It was no surprise to see the Philadelphia Eagles part ways with Cullen Jenkins this offseason considering his only two years in the City of Brotherly Love were nothing but a disappointment–especially in 2012 when the team finished with a 4-12 record. There were high expectations for Jenkins when he joined the Eagles back in 2011 and now that he’ll be playing with the New York Giants next season–it’s difficult not to wonder what to expect from the defensive tackle heading into 2013.
Jenkins may have finished with just 9.5 sacks over the last two season with Philadelphia, but the argument can be made those numbers may have been better in a different system as the Eagles failed to adjust to playing in Juan Castillo‘s defense. Jenkins has been praised throughout his career when it comes to his ability to stopping the run and for a team that ranked near the bottom of the NFL in that category last season–the Giants would certainly love it if he could return to his dominant level in 2013.
Despite falling short of the playoffs last season, there’s no reason why the Giants shouldn’t be considered one of the top teams in the NFC in 2013 if they can manage to improve their defense. On paper, they already have a strong enough offense with Eli Manning leading the way while playing with one of the best duos in Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz–so let’s hope the addition of Jenkins can help improve the defense.
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