Janoris Jenkins had his worst outing as a Giant on Sunday, and he didn't want to talk about it to reporters after the game.
Jenkins, who returned from his suspenion for not showing up on time following the bye week, looked lost on Levi's Stadium. He was picked on all game long, and was held accountable for two, big touchdown passes by the 49ers.
After his dismal performance, reporters wanted to get a word as to why Jenkins faltered so much on Sunday. "I'll be back," is all they got from him as he walked out of the locker room and never returned. He was the only secondary player to not talk to reporters.
Frustration got the best of Jenkins as did the rest of the Giants' defense that realizes they are in shambles.
"You don't want to come out here and put on a show like this against a team that didn't have any wins," Casillas told The Post's Mark Cannizzaro. "That's pretty tough to swallow. We're not a good team right now."
The first touchdown Jenkins allowed was a deep ball to WR Marquise Goodwin for an 83-yard score. Goodwin simply beat Jenkins off the line, and used his speed to create the separation needed for the score.
But it was TE Garrett Celek's 47-yard catch-and-run that showed Jenkins' lack of effort. Jenkins had Celek in front of him near the sideline, and instead of going for a form tackle, he looked to pull at his arm. Celek threw Jenkins off him and walked into the end zone.
Jenkins may not have talked about that play, but Casillas -- who was the man in coverage -- spilled the reason why it happened in the first place.
"On the play that I gave up the touchdown, I was running but I was a little tired, to be honest with you," he explained. "I play my butt off on every play and I just wasn't good on that play. We can't keep putting up games like this. We only have one win and it's going to stay that way until we can figure out a way to slow these teams down."
Olivier Vernon made the defense accountable for the entire game, saying that it was the reason for the shocking loss on the road.
"We made some costly mistakes, and that's on us," Vernon said. "There's no excuse for that. It's on us as a defense to get it right. That's been a theme all year -- the big plays get us. We can't win no games like that, especially as a defense that takes pride in stopping the run and stopping the pass. And we didn't do any of that today."
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Janoris Jenkins has become the poster child for the Giants' quit on the season.
Coming off a suspension for just not showing up after the bye week, you would think Jenkins would want to redeem himself. Instead, he showed a total lack of effort, and it came after that Goodwin touchdown. He got beat, and with that, Jenkins became a ghost the rest of the game.
Jenkins has faltered all season long, but this is dreadful. How does a cornerback, who was considered in the Top 10 at the position last season, completely lose his prowess after one season? The answer can only come from Jenkins, but my educated guess is he has given up.
It shows in his attempted tackle on Celek. Jenkins knows he has to goes for the legs and wrap a tight end who is much bigger than him. Instead, he goes for his arm and looks like he needs to return to Pop Warner to figure out the fundamentals again.
I get Jenkins might be frustrated, but this play is acceptable -- lost season or not.