On Monday, the New York Giants officially signed defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins. It was the first of what are sure to be several moves needed to help solidify a defensive line that struggled with injury and inconsistency in 2012. It was also a move that added much needed versatility to the interior of that line – something defensive captain Justin Tuck welcomes with open arms.
"You’re talking about a guy who brings a lot of diversity to the D-line, because he can play pretty much anywhere along the line,” said defensive end Justin Tuck, “It gives us the opportunity to continue to give teams different looks. He’s a big, strong, athletic guy who knows the ropes and knows what it takes to be successful in this league."
But Tuck isn't the only one happy to see Jenkins in blue. Giants co-owner John Mara said the signing also received a stamp of approval from three-time All-Pro guard Chris Snee, who is admittedly thrilled he won't have to deal with defending Jenkins this coming season.
"He was one of the highest players we had rated. From our pro personnel people to our coaches, and as I understand it, even Chris Snee was very much in favor of the signing because he's been a tough opponent over the years," co-owner John Mara said on Monday. "He'll give us a certain toughness on the defensive line. He's been a very productive player for years now, and I think he'll add a lot to us."
In his four NFC East battles with the Giants over the last two years, Jenkins has made 12 tackles and recorded 1.5 sacks, one stuff and batted down a pass. Prior to joining the Philadelphia Eagles, he played in an additional three games (including the 2007 NFC Championship game) against the Giants, collecting nine tackles and batting down two passes.
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