WR Jerrel Jernigan, Free agent
HT: 5-9, WT: 185, Born: 6-14-1989, College: Troy, Drafted: Round 3
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Jerrel Jernigan has struggled to make his mark in three seasons, and time may be running out. Jernigan has 32 receptions for 351 yards and 2 touchdowns in 32 NFL games. At best, Jernigan will break camp as the fourth receiver behind Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 8 - Jerrel Jernigan managed to outplay teammate receiver Randle on this day against the Eagles and get more targets as a result. Jernigan was dependable and showed nice hands on short yardage plays from Manning. Jernigan hauled in a nice out pattern and slant pattern to help move the chains for his team. He also had a decent gain on the sideline from Manning. Jernigan will rarely outperform guys like Reuben Randle for the Giants but it was good to see some involvement in this offense after a slow start to the season for him. He plays a similar style to Randle, being a small but quick receiver that has potential to break a big play.
Week 12 - Jernigan tied Randle with seven targets, but only able to amass two catches as the Giants looked to burn clock just before halftime. Both coming on shallow crossers, Jernigan did a nice job on the latter catch to slip through the initial tackler and pick up 19 yards on the play. Later Jernigan would match Randle in another category as he and Manning also had a miscommunication on a route. With Jernigan working the outside, Manning expected the WR to go vertical and threw the pass to the end zone. Missing the memo, Jernigan curled up just as the throw was released and obviously had no shot at making a play on the ball.
Week 15 - Jerrel Jernigan was the only Giants receiver to somewhat consistently get his hands on the football. Though they were all short pass plays and some just checkdowns from Manning, Jernigan looked athletic and showed good agility with the ball in his hands. Jernigan ran a lot of slants and quick outs against the Seahawks and was able to find some soft spots in the defense. Jernigan showed impressive toughness as he caught a pass over the middle of the field. Jernigan took a big shot as soon as he caught the ball but held onto the pass and even got some more yards after the catch. Jernigan got some of his plays very late in the game as the game became hopeless for New York and they were throwing the ball on every down. He still showed determination and speed when he got his hands on every pass, no matter how little room he had to work with. Jernigan is somewhat buried in this Giants offense and is the fourth receiver at best but he has shown enough talent at times to potentially raise his game if given the opportunity. He showed good hands on Sunday and is quick after the catch.
Week 16 - Jerrel Jernigan had an excellent game for the Giants on Sunday and was a big reason for their victory. Jernigan was easily the most productive receiver on the entire field and made some terrific catches. Jernigan showed his awareness and great hands on a catch on the sideline, getting his feet just in bounds while securing the pass although the Giants had to challenge the play to get it overturned. Jernigan ran the in-breaking route deep over the middle many times on Sunday and often with great success. Jernigan was able to haul in a deep pass over the shoulder from Manning but this was negated due to a delay of game penalty by Manning. However, Jernigan managed to score his deserved touchdown on the very next play regardless. Manning threw a very accurately placed ball in between two defenders and Jernigan did very well to hold onto the pass on a post route in the redzone. Jernigan looked very agile on slant routes and plays over the middle of the field, managing to pull away from defenders easily at times and create huge separation. Jernigan also came up big on a 4th and 7 catch over the middle, securing the clutch play to setup the field goal opportunity for the win.
Week 17 - Jerrel Jernigan stole the show again on Sunday with a big performance against the Redskins. Jernigan scored twice on two very explosive plays and was a dual threat on the ground and in the passing game. Jernigan got his hands on a variety of pass plays including a screen, quick out, go route and deep out. Jernigan also got a big play on the outside in the passing game, using his speed to burst down the sideline and picked up a big first down while doing so. Jerniganís first touchdown came on a go route from the slot position. Jernigan beat his defender by a step and hauled in a perfectly thrown ball over his shoulder while keeping his feet just in bounds to secure the score. Jerniganís next big play came on an end around running play. He enjoyed good blocks from his entire team and exploded down the field almost untouched for a second touchdown. He has shown tremendous versatility as a player in recent weeks and could step into a big role next season for New York. Jernigan could be a potential fantasy stud breakout player next year as Hakeem Nicks may not be retained, which would leave a gap in the passing game.