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Gators in the NFL: Week 15

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Gators in the NFL Week 15

Janoris Jenkins (corner) is now a New Orleans Saint.

The 2016 Pro-Bowler was waived by the New York Giants and claimed by the Saints, as he’s had one of the best seasons among players at his position. The 31-year-old is in the top 10 in interceptions (four) and passes defended (14) despite missing two games.

Jenkins was released by the Giants just days after he used a slur in an exchange with a fan on Twitter. The fan was critical of the team’s and Jenkins’ performance following an overtime loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football, and Jenkins responded by saying “I can only do my job… retard.”

Giants coach Pat Shurmur said that Jenkins’ use of the slur and refusal to acknowledge it as inappropriate language was the “determining factor” in his release.

enkins’ new teammate, rookie Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (corner, New Orleans Saints), had a nice performance in a 34-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Gardner-Johnson had eight tackles (six solo), two tackles for loss and one pass defended.

It was the most tackles of his young career, but Gardner-Johnson suffered a concussion and is questionable to play in Week 16 against the Tennessee Titans.

It wasn’t as good of a week for Jacoby Brissett (quarterback, Indianapolis Colts), who had to face Gardner-Johnson and the Saints defense. He managed just 18 completions on 34 passes (52.9 completion percentage) for 165 yards. He also ran just one time for seven yards.

Quincy Wilson (corner, Indianapolis Colts) left the loss with a shoulder injury, and he is questionable to return next week against the Carolina Panthers.

Two-time Pro-Bowler Carlos Dunlap (defensive end, Cincinnati Bengals) eclipsed six sacks and six passes defended for the season after a 34-13 loss to the New England Patriots. Dunlap brought down Brady for his only sack of the game, and he also deflected a pass. He also totaled six tackles (three solo).

Eddy Pineiro (kicker, Chicago Bears) was perfect in his place-kicking duties in a 21-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He hit two field goals – one from 30 yards in the second quarter and one from 27 yards in the fourth quarter – in addition to an extra point. Pineiro has now hit his last six field-goal attempts.

Mark Stine is a contributing writer to Chomp Talk. Follow him on Twitter @mstinejr.

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