Move over Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr. — the NFC East just welcomed another rivalry to the division with New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.
Jenkins originally made headlines in February when he took a factual poke at the receiver on 105.3 The Fan, saying, “When you look at film and break down your opponents and the receivers that you’re facing, you notice what they like to do. Take away the slant and the dig, and when they get in 21 personnel and Dez is inside the number, you take away the corner post, he doesn’t have nothing else.”
It was nothing but a simmer; that is, until Bryant finally caught wind this past week. He responded, in a since-deleted tweet, “Bra they play cover 5 damn near the whole time… put his ass 1 on 1 the whole game.. I will embarrass him.”
Bryant since rescinded his responded and halfheartedly made amends with the entire situation. Nonetheless, this adds a new element to the division when we all thought it couldn’t get better with the Norman-Beckham Jr. feud.
Jenkins hit a home run in his first season of a five-year, $62 million contract that he signed in March 2016. The cornerback picked off 3 passes, defended 18 more and was one piece of a vaunted Giants secondary that handcuffed opposing offenses en route to being labeled the No. 2 secondary in the NFL. Jenkins also got the better of Bryant, limiting the wide receiver to a pair of catches for a meager 18 yards.
It’s a defensive backfield that was the kryptonite for the Cowboys, who dropped two of their three games in the regular season to the Giants. Ironically enough, Dallas is the sleeping giant in the NFC. In finding the front-runner to dethrone the up-and-coming Cowboys, last year proved that the team primed to roadblock last season’s NFC East champ is New York.
Jenkins and Bryant add another narrative beyond the box scores. As if fans from both clubs were itching for Week 1 to get here — the Cowboys and Giants square off with one another to open the season — expect the eyes to drift toward the cornerback-wide receiver matchup.