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Monday, March 11, 2013
Tuck likes Jenkins signing

By Ohm Youngmisuk

Justin Tuck knew the Giants had a big gap to fill when Chris Canty was released.

That's why the Giants' defensive captain likes the signing of defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, who could end up being the team's biggest addition of this offseason.

“You’re talking about a guy who brings a lot of diversity to the D-line, because he can play pretty much anywhere along the line,” Tuck said in a story on Giants.com. “It gives us the opportunity to continue to give teams different looks. He’s a big, strong, athletic guy who knows the ropes and knows what it takes to be successful in this league.

“I had the opportunity to talk to him and he’s hungry and wants to get back to the top of his game and with his team, as well," Tuck added. "After losing Chris, we knew we had to step up and fill that void and I think we did."

The Giants officially announced the signing of Jenkins, who agreed to a three-year deal for $8 million, with a $2 million signing bonus and $3 million guaranteed. According to a source, Jenkins' cap charge for 2013 is $1.816 million.

“I’m excited,” said Jenkins, who visited five teams after being released by the Eagles last month. “It’s been a tough two weeks, going through so many different things mentally, with my family and traveling so much -– trying to figure out which was the best scenario. I’m glad that it’s over and especially with the Giants. This was my first visit and I had a good feeling here, especially talking with the coaches. Everybody was straight up, straight forward with me. I had a good gut feeling about New York.”

The Giants are hoping Jenkins can help improve a defense that finished 31st in total defense, 25th against the run.

“We’re very excited to have him here,” head coach Tom Coughlin said. “He has earned the respect of our players, having played against us when he was in Green Bay and against us when he was in Philadelphia. He’s a very versatile performer. He can play inside and outside. The challenge first and foremost is to stop the run and he’s well aware of that –- I’ve spoken to him about it.

"He also demonstrated outstanding pass rush ability, whether you play him inside or outside," Coughlin continued. "He’s a very versatile player that can play in all circumstances and situations. He’s athletic, he’s quick, he’s powerful, he plays with good effort. We’re looking forward to having him in a Giant uniform.”

Tuck thinks Jenkins can fill the gap left by the 6-7 Canty.

"With the loss of Chris, who was very successful in our scheme, helped us win a championship and played very well for us, obviously, that’s a huge hole to fill," Tuck said. "Like always, Jerry Reese goes out and he scouts players and he knows what the best fit for our team is. He found another good fit for us and hopefully we’ll win another Super Bowl like we did with the other D-tackles he brought in.”

Tell us how much better you think the Giants defense is now with Jenkins.