The Giants could be without CB Janoris Jenkins in their home opener against the Lions Monday night.
Jenkins was demoted to "questionable" in the Giants injury report due to ankle and hand issues. He was seen with a wrap around his hand following the Giants' season opener against the Cowboys.
It would be a big loss for the Giants if Jenkins is unable to play on Monday. He was vital in limiting Cowboys top wideout Dez Bryant to just two catches for 43 yards on nine targets last week. With a pass-first offense in the Lions, the Giants are sure to see their fair share of QB Matthew Stafford slinging the ball across the field.
"He's very scrappy," Lions WR Marvin Jones said on Jenkins. "He'll fight you every second."
Along with Jones, the Lions showcase veteran WR Golden Tate and rookie WR Kenny Golladay, who had a great debut against the Cardinals hauling in two touchdowns. Tate will likely be covered by Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as he works out of the slot, and the 6-foot-1 Eli Apple will likely take on the 6-foot-4 Golladay.
That leaves Jenkins to take on Jones if he plays. If he can't, Michael Hunter and Ross Cockrell will be the next-best options. Hunter only played in three snaps this season while Cockrell, who the Giants received from the Steelers in a trade, has yet to see the field.
Jenkins was a full practice participant on Thursday and Friday.
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The Giants may tout one of the best cornerback tandems in the league. Unfortunately, they can't say the same about their depth at the position.
If Jenkins can't play tonight, I would be nervous if I'm the Giants. As for his potential backups -- Michael Hunter or Ross Cockrell -- there really isn't a better option among the two. Hunter, who seen time in three total games in his career, will have to go against a seasoned veteran in Marvin Jones.
Cockrell may be the better option having a full season under his belt with the Steelers. But he's been a Giant for two weeks, and if he doesn't fully grasp the playbook, it could be a blown-coverage touchdown waiting to happen.
For those thinking, 'OK, Jenkins being out won't be that bad because DRC and Apple are still there,' look at things from my perspective. Apple isn't 100 percent and it showed as he was torched last week against the Cowboys. He's going up against Golladay, who Stafford has no problem sending on a go-route and going up to get the ball.
So, here's my outlook: The Cowboys picked on Apple repeatedly and it worked. Stafford, who's better than Dak Prescott, would have two favorable options to work with if Jenkins is not able to play. Hopefully Jenkins can play, or we could be seeing Stafford showing off that cannon all game long.