Janoris Jenkins will have trouble finding someone else to blame this time.
While Jenkins sat out Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury, the Giants’ oft-controversial and tone-deaf cornerback committed his latest offense while directing a slur at a fan on Twitter.
As his teammates prepared for practice, Jenkins used the time to tweet his personal statistics, boasting that he hadn’t given up a touchdown since getting torched by Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans in Week 3. When a fan replied that Jenkins’ play hadn’t helped the 2-11 Giants avoid their current nine-game losing streak, the team’s top cornerback responded with the offensive remark.
“I only can do my job.. retard,” Jenkins tweeted.
Giants coach Pat Shurmur was made aware of Jenkins’ Twitter activity shortly before his press conference.
“He shouldn’t be tweeting during practice,” Shurmur said.
Jenkins could be fined for tweeting during practice.
Just one week ago, Jenkins met with Shurmur following the veteran’s criticism that defensive coordinator James Bettcher hasn’t used him properly.
“I play on the left side of the field all game,” Jenkins said after the Dec. 1 loss to the Packers. “I get two passes a game. C’mon bro. Everybody in the league who has a top corner, they travel. Rabbit don’t travel no more.
“I can’t play everybody’s position. I can only play my side, my field, my man.”
Following a Week 2 loss to the Bills, Jenkins found fault with the Giants’ front-seven.
“When you’ve got time [to throw] and you ain’t getting no pressure, I can’t cover nobody for 10 seconds,” Jenkins said. “I can’t cover this side and that side.”
Jenkins, 31, has already matched a career-high with four interceptions through 13 games and has been credited with 14 passes defended, while limiting opposing quarterbacks to a 53.8 completion percentage against him. The former second-round pick was named to the Pro Bowl in his first season with the Giants in 2016 and has just one year remaining on the five-year, $62.5 million deal he signed to join the team.
If Jenkins were released after this season, the Giants could save $11.25 million against the salary cap with only a $3.5 million penalty.
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