick Marks is a thing of the past.


Tags: Cullen Jenkins, Football, Justin Tuck, New York, New York Giants, NFL

12 Responses to “Justin Tuck Welcomes Cullen Jenkins to the New York Giants”

  1.  kujo says:

    What other ways could that comment be interpreted? We DO have a lot to do. What’s controversial about our defensive captain saying so?

  2.  Krow says:

    It could contain a deeper message, laden with hidden meaning born of off-season ennui. Or it could just be crap.

  3.  The Original G Man says:

    Safety market gets a little more cluttered as the Rams released Quintin Mikell.

    Also, the Cowboys are now $7M over the cap and will need to do some major restructuring by tomorrow afternoon.

  4.  The Original G Man says:

    This bears repeating: only 3 DTs had more QB pressures over the last 2 NFL seasons than @CullenJenkins. #Giants @PFF

  5.  F0XLIN says:

    I still think we have room for another run stuffing DT. We can’t expect Rodgers to play much more than 10-20 snaps per game, who knows when Kuhn will be ready, Jenkins is purely a pass rush presence in the middle, and Austin showed next to nothing to excite last year.

    I watched every one of Austin’s 103 snaps last night and I counted 4 impact plays, the rest of which he was washed out, couldn’t come off a block, and if doubled…pushed back 8-10 yards off the line. I’ll consider last season his rookie year after not playing for over 2 years. Hopefully a full healthy off season will help him get some much needed strength and Nunn can teach him some technique about using leverage.

  6.  The Original G Man says:

    The downside of Cullen Jenkins is his run defense. His 4.4 Run Stop % last season was 72 out of 83 DTs.
    Cullen Jenkins has a +26.1 @PFF pass rush grade over the past 2 seasons. The best grade by any Giant in that span is JPP with +13.0.

  7.  The Original G Man says:

    After the Jenkins signing, the Giants now have $8,516,113 left in cap space.

    •  F0XLIN says:

      Firgure after their tender offers today they’ll be down to around 2.5M

      Cruz 1st round – $2.742M
      Brown’s 2nd/3rd round – $1.927M/$1.26M

      $2,587,113 Left

  8.  Krow says:

    Jenkins can also play DE on running downs.

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