New York Giants: How new pass interference ruling affects G-Men in 2019

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Head coach Pat Shurmur will have some inexperienced corners in 2019 on his roster. As of now Sam Beal and Jenoris Jenkins are slated to be the starting cornerbacks. After being selected with the Giants third-round pick in the 2018 Supplemental Draft, Sam Beal injured his shoulder before training camp and missed the entire season.

The Western Michigan alum was arguably a borderline first-round talent. Unfortunately for him and the Giants, he’ll be expected to jump into the starting role without playing any meaningful football for a year and a half. He’s ripe to be taken advantage by the league’s more veteran receivers. Beal will have to make adjustments on the fly and one of those adjustments will involve where his hands are when the ball is coming to the man he is covering.

Beal, as well as many other young defensive backs, should expect to get called for more penalties.

Of course, the New York Giants have one of the premier cover corners in the game, Jenoris Jenkins. There are times he covers his man so closely, he probably knows the receivers brand of underwear by the end of the first quarter. As if the Jackrabbit didn’t have enough attention on him already, there will be even more scrutiny because of how tightly he covers. There will be more flags on him as well, or at least several reviews.

How much this change will affect his play is unknown, but it certainly won’t help.