Excerpt: "If defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is unable to play Sunday against Green Bay, the Giants appear to be turning to another position to fill some of the void.
Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins will slide outside if JPP is sidelined by a shoulder injury, in part to defend Green Bay’s power running game headlined by the physical Eddie Lacy. Jenkins played a handful of snaps on running downs as a defensive end Sunday in the victory over the Raiders. He also played end early in his career with the Packers.
Veteran Mathias Kiwanuka would likely receive a majority of the snaps for the Giants in Pierre-Paul’s place. Jenkins and rookie Damontre Moore would also be in the defensive end rotation, with Jenkins being used as the primary option on running downs.
“Cullen in the run and Damontre in the pass game,” defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said.
Jenkins has played on the outside before. He began his career as a 4-3 defensive end with the Packers, before becoming more of an interior lineman when they switched to a 3-4 defensive formation in 2009.
The Giants used Jenkins often at defensive end during training camp. He was a contingency plan for Pierre-Paul coming off back surgery. He’s sporadically taken snaps at end during practice, before seeing action at the position in a game for the first time this season against the Raiders.
He admitted it’s not an easy transition.
“When you’re inside, you have to take shorter steps. Everything happens so much faster. Where at end, you have a little more time to read on the run,” Jenkins said. “You have to be covering ground more at the end. You have to be able to switch your mindset over pretty fast to whatever position you’re in.” Read more...