The Detroit Lions are looking to prove their late offensive output last week was the real deal. They may have a better shot to prove their case, as the New York Giants announced on Sunday their top cornerback Janoris Jenkins has been downgraded to questionable for Monday’s game.
#Giants have downgraded CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle/hand) to questionable vs. #Lions.— James Kratch (@JamesKratch) September 17, 2017
Jenkins has been on the injury report all week with hand and ankle injuries, but he was a full participant in all three Giants practices this week. However, this change suggests there may have been a setback in Jenkins’ progress.
If Jenkins can’t go on Monday, the Giants will likely move Eli Apple to their No. 1 outside corner position. Apple struggled in the season opener against the Cowboys, allowing receptions on 10 of 12 targets for 123 yards and at touchdown.
In last year’s matchup, Jenkins got hurt early and only played in 24 percent of snaps, but the Giants still held Matthew Stafford and Detroit to just two field goals on the day.
Still, Jenkins is a key part of this Giants defense. Last week, he shadowed Dez Bryant the entire game and only allowed two catches for 43 yards. The Lions would undoubtedly benefit if he can’t give it a go on “Monday Night Football.”