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The wide receiver, who came on strong for Big Blue in the final three weeks, accounted for both of the Giants’ touchdowns in Sunday’s 20-6 victory over the Washington Redskins. After hauling in a 24-yard touchdown from
In between, the Giants lost Manning to an ankle injury, leaving
If Painter joined the mounting list of injuries on Sunday – he didn’t – offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and the Giants would have turned to Jernigan, a former dual-threat quarterback out of Troy University.
“Coach Gilbride came to me, he was like, ‘If Painter happens to go down, you’re going to come out here and run 36 and 35 Zone,’” said Jernigan, who saw action at quarterback, H-Back, split end, slot receiver, punt returner and kick returner in college. “He was like, ‘So you good with that?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, do I have to say the cadence?’ He was like, ‘No, [Kevin] Boothe has it at center.’ So I was like, OK, I’ll just give him the leg, I’m ready to go. I’m all good.”
With the way he was playing, Jernigan probably could have held his own.
Stepping up in place of an injured
“It’s a great feeling to come out there, you know, the coaches have been telling me through the weeks that I’m getting my opportunity to go out there and make plays for the team and also just wanted to let the coaching staff and organization know that I can make plays,” Jernigan said. “Victor is down or whatever, but when he comes back, I also still want to be out there when he comes back.”
Jernigan and the Giants will have to wait and see on that front as they will be watching the postseason from home.
“Then, we were really trying to get the ball to him in that fashion in the second half in the run and it gave us the opportunity. He had a lot of yards for two runs, one of which was obviously a score. He played very well and he responded to the circumstances toward the end of the year. His play time increased and he responded very well to it and I was happy for him. The way he played – he’s a tough guy and we saw that down the stretch.”