Al Thompson
Janoris Jenkins makes a play against Philly. Photo by Andy Lewis / contrastphotography.com

The Giants locker room is now a place where there seems to be a lot of resentment. The suspension of veteran Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie without pay is not going over well with many of the players. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins appears to be one of them.

The former second round pick out of North Alabama said “No comment” at least five times during his talk with reporters Thursday afternoon after practice.

The Giants are 0-5 and travel to Denver for a Sunday night matchup against the Broncos.

Big Blue had a slew of players miss practice Thursday including LB Jonathan Casillas (Neck),  S Landon Collins (Ankle), RB Paul Perkins (Ribs), C Weston Richburg (Concussion),  WR Sterling Shepard (Ankle), DE Olivier Vernon (Ankle).

Wide receivers Odell Beckham, Jr and Brandon Marshall are out for the year.

This could get ugly.

Q: What happened at the end of last week’s game, when you went into the locker room early?

A: I didn’t expect the timeout to be called, so I just walked in, as if everybody was going on the field, the game was over and I just went in.

Q: Did Head Coach Ben McAdoo have an issue with that?

A: No, he came to me and asked me and I told him. We had a nice little talk and that was it.

Q: When was your talk with McAdoo?

A: That was when we got back. He asked me about it when we first got back, that Tuesday for practice. And then he recently asked me about it again today, and that was it. It was nothing serious, nothing like that.

Q: So no punishment came from it?

A: I mean, why would there be a punishment? No comment.

Q: What is the mood like in the locker room?

A: Just stick together. We know adversity is going to hit from all types of angles. And just staying focused and just being there for one another.

Q: What is your reaction to cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie being suspended indefinitely?

A: No comment.

Q: How difficult is it in the secondary now, without Rodgers-Cromartie?

A: Next man up. We understand the situation. Like I said, next man up. Everybody has to be prepared.

Q: What would a win this week mean for the team?

A: It would mean a lot. We’ve been preparing like we’re going to win, we want to win and whatever the outcome may be, just know that you gave it your all. But coming out with a victory would be nice.

Q: Is the team still together?

A: Oh yeah, we’re still together. People try to call distractions, but keep our head together, stay tight and stay together.

Q: Do you think that a player being suspended is a distraction?

A: No comment.

Q: How do you prevent what happened with Rodgers-Cromartie from affecting yourself and the rest of the team?

A: No comment.

Q: What is your confidence level in the other guys in the cornerback room?

A: Man, just lead the guys. Just tell them to go out and play to the best of their ability. Give it all they’ve got. I’m with them 100 percent, whatever the situation or the outcome may be. But just let me know that you gave it your all.

Q: What does Denver wide receiver Demaryius Thomas bring to the table?

A: A big, physical guy. The quarterback likes to target him a lot. They like to go to him.

Q: What has been different about Denver’s offense in the fourth quarter that has led to their struggles?

A: Just the fourth quarter, it seems like they’re just trying to stay within the game, manage the game, just continue to run the ball. If they need to take a throw or two, they’ll take it. But if not, they’ll just run it, pass it every now and then.

Q: How do you make sure your teammates block out any negativity or outside noise?

A: Just focus on football. Just worry about what’s going on in football, in the locker room, in the meeting room, and everything will be okay.

Q: Do you sense that everybody has been focused and do you like the energy that you’ve seen this week?

A: I mean, I like it. I can say I really like it because everybody has been trying to prepare. Not that many guys have played, so everybody has got to step up. So, I feel like we’ve been focused.

Q: Has the cornerback group had to help the recently added wide receivers get up to speed?

A: Yeah, you’ve got to understand, they’re going against Denver, a talented group, and you’ve just got to pick my brain, as a receiver on my team, and just see what I can possibly give you or help you out. And I think they’ve been doing a good job of that.

Q: What can you learn from your seasons with the Rams when your team struggled, that you can bring to this team now?

A: Go in and just do your job. Hopefully everyone will come along, and just do it to the best of your ability. They’ve started picking it up.

Q: As a veteran, how much do you feel you need to be in the younger players’ ears?

A: Just stay on them and make sure nothing goes wrong because at any moment, at any time, anything can happen. And you’ve always got to be prepared for it.

Q: Has it been strange not having Rodgers-Cromartie in the position meetings this week?

A: No comment.


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